As is our tradition, the 12 Days of Christmas start early at Selvedge, and we celebrate by giving away a beautiful prize every day from our partners. From today until Thursday 19th December we will feature a different competition on the blog for 12 days. You have until 6pm GMT on 19th December to enter all the competitions.
We are delighted to be able to offer prizes from the following artisans and thoughtful companies this year: Mourne Textiles, Bloom & Wild, Wallace Sewell, Stitch by Stitch, Volga Linen, Noir, Designers Guild, Lapuan Kankurit, Bernina, Thames & Hudson, Gudrun Sjödén and Anta. We have blankets and throws, cushions, furniture, art books, flowers, clothes and even a sewing machine.
Today, we feature Mourne Textiles who are delighted to offer one Selvedge reader a choice of one of their handwoven Mourne Classic Blankets in charcoal, silver grey or blue. Mourne Classic is made from a wool and mohair mix that creates a lightweight tweed that exudes warmth and softness. The fabric has a distinctive texture and balance from the warp, which is set up with different weighted yarns that are unevenly threaded. Designer Gerd Hay-Edie likened the rhythm of the fabric and the oscillations in texture and tone to the continuously shifting position of the tide.
Mourne Textiles is a design-led manufacturer of handwoven products based in County Down. For three generations its master-weavers have produced the mid-century visions of Norwegian design pioneer and founder, Gerd Hay-Edie. Now led by Gerd’s grandson Mario Sierra, the company creates contemporary home furnishings inspired by a rich weaving heritage, rooted in the landscape and community of Northern Ireland – but with a contemporary, international, collaborative outlook. By harnessing the skills and traditions of the past with a modern, contemporary aesthetic, Mourne Textiles creates handwoven scarves, rugs and homeware products that acknowledge the rich heritage of weaving in Northern Ireland while always maintaining modern relevance.
Weaving is at the heart of everything that Mourne Textiles does, championing small-scale manufacturing. As well as employing locally, the company runs apprenticeships in weaving and teaches hand weaving to a new generation, thus keeping time-honoured skills alive. Rooted in the Mourne Mountains, the stunning landscape informs the company's approach and is reflected in the tones and textures of all that it produces.
You can read more about Gerd Hay-Edie in Selvedge Issue 75 Endeavour, in Loom Large by Eleanor Flegg: Gerd first came to Ireland in 1947. At the age of 42, she was already an experienced weaver and designer. She had previously designed textiles for the Welsh woollen mills and Nydalen, the largest textile mill in Norway, in the 1930s. Travelling with her English husband, she learned to weave on local looms in China and designed 22 hand-woven rugs for the Palace of the Maharaja of Gwalior in Calcutta. Then, almost inexplicably, she came to Northern Ireland and stayed.
To win this beautiful blanket, enter here.