At 'The Woolshed' we use fleece from the native seaweed-eating North Ronaldsay sheep to produce a variety of woollen goods, including knitting wool, knitwear, handmade felt and weaving.
The workshop is located in a traditional stone-built Orkney longhouse with attached corn drying kiln and is part of a 60 acre sheep and beef farm on the West Mainland of Orkney. The views across Eynhallow Sound to Rousay and Westray beyond are truly spectacular.
Most of the fleece we use in the workshop is from the rare breed of sheep native to Orkney, the North Ronaldsay, but we do use other fleeces as well - some from our own flock and all sourced locally.
Traditionally-styled jumpers, cardigans and waistcoats are either hand-knitted or hand-framed from North Ronaldsay wool, all in natural colours. For hand-knitters there are 100gram balls of this lovely soft wool, either in aran weight or double knitting yarn, and a selection of hand-dyed hanks in a myriad of colours that reflect the wonderful variety of scenery that Orkney can provide.
There is a selection of hand-felted items available, from a colourful wallhanging depicting some aspect of Orkney to a more practical cafetiere cover or tea-cosy. And just for fun there are mice, flowers or teddy bears, all designed, hand-felted and handmade at The Woolshed.
Packs of hand-dyed and naturally coloured fleece are available for felt makers and spinners.
For that special reminder of Orkney there are 100% North Ronaldsay wool woven rugs with a definite 'cuddle' factor. These have been woven for us at Knockando Wool Mill in Speyside using wool grown in Orkney.
And from our own workshop a selection of hand-woven items such as cushions, bags, table runners, scarves or maybe even a waistcoat.