All About The Spinning Barn
Hand Spinning Workshops, Fibre & Equipment
Who We Are
The Spinning Barn is located on our smallholding in Norfolk where you are warmly invited to spend a day in tranquil surroundings while you learn to hand spin our gorgeous wool.
We are passionate about preserving our nation's rare breed sheep and have chosen to keep the very rare North Ronaldsay sheep, which you may have heard of as the seaweed eating sheep. This is due to the way they have evolved to survive by eating the seaweed on the sea shores where they are confined for several months of the year on their native Orkney island. They come in such a fabulous range of colours but we have chosen shades of fawn and grey. You may also like to know that we keep all of our sheep for their whole lives. We love them all so much! We recently introduced the unusual Icelandic sheep into our flock which have made a fabulous addition with their long, lustrous, dual-coated fibre. Both sheep breeds are from the family known as the European Northern Shortailed group. Our Angora goats add yet another dimension to our fibres offering a high lustre fibre that perfectly compliments our other breeds.
Theresa & James
What We Do
At The Spinning Barn we regularly hold Hand Spinning workshops which are available any day of the week including weekends and run from 10am until 4pm but it is not unusual to run over time. It's hard to stop when you get going! The groups are very small to ensure that you receive lots of attention and understand the process fully. Everything you will need to learn to spin is provided on the day so you can be sure of going home with your first handspun skein of yarn.
We also supply ready prepared fibre which can be used to handspin or felt. All of our wool is prepared by hand here on our smallholding where it is lightly washed, picked and carded all ready for you to use in whatever craft you choose. The wool spins beautifully either as a woolen or worsted preparation given its dual coated nature. Our fibres felt brilliantly either wet or dry and the natural colours lend themselves so well to a wide range of projects.
And of course we hand make lots of products for you to buy. Have a look in our shop for inspiration, not forgetting our Gift Certificates.
And new for 2019 is our very own drum carder, which are all individually hand crafted by James. Please click here for a full description.
Why Choose Us
Handspinning truly is an ancient art which has developed over thousands of years. Our North Ronaldsay sheep have not been changed for thousands of years so the whole experience is very traditional. All of our sheep and goats will stay with us forever and are very much our loved pets. We know each one by its bleat! We strive to ensure a good quality fleece and use very natural husbandry methods wherever possible.
Once a year we source Whiteface Woodland fleeces from a local breeder who takes great pride in the production of her animals too. This fleece is a great addition to our own range and offers much more versatility. It is very important to us that we know where the fibre comes from. Only happy sheep will do! I am as passionate about my hand spinning as I am about my sheep and goats. I aim to make the workshops and demonstrations fun, relaxed and inspiring. Nothing makes me happier than passing on the skills of this amazing craft. I do hope you feel inspired to learn. Why not take a look at what previous students have said about their experiences in our testimonials.