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North Carolina Fair Isle Wool Cardigan

Martha Owen


100% Made in NC wool cardigan, from the sheep to the hand worker. Inspired by patterning and construction of garments from Shetland, Scotland. The body of the wool cardigan was knitted in the round and then cut open. Dark brown is the color of “Mr. Spatz” of Martha Owen’s flock, dyed colors are from natural dyes.

  • 24″ x 20″
  • Wool natural sheep color and natural dye, kid mohair, Bakelite button
  • Dyed blue: indigo, rust: mushrooms, yellow: marigolds, purple: cochineal insect
  • Hand carded, spun and mill spun yarns combined in multi color knitting

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Martha Owen

Using inspirations from antiquity and nature I individually design yarns and custom made knit wear of wool and angora from my own managed flock of sheep. All colors are from the sheep or the natural/vegetable dye pot. A sheep is sheared, the wool washed, dyed, picked, and carded. Each thread is spun one at at time on a spinning wheel, and is then hand knitted into custom made garments. Some fleece is sent to a mill that guarantees my wool back to me in a simple yarn that I often dye. Related products such as roving, blankets and sheep skins are sometimes available. There is nothing like wool to show comfort and connection to a sustainable and healthy environment.

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