Maddie, her husband Neil, and their daughters Bella and Iona (and their families) manage an organic flock of Cheviots across two farms
one, Coulmore, here on the Black Isle and the second, Rhidoroch, on the west near Ullapool. They have been farming organically for many years and, sadly, the fleece from their flock fetches less than normal Cheviot (so that even with clipping done by the family, mostly Maddie, they have had very little return for their fleeces). As a family they are very keen to see all the products from their land being well used and they are delighted that I am able to add value to their wool (as well as paying a good rate directly to them).
Cheviot wool is traditionally thought of as only fit for carpets, however this is really not the case if fleeces are carefully selected. I have picked first clip hogg fleeces from the Coulmore flock and the resulting yarn is strong but beautifully soft and smooth. I’m looking forward to working with Coulmore wool for many years to come!