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Wool Collection

"Wool: A Timeless Thread Connecting Generations and Cultures" As the sun sets over the picturesque English countryside, a long, long trail weaves through history

Background imageWool Collection: Southwest, American Indian art & handicrafts. Navajo blanket, beadwork, turquoise necklace

Southwest, American Indian art & handicrafts. Navajo blanket, beadwork, turquoise necklace, silver & turquoise belt buckle, 12-century Anasazi Mimbres bowl. PR

Background imageWool Collection: Theres a Long, Long Trail by Mabel Lucie Attwell

Theres a Long, Long Trail by Mabel Lucie Attwell
" Theres a Long, Long Trail A-Winding into the Land of My Dreams." Knitting themed illustration by Mabel Lucie Attwell showing a cherubic little girl knitting comforts for the troops

Background imageWool Collection: Highland Cattle

Highland Cattle Bull, Scotland

Background imageWool Collection: T. E. Lawrences House

T. E. Lawrences House
The house at Clouds Hill, near Wool, Dorset, England, where British archaeologist, soldier, intelligence officer and writer, Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888-1935)

Background imageWool Collection: Les Laines Bisanne wool company poster

Les Laines Bisanne wool company poster
Advertising poster for Les Laines Bisanne, a French wool company from Lyon-Megeve, showing a young man in ski clothing including a geometrically patterned jumper

Background imageWool Collection: Domestic Sheep, Beltex and Texel rams, three standing in field, England

Domestic Sheep, Beltex and Texel rams, three standing in field, England

Background imageWool Collection: Shropshire sheep

Shropshire sheep
Illustration of a Shropshire sheep

Background imageWool Collection: Sheep Breeds

Sheep Breeds
Illustration of a sheep breeds: Merino sheep Electoral-Negretti, Hampshire or Hampshire Down sheep, Shropshire sheep, Negretti merino sheep, Cotswold sheep, Heidschnucke, Soissonais sheep

Background imageWool Collection: Southdown Sheep Show showing the rear view of five sheep

Southdown Sheep Show showing the rear view of five sheep George Garland Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref No: Garland N12303

Background imageWool Collection: Three Sheep in a Line in the Snow

Three Sheep in a Line in the Snow
A black and white winter photograph of three sheep in a line in deep snow. The shot depicts the characteristics of sheep very well

Background imageWool Collection: Instruction booklet, Knitting for the RAF, WW2

Instruction booklet, Knitting for the RAF, WW2
Cover design, instruction booklet, Knitting for the RAF, World War Two, price one shilling. circa 1940

Background imageWool Collection: Welsh woman with spinning wheel, Wales

Welsh woman with spinning wheel, Wales
Welsh woman outside a cottage with a spinning wheel, Wales. Date: late 19th century

Background imageWool Collection: Herdwick sheep

Herdwick sheep
A Herdwick sheep native to Cumbria & the Lake District in its environment

Background imageWool Collection: St Elizabeth of Hungary Spinning Wool for the Poor, 1901

St Elizabeth of Hungary Spinning Wool for the Poor, 1901. Elizabeth (1207-1231) was the daughter of Andras II of Hungary. After the death in 1227 of her husband Louis IV, Landgrave of Thuringia

Background imageWool Collection: Working drawings by William Morris (1834-1896), 1934. Artist: William Morris

Working drawings by William Morris (1834-1896), 1934. Artist: William Morris
Working drawings by William Morris, 1934. Axminster carpet, 1873; Anemone pattern for silk and wool curtain material, 1874 and a painted wall decoration, c1877. From The Listener, 14 February 1934

Background imageWool Collection: Liza Spain outfit from Harvey Nichols

Liza Spain outfit from Harvey Nichols
An elegant, pure wool suit by Liza Spain from Harvey Nichols of Knightsbridge, London. The skirt is softly gathered at the front, the jacket gently shaped with a flattering standaway collar

Background imageWool Collection: Shetland knitter, Shetland Islands, Scotland

Shetland knitter, Shetland Islands, Scotland. She is knitting as she walks along with a bulky load on her back. Date: late 19th century

