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Textile Travel-uk

Resources for the Creative Traveller
A book review and a guided tour of what you will find in your travels to the U.K.

tartan weaving mill

Mudchute Farm
If you are visiting London, don’t miss Mudchute Farm. It’s home to many rare breeds of sheep, goats, alpaca and other exotic animals

A visit to Verulamium to see ancient Roman spindles, artifacts and other archaeological textile finds.

Whitchurch Silk Mill
A visit to Whitchurch Silk Mill, a working silk mill producing silk yardage, using 19th Century looms.Cumbria

Quaker Tapestry Exhibition
The Quaker Tapestry exhibit in Kendal, UK is a collection of 77 separate narrative crewel embroidered panels that tell the story of the Quaker movement over the past 350 years.

Kendal Museum of Lakeland Life

Beatrix Potter Gallery

Ruskin Museum and Langdale Lace

Ruskin Lace
Elizabeth Prickett explains how to do Ruskin lace.

Linton Tweeds
At Linton Tweeds in Carlisle, their handloom section has 2 handlooms and a warping mill.

Images of Carlisle

An account of the early history of Carlisle and hard times of handloom weavers.

The Wool Clip
A group of 12 women based in Caldbeck, Cumbria give workshops in weaving, spinning, knitting and other fibre arts.

Farfield Mill Arts & Heritage Centre
The Farfield Mill centre in Sedbergh, Cumbria has an arts & crafts gallery and a weaving room with original Dobcross looms.

Lakeland Sheep & Wool Centre
19 breeds of sheep, a sheep shearer and highly trained sheep dogs, in Cockermouth, Cumbria.

Industries of Cumbria – Linen
Both flax and hemp were grown in Lancashire and West Cumbria.

Stott Park Bobbin Mill
Stott Park produced the wooden bobbins for the spinning and weaving mills.

Victorian Biz Game
A game on the BBC website makes you the advisor to a businessman in Kendal who wants to start up a cotton mill.

Cultural Travel

Bed & Breakfasts
Bed & Breakfasts for the traveller who is interested in weaving, spinning, knitting and textile related activities

Visit Europe for a cultural holiday.

Tours, weavers and craft shops to visit in Ireland.

Traveling to Scandinavia? Here are some suggestions for museums, tours, shops and other places to visit.

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Kathy Brassill, owner of Handcrafted Holidays, has compiled an excellent resource book for those like to combine their passion for fibre with their vacation. This edition focuses on travel in Great Britain and Ireland. Kathy has travelled extensively throughout the region and gives in-depth info on what you will find on your holiday.
This 48 page book is compact and well organized. Each place that you can visit lists the address, contact name, telephone number, email and website info and a brief description of what you will find there.

Because we can’t all jump on the next plane and go, (though reading through this guide, I’m ready to pack my bags) here is a brief web tour of some of the sites.

As you can see, fibre is alive and well in the U.K. To find out more about this book and all the other places you can visit, you can contact Kathy Brassill at:
Handcrafted Holidays
or by email to:
handcraftedholidays at yahoo.com.

Weavers Guilds



Mills, Museums and Places to Visit


Bronte Weaving Shed

The Bronte Weaving Shed is home of the famous Bronte tweed. Victorian handlooms are in full working order.



Museum of Welsh Life St. Fagan’s
This 100 acre park provides the visitor with a walking tour of Welsh life over the last 500 years.

N. Ireland

Fergusons Irish Linen
A virtual tour of the making of Irish linen on jaquard looms.

Fairs and Events


Foxford Woollen Mills Annual Craft Fair
Craft producers from all over the west of Ireland hold an annual show.



Bobbins Woolcrafts & Antiques
Lots of yarns to choose from, 5-ply gansey, Colinette, Rowans.


Colinette Yarns
This is where all those yummy-coloured yarns are created.


Orkney Angora
Angora knitwear produced by a small, family-run business situated in the Orkney Islands. Enjoy the scenic video clip of the Orkneys, then type in “angora” in the search box.


Blarney Woollen Mills
Browse through the history of the Blarney Woollen Mill or shop in their on-line store.

Workshops and Courses



Arran Textiles
Arran Textiles holds spinning, dyeing and weaving workshops to introduce textile crafts to the community.