Donated Wool

We are delighted to announce that we have been given a large amount of yarn for the Woolsack cushions.

This is all British breeds yarns from a business which closed down some years ago.  Much of it is white and pretty much all of it is on cones.

Most is 4-ply weight but there is also some DK and aran.

We are making arrangements to distribute the yarn to people wishing to use it as follows:

- Our Local Contacts will have some stocks and can arrange local collections or can post amounts to you for the cost of postage.  In particular you can contact Jill Edwards (Billingshurst and West Sussex) or Irene Watson (Surrey and Woking)
- you may have either c.5kg or c.10kg sent to you for £10 to cover the postage: you may contact
The Natural Fibre Company and pay by credit or debit card (or send a cheque) to arrange this.

At present, due to administration costs, smaller amounts are not available from The Natural Fibre Company: we estimate that cushions take 170 to 200g for DK mainly stocking stitch up to around 350-400g for heavily textured aran weight yarn, depending on the design.

So 5kg will produce around 15 cushions, and 10kg 30 cushions - which would also enable you to gather friends for your own cushion stuffing event (the special Woolsack cushion stuffing is sent to voluntary events listed on the Woolsack website for free, together with exclusive Woolsack labels to sew onto each cushion).

Some of the yarn will be dyed to make it more interesting for designs and this will cost £10 per kilogram in addition to the postal costs.

Because the yarn has been left oiled (originally much of it would have been used for machine knitting) it will be necessary to wash it before use.

Instructions for washing are as follows:

By hand: the best option is to wind off the cones into large skeins and hand wash by dipping and squeezing in warm soapy water, then rinsing in the same way, machine spin in a pillowcase and then air dry.

Machine oil is emulsifiable so should come out with minimal soap and warmth of water, so this method should not cause problems with felting

Due to the age of the yarns, which have been in storage for several years, the oil may not be as nice to skin as the modern formulations.  We therefore advise you to wear gloves to handle the yarn until washed and while washing though once washed there should be no more problems.