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 11 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.
Open for shopping: We re-opened the shop early in July and can now announce that we have extended our hours to Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, open from 11.30am to 4.00pm each day.
We have taken every effort to provide a safe shopping environment for all our visitors. Please take notice of the signs to keep it safe for everyone and we look forward to welcoming you.
If you're not yet happy or able to shop in person, please call us during shop hours and we'd be happy to help with a telephone order.
TELEPHONE 016974 78707
Online shop: A selection of our yarns, kits, fibres and gifts are also available from our online shop.
Of course, if you can't find what you're looking for in our online shop, and it's not convenient to visit or to telephone, please get in touch via email or social media:
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.
New member brings “fluphie” fibre creations to The Wool Clip
After a lifetime of crafting, Sophie Howgego (54) of Alston is the newest designer maker to join The Wool Clip.
Sophie, who also trades as Sofluphie (So Fluffy), is a former teacher who is now focusing on her wool craft work. She makes a range of woollen wall hangings, vessels and art yarns using her skills as a spinner, wet feltmaker and embroiderer.
“Most of my current work is based on wet felted wool that I then embellish with embroidery and other techniques,” Sophie explains. “I start with fleece from local North Pennine farmers – usually from Jacob, mule or Texel sheep – and then I work with some of it in its natural shades, some of it dyed in bright colours and then mixtures of the two.”
Sophie has also recently created the Brewhouse Studios arts and crafts venue in Alston with an established member of The Wool Clip, Julia Neubauer.
“Each of us separately could see the potential of the space in the Old Brewery on The Raise at Alston but it was pure chance that Julia and I spoke to each other and realised that the best way to make something happen was to work together,” says Sophie. “When I also mentioned to Julia about wanting to be part of something bigger, she showed my work to other members of The Wool Clip and it’s all come together over the past couple of months.”
As Sophie concludes: “I’m looking forward to being part of something so established and well known. Each member has their different skills and I’ll be learning a huge amount from them as well as spotting opportunities for joint working and combined products. I love the whole idea of operating as a co-operative and it’s exciting to be joining The Wool Clip at the same time as Brewhouse Studios takes off. It’s certainly going to be a busy few months ahead.”