About Sue and John

Sue & John Sue and John have lived in the Corowa district for some 20 years. As farmers of sheep, cattle as well as cropping it keeps everyone on the property well entertained no matter what time of the year.

Sue began her fibre journey at a CFA ladies committee meeting at Hoddles Creek, Victoria. The secretary was feverishly knitting handspun wool into a jumper. Sue was instantly fascinated raw fibre able to be transformed into a garment! Several weeks of spinning lessons started, and then suddenly, a spun length of usable yarn emerged. Sue became addicted and purchased her first spinning wheel, a Tara from New Zealand.

Now 30 years on, Sue is the creative driving force behind much of the output of Karoa Fibres. As someone who is passionate about being creative using natural fibres, she can regularly be seen sitting up in front of the fire either spinning, knitting, felting, crocheting with hands moving at lightning speed till the early hours of the morning. The business has grown substantially with a dedicated work room established ensuring continued quality products are created.

Sue is also an active member of the Corowa CWA and actively participates in the local craft gallery, Gallery 294.

John handles the logistics of the business, from hand feeding lambs to driving around the state attending the various markets. He is also committed and passionate about the black and coloured sheep industry, heavily involved as a committee member of the Black and Coloured Sheep Association as well as being an active member of the Rural Fire Service as a Group Captain with the Southern Border team area.

For a comprehensive list of the style of products that are available from Karoa Fibres, please see the Products page.

About our Sheep

The sheep's breed is a Merino/Bond cross. Up until 4 years ago this was a closed flock. More recently we have introduced some Bonds from a breeder in Henty to expand our colour range into the Moorit. Our focus has always been to produce a variety of natural colours.

Our flock of natural coloured sheep produce soft handling fleeces for spinning and processing into yarn. The colours range from black and grey to chocolate brown and fawn. We market fleeces, tops, yarn and finished products in a variety of natural colours.

About Karoa

Karoa is a property located 35kms North East of Corowa. A dry land property, Karoa is currently running approximately 150 ewes, 180 wethers and 120 young sheep on 204Ha (505 acres).

Substantial infrastructure has been put in place at Karoa since Sue and John purchased the property in 1989. Now established for both cropping and black and coloured sheep, the property has had a variety of former interests including cattle and traditional Merino sheep.

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