I love to create with wool, blending imagination and skill to make items of beauty and utility from the fabulous fleece of our very own native breed sheep. This wonderful raw material - sheep’s fleece - was the inspiration for founding All in a Spin when I left my job as a college manager in 2011 to move to Wales.
I love to teach and encourage others, to share my skills and knowledge. My expertise has been gained both through learning from people whose own skills were passed on down the generations and by studying with masters of their craft from around the world. Whatever your level of experience, here at Pen Y Caeau Farm you can learn to spin, learn to weave or learn to dye something beautiful and unique, or improve your skills. From January 2017 you can even gain accredited certificates in hand spinning, exclusively at All in A Spin.
As an Ashford and Louet dealer I am also your one stop shop for new and used spinning wheels, looms and equipment, native breed fleece and associated items.
Do you have sheep and no time to spin their wool? Then why not commission me to turn that fleece into very special yarn. Whether it's super-chunky Herdwick for floor rugs or superfine Bluefaced Leicester for lace shawls, I can turn that fleece into the yarn of your dreams.
Continuing a tradition going back to the 1600's, my husband Brian and I farm high in the Black Mountains near Crickhowell. Our philosophy is to 'tread lightly', with environmental sustainability and animal welfare at the heart of our farming practice.
We raise predominantly native breed sheep – Clun Forest and Lincoln Longwools from the UK and Zwartbles from Holland. They provide the fine quality wool for my classes. We sell the lambs as pedigree breeding stock to other breeders, for meat through our local auction mart in Talgarth or direct to the public as freezer boxes. If you have not yet tried Zwartbles lamb from Pen Y Caeau Farm, you have really missed something! We also farm a small herd of native cross cattle to complement the sheep.
Now you too can experience a little slice of life on our real, working hill farm by coming to stay in The Weaver’s Cottage, our characterful, private 4* annexe. Whatever the weather you will enjoy breathtaking views across the valley towards the Black Mountains and unspoilt country walks from the door, with historic towns and villages just a short drive away.
You can even combine a break in the Brecon Beacons National Park and all it has to offer with one or more of my spinning, weaving or textile craft classes. Individual packages can be arranged.
So whether you are seeking to learn new skills, or just a peaceful holiday in the crisp, clean air of the Black Mountains, I look forward to meeting you soon.