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From Sheep to Skein!

We here at Wool Tops are very proud of our traceability and are passionate about wool which is why we have invested time ensuring that all our suppliers are too. We now have a well established supply chain and are 100% committed to focusing on the traceability of our wool products. We have amazing talent in the UK so, wherever possible, all our production happens in Britain. We have produced this video with John Arbon and hope it gives a little insight into our daily lives at Wool Tops and John Arbon Textiles. We start with the hand selecting of...

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New spinning lot just completed of our Wensleydale DK

  New spinning lot just completed!   At Wooltops we spin a beautiful double knitting natural, creamy Wensleydale yarn. The fibre has many great characteristics. The Wensleydale sheep originates from North Yorkshire around the early 19th Century. It is believed they all descended from a potent ram named 'Bluecap\ who was a cross of a Mug Ewe (a long since extinct local longwool breed from the region of the River Tees) and a New Leicester Ram. Wensleydale fibre is lustrous and has a long staple. It is very shiny and the fibre has distinct long curly ringlets. The quality is...

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The Bluefaced Leicester

This week I have been busy sorting through a bale of Devon grown Bluefaced Leicester fleece.  Bluefaced Leicester is well known as one of the UK’s finest sheep breeds.   The fibre is fine, silky and lustrous. It is a long wool with an average staple length of 3 to 6 inches and has a finer, softer fleece compared to many others in the long wool family. The Bluefaced Leciester has fast become a very popular breed – this is because the fibre is so soft and luxurious, but also has durability and wears incredibly well. The fleece is very...

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New 4-ply yarns!

We are thrilled to announce the release of our new super fine Merino and superfine Merino / Silk 4-ply yarn.  It will be available on our website next week. Spun at John Arbon Textiles worsted mill in Devon, these yarns are luxuriously beautiful. Here are some images of it being finished off at the mill... For more information keep an eye out on our social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Oh, and hope to see you at Kendall Wool Gathering at the weekend! 

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Spinning up a storm.

We are currently working on our latest new undyed white yarn. We are working with John Arbon and his team at his North Devon spinning mill to create some super lovely yarn. The yarn is going to be a beautiful light 4-ply. The fibre is 19.5 micron Organically farmed Merino from the Falkland Islands. Its incredible micron count means it is ultra fine (for Falkland Islands wool) and makes is very special. ...here are photos of the mill in action spinning it up! Also on the way we have a blend of Merino / Silk yarn, which is oh so...

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