Aged seven, my grandfather David McAuslin arrived in Bluff aboard the Christina MacAusland after three months by sea from Glasgow in 1875.
His father William was a stone mason..... destination Oamaru. McAuslins were skilled craftsmen, including weavers in Lanarkshire mid 18th Century.
When I set up my business, it seemed appropriate to use the McAuslin name together with a strip of Buchanan tartan as labels on my lovely scarves. The McAuslin whanau being part of the Clan Buchanan.
I like to think I am continuing the tradition of creating excellent quality and specialty products to discerning customers. My hand dyed wool is labelled Hazel McAuslin’s Wool for my mother Hazel who was an avid knitter, keeping my husband in hand knitted socks for over 20 years.
I have been dyeing wool for a long time, with natural products including onions and eucalyptus I use the best non toxic chemical dyes on wool. Including dyes that were created for the soft furnishing industry, so they are both light fast and colour fast.
Looking for inspiration one day, I came across the idea of dyeing wool to replicate the plumage of our unique / taonga native birds.
I now hand weave scarves with this wool to match 15 birds... you can decide which favourite bird scarf will keep you warm in winter!
Potters co op - 14 Stuart Street Dunedin
The Albatross Colony - Tairoa Head/Pukeora, Dunedin
Felt Princess Wool Shop - Crawford St Dunedin
Orokonui Eco Sanctuary - Waitati, Dunedin
Wool Store and More, Waikouaiti Otago
Photographic acknowledgement: Rhonda Hooper