Real Shetland Wool Duvets & Pillows

Real Shetland Wool Duvets & Pillows

Slumber in Style

 

ACO are proud to launch the latest range of Real Shetland Wool bedding, produced in conjunction with The Real Shetland Company.  Following on from the original RSW duvet collection released in 2015, we have updated our design and fill process to make a lighter, warmer and more effective duvet and pillow range.

The Real Shetland Company pillow and duvet range are available now from the ACO website.

 

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Real Shetland Wool pillows and duvets

 

We regard our duvets to be an all-seasons quality product, filled to 450gsm of Platinum Graded Real Shetland (British) Wool, available in UK Single, Double and King sizes.  With the added benefit of a pure 220 Thread Count cotton outer casing, our duvets offer excellent breathability.  Our pillows are made in soft and firm weights in two sizes, standard UK pillow size (50 x 75cm) and Super King size (50 x 90cm).  The pillows are also 100% RSW filling inside a 220TC cotton outer casing.  The cotton used for all bedding is exactly the same and therefore colour matches.

 

Super King wool pillows
Super King Real Shetland Wool pillows

 

So, why choose wool?  Wool duvets and pillows are becoming very popular as they’re not only animal friendly (wool is a sustainable resource with no harm coming to the sheep when sheared) but an entirely natural product.

Wool is also breathable which means the body can regulate its own temperature during the night promoting deeper, sounder sleep.  Along with this benefit comes wool’s wicking ability; wool actively draws moisture away from the body which then evaporates, again, allowing for a more comfortable sleep.

Wool bedding is also an excellent option for those with allergies or asthma as wool is naturally resistant to dust mites as well as being safe for those who may react badly to down and feather.

The best way to enhance these ‘abilities’ is to hang your duvet to air every so often in order to allow the natural fibre to release any trapped particles.  This has always been the best way to care for non-soiled woollen products.

There are lots of other benefits of wool bedding, most of which have been summed up by the Wool Carpet Focus Group’s ‘Woolabilities’ videos.  You can learn more about these on the WCFG website ‘here’.

 

Our duvets and pillows are made in the UK using Real Shetland Wool, wool that is sourced exclusively from the Shetland Islands.  We make every effort to ensure that our products are as natural as possible so we do not denature our wool or add any nasty chemicals.  As such, please note that there may be a natural wool smell to our duvets and pillows.  A gentle airing will see this smell reduce.  All production is to the highest of standards with our wool being processed in the most Eco-friendly and efficient scouring plant of its type, in the world.

 

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Jamieson & Smith @ Woolfest 23-24 June 2017

Jamieson & Smith @ Woolfest 23-24 June 2017

Jamieson & Smith, The Shetland Wool Brokers, are making a long-awaited return to the brilliant Woolfest, the original British Wool festival which is held annually in Cockermouth, Cumbria.

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Shetland Wool Brokers

Set up by members of The Wool Clip, a Cumbrian wool co-operative, the event showcases the best of wool and wool crafts with many visitors attending from all over the world.  Entry on the door is just £10 (or £15 for a two day ticket), including parking and programme.  Children accompanied by adults are free to enter.

Jamieson and Smith last attended the event 10 years ago but are returning in 2017 armed with a dazzling array of yarns, knitting accessories, Real Shetland wool top, kits and books.

Visitors to the J&S stand (located in aisle J on stands J197 and 242) will be able to see every shade of their 2ply Jumper Weight yarn range in a stunning new show display.

Jamieson and Smith yarn display

J&S’s Kharis and Ella (guest patron of 2016’s Shetland Wool Week) will be on the stand to assist visitors with all their knitting needs – if you have any questions for all things Shetland, they are the perfect people to speak to.  You can hear more about their preparations and post-event updates via the J&S blog.

One special offer to take advantage of is FREE shipping on any orders taken during the show – with the wide selection of knitting goods J&S currently offer, they can’t bring everything with them.

If you would like to hear more from J&S, you can contact them directly via their website or by phone on 01595 693579.

You can also follow their blog or Twitter profile @Jamieson_Smith.

By Adam Curtis, Adam Curtis Online.

