MEMBER: Sheep to Chic

We make yarn, and small individually-designed wool felt items from the wool of our rare-breed Soay and Shetland sheep. We do all the processes by hand: from animal husbandry, plucking the fleece, washing, carding, dyeing, felt-making or spinning.

The work includes hats, bags and jewellery, some combining silver and semi-precious stones. We use our own hand-made soap and the local soft water, and introduce silk and other fibres to produce special textures, colours and effects: or we use undyed natural sheep and alpaca colours and fleece textures with stone, leather and horn fastenings. Sometimes beachcombed findings are incorporated, particularly sea-scoured glass and pottery fragments. We avoid plastics and man-made fibres and fabrics. Many of the dyes are our own, produced from natural, local vegetation. We were among the first to hold the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark for the sustainable nature of the work, and its use of recycled, and local raw materials.

My husband, Scott, is a hand-spinner, and he sells handspun wool yarn in natural sheep colours.

My inspiration comes from the natural landscape, particularly the rocks, flora and fauna of the local upland landscape of the Peak District, and the shifting patterns of sand, sea and light around the West coast of Britain. But having studied Byzantine art for many years, including a PhD, I am aware of its influence of strong shapes, colours and textures in my work.

I sell the finished felt work and paintings in craft shops and galleries and curated fairs in the Peak District. I am happy to work to commission to make exactly the colour and style or hat, scarf or bag that you want. I also run workshops in basic and advanced felt making for groups, and give talks on all aspects of wool work from rare-breed sheep rearing to designing and making the finished artefacts.
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Sheep to Chic
Brookfold The Wash
Chapel en le Frith
High Peak, Derbyshire

SK23 0QW

01663 750913

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