British Breed Fibres.

Cheviot.

Bradford count (BWMB classification): 48s-52s.

Staple length : 8-10cm.

The Cheviot is effectivly a local breed, originating in the hills of the same name. It has since divered into several sub-breeds depending on their geographical location. It also comes in a variety of base colours

Cheviot can be used for felting or spinning. It can be variable but our supplies tend to be on the coarser side and do contain some kemp, especially the grey colour bases.

All our Cheviot comes from British farms.

Cotswold.

Bradford count (BWMB classification): 38s-40s.

Staple length : 15-25cm.

The Cotswold is a lustre longwool which differs from most other in that it doesn't severley compact in the dyebath and behaves in a drum carder, meaning it is great for natural dyeing. Our Cotswold batts have a fabulous handle and amazing lustre that belies their low Bradford count. As a longwool, cotswold is great for spinning fine for laceweight but is not really suitable for inexperienced spinners. >

All our Cotswold comes from British suppliers.

Manx Loaghtan.

Bradford count (BWMB classification): 46s-54s.

Staple length : 5-10cm.

The Manx Loaghtan, as its name suggests originated on the Isle of Man. It is a primitive breed of sheep with a dense fleece that starts off dark brown but often fades on-the-sheep to a tan colour.

Manx Loaghtan can be used for felting or spinning. The fibre generally has a shorter staple so is ideally suited for long-draw spinning.

All our Manx Loaghtan comes from British farms.

Shetland.

Bradford count (BWMB classification): 50s-60s.

Staple length : 10-12cm.

The Shetland is an ancient breed and is the smallest of the native british breeds. Despite coming from the islands to the north of the scottish mainland they are now found throughout the UK as well as in many other countries. This is the softest of the traditional British breeds with the fibre we offer being derived from the softer clip. Shetland also has a good length of staple making it ideal for beginners as well as more advanced spinners.

Shetland can be used for felting or spinning.

All our Shetland comes from UK farms.

Shropshire.

Bradford count (BWMB classification): 54s-56s.

Staple length : 10-12cm.

This is a coarser fibre than some of our other sheep-wool fibres but is very sproingy giving a bouncy yarn.

Shropshire can be used for felting or spinning. The fibre has a good length of staple.

All our Shropshire comes from British farms.

Southdown.

Bradford count (BWMB classification): 56s-60s.

Staple length : 5-8cm.

The southdown is one of the earliest downland breeds and has the classis teddy-bear look with dense short wool. The wool is very soft but also very short.

Southdown can be used for felting or spinning. The fibre generally has a shorter staple so is ideally suited for long-draw spinning.

All our Southdown comes from British farms.

Whitefaced Woodland.

Bradford count (BWMB classification): 44s-50s.

Staple length : 10-15cm.

The Whitefaced Woodland originates frommthe southern pennines and is a hill sheep. Despite many of the other beeds that have been developed to survive in upland areas the whiteface has a medium soft fibre that is perfectlt suited for spinning and hand-knitting

Whitefaced Woodland can be used for felting or spinning. The fibre has a medium staple making it a nice easy spin so is suitable for beginners.

All our Whitefaced Woodland comes from British farms.