Women in Business: North Wales

Located in Colwyn Bay, The Lost Sheep Company is owned by knitwear designer, Chrissy Smith.

Nominated for The Great British High Street Heroes Awards, The Lost Sheep Company has been featured in a number of publications for its inspirational work with local farmers and the community.

Chrissy initially started The Lost Sheep Company as part of the Colwyn Bay Pop Up Shop Initiative, with the help of Communities First, Townscape Heritage and Conwy County Council.

Watch the short film from Tape Community Music Film below.

Described as an Ambassador for local farmers by The Farmers Union of Wales, Chrissy works with local farmers to purchase fleece to hand spin the wool into yarn.

In her shop, Chrissy sells ready spun yarn or customers can pick their own fleece and have it spun and knitted to order.

Focusing on hand-turned craft, she also sells a range of all locally made tools to use in her craft classes.

Using traditional production methods, Chrissy likes to use heritage tools to produce her products and support sustainably made goods.

The Lost Sheep Company uses a traditional hand process to produce and make products for the shop and Chrissy is dedicated to using only natural dyes to colour her products.

Breeds of wool include Black Welsh Mountain, Lleyn, Llanwenog and Pantcyfyng.

Chrissy also hosts a number of crafting sessions, where people can craft and eat cake as part of the Crafternoon club including, spinning classes, drop spindle, Tunisian crochet, knitting, crochet class, peg loom weaving, pin loom weaving, tapestry weaving, lucet class and weaving on a loom.

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