Prick Your Finger in Bethnall Green, London
Herdwick Sheep

Salon Bench London, 2010

Zarah Savage with Rachael Matthews, Louise Harries, Terry Patterson, Jaqueline Peterson, Julie Robinson, Ceilidh Chaplin, Janice Seivey, Carolyne and Sue. 


Prick Your Finger, London


Salon Bench London is being made through a collaborative process led by Zarah Sacage with knitters from across London


The bench is being made using a 100% British Herdwick that has been genously donated by The Herdy Company for the project. The Herdy Company is based in Cumbria and they actively support the sustainability of the Herdwick sheep breed by making good use of the wool in their home furnishings. They buy their wool directly to make sure the farmer gets a fair deal and use local processors, spinners and weavers.


About the Herdwick Sheep

Much debate surrounds the origin of the Herdwick sheep which has been a part of the Lakeland landscape for over 1000 years. Chances are its ancestry is rooted in Scandanavian regions but no-one can say for sure.


Herdwick’s are a tough breed, well designed to roam freely on the high fells. But they’re clever too – they know to return to the same part of the fell (heft) year after year so no need to fence them in! Their appetite for scrubland, bracken, heather and tree seedlings helps to maintain the appearance of the Lakeland landscape we enjoy roaming around too.


Herdwick wool is available in a range of natural grey tones. This is because the lambs are born with black wool and, a bit like us, go greyer with age. The wool is very coarse and difficult to dye, and as a consequence of little value. Herdwicks are clipped for welfare reasons rather than for profit nowadays as fleeces typically fetch as little as 3 to 6 pence per kilo. Herdwick wool has traditionally been used for making carpets because of its resilience and strength. Its naturally occurring colour variations mean that patterns can be created without the use of dyes making it an eco-friendly option too.