Lexington Woolies Cormo is sourced from a sheep/alpaca farm in southern Tasmania - named Lexington. The owners are local farmers who prioritise providing a brand with ethically sourced wool and superior fibre quality. They do this by being a part of the whole farm to yard production process and ensuring responsible, sustainable practices in animal welfare and land management.
Sheep fleece varies in quality depending on the climate, animal management and the genetics of the animal. The Tasmanian climate is unlike any other state in Australia, therefore with their superior breeding program and climate, the Lexington product is unique to the farm.
We now have both the undyed and the Cormo Colourway available for sale.
The inspiration for the colourway comes from the surrounds of the Lexington farm with its earthy and autumn tones.
The order of the colour names and inspiration behind correspond to the skeins left to right in the following image. Please note that screen displays do vary in colour display.
Olive & Oak: Olive &Oak was inspired by the sheoak casurina trees that the Lexington Woolies sheep shelter under.
Bronze: Throughout the summer months the tall native paddock grasses form bronzed seed heads and ripple in the drying winds.
Russet Russet : was inspired by the shearing shed's rustic iron roof. The shearing shed was built in the early 1920s. It still awakens for the clip today.
Burnt Umber : Trevor, a thoroughbred, has assisted with stock management in the bush for many years. His flash of colour moving through the bush is reflected in this colourway.
Fawn: Fawn is the colour of Lily, the first Lexington alpaca. Now bonded to the cormo flock, her starting role was to protect and lead.
Bone: Bone was inspired by the sandy bay to which Lexington looks to. The bay is a shallow tidal bay, situated on the south-east of the Derwent Estuary with oyster beds and Palawa middens surrounding its shoreline.
Stone : The mountain to which Lexington sits below is formed from fossiliferous mudstone and shelters the Lexington flock from the Westerly winds. Stone was inspired by our daily walks, spying the fossils within the slowly eroding boulders.
Silver gum: Silver gum was inspired by the colours of the critically endangered Morrisby’s gum (Eucalyptus morrisbyi). Unique to Tasmania, there were only 43 mature trees of this species left in the wild in winter 2022, split across two locations on Hobart’s eastern shore. Lexington is part of a program to save these trees and contains 10 trees growing onsite.
South sea :South sea was inspired by the water in the bay to which Lexington looks to. The bay is shallow and is situated on the south-east of the Derwent Estuary.
Haynes: Sidney and Elsie Haynes were Alice's (The founder of Lexington Woolies Tasmania) great grandparents and built Lexington. The colour 'Haynes' was inspired by the rustic patina of the farm buildings built in the 1920s.