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Lustre Breeds

Lustre Breeds

Lustre wool sheep such as historic Wensleydale, Teeswater, Cotswold and Black Leicester Longwool, are amongst the most distinctive British breeds.  Tall and elegant with long lustrous ringlets of wavy fleece, their fibre is smooth and sleek with a distinctive silken sheen.  Due to the long fibre length this yarn has wonderful drape, which softens with washing.

Despite their glorious fibre Teeswater, Wensleydale, Cotswold and Black Leicester Longwool are all listed as either ‘at risk’ or ‘vulnerable’ by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.  These breeds are an important part of our heritage, with Cotswold and Leicester Longwool dating back to the 13th and 17th centuries respectively.  The fibre used in our Tamar range has been bought directly from UK based small producers, who are working to preserve these special sheep. 

We offer lustre yarns in both DK and 4-ply, as limited edition single breed yarns when available or in our Tamar range combining carefully selected lustre fibre from several breeds with 30% Cornish Mule.

For more detailed information on TENSION/GAUGE, please refer to the 4-ply and finer, 5-ply guernsey yarns, Double Knitting, Aran and Chunky pages which give data on needles and swatches. Our yarns are usually either in 50g balls or 100g skeins, as described on the Details tab on each individual product page.