We are passionate about our farm, our sheep and using the fleeces to make 100% British wool products.
We hand spin some of our fleece, send some to the mill for spinning, dye some for felters, design and produce knitting and crochet kits, and make original pieces to wear and keep.
Margie Stuckey grew up in rural South Australia and was taught to spin yarn (among many other textile related crafts) by Suzanne, her highly skilled mother. After much travelling she settled in the Peak District in 1996 and moved to Brough Lea Farm with husband Chris and daughter Rio in 2007. After a few years the obvious thing to do was to raise some sheep so they purchased 30 North Country mules – from good Swaledale ewes and fine fleeced Blue-faced Leicester rams. As well as sheep farming they have planted a woodland of over 1000 trees. Margie now spins, dyes, crochets, weaves and felts from the flock. Margie specialises in spinning colourful chunky art yarns on the country spinner and making freeform crochet goodies.
Monica Haddock studied Handwoven Textiles at the Nelson Polytechnic Weaving School, New Zealand in 1988/89. She was textile technician at the International Weaving School in Picton, New Zealand in 1993. Monica specialised in handwoven clothing fabrics. Since coming to England in 2007 Monica has been handspinning and crocheting as well as weaving. She is making rugs from wool and reclaimed fabrics. She has taught at the Derbyshire Eco Centre in Derbyshire and The Centre of Alternative Technology in Wales. In embracing a more sustainable lifestyle she loves using British Wool (especially from Brough Lea Farm) and is developing her own natural dye garden.
All our fibre is from the Brough Lea Flock and surrounding farms and is washed by us using the farm spring water and pure soap flakes. We dye with Earth Palette Dyes in small limited edition batches and to order so let us know your needs. We also use locally gathered plants for our Plant Dyed range.
Our millspun yarn is from the Brough Lea Flock and has been spun in Derbyshire so it is very local produce indeed. Currently we have 4 ply and Chunky weight in natural colour and hand dyed by us at the farm. We use Earth Palette Dyes, again in limited edition batches, so keep an eye on the website for the latest colours. We will dye to your request so please contact us with your needs. Plant dyed yarn coming soon.
Handspun Art Yarn
This is what we love. Handspinning with a range of fibres and colours to create yarns that will add the special wow factor to your projects. These are all one-off yarns where we push ourselves to our creative limits.
We have designed a range of kits for knitting, crochet and weaving. All include everything you need for the project, yarn, patterns, tools and findings, making them great for gifts. Keep an eye on the website as we are always coming up with new ideas to share with you.
100% BRITISH WOOL