Worsted Spinning Long Staple Fibres
We use longer fleece in our yarn types which means that we are able to produce our yarns on worsted system. The fibres are washed, carded and then the combed (aligned) before spinning. Worsted spun yarns spun form longer staple fibres are more luxurious and refined, stronger and will feel softer and smoother.
The use of longer, combed fibre and the removal of the shorter fibres during the combing process, significantly reduce pilling in the resultant yarn.
Source of Fibres
It is important for us to know where the fibres used in our yarns come from and to ensure they are produced and processed in ways that do not harm the animals or the environment. Our fibres are sourced from reliable material suppliers where we can establish best practise in relation to animal husbandry and the environment, as well as the best rearing and grading practices.
No animals are injured to provide our fibre as we only use shorn or material that has shed naturally from the animal.
The merino fibre we use is from sheep where mulesing is NOT practicised. We purchase the majority of our 19.5 micron merino from Australia and we pay a premium to purchase only Australian wool which is certified as mulesing free. The remainder of our merino is sourced from South America where mulesing is not necessary due to the climate. All of our wool is sourced from farms which comply with high animal welfare standards.
Our alpaca fibre is grown in Peru, mostly on small family-owned smallholdings. Our supplier has close ties with the producers and provides support to local communities as well as undertaking and sharing research to help the farmers get the most out of their flocks.
The BFL fibre we use is produced in the UK where high standards of animal welfare are in place. It is sourced from individual farms by the British Wool Marketing Board and graded to ensure it is of high quality. We only use the highest grade of BFL fibre.
Kid Mohair fibre is from South Africa. Our producer there is committed to making sure high animal welfare and environmental standards are met on its farms.
The majority of superwash yarn is treated using the Hercosett process, which is the method used for our superwash yarns too. Many people are rightly concerned over the potentiall impacts this process can have on the environment. The main concern being about how the waste water containing spent chemicals is dealt with after processing. We only use reputable companies to superwash our fibres, companies who hold ISO14001 accreditation and/or engage in best practice with regard to environmental performance and waste water treatment and re-use. Most of the effluent from the process is re-used and any disposed of has to meet strict environmental standards.