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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

The Team

With textile industry trained engineers and specialist finishers we have trained in-house, we have together around 100 years of experience of processing wool. So we know  what we're doing and can be trusted to add value to your fleece. Most of us are pictured below in a brief break between jobs.

The office is small, so everyone helps out. Angela is our book-keeper, working with accountant Lesley and dealing with administration. Cyd deals with our commission spinning customers and helps them develop projects and market their yarns. The Blacker Yarns team is led by Katie assisted by Kamila. They are developing and expanding Blacker Yarns, extending our social media activity and blogging for Blacker.

The new Mill Manager is Demelza assisted by Christy. They both work closely with James, the carding engineer, along with the spinning staff, Martin and Ryan. Between them they handle production up to finishing. Tay, Lowri and Beth ply, wash, reel, wind and ball-wind the yarns and Tay is doing our dyeing. Brendan, who is not in the picture, runs a training programme for worsted preparation and spinning.

The board of directors comprises managing director Sue Blacker, her husband Douglas Bence, former fund manager Sharon Pipe, aviation engineer and computer specialist Ian Rickard and human resources expert Irene Watson. We outsource services when we can and when it's appropriate. Freelance and part-time staff already help us with photography, information technology and the web site and we regularly have the support and inspiration of student interns helping with Blacker Yarns.