Lightweight Wool: Godmother Stansborough Grayscale Blankets from New Zealand by

Issue 32 · Down Under · August 14, 2014

Lightweight Wool: Godmother Stansborough Grayscale Blankets from New Zealand

Issue 32 · Down Under · August 14, 2014

Spotted online at stylist Katie Lockhart's Auckland, New Zealand, shop, Everyday Needs: limited-edition, lightweight gray wool blankets with the intriguing label "Woven for Godmother." We had to know more and Lockhart was happy to fill us in.

The blankets are by Kirsty Cameron, a New Zealand director and costume designer (best known for her costumes for Whale Rider) who designs her own line under the name Godmother. The blankets are made of Stansborough Grey, a wool that turns out to have a complex pedigree. Known for its softness and natural grayscale colors, with glints of metallic sheen, it comes from a rare flock of sheep brought to New Zealand from Denmark in the 1970s. Farmers Barry and Cheryl Eldridge of Stansborough, a sheep station and woolens business in Wellington, have spent the last 12 years carefully breeding the flock for its fleece, which they turn into worsted wool. (Previously the exotic sheep had been farmed for their pelts, but use of the wool dates back to the Vikings, who incorporated it into their longship sails.) Cameron works with the Eldridge's signature Stansborough Grey lightweight wool, dying some of the fiber in a chemical-free process. It's then woven at the Stansborough mill and hand-finished.

Godmother Stansborough Wool Blankets from New Zealand | Remodelista

Above: The blankets are made in limited editions—there are only four to six of each colorway. The shades of gray are natural.

Godmother Stansborough Wool Blankets from New Zealand | Remodelista

Above: The Godmother Stansborough Grey Wool Blanket in Green is $445 NZD ($376 USD).

Godmother Stansborough Wool Blankets from New Zealand | Remodelista

Above: Each blanket has a hand-printed label.

Godmother Stansborough Wool Blankets from New Zealand | Remodelista

Above: The Godmother Stansborough Grey Wool Baby Blanket in a Grey Varied Stripe is $380 NZD ($322 USD).

Godmother Stansborough Wool Blankets from New Zealand | Remodelista

Above: Cameron is master at achieving muted colors.

Godmother Stansborough Wool Blankets from New Zealand | Remodelista

Above: The Godmother Stansborough Gray Wool Blanket in a Black Varied Stripe is $445 NZD ($376 USD).

Read more about the Everyday Needs shop in our post Elevating the Everyday in Auckland, New Zealand, and have a look at another of Katie Lockhart's local favorites: Wendyl Nissen's "No Nasty Chemicals" Cleaning Products. Go to Blankets & Throws to see more options from our archive.



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