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 15 members who run the thriving Wool Clip shop in Caldbeck. In May 2012 we extended the shop to incorporate a new sales area so please come and take a look around.
Opening Times 2018
Open Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th February 11.00am - 4.00pm - just for the weekend
Re open daily from Saturday 10th February 11.00am - 4.00pm
Woolfest 2018 Friday 22nd June 10am - 6pm and Saturday 23rd June 10am - 5pm
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.
Felt hats, tweed purses and intricate mice will all be new at The Wool Clip
Ruth Clayton, Ange Percy and Ellie Langley all work with wool using different techniques and they will be adding their skills and designs.
Ange Percy lives and works in Penrith. She sources Harris Tweed direct from a supplier in the Isle of Lewis and makes beautiful purses as well as her own designs of pincushion bracelets. She gets a lot of joy and take immense pride in finding the perfect fabric combinations to make the tweeds sing, she says, “and I’m looking forward to having my purses in The Wool Clip shop, especially as they’ll be alongside my friend, Emma Redfern’s, gorgeous tweed bags.”
Ruth Clayton recently moved to Sedbergh and established the Wickerfish Art Studio in Farfield Mill. Trained as an illustrator and art teacher, she now combines those skills with needle-felting to create intricate mouse characters in their own small dioramas and vintage tin “mouse houses”. Ruth shares her time between painting during the day and needle-felting in the evening when relaxing, Ruth says. “I’m still a relative beginner in terms of wool crafts but the mice have proved really popular and being part of a cooperative will give me a chance to bounce ideas and get inspiration from other people. I’m also looking forward to getting involved and helping spread the word about The Wool Clip.”
Ellie Langley a felt-maker creats hats and other smaller items. Ellie continues a Wool Clip tradition of combining sheep farming and using her own wool in her work as she keeps a small flock on her smallholding in Upper Weardale in the North Pennines. She has always admired what The Wool Clip member do and felt that they are kindred spirits since she discovered them through the first Woolfest back in 2005, Ellie says “Over the years, I’ve developed wide networks in the woolly world through organising events and as a former International Feltmakers Association committee member and I hope that some of this will be useful in the cooperative. I’m also really looking forward to meeting customers in the shop and being part of the team.”