Chris's List of UK Spinning

Visitors Since
Sept 2004

UK & Nearby Spinning (and some Weaving) Resources - Suppliers, Courses and Workshops and Fleece

I've put this list together from people I've bought from, or met, or been told about, or who have sent me literature or e-mails or from interesting adverts that I've seen in magazines. Its not an advert for anyone - but a list of contacts which I hope might be of use to spinners. If I've missed out your favourite, or got anything wrong, or you'd like me to add a few lines about yourself, please let me know at:


1st Crafts
Drop Spindles and Tapestry Weaving Bobbins by Ian Tait
Adelaide Walker. Wool, Plant & Animal Fibre Supplier
OTLEY. West Yorkshire Tel/Fax: 01943 850812
Suppliers of wool, animal and plant fibre tops. They stock over 50 repeatable shades of Merino 66s and an increasing range of British wools and fleeces. Their website is .

All in a Spin. Classes and workshops on spinning, weaving and textile crafts for beginners to advanced with qualified tutor Dunja Roberts.Supplier of native breed sheep fleeces, rovings, weaving and knitting yarns from our Clun Forest, Zwartbles and Lincoln Longwool flocks. Commissions also undertaken. My studio is on our working sheep farm in the Brecon Beacons National Park, good road and rail links with the rest of the UK. Holiday accommodation available on site. A Calendar of courses/shop is at Email: dunja"at"
Amber Valley Alpacas, Derbyshire
Spinning Courses, Fleece and Fibre

Arabesque Braids. Braiding kits suitable for 5 - 95 years old. Lucets, Knitting Nancys, Kumiho. Kits, equipment and braided jewellery.
Jim Laycock of Ashleigh Textiles is an experienced hand-loom weaver located in the Yorkshire Penines. He supplies the international craft industry with quality yarns

Pam Austin's Spinning School
"Pam Austin, long draw spinner and inspirational tutor. Pam is a woman with a mission for long draw spinning, founded the Guild of longdraw spinners in 2007 and now runs day and residiential courses in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, and workshops for spinners guilds". or blog

Barton Alpacas. Breeders of huacaya alpacas near Glastonbury, Somerset. We have animals for sale, alpaca fibre to suit all needs from knitting quality baby alpaca to fibre suitable for weaving and felting arts. Hand spinning tuition by arrangement individually or in small groups. Email: Amanda Poyner (amanda"at", Tel: (01458) 850092,

Peter and Laura Beaven
Classes and Workshops in Spinning,Weaving, Knitting, Felting and Natural Dyeing. Spinning, Fibre, Spinning Wheels, Natural Yarn, Looms, Natural Dyestuffs and Books! Majacraft, Lendrum, Ashford. Mail Order Welcome, but come visit when you are in Central Scotland.
Twist Fibre Craft Studio, 60A High Street, Newburgh, Fife, KY14 6AQ Scotland.
Tel/Fax: 01337 842843 e-mail: enquiries"at"


Black Cat Books
Specialist dealer in antiquarian and secondhand books on (among other interesting things) Textiles, Design, Needlework, Lace, Costume and Fashion.

Black Sheep Ltd,
9 Penfold Street, Aylsham, Norfolk.
Tel: 01263 733142. Fax: 01263 735074.
This is one of two shops mainly selling jerseys, scarves, hats etc knitted using Welsh Black wool, but occasionally have black fleece for sale. Telephone beforehand to check availability.

The Croft Stables, Great Barrow, Cheshire CH3 7JN Tel 01829 740903
Undyed yarn suitable for home machine and hand knitting and hand dyeing, in hank and on cone, also a small range of sliver for spinning for a selections of Breeds

Briarbank Softwear
Note: New address from 1st August 2000.
The Mohair Centre,
Brickfield Farm, Laughton Road,
Chiddingly, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6JG Tel:01825 872457)
Fibre and dye supplies for spinners, weavers and feltmakers, tuition.

British Breeds Yarns (Halifax)
"We produce combed wool tops in British breed wools which we supply to hand and machine spinners around the world.
Our range features all the most commercial,less commercial, minority, and rare breeds in the British clip. All are natural colours, from white through light to dark greys, fawns, blacks, and ginger. The wool has had no chemical treatment and whilst not organic is the next best.
I addition we spin yarn from these tops and have a large range of Aran and some double knitting yarns in stock for sale to knitters."

The British Coloured Sheep Breeders Association
Helps to promote Members' sheep and their products and aims to improve the wool quality and colour. They also publish the Coloured Sheep and handspinners fleece directory (#3.50 non-members) and a quarterly newsletter. (Subscription #12.50 pa including newsletter and directory). Enquiries tel: 01884 32602


The British Wool Marketing Board
Wool House, Roydsdale Way, Euroway Trading Estate, Bradford, W Yorks BD4 6SE
Offers a range of fleeces have been specially selected by the British Wool Marketing Board to cover a wide range of hand-spinning requirements. Contact Mandy Mulley Tel. 01274 688666 or details

The Button Lady
16 Holyfield Road South,Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B76 1NX
Tel. 0121 329 3234
Norwegian Pewter Clasps and buttons, lace bobbins, spinning wheels and supplies


Colourful Designs
Hand dyed spinning fibre and yarn and a selection of spinning accessories.

