Cross Blanket

Polar vortex, pshaw! No cold will bother you when you’ve got this Cross Blanket from Pia Wallén wrapped around you. Especially because in Swedish folk art tradition, the cross is a strong symbol for hope, so you’ll be doubly optimistic whenever you wrap it around yourself (note: the smaller size could be appropriate for a little one’s crib/bed). Or, if you really want to spend some dough and have the larger, wool version, the original Crux Blanket is available as well.

Purchase Information:

Price: €72.00
Available from: Pia Wallén

Wooly Wood Throw

How about a Wooly Wood Throw to keep you warm this winter? Soft and reversible, this 100% lambswool throw is woven in Scotland and designed by Donna Wilson. Drape it nicely over a sofa or chair back or keep it at the end of the bed, and it’ll be ready to warm up your appendages at a moment’s notice.

Purchase Information:

Price: £195.00
Available from: Donna Wilson

Pie Chart Patchwork

Does anyone have a baby I can borrow? Just for two minutes? That way I can buy this Pie Chart Patchwork, set the baby down on it, and say, “Hey, little person, how happy are you on this wonderful, rainbow, lambswool thingamajig?” After the baby smiles (because of course he/she would, sitting on a thing of wonder such as this), I would return him/her, because then my purchase would be entirely justified. I don’t know what I would do with it after that (a throw on a sofa, perhaps?) but I’ll think of something.

Purchase Information:

Price: £262.50
Available from: Donna Wilson

Hopewell Quilts

Minimal quilts! Feast your eyes upon the offerings of Hopewell, the design workshop of Eliza Kenan and Claire Oswalt. Of course I need one of these, because when does a chill not sweep through the house on any given evening? Or, perhaps there’s a bare spot on the wall or a lonely chair that needs a a few blocks of color artistically placed… yes, there’s at least one of those in every home, for sure.

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00 - 395.00
Available from: Hopewell

Great Lakes Quilt

Haptic Labs have a new design out that’s perfect for any fan of the Upper Midwest. The Great Lakes are mapped out on a navy blue background and covers everything from Duluth, MN to Rochester, NY. Certain cities are stitched in red and the lakes are hand-appliqued. Limited quantities available, so you’d best move fast if this quilt is calling your name.

Purchase Information:

Price: $219.00
Available from: Haptic Lab

Lumberlander Camp Blanket

Sleeping under the stars? Make sure you stay warm with a camp blanket like this wool/cotton blend designed by Best Made Co. (of the Axes) and made by Pendleton Woolen Mills. It gets extra points for its included leather blanket sling, and you’ll get extra points for having a warm blanket that’s easy to carry to and fro the campsite (or the linen closet, as the case may be).


Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

RELAX Quilted Picnic Blanket

Of course, the weather is not anywhere nice enough to have a picnic outside, but there’s only a few of these ‘RELAX’ blankets around, and you’d be upset if you missed out just because it’s January. Seeing as the blanket is quilted and looks rather robust, it would do well as a sit-and-dine surface*. Plus, we all need reminding to stop and smell the roses, no matter what our surroundings may be.

Purchase Information:

Price: $120.00
Available from: Cynthia Rowley

Danish Wool Blanket

Maybe a decent throw will keep you from turning up the thermostat this winter? This colorful rhombus/triangle design will look just at home on the back of the sofa as it will tucked around your legs for warmth. 100% new wool, in various colors (or colours, as they say).


Purchase Information:

Price: £72.50
Available from: Mar Mar Co.

Shield of Wings Blanket

Now you can pretend to be eagle soaring around your home while you keep warm. There’s still a few chilly nights before summer sets in, right? This blanket is by the same company that makes the funny/wonderful Sealpelts.

Designed by Vk Prjnsdttir.
100% Icelandic wool.
250 x 135cm

Purchase Information:

Price: $475.00
Available from: Third Drawer Down

Aicf 20th Anniversary- Martinez Blanket

You can help fund scholarships for the American Indian College Fund by buying this blanket. As if we needed extra reasons. Some of the other blankets are pretty eye-catching as well, and have me wondering where I might fit one into my home.

Legendary Southwest ceramic artist Maria Martinez 1887-1980) is renowned for her black-on-black pottery, re-creating an ancient art form until then seen only in museums. In the Tewa pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico, she was known for making the thinnest pots in the fastest amount of time. She shared her traditional techniques and skills with her family, her Pueblo and the world, in keeping with her belief that an individual could not succeed without supporting the group.

