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Clothing
 
PROUD YARNS - Sandy Gilbert (Director/Design Leader)
e: sandy@proudyarns.co.uk Proud Yarns, Washbrook Farm, Dodbrooke, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 1NN
w: www.proudyarns.co.uk
Purpose: To sell products using only wool, mohair and alpaca from local happy animals.
Available: Yarn and great `must have` garments for men and women.
News: All coloured yarn hand dyed in non-toxic mediums. Range of baby clothes being developed. NOW. Made to measure your own design items available at very little extra cost.
 
Crochet
 
SUE'S COLOURFUL CROCHET - Victoria Kerfoot
e: capesentry@yahoo.co.uk Orchard House Farm, Chopdyke Drove, Gosberton Clough, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE114JP
w: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/suescolourfulcrochet
t: 01775 750178   m: 07950523833
I crochet and spin for hobbies. My mum and I have a small Etsy shop and we can make to order, so please contact me if you have something in mind you would like made. We also have Texel and Suffolk sheep.
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Fabric
 
WHALEYS BRADFORD LTD
e: info@whaleys-bradford.ltd.uk Harris Court, Great Horton, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 4EQ
w: www.whaleys-bradford.ltd.uk
 t: (+44) 01274576718  
Products: Creating wool serge fabric. A large range of undyed wool fabrics for dyeing and printing.
 
Felt
 
ARTFELT - Andrea Coleman
e: andrea@artfelt.co.uk Barton Lodge, West Hatch, Taunton, Somerset TA3 5RL
w: www.artfelt.co.uk
t: 01823480393   m: 07531288482
I am a textile artist and teach felt making in schools and to small groups in Somerset. I have a range of felt making kits with online tutorials using some British wool.
 
BAL DES FLEURS - Natali
e: baldesfleurs@gmail.com
w: www.baldesfleurs.com
Experienced felt maker working with finest wool and fleece. Felted handbags, scarves, cobwebs and fashion accessories. Based in East Sussex. Have participated in textile events and shows (The Mall, London). Member of Sussex Guild and Society of Designer Craftsmen.
 
ROZ BARKER
e: roz@allfiredup-devon.co.uk Tavistock, Devon
w: www.allfiredup-devon.co.uk
Facebook: Roz Barker Artist
Mobile: 07891 397100
I am an artist and teacher with a keen interest in felt making, both wet felting and needle felting. I take commissions for one off pieces of felt art, produce and sell felt animal toys and decorations as well as teaching felt making workshops to both adults and children. As a trained Art and Textiles teacher I also go into schools to do felt workshops.
I particularly like using my parents organic rare breed sheep fleeces, mainly Manx Loaghtan and Hebridean. I teach workshops from their idyllic farm, Fowlescombe Farm in the South Hams Devon and small intimate classes from my studio in Tavistock. I also offer children's felt making parties.
 
JENNY BARNETT
e: jennyneedlefelt@gmail.com Suite 22, Northwch Business Centre, Meadow Street, Northwich, Cheshire
CW9 5BF
w: www.jennymade.coriandr.com
m: 07899 771576  
Needle felt animal sculpture, dolls, and ceramic and handmade felt figures and gifts.
 
BELLACOUCHE FELT STUDIO - Yuli Somme
e: info@bellacouche.com
w: www.bellacouche.com  
t: 01647 441405
I am a textile artist exclusively using regional wools, currently Shetland, Lleyn, Devon Closewool and Bluefaced Leicester. I make use of regional wool in three ways:
1/ Felt making kits for schools, inspiring children to make felt, either with hands (The Woolsack) or with feet (Feet Felt), lots of information about sustainable textiles and wool in particular.
2/ The Leafcocoon is a modern take on an ancient idea, combining the concepts of a shroud and a coffin, to be used for a greener funeral and natural burial.
3/ Practical, useful and beautiful felt products for the home.
 
BITEABOUT ARTS - Anna Turnbull
e: annaturnbull@ymail.com Biteabout Farm, Lowick, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 2QE
w: http://www.biteaboutarts.co.uk/
t: 07786765264
Handmade felt items, using some British Wool as well as merino. Workshops using British wool.
 
JANE CUMMINS CONTEMPORARY WOODTURNER AND FELTMAKER
e: info@janecummins.co.uk
w: www.janecummins.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JaneCumminsWoodturnerFeltmaker
 I am a designer maker based in Cheshire. I work in Felt and Wood, combining the materials to make contemporary handbags and incorporating felt into sculptural woodturning. In addition I spin, weave and felt lengths of fabric which I then turn into cushions, bags, clutches and purses.
 
FABRIKANT - Lisa Tregenza
e: fabrikant.art@gmail.com The Rectory, Church Street, Bishops Lydeard, Taunton TA4 3AT
w: www.thefabrikantblog.wordpress.com
m: 07800 892171      twitter: @FabrikantArt
A textile artist and maker, I make felt, knit, weave, spin, crochet, stitch, explore colour & texture, vintage & contemporary, re-&up-cycle, and work with rare breed and British wool.  Member of Somerset Art Works.  See the Gallery page of my blog for images of my work.
Products:
Wall art and occasional 3D items, sold direct, at exhibitions, or occasionally through my Folksy shop http://folksy.com/shops/Fabrikant 
 
FELT AMAZING - Mary Toon
e: maryfeltamazing@yahoo.co.uk  
w: www.makingitdevon.com
t: 01822 612297
I fashion felt through the wet and dry processes using many different kinds of fleece and fibres. From my studio I sell, teach and make a wide variety of 3D pieces (hats, scarves,bags vessels etc.) as well as abstract and figurative hangings and sculptures. I promote and use local fleeces wherever possible and am beginning to use only natural dyes. I am a member of Drawn To The Valley and Devon Artists Network and have exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. 
 
