Alpacas articles

May
10
2020
Dave Darby

Our policy on keeping animals & eating meat

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Our topics include vegetarianism and veganism, but also keeping animals (for meat, dairy, eggs, honey, wool, leather, work etc); and also fishing and hunting animals in the wild. Is this incongruous? As a sustainability / new economy organisation, should we be promoting only veganism, rather than the keeping and/or eating of animals? Read more …

Jun
27
2019
Sue Blacker

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

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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 …

Nov
4
2018
Sophie Paterson

Fancy learning to spin or weave or know someone else who would?

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Are you tempted to give learning to spin or weave a whirl but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you have a friend or family member looking for a new craft challenge? Our new online courses are for you! Read more …

Oct
30
2018
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 11: which yarn to make?

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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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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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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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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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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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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 …

Oct
19
2017
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 5: harvesting the wool

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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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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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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
12
2017
Lesley Anderson

How the study of animal behaviour (ethology) can help you keep livestock more ethically and sustainably

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I want to talk about something which can help us design more ethical and sustainable ways of keeping our livestock. It is a subject that has always fascinated me and, if you keep animals, I think you will find it fascinating too. It is the is the study the behaviour of animals, particularly in their natural environment, known as ‘Ethology’. 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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