This special issue celebrates the wonderful diversity of British wool.
After an introduction by John Thorley, Chairman of the Campaign for Wool, Deborah Robson, author of the Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook, takes us on a very thorough tour through the history and development of British sheep breeds.
Laura Rosenzweig shows us how she has built a successful cottage industry from local wool in the Yorkshire Dales whilst Margaret Russell, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, shares her enthusiasm for and commitment to both her ancestry and endangered sheep breeds through her ambitious weaving project.
Wendy Morris inspires us to expand the boundaries of our weaving by exploiting unique characteristics of woollen yarns while Liz Lovick shows how the fleeces of different breeds take up dye differently in the same dyebath.
Isabella Whitworth’s comprehensive First Clip details a personal choice of woolly attractions to visit on days out throughout the British Isles.
Wool is in the spotlight in our regular Guild Highlights and Book Reviews and we introduce our grant scheme to encourage links between Guilds and their local textile colleges.
Download a Sample Article: FullFleece_updatedMar2013.pdf