Knitting is a generational story. Techniques that have been passed down from mother to daughter for generations. Ancient secrets are hidden in each piece’s unique stitch structure. I’m going to fill you in on this piece’s secrets and the special design journey it takes to become the heirloom you’ll receive.
Climbing Vine Shrug
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- Whimsical Wedding Shrug
- Sustainable Certified 100% Cashmere
- Hand Crochet 100% Silk Embroidery
- Soft, lightweight, and comfortable
- Made by hand in our Indiana studio
- Free shipping
- Scroll down to read about this piece’s loving journey.
Esther designs each leaf flower herself through a trial and error process, one tiny crochet at a time.
A peek inside Esther’s sketch book
We start with our yarn - 100% Pure Cashmere. Inherently one of the softest qualities of yarn, with natural anti itching properties, we chose this yarn because of it’s quality, warmth, and our Cashmere vender’s commitment to sustainability.
This Cashmere was certificated from the Sustainable Fiber Alliance (SFA), The Good Cashmere Standard (GCS), and the International Cooperation Committee of Animal Welfare (ICCAW). Read more about the exciting meaning behind these names on our Sustainability Page.
The hand crochet vines are made from a luxurious ribbon like 100% Silk yarn. This fiber does not have any certifications.
The knitting is done in our Indiana studio on a vintage, hand operated, knitting machine. The carriage (which holds the yarn as it passes over hundreds of needles) needs to be pushed back and forth to create each new row. It’s a process that requires warmed up shoulders and a few yoga breaths. Over 1000 rows go into each of our shrugs– it’s a beautifully slow journey that grows one millimeter at a time.
Once the last stitch is stitched, we start a finishing process that is called Blocking. Before the piece is sewn it’s washed in cold water. This makes the finished yarn softer, and gently stretches each stitch so they are perfectly uniform.
The knit is stretched out flat and pinned to the shape of its pattern using hundreds of tiny, little silk pins and left to dry overnight. This locks the shape in place so it does not warp when wearing.
The seams are sewn together in a process called linking. This is done with a tiny crochet hook, looping each stitch one at a time & matching fashion marks together, to create thin, strong seams seen here.
Once linked, our delicate crochet vines are hand sewn to the shrug to create our whimsical neckline.
The final step in this journey is a signature.
Our garments are family heirlooms and their packaging needs to keep them safe. Our packaging are custom made wooden boxes -- protective ecosystems that safeguard your shrug from gravity, moths, and the aging effects of time.
Skillfully made by local woodworker, Dustin Case. He makes the boxes in his Indiana studio using cedar wood certified by the Forrest Stewardship Council (FSC).
Inside each box are step by step instructions for how to care for you piece. We believe that sharing how to properly care for your clothing is a form of love. A special kind of inheritance that you can pass on to future generations.
Thank you for following along on your piece’s creative journey! My hope is that the warmth that we whisper in each hand-crafted stitch, keeps you feeling loved and beautiful the day of your wedding.
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