Fabrics: The Natural Characteristics and Eco Properties of Wool

Charlie Bradley Ross Monday, 1 January 2018

Sue Blacker is Managing Director of Blacker Yarns and The Natural Fibre Company. She is a huge wealth of knowledge when it comes to wool and the wool industry, so we are so very honoured that Sue has offered to be our guest expert for a Technical Tutorial on everything "wool".

The Natural Fibre Company, based in Launceston, which is on the Cornwall-Devon border in the UK, is proud to be “the smallest large spinning mill, or possibly the largest small spinning mill in the world” and are able to provide a wide range of processing services to allow customers to add value to their wool, mohair or alpaca. Blacker Yarns and Blacker Designs are another arm of the business and were both launched in 2008 as a way to begin to sell some of the yarns that the mill spins.

In this video you’ll learn:

  • About Sue Blacker and her life before sheep.
  • About the company (well, companies!).
  • How a fibre gets from sheep to yarn.
  • How long it takes for a wool to become a fabric once sheared from the sheep.
  • The wool climate in the UK and New Zealand, and Brexit.
  • How to assess the quality of a wool
  • Which wool should you use for which product? The difference between hardwearing, medium wearing and lightweight.
  • The characteristics of wool
  • Is wool eco-friendly? Superwash, whitening, methane, ground use, responsibly sourced wool and veganism, flystrike, shearing sheep.

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