Listed below are all the wonderful people who support the Australian textile industry and have product licenced with the Australian fibre Collective. Click on their photos to visit their websites. PLEASE support our licensees as they have supported our Australian Farmers, Processors and Artists. Click Here to go to a list of all the products licenced with the Australian Fibre Collective
Licensee no. 0001
Cashmere Connections is a family owned and run business. Cashmere Growers,Trisha and Charles Esson, formed Cashmere Connections in 2003 in response to the lack of processing facilities in Australia to value add to the Australian Cashmere Clip.
Located in Bacchus Marsh, our factory houses an extensive range of top making equipment as well as our dehairing machinery. Using this equipment, the skilled staff at Cashmere Connections are able to prepare a range of natural fibres for worsted, semi- worsted and woollen spinning.
00001 Alpaca Top
00002 Alpaca Fill
00003 8 ply Merino Yarn
00004 Suri Locks
00005 Coloured Wool Tops
00006 16.4um Merino Wool Tops
00007 Merino Wool Tops
00008 Dehaired Cashmere
00009 Cashmere Sliver
00010 Silver Mohair
00011 Berringa Blend
00012 Kingston Blend
00013 Merino / Cashmere Blend
00014 Dinky Die Gossamer Blend
00070 Fairview Polwarth top.
Licensee no. 0002
Karoa Fibres is family run business producing a range of products based on natural fibres. The business is run from the family property "Karoa" just outside of Corowa within the Southern Riverina district of NSW.
Running a large flock of coloured sheep, Sue and John have been breeding sheep and value-adding to the fleeces for over 35 years.
00015 Raw Fleece
00017 Commercially Spun Blend
00018 Handspun Yarn
00019 Dyed Commercial Yarn
00020 Dyed Handspun Yarn
00021 Commercially Knitted Products
00022 Handcrafed Products
Licensee no. 0003
We are a specialty fibre-processing mill located at Macclesfield just outside Melbourne in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges.
Our aim is to provide the opportunity for alpaca breeders to value add their own fleeces by having them processed to their requirements. We can process your individual fleeces separately or your entire fleece clip with the latest “state of the art” fibre processing equipment.
We are focused on producing quality luxurious alpaca yarn, batts and bumps which highlight the magnificent natural colour range available from the alpaca
00023 Carded Bumps and Batts
00024 Dyed Carded Bumps and Batts
00025 Natural Coloured Yarn
00026 Dyed Yarns
00027 Finished Products
Licensee No. 0004
Tabandy Farm is home to a flock of rescued and preloved liquorice-all-sorts flock of sheep, and camels, producing beautiful wool rovings and yarn for textile artists, felters and spinners. Tabandy Farm custom dyes for craftspeople and textile artists. Tabandy Farm products also include Lincoln longwool and Mohair for dolls hair, and Linwassi rare breeds yarn. Tabandy Farm offers group workshops and entrepreneurial small business programs ‘from paddock to fleece’ for schools from preschool through to high school. Teacher development day enquiries are also welcome
00032 Raw Fleece
00034 Handspun Yarn
00035 Knitted Garments
00036 Felted Garmets
The Lucky Ewe
Licensee no. 0005
WE LOVE TEXTILES - spinning, weaving and dyeing, as well as crochet and knitting and the Studio door is open on a very limited basis. We are usually spinning or weaving and we're always happy to demonstrate or help you out with techniques or thoughts!
00037 English Leicester Raw Fleece
00038 English Leiceste Top
00039 English Leiceste Yarn
Paddock to Product
Licensee no. 0006
Paddock to Product is a husband and wife team based in North Queensland. We have a passion for textiles, combining traditional and non-traditional methods when creating One Of A Kind (OOAK) pieces.
We start with the raw fleece straight off the animals back. We gently wash, comb, card, dye and spin the fleece by hand. A slow methodical process that gives us full control.
The fibres allow us to manipulate it to create an organic feel and design. Imperfections add to the uniqueness. Fibre lends itself to contemporary, modern and functional items like felted cloche hats for those cold days and pot socks to put your potted plants in.
