Melyn is the Cornish word for yellow, and so of course the yellow Trevose Head throw represents the wind rippled sandy beaches and dunes that lie to east and west of Trevose Head.
It is the perfect gift, memento or keepsake for someone who adores the simple charms of family life on the beach, or a stroll among the sand dunes hunting out the rare and unusual flora and fauna of the lowland area below the headland itself. Something to remind you of wonderful times spent in the Padstow and Trevose Head area when it’s cold and winter dark.
The Melyn throw conjures up fun and family life, the health promoting sun, the opportunity to idle with a book whilst watching over children at play and looking out to Trevose Head and the sea, and the simple pleasure of walking the strandline and marvelling at the many different seashells found there.
It also symbolises the dune grassland – habitat of the rare White Sandhill Snail, an edible snail that you will find in clusters atop tall stems, baking in the sun, reminding us of the Mediterranean cliffs from where it originates. Amongst flora and fauna Melyn represents the Golden Samphire, Birdsfoot Trefoil commonly known as ‘Eggs and Bacon’, the Gorse, and Lady’s Bedstraw that adorn the coastal footpath.
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!