February 2016

Looking at textiles from the sheep and wool perspective

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18 February, 2016 - 10:14 | Sue Blacker



Full of the joys of a New Year, I was pleased to see that the thinking people were busy.  In January, both the Oxford Farming Conference (big guns, big business, big numbers, big results) is held, as is a newer alternative version called the Real Oxford Farming Conference (sustainability, innovation, new models, less is more).

Both conferences have a place in the thinking processes for the future of agriculture, whether for food or other crops and both get publicity beyond the farming press, with usually a government minister attending and speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference and both attended by influential organisations and individuals.  Even The Archers go, though of course Brian and David go to the Oxford rather than the Real Oxford ...

New Year Resolutions and thoughts for another decade

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16 February, 2016 - 13:23 | Sue Blacker

Aha!  Well yes, I am already guilty of breaking one resolution, which was to put this article into our blog in January.  However, it's the Chinese New Year of the Monkey this week and we also say farewell to the Year of the Sheep, so it's still reasonably timely.

Now that The Natural Fibre Company is 10 years old, we are thinking about the next decade (or so ...):

When pig arcs fly

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9 February, 2016 - 13:24 | Sue Blacker

This is the entrance to my fields at present - this is very clean and tidy as over the weekend I swept the mud off the concrete in the yarn and then pushed it out through the puddle into the field and spread it around, carefully extracting the hay and straw with a pitchfork to add it to the muck heap.  This is good exercise and I recommend it!  Better done when it's not raining though ...

Tamar: a river and the tale of a yarn

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8 February, 2016 - 09:01 | Sue Blacker


It seems that this watery story is timely, though sadly not everyone is in a position to appreciate the sheer amount of water around the UK at present.  Our thoughts are with those who have suffered flooding and those trying to keep their sheep from growing webbed feet.

Our new yarn, Tamar, is named for the river which defines the border between Devon (England) and Cornwall.  The Tamar is quite a large river, and may be 61 miles long or possibly only 50 depending on the source of information!  The nearest English river, the Exe, is also quoted variously as 60 or only 51 miles long!  Can this be a local rivalry or maybe the difference is to do with whether and how their estuaries, which include other rivers, are measured?

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