Just Wool Textiles X PTSD UK

Just Wool Textiles X PTSD UK

We’re excited to announce that Just Wool Textiles are supporting PTSD UK and have created two beautiful scarves and neck warmers inspired by the PTSD UK brand colours and our clouds. 

We’re so thrilled that Just Wool Textiles is supporting PTSD UK by creating a gorgeous collection of hand-dyed, handwoven, and hand-finished scarves, neck warmers, and even a cozy throw!
 
Neil, the founder of Just Wool Textiles, who personally struggles with C-PTSD, skillfully crafts these high-quality pieces using traditional handlooms and designed this unique PTSD UK pattern to help support us. And the best part? For every standard scarf or neckwarmer sold, Neil will donate £7 to PTSD UK, and for every throw, it will be a £10 donation.    

The colours along the length of the scarf are our PTSD UK brand colours: the colours of the lotus flower.

The main body represents the sky, this has to be carefully dyed to achieve the effect when woven. 

Neil shares why he wanted to support PTSD UK by making these scarves and neck warmers, ‘I took-up hand-weaving as a hobby almost ten years ago. I needed something to distract the mind, as at the age of 38, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, which coincided with being made redundant from a management role.
 
Ultimately, it took three years to bring the condition under some form of control, and as I like to be productive, and stay occupied, I developed my hobby into a business.
 
Arthritis has joined the happy band, and long-Covid breathing issues from January this year.  I often say I collect conditions like most people collect stamps! 
 
I’ve managed C-PTSD for quite a bit longer than that. Between the ages of 12 & 21, I did not enjoy the best of family homes, and although I manage the best I can, it is a condition that can disrupt life.
 
This is what bought about the desire to support PTSD UK.
 
Hand-weaving brings me joy, and to the customers I work for as well. I only work with naturally fibres & soft ones at that. The merino & alpaca wool I use are perfect next to the skin.
 
I don’t use plastics in anything I do, nor my wrapping, but each one is wrapped to delight.’

How they’re created

The essential base ingredient for handwoven creations is non-itchy quality British wool (some blended with Silk) & British-spun cotton. 

Just Wool Textiles use suppliers who can trace the fibres to source, ensuring quality of supply.  It matters where they come from & how they’re produced.

Neil hand-dyes when he needs colour in small batches.  Hand-dyeing takes time, but the results make it worthwhile. 

Consideration for water & energy usage as well as caring for the fibres is also thought about.  A microwave provides heat for the dyeing as opposed to gas on the stove as this is more energy efficient & water is reused where there will be no detriment to the colours to be dyed.

A manual spinner removes excess water & the fibres are then allowed to dry naturally.

NeilI uses traditional handlooms, checking edges for neatness & fabric for the right tension by hand, there is no magical device to assist. 

Depending on the fibres used, making a Scarf starts at around three hours, a large throw around twenty-four. Hand-tying the fringes can take over an hour, Baby Blankets have over four-hundred pairs to tie.

Each piece takes time to give you years of enjoyment.’

You can find out more and order your Just Wool Textiles PTSD UK items here

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