The Cotswold Lion
The Cotswold Wool Company
The Cotswold hills or ‘wolds’ were named after the local breed of sheep and the pens or ‘cots’ they were kept in. The wealth these sheep created for the area was based on their reputation as luxury wool during the medieval times. The beautiful churches, manor houses, villages and towns exist purely because of Cotswold wool. Sadly this wool, once revered by kings and noblemen around the world, comes from the rare breed Cotswold ‘Lion’ sheep and large scale production no longer exists. We want to make beautiful yarns made with wool from the Cotswold breed in order to help revive and regenerate the Cotswold wool industry.
We have an opportunity to create something sustainable
Working with Wool Growers
The farmers that grow British wool are at the heart of everything we do. Working together with farmers who share our commitment to ethical, sustainable wool growing, means that we can put the wool at the forefront of our enterprise. Our aim is to help regenerate the Cotswold Wool industry for the good of the breed, local farmers and the community.
Working with Craftspeople
The local crafts people who create our products are honouring timeless traditions such as whittling, spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet and hand dyeing, using locally produced materials and created by hand. We believe it is important to try and keep these rural skills alive and compliment them with the use of modern technology for the benefit of our customers and craftspeople.
Learn to knit
With a background in education it is a passion for Louise to deliver bespoke one on one tuition to a select few clients throughout the Cotswolds. Nothing gives greater joy than watching someone grasp the four simple stitches that enable any item to be knitted. From £10 per hour per person.
Louise also loves delivering workshops and has delivered workshops successfully for Soho House several times. In 2019 we will be running our own workshops at locations throughout the Cotswolds and can create bespoke three hour knitting parties for up to eight guests from £10 per hour per person including a kit which has knitting needles, chunky wool and easy to read pattern.
Director of Operations
Nick is our backbone. He builds relationships with our farmers and suppliers making sure that everything is on track at the spinning mills. Friendly and approachable, he is our go to guy. Nick hand whittles our wooden tools and is learning to crochet.
Louise is our ideas person and resident knitting addict. A creative at heart with a background in Design and Multimedia, she is also responsible for our website and social media. Louise hand dyes our wools, hand knits our products and writes up our patterns.
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