Here are a selection of relevant links and other yarney stuff that we like

Local Wool

Sheep Tales

A growing group that started out by archiving the history of local shepherding It also now brings together woolly people from Newcastle through into the Scottish Borders. Holds an annual event in Alnmouth, normally at the start of September and members also attend other local events and running workshops.

North Pennines Wool Initiative

An established group set up to promote wool, wool products and wool-related crafts in this AONB.

Tynedale Spinners Weavers and Dyers Guild

The local guild that meets monthly (3rd Staurday) in Stocksfield village hall and has annual gathering event. Sadly online presence is patchy but events can be found on Ravelry


A local conservation grazing project, initiated by Northumberland Wildlife Trust. As well as sheep (Swaledales and various rare breeds) they use ponies and cows to selectively graze to promote the growth of native plants in grasslands. Also sells meat from the flock to help raise funds.

Further Afield


The number one website for knitters etc with over one million members worlwide. By joining forums you can keep up with lots topics on your area of interest.

Rare Breeds Survival Trust

The organisation that promotes and monitors rare breeds. A useful resource for info on the rarer fleeces.