The Dennis family (Wendy, David, Alastair, Jemma, baby Pippa and Tom) run a Polwarth sheep and wool growing enterprise on their historic Birregurra property ‘Tarndwarncoort‘, established 1840 in Western Victoria.
The Dennis’ produce Polwarth fleece, tops, yarn and skins for craftspeople around the world.
The most recent addition to the range of items available is a knitting yarn – “Origins”. Watch this short film to allow us to introduce the people, the sheep and the heritage behind this yarn.
Buy Polwarth woolcraft supplies direct from the Farmgate Woolshop or though the webstore.
Polwarth sheep were developed by Richard Dennis at Tarndwarncoort in 1880, by crossing Saxon Merino sheep from Tasmania with Victorian Lincoln sheep. This progeny was then joined back to the Merino and bred to a fixed type. These un-mulsed sheep were named Dennis Comebacks and later renamed Polwarth after the local electorate.
They are Australia’s first breed of sheep.
The annual shearing is in March.
Our coated Polwarth natural coloured wool is a dream to spin. Elite quality fleece staple length is from 12cm to 14cm. Export quality 10cm – 12 cm. Natural colours range from white through the silver greys, mid to dark greys and black. We also have browns from tan to chocolate in colour.
Orders for 2020 fleeces are now open. Please download the PDF Order Form here.
Australian grown and manufactured.
Carded and combed in Australia, our tops are approx 6cm – 10cm wide. Sold in 100gm bags or by the required weight. Colours include natural white, silver grey, brown grey OR hand dyed. They are also blended with silk, natural colours or hand-dyed.
Create with Australia’s pastoral heritage.
Our four and eight ply Polwarth yarn is worsted spun and sold in approximately two hundred gram hanks. The natural wool colours are white, silver grey & dark brown. These colours are also available hand-dyed in a wide range of colour effects. A colour chart is available on request.
100 meters 8ply = 60gm
100 meters 4ply = 28gm
Majacraft Spinning Wheels
We are distributors for the stunning Majacraft range of spinning wheels, looms and fibre tools. A small family business in New Zealand, Majacraft aim to build tools that are easy for beginners to use and place no limitations on the creativity of skillful spinners and fibre artists.