Galleries & Stockists
I sell my British wool products and one-off pieces at various galleries throughout the UK, principally in and around the places where I source my raw materials. Farfield Mill located just outside Sedbergh is a local arts and heritage centre which was once a thriving spinning and weaving mill. Today you can still see weaving in action on Victorian power looms, more modern industrial looms, and on a variety of handlooms, all operated by volunteers.
Within Sedbergh itself you will find a selection of my scarves and socks, along with a huge array of local leaflets, at the Tourist Information Centre. No 6. Finkle St., a new lifestyle shop in town, sells a selection of my scarves and throws. And at the cooperatively run Craft Workshop you can find some of my eclectic one-off pieces.
A little further afield but still within Cumbria you can see a selection of my wool products at The Wool Shop, Rheged, just outside the lovely town of Penrith. And in the South Lakes area you will find an ever changing display of my handwoven scarves at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House in Bowness-on-Windermere. This beautiful house showcases work by some of Cumbria’s most outstanding artists.
In the Highlands of Scotland you can find a selection of my wool products at Loch Sunart Yarns & Buttons in Acharachle.
My wool weaving yarns are sold in the UK by My Fine Weaving Yarn who regularly visit guilds throughout the country. In London you will find a selection of my yarns at Handweavers Studio. Across the ‘pond’ in the USA you can also find a wide selection of my yarns for both knitting and weaving at Sheep and Shawl in Massachusetts.
In the run up to Christmas each year you can also find my work at the highly successful pop-up shop run by Creative Clerkenwell in London. Wool socks and hotties are particular favourites with the London crowd!
This is really a plug for some of the local organisations which support Laura’s Loom.
Hebblethwaite Hall Farm Cottages & Hill Top Farm are both superb accommodation providers run by two of the farming families who supply me with wool each year. You can learn about their farming lives while you stay on their farms.
If you visit the Yorkshire Dales then you can’t go wrong with a look at both of these websites: Yorkshire Dales National Park & Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust. Both groups have supported the development of my business and I now support them in return, with an annual contribution to the YDMT generated from the sale of my Howgill Classic Throws. My contribution goes towards supporting the Rural Trainee programme which introduces young people to work in environmental protection, landscape management and conservation.
A lot of people ask me where I get my wool processed. Here are some places to get you started if you want to do something similar:
For scouring I use the Haworth Scouring Company.
For spinning I work closely with Lightowlers Spinners and the Halifax Spinning Company. I have also had yarns spun by John Arbon Textiles & The Natural Fibre Company.
Some of my throws and scarves are woven at Drove Weaving Company.
My cloth is finished at Schofield Dyers and Finishers.
The inserts in my cushions are sourced from Woolsoft who specialise in using only British wool and natural cotton for their cushions. They make any size you want and couldn’t be more helpful.
My looms came from Harrisville in the USA and Leclerc, via Frank Herring and Sons. The Alpaca Spinner & The Threshing Barn are both friendly helpful sources of looms, accessories and fibres in the UK.
My fabric labels are woven by the National Weaving Company in Wales.
My publicity materials are printed by Stramongate Press in Kendal.
And my website has been designed by the wonderful duo of Tim Davies and Blair Hunter of Hunter Davies and their team on the Isle of Skye.
I have worked with a number of very good photographers over the years. Some of their photos appear on this website along with a few of my own. You can’t beat a good photograph, it captures your eye and if it’s really good it will capture your imagination.
Along with photos by Blair Hunter of Hunter Davies, you can also see images produced by Bonnysheep and Susannah Harpham Photography, both of Sedbergh, and by Cumbrian-based photographers Photography by Ward and Steven Barber Photography .
And last but not least, don’t miss this amazing blog on wool – Wovember – which comes to life every year in November under the guidance of the incomparable Felicity Ford of Knitsonik. It brings together a host of people who love wool and want to promote its many benefits. It is in particular a call for wool to be just that – wool