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Lichen dyed (crottle) Shetland tops ready for you to spin 25g/100g packs, very soft, bronze golden, British grown, all natural dye

+ $7.26 shipping
+ $7.26 shipping

Made in Enniskillen, United Kingdom

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25g and 100g packs of British grown Shetland wool tops dyed with locally gathered (County Fermanagh) 'Crottle' lichen, using the ancient Irish/Scottish Islands method of layering in the vat. This dye process took 3 days. The over all effect is golden/bronze and is mottled due to the dye method.

I collect lichen in the winter on woodland walks near my home, so the carbon footprint for this fibre is very small indeed.

Crottle imparts a nice fresh heathery scent to the fibre that never leaves it. That's how you can tell if you have genuine Harris tweed, as the scent will stay with the cloth as long as you have it. But lichen is not now used in the production of Harris tweed as it once was because demand outstripped supply on the islands. Crottle is however one lichen that can safely be gathered without endangering the species, and all mine is collected from wind fallen wood.

In both 25g and 100 gram packs.

From my smoke free, pet free workshop.

Overpayments on postage are refunded upon dispatch.

    Average review
    These wool tops have the most wonderful scent from the lichen dye and the colour is so beautiful. Thank you so much for the speedy delivery too!
    Jun 8, 2018 by Jodi Osborne
    Absolutely beautiful shades of toffee / caramel browns achieved by the ancient magic of plants. Wonderfully mottled with such interesting colour variations, really so earthy and organic in its look, just what I was hoping for, for my little fiber woodland creations. The fiber smells so clean and is super squishy ..and also, I think I might have found the loveliest seller on Etsy. Service and items are beyond superb. Thank you incredibly Sarah ...everything is SO appreciated.
    May 4, 2018 by Anne-Marie
    Wonderful fibre and great customer service, as always. I really love the subtle colours that Sarah obtains with her crottle dyeing.
    May 3, 2018 by J B

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