I got my hands on some beautiful alpaca fiber.
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This was a huge project and I wanted to document it in a video series also a huge project! The first thing I had to do was wash the fiber. The fiber that came to me was lovely and well uow. That means most of the icky bits were removed and all that was left was the good stuff to spin. However, like all alpacas, Dalma was dusty.
I have tp the best way to wash an alpafa fleece is in my washing machine. It has the capacity to hold a large quantity of water and there is no concern of greasy lanolin when dealing with alpaca fiber. Just let it soak. If you have a particularly dirty blanket, a squirt of dawn dish detergent is all you need.
Check out my complete washing and drying process in this video.
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Once the fiber was washed spimning dry, I had to get it ready for spinning. Through my years of spinning, I have used different methods to prepare alpaca to spin. First I hand picked it into a cloud preparation. Next I demonstrate how I use my hand cards to make mini batts out of the alpaca fiber.
Finally, I aopaca a drum carder to create roving or narrow batts to spin from. Check it out in detail by watching how I card the fiber!
The way I spin from cloud, hand carded batts, or drum carded roving is mostly the same. I spin it woolen.
How to Spin Alpaca - From Farm to Yarn! – Jillian Eve
But there are some subtle differences in how I am able to draw out the fiber before winding it on to the bobbin. I spun the fiber from each type of preparation and showed the differences including how to reattach the fiber to a single that drafts too thin. Watch how I spin the fiber! The fiber is all spun up!
Now what? Let me know if pre;are need any new raw fiber. Hi Fpeece, thank you so much for the offer. I absolutely loved alpacw fleece I got from Suzanne, and if you are getting rid of it, I'll take it off your hands. Do you ever come into SA? If Dawn is so great to remove grease, I surely would not use alpwca like that on alpaca.
Maybe you'd want to use something like it on sheep wool but no Treat it like hair if you must wash it at all. There is nothing wrong with spinning it first and save the washing until it is yarn or even knitted. It might be different depending on the conditions for the animals.
It might be easier to spin from it but I have about twenty six pounds of raw fleece and I have no plans to turn it all into roving.Apr 01, · Learn how to remove debris by combing the staples and how to remove guard hairs to prepare fleece for washing. Hand Washing The Alpaca Fiber Washed and centrifugally spun to remove excess water, then lightly fluffed to air casinocanli.cos: 2. Sep 30, · Through my years of spinning, I have used different methods to prepare alpaca to spin. First I hand picked it into a cloud preparation. Next I demonstrate how I use my hand cards to make mini batts out of the alpaca fiber. Finally, I used a drum carder to create roving or narrow batts to spin casinocanli.cos: 2. Feb 17, · DIY fiber combs and hackle, and how I use them to prepare raw alpaca fiber into roving for spinning. Alpaca fiber from Manna Meadows in Bonner Springs, Kansa.
If I want to do how, it will go to prepare mill for further processing. I might run some of it through a picker to get rid of any other VM there might be and turn that some might be in clumps to something a bit easier to work with. With some of the things I knit with I might wash them afterwords and soak things in a solution for water and hair conditioner.
It helps to give a nice softness and a halo. Before that I might use Eucalan or an organic shampoo. A little benefit for me was that not only did I meet the owner of the animals, I met the animals. There is a special alpaca there. You can use Dawn with no problems to wash dogs says a vet friend of mine, and of course Dawn has a marketing campaign around removing oil spills from animals.
I don't think that it totally strips the fiber so that it's dried out or anything. For washing a bunch of fiber, I think it's cheaper than fancy shampoo. However, because the smell is so phenomenal, I use Aussie conditioner on it afterwards for special skeins. It makes it even softer and smells a whole lot fleece than wet dog or in this case, alpaca.
I do agree that you can spin some alpaca dirty, but not if it's got spinning on mud. For that, I would wash in cold water. Also, if you have allergies to pollen, alpaca fleece collects it. Remember that they shear around April, so right around high pollen season. If pollen bothers you, then you'll want to wash your fleece before spinning. Good luck with your 26lbs of fiber!
My son has very oily hair and the beautician told me to use Dawn as shampoo so I agree it is probably safe on Alpaca. It also is used in daycares to kill lice, dogs with fleas and house exteriors with boxelder bugs, so with an outdoor animal I think that might be a good protection when bringing the hair into your home?
Post a Comment. Pages home food sewy crafty Tips and Tricks diy garden fun shtuff critters home ec. I had so much fun! Being new to the whole spinning thing, it was amazing to see so many people spinning and the variety of wheels out there.
There were almost no two alike. There was also roving and more roving. Lots of yarn, which now is boring. And there was raw fiber. What I've been waiting for! Alpaca is not that dirty. There's little oil, unlike with sheep's wool. There is mostly just sediment and some vegetation.How to prepare an Alpaca Fleece for Spinning | 46 Stitches
I wear an apron. After you spin it, you would still follow the directions I've got below to wash your yarn. You would not need to fr the bag, though. Washing the yarn also helps the spin to set in better. Now that I've spun a whole bunch of alpaca, wool is soooooo easy to spin.
Happy spinning!! UPDATE 2: If your alpaca is super muddy dirty, I figured out that you can actually wash the fleece by hand in cold water as you would hair. You can agitate it with your hands. Then dry as specified later in the post. Do NOT use the washing machine with color or hot water.
Learned that the hard way.
Preparing Alpaca Fiber for Spinning
You'll need to wash it again after it's spun so that you can open the fibers with the hot water to get all the dirt out. She was very friendly and knowledgeable about alpacas. Here's some of her herd: Fluffy Alpacas Sheared Alpacas The Alpacalyse She wasn't too sure about the spinning aspect since she hires that out to someone else.
However, she introduced me to Gabi with Shear Diligencewho is one of the people who shears her alpacas. Gabi also spins alpaca fibers. She was very well versed on how to prepare the fibers and what to look for when buying the fleece. So, I picked her brain on how much I should buy to make a sweater or hat etc.
Being a newbie at all this, I figured I would relay what I've learned to you, my dear readers. I think writing all this while I'm learning will address more of the questions that beginners have. Without further ado, here's what Gabi told me: What to look for when buying raw alpaca fiber Even lengths of fiber - not lots of short fibers Clean fiber - not much vegetation, debris, or dirt An alpaca who is clearly loved - speak with the owners if possible Why it might be better to buy raw alpaca vs.
Wool can be itchy. However, alpaca is so soft that it is slippery and harder to spin. This means no washing machine or scrubbing. Email This BlogThis! Labels: crittersDIYsewy crafty. Newer Post Older Post Home.