KITTY FRANCIS
w: http://kittyfrancis.co.uk/ Marazion
 
Kitty Francis creates beautifully handmade felt nature beads, needle felted decorations, supplies & pure felted loveliness.
 
HAYLEY LOUISE FELT SCULPTURES - Hayley Louise
e: contact@haylou.co.uk  
w: www.haylou.co.uk
Twitter: @haylousculpt      Facebook: www.facebook.com/Hayleylouisefelt
t: 07737 355 686
I am an artist/sculptor of wool, using needle felting to create my sculptures. I make one offs which are sometimes available for sale, and I also do commissions.  In 2013, I will holding some courses for beginners or improvers, if anyone wanted to get involved just email or phone me.  All details are on my website or FB and Twitter.
 
HEIDI FEATHERS - Zoe Fenton
e: heidifeathers@hotmail.com Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
w: www.heidifeathers.com
Heidifeathers supply felting kits, a large range of felting needles, wool roving, other fibres and both wet and needle felting accessories.
 
GLADYS PAULUS
e: info@gladyspaulus.co.uk Frome, Somerset
w: www.gladyspaulus.co.uk
t: 01373 467884
I am a feltmaker based in Somerset. My work is inspired by nature and its incredible range of patterns and textures. I am self taught and when I first started out making felt I used Merino (as instructed in the book!) but since then I have become interested in using wool from local & UK breeds for reasons of diversity and sustainability.
At the moment I use Shetland, Blue Faced Leicester, Romney, Gotland, Hebridean, Teeswater and Alpaca wool and I'm interested in trying out more breeds.
Apart from making felt I'm also fascinated by natural dyes and last year I grew my first crop of woad which I used to dye a batch of Shetland and Romney. This year I aim to add a range of other dye plants to my allotment.
I run regular feltmaking classes & workshops in my home town of Frome.
 
PINK HOUSE ARTS – Caroline Kisby
e: pinkhousearts@me.com The Oaks, Fotheringhay, Peterborough, Northants PE8 5HX
w: www.pinkhousearts.co.uk
t: 01832 226 268 m: 0789 003 4040
 Felt maker and textile artist designer/maker of a wide range of decorative and functional fibre gifts using both British and merino wool. My work is inspired by colour, texture and pattern. I host felt making workshops in schools, health care settings and work with community groups and individuals.
 
REFLECTIONS IN FELT - Sarah Brace
e: reflectionsinfelt@yahoo.com Tewin, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL6 0LE
w: www.etsy.com/shop/reflectionsinfelt
t: 07783 389675
I am a feltmaker & spinner producing, yarns, scarves, handbags, wraps, & other accessories. I mainly use wet & nuno felting techniques to create pieces inspired by nature.
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Fibre & Yarn
 
ACKROYD & DAWSON Ltd/THE WOOL GATHERING - Patricia Ackroyd
e: patricia@ackroydanddawson.com
w: www.thewoolgathering.co.uk www.ackroydanddawson.com
t: 01458830971    m: 07951327754
Products: Ackroyd and Dawson Ltd produces 100% British woollen, worsted and tweed fabrics from British sheep and alpaca. The Woolgathering is a supplier of superior British wool and alpaca fibre for hand spinning and are wool processing agents.
 
ADELAIDE WALKER – Angela Barrow
e: enquiries@adelaidewalker.co.uk 55/56 Pegholme, Wharfebank Business Centre, Ilkley Road, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 3JP
w: www.adelaidewalker.co.uk
t: 01943 850812 
Products: We sell fibres, equipment and kits for felt makers and spinners. We have a wide range of dyed Merino tops and an increasing range of natural breeds. Friendly and quick service – give us a call or order online.
 
BLACK BAT - Jo Davies
e: info@blackbatsheepskins.co.uk PO Box 208, Redcar, TS10 5RD
w: www.blackbat.co.uk
t: 078 640 922 45
We are Black Bat and we are passionate about British Rare Breed Wool.
We buy fleece from the grower and have it processed into wool, here in Yorkshire, for the Spinner, Felter, Knitter and Weaver.
Products: We currently stock wool from 23 different breeds in 5 different weights all are British and most are from Rare Breed Sheep. We will be adding a further 7 new wools in the coming months.
 
BLACKER YARNS
e: info@blackeryarns.co.uk. Unit B, Pipers Court, Pennygillam Way, Launceston, Cornwall PL15 7PJ
w: www.blackeryarns.co.uk/
t: 01566 777635
Products: A wide range of natural wool yarns, spun in our mill, The Natural Fibre Co. Also includes Blacker Designs which is marketing its own range of products made from wool, mohair, and alpaca processed at the factory.
 
GRIFFITHS' MILL - David & Karen Griffiths
We have various breeds of sheep and produce a wide range of 100% British batts, roving and yarns both from our own fleece and from selected fleeces purchased from British breeders.
For full details see our entry under 'Wool Processors'.
 
