Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Alpaca the fun fiber!

Working with Alpaca fiber is truly amazing!. Alpaca can be blended with so many other fibers to make a true unique blend of yarn. There are many forms of Alpaca fiber that can be dyed to creative colors. I have found that Fawn, White and Even Grey Fleece dyes really well. I have also found that spinning huacaya fleece is easier then suri fleece. Suri is slippery and harder to spin. If you are a new spinner, I would start out spinning with either with a coarse fleece, then move on to the huacaya fibres.

Felting is another cool craft that can be done with alpaca fiber. I just recently dove into Nuno Felting and wow, LOVE IT!!!!!!!

Weaving with 1 ply alpaca yarn is also pretty cool. I wasn't sure if it would handle the reed action, but it did great and has held its own.

If you get the chance try spinning or working with alpaca fiber. You will truly love it.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Alpaca Girl!

    I am excited to join your new blog! I have to tell you that I am so happy with my new Ashford Traveller Spinning Wheel. I spent 2 days finishing it and putting it together, and then I sat down and spun my first spool of yarn. Then I spent a week in Vermont and spun on my daughter's wheel. I have to tell you that it is much easier and a lot more fun spinning on my Traveller. I love it!

    Can I post pictures here? I wanted to post pics of my wheel and the yarn I have spun.

    Anyway, congrats on your new blog. Chat with soon!