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    As British wool spinners, The Natural Fibre Company add value by processing quantities of fleece from 20 kilograms up to over a tonne and more. As we scour, card, dye and woollen and worsted spin under one roof, we are effectively experts in all aspects of the process of turning raw fleece into high quality yarn. Most of our customers are in the UK for rare and specialist breeds.

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    The Wool Journey Part 16 and postscript: labelling yarn

    Sue Blacker 09-Jul-2019

    Sue Blacker takes us on a final tour of The Natural Fibre Company’s spinning mill to learn all about labelling yarn. Turns out there’s plenty to it! Read more

    The Wool Journey Part 15: the final wool yarn package and packaging

    Sue Blacker 27-Jun-2019

    The yarn is ready to package up at The Natural Fibre Company’s spinning mill, as Sue Blacker shares the final leg of The Wool Journey. Read more

    The Wool Journey Part 13 & 14: single versus plied yarn and the bulking of wool

    Sue Blacker 28-May-2019

    The Wool Journey returns, as The Natural Fibre Company’s Sue Blacker explores the question of single versus plied yarn and an intriguingly named tool called the Bulkometer. Read more

    The Wool Journey Part 12: spinning at last!

    Sue Blacker 15-Nov-2018

    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

    The Wool Journey Part 11: which yarn to make?

    Sue Blacker 30-Oct-2018

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

    The Wool Journey Part 10: using traditional carding machines

    Sue Blacker 21-Jun-2018

    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

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

    Sue Blacker 19-Apr-2018

    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

    The Wool Journey Part 8: wool scouring and drying

    Sue Blacker 15-Mar-2018

    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

    The Wool Journey Part 7: uses of different fibre types

    Sue Blacker 04-Feb-2018

    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

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

    Sue Blacker 16-Jan-2018

    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

    The linen journey: locally-grown flax to yarn

    Sue Blacker 14-Dec-2017

    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

    The Wool Journey Part 5: harvesting the wool

    Sue Blacker 19-Oct-2017

    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

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

    Sue Blacker 28-Sep-2017

    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

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

    Sue Blacker 21-Sep-2017

    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

    The Wool Journey Part 2: wool attributes – thickness

    Sue Blacker 19-Sep-2017

    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

    The Wool Journey Part 1: what is wool?

    Sue Blacker 10-Sep-2017

    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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