The tweed will be available in spring 2022
Lake District Tweed – Sustainably Hefted Cloth is a new initiative to connect the history and culture of wool production in the Lake District with contemporary Lakeland farming through the creation of thirteen distinctive Lake District valley tweeds. The tweed will be made with the wool from farms located around the main Lake District valleys and the designs will be a reflection of some of the aspects of each valley that make them unique and special. The project has been part funded by FIPL (Farming in Protected Landscapes) and a Kickstarter campaign.
In the first year, Spring of 2022 we will have four tweeds and four throws available for Coniston, Windermere, Ullswater and Ennerdale.
Farmers will receive a good price for their wool plus 10% profit from sales.
Tweed is approx. 145cm wide
Throws are 145cm x 175cm
Phil Mulcaster is a farmer and shearer and he also works for the National Trust. He shears our sheep for us every year and we are delighted to be working with his Texel mule wool.
Sadie and Nick Edmonson farm just up the road on Nick’s family farm. Sadie is a fantastic knitter and seamstress so I’m delighted to use their wool as I’m sure Sadie will make some fabulous products from the tweed. We will blend their Texel mule wool with Phil Mulcaster’s wool.
Some of our Cheviot wool has been added to this blend too.
The Heaton family have Mules, Bluefaced Leicesters and Gritstone sheep. Alice is a member of Young RBST and shows her prize winning rare breed Gritstone sheep. Both Alice and her mum Sarah do a lot of work to promote their fantastic rare breed sheep.
Rob and Lisa Berry have only been farming a few years but they are incredibly passionate and breed excellent Swaledales and Swaledale Mules and Bluefaced leicesters. We will blend their Bluefaced Leicester wool with the Heaton wool.
Sam Rawling and Sam’s partner Lizzie Weir have provided us with their Herdwick and Cheviot mule wool. They are a lovely young farming family and we are very happy to be working with them.
Farmer and writer James Rebanks keeps Herdwick sheep. We take his wool clip every year and some of it we have spun into tweed to make Shepherd’s Bags. It was this collaboration that got me thinking about working with more farmers across the Lake District, so we are delighted to be able to use his wool in this new project too.
The tweeds were designed by the Lancs & Lakes Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers.
Woven Textile Designer Louise Dixon worked with the Guild to translate their designs for the commercial weaving mill.