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Sheep

Our small flock of organic sheep graze in organic meadows by the banks of a small stream. Wildflowers grow along the water’s edge and white willows provide dappled shade for the sheep.

Most of the ewes are Suffolk or Texel crosses but we have several Teeswaters; a rare breed sheep, highly prized for its long, silky wool. The photograph shows our youngest daughter, Roberta, with her beloved old pet Teeswater, Pip.

Pure Northumbrian Organic Wool

In June our sheep’s heavy wool fleeces are clipped (sheared) leaving them cool for the summer months. We carefully choose the finest wool to be spun at a family-run mill where it is made into our own organic knitting yarn. Local knitters have helped us create unique patterns for our wool and we’ve designed knitting kits which make super presents, containing all you need to need to make your own Hunting Hall woolly knit.

Wool, patterns and knitting kits are all available from Karen at the farm or from our wool website www.northumbrianorganicwool.co.uk.

We keep a few of our organic fleeces to hand spin. The wool is then naturally dyed, often using plants grown on the farm, and woven or made into latch hook rugs. If you would like to learn more about hand-spinning why not join Karen for a two hour ‘Introduction to Spinning’ session in the Piggery Farm Resource Centre. Please follow this link to learn more.

These photographs (left) are part of Roberta’s art project to create a woollen latch hook bag.

Below is a rug made by Karen. The wool is from Hunting Hall sheep and local black Zwartbles sheep. The spun yarn was dyed with natural dyes, including farm ragwort, yarrow and hedgerow berries, and fixed with an alum mordant.