Paddock to Product produces spun wool, felt and felt items, crochet and knitted wearable art.
John and Sue Sandeman
00078 Hand crafted products
00079 Hand spun Fibres
Great Southern Yarn
Licensee no. 0007
Great Southern Yarn was launched in 2017 by Jennifer Smart and Andrew Wilshire. It was created as a 100% Australian Yarn, with animal welfare, sustainability and ethical values integral in the production of our yarn ranges. Our SRS merino fleece is single origin, sourced from a mob of 130 sheep at Mt Bodangora, NSW. Both the Huacaya and Suri alpaca fleece are also sourced from single origin producers. Fully processed in Victoria, Great Southern Yarn is luxuriously soft, perfect for hand knitting and crocheting garments and accessories. Our yarn is available in a range of 38 undyed and hand-dyed colourways.
00028 SRS Merino Yarn
00029 SRS Merino / Alpaca Blend Yarn
Pirate Purl Yarns
Licensee no. 0008
Pirate Purl Yarns are dyed by Katrina Kellett in her studio in Newcastle, Australia.
Katrina dyes yarn in small batches, carefully handling each skein. She uses acid dyes with food-grade citric acid as the setting agent. All the dye is exhausted from the dye pots, so there are no nasties going into drains and it is possible reuse the water in the dyebath multiple times.
Once the dye process is complete, the yarn takes a short wool wash soak to ensure all the citric acid is removed. The yarns have not had any 'superwash' treatment and must be washed gently by hand in cold water as they are feltable.
All yarn bases have been sourced from small Australian producers who guarantee humane treatment of their livestock. The yarn bases licenced by the Australian Fibre Collective are grown by Cloverleaf Corriedale Stud. Cloverleaf is a small farm in Bullengarook, Victoria whose business is underpinned by concepts of growth, quality and generosity.
00030 4 Ply Corridale Hand Dyed
00031 8 ply Corridale Hand Dyed
ORA Designz Alpaca Knitwear and Accessories
Licencee no. 0009
ORA was born through a combined passion for natural fibres and textiles
ORA Co-founder Carolyn’s association with alpacas started in 1993 when she started Windella Alpacas. Windella’s breeding aim was one of quality alpaca producing high quality coloured fleece with an emphasis on the production of true-black.
Later in life, with the development of the Windella herd, love of alpaca and their fibre, her passion for natural fibre rekindled and with a chance meeting with ORA Co-founder, textile artist, Jo, in 2010, the pathway was laid.
Jo has a life long interest in textiles and their creation. Textile and garment creation have followed through the generations in her family. The magic of spinning opens Jo’s horizons to creating fabric especially using natural raw fibres, with an almost exclusive use of alpaca and incorporating other luxury natural fibres such as silk, cashmere, fine merino or qiviut.
As kindred spirits their passions collided, ORA was born and together they have taken alpaca from the grazing animal to the production of soft, lustrous yarns and an exclusive textile range of luxurious, sustainable, classical and unique garments and accessories.
00040 Alpaca Handspun Yarn
00041 Alpaca and Wool Handspun Yarn
00042 Alpaca and Cotton Handspun Yarn
00043 Alpaca Handspun Yarn - PACO MOLINO
00044 Alpaca and Wool Handspun Yarn- PACO MOLINO
00045 Alpaca and Cotton Handspun Yarn- PACO MOLINO
00046 Alpaca Yarn Commercial
00047 Alpaca Rovings
00048 Wool Roving
00049 Cotton Link
00050 Alpaca Home Furnishing
00051 Alpaca and Wool
00052 Alpaca and Cotton Home Furnishing
00053 Alpaca Hand knit/felt garmet
00054 Alpaca and Wool Hand knit/felt garmet
00055 Alpaca and Cotton Hand knit/felt garmet
00056 Alpaca felted Hat
00057 Alpaca and Wool Felted hat
00058 Alpaca and cotton felted hat
00059 Alpaca Fibre
The Odd Sockery
Licensee no. 0010
The journey began with the importing of an Antique Gearheart Circular hand cranked Sock Machine Circa 1904, brought back to working life from its previous American Museum home.
