Fibreshed Case Study

Woodchester Yarns

Yarns and fleece are exclusively produced from the Cotswold sheep that graze an 18th century house and arboretum in a valley south of Stroud. The flock is selectively bred for the fineness of their fleece.

Meet the fibres

EDIT WoodchesterYarns CotswoldOrganicLamswool
Cotswold Organic Lambswool
100% Cotswold Lambswool
Spin: Woolen
Ply: 2
Annual production: 30kg
Available formats: Ball, Cone, Skein
Cotswold Organic Lambswool
100% Cotswold Lambswool
Spin: Woolen
Ply: 2
Annual production: 30kg
Available formats: Ball, Cone, Skein

Woodchester yarns and fleece are exclusively produced from the flock of Cotswold sheep that graze the Woodchester House Estate, an eighteenth century house and arboretum in a valley south of Stroud. The estate consists of a mixture of native woodland and old pasture, springs and streams. The land is organically certified with the grazing managed for the wellbeing of the flock and to improve biodiversity in the valley.

The Cotswold sheep is a long-wool breed, now rare, with a good temperament that makes for inquisitive and friendly animals. The flock is selectively bred for the fineness of their fleece: the long staple of the fleece yields a particularly fine yarn and creates a natural lustrous sheen. Historically these characteristics made Cotswold fleece a luxury product and Woodchester House Yarns aims to bring this high-quality fibre back into contemporary use. Keen to work with others in the fibre industry and bespoke commissions are welcome.

Hear Sarah in her own words:

About Woodchester Yarns

Cotswolds AONB
Sarah Langlands

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