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power, near Stow-on-the Wold, Cheltenham, Glos. Tel 01451 850307. This is the place mentioned in the Chadwick spinning book and at the height of the shearing season have 20 breeds of fleeces available including Shetland, Cotswold, Angora, Jacob, Herdwick, Soay, Hebridean. Open from March-November, shearing demonstrations from May-July and fleeces available to purchase throughout season.

Online supplier of craft supplies. Dealer for Dunnose Head Farm dyed merino cross tops.

Create With Fibre Courses in spinning, dyeing, crochet and knitting.
Janet tutors for guilds, groups and individuals in Scotland and the North of England and provides courses at her home. She has been teaching since 1995 and has the Certificate of Achievement in Handspinning. She has been selected to tutor at the Association of Weavers Spinners & Dyers Summer School in 2011. She is based in Ayrshire Scotland.
For details about courses contact Janet through her website at

Rita Sinkkonnen Davies
Mathom House, Moorland Rd., Freystrop, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 4LE. Tel. 01437 890712
Linen and tow yarns and fibre. Handweaving from rugs toclusive linen wall hangings. Commisssions. Courses in weaving, spinning and dyeing for adults and children. Workshop open for visitors.

Alison Daykin
Alison Daykin is a weaver, spinner and dyer. She also make braids and felted items and teaches in Adult Education "I hold classes in South Derbyshire every Monday evening, during term time from 7pm to 9pm. I have a spinning and weaving curriculum, but am a student led tutor, so they will learn everything that is appropriate to their situation, including spinning, weaving and dyeing fibres from your own animals, weaving with your own hand spun yarns and felt making. I also give workshops to individuals and small groups in my home."

Tel: 01283 701809 Fax: 01283 701729 Email: alison"at"


Jane Deane offers spinning, weaving and natural dyeing tuition on Dartmoor.Her teaching space is at Leewood, and details of courses will be posted on the site. She is a fully qualified tutor, co-author of Creative Spinning, and has taught throughout the UK and abroad. Courses can be arranged to suit individuals. She also sells natural dye extracts and is an Ashford dealer (Leewood is a new venture and will offer green-woodworking in the ancient forest, mask making, dance, yoga, knitting, spinning with an organic flock of Wenslydales on site, a dye garden, camping, drawing, printing and painting classes.....the list goes on!)
More Information at:


Europa Wools Ltd
Suppliers of fibres for Handspinners and Felters
1 New Close Cop Hill, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield. HD7 5XA
Tel: 01484 846878 Fax: 01484 847372

Ewe Too Spinners, Silver Street, Hordle, HANTS, S041 OFN
Tel: 01425 616203 e-mail: Ann Saunders wmh"at"
The Studio sells fibres and equipment for spinning, feltmaking and other associated crafts such as embroidery, tapestry weaving, weaving, dyeing, silk paper making,etc.
Courses are run by request and we also go out and give workshops,talks and demonstrations. Any other activities involving fibre could be undertaken on request.

Farnham Loom Company
Hut Cottage, West Meon, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 1JY
Tel: 01730 829452
Glimakra Swedish Looms and Accessories


Jane Flanagan Textiles Workshops, classes, demonstrations in weaving and teach traditional textile crafts such as felt making, spinning and knitting are held at home studio in Bolton and at venues such as schools, clubs and guilds and nursing homes. Jane also designs and weave in her garden studio, sells scarves, throws etc in various outlets and weaves to commission. and

Fibrecrafts & George Weil. (Note new address)
Old Portsmouth Road, Peasmarsh, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1LZ
Tel 0(+44) 1483 565800, fax 0(+44) 1483 565807
Mail order & Showroom. Supplies for Fabric Painters, Dyers and Printers, Glass Painters, Hand weavers, Hand Spinners and Dyers, Felt & Paper makers.
e-mail sales"at"
Fibrecrafts now includes George Weil Textile Craft Supplies.


Flight Weaving
Weaving tuition for individuals or small groups, beginners and intermediates. Classes held to suit the student in the beautiful surroundings of the Hirsel Country Park, Scottish Borders. Also, weekly workshop at Moondance Wools.
Contact: Janis Embleton, Flight Weaving, 2 The green, Swinton, Duns, Berwickshire. TD11 3JQ.
Tel: 01890 860346 email: info"at"

Frome College
Independant group of weavers, spinners and dyers. Basics taught, then self and mutal help. Some experienced weavers others total beginners. Occasional day workshops for particular skills (feltmaking, indigo dying, design & colour.)
Table & floor looms, spinning wheels, tapestry frames, yarns available. A library with books on relevant subjects. Visits welcome.
Contact Jane Lewis on 01761 413316


The Gilliangladrag Fluff-a-torium (Dorking, Surrey)
"We sell lots and lots of wool tops and fibres and in the shop run spinning courses. We also sell a little bit of equipment like drop spindles and niddynoddys in our shop too. All of our wool and fibres are available online too. All details including course dates at "


Gone Astray
Organic shetland wool (Rovings and fleeces) from Pembrokeshire

Griffiths' Mill is a mini mill based in Derbyshire. Theyhave no minimum quantities and guarantee that you will have your own fleece returned to you either as carded batts, roving or spun yarn. They also sell raw fleece, batts, roving, yarn and knitwear.
David Gurney
Residential weaving courses in Scotland.
for brochure contact Kate Ferguson, Ardmiddle Mains, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, AB53 8AL. tel/fax 01888 562443