KING COLE Ltd
w: www.kingcole.co.uk Merrie Mills, Elliott St, Silsden, West Yorkshire, BD20 0DE
t: 01535 650230
Products: King Cole are a leading supplier of Wool, and knitting patterns throughout the UK. Acquiring wool from local sheep in Yorkshire as well as sheep from the rest of the UK & abroad.
 
LANCASHIRE FARM WOOL - Kate Schofield
e: schofield316@btinternet.com 43 Blenheim Road,Cheadle Hulme,Cheshire SK8 7BD
w: kateschofieldtextiles.blogspot.com
t: 01614852551    m: 07758751375
Products: Millspun yarn by mail order. Spun from Bluefaced Leicester, North Country Cheviot, Masham & Lonk fleeces. Sheep are 'conservation grazers' in Arnside/Silverdale AONB. I work closely with the farmers & ensure a fair price for their top quality fleeces!
I am a handspinner, knitter and weaver, selling my work through outlets in North West England.
 
THE LTTLE LANCASHIRE SMALLHOLDING - Rainy Williamson
e: rainy@thelittlelancashiresmallholding.co.uk 40 - 42 Bury Old Road, Ainsworth, Bolton BL2 5PF
w: www.thelittlelancashiresmallholding.co.uk
 t: 07788918024
 Products: I keep Ouessant and Easycare sheep and process the fleece myself.
I design, make items and teach a variety of craft workshops here on my smallholding including crochet, needlefelting, giant knitting and willow weaving. I also produce and sell Lancashire Mill Spun Yarn - from sheep that have lived and grazed in Lancashire.
 
LITTLE OWL CRAFTS - Heather Sherwood
e: little_owl_crafts@hotmail.co.uk Ham Farm, Itton, Spreyton, Devon,
EX17 5BD
w: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Littleowlcrafts?ref=si_shop
t: 01837 89158   m: 07724812072 
I am a textile artist who specializes in Handspun and dyed Yarns and fibres. I sell on-line and also at a selection of Craft and festival stalls during the year. I like to work with locally reared fibres especially organic fibres and rare breeds. I love to meet new Farmers so I can keep my range fresh. I use acid based dyes and also natural dyes that I grow myself on our farm or collect from our land. My products are suitable for all crafters, knitters, spinners, weavers, felters even hair for peg doll makers! Please do get in contact, I love to meet new crafty people.
 
MAGPIE AND GOBLIN – Sarra Mackenzie-Pilot
e: linkuptattooandbodypiercings@hotmail.co.uk 90 New Earth Street, Salem, Oldham, Lancs
w: www.facebook.com/magpieandgoblin
t: 07561076906
 We hand dye wool and make stitch markers for knitting and crochet. We also dye fleece and spin wool for sale, or trade fleece in exchange for a small amount of spun wool returned. We are always looking for fleece.
 
MAGPIE LANE CRAFTS - Janet Ford
e: janet@magpielanecrafts.com 62, Magpie Lane, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 9LU
w: www.etsy.com/shop/magpielanecrafts
& www.magpielanecrafts.com (launching September 2014)
t: 07748988165    m: 07748988165
Fibre and Fleece e-retailer, spinner, dyer etc.
Fleece from over 80 British Breeds all in one place! I am trying to raise the profile of British Sheep fleece by selling only the highest quality raw and hand washed fleece and also by providing as many as 100 different breeds of sheep's fleece in one shop.
I hope that this will benefit both the rarer sheep breeds and also the farmers as they will increasingly realise the benefits of improving "fleece husbandry" and thus demand more for these valuable commodities! I only sell QUALITY skirted fleeces as this is part of my aim to raise the fleece profile. Good fleece = more £ for farmer=better value for craftsperson=better deal for sheep!!!
 
NEWMOOR FARM - Amanda Braggins
e: info@newmoorbarn.com Newmoor Barn, Polson, Launceston PL15 9QU
w: www.newmoorbarn.com
t: 01566 784 266
Products: Newmoor Barn is a Small Farm nestled in the Tamar Valley on the borders of Devon and Cornwall and we specialise in ethical feece. We use the Mohair Fleece from our own herd of Angora Goats to produce a wide range of High Quality Handmade Arts and Craft Products and wool tops for felting and spinning. We source our sheeps fleece from local farms so we can ensure all our fleeces come from animals which are raised to the highest ethical standards. We do not purchase our raw fleece from unknown animals, people or places. All our fleeces and tops are prepared by hand, hand sorted, hand washed, hand dyed and hand carded.
 
PUNKI PUNKI - Anita Hunton
e: pinkipunkiuk@gmail.com
w: www.etsy.com/shop/pinkipunki
m: 07874 374069
I buy fleeces, mainly Teeswater, Wensleydale, Cotswold, Shetland, BFL, and mohair. I love prize winning fleeces and first clips. I am looking for some Gotland lamb locks, Leicester Longwool and a breeder of nice Shetland fleeces. If you think you may have something I could be interested in contact me because you never know. I am a fibre artist/designer and like to experiment with allsorts of wool.
Products: I sell wool locks to doll makers for hair; I specialise in Teeswater locks but I am expanding on this. I ship these all over the world. I think I am the only one in the UK who does this. I also spin and sell yarns bulky art yarns and have felt makers who purchase from me.
 
