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.

Amy's Rainbow
Bluefaced Leicester, Masham, Shetland, Merino
Washed fleece, Roving, Batts, hand painted & dyed, and undyed.

Artisan Threads
Shetland, Blue Faced Leicester, Border Leicester, Jacob, Romney, Gotland
Roving, dyed fleece

Barnacre Alpacas
Rovings

Bits and Fleeces
Raw Shetland fleece
 
Black Cat Fibres
Bluefaced Leicester, Yak, Merino, Shetland
Roving

Blackbird Fibres
BFL, Falkland Merino cross, Suffolk, Jacob, Texel - dyed
Tops

Blacker Yarns
Gotland, Jacob, Shetland, Zwartbles, Black Welsh Mountain, Llanwenog, Hebridean, Manx Loaghtan
Scoured & Carded Fleece

 
Bluefaced Yarn Shop

Shetland, Kid Mohair
Tops

Blueface454
Shropshire, Texel, Falkland Islands, English blend
Roving, Neps
 
Brownberry Yarns
Fleece & Dyed Roving
 

Colourful Designs
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
Top, fleece

Devon Fine Fibres
Bowmont fleece plus cashmere, mohair & angora fibre

Easyknits
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
Skirted fleece

Farnell Farm
Rare breed Portland.
Yarn & Batts for spinning or felt, plus fleece

Flamboyance Yarns
BFL & British Falklands Merino, Texel - some as blends. Dyed.
Tops

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
Fleece, tops

Fyberspates
Bluefaced Leicester, Merino, Alpaca, Cashmere, hand dyed & undyed
Spinning fibre

Garthenor Organic Pure Wool
Up to 16 different breeds - UK breeds, Certified organic sheep.
Fleece

George Weil Craft Supplies

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                           

Gilliangladrag
Bluefaced Leicester, Jacob & Shetland natural coloured tops for felting
Felting fibre

Glaven Flock of Norfolk Horn Sheep
fleece

Griffiths Mill
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

Heathland Hebridean
Hebridean
Washed & Carded Fleece

Highbury Farm

Poll Dorset/Mule

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
North Ronaldsay
fleece

John Arbon Textiles
Exmoor Blueface (breed produced by crossing Blue Faced Leicester & Exmoor Horn), Blue Faced Leicester, Merino, Exmoor Horn
spinning fibre

Julia Desch
Wensleydale - coloured.
Fleece

LaalBear’s Shop
Blue Faced Leicester, Corriedale, Shetland, Falkland Merino
Roving, Tops, Batts

Moondance Wools
Shetland, Jacob, Alpaca (UK), Yak
Fleece, fibre

Natural Born Dyers
Shetland, Shropshire, Manx Loaghtan fibre. Dyed using natural dyes extracted from plants
Fibre

North Ronaldsay Mill
North Ronaldsay
Washed fleece, Roving, batts, pre-felt

Northern Lace
North Ronaldsay
Natural and hand dyed yarn in various weights
Roving in 5 natural colours
(Book on North Ronaldsay Sheep, yarn & Island)
Roving

P & M Woolcraft
Black Welsh Mountain, Bluefaced Leicester, Cheviot, Corriedale, Merino, Shetland, Wensleydale, Teeswater
Spinning fibre

RBST Wool Exchange
Rare breed fleece and some prepared fibre and yarns - adverts from RBST members.

R.E. Dickie Ltd
BFL & other British breeds
fleece

Rosewood Farms
Kerry Hill, raw fleece, yarn in chunky, aran & dk - all natural white colour
fleece

Sara's Texture Crafts  Many different breeds of British natural and dyed tops for felting and spinning.  Locally sourced British fleece.   fleece, fibre & tops

Scottish Fibres
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

Teeswater Yarns
Teeswater
Fleece (dyed)

Texere Yarns
Blue Faced Leicester, Merino, Alpaca, Angora, Cashmere, Jacob, Herdwick, Llama, Mohair, Shetland
fibre

The Cornwall Yarn Shop
Zwartbles
fleece - washed & unwashed

The Gedgrave Flock
Wensleydale
 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
Fleece

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 Toft Alpaca Shop
Alpaca fleece in natural colours for felting and spinning.  Carded fleece for felting.  Baby & Suri Alpaca for spinning.                                                                                                                                             Fleece, spinning/felting fibre
 

The Uncommon Thread
Blue Faced Leicester, Shetland, Merino, Suffolk
Spinning Fibre

The Woolshed, Benlaw, Costa, Evie, Orkney, KW17 2NN. Tel: 01856 751305. e-mail: thewoolshed@btinternet.com
North Ronaldsay 
roving & fleece
 

Twist Fibre Craft Studio
Corriedale, Wensleydale, Bluefaced Leicester, Shetland, Alpaca, Mohair
Spinning fibre

Well Manor Farm
Southdown, Shetland, Gotland, Gotland X
Fleece

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
Spinning Fibre

Wheeldale Woolcrafts
Mail order or visit by arrangement - Sinnington, York
British sheep breeds including Swaledale, Hebridean, Shetland, BFL, Teeswater, Herdwick, Shetland.
Washed Fleece, Batts, Rovings, Tops

Whitehall Farm
Gotland
fleece
 

Wiggly Wigglers
Zwartbles
fleece

Wildcraft
Ryeland, Shetland, BFL, Cheviot, British UK Merino, Undyed, hand painted, dyed.
Raw & Washed Fleece, Batts, Rovings, Tops

Wingham Wool Work
Large range of white and natural coloured breeds
Combed tops and scoured fleece
 

Wool Clip
Herdwick fleece & tops - natural and overdyed (some other breeds as well)
Outlet only, Caldbeck in Cumbria

Woolforbrains

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)
Fleece, tops

Yorkshire Woolybacks
Ryeland - Coloured & White
Fleece, Rovings

Ystrad Traditional Organics

Wensleydale and Wensleydale 'cross'

Fleece
 

Yummy Yarns UK
Wensleydale, Bluefaced Leicester, Shetland, Icelandic, Leicester Longwool and other British breeds such as Shropshire.
Hand dyed/painted spinning fibre