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Katie Allen of Loopy Ewes is a shepherdess/designer/maker working in The Cotswolds to produce an artisan textiles range that combines contemporary design with quality craftsmanship.
She bought her first sheep six years ago, absolutely determined to work with their wool to produce contemporary, artisan products with real provenance – her textiles can be traced from design, through the making process and right back to her very own flock of rare breed British sheep that graze the Cotswolds countryside.
After shearing, she takes their fleeces to the Natural Fibre Company in Cornwall where it goes through the scouring, carding and spinning process to be made into a chunky knitting yarn. They use organic methods to dye the yarn to her colour specification and if you look closely at the colourways created from her Portland sheep, you can see the flecks of tan kemp so unique to this beautiful British breed.
She knits with the yarn in her Cotswolds studio using a hand powered knitting machine, to create very special pieces with real provenance. Combining bright, vibrant colours she creates textiles that bring aesthetic pleasure and a sense of warmth and cosiness into the home.
She has also designed her own range of tweed fabrics which have been finished into beautiful, soft blankets through a small hand weaver in Devon; and gorgeous sheepskin rugs which she prepares at home in the Cotswolds and then sends to the Isle of Skye to one of the last remaining British tanneries.
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