I am a hand weaver based at Farfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre near Sedbergh in the Yorkshire Dales.  I learned to weave at Farfield with weaver and yarn producer Laura Rosenzweig of Laura’s Loom and later studied with renowned weave designer Janet Phillips completing her Master Class programme in 2015.

I started weaving for fun but became quickly addicted and set up my workshop in 2017 when I ran out of space at home.

I weave by hand on a wooden loom in my workshop using a variety of yarns and structures, some of which are quite unusual.  I work predominantly in wool – I love its handle on the loom, its smell and grease, but most of all how it transforms into something quite beautiful during the finishing process.

I try to source my yarn from British spinners, ideally using fleece from British sheep.  I also weave with yarns produced in the region from local flocks.

I specialise in tweed for clothing and have a particular interest in finding ways to produce quality cloth from local resources.  I launched Howgill Cloth in 2019 which is produced entirely from fleece sourced from Yorkshire Dales sheep and dyed to my specification.  I use mills in Yorkshire and the Scottish Borders – all within 100 miles of my workshop.

In February 2022 I launched my first collection of Howgill blankets

I am a member of the Lancs & Lakes Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers (Chair 2016-18) and have exhibited work nationally with the Guild’s Association.  When I’m not in my workshop I’m likely to be walking on the local fells looking for inspiration for my next piece of cloth.

Please get in touch if you would like to learn to weave or discuss a commission.

Email: info@alisharman-weaver.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 7410 554556

Ali Sharman