Since the summer of 2016 LGWSD member , Madeleine Jude, has been working alongside the South West Regional National Trust on a collection of limited edition lambswool throws. Sales of the throws from The Trevose Head Collection will go towards supporting the work of the Trust in protecting one of Cornwall’s most spectacular headlands – Trevose Head close to Padstow in North Cornwall.
Trevose Head is a breathtakingly rugged and beautiful headland that has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Madeleine’s ambition is to weave 100 of these beautiful throws, the design of which is inspired by the natural habitat of this very special headland. She will be donating £50 from the proceeds of each sale with the aim of raising £5000 – enough to maintain the entire coast path around the headland for one year with a little to spare for wildlife habitat management.
The project will take 400 Km of pure lambswool yarn – roughly the distance from Madeleine Jude’s weaving studio on the London/Surrey borders to Trevose Head.
The Trevose Head Collection
There are four handwoven lambswool throws to choose from, each representing one of four elements:
- Pen Trenfos – a green throw to represent the wild headland itself
- Melyn – an ochre yellow throw for the surrounding golden sandy beaches
- Keynvor – a Cornish blue throw for the tempestuous blue sea that surrounds the headland
- Elvan – a mid grey throw that represents the underlying rocks and archaeology hidden just below the surface of Trevose Head.
The Trevose Head Collection of handwoven lambswool throws cost £185. Madeleine will be donating £50 to the National Trust’s Trevose Head Campaign Fund.
Madeleine Jude’s connection with Trevose Head
Madeleine’s love of Trevose Head goes back to her childhood and has been a major influence on her creative development. It is the result of her mother’s wish to bring her family to Cornwall each summer so that she could share her own love of the place where she grew up.
The family stayed in Parson’s Hut, a tiny stone hut that had been restored by a friend of her mother’s family. Reputed to have been the home of a smuggler or ship wrecker called Tom Parsons, the hut was as basic as one can get, with no electricity or running water. Drinking water was collected from a spring in the cliffs, washing water was collected from the roof.
About Madeleine Jude
Madeleine Jude’s love of textiles began very early. Hardly surprising, coming from a family (on her mother’s side) of Lancashire mill managers, spinners and weavers in the 19th and early 20th centuries, pre-industrial Manchester silk weavers before that, and on back to Lancashire yeoman sheep farmers and weavers.
Madeleine is known best for her beautifully soft and eminently collectible lambswool throws which are both designed and woven by hand by Madeleine in her London/Surrey studio.
To find out more visit: Madeleine Jude