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Solitude Wool came into existence in 2006 when Gretchen Frederick and Sue Bundy, both shepherds of small flocks in Loudoun County, Virginia, discovered they were thinking about the same thing: make breed specific wool yarns from some of the many fleeces that were languishing or being thrown out by small farms we knew.
We started very small and very slow, making the first two batches of yarn from the breeds we each raise: Romney and Karakul and then another from the first clip of a friend’s Leicester Longwood lambs. In the beginning Sue washed every fleece by hand and all our sales were at farmers markets in DC and Virginia.
Now we are five partners!
Gretchen Frederick, Kim Pierce, Debbie Deutsch, Kathy Reed and Sue Bundy
We sell nationally and occasionally even internationally, through our website, wool festivals, fiber conferences and events...and still at farmers markets in the late fall. We have quite a bit of wool (!) and are thrilled (and relieved) to have warehouse/working space nearby.
Our used baby box truck named Tinkerbell, makes traveling to shows much easier and we have some really wonderful help with the many, many tasks that go into producing our yarns and roving. We have to thank our special customers who support our efforts to promote wool. Many of them volunteer with us as well.