Wool for Felting

 

Jacobs
I just love getting in a new delivery of different fleeces.
Its great to go through them and see their diffrerent qualities and imagine what they would be great for.

North Country Mule
As we only source wool from farmers local to us we can be sure that the animals have been treated well at their homes, so I can go through the fleece with a warm feeling.Raw Suffolk Fleece
Its an exciting time for us at Newmoor Barn as we have just increased our wool range to include raw and washed wool as well as wool tops and batts, so now our customers can process the fleece themselves.
Even Bernard was excited about checking out our new wool which included Jacobs, North Country Mule, Suffolk and Alpaca!

Bernard checking out fleece
You can check out our new selection of wool tops and raw fleece at
http://www.newmoorbarn.co.uk/shop/page/13?sessid=PzgfHTkQVPTNmmnMwVsXAn6e9SnTFtt702xYMVTn6oZT8DjImXQj3f2WvwYUOzfv&shop_param=

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Bank Holiday Sale of Ethical Fibre at Newmoor Barn

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Its been a lovely sunny start to our Bank Holiday here in the South West of the UK so we decided to have a sale!

We are giving 20% off to our customers who spend £50.00 or more at our website

http://www.newmoorbarn.co.uk/

We have all been enjoying the sunshine, Betty one of our Angora Goats led out the herd to do some sunbathing yesterday

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and we have also been able to hang out our hand spun ethical yarns to dry, its so wonderful to see the bright colours blowing in the breeze!

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Ethical Fibre in the Uk

Ethical Fibre in the Uk

When starting on our fibre adventure in Devon, the most important aspect of our work was that the production of our fibre and art work did not derive from the exploitation of the animals who were supplying us with fleece.
Over the last few years I have seen many disturbing images, videos and articles exposing the sometimes horrific practises that go on behind the scenes to provide us with a competitively priced wool.
We know in the UK that the vast majority of wool from sheep is a by product of the ‘sheep for meat’ industry and that a farmer is lucky if he or she covers the cost of shearing his sheep by selling the fleece.
This already sits uncomfortably with us (being vegetarian) but at the moment the best we can do is visit the farms that we buy our fleece from so we can be sure that the animals are treated with care and respect whilst they are alive.
I do wonder if artists think when they are using their fleece about where it comes from and if they new that the animals that supplied it could have been kept on their own, away from other sheep to protect the fibre or kept inside to protect its fibre or had the skin cut from around its back end to minimise the cost and effort to the farmer in protecting the sheep from flystrike (Merino Fleece), Would the artists feel this had an effect on the beautiful fibre art they are producing, do we need to be shouting “Art without Cruelty”.
Unfortunately when artists are buying wool tops for felting or spinning we don’t often think “where has this fibre come from?” “Was the animal that supplied it killed at 6 months for its meat?” 6 months old!!!
We hope we are working towards a time when sheep are kept for their fleece and can live a long and happy life rather than a very, very, very short one.
Value your fibre and Know where it comes from.

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