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Specialising in Longwool Breeds

Dedicated Fleeces

Limited Edition Yarns

 

News

 


 

This page is intended to highlight news items and forthcoming events throughout the year, but for the more 'gossipy' updates ...................

 

2019

 

April 25th

 

      Please note, the Shop is now open    

There are still some stock items being reviewed

and more new stock to add soon

 

 

April 1st

 

The first batches of Hand Dyed yarns are now on the shop.

No this is NOT an April Fools joke!!!

 

 

March 30th

 

SO SORRY for the delay in getting the new stock into the shop......just not enough hours in a day at the moment. We have started the photos (hooray) and so am determined DETERMINED to get at least a couple of items into the on-line shop tomorrow - Sunday 31st

 

 

March 19th

 

The fantastic Border Mill have completed all the dyeing and the yarns are now safely back here at Glynelwyn. We will work out way through them as will take a while to photograph all the beautiful colours.

We also have a gorgeous batch of Aran and DK weight natural coloured Bluefaced Leicester and Coloured Wensleydale blended together making for a stunning yarn. Again, photos very soon.

Thank you for popping back.

 

 

March 11th

 

All our truly delicious yarns have now been dyed and will be back home here at Faithmead Fibres by 17th March.

KEEP A WATCH OUT IN THE SHOP...……. or better still ..... come along to WONDERWOOL WALES and find us in Hall 2 Stand R11 on 27th and 28th April

 

 

January 27th

 

Hello everyone. Not sure what happened to Christmas and New Year but here we are almost in February.

Plans for our first ever stand at the wonderful "Wonderwool Wales" at the end of April are progressing, but there is a LOT to do yet. Flyers to design, new yarn bands to go with the NEW indie dyed yarns which should be ready VERY soon; photos to take and frame up, sheep info cards etc etc etc. The list is endless and we'll probably end up with a last minute panic.

 

SO - YOU WILL FIND US ON STAND R11 IN HALL 2.

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April 2019

We had a fantastic over night stay at The Midland Hotel in Bradford back on 13th December where we attended the 2018 British Wool Marketing Board Golden Fleece Awards Ceremony. We didn't win the Golden Fleece but we were immensely proud to win the WALES CHAMPION Speciality/Knitwear Fleece. It was a wonderful evening and something I'll always remember. That particular fleece is waiting to go off to the Mill for spinning next month.

 

 

The adult ewes are due to be sheared February/March time, depending on the weather and the younger ones will be around May time. Its about judging the weather and watching those fleeces very carefully to make sure we get them off at their optimum. The Gotlands are the trickiest as they can felt at the drop of a hat.

Anyway, keep calling back for more updates and keep a close eye on the shop for those NEW hand dyed yarns.

 

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2018

 

November 24th

 

Hello everyone. Well, what an exciting couple of months. The wonderful West Wales Wool Show on 6th October in Narberth well brilliantly. Very busy and met up with lots of friends and followers which was fab. I'd been flat out hand dyeing fleece and locks as well as Wet Felting lots of 'collar/scarf' items as well as setting up the Craft Colour Boxes which have been quite popular.

Whilst at the show I had a long chat with the brilliant Indi-dyer Caerthan from Triskelion Yarn. Since that day, I've been to meet with him and he's has commenced a yarn dyeing programme for me. The first 7 colours have now been agreed and are STUNNING. 3 more colours to come along and then the full launch in the New Year. All the natural cream/white colour fleeces will have a colour option but I'll retain the beautiful natural dark colours of the black/brown fleeced sheep. However, the gorgeous Gotlands will have natural and dyed colours available.....its all very exciting and here's a pic of the first 7 colours.

 


To top that excitement, I then received a letter from the British Wool Marketing Board inviting us to the "Golden Fleece Awards Ceremony" as my luscious Leicester Longwool Fleece that won Champion at Pembrokeshire County Show in August, had been selected as the 'Specialist/Knitwear' Winner for WALES. How about that then ! Tanya's gorgeous fleece will come home with us after the Ceremony and I've yet to decide just how to have this processed....Its a VERY SPECIAL FLEECE.



 

All for now but will report back after the Ceremony in a couple of weeks :-)

 

 

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October 2nd

 

Hello everyone and yes, this update is LONG overdue.
Anyway, the summer has been hot and busy on the farm with shearing and fleece sorting being a major part of the daily routines. After shearing, all the fleeces are stored in individual bags with the sheep's name on it. The 'coloured' bags go one side of the store and the 'white' bags go the other side to make it easier for me to find what I'm looking for. I have been a little greedy with keeping fleeces back "just in case" and so have been selling a few of my special fleeces on-line for spinners to enjoy their beautiful qualities. Picking fleeces over takes hours and hours of work as sheep will be sheep and manage to pick up all sorts in their beautiful coats.

One of the highlights of this year, or probably THE highlight was winning the Champion Fleece at Pembrokeshire County Show British Wool Marketing Board Fleece competition in August. The lovely Tanya produced a stunning Leicester Longwool fleece and which the judge thought worthy of being the overall winner despite some VERY tough competition from fellow fleece showers. This fleece has gone off to the Welsh depot for the next stage in the "Golden Fleece" competition. Will keep you posted.

We have the brilliant West Wales Wool Show this coming Saturday and we are of course, taking the "Faithmead" stand. Really looking forward to it this year as have a lot more stock and some varied items too including some Felted items I've made as well as some knitted items and even my first felted 'hat' which I loved doing and looking forward to making more. Hope to see some of your there.

Little Miss Fennel Pumpkin is in great health as are her chums Dennis and Wilbur. Fennel's Fibre Friends limited edition yarns will be out very soon.

All for now as preparing for the Wool Show as well as the daily chores around the farm are all consuming. Catch you soon. 

 

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August 16th

 

The wool from my special sheep is obviously as special as the sheep themselves and caring for both elements take a lot of time, care and love.
Each year we take along to the Pembrokeshire County Show some fleeces and enter them in the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) Fleece Competition. This year 7 of our 8 fleeces took prizes and our Superstar Leicester Longwool ewe 'Tanzin' produced the perfect fleece which was awarded "Champion" status. This fleece now goes forward to join other Champion fleeces for the "Golden Fleece" competition later in the year.

 

             

 

 

Look our for lots of new Limited Edition yarns from these winning sheep in the shop very soon, as well as one or two of their very special winning fleeces

 

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Contact Us
   
Mandy Colbourne
Glynelwyn
Blaenwaun
Whitland
Carmarthenshire
SA34 0JL
   
Tel:  01994 448760
Mob:  07884 170627
eMail: mandy@faithmeadfeltfleecenfibre.co.uk