Wool sourced from the mountains I look at from my front door... This fibre is everything I dreamed of stocking when I first started the business.
Cambrian Wool is Welsh wool from farms local to me. The Cambrian Wool CIC (Community Interest Company) selects the finest fleeces from these farms and has them processed, in the UK, in to Combed Top & Worsted Yarns. The sheep are known as Welsh Mules. A Mule is a cross between a native upland sheep, in this case Welsh Mountain, and a Blue Faced Leicester. These sheep produce wool with beautiful sheen, and incredible bounce, and a long staple length.
The Cambrian Mountains are the remote upland area in the centre of Wales.
This stunningly beautiful landscape is one of the our best kept secrets...
My dyeing for this set of braids was inspired by the windows in Leominster Priory. Leominster is a small market town on the border or Wales and England. Historically much of the wool produced in the Cambrian region would have passed through the markets in the town. The Priory was built in part using the proceeds of the wool trade.
This set of colours was inspired by the window showing the Nativity. In addition to these variegated braids there is also a set of semi-solid braids featuring the same tones.
This fibre is hand dyed in small batches, where more than one braid is available they will have been dyed at the same time, using the same dye stock, but my dyeing technique produces braids with subtle variations, no two braids are ever identical, where multiple braids are available they are shown in the additional photographs.
These fibres have been dyed to exhaust using acid dyes, and then rinsed using hot water and detergent. I recommend you hand wash your spun yarn in warm water, using a mild pH neutral detergent. The no-rinse wool washes seems to be the most prone to causing bleeding so are best avoided.