Even though we’ve got a workshop full of monstrously expensive equipment that can spin fleece to yarn a hundred times quicker than I can do it by hand, I still enjoy handspinning whenever I get the chance.
Alpaca fibre is a dream to spin with, although the raw fleece can be a bit of a pain because of the amount of dust and vegetable matter. To get around this, we produce rovings – long ‘sausages’ of washed, dehaired and carded fibre – which are much easier and more enjoyable to spin with.
So in a couple of evenings you can go from this:
And if you add in a simple loom, another afternoon or couple of evenings can take you to this:
How totally amazing is that? We’ve got all the fibre and equipment you need, and we hope to be starting some Saturday workshops in the near future where we can show you all need to know to spin a yarn and weave a scarf (and much more).