Learn Wool Spinning ... with our resident expert.
Join Juliette for an introduction to wool spinning, felting and weaving.
Looking for new things to do in The Lakes?
Here you can view how Herdwick wool is prepared for spinning. The fleeces are laid out and sorted, before being carded into ‘rolags’ for spinning. Watch as the fleece is turned into yarn, ready for knitting or weaving into strong fabric. You are encouraged to feel the fleece and yarn, as well as being able to have a go with drop-spindles or simple weaving.
On the course you will learn how to spin on a drop-spindle, then a spinning-wheel, and turn the yarn into a skein, ready to take home with instructions on finishing the yarn and materials to create a small project.
The experience is great for all ages and abilities.
Duration - 2 hours appox.
£30 per person, including lunch in The Farm Cafe
(Booking is recommended, but not essential. Groups up to 4 people)
Notice About Dogs - We have made the hard decision NOT to allow dogs at the Lakeland Farm Visitor Centre (or left in vehicles at the centre). We haven't made this decision lightly, but to ensure the safety and welfare of our livestock we felt it necessary.
We thank you for your understanding and co-operation.
Juliette's Wool Spinning Wheels
Some of the wheels ready for use at the centre are (from left):
A Haldane Lewis (made in Scotland), an unknown restored wheel, and two Ashford Wheels (made in New Zealand)- a Traditional and a Traveller.
Also in the photograph are:
A Classic Carder drum carder, made in Shropshire, a Kromski Niddy-Noddy (from Poland), two drop-spindles and hand carders from Wingham Woolwork.
Please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you
We will answer all enquiries as soon as possible, but if we're out on the farm it may not be straight away.
If your enquiry is urgent, please give us a call - 07503 054762