The Odd Sockery was born as a partnership between friends Janine Wilson and Leanne Wills who have both worked with, and been lovers of fibre since childhood.
Now with the circular sock machines they are creating socks and other assorted items, limited only by their imaginations.
00060 Pure wool socks
00061 Hand Spun Yarn
Licensee no. 0011
Nestled in a picturesque valley in North-East Victoria, Beersheba Farm is home to several breeds of sheep: Merino, two rare breed stud flocks (English Leicester and Drysdale) and Castledale - a new breed we are developing specifically for the handcraft market to provide an Australian alternative to some popular imported wool types.
Focusing on the hand-spinner and fibre-crafter, our aim is to supply home-grown quality raw fleece, hand-dyed wool and yarns. All our processing is done in Australia with all the wool used being from our farm.
Our products are sold direct to woolcraft customers both locally and overseas, including raw fleece, scoured/washed fleece and the combed top (the stage before yarn). The washed fleece and combed tops are sold either undyed or hand-dyed at Beersheba Farm.
Our products are sold through our website: www.beershebafarm.com.au
00062 Raw Fleece from Beersheba Farm
00063 Wool tops sourced from Beersheba Farm
00064 Dyed Tops Sourced from Beersheba Farm
00065 Dyed Carded Bumps and Batts
00066 Handspun Yarn
00067 Dyed Handspun Yarn
Cloverleaf Corriedale Stud
Licensee no. 0012
Cloverleaf Corriedale Stud is located in the Macedon Ranges, 50 minutes from Melbourne. The sheep move about the property remaining in family groups. They are inquisitive and friendly = happy sheep, and they are moved from paddock to paddock by calling them; low tech and low stress. All money raised by the fleece, tops and yarn is re-invested back into their care and to improve the property they call home.
As the CLOVERLEAF founder, Ronelle does more than wrangle sheep. With more than 10 years of organisational and research experience, she’s obsessed with developing and supporting fibre communities with authentic, ethical products. In her spare time Ronelle also supports animal rescue, enjoys a good red wine, and runs a B&B."
00068 Raw Fleece
00069 Worsted Yarn - corriedale
Granite Haven Gotlands & Llama
Licensee no. 0014
Granite haven Gotland’s was conceptualized in 2008
The journey of the Gotland’s was realized in 2010 in the idealistic Strathbogie ranges with the first drop of Gotland lambs in 2010. We are in central Victoria 1 .5 hours from Melbourne.
Our focus was to realize the paddock to customer relationship. The sale of fleece, raw or dyed, rovings, top, and yarn no order too small. Cheryl dyes all the products at the farm.
The relationship of customer service and farm visits legitamizes that we are 100% Australian grown and processed. Totally traceable.
The Gotland fibre journey has extended our social circle introducing us to many talented people.
Our products may be purchased on line at www.granitehavenllamas.com.au and at farm on pre arranged visits
00071 Raw Gotland Fleece
00072 Dyed Gotland Fleece
00073 Gotland Top
00074 Wool Rovings
00075 Rovings wool / Llama
00076 Yarn processed
00077 Handknitted products .
Licensee no. 0016
Ethical Outback Wool by Coonong Station is the only Certified Humane wool producer in Australia and also Responsible Wool Standard Certified. We use only our wool grown on Coonong Station, in the Riverina in Southern NSW. Ethical Outback Wool is created and owned by Sophie, Kimmy and Maggie. Our aim is to produce quality Australian-made, ethical woollen products that reflect the true natural characteristics of Coonong Station's white and coloured Dohne Merino wool flocks.
00087 Wool Tops.
Tin Dragon Cottages
Licensee no. 0018
"In our alpaca shop, fibre from our own small alpaca herd has been washed, opened, carded then condensed into a continuous sliver/roving using a small electrical mini mill.
