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Isle of Iona PA76 6SJ
Telephone. 01681 700 001
Email. info@Ionacraftshop.com

Iona Wool

Sorting and Spinning

  The sorters have strict standards - around 40% of the weight is discarded to ensure a high quality yarn of which we can be proud.

- Gathering the fleece
- Previous occupants
- Working together
- Sorting by hand
- Sewing the bales

Working in teams of two, using our hands more than our eyes, we feel our way through each fleece removing any coarse or matted sections. The fine grade fleece is compressed into bales for transportation to the scourers, and then on to Lightowlers, a family firm that have been spinning for four generations. They spin our yarn using traditional mule spinning.

This beautiful, natural, high quality yarn is made possible thanks to the cooperation of crofts and farms throughout Iona."
- Woolly hat
- Traditional Mule Spinning
- Mark, Master Spinner
- Winding the cones

With all the different breeds mixed together, our yarn emerges as a warm, rich, natural grey - the collective colour of the island flock. We’re looking forward to seeing the subtle shifts in colour that each year will bring as individual crofters make adjustments to their flock, and perhaps one day a trained eye will be able to identify the different vintages in a line up of IonaWool garments. To complement the natural grey we have also had the wool dyed into a small selection of colours.

You can see more pictures in the Gallery section.