Background imageWool Collection: How Navajo Indian Rugs are made - USA

How Navajo Indian Rugs are made - USA Date: circa 1930s

Background imageWool Collection: A cowboy, Honeycut, on the horse White Star on the plains of Montana

A cowboy, Honeycut, on the horse White Star on the plains of Montana. Photographed by Laton Alton Huffman, August 1904
MONTANA: COWBOY, 1904. A cowboy, Honeycut, on the horse White Star on the plains of Montana. Photographed by Laton Alton Huffman, August 1904

Background imageWool Collection: Saltaire, model textile factory and town near Bradford, Yorkshire, England. Founded by Titus Salt

Saltaire, model textile factory and town near Bradford, Yorkshire, England. Founded by Titus Salt (1803-1776) in 1851. Shops, library, etc

Background imageWool Collection: Llama

Llama (Lama glama). These animals are bred as pack animals and for their hair, which is used in textiles, and meat. They have been domesticated since 5000 BC. Photographed in New Zealand

Background imageWool Collection: Man in Dressing Gown

Man in Dressing Gown
Man models a wool jersey dressing gown, and his wire- haired fox terrier poses for the camera

Background imageWool Collection: Knitting Sweetheart

Knitting Sweetheart
Sassy wartime woman lounging in a chair knitting while a portrait of her boyfriend or husband smiles from the canvas

Background imageWool Collection: Scottish Black Face Sheep Ram

Scottish Black Face Sheep Ram
USH-530 Scottish Blackface SHEEP - ram, standing, front view Duncan Usher Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageWool Collection: Castlemilk Moorit ram at Cotswold Farm Park, UK The farm park houses a large collection of rare

Castlemilk Moorit ram at Cotswold Farm Park, UK The farm park houses a large collection of rare breeds of cattle
MAB-34 Castlemilk Moorit ram at Cotswold Farm Park UK The farm park houses a large collection of rare breeds of cattle, sheep

Background imageWool Collection: CUTTY SARK CLIPPER

CUTTY SARK CLIPPER
China clipper, though she only made 8 voyages to China before steamships destroyed the clipper business : she then became a wool carrier, then a training ship

Background imageWool Collection: Kitten Tangled in Wool

Kitten Tangled in Wool
" Didn t you know I could knit?" On this evidence, this kitten is a long way from knitting a woolly jumper

Background imageWool Collection: Knitting Expert

Knitting Expert
A young man in an armchair gets himself in rather a tangle with his knitting!

Background imageWool Collection: Sheep grazing on the Southdowns, Sussex, 1938

Sheep grazing on the Southdowns, Sussex, 1938 George Garland Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref No: Garland N16821

Background imageWool Collection: Southdown Sheep Fair September 1949, Sussex

Southdown Sheep Fair September 1949, Sussex George Garland Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref No: Garland N12299

Background imageWool Collection: Scenes of peasant working life, Ireland

Scenes of peasant working life, Ireland
These illustrations show women and men engaged in activities such as carding wool, spinning, sowing, threshing, minnowing and scutching

Background imageWool Collection: Dyeing Harris Tweed

Dyeing Harris Tweed
Production of Harris Tweed. An old woman from the island dyes the wool in a cauldron- like vessel which sits on an open fire

Background imageWool Collection: Baldwins knitting leaflet, WW1

Baldwins knitting leaflet, WW1
Knitted Comforts for Men on Land and Sea - front cover of a booklet published by J & J Baldwin s, yarn manufacturers of Halifax

Background imageWool Collection: Patons knitting wools advertisement, WW1 comforts

Patons knitting wools advertisement, WW1 comforts
Advertisement for Patons Alloa knitting wools during the First World War featuring a Red Cross nurse busy knitting and the words, Every Woman Can Help. Date: c.1915

Background imageWool Collection: The parable of the laborers in the vineyard

The parable of the laborers in the vineyard: The payment of the denarius. ca. 1500. Second Series cloth. Manufacturing in Brussels, possibly in the workshops of Pieter van Aelst

Background imageWool Collection: Lincoln Longwool Sheep

Lincoln Longwool Sheep
JD-1634 Lincoln Longwool SHEEP John Daniels Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way. contact details: prints@ardea.com tel: 020 8318 1401

