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Lustre Blend is our first custom fibre blend, created from carefully chosen luxurious fibres that embody the qualities we love: softness, warmth, bounce, texture and colour brilliance.
British Bluefaced Leicester wool (known as BFL) is a favourite native British sheep breed due to the fineness of its fibres, and was a natural choice for our first fibre blend. The fleece has a subtle lustre, unique to the breed, which gives it a beautiful depth of colour when dyed, and its long staple-length of around 90mm makes it a dream to spin and resistant to pilling. Our Bluefaced Leicester has been superwash treated for added resilience and softness.
British Wensleydale lustre wool, another traditional British breed, has a drape and glossy sheen quite unlike any other wool, often likened to mohair. We added a touch to our blend because of the incredible shine and intensity of colour of the fleece when dyed, thanks to Wensleydale sheep's distinctive curly, lustrous locks.
Natural grey merino – Merino is a firm favourite with spinners and knitters for its fine fibres. By adding this unusual untreated grey merino, we've given Lustre Blend not just warmth, softness and crimp, but a hint of tweedy texture. Our grey Merino is non-mulesed, and sustainably farmed in South America. The fleece is then milled in the UK.
Grade A Mulberry Silk is the final ingredient in Lustre Blend, chosen for its luxurious softness, drape and shine – but not just any silk. Mulberry silk is a cultivated silk made by Bombyx Mori moth, which has a diet of Mulberry leaves! It is finer and brighter white than more common Tussah silk.