Lake District Tweed is part of our farm diversification business Dodgson Wood, founded by myself, Maria Benjamin and my partner, John Atkinson. We live and farm in Nibthwaite, at the south end of Coniston Lake. John's family have farmed in the area for more than six hundred years and John is the sixth generation at Nibthwaite Grange Farm.
John runs the farm and I run Dodgson Wood. Lake District Tweed was made possible by funding from FIPL (Farming in Protected Landscapes), a DEFRA fund, administered by the Lake District National Park.
When I had the idea to create valley specific tweeds, I contacted Sheila Philips from the Lancs and Lakes Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers. Sheila organised the group to come up with tweed designs based on unique aspects of each valley. Textile designer, Louise Dixon, and I chose the final designs from the selection produced. Louise adapted the designs for a more commercial tweed but the throws reflect the original patterns created by the Guild.
All the processing, the washing, combing, spinning and weaving takes place in the North West of England.
The farmers receive an above market price for their wool and a profit share from sales of their tweed and throws.
Our farm shop is open on Saturdays, 10am - 4pm, or by appointment.
Nibthwaite Grange Farm
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