ACO

 

Vispring & Jamieson & Smith’s Flock Book Open Day – ‘Meet the Crofters’

Vispring & Jamieson & Smith’s Flock Book Open Day – ‘Meet the Crofters’

We all know that the sheep which grow our world famous Real Shetland Wool are very special but they can only do so much by themselves.  For Shetland Wool Week 2017, Jamieson and Smith and Vispring would like to offer you the chance to meet some of the devoted people who care for those sheep at Eric Graham’s Gremista Farm on Saturday 30th September.

Wool Week

The Vispring and J&S Flock Book Open Day brings you the opportunity to meet some of Shetland’s crofting community and Real Shetland Sheep as well as hear talks from J&S’s wool specialist, Oliver Henry.  Oliver will be demonstrating both what he looks for in wool ‘on the hoof’ and the raw fleece, this is a great opportunity to see Shetland Sheep in their real environment and will give an idea of the importance of the breed.

Event highlights:

  • Visit a real Shetland croft, courtesy of Eric Graham
  • Meet & speak to Shetland crofters and farmers
  • Mingle with actual Flock Book Shetland Sheep
  • Hear talks from J&S’s Oliver Henry on Real Shetland Wool and grading
  • Enjoy a lamb spit roast and refreshments
  • Learn more about Vispring, one of the Shetland wool industry’s biggest supporters
  • Event opens at 10.30am, running into the afternoon
  • Transport to/from venue from J&S shop, Lerwick (see the map below)

J&S Lerwick map

The event will run from 10am into the afternoon and (at the time of writing) tickets are available now from the Shetland Wool Week box office.  Some information can be found on the Shetland Wool Week website or you can contact J&S directly, either via their contact page or phone number: 01595 693579

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Oliver Henry at Jamieson & Smith giving one of his very popular wool talks about Real Shetland Wool and what he looks for in a good fleece

 

Crofters, Jamieson & Smith and Vispring…

The Shetland crofter, or farmer as we more commonly know them on the mainland, has excellent animal husbandry skills and works all year round maintaining and caring for their flock which are often spread across many acres of stunning Shetland countryside.

Shetland Croft

Once a year they shear their sheep and gather the wool, before bringing it into the J&S wool store to be weighed and sold.  J&S buy the vast majority of all wool grown in Shetland and have one-on-one dealings with most of Shetland’s crofting community.

Shetland Sheep

Once J&S take in the wool, the experienced team hand sorts and grades it before pressing into bales for sending down to Haworth Scouring Ltd, in Bradford.  Haworth is the most environmentally friendly scour of its type in the world so there is no better place to send Real Shetland Wool.

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Haworth Scouring Ltd, Bradford

Vispring, the UK’s premiere bed manufacturer, recognised the superb quality of Real Shetland Wool and fell in love with the Island’s crofting heritage.  Realising the fibre’s potential, Vispring began purchasing large quantities of Real Shetland Wool to use in their prestigious bed ranges.

Vispring Magnificence

In recent years, Vispring have supported the crofting community through J&S, by sponsoring competitions and various Shetland Wool Week events.  These include the Flock Book, Wool on the Hoof competition and the very popular, Vispring Fleece competition.

The Real Shetland Company & Adam Curtis Online will be at the event, showing support to J&S and Vispring.  We look forward to seeing you there!

By ACO & Real Shetland.

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Real Shetland Cushions

Real Shetland Cushions

Part of the ‘Natural Collection’ by The Real Shetland Company, the ‘Natural Cushion’ range replicated three of our best-selling throw designs in cushion form; Kingland, Hoga and Eswick.  Available now at £24.99 inc P&P (UK only) from www.adamcurtisonline.co.uk

 

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Real Shetland Wool Cushions.  From left to right; Hoga, Eswick & Kingland sat upon RS Sheepskins and throws.

 

Each of the cushions are approximately 14” from corner to corner, with an outer case woollen woven in a substantial Real Shetland Wool 2ply yarn for a rugged, practical handle.  Real Shetland Wool being wool sourced exclusively from the Shetland Islands.

 

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Inside the cushion there is a 100% fire-rated cotton inner pad which contains a generous amount of pure Real Shetland Wool cushion filling.

 

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Real Shetland’s cushion range compliments their Natural Throw range perfectly.  From left to right; Kingland, Eswick and Mousa.

The Natural Cushion range compliments the other products in the Natural Collection, woven using undyed Real Shetland Wool yarn (see the throw collection here).

