Shepherdess

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Herdwick Tweed | Shepherdess

This is Cumberland.

Out of ancient lands. Hewn from bracken edged fells.
Wrought of granite and slate
Carded by wild west winds. Wool, Yarn of Shepherds.
Cloth of Cumbria. Shepherdess inspiration. Justifiably unique.
Herdwick Tweed.

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Herdwick Common

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herdwick common Herdwick Common Book – CHERCHBI

Herdwick Common is a collaboration between two individuals whose shared appreciation of Cumbrian culture and landscape defines their taste in design and art. David Ellison is an emerging contemporary photographer whose style combines portraiture, documentary and contextual landscape photography. Adam Atkinson is the founder of Cherchbi.

Britain’s oldest sheep breed is inextricably linked with the Lake District and both subjects are emotive and internationally renowned. The book is unique in its contemporary presentation of this heritage-rich subject and will have local, national and international appeal.

 

 

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The Illustrated Herdwick Shepherd

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I am the luckiest man alive, because I get to live and work in the most beautiful place on earth: Matterdale in the English Lake District.

When I was a child we didn’t really go anywhere, except a week in the Isle of Man when I was about ten years old, and I never left Britain until I was twenty.

Even now, years later, the best bit of any travelling is coming home.

Bringing us into the world of shepherd’s baking competitions, sheep shows and moments out on the fell watching the sheep run away home, James Rebanks interweaves thoughts and reflections on the art of shepherding with his photographs of the valley, people and animals that make up the daily life of the fells. A life lived by the three hundred surviving fell farming families, this is a book of photos and words filled with reverence and love.

 

Available from bookshops or from Amazon

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The Wool Clip

The Wool Clip, Priests Mill, Caldbeck, Cumbria, CA7 8DR

Tel: 016974 78707

The Wool Clip began as a co-operative of Cumbria-based crafts people back in 2001. All enthusiastic designers and makers but many  were juggling work with farming, families and other commitments. They enjoy working with wool but also understand the threat to British wool and local sheep farming and the loss of traditiowool clipnal craft skills.
These and other herdwick wool products can also be bought at Priests Mill, Caldbeck through the Wool Clip Cooperative.

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Vicky Edmondson: Herdwick Clothes

Robinson Place Farm, Great Langdale, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9JS

Tel: 015394 37214

Owned by the National Trust, Robinson Place Farm is a traditional Lakeland Hill farm situated in the heart of the beautiful Langdale Valley.
The farm was build around the 17th Century and runs a stock of 1300 Herdwick fell sheep.
Using wool from her husband’s sheep, Vicky Edmondson knits a wide range of clothing of different designs and different sizes, including hats, lined cardigans, children’s jumpers … Her knitwear can be made to order.
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Crookabeck Herdwicks  Herdwick Wool & Knits

Crookabeck, Patterdale, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0NP

Tel: 017684 82742

Crookabeck Farm is in Patterdale by Ullswater in the English Lake District. farmshopmarybutton

The farm is home to our flocks of Angora goats and Herdwick sheep. The fleece from our goats and sheep is used to produce a range of mohair and wool products. These include mohair socks, Scarves, and floor rugs, Natural and hand dyed yarns. These are all available to buy online, by mail order, or from our own Farm Shop.

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Thermafleece

Thermafleece Insulation Soulands GateDacrePenrithCumbria CA11 0JF

Tel: 017684 86285

Thermafleece Insulation made from Herdwick wool

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Second Nature UK Ltd is the maker of “Thermafleece” sheep wool thermal insulation, an innovative recyclable product improving the energy efficiency of buildings made from fell wool including Herdwick.

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Wools of Cumbria Carpets Ltd

Tel: (0)15396 28120

Wools of Cumbria Carpets is proud to be able to offer wool grown, sheared, scoured, spun and made into carpet within 100 miles of the centre of Cumbria.
Broadloom carpet and tiles, from our ‘Graphite, ‘Designer Graphite Stripe’ and ‘Colourwash’ ranges can be sold and delivered direct to the consumer anywhere in the UK.  WOCC stand
Every square metre sold provides funds for the HSBA.

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Wild Wool Barn

Wild Wool Barn & Workshop Routen Farm, Ennerdale, Cleator, Cumbria, CA23 3AU

Tel: 01946 861270

In the Wild Wool Workshop textile artists, Susan Denhan-Smith, designs and produces a wide range or textiles and accessories using traditional methods. She spins, weaves and felts with the local Herdwick wool from one of the oldest flocks in the country.   You can visit The Wild Wool Workshop to see the unchanged processes in action and watch as hand-made rugs are woven, yarn is spun and wool is transformed into beautiful accessories

 

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“Herdy” Tup

Tel: 01539 739202

Our friends at the herdy company are great supporters and celebrators of our amazing breed, through their business and on-going work behind the scenes with the herdy fund.

Their latest creations have been the ‘My Herdy’ limited edition family – bringing the breed to life in a loveable series – first the My Herdy Ewe (sold out), then earlier this year the My Herdy lamb; and now, the magnificent My Herdy Tup.

In designing the ‘daddy’ of the family, the folk at herdy HQ had to decide whether to make him a true Tup in every sense of the word. There are obviously two particular features that make the male Herdwick valuable and they were keen to replicate this!

Spencer Hannah from herdy tells us: “The brief to Merrythought, England’s last remaining teddy bear manufacturer, was to make My Herdy Tup ‘complete’ with his two ‘most valuable assets’. We are all thrilled with the result – My Herdy Tup, with his lovely curled horns and magnificent mane, is a beautiful and truly unique soft toy, and a worthy tribute to this very special animal.”

Sarah Holmes from Merrythought said: ‘It’s definitely the first time we’ve ever been asked to make a soft toy which is so anatomically correct! We have always had such fun making the My Herdy collection pieces, and this one really made us all smile.

Each one has been lovingly handmade at our workshop from pure alpaca, a wool we always use because of its softness and suitability for soft toy making. The finishing touch to each My Herdy Tup is his hand-embroidered nose and smile, so no two will be exactly the same.’

The Herdwick sheep inspired the creation of Herdy back in 2007, and through the company’s responsibility agenda, they find ways of of supporting all kinds of rural community initiatives; upland fell farming and the Herdwick sheep, through the herdy fund.

My Herdy Tup, a numbered limited edition of 250 pieces, presented in a hand made box. Handmade in England for herdy by Merrythought. Price £119.

Read lots of other stories on  the herdy blog and  for more about the making of My Herdy Tup here

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