What is Bluefaced Leicester?

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We have recently added Bluefaced Leicester yarns for hand-dyeing to our collection. 

Bluefaced Leicester is a breed of sheep which was first developed by Robert Bakewell in Leicestershire in the 18th century. For a long time, the breed was predominantly used for meat, but the wool is becoming increasingly popular among hand-spinners and hand-dyers.

The wool is curly, fine and soft.

Bluefaced Leicester ewe and lamb

Photo: Bluefaced Leicester Ewe and Lambs, @Wikipedia, @Magic Foundry, used under creative commons licence. 

Chester Wool purchases Bluefaced Leicester fleeces from small farms across the UK and processes the fibre into beautiful yarns for hand-dyeing, knitting and crocheting. 


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