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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 Beki deal with our commission spinning customers and help them develop projects and market their yarns. The Blacker Yarns team is led by Kamila working with Emily who focuses on marketing. They are developing and expanding Blacker Yarns, extending our social media activity and blogging for Blacker.

The Mill Team consists of James, the carding engineer and Brendan, a part-time worsted engineer, along with the spinning staff, Ryan and Verity. Along with Pavel, who is the king of sorting, and Jordan, our newest recruit, this group handles production up to finishing. Lowri, Beth,Tay (currently on maternity leave), Maria, Ros and Tom ply, wash, reel, wind and ball-wind the yarns and Lowri also does 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.