Having been a knitwear designer for some years using bought-in wool, just for fun I learnt to spin and soon discovered that not all wool is equal. To get better quality fleeces to work with I started my own flock and having seen the lovely mix of natural colour sheep can produce, my own sheep had to be coloured.
Thirty years on and after continuous cross-breeding my designer sheep do just that – high quality wool in a wide variety of natural colours. The wool is spun (and some is woven into throws) at a small family-run mill in west Wales, so it has very low fibre miles. None is dyed, so no pollution is caused from that, and I design and knit all the jumpers and other items back on the farm close by the sheep who produced the wool.
The farm is run in a traditional way with no chemical inputs, and any medicines used are homeopathic as the first choice. Of course, the boy lambs produce lovely fleeces too and we always have a group of wethers around. When the ladies get too old or bored with looking after lambs they join the old girls group who just hang out with their friends, get well fed and give me gorgeous lustrous fleeces. How eco-friendly is that?!
Cwmchwefru Wool natural colour products can be found at a number of outlets as well as directly with us. These include:
Carpets and Curtains, Presteigne
I am usually at Abergavenny Market on the 4th Thursday in every month, except during lambing.
I am also at the Southville Centre Arts Festival, Bristol 11th May
I will be in the Wool and Willow Festival in Llanidloes 8th June to 6th July.
and then Monmouth Show 7th July
Cwmchwefru Farm, Builth Wells, LD2 3PW