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Ali Sharman Handweaver

Sedbergh, Cumbria

Cumbria based weaver specialising in hand and mill woven tweed
from local and British wool.

Ali Sharman Handweaver - handwoven waistcoat in dark red tweed. Woven in my Cumbrian workshopAli Sharman Handweaver - Howgill Cloth woven from luxurious yarn sourced from Yorkshire Dales sheepAli Sharman Handweaver - handwoven waistcoat in dark red tweed. Woven in my Cumbrian workshopAli Sharman Handweaver - Colourful woven sample using my Yorkshire Dales yarnAli Sharman Handweaver - heathland tweed on the loom in my Cumbrian workshop

Who we are

Ali aims to create hand and mill woven cloth of the highest quality, using wool predominantly sourced from flocks that roam the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbrian Fells. With a particular emphasis on handwoven tweeds, her cloth is firmly rooted in and inspired by the local landscape.

She weaves in her workshop based at Farfield Mill, the last of 4 woollen mills that once operated in the Sedbergh area. Now a converted arts and heritage centre, its location beneath the Howgill Fells inspires and drives her to create cloth of beauty and quality using the resources that surround her. The Mill is currently closed due to lockdown but in normal times you can visit and watch Ali at work.

Ali launched Howgill Cloth in 2019. Her first collection was woven entirely from Laura’s Loom luxurious Yorkshire Dales Bluefaced Leicester and Hebridean yarns. Her second collection launched in late summer 2020 using a new yarn and distinctive new colour palette.

Howgill Cloth is designed for clothing or light furnishings such as cushions. It is not suitable for heavy duty upholstery. It is 100% British with all manufacturing processes carried out in neighbouring Yorkshire or the Scottish Borders – within 80 miles of her Sedbergh base.

Please contact Ali if you would like to discuss a commission. She also offers 1-2-1 teaching and small group workshops.

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Located in Sedbergh, Cumbria