Our Premium Merino Range

1/5 Our Merino

Merino is one of the world’s oldest breeds of sheep, producing extremely soft and versatile wool. Merino is breathable, and moisture-wicking, making it suitable for all seasons and a variety of uses.

Here at The Fabric Store, we love merino for so many reasons, especially its versatility and hypoallergenic properties, making it the perfect choice for babies and anyone with sensitive skin.

Our ZQ Premium Merino jersey range includes a spectrum of over 20 beautiful exclusive colours, which we refine and add to regularly.

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2/5 Origin — ZQ Merino

We’re taking local to a whole new level with our new ZQ Premium Merino range, produced in partnership with ZQ, the world leader for ethical wool. ZQ represents the wool of choice for world-class brands and stands for quality, sustainability and connection, from the ZQ farmers through to our home-sewing community.

This partnership allows us here at The Fabric Store to trace our merino right back to its source farms, connecting us to the values, vision and ethical farming systems that went into its production. Considered guardians of the environment, each of these ZQ farms maintain individual long term supply contracts with ZQ. These contracts provide sustainable wool price-points for farmers, meaning they are able to produce ‘fit-for-purpose’ fibre, be recognised for their values and ethical farming systems, and have income stability. We love that these ZQ contracts give us certainty that our merino is consistent in fibre quality, traceable to source, meets environmental sustainability benchmarks and adheres to animal welfare and social responsibilities.

3/5 Our ZQ Focus

This ZQ merino is milled for us by a heritage company, originally based in New Zealand and now located in Vietnam, with over 50 years in the business. We have a long and trusting relationship with this mill, which is a Bluesign System Partner and provides a MAPP performance guarantee. This company also adhere to social accountability practises based on the Social Accountability International SA8000 Standard, which provides safety and well-being standards for workers. These include safe workplaces and healthy working conditions, a living wage, an increased awareness of worker rights as well as enhanced relationships with management and more input in workplace decision-making. The company’s health and safety practises also adhere to the local government requirements of both office and production sites.

The resulting ZQ Premium Merino fabric from these partnerships is a super-soft 100% merino, 18.9 micron OEKO-TEX certified single jersey knit and we know you will love it! We are so excited about this new focus for our merino and will be releasing exclusive core colours over the coming months, whilst we slowly phase out our previous Premium 195gsm Merino quality. You’ll see a few colour favourites brought through in this new ZQ range, plus a bunch of seasonal short-run tones in the mix.

Learn more about our sustainability commitment here.


4/5 Origin — Existing Premium Merino 195gsm

We source our existing Premium 195gsm Merino from the same company as our new ZQ range, meaning it has MAPP accreditation and is also dyed using the Bluesign System. We are slowly phasing out this range, as we work on moving our core colours across to our new ZQ quality.

5/5 Uses

Our Premium Merino jersey has so many uses!

We love to use it for everything from sportswear and outdoor insulating garments, clothes and accessories for babies and children, to a range of fashion garments such as dresses, tops and layering pieces.

We have loads of fabulous ideas for Merino over on the blog, including pattern reviews, DIY projects and fabric guides.

Check out the blog here.