Background imageWool Collection: Spinning Harris Tweed

Spinning Harris Tweed
Production of Harris Tweed. A typical scene in an island home as the crofter spins her yarn

Background imageWool Collection: Drying Harris Tweed

Drying Harris Tweed
Production of Harris Tweed. After the wool has been dyed, it is put out on a fence to dry

Background imageWool Collection: Spinning Harris Tweed

Spinning Harris Tweed
Production of Harris Tweed. The wool is carded and spun; carding loosens the wool and ensure it is fine enough to spin

Background imageWool Collection: Woman Knitting 1929

Woman Knitting 1929
A woman sits knitting - the illustration shows the new elongated slender silhouette which was to come into fruition in the 1930s

Background imageWool Collection: Advert for Gorringes womens dyed fox collar coat 1937

Advert for Gorringes womens dyed fox collar coat 1937
Furness. Original coat in fancy weave woolen with handsome collar and flounce of dyed fox. Date: 1937

Background imageWool Collection: Lake District Farmhouse

Lake District Farmhouse
Low Tilberthwaite Farm & Barn, a typical farmhouse in the Lancashire part of the Lake District, England. Note the spinning gallery, used for drying out wool. Date: 17th century

Background imageWool Collection: Characterful old lady with her knitting

Characterful old lady with her knitting
A characterful old lady sits in a chair, holding a few rows of knitting in front of her as she looks thoughtfully into the distance

Background imageWool Collection: Woman spinning - India

Woman spinning - India
Woman spinning on a traditional hand-made wheel, India

Background imageWool Collection: Walliss Hiking Kit Ad

Walliss Hiking Kit Ad
Advertisement for Walliss hiking kit comprising rucksack, practical flannel shorts and mens pure wool stockings, all essential equipment for this pastime

Background imageWool Collection: Chipping Campden 1940S

Chipping Campden 1940S
Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, viewed through the arch of the 17th century Wool Hall. It was once the centre of the Cotswolds wool trade

Background imageWool Collection: Traditional indian wool

Traditional indian wool, Solola, Guatemala, Central America

Background imageWool Collection: Retreat of T. E. Lawrence at Clouds Hill, Moreton, Dorset

Retreat of T. E. Lawrence at Clouds Hill, Moreton, Dorset
The house at Clouds Hill, near Wool, Dorset, England, where British archaeologist, soldier, intelligence officer and writer, Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888-1935)



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"Wool: A Timeless Thread Connecting Generations and Cultures" As the sun sets over the picturesque English countryside, a long, long trail weaves through history. From Mabel Lucie Attwell's enchanting illustrations in "Theres a Long, Long Trail" to the fields adorned with domestic sheep, such as Beltex and Texel rams, England has been intertwined with this versatile fiber for centuries. Sheep breeds have played a vital role in shaping the wool industry. Les Laines Bisanne wool company poster proudly showcases their commitment to producing high-quality yarns that warm hearts and homes alike. In 1901, St Elizabeth of Hungary spun wool diligently to provide comfort for those less fortunate – an act of compassion that resonates even today. The Southdown Sheep Show captures five majestic creatures from behind – their fluffy coats reflecting years of careful breeding and dedication. Just like Highland Cattle grazing peacefully nearby or T. E. Lawrence's house standing tall amidst rolling hills, these animals symbolize resilience and harmony with nature. From Shropshire sheep to Herdwick sheep braving harsh winters on rugged terrains, each breed contributes its unique characteristics to the tapestry production. Even during World War II when knitting became an essential skill for many RAF personnel thanks to instructional booklets like "Knitting for the RAF, " wool continued its mission of providing warmth amidst turmoil. In every season, three sheep stand united against a snowy backdrop – reminding us that no matter how cold life may get at times, there is always strength in unity. Wool binds communities together by creating cozy garments that transcend time and fashion trends. So next time you wrap yourself in a soft woollen blanket or slip into your favorite knitted sweater, remember that you are embracing more than just warmth; you are enveloping yourself in history and tradition woven by countless hands throughout generations. Wool truly connects us all as it threads its way through the fabric of our lives.