SUNDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 4-5.30pm
Winning Post Room, Newton Abbot Racecourse
There is a use for all parts of every fleece. In this workshop you will create an incredibly warm tuffet seat pad made using a selection of a sheep fleece. It’s a chunky, deep pile, densely woven rug made on Fernhill Fibre style peg looms from a selection of pure Shetland fleeces in all their native shades.
Jen and partner Andy own Fernhill Farm on the Mendip Hills in Somerset running 3000 sheep, an Aberdeen Angus cattle herd, woodland pigs and a kitchen garden. They are both teachers and open their farm for educational courses and events. A pioneering farmer’s daughter with a genuine respect for rural sciences, Jen was fortunate to find her good shepherd and future husband Andy in 2004. Together they have created the opportunity to grow their family business as the ‘Fernhill Farm Experience’, offering 15000 visitors each year the opportunity to visit and stay on their multi-purpose livestock farm focusing on ‘regenerative agricultural’ practices.
Wool has been Jen’s passion and concern since 2009 when the devaluation of natural fibres and promotion of synthetics left behind an excellent base material suitable for many industries. As a 2014 Nuffield Farming Scholar she researched global wool industry trends and they strive at Ferhill to reposition wool in society as a primary product rather than by-product from the sheep meat industry.