Fibre for Felting and Spinning
There are a large number of stockists of British fleece and fibre for those wishing to make felted cushions or to hand spin their yarn to knit, weave or crochet cushions.
Note about raw fleece
Some countries have very strict regulations about the import of raw fleece and raw fleece products which are there to minimise the risks of diseases such as Anthrax and Foot & Mouth being inadvertently spread between countries. We want to respect these regulations.
For this reason we have to ask that you don't use yarn that has been spun using unwashed fleece (spun 'in the grease'). While, in reality, thorough and appropriate washing of the finished yarn would make the yarn 'safe', there is a risk it would not be accepted as such by some officials in some countries.
In reality home scoured fleece and the yarn spun from it, or felt made from it, should be perfectly safe and able to be imported anywhere. Not all officials in all countries know enough about the process of home scouring to understand this, so we are taking measures to ensure that no cushions are at any risk of being confiscated by any country's officials.
Cushions made from homescoured fleece, whether felted or knitted or woven, are great and we very much want to have them and for people to have this option. All you need to do for any of your cushions that you have made from home scoured fleece is to attach a separate label saying 'Home Scoured'. We will do the rest for you to ensure that your cushion can travel safely home with its new owner.
There is information about fleeces for sale/swap, occasionally spun yarns, from British rare breed sheep on the RBST website
Ceredigion Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers - The Good Fleece Guide. List of suppliers of fleece & fibre for 29 different British breeds
Alphabetical list of Stockists
Adelaide Walker Washed fleece and undyed tops - many breeds. English tops dyed. All British wool clearly marked on the website.
Bluefaced Leicester, Masham, Shetland, Merino
Washed fleece, Roving, Batts, hand painted & dyed, and undyed.
Shetland, Blue Faced Leicester, Border Leicester, Jacob, Romney, Gotland
Roving, dyed fleece
Bluefaced Leicester, Yak, Merino, Shetland
BFL, Falkland Merino cross, Suffolk, Jacob, Texel - dyed
Gotland, Jacob, Shetland, Zwartbles, Black Welsh Mountain, Llanwenog, Hebridean, Manx Loaghtan
Scoured & Carded Fleece
Shetland, Kid Mohair
Fleece & Dyed Roving
BFL, Falkland Merino/Polworth cross, Shetland, Cheviot, Masham - hand painted/dyed
Spinning fibre and yarn
DT Craft & Design
Bluefaced Leicester, Merino, Alpaca, Shetland, Wensleydale, Corriedale, Falkland, Camel, Exmoor Horn
Devon Fine Fibres
Bowmont fleece plus cashmere, mohair & angora fibre
Bluefaced Leicester & Exmoor Blueface blend
spinning fibre - hand dyed
Evesham Farm Animal Sanctuary Contact through moonmoss on Raverly.com
Shetland, Hebridean, Jacob, Leicesters, Suffolks, Coloured Wensleydale, Kerry Hill, Portland, Norfolk Horn, Cotswold, Hebridean
Rare breed Portland.
Yarn & Batts for spinning or felt, plus fleece
BFL & British Falklands Merino, Texel - some as blends. Dyed.
Forest Fibres (Website & mail order) Ebay shop
Wensleydale - natural white & natural black, Leicester Longwool, Black Lincoln, Black Leicester Longwool in Fleece
Tops - natural colour, Manx Loaghtan, BFL in white, oatmeal & brown, Shetland in various colours, Gotland, Icelandic in moorit & grey, Wensleydale in white & black, Grey Suffolk, Debon Longwool
Bluefaced Leicester, Merino, Alpaca, Cashmere, hand dyed & undyed
Garthenor Organic Pure Wool
Up to 16 different breeds - UK breeds, Certified organic sheep.
Tops and prepared fibres for felting and spinning - Undyed. Breeds include Shetland, Suffolk, Teeswater/Wensleydale, Black Welsh Mountain, Bluefaced Leicester, Cheviot, Devon Longwool, Downland Blend, Herdwick, Jacob and blended lustrous Longwools.
