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Makepiece Todmorden

Beautiful clothes with ethics. Natural yarns from sustainable farming. Undyed and natural dyed options. Low impact manufacture. Fair employment. Working to be carbon neutral.

For hundreds of years, farmer makers in our Pennine valley have produced wool, spun it and created fabric pieces. Makepiece has taken their legacy and created a collection of clothes for the future.

Like you we want beautiful clothes and…

Human rights… we know we can trust our farmers and the mills where we live to produce yarn to a very high standard – and to look after the people involved in production.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY we’ve chosen to use wool and mohair from British farms and our own sheep because we know how the land is farmed, and hemp, linen and tencel because they can be grown sustainably.

*FEWER CHEMICALS… each collection contains undyed and naturally dyed clothes along with some azo-free dye colourways dyed to european environmental controls.

A SMALL CARBON FOOTPRINT we want our clothes to travel very few road miles before they’re worn so all our spinning, dyeing and manufacturing is done in the UK.

NO LANDFILL we design our clothes to last – but when they’ve finally been worn to shreds, they can be composted.

The story of our yarns starts with sheep. Our landscape is shaped by centuries of ovine grazing, from bleak Lakeland peaks to the beaches of northerly Hebridean islands to lush southern pastures. We use the cream of fibre produced in the UK through our association with Prestige Fibres. Our wool is accredited by the British Wool Marketing Board.

Beate keeps a flock of Shetland sheep for their naturally coloured fleeces – and occasionally brings lambs to the studio for bottle feeding!

To keep up with demand for our clothes, we also find yarns with a story from around the British Isles.

Spinning is traditional to West Yorkshire. The best wool is collected and cleaned to remove grease, combed into tops which are then spun. Most of our yarns are spun locally, by specialist mills in Bradford and Halifax, within 20 miles of the studio. These yarns are highly unusual and very special, the produce of years of experience and expertise.

We love colour, but colouring processes can be unkind to the environment and to the yarn. We choose our palette from undyed yarn – some of it from sheep with naturally black, brown or grey fleece, organic dyestuffs, natural dye and environmentally monitored chlorine free synthetic dye processes.

Our collections are designed in our studio by Nicola. Garments are knitted by specialist knitters and by a small traditional lace knitting factory. Some garments are felted after knitting to create a textured knitted fabric. All our clothes are hand finished. We make all our pieces in the UK.

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Business Details

Makepiece, 2 Dale Street, Todmorden OL14 5PX

01706 815888


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