Is it British wool?
You might be fooled into thinking that buying wool certified by the wool marketing board as British wool that it would be 100% British wool. This sadly is not the case – the wool marketing board describes “British Wool as having to have a minimum content of 50% wool that originated here in the UK the rest could come from anywhere.
Where do I source my wool from?
For hand spinning and for personal use I buy direct from the farm – so my wool is 100%British wool and I’m proud of that – it means that when you buy from me you are not only supporting a small craft business you are also supporting a small farm businesses too. For products that I sell I only use wool that is native/ rare breed which supports some of our smallest sheep farmers and smallholders.
Meet Erin, a Jacob cross Welsh black mountain – she’s providing some of my wool this year
and Denis – he’s also supplied a wonderful fleece for this years projects for my family but since he isn’t a native rare breed I won’t be using his wool in the products I’m selling.
Erin’s wool is a lovely mix of colours and should provide some fantastic yarn.
For weaving I also use some other people’s yarn for specific bespoke items such as this bag created in lovely blue dyed wool with a sliver of sparkle added. I buy my yarn direct from a small spinning mill in Shetland which guarantees its wool is 100% from Shetland crofts and no other wool is added from elsewhere – so it isn’t mixed with wool from Australia or other countries and because of this it has a very low carbon footprint.
Colours can be mixed to suit – you can even send me your own yarns to have something made up for you.
Contrasting colours can be very attractive.