For as long as I can remember I have loved Nantucket Island (off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts). It is here you will find Nantucket Looms which has a rich history and a wonderful product line. They are best know for their line of luxurious Cotton, Mohair and Cashmere throws, all produced in their weaving studios right above their Main Street retail store. They also offer a variety of unique and stylish home furnishings and gift items.
The welcoming women at Nantucket Looms gave me an informative tour of their weaving studios and how the process works. Nantucket Looms is a production hand weaving process. Once the loom is set up, (a detailed task), they are able to produce 7-8 throws.
In addition to their regular variety of beautiful throws I was really excited to learn of a special edition they weave each year for the Nantucket Conservation Foundation Inc. For this endeavor everything is exclusive to Nantucket even the sheep!! Here is how it works.
- Lovely sheep graze on conservation property on Nantucket. Their grazing conserves the unique grassland on Nantucket.
- In October the sheep are sheared during Nantucket’s Cranberry Festival.
- This wool is sent to the Twist of Fate Spinnery in Portland, CT where they spin it into various weights of yarn.
- The skeins of yarn come back to Nantucket Looms and they are woven into 4’x7′ organic, wool blankets.
Here are some more images from the weaving studio.
OK, lets go downstairs to the retail shop. My personal favorite item is the 100 % cotton, machine washable, 4’x7′ woven, throw. I love the weave pattern, color options, and the generous hand tied fringe and did I say…its machine washable! After you treat yourself to one of these don’t forget to keep it in mind as a wonderful wedding gift option. At $310. I think it is well worth the investment since you will have it for a very long time.
Oh and I cant forget the smaller items they offer like the lovely Wildflower and Glycerine soaps that are made in Rhode Island for Nantucket Looms.
Bye-bye Nantucket…I miss you already. If you want to learn more about Nantucket Looms, purchase a throw or shop for other items check out their website: www.nantucketlooms.com