SARA'S TEXTURE CRAFTS - Sara Millis
e: info@sarastexturecrafts.com 40 Mill Street, Crediton, Devon EX17 3AA
w: www.sarastexturecrafts.com
t: 07793134486
I am a fibre and yarn on-line retailer, also selling direct at craft events throughout the year. I hand process some fleeces into varying forms of fibre for spinners and felt makers, and buy processed yarns (as well as handspinning my own) for knitters, crocheters and weavers. I currently work with local farmers with rare or traditional breeds and am always interested in finding new ones to stock.
 
THE NUDE EWE - Heather Webb
e: info@nude-ewe.co.uk Cranfield, Bedfordshire
w: www.nude-ewe.co.uk
The Nude Ewe sells wool spun from the fleeces of sheep used in nature conservation projects. Profits from wool sales are returned to the flock owners to offset their shearing costs. We are also able to help hand spinners and other crafters find native and rare breed fleeces which they can buy direct from the farmer.
Products: knitting yarn: Hebridean, Manx Loaghtan, Wensleydale, Beulah Speckled-face, North Ronaldsay and Shetland. Also knitting kits which include yarn, pattern and needles when available.
 
WOOLTOPS – Andrew Bowman
e: ajb@wooltops.co.uk 7 Silk Mill, East Morton,BD20 5UU
w: www.wooltops.co.uk
t: 01274 951567   m: 07770 373375
 Wool top and yarn designer, using primarily British rare breeds & British fine Falkland merino wool. From farm to UK spun yarns is what we are all about. Passion for the fibre with fully traceability.
 
WORLD OF WOOL
e: info@worldofwool.co.uk Unit 8, Old Railway Goods Yard, Scar Lane, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield HD3 4PE
w: www.worldofwool.co.uk
t: 01484 846878 fax: 01484 847372
World Of Wool is one of the largest suppliers of fibres, yarns and accessories to Felters and Spinners in the Craft Industry.
 
YARNCRAFT Ltd
e: sales@yarn-craft.co.uk PO Box 1360, Bradford, BD5 5EB
w: http://www.yarn-craft.co.uk
Yarn Craft are a dedicated online knitting brand sourcing all their wool from local sheep in West Yorkshire. Only a year old the brand is beginning to establish itself as being known for high quality knitting wool at affordable prices.
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Home Furnishings
 
FelinFach HANDMADE TEXTILES - Karen Morgan
e: cs@felinfach.com Blaenffos, Boncath, Pembrokeshire
w: www.felinfach.com
FelinFach designs and makes handmade blankets, throws cushions and other soft furnishings using Welsh and other rare-breed sheep wool from the UK.
 
THE WOOL COMPANY – Harry Mayman
e: help@thewoolcompany.co.uk Higher Hill Farm, Cardinham, Bodmin, PL30 4EG
w: www.thewoolcompany.co.uk
t: 01208 821 113
Products: We retail and wholesale high quality lambswool and wool products, mostly soft furnishings including British made blankets, throws and sheepskins. We sell pure wool duvets and carry a wide range of wool baby bedding. We also supply cashmere and wool shawls and pashminas and knitting yarn. Most of our products are UK or Irish made, many using British wool but many of our products also contain cashmere, alpaca or mohair.
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Insulation and Packaging Materials 
 
THE WOOLLY SHEPHERD - Nicky Saunter, Tim Simmons, Sally Hebeler
e: info@woollyshepherd.co.uk Secret Meadow, Weekmoor, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1QE
w: www.woollyshepherd.co.uk
t: 01823 400321 
Manufacturing acoustic clouds and boards, insulation material, boot liners, mobile phone and kindle covers from wool collected locally - mostly coloured and lower grade fleeces from the Blackdowns, Quantocks and Exmoor.
WANTED  We are looking for a carding machine for a small/medium-sized business capable of making batts at least 1200mm long - if anyone has one or knows of anyone looking to sell one, could they please let us know? (posted Feb 2013)
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Knit
 
ALL THINGS NATURAL - Rosemarie Smith (BA Hons Textile Arts)
e: rose@smith1317.fsnet.co.uk
w: www.textilearts.net/tutors
t: 01566782907
I have been working with rare breed wools for over 30 years, specializing in one off garments. I sell Jacob, Blueface Leicester, and Shetland wool in DK, Aran and Chunky weight for hand knitters. I also sell a range of Naturally dyed wools for both embroiderers and knitters. I am a stockist of ASHFORD Spinning, Weaving and Felt making products. I work from my studio at home and can be contacted if you wish to purchase goods. I have several articles on the website regarding wool and its usage.
 
JOHANNE COULDREY
e: johanne.coulrey@ntlworld.com 86 Hotblack Road, Norwich NR2 3HN
w: face book
t: 01603 638827    m: 07884076637 
Currently I am a mature student at Norwich University of Art, in 2nd year, I am interested in constructed textiles using knit, machine and hand crochet and I like to use wool and alpaca in my work. My inspiration comes from nature and the coast.
 
