Did you know there are 60 breeds of sheep in Britain – more than any other the country in the world? Yesterday, I spent the day with the people from British Wool in the beautiful Yorkshire town of Harrogate. British Wool represents 50,000 farmers and collects, grades and markets this totally home grown, natural and environmentally friendly fibre. It is particularly good for carpets and rugs, so look out for the British Wool sign if you are planning a purchase in the future – as they say ‘origin is everything’. You can find out more at www.aboutwool.com.
At the showcase I particularly enjoyed meeting Jane Exley, a designer and maker of handtufted rugs made from local Herdwick wool. The Woolly Rug Co is run from her home and workshop in Ambleside in the Lake District. Jane is inspired by the landscape around her and ‘more recently my garden’. Here is a sample of her work – it was beautiful!Tweet