From the middle of the 13th century the wool trade was the primary source of wealth in England. It generated the capital to build the magnificent stone churches in Somerset and formed the basis for international trade and in due course to the development of the British empire and colonies. With the recent resurgence of interest in natural fibres and in the crafts of knitting, crochet and felting this is a lovely opportunity to find out about wool and reconnect with our history.
With 5 different traditional breeds of sheep (Dorset Down, Shetland, Hebridean, Jacob and Herdwick) we now sell balls of organic wool in many natural colours and 4 thicknesses, as well as the excellent lamb and mutton. We will meet the sheep in the fields,
discuss breeds and management and compare fleeces. Over tea we will look at spinning, weaving and knitting and maybe a chance to sit, like the Speaker of the House of Lords, on a woolsack.
Meet at West Bexington in the village centre. Please come equipped for the weather and wear footwear suitable for uneven ground. The whole walk, including tea and chat, will last about 3 hours.
Saturday 6th October, 2pm at the farm shop.