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The Border Mill Alpaca Project: Sneak Peek

Last September, we drove around The Scottish Borders to meet suppliers and family run mills were we met John and Juliet at their Micro Mill, The Border Mill in Duns.

John and Juliet are specialists at bespoke spinning of alpaca fibre as well as other rare sheep breeds. Incredibly soft hand feel and natural colours have the option to be spun to different weights and plant-dyed to earthy jewel colours.

During our visit we were quickly introduced to their herd of 30 alpacas, each one with wonderfully different characters and charms. The alpaca and mohair goats live in the most beautiful setting in the Scottish Borders surrounded by rolling valleys and roaming peacocks, truly idyllic.

I bought some beautiful natural coloured alpaca yarns and have been designing and experimenting with it since for AW15. We are now planning our next trip to The Border Mill to work on a special project … more to come soon!

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