Advice and Information

Advice and Information

New to Processing?

This page contains a range of information and links to useful guides on various topics from Ordering to Marketing and Selling Your Product.


Things to Know

Our minimum order is 20 kilograms incoming fibre/30 kilograms for worsted processing. We can add to your order if you have less than the minimum quantity.

We can process Herdwick fleece every two years.


Our Glossarywords and terms we use when talking about sheep, fleece and processing

Basic definitions of woollen and worsted spinning

Frequently Asked Questions 


  • Fleeces, Preparation and Processing

Advice on washing raw fleeces. – (if you wish to store your fleece from one shearing to the next, it will be preserved better and produce higher quality results if it is washed)

Sheep shearing and maintaining the quality of fleeces.

Alpaca shearing and maintaining the quality of fleeces.

What happens to my fleece and how is it processed  (this is also available en francais and auf deutsch)

Using our Unspun Services (scouring and prepared) for Wool, Alpaca or Mohair products (other than yarns)

Adding Colour – please contact us if you would like to use our inhouse dyeing facility.


  • Placing Your Order – a step by step guide 

For price information please email us.

Download our Customer Guidance Notes and Terms and Conditions of Trade. (also available en francais)

Complete and sign the Order Form. Once this is signed for compliance with pesticide usage requirements we can accept scanned versions or you can return the form with your fibre.

Contact us to arrange to receive sacks to pack the fibre and delivery

You may wish to use our collection service or deliver the fleeces yourself at a prearranged time.


  • General and Marketing Advice

Our Marketing Pack provides information about marketing your yarn and adding value through making textiles with it. If you are planning to sell the yarn, you need to comply with the Weights and Measures (Packaged Goods) Regulations 2006. Balls of yarn are usually 50, 100 or 200 grams and the weight sold has to fall within given tolerances.

Lengths of yarn in a ball or hank


Machine Knitting

Washing yarn

Yarn Weights with varying thickness, amount of twist, single or plied.



  • Sheep Health*Causes of diseases and how to control, prevent and treat.

Liver Fluke,





*Prepared with the help of Kate Steed, contributor of British Coloured Sheepbreeders Association newsletter and with reference to DEFRA, SCOPS and AHDB.

Our A4 wall chart calendar provides lots of useful information

General issues and information about sheep can be found in our Blog.