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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 and Lorna deal with our commission spinning customers and help them develop projects and market their yarns. The Blacker Yarns team is led by Katie assisted by Kamila, who organises all our packaging and despatch. They are developing and expanding Blacker Yarns, extending our social media activity and blogging for Blacker.

The Mill Manager is Demelza assisted by James, the carding engineer and Brendan, the worsted engineer, along with the spinning staff, Ryan and Verity. Along with Pavel, who is the king of sorting, this group handles production up to finishing. Lowri, Beth J ,Beth P,Tay and Maria ply, wash, reel, wind and ball-wind the yarns and Beth J and Tay also do our dyeing.

The board of directors comprises managing director Sue Blacker, her husband Douglas Bence, 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.