Herdwick natural grey


The native breed of the Lake District the Herdwick sheep produces a coarser hard wearing wool...

  • Origin: Lake district, England
  • Shade: Natural grey
  • Thickness: approx 40 microns
  • Staple length: 85 to 90mm
  • Characteristics: Durable with thicker bristly fibres
  • Content: 100% natural wool
  • Uses: Great for spinning will make a coarser quality, durable, hard wearing wool. Used a lot for needle felting and is great for adding eyebrows, tails and much more. Can be dyed using acid milling dyes - although this dark grey wool may only be suitable for very dark dye colours. Try also blending with other wools and fibres.
  • Did you know? Beatrix Potter used to keep and breed Herdwick sheep and even won a number of prizes at shows across Cumbria.

Natural, renewable & biodegradable

Wool is 100% natural. Every year sheep produce a new fleece making wool a renewable fibre source. At the end of its useful life wool can be returned to the soil where it will decompose. For more information visit the Campaign for Wool.

How much fibre will I need?

This will depend on not only how finely you spin, but also the size and tension of the final knitted garment. 100g of fibre will make 100g of yarn the length of which will depend on how chunky you spin the yarn. The weights below are a helpful guide but cannot be guaranteed. If you are unsure, always buy a little bit more than you think you'll need (that's what stashes are for!)


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