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. My workshop is located at Farfield Mill, 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.
In the US, my Cumbrian Summer Blankets are available from Top Hat, NYC, and my handwoven bespoke scarves can be found at Spring Street Gallery on Block Island, RI. My weaving and knitting yarns are carried by Sheep and Shawl in Massachusetts.
My yarns are also sold online by My Fine Weaving Yarn. Owner Helen Brotherton regularly visits guilds throughout the country.
I am a member of Blue Patch, the sustainable marketplace for British-made products which regularly takes part in their pop-up events around the UK; and Make It British which has a mission to bring manufacturing back to the British Isles. I am also a member of the Heritage Crafts Association and a supporter of the Campaign for Wool.
Visit Sedbergh is an informative site for visitors to the lovely market town of Sedbergh. The Tourism Network (aka Dales Discoveries) is a marvellous source of information about what to do, where to go and who to see in the Yorkshire Dales.
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:
- Scouring: Haworth Scouring Company
- Spinners: Lightowlers Spinners, Halifax Spinning Company, Natural Fibre Company and Europa Wools
- Weavers: Drove Weaving in Langholm, Scotland; Farfield Mill in Sedbergh.
- Cloth Finishers: Schofield Dyers and Finishers and at W.T. Johnson in Huddersfield
- Knitters: J. Alex Swift in Leicestershire
- Inserts for cushions: 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.
- Looms: Harrisville in the USA and Leclerc in Canada (UK dealer: Frank Herring & Son). The Threshing Barn, based in Reeth in beautiful Swaledale, is also a friendly helpful source of looms, accessories and fibres in the UK
- Labels: National Weaving Company in Wales
- Printers: Stramongate Press in Kendal
- Website Design: SkyeWebsites
- For more information on British wool and a host of links to everything wool-related go to Woolsack
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. Almost all of the Bluefaced Leicester sheep were photographed by local talent Linda Allen of Bonnysheep. Most of the landscape photography is my own. Product photography is by myself, Blair Hunter of Hunter Davies, Susannah Harpham Photography, Photography by Ward and Steven Barber Photography.