The Threshing Barn moves north

Farfield Mill - new home of The Threshing Barn

Now that I am a grannie I want to spend time visiting my son and family in Sydney, Australia.  My daughter lives in Hong Kong and will be getting married next May in a fairytale castle in Aberdeenshire.  My other son works in photography in London.  So with selling the farm, I shall now be able to spend more time traveling to see my family.

So where to move my business… not to a retail shop nor an industrial unit.  I was thrilled to find these newly converted live-and-work units, located within the Farfield Mill conservation area.  In 1911 it was described as being used for “scribbling, spinning, scouring and milling with a boiler house, firing and economiser places with a drying stove”.  The mill stream was originally directed at right angles to serve a waterwheel at the west end of the building. My business will feel at home here.

I shall be able to sit and spin outside while watching the trout in the river and gaze across the fells.  Inside my living space, I have tried to connect to its past by making wool curtains,a bookcase and table from old spinning bobbins originally from a woollen mill in Bradford.

I am now able to import looms and weaving accessories from Glimåkra from Sweden.  I stock a range of their shuttles, winders and wooden swifts.

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