Spinning and felting fibre
Bluefaced Leicester, Jacob & Shetland natural coloured tops for felting
Mohair, Blue Faced Leicester, Texel, Zwartbles, Jacob, Wensleydale, Merino, Southdown, Suffolk and Leicester Longwool . The wensleydale, mohair and est a laine merino are their own flocks, and they have a mini mill on site
scoured fleece, batts, rovings
Washed & Carded Fleece
Fleece and Spinning Fibre
Highside Farm Fleece to Yarn
Spinners flock of sheep including Wensleydale, Teeswater, Gotland and Texel Cross, sometimes crossed with other breeds including Jacob
Raw & washed fleece, dyed fleece, rovings
Isle of Auskerry
John Arbon Textiles
Exmoor Blueface (breed produced by crossing Blue Faced Leicester & Exmoor Horn), Blue Faced Leicester, Merino, Exmoor Horn
Wensleydale - coloured.
Blue Faced Leicester, Corriedale, Shetland, Falkland Merino
Roving, Tops, Batts
Shetland, Jacob, Alpaca (UK), Yak
Natural Born Dyers
Shetland, Shropshire, Manx Loaghtan fibre. Dyed using natural dyes extracted from plants
North Ronaldsay Mill
Washed fleece, Roving, batts, pre-felt
Natural and hand dyed yarn in various weights
Roving in 5 natural colours
(Book on North Ronaldsay Sheep, yarn & Island)
P & M Woolcraft
Black Welsh Mountain, Bluefaced Leicester, Cheviot, Corriedale, Merino, Shetland, Wensleydale, Teeswater
RBST Wool Exchange
Rare breed fleece and some prepared fibre and yarns - adverts from RBST members.
R.E. Dickie Ltd
BFL & other British breeds
Kerry Hill, raw fleece, yarn in chunky, aran & dk - all natural white colour
Sara's Texture Crafts Many different breeds of British natural and dyed tops for felting and spinning. Locally sourced British fleece. fleece, fibre & tops
Shetland, BFL, Wensleydale, Gotland & few others
fleece, fibre & tops
Shearer Girl Yarns
Breed specific spinning fibre and hand spun/dyed yarn.
Spinning a Yarn
Blue Faced Leicester, Falkland Merino, Alpaca, Corriedale, Wensleydale, Shetland
Tops, Dyed fleece
Blue Faced Leicester, Merino, Alpaca, Angora, Cashmere, Jacob, Herdwick, Llama, Mohair, Shetland
The Cornwall Yarn Shop
fleece - washed & unwashed
The Gedgrave Flock
fleece, fibre - black & white undyed & dyed
The Nude Ewe Conservation Wool
Beulah Speckled Face, Hebridean, Norfolk Horn, North Ronaldsay, Wensleydale
Fleece from 20 different breeds
The Knit Studio
Shop in Newcastle upon Tyne & mail order
British sheep breeds include Shetland, Blue-Faced Leicester, Manx, Black Welsh, Grey Suffolk, Jacob and Hebridean
Tops and Spinning fibre
The Threshing Barn
Herdwick, Black Welsh Mountain, North Ronaldsey, Jacob, Shetland, Icelandic, Wensleydale, Ouessant, Alpaca and Mohair goat, Bluefaced Leicester, Texel
Fleece, spinning fibre
The Uncommon Thread
Blue Faced Leicester, Shetland, Merino, Suffolk
Twist Fibre Craft Studio
Corriedale, Wensleydale, Bluefaced Leicester, Shetland, Alpaca, Mohair
Well Manor Farm
Southdown, Shetland, Gotland, Gotland X
Wensleydale Longwool Sheepshop
Shop near Leyburn, Yorkshire Dales or mail order - details on website.
Garments, fibre & yarn, many dyed colours.
Wharfedale Woolworks Bluefaced Leicester, Wensleydale, Masham and Dorset Horn listed with Shetland, Cotswold, Teeswater and Jacob
Mail order or visit by arrangement - Sinnington, York
British sheep breeds including Swaledale, Hebridean, Shetland, BFL, Teeswater, Herdwick, Shetland.
Washed Fleece, Batts, Rovings, Tops
Ryeland, Shetland, BFL, Cheviot, British UK Merino, Undyed, hand painted, dyed.
Raw & Washed Fleece, Batts, Rovings, Tops
Herdwick fleece & tops - natural and overdyed (some other breeds as well)
Outlet only, Caldbeck in Cumbria
Many different breeds, breed sample packs available. Online ordering
World of Wool
Over 20 breeds (NB not all British Wool, so check if that is important to you)
Ryeland - Coloured & White
Wensleydale and Wensleydale 'cross'
Yummy Yarns UK
Wensleydale, Bluefaced Leicester, Shetland, Icelandic, Leicester Longwool and other British breeds such as Shropshire.
Hand dyed/painted spinning fibre