The Handweavers Studio and Gallery
140 Seven Sisters Road, London N7 7NS Tel: 020 7272 1891
"An extensive range of materials and equipment for the whole world of fibre art and textile crafts – yarns for weavers and knitters; fancy threads for embroiderers; merino tops, fleece and fibre for spinners and felters … shuttles, looms, spinning wheels, beaters, niddy-noddies, tassel moulds and a host of other equipment, large and small.We also have an extensive workshop programme and run regular weaving classes.
FIBRES & TUITION Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire
Spinning suplies (mainly Ashford) and fibres. And the website has some very nice basic spinning How-tos

Handspun Exotics (INCORPORATING TEXTILE ITINERARIES & TUITION ) Workshops, tuition and demos e-mail Sue MacNiven at suemac"at" or web site
Juliet Hill Handspinning. Near Lincoln
Spinning tuition is offered for individuals or small groups, all necessary equipment including wool and fleece is provided.


Hedgehog Equipment
Handspinning and knitting. Hedgehog carders and Majacraft wheels.
Daren Uchaf, Cwmyoy, Monmouthshire, Wales NP7 7NR
Tel: 01873 890712
e-mail sales"at"

Frank Herring & Sons,
27 High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1UP.
Tel 01305 264449 & 267917. Fax 01305 250675.
Good Spinning and Weaving supplier, including his own made equipment, reasonably priced as well as tops, slivers.

Sue Hiley Harris
The Mill, Tregoyd Mill, Three Cocks, Brecon, POWYS, Wales, LD3 OSW
Tel/fax: +44(0)1497 847421
e-mail sue"at" Silk specialist.Tuition in inlay weaving, natural dyeing, silk paper making. Discounts currently available (Nov. 2002) on orders over 25 pounds


Hawthorn Fibres (Cornwall)
Courses in spinning and basic weaving. Spinning to commission with an accent on Alpaca and dog hair. Full details at website.


MARALYN HEPWORTH textile artist
"I am a textile artist living and working in Shropshire. I specialised in tapestry weaving at West Hope College Shropshire and West Dean College Sussex. I use tapestry weaving and other textile techniques to explore themes around sustainability in its widest sense. I often use local fleece and natural dyestuffs, or recycled materials. My work varies from the functional to wallhangings, from traditional to wacky."
For details of Monthly Workshops, Individual tuition and Group Activities see


Martin Hills (MAH Accessories for Textile Crafts)
Maker of English Wool Combs, hackles and other accessories. email: martinhills"at" (note new email address)
I have taken over from Peter Teal, making woolcombs. They are almost the same - the only real difference is that I am using locally sourced wood. I also make a few other bits and pieces, such as hackles, floor inkle looms and raddles.

Hilltop Spinning & Weaving Centre,
Windmill Cross, Canterbury Road,Lyminge,
Folkestone,Kent. CT18 8HD
Tel: 01303 862617
e-mail info"at"
New and Second Hand Wheels & Looms and Accessories, Natural and Acid Dyes, Craft Videos, Silk Painting Materials, our own Easy Peasy Dyes, Fibres for spinning and felting, Textile Craft Kits, Wool Fibre Dyed for Your Project. Tuition for Groups and individuals on Spinning, Weaving, Dyeing, Feltmaking and Silk Painting. Free Mail Order Brochure available on request. Open by appointment.


Innerleithen Spinning Wheels
Rod Grant writes "I have been building spinning wheels for more years than I care to admit. Unfortunately the day job tended to restrict my wheel building ( Head of Technology at a large private school in Edinburgh). I have now retired from teaching Craft / Design subjects to make wheels full time. I am offering a bespoke build / repair service to spinners and I also have as a production wheel, a little Shetland upright wheel. I am using local sourced hardwood and Ash is in favour at present. The wheel is completely ballraced with the footman linkage using rodends. I find that this technology eliminates the rattle and general spinning web site is"


Ivy House Studio
37, High street, Kessingland, Suffolk. NR33 7QQ
supply a large range of Silk fibres dyed and undyed, Carrier rods,Cocoon Strippings,Felting fibres such as merino tops, easy acid dyes and associated embroidery products by mail order. Small orders a speciality.
Comprehensive 48 page catalogue available for 4 x 1st class stamps.
Tel: 01502 740414. E-mail: janet_hawkes"at"

Jamieson & Smith (SHETLAND WOOL BROKERS) Ltd,
90 North Road, Lerwick, Shetland Isles, ZE1 0PQ Tel: 01595-693579 Fax: 01595-695009
Shetland wool, including lace weight. Fleeces when available.

Kemtex dyes
Kemtex Services Ltd., Tameside Business Centre, Windmill Lane, Denton, Manchester M34 3QS Tel:0161 320 6505

King Cole Patterns Knitting Patterns and Yarns
"Kingcole has been going since 1935. We sell knitting yarns and patterns as well as import and export overseas. King Cole Patterns are the best on the market. Combined with our over 200 Yarns to choose from, the only limit is your imagination"


Lancashire Farm Wool & Lucky Ewe Designs.
Kate Schofield writes: "I have millspun natural wool knitting yarn from 'conservation grazers' sheep living in Arnside/Silverdale AONB on the coast of Morecambe Bay. I also have rovings form these fleeces Masham & North Country Cheviot,all chemical free and organic grown Lonk rovings from The Forest of Bowland AONB. I'm happy to send out samples to any enquirers"
email: schofield316"at"


Crafts at Les Landes
Spinning courses, etc in Normandy France. Please see for details. "We offer holidays with a fibre interest and/or wood turning as well as weekly workshop sessions and monthly social craft days."