CLAIRE CROMPTON
e: claire.crompton@virgin.net
w: www.clairecrompton.co.uk    www.etsy.com/shop/clairecrompton    http://givefleeceachance.com
I am a textile maker, specialising in knitted textiles that explore pattern through structure. I am the author of several hand knitting books, including the best-selling KNITTERS BIBLE and publish a range of Patterns for Creative Knitting and Crochet. I teach workshops in hand knitting techniques. More details on my website.
Knitting and crochet pattern writing and technical editing for designers, publishers, magazines, artisan yarn producers. More details on my website.
My collaborative knitting project Give Fleece A Chance aims to source SW fleece and yarn, and connect the textile communities of the SW.
 
SAMANTHA GRIG
e: samanthagrig@hotmail.co.uk
w: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SamanthaGrig
We create luxury hand knit accessories, using quality 100% British wool. 
 
KNATTERS KNITS LTD - Natalie Tidy
e: knatters.knits@gmail.com
w: www.knattersknits.co.uk
t: 07905 421830
Knatters Knits offers hand knitted garments, hand spun British Wool and workshops. Based in Lancashire.
 
KNIT Expo Ltd - Belinda Harris-Reid, Ruth Morris
e: info@knitexpo.co.uk
w: www.knitexpo.co.uk  www.ruthandbelinda.co.uk
We promote and celebrate the use of wool and natural fibres under the auspices of KNIT expo, through our own development and through events, exhibitions and shows that we host. We are passionate about moving hand-knitting forward as a challenging and relevant working method within contemporary fibre-arts practice.
KNIT expo's ethos is to:
    - promote the practice and process of hand-knitting worldwide
    - enable people to understand, describe, and re-describe the whole world of hand-knitted work
    - hold the past and future of hand-knitting in 'our' hands
    - create hand-knitted work as an adventure/experience
    - celebrate the power of hand-knitted work as a social interaction
We also like to work with artisans/farmers/artists on an individual one-to-one basis on projects based on their work/business - if you have a particular idea, marketing opportunity and/or idea for hosting an event contact us.
 
MY COSY STORE - Amy Penbryn
e: sales@mycosystore.com The Hawick Scarf Company Limited, Unit H, Burnfoot Industrial Estate, Hamilton Road, Hawick TD9 8SL
w: www.mycosystore.com
t: 01450 379002  
Based in the town of Hawick in Scotland, My Cosy Store offers Scottish Cashmere and Lambswool clothing. All their knitwear products are manufactured in Scotland.
 
VINTAGE ROSE - Rachel Povey
e: rachel@vintagerose.co.uk
w: www.vintagerose.co.uk
I am a local cottage industry using local yarns to make vintage inspired accessories and homewares.
I work on knitting machines and do a lot of hand crochet and like to mainly use alpaca yarns.
 
KATE WICKENDEN
e: katewickenden@hotmail.co.uk
I have been knitting for over 40 years and knit garments for others. I am in the process of setting up a knitting group in the Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton area. All enquiries welcome.
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Knitwear Design Services
 
JENSON DESIGNS - Jenny Hutchinson
e: jensondesigns@blueyonder.co.uk
w: www.jensondesigns.co.uk
t: 01752 246723    m: 07932 464870
I work with designers creating samples and small runs of production, see my website for full details.
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Retailers
 
A WOOLLY TAIL LTD – Julie Whitehead
e: admin@awoollytail.com Stones Drive, Ripponden, West Yorkshire, HX6 4NY
w: www.awoollytail.com
  m: 07974 954663 
A Woolly Tail stocks yarns sourced from the heart of Yorkshire. It supports local brands including West Yorkshire Spinners, Stylecraft, Wendy, Peter Pan, Robin, Twilleys, Debbie Bliss and Louisa Harding. It stocks all yarns and patterns from these brands and also a full range of accessories including Needles and Hooks, Buttons, Bags and Needlecraft Kits.
 
BRIDPORT YARN - Rosie Shelton
e: info@bridportyarn.co.uk 76 South Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NN
w: www.bridportyarn.co.uk
t: 01308 421638    m: 07935 916655
Shop opening in early November 2011. I am particularly interested in sourcing products from local suppliers.
 
IRISS OF PENZANCE - David Gray
e: sales@iriss.co.uk 66 Chapel Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4AD
w: www.wool-shop.co.uk
t: 01736 366568 
Retail, mail order and online supplier of knitting, crochet and rug making wool and fleece. Designer of apparel and rug kits. Exporter of British wool products.
 
J B WOOLS - Jack Bowman
e: sales@blueface454.co.uk
w: www.blueface454.co.uk
t: 07976 321001
I am a natural fibre supplier which provides a service to supply crafters with the following types of fibre: natural wool tops, dyed wool tops, various yarns Merino and Bluefaced Leicester Aran and DK, British rug yarns, mohair fibres and cashmere fibres.
I deal a lot with eBay so if you want to visit my shop and see what I have to offer please go to www.jbwools.co.uk
 
SPIN A YARN - Joyce Mason
e: info@spinayarndevon.co.uk 26, Fore Street, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9AD
w: www.spinayarndevon.co.uk
t: 01626 836203
A specialist yarn shop in Devon offering locally produced organic wool & fleece, as well as exciting yarns from around the world. Spin A Yarn is a friendly place to meet up with fellow knit enthusiasts over a cup of coffee, sit with your knitting & chat. We host lots of classes in everything from beginners knitting to professional finishing of knitted garments, as well as crochet, spinning, felting & basket-weaving. Mail order available and online ordering coming soon
 
THE KNITTING GIFT SHOP - Ian & Tricia Fothergill
e: info@theknittinggiftshop.co.uk 11 McMillan Drive, Crook, County Durham DL15 9GA
w: www.theknittinggiftshop.co.uk
t: 07528 812731    m: 07891 976299  
We are an online store selling knitting gifts, kits and accessories, part of which is our own brand -  'Natural Knits' natural wools, kits and knitted items. We source the fleece from farmers in the North Pennines, Yorkshire and Lancashire and have the fleece wool spun commercially in Yorkshire. At the moment we have Shetland, Jacobs, Blue Face Leicester and Zwartbles in various colours and weights. During 2013 we will be adding more wool and kits to our range and will hopefully exhibiting at major wool events throughout the country.
 