All Tin Dragon Cottage’s power is generated on site using a 4.7kW micro-hydro system, 17.5kW ofsolar PV and 27kWh Tesla battery storage. Hence our fibre mill can operate independently of the grid. Furthermore we harvest rain water from our buildings' rooves and recycle all our grey water (including water from our fibre mill) on to our paddocks. We use on organic methods in our paddock maintenance."
00078 Washed & Carded Alpaca
00079 Handspun Alpaca Fibre
00080 Handspun and Hand Dyed Alpaca
Licensee no. 0019
Shropshire Sheep, a British Breed from the border hills of Staffordshire and Shropshire, originated from a horned breed, with black points. The fleece was highly sort after. Farmers decided to cross with Southdown to remove the horns, then the New Leicester was used. Producing the Shropshire sheep of today. A medium sized sheep, gentle nature, used in Orchards, etc. The Downs fleece approx. 4 inch in staple length, is easy to spin, resilient, can be plied with other fleece. I use the spun fleece for knitting anything. Micron ranges from 23 upwards. Lambs fleece can start at around 18 microns. Of course each sheep has its own individual micron. Shropshires come in white and coloured. My flock is 100% Australian. Been in Australia since some time in 1800’s
00104 Hand dyed Yarn
00105 Knitted products from undyed and Dyed Yarn
Fibre Arts Shed
Licensee no 0020
Fibre Arts Shed, located on the beautiful NSW Central Coast hinterland, is owned by Clare and Paul Thornley. They supply a range of fibres for all types of craft and also offer a fibre processing service. Clare and Paul are particularly excited about their FAST Fibre Collection. FAST (Fibre Arts Shed Traceable) Fibre for Slow Craft is their initiative to make available to their customers locally grown and traceable wool and alpaca fibres. FAST Fibres are sourced and processed by them in small batch runs at the Fibre Arts Shed. A portion from the sale of FAST Fibre will be donated to the Yerin Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Centre, which has been providing primary health care to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community on the Central Coast for the last 25 years.
00081 Raw Wool and Alpaca
00082 Carded wool and alpaca.
00083 Natural and Dyed Mohair curls
00084 Handspun yarn
00085 Knitted, crocheted and woven products
The Sock Maker
Licensee no 0022
The sock maker is Janine Wilson, an artisan based in Central Victoria who hand makes a range of socks on her antique circular sock machines.
These machines date back to the early 1900's.
Janine uses the beautiful fleece from her small flock of coloured sheep to produce yarn and create quality unique Australian pure wool socks.
She also makes a range of wool blend, hand dyed socks and other items on the machines, including beanies, gloves and scarves.
00086 Socks and Beenies
Licensee no 0025
Tarndwarncoort is one of Victoria’s oldest surviving homesteads + the continuation of one of Australia’s oldest family sheep farms.
Today, the Dennis family still grow wool + invite you to share the farm’s bucolic setting.
00088 Polwarth top Natural
00089 Polwarth top Hand Dyed
00090 Polwarth Fleece
00091 Polwarth Yarn (commercially spun)
00092 Polwarth Yarn (Handspun)
00093 Sheepskin (polwarth)
00094 Sheepskin (Merino)
Licensee no 0027
Rangiora Corriedales is a boutique, family-owned and run sheep stud based on the outskirts of Melbourne. Rangiora means ‘place of peace’.
We breed, show and promote the wonderful Corriedale breed. Corriedale fleece combines the softness and bounce of pure Merino with the lustre and long staple of the Lincoln Longwool. We are proud members of the Australian Corriedale Association.
Our aim is to improve our bloodlines, breeding true to standard. We have created a productive, harmonious environment for our sheep, incorporating ethical farming practices. We love happy sheepies!
Corriedales are gentle, easy-care animals and are wonderful mothers. Our Corriedales produce heavy cutting, bright fleeces, with good length staple and an even crimp. Average micron 25 to 30, average fleece weight 6kg.
Rangiora produces quality raw fleece on a small scale, perfect for the spinner, felter and fibre artist.
We are proudly sponsored by Vitec Organics.
Rangiora promotes the advancement of women in agriculture and we love to support local and Australian grown.
100% homegrown in Victoria, Australia.
00111 Corriedale Fleece