Welcome to the Wool Clip


The Wool Clip is an award-winning co-operative made up of local wool workers. We formed The Wool Clip in 2001 and today we have 14 members who run the thriving Wool Clip shop in Caldbeck. There's always a member of the co-operative in the shop and we enjoy meeting visitors and other wool craft enthusiasts - please drop in and browse our stock. 

 

Winter opening hours. -:  Daily from 11.00am to 4.00pm

Closed Christmas day, boxing day.

Then closed from Sunday 5th January to Saturday 15th February 2020

 

Here at The Wool Clip, we all have a thing about wool. Between us, we grow it, sew it, spin, weave and dye it, knit, crochet and felt it, hook with it, tuft with it and stuff with it. Our work focuses on colour and creativity, our aim is to share our enthusiasm for all things woollen.

Coming to you from The Wool Clip.

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Two new members for the Wool Clip, Chloe Randall and Julia Neubauer - both use knitting techniques to create their designs.

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Chloe (57) is based near Shap and is selling her knitted Herdwick ties through The Wool Clip. “I tried to find a tie like this for a colleague and struggled,” she says. “The Wool Clip shop at Caldbeck was my best chance of finding one and, when I visited and asked, it was clear that they were looking for a source of these too! Another member, Chris Crofts, supplied me with Herdwick wool yarn and I knitted one myself. It’s proved so popular that I’ve sourced packaging, worked on a range of colours and am really pleased to be selling them more widely. People are still surprised that Herdwick yarn is available in rich colours as well as the natural shades so the ties are a good way of raising awareness.”
Julia (59) from Alston was involved in The Wool Clip for several years in the past and has been a regular volunteer at Woolfest during her break from the co-operative. “My work has changed in the three years or so that I’ve been away,” she says, “so it’s nice to be involved again and have my accessories and knitwear back in the Caldbeck shop. I’ve been collaborating with other local artists and designers recently – people like printmaker, Kirsten Gilder and ceramicist, Catriona Archibald - as well as making bigger machine knitted wraps and ponchos. Visitors may recognise my styling but will definitely see a new scale of work.”

 

Woolfest 2019 auction raised over £2,000.00

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The Wool Clip wanted to celebrate and commemorate Pam Halls life, she was a founder member of the Wool Clip who sadly died last year. Pam was a sheep farmer in St John’s in the Vale and she used her own hand-dyed Herdwick fleece in her inspirational weaving. Pam spent her last few weeks at the Eden Valley Hospice. We invited Woolfest visitors to create a piece of craftwork on a Herdwick theme, All the items were auctioned on the Saturday of Woolfest. £2,295.27 was raised which was donated to Eden Valley Hospice.
From Left to right. Sam Johnston of Eden Valley Hospice and Wool Clip members Linda Bennet, Ruth Strong, marion Rae and Jean Wildish

Pam Hall

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that The Wool Clip cooperative have to let you know of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Pam Hall. 
Pam was a founder member of the Wool Clip, whose passion for sheep, wool and weaving enabled her to produce fine work inspired by the beautiful Cumbrian landscape around her. Pam supported others who shared her passion for wool through The Wool Clip cooperative and Woolfest. She was a wonderfully strong, supportive and kind friend, we will miss her dearly.
We are still selling Pam's yarn, the money goes to local charities.

 

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Woolfest, celebrate nature's finest fibres

Members of The Wool Clip organise Woolfest
Fri 26th & Sat 27th June 2020
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