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    The return of local, natural fabrics and low-impact clothing

    A recent surge in small ethical brands marks a new wave of a textile economy with a lower impact on the earth. Below are ten places you can find UK-made low impact goods.   Read more

    A woeful year for wool in 2020 – and how you can support your local producers

    Already suffering a downturn as an industry in recent years, the Covid-19 crisis has resulted in a particularly woeful year for wool in 2020. How have producers been faring and what can we do to support them as best as possible? Read more

    “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room”

    Eloise Sentito of These Isles | 04-Dec-2019 | 2

    With the end of 2019 drawing near, nomadic handweaver Eloïse Sentito reflects on a year of significant change, living on the edge while spinning, dyeing and weaving her way from Brittany to Devon. Read more

    The Wool Journey Part 16 and postscript: labelling yarn

    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

    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

    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!

    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

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

    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

    The Wool Journey Part 11: 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

    The Wool Journey Part 10: using traditional carding machines

    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

    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

    How we escaped suburbia by embracing exchange and life on the road

    Visual artist Emma Moody-Smith shares the story of how she and her partner Shawn have spent the past 9 years downshifting, swapping suburban England for life in a motorhome and, crucially, embracing exchange. Here she offers insight and advice to others looking to do the same. Read more

    How to grow your own woad: from seed to harvest

    A natural dye you can harvest from the garden, textile artist Teresinha Roberts of Wild Colours explains how to grow your very own ‘indigo’ woad plant. Read more

    The Wool Journey Part 8: wool scouring and drying

    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

    A beginner’s guide to lambing: from tupping to lookering

    Nigel Akehurst of Indie Farmer | 01-Mar-2018 | 1

    Adapted from an original post over at Indie Farmer, founder and editor-in-chief Nigel Akehurst shares his beginner’s guide to lambing as smallholders and sheep farmers prepare for one of their busiest times of the year. Read more

    The Wool Journey Part 7: uses of different fibre types

    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

    Meet madder, woad & weld: traditional dye plants of Europe

    In this post, textile artist Teresinha Roberts of Wild Colours tells us all about the top three European dye plants for use in natural dyeing: madder, woad and weld. Read more

    The linen journey: locally-grown flax to yarn

    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

    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

    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

    There’s a crash coming – a slap from Mother Nature. This isn’t pessimistic; it’s realistic.

    The human impact on nature and on each other is accelerating and needs systemic change to reverse.

    We’re not advocating poverty, or a hair-shirt existence. We advocate changes that will mean better lives for almost everyone.

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