Bluefaced Leicester, BFL, Hexham Leicester, Bluefaced Maine, Blue - Headed Maine
- No it's not really blue ( I know you were wondering about this!). This breed gets it's name because there is an illusion created by a haze of white hairs over their rich, black skin
- The BFL fleece is a favourite among fibre artists due to it's fine, longwool fleece, that is silky and lustrous. The fleece is very versatile: it's fine enough not to be scratchy, durable enough to wear well, shiny enough that dyes produce shimmering colours and is moderately feltable.
- The fleece blends well with other fibres. It is great for sock yarn (yay! I love socks!)
- It's natural colours are white with recessive black gene that can show up to produce individuals with black or grey fleece.
- They have a clean head/face, legs, and belly (free of wool).
- And finally their wool is springy in appearance (like little corkscrews) which is called "tightly purled" or "fine cord"
- They look very cuddly (authors personal opinion only)
The fleece and fiber sourcebook. Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius