Nov
15
2018
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 12: spinning at last!

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In Part 12 of The Wool Journey, spinning commences at the Natural Fibre Company mill in Cornwall. Over to Sue Blacker to tell us more… Read more …

Oct
30
2018
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 11: which yarn to make?

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Decisions, decisions - which yarn to make?

Sue Blacker of The Natural Fibre Company continues The Wool Journey with the all of important question: which yarn to make? Read more …

Jun
21
2018
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 10: using traditional carding machines

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Hand carders for use in preparing wool for spinning

In the tenth installment of The Wool Journey with Sue Blacker at The Natural Fibre Company, we learn about the next stage of preparing wool to spin, using traditional carding machines. Read more …

Apr
19
2018
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 9: the first stages of preparing to spin

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Ready for the next stage of preparing to spin: carding

In Part 9 of The Wool Journey guest blog series from The Natural Fibre Company, Sue Blacker takes us through the first stages of preparing to spin, featuring the Fearnaught machine and more. Read more …

Mar
15
2018
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 8: wool scouring and drying

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Haworth scouring plant via The Natural Fibre Company

In the eighth installment of The Wool Journey with Sue Blacker at The Natural Fibre Company, we learn about the first stage of processing: wool scouring and drying. Read more …

Feb
4
2018
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 7: uses of different fibre types

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Sorting fibre types at The Natural Fibre Company

Continuing The Wool Journey, Sue Blacker of The Natural Fibre Company explains the uses of different fibre types. It is said that everything of a pig can be used but the squeak and the same is true of fleeces! Read more …

Jan
16
2018
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 6: grading, sorting and storing of fleeces following shearing

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The Wool Journey Part 6: a freshly graded, sorted and clean fleece ready to store

In the sixth installment of The Wool Journey by Sue Blacker of The Natural Fibre Company and Blacker Yarns, she outlines the crucial steps of grading, sorting and storing of fleeces following shearing. Read more …

Dec
14
2017
Sue Blacker

The linen journey: locally-grown flax to yarn

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flax

In a spin-off from The Wool Journey series of blog posts, The Natural Fibre Company shares The Linen Journey, in which Sonja Bargielowska explores flax’s journey from field to yarn. Read more …

Oct
19
2017
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 5: harvesting the wool

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Harvesting wool through shearing

In The Wool Journey Part 5, Sue Blacker of Blacker Yarns and The Natural Fibre Company explains the process of harvesting wool with an in-depth look at sheep shearing. Read more …

Sep
28
2017
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 4: wool attributes amongst breeds, natural colour and health

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In The Wool Journey Part 4, Sonja Bargielowska of Blacker Yarns at The Natural Fibre Company considers wool attributes amongst breeds, natural colour and the importance of a healthy flock. Read more …

Sep
21
2017
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 3: wool attributes – length, crimp and lustre

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Blacker Yarns products

In the third of The Wool Journey installments based on an original post by Sonja Bargielowska at Blacker Yarns, The Natural Fibre Company leads us to consider length, crimp and lustre. Read more …

Sep
19
2017
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 2: wool attributes – thickness

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Wool from different varieties of sheep

In the second installment of The Wool Journey guest blog posts from Sue Blacker and colleagues at The Natural Fibre Company, we learn about a key attribute: thickness. Read more …

Sep
10
2017
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 1: what is wool?

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In the first of a series of guest blog posts from Sue Blacker and colleagues at The Natural Fibre Company, we invite you to embark upon The Wool Journey, exploring the what, how and why of all things wool. Read more …

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