Ellie Langley
Feltmaker using natural wools from her own smallholding. Feltmaking tuition available.
Slack House Farm, Ireshopeburn, Weardale, DL13 1HL 01388 537292


LazyKate spinning and felting and also sells her own yarn and fibres. "Based in Ormskirk, Lancashire, I teach small groups from Knit-Wise yarn shop. Day courses run from 10-4 with all materials included. Please give the shop at call on 01695 580590 or contact Lazykate direct on 07929048856"

Carol and Pete Leonard
Spindle spinning workshops for guilds and groups Instruction at our home in spinning and natural dyeing - individual or small groups. Dealers for Greensleeves spindles and Bosworths' topwhorl spindles.
2 New Bridge Cottages, Midgehole, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 7AL
Tel: 01422 844881 e-mail spindlers2"at"

Loch Sunart Yarns & Buttons, Ardnamurchan, Argyll.
Hand spun cashmere, alpaca, camel down, rare breed sheep wool and silk blends & natural shell and horn buttons

Sarah Lodge.
I am a hand spinner and am able to offer a spinning service for any type of fleece or fine fibre. If you are interested or would like more details please email me at sarahlodge16"at"


The Loom Exchange
Hilary Charlesworth, Ash House, Stedham, W Sussex. GU29 0PT. Tel 01730 817191.
Weaving and Spinning equipment bought and sold. SAE for catalogue or go to web site.
Also courses in spinning, weaving and felt making and secondhand textile books.

The Loom Room Weaving tuition - beginners, tasters, refresher, intensive, jacquard weaving
The residential courses are for all ranges of skills - from total beginner, through intermediate to experienced weaver.They range from long weekends through to one- or two-weeks. All are individually tailored for each participant so that you get the help you specifically want and the support you need to develop your work. All courses are also available on a non-residential basis. The studio is open from 9 am - 9 pm, and teaching hours are from 10 am to 5pm, allowing you time to work on your own in the evenings, or browse through the library of weaving and design books


Manda Crafts
Spinning and Dyeing Courses in Cornwall.
Hand-dyed fibres for spinning


M & R Dyes
Dept E. Carters, Station Road, Wickham Bishops, Witham, Essex, CM8 3JB
Tel 01621 891405 and 0860 9063

Middletown Farm
Fleeces for handspinners from our prize winning flock. Shetland (coloured and white) Polwarth (coloured and white) Ryeland. All fleeces are selected for hand spinning. See us at Royal Highland and Great Yorkshire Show. Mail order to UK and worldwide. Website Email fleeces"at" for information and fleece availability.
The Mohair, Silk and Craft Centre,
Blackemore Farm, Little London, Longhope, Glos GL17 0PH.
Tel/fax: 01452 830630.
Mohair fleece available all year round.

The Mohair Centre,
Jacky and Martin Webb, Brickfield Farm, Laughton Road,
Chiddingly, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6JG Tel:01825 872457
Spinning & Weaving Equipment, Mohair Fleece, Tops, Spinning Courses.

The Mulberry Dyer
Handspun and machine spun embroidery silks, tapestry wools and knitting wools. Also spinning and dyeing products. Spinning and dyeing courses, workshops, especially historical application of natural dyes. E-mail fishwife"at"


The Natural Fibre Company Custom carding, spinning and weaving for smallish quantities of fleece.
The Natural Fibre Company moved to Cornwall late last year (2005).
Unit b Pipers Court, Pennygillam Industrial Estate, Launceston, Cornwall PL15 7PJ
Phone: 01566 777635 Fax: 01566 779795


NewMoor Barn "We are a new organisation based on the devon and cornwall border and make textiles from our own angora goats as well as from wool from local farmers and using natural dyes. we also have a small section of spinning items which we make from reclaimed wood. We also sell some of our mohair fleece."


Fiona Nisbet
Withymoor Cottage, Burleydam, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 4BQ
Tel: 01948 871618
Synthetic and natural dyes. Spinning/weaving/dyeing tuition/workshops supplies.


Northern Isles Fibre Adventures with Elizabeth Lovick and Kathy Coull
"Fibre adventures in the Northern Isles of Scotland and beyond, where you will have access to tutors living and working in the isles who have a great depth of knowledge of the places, their people and their traditions. Because the groups will be small, we will tailor our activities to your interests whether they are wildlife, history, art - or simply fibre"

TUITION we supply carded Norwegian Crossbred wool (C1) from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. C1 spins beautifully and comes in a range of 45 colours plus natural white. We also stock C1/Pelsau blends in 19 different colours for a heathery effect, and soft, 19 micron carded merino in 19 colours plus natural white. Buy online by weight or order a starter pack at


Janet Phillips
Warden's House, Bix Bottom, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 6BL
One day courses and weekend courses and week courses in spinning, weaving and dyeing. SAE for brochure or download
Tel: 01491 641727. e-mail: janetphillips"at"


Plant Dyed Wool
Natural Plant Dyeing by the River Wye. We offer a range of workshops, activities and Summer School in a beautiful Herefordshire setting.