THE WOOL MERCHANT - Dawn Riggs
e: info@thewoolmerchant.co.uk 3,Fore Street, Tiverton, Devon EX16 6LN
w: www.thewoolmerchant.co.uk
t: 01884 243569
My business, The Wool Merchant, is a retail shop, with much, much more to offer, specialising in high quality natural fibre knitting yarns and knitting and crochet tools. We offer a very high degree of after sales service to our customers, encouraging them to come back for help should they need it. We have an active knitting group on Wednesday afternoons. I have over 50 years’ experience, in knitting crochet and spinning, which I am keen to pass on to my customers.
 
WOOL & BUTTONS - Joanne Marsh
e: joanne@woolandbuttons.co.uk 6 Fostergate, Cawood, YO8 3TA
w: www.woolandbuttons.co.uk
t: 01757 269120    m: 0789 4194432
An online wool shop selling luxury yarn, designer knitting patterns and handmade buttons. Passionate about wool and superior customer service. Stockist of Rowan, Erika Knight, Debbie Bliss.
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Sheepskin Products
 
ALICE WOOD DESIGN – Alice Hole
e: info@alicewooddesign.com Rectory Farmhouse, The Borough, Holwell, Sherbourne, Dorset DT95LB
w: www.alicewooddesign.com
 t: 0196323606 m: 07914130212
Bespoke rugs & throws, handbags, ladies & men’s gilets, upholstered furniture & stools, purses, glasses cases, I-pad cases, Christmas trees, key-rings and more...
Sheep: Some of our own Poll Dorset sheep.
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Spinning
 
HILLTOP SPINNING AND WEAVING CENTRE - Sue Chitty
e: info14@handspin.co.uk Windmill Cross, Canterbury Road, Lyminge, Folkestone, Kent, CT18 8HD
w: http://www.handspin.co.uk
t: 01303 862617
Textile Artist and Course Provider.
I do not spin or weave commercially, only teaching  on a one-to-one basis for other textile artists and small holders to learn to spin, weave, dye and make felt. I have 40 years experience.
I teach clients how to determine a good fleece suitable for their own handspun needs and use small quantities of local fleeces as well as specialist rare breeds.
I am an agent for Ashford Wheels and Looms from New Zealand.
 
JANE DEANE
e: jane@janedeane.co.uk
w: www.janedeane.co.uk 
www.caterpillarsandcocoons.blogspot.com
t: 01822 612338
I am a textile designer using wool, natural dyes, and some other natural fibres. I spin and weave. I teach individuals and groups, in the UK and abroad, am a member of The Society of Colourists and Dyers, have exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. I am a supporter of the Campaign for Wool.
I am now the Devon and Cornwall stockist for the Ashford Handicrafts range of spinning and weaving products. I am able to supply anything from the Ashford range at very competitive prices. Please call or email before making a special journey to ensure the item you require is in stock.
Also stockist for Pure Tinctoria, eco-friendly dyes made from 100% natural plant materials. Pure Tinctoria dyes are made using traditional methods to produce a safe, environmentally friendly dye which has a Global Organic Textile Standard Certification. Products and workshop information available via my website.
 
DEBORAH GRAY
e: deborah.gray7@btinternet.com High St, Auchterarder, Perthshire PH3 1AF
w:www.perfectweatherforspinningandknitting.blogspot.com
t: 07776092903 204
Spinning and Knitting Tuition I have been spinning for over 30 years and teaching spinning for 25 years. Spinning workshops for beginners and those wanting to extend and improve their skills are held at weekends in Perthshire (Scotland) and Italy. I am also willing to travel to other locations to deliver workshops subject to venue, minimum numbers etc. Workshops cover the whole process from sorting and preparing raw fleece to spinning, plying and finishing yarn, and cover silk, alpaca and mohair as well as wool. See my website for details of my forthcoming workshops and of my new practical spinning manual for beginners 'Spinning a good yarn' (only available direct from me)
 
KATHE LEWIS
e: lewis.kathe@gmail.com Ejstrupvej 52, 8990 Faarup, Denmark
w: www.mycrafts.dk
t: +45 87824052
I am a Danish handspinner, looking for good quality raw fleeces for handspinning. As I live in Denmark, fleeces needs to be packed for shipping. I take care of the courier stuff, so the seller doesn't have to worry, and fleeces are picked up at the sellers place.
 
