Fibreshed Case Study

Fernhill Fleece

The Fernhill philosophy holds ‘soil to soil’ and ‘no waste’ at its core, prioritising natural methods and materials.

Meet the fibres

EDIT FernillFleece Ebony
Ebony
50% Romney, 50% Shetland Wool Blend
Spin: Woolen
Ply: 2
Metric count: 2/7
Annual production: 100kg Average Commissioned Yarns, Fleece available for up to 1000kg
Available formats: Ball, Cone, Skein
EDIT FernillFleece Ebony2
Ebony (Woven)
50% Romney, 50% Shetland Wool Blend
Spin: Woolen
Ply: 2
Metric count: 2/7
Annual production: 100kg Average Commissioned Yarns, Fleece available for up to 1000kg
Available formats: Ball, Cone, Skein
EDIT FernillFleece Ivory
Ivory
75% Romney, 25% Shetland Wool Blend
Spin: Woolen
Ply: 2
Metric count: 2/14
Annual production: 100kg Average Commissioned Yarns, Fleece available for up to 1000kg
Available formats: Ball, Cone, Skein

Fernhill Fleece is a fibre business nested in Fernhill Farm, a holistic eco-farm that
sits atop the Mendip Hills, a limestone plateau rising hundreds of feet over the
Somerset Levels and Moors. Jen and Andy’s large flock of hardy, native breed sheep
is selectively bred to be multi- purpose – providing fine, naturally colourful fibre
as well as 100% pasture-fed meat.

Grazing in large nomadic-style flocks, the sheep are shepherded to fresh pasture
every few days, a quality of life and grazing that is reflected in their wellbeing, and
in the resulting quality of both their fibre and meat. The Fernhill philosophy holds
‘soil to soil’ and ‘no waste’ at its core, prioritising natural methods and materials
and making every effort to see by products as resources that can be recycled within
their farming system. In 2021 Fernhill is working to achieve the Savory Institute
Land to market status for regeneratively produced fibres, and is also a pilot farm
for A Greener World’s Regenerative Agriculture standard.

Their passion for wool is infectious, leading them to supply fleece and yarns to
many South West and UK-based artisan businesses.

Hear Jen in her own words:

Hear Andy in his own words:

About Fernhill Farm

Holistic, regenerative farming for natural wool products
Somerset
07903584695

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