Louet has a strong relationship with Wadsworth Heap Ltd., stretching two generations deep. Together we have sourced 13 breed-specific fibers that handspinners often have a hard time finding. This collection is called the Canterbury Prize Wool Group, named for the city where the Coopworth breed was developed and for the sheep that the Van Stralen family raised for decades.
Wadsworth Heap is a fiber supplier in New Zealand that sells wool to very large buyers who are working with wool on an industrial level. They love the challenge of supplying the handspinner and have maintained their relationship with the Van Stralen family out of the respect for the handspinner's needs. The handspinning market offers them an outlet to sell naturally colored and breed-specific fibers. Wadsworth Heap is a seasoned wool supplier who chooses its fleeces with a critical eye. The wool is scoured in a modern scouring plant and carded with care on gentle machinery to maintain the fiber’s integrity and give spinners maximum enjoyment.
We are always on the hunt for new fibers that are of interest to the spinning market. We strive to maintain the highest quality and consistent quality of each type of fiber. Click here to learn more about fiber characteristics, Louet's available fiber preparations, and recommended resources.