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
like to know more?..........http://shetland-sheep.org.uk/
or see the range at.......... rosstweed
Many thanks to Jan who sent photos of this wing backed chair recently recovered in Bamburgh plaid.
“I chose this lovely material to make over a chair that belonged to my Mum, it is sentimental to me and I wanted it to look special, I found a really good guy who has done a wonderful job reupholstering it for me, what more can I say…………., I'm one happy customer!
...............the quality of the material made a huge difference and he said it was some of the best he had ever used!"
As the world looks around for alternatives to man-made fibres that are full of chemicals, wool is finding itself increasingly in the spotlight.
Wool is made by using the hair of animals such as sheep and goats. It has been around for generations and is used as the base material in clothes and bedding and has an increasing fashionable role in interior furnishings
Wool used to be something your grandma would use to knit your Christmas jumper with but now it is becoming one of the trendiest eco-friendly textiles on the market.
Wool is at the height of luxury with merino, the supermodel of wool, in demand by high-end consumers around the world. The best thing about wool is that it is entirely natural, as long as no chemicals are added when colouring or preserving the wool.
Wool is an amazing textile, full of important properties that make it hugely attractive. One of the big benefits of wool is that it can absorb moisture amazingly well. Wool does this by drawing moisture into the core of its fibres.
This is really helpful went you need an item of clothing or materials that keep feeling dry for a long time. In addition to this, wool also breathes really well which helps woollen clothes to retain a light and airy feel.
Interestingly, wool has natural fire retardant properties and this is why wool is increasingly being used hotel furnishings.
The natural lanolin in wool helps to repel dust mites and bed bugs and in a world where children are increasingly suffering from eczema and asthma this is most welcome.
It would seem that the world is enjoying rediscovering wool.
Knowledge is king.... or so it is said. Collected here is some of the hints, tips and tricks from around the trade..................Your input, comments and suggestions that benefit the whole community are most welcome