Looms and sheep in the Cumbrian landscape
Hi, 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.
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.
I 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.