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We try to post here about significant changes such as new members of The Wool Clip and exhibitions by guest artists but, if you’d like to keep in touch with everything that’s going on, our social media channels are easily the most up-to-date source of news.

Wool Clip member's work featured in US-based magazine

At the end of last year, David Whitaker, one of our co-operative's handloom weavers, submitted a letter about his recent Herdwick work to the US-based specialist magazine, Handwoven. David was as surprised as anyone when his letter – and a photograph of the Cat Track weave placement and runner that he mentioned in his correspondence – was published...
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Introducing Beano and Gem

Two Wool Clip members, Chloe and Marion, both have dogs and those dogs frequently accompany them on their shop days in Caldbeck. We thought it was worth introducing Beano and Gem in a bit more detail, especially as every other member of The Wool Clip has their own page and Profile. First, Gem, who is a tri-colour Border collie, born in Septemb...
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Re-opening for 2024

The Wool Clip shop at Caldbeck will re-open on Saturday 10th February after a thorough clean, decorate and re-stock to start the new season. Opening hours will then be 11am to 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday with occasional Monday opening when Bank Holidays. Julia, Ruth, Jean and David - all members of The Wool Clip cooperative. Alice and Debbie, Chloe and ...
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The Wool Clip welcomes its newest member

The Wool Clip co-operative has a new member, Susanna Smith, who is now living in Carlisle after moving to Cumbria in February. Susanna learnt about the co-operative after visiting the Brewhouse Studios in Alston and meeting member, Julia Neubauer. "My fascination with handiwork and textiles began at primary school with cross stitch and embroid...
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Meet the members, share the skills

Members of The Wool Clip co-operative will be demonstrating their skills and chatting to customers about their crafts, materials, tools and techniques on the last weekend of the month. Following a successful weekend of demonstrations at the end of June, dates are now booked for July (Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th) and August (the full Bank Holiday ...
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Obituary for a great friend of Woolfest and The Wool Clip, Peter Titley

Members of The Wool Clip were very sad to read of the recent death of Peter Titley, who died at home in Eccleshall near Stafford in mid-February at the age of 79. If you ever visited Woolfest in Cockermouth or if you're at all involved in rare or native breeds of livestock across the UK, you will recognise Peter's name. Peter was actively involved ...
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The Wool Clip opens an Eden outpost

The Wool Clip co-operative, based at Caldbeck, has created a mini-shop to display and sell its members' work in The Appleby Hub. "There's been a connection between the two businesses for a long while," explains Jane Farkins of The Eden Workshop at The Appleby Hub, "with members of The Wool Clip sharing their skills in workshops here. Weaver, Jan Be...
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Investment in energy efficiency already paying off

The Wool Clip shop at Caldbeck is based in a converted traditional mill building alongside the Cold Beck river. After over 20 years in the Priest's Mill building, with energy bills of £3,000 per annum and likely to rise, the co-operative decided to tackle its energy efficiency. As well as the environmental benefits of reduced energy usage and a mor...
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Keen young weaver joins The Wool Clip

Young South Lakes-based weaver, Ella Keen (19) has joined The Wool Clip co-operative, based at Caldbeck. Ella and her family moved to Cumbria from Dorset in 2020 to be closer to family and Ella studied agriculture at Newton Rigg in its final year. "I've gradually become more and more interested in sheep and wool," Ella says. "My sister and I've bee...
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Hand-made by HanneMADE

The latest Spotlight guest artist in The Wool Clip shop is Anne Brooke, also known as HanneMADE. Anne is a textile artist and tutor, living and working in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. Inspired by nature, she creates unique pieces of art and sewn accessories using fabric, paper and stitch. Anne met Jean Wildish of The Wool Clip at Yarndale in Skipton ...
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Jane joins The Wool Clip, her local wool artist community

Hesket Newmarket-based wool artist, Jane Bardgett has joined The Wool Clip co-operative, based at Caldbeck. "I've been aware of The Wool Clip for many years – especially as the shop is just down the road from where I live - but the timing has never quite been right," Jane says. "Now seems a good time to join as it's easy to feel isolated working al...
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Decision announced on the future of Woolfest

The Wool Clip co-operative has decided that members will not be organising any future Woolfest events. This follows an announcement in January that the group was exploring ideas for a change of emphasis in 2023. "We've been giving the future of the event considerable thought for well over a year now," says Ruth Strong, current Chair of the co-opera...
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Piecing together marvellous mosaics

The latest Spotlight guest artist at The Wool Clip shop in Caldbeck (from 31 May) is Katy Galbraith (57), a designer and maker of mosaics who is based in Crieff in Perthshire. Katy's creations are known for their colour and are made with recycled materials such as wine bottles, broken car windows and other salvaged materials. A selection of Katy's ...
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Local landscapes on the walls of The Wool Clip

Carol Burns from Wigton is the latest artist to feature as one of The Wool Clip co-operative's Spotlight guests. Carol (70) captures north Cumbrian landscapes, wildlife and the changing seasons in both oils and watercolours and she was a founder member of the Fountain Gallery in Wigton. A selection of Carol's landscape paintings from around Skiddaw...
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Heritage crafts and modern creations from latest Spotlight artist, Viv

The Wool Clip co-operative has welcomed its latest Spotlight guest, Viv Walker (26), an artist, woodworker and archaeologist from Bampton near Shap. A selection of Viv's work is now on display and for sale in The Wool Clip's Caldbeck shop. "I met Viv through my son, Finn and she is the latest in a series of local artists and makers whose work has b...
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A first for The Wool Clip and a weaving inspiration

The Wool Clip shop at Caldbeck in Cumbria re-opened after its winter break (12 February) with the announcement of a new member for this Cumbrian co-operative. David Whitaker (84) has been weaving since just 2017 and has already developed the skills and creative approach to ensure that his wraps, scarves and blankets will be tomorrow's heirloom...
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Felt artist exhibits breed images at The Wool Clip

The Wool Clip's latest Spotlight exhibitor is Jane Firth of Ullswater Felt Art. Jane's needle-felted portraits of animals, particularly sheep, have been displayed at Woolfest in the past and were also recently part of the EVAN Open Studios exhibition at Eamont Bridge. Alice Underwood of The Wool Clip met Jane through the Cumbria Support Group of th...
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Clay meets wool with Lindsay at The Wool Clip

There are just a couple of weeks left to see the work of The Wool Clip's latest Spotlight guest, Lindsay Thomas, a potter from Otley near Leeds. Lindsay is an established collaborator with Jean Wildish of The Wool Clip, combining her ceramics with Jean's yarn and fabrics to create jewellery. Lindsay has an exhibition of her jewellery in The Wool Cl...
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Chris’s work welcomes visitors to newly refurbished hotel

A commissioned piece of work by Chris Crofts, a member of The Wool Clip, has been incorporated into the reception desk of The Ro Hotel in Bowness-in-Windermere. The large tufted rug has been incorporated into the reception desk of the recently refurbished hotel. The Ro opened at the beginning of July and represents a multi-million pound transformat...
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Craft bookbinder in the Spotlight as The Wool Clip re-opens

As The Wool Clip shop at Caldbeck re-opens post-lockdown, there is a Spotlight display of work by guest artist, Kate Bowles. Kate creates hand-bound notebooks and journals from recycled and vintage materials and a selection of her pieces will be on sale during April and May at The Wool Clip. "I first met Kate when I was doing a show at Saltaire in ...
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