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Herdwick Tweed Bags and Home Accessories

The natural beauty of the Lake District National Park and the native Herdwick sheep who roam these fells are the inspiration behind our exclusive range of bags and home accessories.

Designed, hand cut and hand sewn in the Lake District, they are a modern reflection of our heritage. Our tweed alters with each weaving as the natural shade of the yarn varies each year; Herdwick: Limited by Nature.

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The natural colours of Herdwick

Herdwick lambs are born completely black but over their first summer the fleece lightens to chocolate brown with a snowy white face and legs. Now called a “Hogg” the first sheering at around 14 months old removes the thick brown fleece revealing a dark grey colour below. Every summer as the fleece is removed the layer below is lighter until the mature adult is light grey or cream. These beautiful natural tones echo the bleak beauty of the Lake District landscape

The Farms

We’re proud to buy our fleece directly from National Trust farmers at:

  • Hill Top Farm, Near Sawrey
  • Yew Tree Farm, Coniston
  • Townhead Farm, Grasmere
  • Tilberthwaite Farm, Coniston
 Herdwick Yew Tree Farm

Three Natural Colours

We pay the farmers to sort their flock before shearing, separating the natural shades of fleece.

  • Hogg fleece: dark brown, 1st shearing.
  • Twinter and young ewes: true grey, 2nd-4th shearing
  • Mature ewe fleece: light grey/pale white, 5th shearing
 Herdwick sheep in pens for shearing

Unique Tweed

We use the farmers to transport the wool to Yorkshire for washing & combing. It’s then spun into 3 shades of high quality worsted yarn.

Our tweed is woven by skilled weavers in Huddersfield and Sedburgh.

 herdwick tweed on the loom

Quality Products

Our bags & accessories are hand cut and sewn in Carlisle.

Upholsterers in Coniston design and sew our home furnishings.

We’re committed to supporting the lifestyle and traditional skills of Cumbria.

 herdwick tweed range of products

Mrs. R is delighted with her Coniston bag in chocolate, which arrived safely yesterday. Starting in 1980, we travelled up to The Lakes on average once a year. Sadly, our age ( I am now 90 and my wife not far behind) means that this part of our life has come to an end. But we now have a tangible reminder of our great days amongst the Herdwicks. So, thank you for giving us this memento, which we shall treasure as a very practical work of art.

Charles R.

I received the iPad cover today. It was for my wife and she was thrilled with the cover .It was as good as I had hoped and I loved the sense of knowing where it all came from. Well done and thank you

Steve

The parcel arrived safely – and I have to say that the Grasmere handbag exceeded all my expectations.  The tweed is just so lovely; delicate but robust, the handles are just right for me, the bag is so light and such a gorgeous subtle colour.  It’s a dream of a handbag!  Thank you so much. Love the makeup bag, too, with the red line. I’m sure I will get lots of serious handbag envy from friends and colleagues, and I will do everything I can to promote your business and what you are doing for the sheep farmers and the Herdwick breed.  Thanks again

Thea

How to order from us

We are not a “click & buy” business. Hand making individual products means we may not have everything instantly available. Please contact us and we can let you know the availability of the item you like and how quickly we can get it to you.

We look forward to hearing from you.