I spent a few days in the Lake District last autumn and dragged the friend I was with up Coniston Old Man. Not all the way! Just as far as the abandoned copper mine workings. I love these old industrial wastelands. The colours and textures are just beautiful.
I took so many pictures that my camera battery ran out! I’m using one or two of them as the inspiration for Project 6. This will be my final project and I have to produce a collection at the end of it. One of the items I’m going to be weaving is a rya rug/hanging using Herdwick wool on a linen warp. I am passionate about Herdwick sheep and their wool. It’s not something you’d want to wear next to your skin! But it makes beautiful tweed – sadly I couldn’t get hold of a supply of yarn suitable for that, hence the rug.
Anyway, just to be going on with here is a picture of a Herdwick that was happy to let me get quite close.