We're Adding Pillows from Røros February 02 2017Over the years we have offered pillows as an adjunct to our beautiful lines of blankets. But now, and over the next few weeks we will be bringing you new items from the great designers at Røros Tweed. We love them and we think you will too! The additions are: the Agnes, Asmund and Berg pillows so far, have a look and let us know what you think.
New Blankets Arriving Soon!! August 15 2015
We are so excited to announce that we will soon be receiving our selection of the new Naturpledd organic blankets by Røros Tweed. There are four motifs inspired by the woolen thread itself and the techniques used to make it into decorative and functional structures I.e., weaving, braiding, knotting and bailing.
The blankets contain only the sheep's natural colors excluding all dyes and additives resulting in a 100% natural product!
They will soon be available for pre-order on our website!!
Wellesley Marketplace November 25 2014
This past Saturday we participated in the Wellesley Marketplace run by the Wellesley Hills Junior Women's Club in Wellesley Massachusetts. We can truly say that it was one of the most impressively run and presented selling for charity events we have ever experienced. Since 1950, the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club has received citations from the General Federation, the Sears-Roebuck foundation, the Liberty-Mutual award, and from scores of philanthropic organizations and Lufina Wovens was proud to be a part of this event.
The turnout was fantastic; some 175 vendors and over 3,000 attendees all looking to shop for the great causes supported by the WHJWC. We met some wonderful people there who showed tremendous interest in the products offered by Lufina Wovens. This certainly went a long way in our minds toward proving that the appeal of beautiful and luxurious items will always be popular. And, that warming our homes and our loved ones in it with decorative blankets and throws will alway be in fashion and appeal to all who appreciate great accents in their homes.
We made some great new friends and saw many that we have know for some time. This is an annual event that we look forward to participating in for many years to come. In addition, Lufina Wovens ran its own raffle and what a great response we got from the crowd. The drawing was completed and this week we will send the winner a beautiful Alpaca throw just in time for the winter season.
Always Loving, Always Learning June 12 2014
At Lufina Wovens we're always looking to find out more about the animals whose wool is used in the products we offer on our website (lufinawovens.com). This week we took a trip to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts to visit Island Alpaca, an alpaca-breeding farm that has been operating for many years at this great location. Its gracious owner, Barbara Ronchetti, gave us a great deal of insight on how these animals are bred, fed and raised on her farm. Facts about the fleece that these animals produce and the animals themselves, many that we knew and others that we didn't, are just amazing.
For example, the younger an animal is when shorn, the softer the wool produced from their fleece. For this reason, the best and softest blankets, throws, pillows and clothing are woven from wool yarn created and harvested from young baby alpacas.
After our owner, Luanne, fell in love with one of the 70 alpacas in this herd, as you can see below, we got insight into many facts about these animals’ behavior and how they are raised. There will be more information shared over the next couple of weeks as we plan to cover a number of alpaca information categories but for now we’d like to share a few terrific photos of one beautiful spot and a great looking herd of Huacayo alpacas.
Huacayo alpaca wool as shorn comes in 22 certified colors, but white is rare.
A beautiful ranch on a beautiful island - Martha's Vineyard.
With just a lower set of teeth alpacas chew like a cow. They are adorable!
I was thinking today, as Mike and I photographed the cover of this year's holiday issue of InStyle magazine, in which our Arv blanket by Røros Tweed is prominently mentioned in their 2013 Holiday Gift Guide (page 396), how blessed we are to be starting a new venture together. Let's face it, we aren't kids anymore. We both have had long and successful careers in other industries, totally unrelated to what we are doing now. But alas, the world has changed. Long gone are the days when one graciously waltzed into a blissful retirement at age 65 with a gold watch in your pocket and a pretty pink drink complete with an umbrella in it, in one hand. The economy forced us to rethink this chapter in our lives. Rather than sitting around reading books, puttering in the garden and resting on our laurels, we have been forced to throw ourselves head first into a new venture, in a totally new world complete with a new language.
When Mike and I started our careers years ago, there were no computers, no cell phones, no Internet, certainly no Facebook, Twitter, Amazon or Ebay. Doing business with someone generally required setting a date weeks in advance, jumping in a plane, flying to a distant location, making Xerox copies, driving to their office, handwriting notes, doing the entire trip home in reverse and mailing whatever agreement you made by US Mail with a follow up conference call. Now all of that happens instantly within minutes of someone even thinking about a colleague or business associate. There are so many new ways to communicate efficiently and instantly. It is breathtaking and overwhelming at times for people of our generation. But how lucky we are to be in this new world. It keeps us relevant. It forces us to continually learn new things, experience wonder and joy in a way that probably would not be possible if we had settled into a more traditional retirement. Sure, occasionally we wish we could stay in bed a bit longer or just jump in the car for a long drive but all things considered we are blessed to be starting this new, challenging and invigorating new challenge. So at this time of year, when we reflect on what we are grateful for, among many other personal things, we are grateful for he opportunity to bring you some of the most beautifully made and simply luxurious blankets, pillows and throws, that hopefully you will share with your loved ones.
We wish you and your family the happiest, and coziest Thanksgiving!
Luanne and Mike