THE SPINNING BARN at SPOTTY PIG FARM - Theresa George
e: info@spottypigfarm.co.uk 31 Leziate Drove, Pott Row, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 1DB
w: www.spottypigfarm.co.uk
t: 01553 630538   m: 07930605578
I offer hand spinning workshops for beginners using the fleece from my own sheep. Very relaxed and informal. No more than three students but usually 1:1
 
WILLOW CLOSE STUDIO - Carole Keats
e: carole@willowclosestudio.co.uk Woodridge, Farther Common, Hillbrow, Liss, Hants. GU33 7QF
w: www.willowclosestudio.co.uk
t: 01730 894816
I am a Handspinner and Handweaver who teaches people how to sort and grade and handspin British wool or Alpaca or to handweave wool or alpaca in my studio. I also work on commission for farm shops and individuals with their own fleece or fibre or yarn.
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Textile Designers and Artists
 
ALICE A. AKERS
e: alice.akers@hotmail.co.uk 9 Greenacres, Plymstock, Plymouth, PL9 7EW
m: 07952654916
I am an artist who uses wool for dying and needle felting.
 
DyeVerse - Shani Phethean-Hubble
e: shani@dyeverse.org
w: www.dyeverse.co.uk
Shani is a handspinning dyer and weaver, who specialises in heritage textiles with a "twist". DyeVerse, her company, offer playful courses in colour, word and textiles suitable for all levels of experience throughout the United Kingdom. These are ideal for team building, projects and staff inset days, as well as crafts people interested in expanding their knowledge. Members of DyeVerse are available for talks and offer a consultancy service to the Media, Arts and the Film Industry.
 
JOSIE GOULD
e: josiegould@yahoo.co.uk The Turret, Court Grange, Abbotskerswell, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 5NH.
w: www.josiegould.com
t: 01626365933   m: 07768736323
Artist using wool in art installations also in needle and nuno felting pictures and materials. Currently studying MA Fine Art Plymouth University
 
Carol Mackenzie Gale MA - Textile Designer and Printer
See main entry under Exmoor Horn.
 
THE MOUSEHOLE WOOLERY – Carla Taylor
e: themouseholewoolery@gmail.com Nr Sherborne, Dorset.
w: www.themouseholewoolery.co.uk
Facebook: facebook.com/themouseholewoolery
 t: 07810723288  
The Mousehole Woolery creates contemporary sustainable wool sculptures inspired by the animals and landscape of the British countryside and coastline. We are an official supporter of the Campaign For Wool and like to promote the use of local Dorset and British wool within our sculptures. We run needle felting workshops across the South West and welcome commissions.
 
PAIVATAR YARNS - Paivi Suomi
e: paivatar.yarns@gmail.com 7, Lower Walls Walk, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 7BH
w: http://www.paivatar.com
t: 07540277705
I am a textile artist and I like to use locally raised wool and alpaca fleeces whenever possible to produce my hand spun yarns and limited edition knitted, handwoven and felted bags, clothing, throws and accessories. I hand dye my yarns with natural and eco-friendly dyes.
 
LOU TONKIN - Textile Artist & Illustrator
e: info@loutonkin.co.uk Haven View, Foxhole Lane, Gorran Haven, Cornwall, PL26 6JP
w: www.loutonkin.co.uk   www.loutonkin.wordpress.com    Facebook page 'Lou Tonkin-Art & Graft'
t: 01726 842851   m: 07973820636
I am a Cornish textile artist. I make and sell art and craft from wool fibres and recycled fabrics. I create my own artwork which I sell, I also teach felt-making workshops in various locations around Cornwall. Passionate about local and sustainable, I would love to be able to teach using wool which is from my local area. I have even started a project called 'The Cornish Wool Project'  to try to achieve this. www.cornishwoolproject.wordpress.com
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Textile Groups
 
THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPICE - Mark Rushworth
e: pwh@bluelogic.co.uk Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 4BG
w: http://www.pwh.org.uk/knitting-for-charity
t: 01977 708 868 
The Prince of Wales Hospice knows how generous knitters are, and that many of you already knit for charity. We also know that knitting is a great way to spend your time and can often bring groups together. Although we don't hold a knitting for charity event at the Hospice, that doesn’t mean you can’t arrange your own event. The Prince of Wales Hospice would love to help you in setting up and running your own charity knitting event to help you raise much needed funds for the hospice.
Please visit our website for knitting and fund raising event ideas.
 
SpinDyeWeavers - Keith Evans
e: keithe@blueyonder.co.uk 12, Baynton House, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, BS5 0DQ
t: 0117 3771121
We are an independent, free thinking, spinning, dyeing, weaving and associated crafts group. Based in Bristol 5, we use all manner of fibres, but in particular British wool. We are a mixed bunch of abilities and welcome diversity. Our aims are to practise our crafts, while informing, educating and encouraging others to take up a craft. And above all to have fun while we do this.
 
WOOLLY WEDNESDAY at THE THELMA HULBERT GALLERY - Angela Blackwell (Curator), Hesta Singlewood (Group Leader), Deborah Smith (Gallery Administrator)
e: info@thelmahulbert.com Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Elmfield House, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX
w: www.thelmahulbert.com
t: 01404 45006
Woolly Wednesday is an informal group of all ages and abilities meeting in the Learning Room of the Thelma Hulbert Gallery on the last Wednesday of each month. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Local knitters, crocheters, felters etc meet to discuss their work and techniques, pass on tips and teach less experienced wool workers the basics. Bring your own projects or use the gallery's stock of recycled wool and tools for a small donation.
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Weave
 
ALISON YULE TEXTILES - Alison Daykin
e: alison@alisonyuletextiles.co.uk 17 Moss Lane, Hulland Ward, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 3FB
w: http://alisonyuletextiles.co.uk 
t: 01335 370729  m: 07813 068722
I'm a textile designer and hand weaver, mainly using wool, my favourite fibre, and support the Campaign for Wool. The majority of my yarns are dyed with natural dyes. I teach spinning, weaving, dyeing and design, and am co-author of CREATIVE SPINNING with Jane Deane.
 
