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Hats off to head warmers!

Handwoven scarves, snoods, winter headbands and more, all inspired by the changing colours in the Somerset landscape

Somerset weaver Charlotte Martin, of Fruitbat Textiles in Ilminster, takes her inspiration from the Somerset countryside to create her collection of handwoven scarves and accessories.

woman wearing red purple scarf tied into a bow

Passionate about keeping traditional crafts alive, Charlotte uses British wool (sometimes from local sheep or lambs), Shetland wool, Alpaca and sometimes cashmere to make her yarn. The yarn may be left as it is, hand dyed using dyes she mixes herself or hand painted before she weaves it into her range of unique fabrics – she can weave about 3m a day – on her large loom.

Wrap up

The colours in this scarf are reminiscent of a winter sky over the Somerset Levels. Charlotte’s women’s scarves come in small or medium and many colours and designs. Even the small, lightweight scarves will keep you toasty warm. From £95.

Slip on a snood

The reds in this snood could be a winter Somerset sunset. The easy-to-wear alternative to a scarf, snoods provide warmth without bulk of a scarf and you can wear them over smarter clothes. Available in a range of sizes – mini, small, medium and large – from £50.

Hats off, head warmers on

Ready for a walk in the woods? We love the Autumnal golds and reds in this head warmer and scarf. Head warmers or headbands will keep your ears and head warm without overheating and the hokey pokey of a full hat (you put it on, you take it off, you put it back on…).  Lined with faux sheepskin/lambswool fleece fabric, they’re soft and cosy and an elasticated back ensures a snug fit. From £27.

Charlotte also makes hats, wraps/shawls and accessories for women and Peaky Blinder caps, scarves and accessories, including some cunning woven cufflinks, for men (there’s Crimbo coming up). You can buy online.

Fruitbat Textiles, Rose Mills Makers, Unit 3 Rose Mills Industrial Estate, Ilminster TA19 9PS. fruitbattextiles.co.uk

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