Welcome to Crafts by Ra
I transform raw sheep fleeces into beautiful natural handwoven wool rugs and cushions for you to enjoy in your home. I am based near Penrith on the edge of the Lake District which is home to the well known and easily recognised Herdwick sheep which graze the slopes of the fells.
My wool is sourced from a number of different local farms within Cumbria and the Scottish Borders, including my family farms in the Eden Valley and Keswick. The wool comprises mainly of Herdwick but I also use a mix of Shetland, Jacob, Zwartbles and a few others to create different patterns, textures and colours within the rugs. My current stock of Herdwick wool is from Harrison's Herdwicks in the beautiful Eskdale Valley. The sheep graze the slopes of the highest Fell in England, Scafell Pike and the surrounding fell land. I have a range of Herdwick wool which ranges from soft, dark first shear fleeces from Hoggets which contain a beautiful mix of black, grey and brown coloured fibres to Ewe fleeces which range from white, light grey to dark grey. I love the natural colours that are found in wool which can be seen in my products.
I have started a small flock for myself of three Jacob ewes, one of which had lambs last year. To learn more about these three ladies and their lambs, check out the My Flock page.