The Farmer’s Yarns


Saturday 3rd July
10am – 4pm followed by panel discussion at 4.30pm (details TBC)

About this event

Join stallholders from across the UK to celebrate the versatility of British wool with us.

Organised by local farmer Maria Benjamin (Dodgson Wood), this special one day festival will showcase many innovative businesses using British fleece to create sustainable income streams that make the most of this amazing but much under-used resource. Take a crochet and knitting lesson, browse yarns and knitwear, watch Herdwick wool rope making demonstrations and meet local farmers with native and rare-breed sheep. 

Refreshments and light lunches will be available from The Farmer’s Arms kitchen throughout the day. 

The day will conclude with a panel discussion at 4.30pm about British wool and increasing its value for farmers.
Further details TBC.


The festival’s confirmed stall holders include:

Shear Delight -
part of the brand Dodgson Wood, selling native and rare breed fleece to make knitting wool, tweed bags and jackets.

Jennie Hill –
a Cumbrian farmer selling Herdwick sheepskins.

Chrissie Day –
a small publisher / designer creating knitwear from the North Pennines. Totally British from "Fleece to Finish”.

Northern Yarn -
celebrating locally sourced British wool and yarns from independent producers and farmers.

Oubas Knitwear –
Cumbrian knitwear brand working exclusively with British artisans and ethically sourced materials from leading woollen mills and spinners.

Sheepfold –
a Cumbrian farmer with a range of wools from specific sheep breeds, many being from a single breed of sheep often in flocks here in Cumbria.

The Felted Herdwick –
a Cumbrian farmer using her Herdwick fleece to make needle felt products.

Hawkshaw Sheep –
a farmer from the Borders in Scotland creating natural coloured yarns from her own sheep fleece.

The Wool Clip – 
established as a co-operative in 2001, they add value to British wool and to celebrate the very best of this sustainable natural fibre.

Levens Knit and Sew –
local crafts person Sally Cowell will be teaching simple knitting techniques.

Doulton Border Leicesters –
a farmer and with a huge range of yarns produced from her flock.

Hot Butter Yarns –
hand dyed yarns made with wool sourced from local flocks.

Farm Yarn UK –
an organic dairy farm in the Eden Valley home to a small flock of Romney sheep. Embracing the Slow Cloth Movement to developing lambswool into soft versatile fibres, suitable for knit, weave, crochet, felt, dying and fibre art.

Derwent Flock –
creating hand dyed rare breed fleece and raw fleece for craft projects  from her own flock.

Westfield Croft -
a farm in Aberdeenshire with a small flock of rare Boreray and Hebridean breed primitive sheep. Robust hardy little sheep, they produce lovely fleeces for yarns and rugs.

Ullswater Felt Art –
a collection of needle felted animal portraits including rare and native livestock.

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust –
a UK charity securing the continued existence and viability of native farm animals, they will be selling rare and native breed raw fleece.

Hollow Green Rare Breeds and Escrigg Pedigree Jacob Sheep –
farmer friends Hannah and Emily selling their rare breed sheep fleeces including Portland, Hill Radnors and Jacobs.

Owen Jones –
local craftsman demonstrating how to make rope using Herdwick wool.

Joey Hannah –
local crafts person teaching simple crochet techniques.

The Woolist -
with a PhD in British Wool, Zoe seeks to highlight the amazing qualities of our 72 native pure breed sheep in the UK.

Lily Knits Cumbria - Cumbrian knitwear designer.