Prestige Fibres
Showers Mill, 78 Frizinghall Road, Bradford, BD9 4JB, England email: sales"at"
Buyers and selleers of all types of speciality animal fibres

Don Porrit Looms
Leathley Road, Menston, West Yorks, LS29 6DP
Tel: 01943 878329 and 874736
Range of handbuilt looms, weaving hardware. Agent for Texsolv, Toika and Myrehead. Send 1 for illustrated information pack and pricelist.


Renaissance Dyeing
100% naturally dyed yarns for embroidery, lace-knitting and weaving etc.
Over 100 shades, natural dyed with woad, indigo, madder, weld, cochineal etc. Some plants home grown in our dye garden. commissions undertaken. Textile packs, naturally dyed on natural materials.
Courses in dyeing held twice a year in the foothills of the Pyrénées.


Sara's Texture Crafts Hand dyed fibres and yarns, including patterns and equipment for spinners, weavers, knitters, felt makers and fibre artists. Also some commercial processed fibres such as Merino.

Scottish Fibres
23 Damhead, Lothianburn, Edinburgh EH10 7EA.
Tel/fax/ans 0131 445 3899 email: enquiries"at"
"Suppliers of equipment, books, fibres, materials, yarns and accessories for spinning, weaving, dyeing, knitting, crochet, felting, papermaking, silk painting and many other crafts. Probably the largest range of wooden knitting needles and crochet hooks in the UK.
Exclusive suppliers of Caprine Fine Fibre from Scottish cashmere goats and suppliers of Scottish llama including from our own herd of cashmere goats and llamas."


Johnny Shiels - Spinning Wheel maker
New Road, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal, Ireland Tel: +353 74 93 74769
am a third generation producer of hand-crafted spinning wheels in Ireland and have a limited selection of high quality wheels made to order. Please visit my website ( for more information, images, specifications, etc."

Skylark Holidays
Skylark Holidays. We provide a range of specialist interest holidays and breaks and specifically focus on weaving, spinning and dyeing. My partner, Alison Daykin, is passionate about the crafts and we share a vision to ensure that the skills are retained for the future. Alison has more than 20 years experience in teaching, producing, consultancy and designing in the crafts. And she has won awards for her designer weaving and has co-authored the wonderful book "Creative Spinning". As our main tutor at Skylark Holidays, Alison can provide the knowledge and experience for traditional skills and for modern techniques.


Spinning Weal
Sarah Harris breeds sheep, spins, and teaches spinning in Bristol and North Somerset.
Learn to spin sheep's wool, or to dye it with natural and synthetic dyes, at friendly, creative classes and workshops.


Shirley Simpson
Tom's Barn, Dennington Rd., Framlingham, Suffolk. IP13 9JL
Tel. 01728 723114

Spinning Wheel Repairs
Run by Michael Ames in Coventry, UK. (Web site currently not available) "He can repair/renovate any type of spinning wheel including Welsh and Shetland, and has many years of experience in wood-turning."
Until the rebirth of his web site, I'm told that he can be contacted at Tel:02476-456-592

Peter Teal Woolcombs these are now being made by Martin Hills (See entry above)

The Threshing Barn
The Threshing Barn, Lower Lady Meadow Farm, Bradnop, Leek Staffordshire, ST13 7EZ
Telephone and fax: (+44) 01538 304 494
Gaywool Dyes, Fleece and Ashford Spinning and Weaving equipment. Also Varied craft courses

Texere Yarns
College Mill, Barkerend Rd., Bradford, BD3 9AQ
Tel: 01274 722191 Fax: 01274 393500
e-mail enquiries"at"


Timbertops - REBORN

2021 - Woodland Turnery and Timbertop Wheels are now both RETIRED.

This website will be closing down very shortly

Press Release December 2008 - New Home for the Timbertops Spinning wheels.
Joan & Clive Jones (of Woodland Turnery) and James & Anne Williamson are pleased to announce that following negotiations it has been agreed that in an initial partnership production of Timbertops Spinning Wheels will be resumed. The new home of the Timbertops will be Woodland Turnery of Pontypool (South Wales) with James & Anne Williamson retaining an advisory and supervisory capacity to ensure that the quality of ‘Timbertops’ is upheld as closely as possible.
Woodland Turnery have been making spinning wheels since 1995 and spinning and weaving accessories since 2001 in locally grown Welsh Timber. Also repairs & renovations of spinning wheels and the supply of replacement bobbins have been undertaken since late 2006/early 2007.
Initially Timbertops production will start with the Leicester and Thurmaston 21 spinning wheels with the first ones being available in early 2009. As time progresses it is hoped to bring into
production many of the wheels that James and Anne made so famous.
Further details/price lists etc are available from:-
Joan & Clive Jones, Woodland Turnery, 35 Lodgewood, New Inn, Pontypool, Gwent NP4 8EQ Telephone/Fax +44(0)1495-757140 Mobile +44(0)7901-790543
Web : Email: office"at" .

