Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Behind the Scenes with McKernan Woollen Mills


Layer up in luxurious Merino wool with our chic and cozy scarves. Handmade in the picturesque Lough Derg region in County Clare, Ireland, these scarves are the perfect fall into winter warmers. Join us for a look behind the scenes at the historic McKernan Woollen Mills to discover how they're made! McKernan Woollen Mills is a family-run business with a commitment to sustainable style. Merino wool yarn in a multitude of textures and color combinations is carefully selected for each design. 
The wool is then hand warped and then woven on historic 19th century shuttle looms. The knitted styles are made on modern, multi-gauge Stoll knitting machines which provide practically infinite design possibilities.



 Each scarf is then hand finished in the mill's workshop. With an aesthetic emphasis on creating timeless pieces, the materials and workmanship are of the highest quality.


  
It is through this focus on craftsmanship with original patterns, natural textures and harmonious colors that our artisans fabricate scarves which consciously deviate from quickly shifting fashion trends to become unique and treasured keepsakes.
 

Traditional skill and innovative passion for design go into each one of these pieces of wearable art, making them the perfect gift for yourself or the art lover in your life!  Until you can visit the mill in person for a guided tour, you can purchase the scarves here.

To view our entire collection of unique textiles, visit the Museum Shop online: https://www.artinstituteshop.org

Proceeds from all purchases support the Art Institute of Chicago's many programs. 



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