There are some exciting projects taking place in various regions of the UK using wool from sheep in distinct regions. On a smaller scale some local farms get together to jointly produce yarn and other wool products from their sheep.
This page is listing as many of these regional projects and local farms working together that don't qualify to be listed on the Single Farm Yarns page, but still offer traceable yarn from a specific area or region of the UK.
This list should be regarded as a source of information only and not recommendations by anyone involved with Woolsack.
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For yarns from smaller producers please be aware that the quality of yarn can vary considerably from year to year, and flock to flock, dependent on such factors as weather conditions affecting fleece growth.
Bunloit Woolery Inverness.
We have our own home reared Gotland and Shetland fleece and BFL and Ryelands from our neighbour's farm.
3 Balbeg, Bunloit, IV63 6XQ Inverness 01456 450301
Knitting yarn in DK & 4ply in natural & dyed colours.
"Our premium wool is the finest grade of Welsh Mule, the name given to the local Welsh breed when crossed with the Blue Face Leicester. It’s the Blue Face that imparts the lustre and fineness, resulting in a worsted spun yarn with a a sheen and a halo suitable for attire of all kinds. It felts well too, and makes a beautiful woven fabric (we know because we trialled it, but we need to do a little more work before we can offer this) We currently also have yarns from wool sourced for us by The Natural Fibre Co., from farms in Wales. These yarns, in their natural fleece shades, are woollen spun and sturdy; ideal for cushions, bags or an outer jacket for country walks, and it makes a great tweed. The wool comes from Llanwenog and Black Welsh Mountain sheep; the Llanwenog is from a farm in Llanwenog Parish – about 10 miles from Cambrian Wool HQ."
Garden twine from Swaledale wool. Balls of mixed rare breed yarn from Hebrideans, Shetlands and Loughtans.
"Flexigraze Community Interest Company (CIC) is a non-profit making organisation which helps land managers to achieve specialist conservation grazing on agricultural land and conservation sites. We promote conservation grazing and local produce throughout the North East of England. As part of our work we have a flock of sheep, mainly hill breeds or specialist rare breeds. Most of our sheep are bought locally and help us undertake conservation grazing for about 18 months."
DK yarn from Lancashire sheep in natural white & hand dyed
"As a crocheter I wanted to use a truly local yarn. I found various local hand spinners creating beautiful yarns, but these were often made from wools that were not local, and in the case of Merino, often not ethically produced.
In Lancashire we are surrounded by sheep, so I wanted to make a truly local wool yarn from truly local sheep. I buy the fleeces from local sheep keepers like myself, then take the fleeces to a little spinning mill in Yorkshire [no wool mills in Lancashire]. Once spun, I collect the wool yarn, then bring it back to my smallholding where I hand dye some of it, skein it, ball it, and present it to you."
Knitting Yarn in natural undyed & dyed colours.
"Sustainably sourced, geo-traceable yarn from Southdown smallholders and farmers from the South Downs locality. Our yarn is woollen spun in England and is available in its natural colour 'Chalk Path' or in a palette of naturally dyed, small batch, limited editions reflecting the South Downs landscape from downland to coast."
Handspun knitting yarn in natural undyed and naturally dyed colours with a focus on Welsh breeds of sheep as well as sheep from the local area.
"The Lost Sheep Company is based in beautiful North Wales and produces unique yarn and products handspun and created from Welsh fleece - many of which are not commonly available! "
West Country Wool brand includes a range of yarns with natural fleece colours and yarns dyed with natural mineral dyes. All the knitting yarns are made from New Mills Farm fleece or locally sourced fleeces.
"We produce a range of yarns from our own Shetland sheep or from other breeds
sourced from small local farms."