My yarn is ethically sourced from UK farms and smallholdings in South American and North African countries, and Mongolia. The animals provide the main, if not only, source of income for local families meaning the animals and the staff are well looked after. My yarn does not come from any farms that practice mulesing.
The superwash wool has been treated at a mill which is accredited with the EU Flower and OEKO-TEX 100 and runs a state-of-the-art effluent treatment plant. This means that the water is recycled and when it is discharged it is of better quality than the drinking water you get from the tap! The wool has a resin applied to reduce the likelihood of shrinking and felting, and it does not hinder the biodegradability of the wool.
My woolly journey started in 2007, after using wool longies - knitted trousers that work as a nappy cover for my two youngest son's cloth nappies. My interest was piqued and I needed a creative outlet after being at home for several years, bringing up our 3 boys. I taught myself to needle felt and then wet felt and after some time practicing, I set up shop. Once we'd discovered the magic of wool as a nappy cover, I taught myself to knit with the help of a book and some knitting friends. Since then I haven't looked back and can't remember a day when I haven't knitted.
The natural progression from knitting was to dye the yarn. I love hand dyed yarns and have quite a stash from various international dyers. We were home educating and in 2013 I decided that we'd have a dabble and, well, the rest is history. I caught the bug big time! I am a self-taught dyer, ever evolving my colourways and dye techniques.
Since then my woolly journey has continued. I dye many times a week, run regular yarn clubs and occasional market events through my Facebook page. You'll find me on Instagram, Ravelry, Facebook... as Felt Fusion.
I also have a second business - Fae Folk Fibres, which focusses on colourways inspired by myths, legends and history of the British Isles and offers one-off colours on more luxurious bases.
I hope that you enjoy my woolly works as much as I enjoy creating them!