The Blue-faced Leicester

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During the 18th century in Dishley, Leicestershire, a breeder named Robert Bakewell breed a long wool breed of sheep first named Dishley Leicester.

Later on, the sheep name changed to Hexam Leicester and eventually the name changed into the Blue-faced Leicester. This breed of sheep has a dark blue skin which can be seen through the while hair, hence the name.

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Their staple length is between 8 to 15 cm and has some lustre. The fibre type is fine and soft to the touch.
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It has been suggested to blend this fibre with silk, flax and the black BFL.
The BFL on its own is less elastic, less fluffy and retain little memory.

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