A gift fit for royalty! Beautifully woven, satin edged cot blanket, with matching knitted beanie
Grown, designed, spun and woven in New Zealand from the unique blue-grey wool of the rare Stansborough Grey sheep.
Individual heirloom textile pieces, woven on an historic loom. Exquisite quality to enjoy for a lifetime.
- Blanket makes a gorgeous cover for the cot. It has a beautiful loose, web-like weave, blending an overdyed coloured wool with natural. Measures 100 x 120cm / 39¼ x 47¼ inches.
- Made from a luxurious blend of Stanborough Grey wool and Alpaca
- Woven on a historic 19th Century loom
- Beanie is a super-soft, loose knit. Sized to fit a newborn, but stretchy for long use.
- Beautifully presented –wrapped in tissue, in a giftbox and with a story card
The Royal Connection
This Baby Blanket and Beanie were amongst the gifts sent from New Zealand for the birth of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge in 2015.
Twenty years ago, Cheryl and Barry Eldridge looked to diversify the farming activities on their Wairarapa sheep station, Stansborough. They obtained a small flock of rare grey sheep, originating from a small island off the coast of Sweden, and a herd of Alpacas. Over many years of selective breeding and hard work, the flock of blue-grey sheep number over twelve hundred and have wool that is unusually silky, soft and lustrous. ‘Stansborough Greys’ are now registered as a wool breed in their own right, and are the only sheep of their kind in the world.
The Eldridges personally attend the shearing, hand sorting and grading of the fleece of each animal. After the fleece has been professionally worsted spun, the yarn is then woven at their own historic weaving mill. The looms, that came out to New Zealand in the early 1900s, were developed in England to make fine worsted textiles and are ideal for creating beautiful heirloom textiles from a bygone era. 100% grown, inspired, designed and created in New Zealand, the end product is totally natural and eco-friendly; from the sustainable way the animals are farmed, right through to the hand finished textiles. The fibres used are in totally natural or biodegradable overdyed colours only.