Following is an alphabetical list of all the suppliers of British fleeces that have been identified. If you know of a stockist or source of British fleeces that is not listed please contact me through the website contact, Facebook Group, Twitter or Ravelry Group so they can be added to the list.
Please note - If you are living outside the UK it is your responsibility to establish the regulations regarding the export of raw fleece from the UK and the import of it to your country. These regulations change so I'm not listing the current regulations on this website since if they are inadvertantly out of date it may be misleading.
This list should be regarded as a source of information only and not recommendations by anyone involved with Woolsack.
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Links checked February 2016
British Coloured Sheep - Marketplace Listing fleeces for sale by members of British Coloured Sheep Breeders Association
LandFelt Directory of fleeces for sale - Local (Dorset) and National
New Forest Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers have a local fleece directory
North Pennines Wool has a page listing local farmers who sell fleeces
There is information about fleeces for sale/swap, occasionally spun yarns, from British rare breed sheep on the RBST website
Alphabetical list of suppliers of raw or washed fleece
The fleeces reflect the natural colours of the sheep in the flock. Most of the Beilidu flock have dark brown fleeces with golden tips, but the wool becomes a paler brown or silver-gray as the animals age.
Zwartbles fleeces from the Tiger Zwartbles flock 01058 csjellicoe AT ntlworld.com
The best fleece is grown through summer and early autumn so late autumn or winter shearing gives the best fleece for hand spinning. I don’t use any chemicals on my sheep. We hand shear our sheep with care and the fleece is hand sorted to ensure you get the best.
Did you know we sell our fleeces to help raise funds? All the sheep have to be sheared each year for welfare reasons and we then have around 200 fleeces that are of good quality to sell. They are chosen by Liz, one of our long term supporters who spins and knits herself, with spinners especially in mind. Each fleece weighs approximately 2 kilos and has had all the dirty bits removed. Postage and packing is at cost.
Fernbourn Fleeces - Icelandic fleeces (sold out 2013), also North Ronaldsay and Shetland from 2014. Contact through fb atm but website coming in 2014
Fernhill Farm We sell freshly shorn shetland fleeces in all the colours, coloured Romney X Shetland and the Mendip Smashem is pure white glowing with true lustre. Lambs wool is super soft sold by the Kg
Fowlescombe Farm Organic Hebridean and Manx fleeces in 2 qualities
Garyeannna Alpacas Full fleeces for sale. Available in white, fawn, medium brown, chocolate brown and black
Gennel Wensleydales Wensleydale & BFL fleeces from North Yorkshire smallholding
Hebridean Isles Trading Company Fleeces from Blackface & Hebridean sheep on Colonsay (Island on the Edge) Online ordering
Home Farm Wensleydales Wensleydale & Bluefaced Leicester fleeces - both breeds in white and coloured fleece.
Isle of Auskerry - Whole unwashed North Ronaldsay fleeces, whole washed fleeces, washed & combed fleece.
Kennixton Sheep - Poll Dorset fleeces
LittleFfarm Dairy Ffarm Fach’s flock of Shetland/Ryeland ewes offer a number of fine-quality fleeces for sale. These are ideal for handspinning & are available in a variety of natural colours
Millfields Rare Breeds Hebridean and possibly Boreray fleeces. Purchase through website.
Mudchute Farm Rare breed wool, Reared and Sheared on the Isle of Dogs. Online ordering or collect from farm.
Natural Yarn Shetland, Manx Loaghtan, Hebridean, Jacob, Norfolk Horn, White Faced Woodland.
Olwen Veevers My specialist sheep flock is mainly Corriedale based. The sheep are shorn in December and housed during the winter lambing period. This early shearing keeps the fleeces clean and free from the debris. Even with this precaution all my fleeces are carefully picked over before sale to remove any vegetable matter and to inspect them for quality. I can also supply fleece washed and carded for those who prefer an even cleaner product for various hand craft uses. The natural (undyed) colours range from black through greys and moorit to champagne and occasionally white.
Pantcyfyng Farm Can supply: raw wool from improved Welsh, Welsh Mules, Black Welsh Mountain, Jacobs and some cross breds.
PigsPoultrySheep Fleeces from Boreray, Soay, Jacob and Badger-Faced sheep. Contact through website (website temporarily unavailable)
Middletown Farm has been the home of our pedigree flocks of Shetland and Ryeland sheep for over 25 years. We are breeders of sheep in Scotland and specialise in fleece for handspinners. We hand shear the sheep ourselves and carefully prepare each fleece for sale. Breeds are Shetland, Ryeland and a few Polwarth cross Ryeland. We have white and coloured fleeces from each breed. We specialise in fleece for hand spinner and have been supplying our local Scottish spinners since we started. We also export fleeces around the world and celebrate over 20 years of shipping to USA and Japan. We compete in fleece show each year and last year won the Fleece Championship at the Royal Highland Show and represented Scotland in the BWMB Finals for the Golden Fleece. We select fleeces for each individual spinner to match the fleece to the project.
Shankend Sheep - raw fleeces available for sale, prices start at £4.00. Fleeces still available from the 2013 clip include Hebridean fleeces, (hogg and ewe fleeces), Shetland ewe fleeces, Herdwick ewe fleeces and Texel cross Cheviot fleeces. Contact:- e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org mobile:- 07791117425
Shear Sheep Wool for Handspinners: Fine Spinning fibre and Rare Breed Sheep fleeces. Over 30 different breeds.
Crosses of these, e.g. Shetland x Soay, Icelandic x Shetland, Icelandic x Blue de Maine etc. (as available)
Small amounts of washed fleece from different breeds & Alpaca
Ystrad Organic Wensleydale fleece including washed and lambswool