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April 24, 2024 3 min read 1 Comment


[gwlaːd] noun, Welsh

From the Old Welsh gulat and Middle Welsh gwlat, Gwlad means country, nation or land.

The wool for Gwlad was purchased and collected by us from certified organic sheep flocks in Wales, Scotland and England where the farmers received a fair price for their social and environmental responsibility and commitment to animal welfare. The grading and sorting was carried out in Cardigan and then sent to Yorkshire for scouring. We have chosen breeds native to Wales, Scotland and England - Lleyn, Hebridean and Romney and given the resulting yarn names representing the land in Wales, Scotland and England.

— Sally Davies, Founder


From the Welsh word for home, this creamy, delicious white tone is reminiscent of our own farmhouse, nestled into the side of the hill.

50% Lleyn, 50% Romney


Meaning "owl" in Welsh, Gwdihŵ is reminiscent of the silvery white barn owls that reside in our hay barn, swooping across the farmyard at dusk.

Marl: two ends of Cartref twisted with one end of Colomen form a cool, silver and white marl.

3% Hebridean, 48% Romney, 48% Lleyn


Byre is the old english word for a cow barn, and we think this shade is just like the old stone walls of a traditional outbuilding.

Marl: two ends of Colomen twisted with one end of Cartref to create a slightly more silvery marl.

7% Hebridean, 47% Romney, 47% Lleyn


Colomen is Welsh for dove, and this delightful semi solid heathery grey is a beautiful neutral, perfect for colourwork with the bolder shades or on its own in textured stitches.

10% Hebridean, 45% Romney, 45% Lleyn


Welsh for farm, Fferm is a heathery marl, reminiscent of the old stone building on our own farm, some of which have stood for hundreds of rain soaked years.

Marl: two ends of Colomen twisted with one end of Shieling.

23% Hebridean, 38% Romney, 38% Lleyn


A traditional English word for a stable or livestock shed, Shippen is a moodier marl with a sense of harsh brooding.

Marl: two ends of Shieling twisted with one end of Colomen.

37% Hebridean, 32% Romney, 32% Lleyn


A Shieling is an old Scottish word for a mountain shelter or hut used whilst shepherding in the wild Highlands of Scotland. It's the perfect name for this dramatic shade of grey, the hint of warmth in the tone brings a little light to the darkness.

50% Hebridean, 25% Romney, 25% Lleyn


From the Welsh village of Blaenau Ffestiniog, this marled tone reminded us instantly of the dramatic, beautiful landscape of the North Wales slate mines. Like the dense layers of stone, this marl brings depth and texture to your knits.

Marl: two ends of Shieling twisted with one end of Mawn.

67% Hebridean, 17% Romney, 17% Lleyn


Dotted across the harsh landscape of the Hebrides, traditional blackhouses are small dwellings constructed of stone, meant to protect against the blustering weather of the North Sea.

Marl: two ends of Mawn twisted with one end of Shieling.

83% Hebridean, 8% Romney, 8% Lleyn


Welsh for peat, mawn at first glance is a black yarn, but beneath its exterior shows a rich, warm dark brown tone. The Hebridean sheep that lent us this wool are well used to the harsh landscape, this is sure to keep you warm and toasty.

100% Hebridean

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1 Response

Eileen Brown
Eileen Brown

May 07, 2024

Dear Garthenor

I love your wool but please check your geography!

The Hebrides are very far from the North Sea! Your Blackhouse description needs amending.


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