Early weavers used the wool closest to hand but as weaving moved from cottage to weaving shed a number of breeds emerged as best suited for specific end use.
............For us it's Shetland wool that makes our tweeds super soft to handle yet durable enough for upholstery and home furnishings........
and it's all in the construction................."Shetland wool fibres are of a simple construction with a central cortex covered by a thin scaly cuticle, and have an average diameter of about 23 microns. However there is a range from 10 to 20 microns for neck and shoulder wool to 25 to 35 microns for britch wool. The average staple length is 3.5 inches. The amount of crimp varies, and is important in providing the 'bounce' required for knitwear. There is a positive correlation between fineness and crimp, with wool of the finest quality being crimped at between 8 and 12 to the inch.
Wool from Shetland sheep is used to produce gossamer lace, the famous 'Fair isle' knitwear, and fine tweeds."
dyed and spun with a little extra twist the Shetland yarn forms a perfect basis for our luxury tweed
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