Bearford Originals is a collaboration between Fu of the Bearford flock based in East Lothian and Sarah of Woolly Originals, a textile designer in Edinburgh.
The yarn for Bearford Originals comes from the East Coast Organics farm, a Biodynamic Association organic certified food producer in the East Lothian countryside near Haddington. The farm also raises forty-seven sheep and seven alpacas at the foot of the Lammermuir hills. This Bearford flock includes Jacob sheep, Shropshires, Wensleydales, Wensleydale x Shropshires and Wensleydale x Jacobs.
The wool fleeces and alpaca fibre are GOTS certified organically woollen spun at the Natural Fibre Company. Our 4-ply yarns sold in 25g cakes are either undyed or colourfully plant-dyed on the farm by ourselves using materials either locally grown or foraged, or purchased from ethical suppliers. By selling a smaller sized yarn cake, we hope to be able to offer our beautiful organic yarn to a wider range of knitters, crocheters, embroiderers and crafters. We are also planning to provide patterns for our yarns to knit hats, cowls and mittens based on the botanical designs of Woolly Originals.
Our yarns, with names inspired by nearby East Lothian villages, are available in three 4-ply bases, both dyed and undyed:
- Whittingehame White – a pale cream yarn of 50% cream Jacob wool and 50% cream Wensleydale x Shropshire wool;
- Garvald Grey – a light grey yarn of 50% mixed Jacob wool, 25% pale cream Wensleydale x Shropshire wool; and 25% Wensleydale x Jacob wool; and
- Morham Mix – a flecked greyish brown yarn of 50% Jacob mixed wool and 50% alpaca fibre.