We process your fleece and add value to it. If this is what you want, you've come to the right place! We sort, scour and card your fleece before spinning it into whatever finished form you specify. It can be pure or blended with mohair, alpaca, silk or vegetable fibres and spun into either woollen or worsted yarn which can be returned to you in balls, hanks or on cones.
Some customers have asked us to develop specialist yarns. These include Blacker Yarns whose range includes various fibre combinations which include the addition of linen, alpaca, mohair and silk.
Wool is a wonderful, sustainable product, and together with the sheep it comes from, has helped clothe and feed the world for centuries. In one way or another, sheep have contributed to the UK economy since Roman times. Our Blacker Yarns blog series The Wool Journey follows the fibre from the field to final product.
Sheep fleece varies in length from 2.4 to 30 centimetres (1 to 12 inches) and in thickness from 11 microns to over 50. In most cases products made from wool of up to 30 microns are comfortable next to the skin, but anything thicker may feel prickly; as will products containing a high proportion of coarse hair (kemp).
Other attributes of wool relate to lustre, crimp and colour. A wool product can absorb up to 30% of its natural weight before it becomes saturated. Wool is also a natural fire retardant. To find out more about different kinds of wool and the sheep it comes from, please go to our Meet the Animals section.
Raw fleece is full of grease, dirt and sweat, less if the sheep have been grazing in the rain! When we wash this out it results in some weight loss. If you are concerned about what you might lose, please speak to us. We are not advocates of call centres or telephone button pressing, so you should quickly find a person to talk to. And remember, you only pay for what you get back!
If you cannot deliver or organise carriage of your fleece to us we can arrange to collect it. Check out our carriage procedures. Also look at our advice and information page which includes a number of downloadable files that should answer many of your questions.
Our mill is fully licensed for organic production by the Soil Association who scrutinise it every year.
We recycle most of the waste we produce and keep the remainder to a minimum. This means we get the highest possible yield from your fibre, while low waste disposal costs help keep prices down.