Elvan is a mid grey throw which takes its name from the old Cornish word for greenstone. A particular type of greenstone, Blue Elvan, can be found on Trevose Head in North Cornwall.
It is the perfect gift, memento or keepsake for someone who loves the underlying complex geology of the headland or is fascinated by its archaeological history. Something to remind you of wonderful times spent in the Padstow and Trevose Head area when it’s cold and winter dark.
The undulating grey pattern of the Elvan throw embodies the deep folds of ancient Devonian slate and greenstone that forms the headland, and speaks to all those who love the rocks and caves, the blowhole on the headland and the blustery, battered and barren tip – Dinas Head. It also represents the small islands that stand offshore – The Bull and The Quies (or Cow and Calves).
And the Elvan throw also hints at what lies hidden below the green surface – Bronze and Iron Age archaeological cists and burial mounds, stone axes, flint arrowheads and shell middens.
The colour grey is there too in the grey seals that can be seen basking on the rocks around the headland; and the rare and uncommon birds – the skylarks, corn buntings, stone chats, peregrines, and fulmars that hunt, nest and feed and take sanctuary in the cliffs and the maritime heath and grassland of the headland.
And by buying one of these throws not only will you possess one of these highly collectible handwoven lambswool throws but I will be donating £50 from the sale to the National Trust’s Trevose Head Campaign – enough to repair and maintain 25 metres of footpath around Trevose Head.
I have arranged with the South West Regional National Trust to pay my donations directly to them on a periodic basis. You can see how my campaign is going by visiting my Just Giving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/madeleine-jude
Because each throw has been handwoven and individually washed and fulled product dimensions will naturally vary slightly.
Approximate dimensions are: 195 cm long x 110 cm wide
100% pure lambswool, dyed and spun in Scotland
These throws can be machine washed in a modern machine with a very trustworthy wool cycle using a specialist wool detergent. They can also be hand washed. However, due to wool’s natural tendency to felt when subjected to water, agitation and heat, there will be a small amount of shrinkage and felting even when hand washed. Therefore, much as I would prefer you to use more environmentally friendly methods of cleaning, it would probably be more prudent to have your throw professionally dry cleaned.
Having said which, if your throw simply needs freshening up then giving it a thorough shake and hanging it outside on a fine day will do just that. If you have got something stuck to your throw – it can happen to anyone if you like to snuggle up under your throw eating snacks – then just let it dry and you will easily be able to pick or brush it off.
Just remember, your throw once sat on a lamb’s back before being shorn and packed off to the spinners. A good shower of rain and a shake kept it clean then and unless you spill something that stains – like coffee, tea or red wine – on it, then the same treatment will work wonders for your lambswool throw too!