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The Natural Fibre
The Natural Fibre

Making more with your wool

The spinning mill which helps you add value to wool, mohair and alpaca

Advice and Information

This page contains a range of information sheets on various topics from Ordering to Marketing and Selling Your Product

New to Processing?

Please download our glossary and take a look at our film which takes you through each process at the mill.

  • To understand what happens to your fleece, download our information sheet showing how it is processed; this is also available en francais and auf deutsch
  • Basic definitions of woollen and worsted spinning and organic processing are available in our Blacker Yarns wool yarns info sheet

Fleeces, Preparation and Processing

  • Some customers store their fleece from one shearing to the next. It will be preserved better and produce higher quality results if it is washed. This file offers advice on washing raw fleeces.
  • Finally, to add colour (and customer and market appeal) to your processed yarns, you may wish to consider using our inhouse dyeing facility. Please email us for further informaton.

Placing Your Order

  • If you are interested in having your wool, alpaca or mohair scoured and prepared without spinning, please use our unspun info sheet;
  • Please be aware our prices will increase from 1st April 2022 and more information is available here. Organic and Herdwick prices are £3 more per kilogram both for spinning and for all finishing processes - please note that we only process organically or Herdwick fleece every two years. 
  • Our minimum order is 20 kilograms incoming fibre. We can add to your order if you have less than the minimum quantity. 
  • Complete and return the Order Form or our Organic Order Form. Once these are signed for compliance with pesticide usage requirements, we can accept scanned versions or you can send the form in with your fibre.
  • Please contact us to arrange to receive sacks to pack the fibre and delivery, or you may wish to use our collection service or deliver the fleeces yourself at a prearranged time.

 

General and Marketing Advice

  • To get started on marketing your yarn or adding value through making textiles with it, please visit our Marketing Pack;
  • If you are planning to sell the yarn, you need to comply with the Weights and Measures (Packaged Goods) Regulations 2006. Our Blacker Yarns file relates to the lengths of yarn in a ball or hank. Balls of yarn are usually 50, 100 or 200 grams and the weight sold has to fall within given tolerances.

 

Sheep Health

  • The following files relate to sheep health: the causes of disease, and how to control, prevent and treat: Liver FlukeWormsFliesCoccidiosis and Feet. These files have been prepared with the help of Kate Steed, contributor for the British Coloured Sheepbreeders Association newsletter; and also with reference to advice from DEFRA, SCOPS and AHDB, with links to current advice pages on their websites
  • Our A4 wall chart calendar may also be useful and there are general issues about sheep in our Blog.