Carding Zwartbles fleece on a drum-carder (photo: John Lackie)
It's tempting to talk about 'weaving it all together' - in terms of science, creative writing and crafts!
My enthusiasm for weaving - initially of the lowest-tech, peg-loom variety - came from a desire to use the fleeces of our own sheep, and has grown from there. I exhibit and sell through the Percy House Gallery in Cockermouth, through various Craft Fairs, and privately.
I'm a member of the Eden Valley Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers; my fleeces are nearly all from locally-reared sheep breeds, and I buy thread for warps and assorted dyed 'twiddly bits' (such as Wensleydale or Blue-faced Leicester uncarded fleece) from the WoolClip co-operative, and help out at the wonderful, internationally popular WoolFest in Cockermouth each year.
I am delighted to undertake commissions, either using your own fleeces or one from my own very varied store. Please do get in touch to discuss your ideas - you can see images of some of my rugs, cushions, hand-bags and wall-hangings in the Gallery on this website.
Herdwick sheep are the iconic, hardy breed of the Lake District fells - and I specialise in producing rugs or other woven goods from their fleeces.
At WoolFest 2014, I and two folk musicians, Kathleen Robertshaw and Ally McGurk, presented a 'multimedia' event, Hefted to the Hills, about the Herdwick: do contact me to find out more.