What is Lavenham Blue in the 21st Century?
Lavenham Blue is a colour created by The Woolpatch using woad (Isatis Tinctoria). Lavenham Blue not only celebrates the wonderful history of woad use in East Anglia but also attempts to replicate ancient and local wool traditions. The use of woad (Isatis Tinctoria) also known as dyer’s woad, can be traced back to the blue broadcloth made nearby in Lavenham in the 16th Century and further back to Boudicca and the Iceni Tribe in AD60.
Type 1 Yarn: The Lavenham Blue Collection
A Non Commercial Yarn. A local fleece which is fully traceable: One Collection a year
This is know as the Lavenham Blue Collection and comes with a date and fully traceable yarn. I will have sourced the fleece myself from a local shepherd and sent it for manufacturing at a Mill in Yorkshire where it's turned into hanks. But before you get to knit with it, I dye each hank myself using woad to get those lovely blue colours!
My first collection was the 2020 Collection. The fleece for the 2020 Collection came from a small, mixed flock of Bluefaced Leicester and Romney sheep. The flock were from a farm in Newton, Suffolk, 10 minutes from my shop in Long Melford, Suffolk. After Covid, our second collection was in 2022, a mix of Ryelands and Cheviot from a farm 5 minutes from my house which I discovered during my lockdown exercise runs. The 2023 Collection is from a flock of Wensleydale. This type of yarn is only available once a year from August.
Type 2: Commercial un-dyed Yarn - This can be any type of yarn such as Merino, Bluefaced Leicester etc and can come in different sizes such as 4ply, DK, Aran etc. This is sourced from the main big yarn undyed yarn companies in the UK such as Chester Wools, Rooster Yarns, Laxtons and World of Wool. They supply yarn to Independent dyers across the world. This type of Lavenham Blue is available most of the year.
I will use Royal Mail to send out all orders. They will all be sent out as a 'Small Parcel' due to the size. You will have two choices of delivery and a flat rate, regardless of weight to try and make it as easy as possible and not so expensive for you.
You will have a choice of postal options when you get to the checkout page. Your order will be sent out using new paper packaging rather than plastic parcel bags.