Stansborough Fibres Report
Posted November 11, 2005 12:57 pm by Tirian
NarniaWeb moderator Coracle sent in this lovely report after discovering Narnia and Stansborough at her local agricultural show. She’s included wonderful descriptions of Stansborough’s new Narnian product line – thanks, Coracle!
I can no longer avoid spotting Narnia, no matter where I go. I was with a group of people visiting our city’s large agricultural show yesterday, when I noticed the familiar Narnia poster outside a display tent. “Oh! Narnia!” I exclaimed, “I have to look in here.”
Going through the tent entrance was not like opening the Wardrobe door, and nor did I have the chance to shut myself in (it was far too hot for enclosed spaces anyway). But once inside, I quickly found the wonderful Stansborough displays of Narnian and Middle Earth products.
I introduced myself to Cheryl and Barry Eldridge, who were very pleased to meet a Narniawebber in person, and allowed me to take photos; Cheryl invited me to try on a cloak, so I chose Lucy’s red one. Does it suit me?
The wools are so soft in all these scarves, sashes, tunics and cloaks. The reds and golds really appeal to me personally; how I wish I had been able to buy a whole set of them! Cheryl told me that the dwarf tunics are made in child sizes, as people buy them for their children, not themselves. I was also allowed to try on one of the Lucy berets, crocheted to the pattern I have already tried from The Wardrobe Door. (Theirs were very neatly done!) These look like being a popular item for girls in the coming northern winter.
The designs on the scarves and tunics are woven in; they’re simple-looking, suggesting Narnians are plain, down-to-earth people (hmm, a bit like hobbits?)
The pointy part on Orieus’s tunic goes down under the front legs and attaches to the rest of his costume. The satyrs wear a sash, not a scarf. Maybe that helps to distinguish them from fauns?
The lovely little Narnian winter scene behind me was custom made by the Eldridges, including the lamp. With a little imagination we were in wintry Narnia – although it was certainly summer “back there” outside the tent, with the temperature at 29 degrees C.
In another corner of the tent it was Middle Earth, with a rack of beautiful soft, natural wool scarves and flat caps (and a cardboard Frodo modelling them). Barry was modelling one of their world-famous grey Elven cloaks, and very kindly posed beside a LOTR poster.
– Coracle, 11 November 2005.