Trigonos (Snowdonia, Wales)
A not-for-profit organisation running its own programme of activities as well as providing hospitality for courses organised by public, private and voluntary agencies.
2006 courses include freestyle weaving, designer knitting, crochet wizardry and natural dyeing.

UK Alpaca Buy around 4 tons of alpaca fleece (all British) annually and manufacture a range of fully worsted hand knit, machine knit and weaving yarns in the UK. They also sell fleece and tops wholesale and retail. The website is at Tel: 01884 243579.

Uppingham Yarns
North St. East, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9QL
Yarns, Linens, silk cashmere etc.

Helen Rippin
3 Kirkham Street, Rodley, LEEDS, LS13 1JB
Tel:0113 255 7198
"Gaywool Dyes, Gaywool Merino/Silk and Gaywool Merino/Mohair. Also the only place in the UK that you can buy Wendy Dennis Polwarth Fleece. New for 2000 is Wendy's spun Polwarth in Natural colours. This is 8ply yarn. Hand Painted Wensleydale Tops and yarn in the Gaywool colours."

Martin Weatherhead Snail Trail Handweavers.
After 40 years Martin has decided to stop offering residential courses but is happy to offer workshops away from his studio.
SAE Penwenallt Farm, Cilgerran, Cardigan, Dyfed SA43 2TP
tel:01239 841228 e-mail: martin"at"

Weft Blown is a Weaving and Spinning Business in West Kilbride, Scotland.They stock Louet wheels, looms and carding equipment and run spinning and weaving classes.
The Wheel Ewe (Dumfries & Galloway)
Spinning Wheels, Preparation Equipment And Spinning Fibre, Retreats and tuition. Majacraft Dealer.

Pat and Ted White.
Daily or residential courses in spinning and weaving to suit individual needs,
94 Llandeilo Road, Upper Brynamman, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, SA18 1BG. 01269823075, email: edwardwhitet"at"

Wild Colours Natural dyes from dye plants
Natural dyes from plants & animals grow and dye with cochineal, indigo, brazilwood, logwood, woad, weld and madder etc.

Mike Williams
hand-made wooden articles for textile crafts such as drop spindles, replacement spinning wheel bobbins for older wheels, tapestry frames and bobbins, marudai etc.

Wingham Wool Work
70 Main St. Wentworth, Rotherham, South Yorkshire,S62 7TN,
Tel 01226 742926, Fax 01226 741166
"We are now stocking 70 repeatable shades of merino 64's all suitable for spinning and feltmaking. Shade cards are sent out on loan or they can be purchased. In addition customers can select shades from the range and we will comb them to together to make their own unique rainbow blend. All the details are in the free price list. All the usual range of fibres still stocked."
Also stocked, spinning equipment (Ashford dealer), yarns.
e-mail wingwool"at"

Woolcraft with Wensleydale the Beech Hill Flock of Pedigree Black Wensleydale Longwools, are Silver Grey through to Dark Bitter Chocolate. We produce everything locally from raw fleece (handclipped) to washed locks, TOPS in four natural shades, roving and luxury worsted spun yarn (at Diamond Fibres Spinning Mill, 4 miles away). We dont know of any other enterprise producing these shades in 100% pure Wensleydale. We have Open Days, run a few courses under the Lottery Funded Sheep to Shawl Project and share much with Vauxhall City Farm in London. We work to organic principles as far as possible and practise an ethical environmental code.
George Woolsey
Craft-link Ireland
36 Bayswater, DERRY, BT47 6JL
e-mail g.woolsey"at"
Mr. Woolsey writes:
There is only one spinning wheel craftsman remaining and he lives in a remote part of North West Ireland. He is the fourth generation of his family to handcraft spinning wheels to time-honoured traditions. The wheels are fully functional and although many are sold to spinners, others adorn homes and retail premises world wide. I have shipped wheels to the US, Europe, Australia and one to Africa. (The former vice-president of Nigeria is the proud owner!)
If you would like further details including a photo of these beautiful wheels, I would be delighted to respond.

World of Wool are based in Huddersfield, and have a factory shop and cafe. They also have an online shop at They stock over 100 fibres and a wide selection of dyed fibre including merino, blue faced leicester and shetland.

YarnMaker - Handspinning from fibre to textile stopped production in december 2021, but site maintained as a point of contact.
This is a bi-monthly British magazine for handspinners, looking at the whole process of making yarn from the origins of fibre, through preparation and dyeing, all kinds of spinning techniques, to choosing and using yarns for special projects. This magazine also includes Directory pages with lists of spinning groups and guilds, supplier adverts, events listings. First edition was published August 2010. Single copies, back issues and subscriptions available from the publisher. Dorothy Lumb Publishing, Roundhill, Start Lane, Whaley Bridge, High Peak, SK23 7BP, tel: 0845 3138467. Website at:



Alpaca fibre for sale in quantities to suit hand spinners; 4kg - 40 kg. Available in black, white and brown from Ashbourne Alpacas. We are based at Ashbourne in Derbyshire but can possibly arrange delivery in the UK. Potential customers are welcome to call by appointment and view the herd from which the fibre itself has come. Tel: 01335 350404 weekdays and speak to Audrey or Wayne Buttery. Also e.mail wayne"at"

Alpaca fibre for sale, small quantities of light and mid brown. Contact: P O Box 41, Slaithwaite Huddersfield, HD7 4YB, Tel: 01484 659596

Alpaca fleeces for sale. Brown, black, fawn, white and baby fleece 1st cut. Jane Kinroy (email: JKinroy"at" ) Tel: 01262 674691

Alpaca fleeces for sale, brown. In East Sussex. Alan Chapple. Tel 01323 833587.

