Local Fibres.

Locks

Our locks are principally longwools and are sold as washed and dyed locks which can be combed or flicked open for spinning. One reason for this is that the heating processes in natural dyeing tend to cause longwool rovings to compress making dyeing very difficult. Also by keeping the locks the fibre can be used for art-yarn-spinning and felting where locks can be incorporated to give texture.

Bluefaced Leicester.

This fibre comes from more than one local flock in the Northumberland area. One of the classic British lustre wools all our BFL fibre comes from farms that take pride in the fleeces that their sheep produce. This guarantees a great fibre for the discerning hand spinner.

Bluefaced Leicester, although longer that most fibres, is not a true longwool and is heavily crimped rather than occuring in locks, making it easier to spin than most. However the fact that it is very soft means that it is not ideal for beginners.

Leicester Longwool.

One of the original longwool breeds and a progenitor of many of the other longwool breeds, Leicester Longwool is a must try for any spinner. Our fleece comes from a flock in west Cumbria. Fleece weights are often huge so all the curls in a batch will come from one animal

Leicester longwool is very slippy. It also tends to condense at its base, so is best combed rather than just flicked open. Best used by only experienced spinners.

Teeswater X Shropshire.

This fibre comes from a local flock in Teesdale and is supplied by 2 ewes. It is a really great fibre combining the best elements of both parent fleeces having length and lustre of Teeswater and the grippy, woolly crimp of the shropshire. Both fleeces hqave slightly different characters with one being more like Teeswater and the oter more Shropshire-like.

The grippy element of the shropshire makes this a great fibre for those who wish to start spinning longwools, although it is still not recommended for complete beginners.

Wensleydale.

For us the classic longwool having long lustrous curls that really show the beauty of natural dyes. Our Wensleydale comes from a farm in Northumberland with a strong reputation for their fleece products.

Due to its nature, having very little crimp, Wensleydale is very slippy and can be prone to twisting into twine rather than yarn. For that reason we recommend that it is suitable for medium-advanced spinners rather than beginners.

Batts/sliver

All our short wools are proceesed and dyed as either sliver (carded preparation)or tops (combed preparation). They are sold as either sliver or hand-carded batts.

Bowmont X Shetland.

Sourced from a farm in Northumberland that specialises in breeding for fleece, this is a great fibre that put the kaibosh on the myth that British wool can't be soft. This naturally off-white wool is so squooshy we could just sell it to stroke.

Very soft with a short staple this is ideal for woollen/longdraw spinning. Sadly the shortness and softness means that the fibre holds onto small nepps during processing. This means it is not really suitable for beginners.

Manx Loaghtan.

Our naturally-brown Manx Loaghtan comes from a conservation grazing project in Northumberland. The sheep are used in a project to selectivly control grass and scrub with the aim of boosting wildflower numbers.

Manx loaghtan is a short-medium lenght fibre with medium amounts of grip making it suitable for all levels of spinner. It is well suited to woollen or semi-woollen spinning and can be used for long-draw

Shetland.

Sourced from farms in Northumberland that specialises in breeding for fleece, our Shetland comes in a number of natural colours. The sheep they come from are from a hardy primitive breed but their wool rivals any of the modern breeds.

Our shetland has a high crimp and is nice and grippy making it an ideal fibre for beginners, although experienced spinners will also appreciate its qualities