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Looms and sheep in the Cumbrian landscape

 

FornsideHi, I’m Pam Hall and I moved to my family farm, Fornside, in St John’s in the Vale in 1997. The farm has a long history with Norse origins, the current farmhouse dates from the mid 17th century. The farm is in a beautiful setting, nestling in the floor of the valley against a backdrop of some of the highest fells in England. The surrounding landscape is ever changing and forms endless inspiration for my colours and designs.

The farm has a main flock of Herdwick sheep and also a small flock of Shetlands and Gotlands. There are also 4 lovely self catering cottages on the farm, converted from traditional stone barns.

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My particular interest is in weaving using the fleece and yarns from my own sheep. In tune with the wonderful landscape of Cumbria I use my wool in natural shades and hand dyed to produce a range of textiles including such things as rugs, table runners, bags, cushions, tablet cases etc.

 

IMG_5163I am also a founder member of the Wool Clip, a woolly co-operative with a retail outlet in Caldbeck and organisers of Woolfest. I also collaborate with Mary Bell as Helvellyn Herdwicks, producing a range of rugs and throws woven at Farfield Mill in Sedbergh.