Pembrokeshire single farm yarn

by Sara John in Swansea, United Kingdom

Pembrokeshire single farm yarn
We did it
On 18th December 2021 we successfully raised £754 with 22 supporters in 28 days

I've taken wool from my friend, Luke's farm in Pembrokeshire to a mill in Ceredigion to be processed into a 100% Welsh yarn.

by Sara John in Swansea, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

The initial target would only cover around a third of the total processing costs.

The stretch target would hopefully cover two thirds. 

The more I raise, the more it would allow me to pay my friend a premium for his raw wool. And also, the less savings I'd have to dip into (saved to pay for more/different wool batches to turn into different yarns).

This crowdfunding project will help me raise some of the upfront cost of the wool processing for this very special batch of yarn.

Getting raw wool processed into a usable yarn isn't cheap, but it is a very worthwhile project- I can't wait to offer a fully traceable Welsh yarn, from a lovely blend of 3 different breeds, all coming from the same farm. 

The wool

All of the wool for this yarn comes from a farm on the Pembrokeshire coast. Luke has a pedigree flock of Llanwenogs, a small pedigree flock of Blueface Leicesters, and a commercial flock of sheep which includes Welsh Mules.

The wool was shorn off lambs on September 1st, to help them grow over the autumn & winter months ahead, ready for breeding next year. Lambswool is always the best shear off Welsh sheep, as it's not had the harsh Welsh weather battering the fleece. 

The batch for this project will be a blend of 3 breeds- Llanwenog (a rare breed, and the finest wool of any pure Welsh breed), Welsh Mule, and Bluefaced Leicester.

The yarn

The finished yarn should be medium-fine quality (due to breed characteristics), and it will be a DK weight. It will be undyed, and I'm hoping it'll be of an ecru colouring; there may be slightly darker colouring here and there, due to the characteristics of the Llanwenog breed.

The finished yarn should be perfect for dyeing, knitting, crochet, and hand-weaving.

Rewards & donations

I'm offering different amounts of yarn as rewards; most of these will be undyed as it comes back from the mill, but I will be hand-dyeing one special batch of a limited edition "Crowdfunder" colourway. The reward prices include postage costs (Royal Mail). The yarn rewards actually work out cheaper than how much I'll eventually be selling the wool for, so they'll be like a type of introductory offer. 

Plus, I'm offering some hand-spinning demonstrations as rewards too. 

In addition- people are also welcome to just donate to the project too, you don't have to choose a reward if you don't want to. I thank you in advance for your very kind generosity if you choose to do this. 

Every pledge I receive is greatly appreciated, and I thank you in advance for helping me make my dreams a reality. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

0 of 50 claimed

10% off Voucher for 2022

This voucher entitles you to 10% off purchases at events I'm at with my Woolly Wales stall in 2022, and it also has a code to use for my Etsy shop throughout 2022. T&C's Voucher must be presented at time of sale. Voucher can be used as many times as you like. Voucher cannot be used in stockists (Neath Valley Wools & Dunvant Farm Shop, currently) or secondary selling events (Wool & Willow Festival).

£10 or more

0 of 20 claimed

50g of yarn

50g of undyed woollen yarn (including postage).

£15 or more

2 of 30 claimed

100g of yarn

100g of undyed woollen yarn (including postage).

£25 or more

6 of 25 claimed

200g of yarn

200g of undyed woollen yarn (including postage).

£100 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Hand-spinning demonstration & talk

This reward is for a 2 hour hand-spinning demonstration & talk. It could be for a WI evening, a craft fair, etc or just for a group of your friends interested in traditional crafts. It is eligible for any event you are organising within a 2 hour travel time of Swansea. The reward cost is equal to my travel costs & time. Please contact me to arrange a date.

£20 or more

10 of 10 claimed

100g of hand-dyed limited edition yarn

1 x 100g skein of woollen yarn, hand-dyed in a unique "Crowdfunder" colourway (including postage).

£50 or more

5 of 5 claimed

500g of yarn

500g of undyed woollen yarn (including postage).

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