64″ x 80″

Thanks to Jason for the link.

Purchase Information:

Price: $275.00
Availability: Buy Aicf 20th Anniversary- Martinez Blanket here

Haptic Lab Quilts, Soft-Maps

I might be late on the bandwagon to see Emily Fischer’s Soft-Maps, but it’s better late than never. Her to-scale maps quilted onto blankets are pretty wonderful. Custom orders are available and word on the street is that the quilts make excellent gifts for big life events (weddings, etc.). Readymade has an HDYGTFAJ interview with her, I recommend it.

Shown above: Map area: WIlliamsburg Bridge to McCarren Park, BQE to East River
Map details: handstitched waterfront, parks and bridge
Queen (88″ x 96″): $3,600.00
Twin (50″ x 70″): $2,400.00

Mini-quilts are also available at a more affordable price: 18 x 24″ or 24 x 36″.

(This item’s link and price was updated 05/05/10.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,400.00
Availability: Buy Haptic Lab Quilts, Soft-Maps here

Bird Plaids by Alice Rosignoli

Fairytales and folklore? Yes, please. These wool quasi-throws/wraps will remind you to improve your storytelling skills.

BIRD PLAIDS are three plaids inspired by Chinese kites that have a recorded history of over 2500 years. Chinese kites have unique, outstanding and manifold motives and forms. They can be animals like birds, turtles, butterflies, fireflies, frogs, fishes and other kinds of marine life, all based on spirits, ghosts, fairytale and folklore. BIRD PLAIDS wrap people up in their large, cosy wings, bringing the spirit of storytelling night in the home, adding value to the comfort of wool.

Dimensions: 200 x 140 cm
Email designer to order, fyi.

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

Klippan Billgren Wool Blanket

Oh my, are you not completely smitten with these blankets? I sure am; the only difficulty is choosing between them.

Over the years, Klippan’s designers have created new patterns that have been well appreciated and this year is no exception. This year Klippan asked Ernst Billgren to design an anniversay blanket to celebrate Klippan’s 15th year since they launched their first wool blanket using almost fogotten production techniques. Ernst Billgren is regarded as one of Sweden’s most treasured artists. He is also a member o fthe Swedish Art Academy since 1997. Unique in his diversity, his designs often reflect nature, mythology and national romanticism. The Billgren blanket an incredible work of art in itself, is available in Brown/Beige and Black/Grey 100% Wool .

51.1″ (130 cm) x 70.7″ (180 cm)

$220.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $220.00
Availability: Buy Klippan Billgren Wool Blanket here

Muse collection by Mae Engelgeer

I’m completely smitten with Mae Engelgeer’s Muse Collection, especially the white and black bow pillow (not shown) and throw (bottom left). If they didn’t cost slightly more than I am willing to pay, they’d both be shipping to my house right this very second.

The collection consist out of throws and cushions in different sizes. This series is a celebratory ode to her muse, the decorative symbol the bow.The fabrics are all double sides and made out of mohair, thick acrylic and lurex yarns. The fabrics she created are manufactured in the Textile Museum in Tilburg.The colours al mingles into a happy and colourful but still very stylish mix, and the plaids look like precious jewels in object of arts.

Muse cushion L, red, € 299.95, Buy it here.
Muse throw, orange/red/off-white, € 550.00,
Buy it here.
Muse throw, white/black, € 525.00,
Buy it here.
Muse cushion S, mix off-white, € 225.00, Buy it here.

Virtue Blanket

As some of you might be aware, wedding season is fast approaching. If you’re looking for a gift for upcoming nuptials, you should (of course) get them something off their registry. However, if the couple has thumbed their noses at the tradition of registering (or if you’re a stickler for putting thought and effort into every gift), then maybe something like this would be a perfect thing to wish them well.

“The Virtue blanket (155 cm x 210 cm) is finely knitted using high quality, undyed Icelandic wool. It warms us, at the same time reminding us to be virtuous. The pattern is derived from the decorations on the virtue cloths reworked in a contemporary style, but with the historical background of the virtue cloths in mind. It is a symmetrical, abstract form that each individual can interpret in his or her own way.”
by Mary (Olof Maria Olafsdottir)

Size: 155 cm x 210 cm
Colors: grey, brown and black

$208.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $208.00
Available from: Birkiland