 

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The range has been woven, hand stitched and filled entirely in the UK – as with all Real Shetland Company products, nothing is sent outside of the UK for production or packing.

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If you would like to know more about the cushion range, please contact Adam directly via the contact form, The Real Shetland Company website or via Adam Curtis Online.

Real Shetland Wool Heritage Throws

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Early Spring 2016 Adam Curtis Online, The Real Shetland Company and Jamieson & Smith proudly launched a range of stunning dyed throws made using the lovely Heritage Collection of Real Shetland Wool yarns.

If you would like to see the full collection or even buy one of them, please click here to see them.

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To explain in more detail about what went into making this special throw range, our very own Martin Curtis explains…

It all starts with the wool,  grown exclusively in the Shetland Islands by crofters and sheep farmers. Every individual fleece is graded and sorted for quality by Jamieson and Smith a.k.a ‘The Woolbrokers’. They buy the vast majority of wool that is grown in the Shetland Islands and pay the growers a proper price for it in record time. Fast pay makes friends fast in our world!

The sorted wool goes to our scouring plant in Bradford, Haworth Scouring Ltd, which washes the wool and removes dirt, grease and other unmentionables from the fleeces. Haworth is the most environmentally friendly scour of its type in the world and has more certificates and badges than the Chief Scout!

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The scour baths at Haworth Scouring.

Once scoured the wool goes to our combing department where it is carded and combed into a continuous sliver, called a top, which then goes to the spinner. This is called the worsted route – if you miss out the combing it is the woollen route – the difference is that by combing the wool all the fibres are made parallel and are smoother to the touch. The easiest example is if one compares a Harris Tweed cloth to a fine smooth suiting cloth, the Harris Tweed is woollen and the smooth suiting cloth is worsted. Both processes have their merits and much depends on what sort of a product you want to make as to which one is best. Up to now, our Real Shetland wool throws have been woollen spun but for this brand new bespoke designer range we decided to go the more expensive worsted route.

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Martin Curtis inspecting some lovely wool top at Haworth Scouring

The spinner will take the combed top and rework it so it is suitable for their plant. The yarn for this range is a 2 ply which means two finer yarns are spun individually and then are twisted together to make a single thicker but strong yarn. The yarn then goes to the dyer and for this range it is dyed to 12 different shades. The thickness of the yarn and the shades it is being dyed to are subject to much discussion and thought and designers have a great deal of input here. We chose to work with the same shades as were developed for the Jamieson and Smith Heritage collection of hand knitting yarns – for 3 primary reasons – they coordinate, the shades look wonderful and it makes it more economical. We love them!

So, at this stage we have yarn on cone in a dozen different shades and we need to get it woven into cloth. However, before we can start weaving we have to know what cloth designs we want and then get those designs translated into a form the weaver can work with. This is where we asked a team of highly talented designers for their help. They had the shades to work with and a blank canvas to create something rather special and befitting of the Heritage of Real Shetland wool! They work for some of the top designer labels in the world (I don’t think I can mention their names here but think of the highest high end names and they have probably worked with them!) and we couldn’t wait to see their designs. They drew the designs and coloured them in the chosen shades and showed us what they had come up with. I am going to frame the hand painted designs and hang them in my office.

We were not disappointed and the collection is unique and rather fantastic…but I would say that wouldn`t I? I have a couple of favourites but Adam has different ones and the team at Jamieson and Smith have theirs also. I believe we have a wonderful range of throws that will look good in the back of your car, draped over your bed or settee or favourite comfy chair, for taking to the ball game, the 5 star hotel or the log cabin. Our aim was to make a product that we could all be proud of and is also excellent value for money. I believe we have done that and  I  will let you know how the launch goes in due course. The cost of developing this range runs into many thousands of pounds and is a risk – but what better way to start 2016 than with something fresh and new and rather exciting for the Spring…

PS: Please remember, if something calls itself Shetland wool it probably isn’t genuine unless it has the registered trade mark, the 3 Sheep logo on it.

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The Real Shetland Wool ‘3 Sheep’ logo.

If you would like to follow Martin Curtis’ blogs, you can find him over on the NFU Countryside website or go direct to his blog page, here.

Please follow our blog page to see the second half of our Real Shetland Heritage Throw story.