Laura’s Loom

British Wool - British Made

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Brigflatts Lane, England, LA10 5HN 01539622043

Laura's Loom creates the highest quality products from fully traceable 100% British wool. Since 2008 we have been gathering fleece directly from farms in the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria and working with traditional mills in West Yorkshire and the Scottish Borders to spin, dye, weave and knit our wool into warm blankets, elegant scarves and some very popular wool socks. We aim for classy designs to show off the yarn at its very best. Our blankets are award-winning products, a whole year in the making, simply designed, beautifully made, and honestly produced. Laura's Loom strives to be as sustainable and transparent as possible, giving back to our local community through charitable donations as well as supporting other local businesses.

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Laura's Loom produces 100% British wool blankets, scarves and socks. Laura also weaves bespoke items for private clients.

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Story and ethos

Following a desire to create something beautiful from top quality Yorkshire Dales wool, I began to source fleece from local farms in 2008. This new venture has taken Laura’s Loom into the realm of production weaving, working with small manufacturers across the north of England and into the Scottish Borders to create limited edition collections of British wool throws and scarves.

I oversee the entire process, each year collecting bags of fleece from a dozen farms in the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks. I sort the wool in my back yard from where it is sent to Bradford for scouring. My yarn is spun in West Yorkshire, then dyed and woven in the Scottish Borders. The cloth is finished in Galashiels or in Huddersfield, depending on what type of cloth it is. All of the initial design and sampling is done by me, by hand, on my American Harrisville 8-shaft floor loom in my Yorkshire Dales studio.

I am proud to be playing a small part in helping to maintain Britain's illustrious textile heritage. There really is nothing quite like wool. It keeps you warm when it’s cold and wet, even if the wool you’re wearing is wet itself (it dries from the inside out and traps warm air to insulate you). It breathes, absorbing moisture when damp and releasing it when dry, which makes it perfect for bedding and insulation material. Wool is a natural, sustainable and renewable fibre, naturally resistant to fire and remarkably strong. These days you can even wash it in a machine! But perhaps most importantly, wool does not leave behind microscopic plastic when it decays and it does not pollute our planet.

I have never been averse to taking on new challenges. In 2021 I purchased a carbon-neutral rapier handloom. Made in the UK this 75" wide loom will enable me to more easily weave larger bespoke pieces such as blankets, as well as longer lengths of tweed, with the possibility of taking on commission weaving jobs. It's a steep learning curve, a big challenge, but an exciting development!

Reviews

warm for walking 'feet'

5.0 rating
21 December 2021

Just put in our order for Laura’s luxurious walking socks, ready for the New Year and some serious ‘hill’ activity in the glorious Dales.

JC

Soft colours and feel

5.0 rating
8 October 2020

Laura’s glorious blankets are soft, warm and practical, with a feeling of connection to the landscape and the ancient craft of weaving, they carry an atmosphere that’s subtle and rich. We treasure ours.

Claire

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