The Cotswold Wool Company

The Cotswold Wool Company

This Crowdfunder campaign secures funds for The Cotswold Wool Company, who aim to revitalise the historic Cotswold wool industry.

£175 raised of £500 target 35 %
9 supporters 11 days left
This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by 4:18pm 9th July 2017

The Cotswold Wool Company originated when the owner, who lives in and grew up in the Cotswolds, could not find any wool spun from Cotswold fleece, with which to knit.

The Cotswolds have a long history for wool production stretching back to Roman times and in a similar vein to the regeneration of wool industries in other areas, The Cotswold Wool Company would like to help kickstart a resurgence in popularity of this fine and once famous wool.

The company aims to source and purchase fleece from the (unfortunately now rare) Cotswold Lion breed of sheep from local farmers, giving them a fair price for their fleece. Once purchased the fleece will be sent to our organic producer Gathenor in Wales who process the fleece and then send it to the Natural Fibre Company in Cornwall to be spun into luxury organic knitting and crochet yarn. 

As an aside, we would like to start a social enterprise part of the business where we would train a group of house bound knitters whom we would then pay to make beautiful items for the home, made in their own home, thus giving them a dignified way to support themselves doing something they love. After suffering from an anxiety disorder for years, this part of the business is extremely important to The Cotswold Wool Company who wish to run workshops to train local people.