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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 ourselves, we have together over 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 Brinicombe is our book-keeper, working with accountant Lesley Amos and dealing with administration. Annette Dolton and Cyd Jenkin deal with our commission spinning customers and customer projects. Annie Vernon is working with the commission support team and Sue Blacker to develop more value added customers in woven and knitted products.  The Blacker Yarns team is led by Sonja Bargielowska with Katie Green. They are developing the Blacker Yarns brand, extending our social media activity and blogging for Blacker. They are supported by Kamila Jacubowska who picks and packs our mail orders and helps with administration.

Paul Sykes was our Mill Manager for nine years and we are currently in the process of apointing a successor.  Paul worked closely with James McQueen, the carding engineer, and their assistants, David Glover and Ryan Allen. Between them they handle production up to the finishing stage. Finishing is where Sadie Uglow supervises Taymara Goodman, Robyn Murton, Alison Showell and Lowri Allen to ply, wash, reel, wind and ball-wind the yarns.  Robyn also does our dyeing.  Dan Hill manages our stock and also helps with production.

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 book keeping, accountancy, public relations, photography, information technology and the web site and we regularly have the support and inspiration of student interns helping with Blacker Yarns.