Helen Edwards - Textile Artist
e: helenedwardstextiles@yahoo.com  
w: www.helenedwards-textileartist.com
I use raw fleece for spinning and weaving and natural or dyed yarns for weaving. I am based in Chudleigh, Devon.
 
RUTH GILBERT
e: plainweave@hotmail.com
Hand spinner and weaver. I weave cloth to commission, including historical replicas. I also make a range of bags and scarves. Most of the commercially available yarn is Australian or New Zealand wool - I would like to be able to buy low twist single yarns for weaving made from more local sources.
 
LAURA'S LOOM - Laura Rosenzweig
e: ltr@laurasloom.co.uk High Brigflatts, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5HN
w: www.laurasloom.co.uk
t: 015396 22043 
I produce a range of woollen throws and scarves woven exclusively from British wools sourced from the Yorkshire Dales, Cumbria and Scotland.
 
THE TRAVELLING TUFFETEER - Joanna Vosper
e: tuffets@hotmail.co.uk
w: www.thetravellingtuffeteer.blogspot.com
I am starting a new business making tuffets – essentially woven seat pads. I intend to spend my summers travelling festivals and country craft shows to deliver workshops with the tuffets available for sale. Please check out my blog for further information.
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Wool Processors
 
ACKROYD & DAWSON Ltd/THE WOOL GATHERING - Patricia Ackroyd
e: patricia@ackroydanddawson.com
w: www.thewoolgathering.co.uk www.ackroydanddawson.com
t: 01458830971    m: 07951327754
The Woolgathering is a supplier of superior British wool and alpaca fibre for hand spinning and are wool processing agents.
Products: Ackroyd and Dawson Ltd produces 100% British woollen, worsted and tweed fabrics from British sheep and alpaca.
 
COLDHARBOUR MILL WORKING WOOL MUSEUM - Peter Fisher, Museum Administrator
e: info@coldharbourmill.org.uk Coldharbour Mill, Uffculme, Cullompton, Devon EX15 3EE
w: www.coldharbourmill.org.uk
t: 01884 840960 (weekday mornings only)
Yarns are spun & fabric is woven on 19th century machines at the Mill, & these processes can be seen by visitors. Also fleece carding service for hand-spinners & felt-makers.
Products: DK & Aran wool, woven rugs & bags, original Devon & Somerset tartan fabric, & other woolly Mill products are available in the Mill Shop or by mail order - see website.
(Coldharbour Mill Trust is a registered charity, No: 284294)
 
GRIFFITHS' MILL - David & Karen Griffiths
e: david@griffithsfarming.com Glebe Cottage, Flacketts Lane, Sudbury, Derbyshire, DE6 5HX
w: www.griffithsmill.com
t: 01283 585444    m: 07970 820815 
We offer a fibre processing service for farmers, smallholders and craftspersons. We will process as little as a single fleece.
We have various breeds of sheep and produce a wide range of 100% British batts, roving and yarns both from our own fleece and from selected fleeces purchased from British breeders. For full details please visit our website.
Our own breeds are currently Angora goat (mohair), Blue Faced Leicester, Wensleydale, Est a Laine Merino, Wensleydale x Merino (Merrydale), Lincoln Longwool and Boreray. Karen also offers handspinning introductory sessions and runs a weekly (evening) knitting & spinning group at the mill. She is also a member of the RBST (Staffordshire) Spinners and Denstone Spinners.
 
HAWTHORN FIBRES - Audrey Durrant
e: audreydurrant@btinternet.com Wheal Harmony Cottage, Twelveheads, Truro, Cornwall TR4 8SN
w: www.hawthornfibres.co.uk
t: 01209 820307
We offer a bespoke hand spinning and weaving service. We process varying fibres from Alpaca, sheep, to dog. We've been spinning & weaving for the past 20 years and used to keep Wensleydale, Leicester Longwool, North Ronaldsay & Soay Rare Breed sheep with a core commercial flock of Romneys. We also create unique items that we sell through our website as well as local agricultural shows.  
 
THE NATURAL FIBRE COMPANY
e: enquiries@thenaturalfibrecompany.co.uk Unit B, Pipers Court, Pennygillam Way, Launceston, Cornwall PL15 7PJ
w: www.thenaturalfibrecompany.co.uk
t: 01566 777635
   - small contract spinning of wool, mohair, or alpaca
   - specialist dye plant using organic dyes
   - scouring and carding for hand-spinning or felting
   - spinning your fleece into woollen and worsted yarns
   - producing fabric or products from your yarn or with a share scheme for small quantities
   - making arrangements with weavers for your fibre
Also includes Blacker Designs which is marketing its own range of products made from wool, mohair, and alpaca processed at the factory. These products can be bought on-line.
w:
www.blackerdesigns.co.uk
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