What is Wool?
Wool is the natural protective covering, or fleece, of a sheep. The fleece protects the sheep from the weather, keeping them warm in winter and cool during the hot summer. Each year the fleece renews and the sheep are sheared to remove their winter coats and keep them cool as the warmer months approach.
How does the Wool fibre transform into a blanket?
The fleece is washed and dyed and the fibres are then carded, which means that they are all brushed in the same direction to make them smooth. The wool is then spun into the yarn, ready to turn into our blankets and throws.
Weaving is the process of interlacing the warp and weft yarns, through a traditional weaving loom. The loom carries the weft threads through the warp, to create the blanket pattern. Finally the blanket is washed, brushed and fringed.
Where does our Wool come from?
The wool for our blankets and throws is sourced from New Zealand, because the sheep there are specifically bred for their soft fleece. They have very high animal welfare standards, meaning that the sheep room freely and the wool is museling free.
Because of our climate, British wool is not suitable for blankets or throws. Our native breeds tend to have a coarser fleece, better suited to making carpets or insulation.
Where are our British Wool Blankets made?
We work with one of the last-remaining woollen mills in the U.K. to produce our collection of pure wool throws and blankets.
Located at the edge of the Clwydian mountain range in Wales, our historic mill have been producing textiles for over 50 years. Our blankets are made in the way they have always been; on the traditional weaving looms which have been running for generations.
What are the benefits of Wool?
Unlike synthetic fabrics, wool is a breathable fibre which reacts to changes in body temperature. The crimped structure of the fibre traps pockets of air, keeping you warm in cold weather. Wool also allows moisture to evaporate, helping you to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Wool is naturally odour resistant and self cleaning. Airing outside on the line is often the easiest way to freshen up your wool blanket, making it easy to care for and gentle on our environment.
Is Wool eco-friendly?
Wool is considered an environmentally and socially responsible fibre, as it is organically occurring, 100% natural, renewable and biodegradable.
High quality wool can only be grown by healthy sheep, who graze on healthy pasture and land.
Wool is a completely natural fibre, unlike synthetics, which begin as fossil fuels or petrochemicals. Synthetic fabrics take decades to break down, resulting in micro plastics that make their way into our rivers and oceans.
Wool is part of the natural carbon cycle. Even if it does reach landfill, wool breaks down in just 3-4 months and acts like a fertiliser by slowly releasing valuable nutrients and carbon back into the soil.