Amazing Alpacas
"We are a family run alpaca farm, based on the ridge of the Usk and Wye valleys in South Wales. We have a lovely herd of about 30 quality alpacas, who produce an annual crop of wonderful fibre that some of your members may be interested in. Glenda spins herself, but we have some great quality fibre available for sale, at very reasonable prices. We sell prime saddle fibre for £4 per 100g (best quality) and slightly coarser saddle fibre for £3 per 100g (good quality). We can also supply alpaca fibre for felting at £10 per kg (second quality). All prices are inclusive of vat, but P&P is extra. We have a range of colours available, from white through fawns and browns to black.
You can see our some of our alpacas by visiting us online at

Blackwater Alpacas
Situated in Braintree Essex, we currently have a herd of 35 alpacas of various colours. We have both huacaya and suri fleeces available. Fleeces are sold directly as animals are sheared - we do often have a stock available for enquiries throughout the year. Tel: 07736 320 490 or blackwateralps"at"

Carlton Llama Farm. The Old Rectory, Thorpe Morieux, Suffolk, IP30 ONW tel/fax: 01284 828227. Alpaca Fibre. Many colours, unwashed. 1.25/oz plus p&p. Free samples available

East Anglia Alpaca Mill "Uses bespoke machinery designed specifically for alpaca fibre to enable more reasonable processing costs, a better quality end product and significantly less waste. The Mill is aimed at large and small breeders alike; we have no minimum or maximum quantities though smaller quantities will tend to yield slightly less than the larger runs."

Hensting Alpacas, nr Winchester we have 10 alpacas at the moment of all colours 3 of which are Cria. We breed for fleece quality and have some great fibre for sale at reasonable prices. Please call if interested 02380602080 or visit website at

Imagine Alpacas Ltd., Tel: 01865 351 655 or Email: sew "at" Fine alpaca fleece available in black, white, cream, fawn and gingerbrown.

The Toft Alpaca Shop We are a large alpaca farm in Warwickshire. We sell raw fleece in 500g lots in all the natural colours through the site. The farm shop is also open for spinners to come and meet the producers and hand-pick fleeces of animals before they come off the backs if they fancy an extra special fleece. Toft Manor, Dunchurch, Warwickshire, CV22 6NR Tel: 01788 810626


Angora fibre for sale from my Continental and Satin Angora rabbits. Contact me at Braceland Cottage, Pontithel, Three Cocks, Brecon, Powys. LD3 0SA.
e-mail suejames "at"

Coloured (8) and white (8) angoras and 13 pedigree Norfolk Horn sheep and have a few fleeces for sale. Our smallholding is in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.
Lydia Barrett e-mail:lydiabarrett"at" Tel: 01594 860858.




South Yeo Farm West. From our pure bred Welsh Mountain Badger Face sheep we have Torwen (black/chocolate brown) and Torddu (predominantly beigey white with some black/grey) raw, unwashed, undipped fleeces for sale for hand spinners, knitters, weavers, felters and craftspeople. There may be the odd spot of coloured marking spray on the Torddu, but these can be picked or washed out and any soiled parts are removed (if we miss a bit, just fling it on your compost heap). From our pedigree Whiteface Dartmoor sheep we have raw, long, strong, curled heavy fleeces, weighing around 4 kilos:.

South Yorkshire. Debbie has Rare breed WhiteFaced Woodlands. Scoured and carded fleece available for sale. 50grams = £2.20 100grams = £4.40 500grams = £2.20
Postage costs as per Post Office. Tel 07801949108

email: hawthorneheritage.crafts"at"

Nigel and Rachel Gibb
Breeders of Gotland and Jacob sheep in Scotland. We are situated in the Scottish Borders and have fleeces available to buy as well as stock for sale. We can post fleeces out and we welcome visitors to see our flock and to handpick a fleece straight from the sheep's back. Tel: 07765440648/07900942801

Rozendaal Flock.
Kaat Deceuninck writes from Belgium: "I am a biologist and I was a teacher, but now I'm a sheep breeder, with the emphasis on wool. Our Rozendaal Flock comprises registered pedigree Ile-de-France sheep. The breed is 75 % Rambouillet merino and 25 % Dishley Leicester. The development of the breed began in France in 1832 till 1900 and the Flock Book was born in 1922. They have stunningly good fine wool all over their body. Our wool flies off the farm as soon as it is off the sheep. Handspinners are eager to buy it. I'm running our organic farm with part time help from from husband . We cultivate all the food for the sheep ourselves.We are grateful to share the lives of our animals and to use their fibres. We treat them with respect and kindness at all times and are trying to give them the best possible lives we can. Our organic fleeces can be reserved in advance on a first come first served basis"
Contact : wolhoeve"at"

Reiner Luyken writes: "I have 4 Hebridean and 10 Shetland fleeces available, the Shetlands in various colours from black, dark brown, cappucino and white. You can see the Hebrideans on our website"

