Note: if you would like multiple balls please contact me first as I will combine postage costs.
These shipping costs are for standard mail, not tracked or signed for. If you would like it tracked please contact me before buying.
Rugs in Arraiolos stitch have been made in Portugal since the 12th century. They are embroidered in pure wool over a jute canvas, in a slanted cross stitch with defined rules as to how to change direction etc. The wool was traditionally dyed with natural dyes. As a result, antique rugs have aged beautifully and can be very valuable.
They grace both palaces and small homes, and can be found as cushion covers, chair seats, wall hangings, small and large rugs, bags, etc. My yarn is spun from the wool of 100% Portuguese sheep in a small mill near the mountains in the centre of Portugal. According to my supplier, the wool of those sheep is ideal for tapestry as it is uncommonly thick and curly.
I think you will become totally addicted to embroidering with wool you have dyed yourself! The yarn dyes very well, see small butterfly motif in progress using with yarn dyed with cochineal, logwood and onion skin.