About Us

Blacker Yarns and Blacker Designs were launched in 2008 as brands of The Natural Fibre Company, our specialist wool mill at Launceston on the Devon-Cornwall border. NFC makes all the yarns we use for the Blacker brand.

The mill specialises in adding value to fleece supplied by farmers and turning it into high-quality knitting yarn which they can sell for themselves and generate a new or growing source of income from their flock. The Natural Yarn Company has been created to help them achieve this.

Although we have been spinning wool at The Natural Fibre Company since 1991, the services we offer have changed dramatically since 2005 when managing director Sue Blacker and her family bought the company from its previous owners.

When we moved the company from Lampeter in Wales to a new home in Cornwall at Launceston on the Devon border, it signalled the start of a minor revolution. Our first addition was automated scouring. In 2007 we introduced worsted spinning, and in the summer of 2008 added an on-line shop and a dye plant.

 

As well as matching specialist colours supplied by customers, the dye plant also produces its own range of yarns in a range of colours carefully created to tone with the natural fibre colours. The knitting patterns on the website have been created to echo this philosophy.

 

Although the business has been mainly funded by family and private investor support, along with some bank finance we have also benefitted from support from BWMB, DEFRA, ESF, European Union Objective 1, RDPE, SFI, SWMAS and UKTI.