Wool-Only Flocks

This page is designed to assist anyone wanting to buy fleece, yarn & other wool products from those flocks of sheep in the UK that are kept solely to supply wool, or that are 'pet' flocks, rescue flocks or flocks preserving our rare or minority breeds, where wool is the only product they supply.  Sheep that are in these flocks are only producing wool and not meat.

 

This is a new page, started in 2016. 
Please note that the introduction of this page at short notice means some of the websites linked have not had a chance to update their content to fully explain their ethos & farming practice.  Those that are listed here are well known to myself and other Woolsack supporters as Wool-Only flocks, but we will endeavour to get the appropriate information available as soon as reasonably practicable.  Not all the farms, smallholdings or sanctuaries listed will be able to change their website or other on-line content at short notice.
For detailed information about the management of any particular flock you should use the links provided with each listing.  I've included social media links.
Please also note that there may well be other British flocks listed on Woolsack that would qualify for inclusion on this page but they have not yet been identified as such. 

This list should be regarded as a source of information only and not recommendations by anyone involved with Woolsack.

IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION HERE BEFORE USING ANY LISTINGS ON WOOLSACK

 

If you know of any wool-only flocks that I've not got listed, do please contact me so I can add them

 

Alfie Purl  Cotswold & Cotswold X sheep in the flock.  Hand dyed yarns, spun by Natural Fibre Company. Also hand spun yarn, fibre, locks & fleece. See also facebook group

Doulton Flock    Border Leicester yarn from the Doulton Flock in DK and 4ply in natural undyed cream, and dyed. 

Garn-clochdy Hebridean Sheep  Fleece available.

Home Farm Wensleydales  Beautifully soft, rounded (3 strands) Wensleydale and Bluefaced Leicester pure worsted knitting yarn.  Natural undyed and dyed.  DK & 'big wool'

Hooligan Yarns  Yarns from individual named sheep in a flock of Gotland, Gotland crosses & other rescued breeds.

Izzy Lane  Clothing collection that includes fabrics & knitwear from the Izzy Lane flock of Shetland & Wensleydale sheep.

Pedwardine Gotlands  See also facebook group  Raw Gotland fleece for hand spinners, felters and craftmakers.

Pickwick Cotswold Fleece  Raw Cotswold fleece from the Pickwick flock of rare breed super lustre Cotswold sheep.  The link goes to their group on Ravelry.com (free to join Ravelry) or you can contact Rob Harvey Long directly: robharveylong@hotmail.com  "Pickwick Cotswold first shear lamb's wool fleeces are available every late September and 2nd shears the following April, but you need to reserve them ! "

The Farm Animal Sanctuary  Fleeces from the sheep in the Sanctuary can be bought at Fibre East each year.  Fleeces can also be bought directly from the sanctuary near Evesham or contact lizhodge@skyfield.demon.co.uk if you'd like to have fleece posted to you.  The Sanctuary isn't open to visitors full time so please contact lizhodge@skyfield.demon.co.uk before visiting.  Sale of fleeces helps finance the sanctuary.  (note - Liz says the 2016 fleeces are particularly good)

The Living Rug Company  See also facebook group & instagram "Felted fleece rugs, cushions, throws and yarn all made by my own Flock. All my products are suitable for vegetarians and are approved by the Vegetarian Society." Gotland yarn, chunky.

The Lluest Soay Wool Co  See also facebook page & etsy shop.  "Welcome to Lluest Soays our 'WOOL ONLY' pet flock of Pedigree Rare Breed Soay Sheep.  By breeding them and promoting Soay fleece and wool products, we aim to help maintain this beautiful ancient breed."  Rare Breed Soay Fleece is all hand rooed and traceable back to individual sheep.

Wendyswoolies  Flock of sheep retired from milk production or purchased as cull ewes.  Fleece raw or washed, also carded for spinners or spun wool for knitters, natural colours or hand dyed.  (waiting to hear about contact details/website but in the meantime you can contact Wendy on facebook)

Woolcraft with Wensleydale  "We produce our sheep as close to organic standards as is possible using natural remedies and with minimal intervention only when necessary. They graze on bio-diverse meadows of species rich grasses and flowers. Our flock is supplemented with herbs, omegas, seaweed meal, minerals and garlic." Wensleydale  Knitting yarn, fleece, spinning fibre & locks and also other goods on request.  (please note the website is being updated & the reference to meat on the Ethos page no longer applies to this flock)