LOCAL FIBRE DIRECTORY
Cloverleaf Corriedale Stud
Situated in the Macedon Ranges 50 minutes from Melbourne, this stud provides quality fleeces for spinning and weaving with a soft handle, luster and good crimp.
The sheep are part of the farm family. They remain in family groups and come when called for food, which also helps them move from paddock to paddock. They are happy and content with few worries in life.
Farm gate sales are a speciality or click on the cart below to email Ronelle directly.
Handweavers & Spinners Guild
The Guild is centrally located in Carlton and sells hand spun yarn and fleece for spinning in store. Ask the staff on duty for advice on local fibres.
Natasha’s shawl is testimony to the unique flavour that hand spinners can bring to each yarn. You may even find some naturally dyed yarns in their store.
Glenda is an alpaca farmer and has recently launched a range of local yarns spun at Fibre Naturally.
Send an email to find out more about what is in stock.
Marilyn runs a small flock of Shropshire sheep in the Strathbogie Ranges. Shropshire wool is a great choice for the Barrabin Mittens (or socks) given its ability to hold its shape. It also has the advantage of being resistant to wet felting.
Marilyn has her fleeces processed at Wool2Yarn into both yarn and rovings. For the spinners she recommends it as an excellent base to blend with other fibres.
Wool 2 Yarn
Alasdair and Belinda run this bespoke mini mill on the Mornington Peninsula. They process in small lots for a number of local farms, as well as their own.
The onsite shop stocks yarn and roving of all the squishy varieties – suri, merino, alpaca. From 2ply to bulky yarns, give the mill a call and they can help you choose something that meets your needs.
Gayle’s spinning skills are in high demand from the alpaca farming community. This mini mill specialises in all alpaca varieties and sells yarns, batts and bumps.
This shawl was made in alpaca spun at the mill. Gayle recommends 7-8 balls of the baby alpaca in 8ply for the shawl pattern. We recommend sending and email or giving a call to Gayle to order.
The Alpaca Yarn Lady
Robyn creates unique alpaca blends with local farms. She works with a number of the local processors, to create each unique yarn.
Robyn recommends her 8ply alpaca merino blend for the knitalong. She is best contacted by email or catch her at one of her up coming markets.
Paula’s alpacas live close to the ACT and very close to Boston Fine Fibre mill where they are processed, so if you live in Canberra this is an excellent choice of yarn.
The colours of yarn vary from white and black, to various shades of fawn and grey. Paula has just opened their online shop selling roving and 4ply, 8ply and lopi yarn.
If you want a uniquely Victorian wool, then Polwarth is it! The Dennis family are 6th generation sheep farmers in the Otways. The family cross bred merinos to produce a breed of sheep uniquely suited to the wet conditions in the area.
The farm shop (online and onsite) has options of naturally coloured yarn and tops. The Henry is a chunky yarn spun in collaboration with the Great Ocean Road Mill to produce an alpaca, Polwarth blend unavailable anywhere else in the world.
Karoa is a coloured sheep farm in the Riverina of Southern NSW. The unique cross breed of Bond and Merino sheep run on the farm produces an array of colours.
Sue and John sell their yarn, tops and fleeces at various markets.
Home to alpaca’s with the longest fleece, Pitchingga Ridge is also a pretty special place to visit. Jean has her Yarn processed locally at Fibre Naturally.
Jean recommends 5-6 balls of the huayacaya or suri alpaca yarns in either 5 or 8 ply to make the shawl. As you can see from Rachel’s make, the result is a shawl full of drape. We recommend you email Jean or visit the on farm store to order.
Yes, you can buy local cashmere! Charly farms rabbits in the Yarra Valley and produces local blends with other local farmers.
Her latest release is a botanically dyed range of superfine merino combined with Australian cashmere and dyed with botanical plants grown on her farm. To purchase you can follow her blog, which is updated every Friday with yarns available for sale or catch her at the Bendigo Wool Show.
If you are interested in rare breeds and coloured yarns, Raylene at Inverleigh is the place to start. The farm specialises in coloured Perendales, but also works with other local farms.
Raylene sells fleeces, batts, roving and handspun yarn from rare coloured breeds. She is best contacted on Facebook where she runs a store for Invereigh and the Aussie Bale Project for wholesale roving for hand spinners.
This North East Victorian farm uses native grasses to create regenerative pastures for the resident sheep.
Spinners will love their merino tops as a starting point for a local product. Wendy will be at the Bendigo wool show this year., and you can even sponsor Gilbert’s attendance.
Boston Fine Fibres
An on farm mill, this source of alpaca yarn couldn’t be more local. Tanya and Jim are on a mission to process yarn in a low impact way using solar panels and recycled rainwater in the mill.
The all natural colour range is sold online with something for all projects. From 2 ply, to coloured roving there are a load of choices!
Lauris grows both huacaya and suri alpaca of all colours in the Otway Ranges. She works closely with Wool2Yarn to produce luxury yarns and blends from her animals.
The online store has an abundance of choices from lace weight ply’s to loftier blends. Using the natural colours of the animals gives a range of blacks, greys and browns to choose from.
White Gum Wool
Meet Leo, his fleece is for sale direct from White Gum wool in Tasmania.
Nan run the farm with a commitment to three principals: excellence in nutrition, a conservation land ethic and thoughtful animal welfare. You can buy fleeces from the online shop, which also stocks yarn spun in New Zealand.
Great Ocean Road Mill
A mill that has grown out of a need to process yarn from their own Alpaca’s, Isabel and Nick’s Solar powered mill is low impact in all its facets.
Working with local Merino and Polwarth farms the mill sells a range of yarns that will make you swoon. From 5 ply through to The Chunky One the mill has a range that could have you deliberating for hours.
Our sample mittens are made up in Cheryl’s 8/10 ply Gotland yarn. The yarn is soft and durable, holding it’s shape well.
The farm is in the Strathboohie Ranges, where Cheryl raises Gotland sheep and Llama. Yes, that’s right they also sell llama yarn!
The yarn is processed at Wool2Yarn mini mill in Mornington. You can purchase yarn online or catch Cheryl at the upcoming Bendigo Wool Show.
If you like lace work or have a special newborn to knit for, Val’s yarns and handknits are what you need. Fine alpaca yarn in natural tones spun within 50km of the farm.
The softness of the yarn belies the happiness of the animals. Read all about our farm visit below.
Australian Rare Breed Sheep Project
Here is one for the spinners and Fibre artists. The Rare Breed Sheep Project lists farms that raise heritage breeds, playing an important role in maintaining the diversity in an environment where commercial breed has become very selective.
If you are after a fleece to spin for your project, or would like to learn more about alternative breeds I highly recommend having a long browse through their fantastic site.