Lesley and Martyn Archer
We are sheep farmers from the North Tyne Valley in Northumberland. We have a flock of Bluefaced Leicester sheep and were wondering if anyone would be interested in purchasing fleece direct from the breeder. If so, please contact Lesley or Martyn on 01434 230210 or mrarcher"at"

EDEN GOTLAND SHEEP is a new flock situated in North Cumbria. Febuary 09 sheep have been sheared raw fleece now avaliable . Visit us at Woolfest, Cockermouth, Cumbria UK . 26th and 27th June 2009. Contact: Nickie Kirkby, SCALERIGG,RENWICK,PENRITH CUMBRIA CA10 1JE
Tel 01768 870538 email: scalerigg"at"

Pedigree White Wensleydale fleeces to sell either whole (approx 3 to 4 kg per fleece) or in 200g or 500g bags. Helen Gill, Drythisendoon Flock, Wigginton, North Yorkshire. Tel 01904 768373
email: helen.gill1"at"

Fleeces off 1 soay, 1 manx, and 4 rylands, and 1 angora goat. They are very full and close, and are very good quality. £6 each (with a deduction on the lot as a whole). Suggest buyers collect if possible. Customers are welcome to veiw them. Please contact Sue Fran email: susie.f"at" or Tel: 07786 954252 mobile. (Warwick)

I have a flock of 19 Hebridean and 3 mixed breed males for conservation purposes. They just been shorn for the first time and I therefore have 21 fleeces to surplus to my requirements. I am open to offers for this wool Please contact Noel Rigby
email: Noel"at" or phone 01743 791991. (nr. Shrewsbury)

The Gwarllwyn Flock comprises 50 registered pedigree Shetland sheep. We have various coloured (including extremely rare jet black) fleeces for sale. Prices £5.00/kg + P&P. Colours can be reserved in advance on a first come first served basis. Contact Sue Longhurst, Gwarllwyn Farm, Carmarthenshire. Tel 01550 721348. Fax 01550 721097. e-mail Suzanne.longhurst"at"

"I'm a member of the Coloured Sheep Breeders Association and I cross rare-breed sheep in order to produce naturally coloured interesting fleeces for myself and other spinners. We shear around 200 sheep, so have a wide choice available. Breeds used for crossing are:- Shetland, Icelandic, Cotswold, Ryeland, Corriedale, Wensleydale, Southdown, plus anything else that might add good things to the mix. We also have a group of this years ewe-lambs ready to sell, all quiet to handle and ideal temperament for beginners. Lesley Wickham (Powys) Tel/Fax: 01597 860244

"Our flock are Registered Pedigree Jacob bred specifically for the extreme softness of their wool for spinning. Fleeces are ready now, bundled and ready to go and weighing at approx 3-4kgs - Price GBP10.00 per fleece. Post is GBP6.50 each. For 2+ fleeces can arrange courier charge for next day at GBP9.50 for up to 4 fleeces packed together. Contact: Claire Swait, Huntley Court. Gloucestershire. UK. Tel: 0044 1452 830207 Fax: 0044 1452 831264 e-mail: swait"at"

I would like to advertise some fleeces from our Black Leicester Longwool sheep, I understand that there are only 75 of these left in the world, I have 8!. The wool is a mixture of blue, brown, black & white. (never pure white) So if you want something special. please contact me at email: john.pascoe"at" I also have some white fleeces for sale.

Shetland Fleeces Waterspark flock. Hand sheared, selected for handspinning or felting, no chemical residues. Various colours.Currently 85 pure bred ewes reared on our 50 acre Devon hill farm, managed to conservation principles under the Countryside Stewardship scheme. Price £5.50/kg. Postage at cost plus £1.00 for fleece bag, packing and despatch.
Also Shetland yarn on hank, 2ply medium spun, equivalent to double knitting, for knitting or weaving. Five natural colours, very soft handle, light and warm. 200gm hank in mid grey @ £7.50. 100gm hank in black, silver grey, moorit,or cream @ £3.90. Please send A5 stamped addressed envelope for sample card. Jenny Wilkinson. Hudley Mill, Brayford, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 7PY Tel: 01598 710300 Email: wilkinj"at"

Interesting fleeces from this years clip. Southdown, Ryland (and Xs), Manx and Soay. Also 2 white mohair fleece. Contact Sue email: susan"at" (Warwick)

We have a flock of pedigree Portland sheep in Somerset. The flock have won numerous prizes in both 'Wool on the hoof' classes at shows and for rolled fleeces. We have a number of selected rolled fleeces for sale. Website: Hilary and Brian Howell, Beer Mill Farm, Beercrocombe, Taunton, Somerset TA3 6AQ tel 01823 480249

We have a small flock of Pedigree Jacob & Portland sheep. We usually have fleeces available throughout the year. Our contact details are:- Shernfold, Cockmount Lane, Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5 6UD. Paula Bull email: cousleyflock"at" Tel: 01892 784441

I have pedigree Hebridean sheep and am happy to sell the fleeces for spinning in the summer. I spin a little myself, but don't use them all up.. They vary from grey (the older sheep) to deep soft black. My contact details are e-mail:Monica Lee m.lee"at" Hare Appletree House, Quernmore, Lancaster, LA2 0Q, Tel: 01524 63049.




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