My handwoven wool bags now have wool rope handles from Sustainable Rope and buttons from Woodsmiths Studio and Cottage Coppicing The wool for this bag is Herdwick and Lonk from the Forest of Bowland and the calico lining from Quarry Bank Mill. The next bags will have the rope handles but the bags will be woven Whitefaced Woodland wool from Far Arnside.
This image is of the last ewe of the old Silverdale breed from North Lancashire bearing a strong resemblance to the Whitefaced Woodland sheep whose wool I now have available.Picture taken in 1900. The Herdwick sheep were saved from extinction by Beatrix Potter but sadly the Silverdale or Warton Crag sheep died out.... however their genes were passed on to the Whitefaced Woodlands.
I love the traditional hill breeds!
This year I should have Whitefaced Woodland fleeces as well as Lonk,Herdwick and some Bluefaced Leicester from The Forest of Bowland to blend with the Whitefaced Woodland and Lonk.Lonk and Herdwick spun together to make fab socks.