Blue faced leicester

Blue faced leicester (pronounced lester) is one of the largest and most prolific of the British longwool breeds. This breed had its origin in Hexam in the UK, at the beginning of the 1900’s. The sheep is predominately white with lips and mouth predominately black.

A longwool breed has a staple length of 3-6″. They have a fairly fine fiber diameter of  24-28 microns. The fiber is dense. The result is a high quality luster yarn.

Fleece

 

The name blue faced come from the white hair on the black skin.

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