Beyond yarn

Some of our customers sell their yarn on their websites or at Farmers’ Markets or Craft Fairs. Some use it themselves to make presents for extremely lucky friends and relatives, or barter it for bottles of sloe gin and all sorts of other goodies. Others make and sell fantastic knitwear, or woven or felted textiles.

But we realise that not everyone has the time or inclination for craftwork, so we’re developing a range of additional products and services for people who would rather have finished textiles than balls of yarn.

Handweaving

alpaca_scottieAlpaca yarn is just fantastic for weaving, which emphasises its softness and shine and the luxurious silky drape of the fibre. There are lots of ideas and illustrations of the type of thing we can make in the Handweaving section in Craft Corner.

Weaving costs depend on lots of variables, including size, yarn weight, pattern, and the number of items to be woven. A lot of the time (and therefore cost) involved in hand-weaving is in preparing the warp ready for weaving, so it’s much more cost-effective to weave several items from the same warp if possible. (But this doesn’t mean that they all have to be exactly the same – we can use different colours of warp and weft, and with weave patterns like twill, you can get lots of variation in pattern from the same warp.) The various permutations and combinations are almost endless, so it’s best to ask for a specific quote for whatever you have in mind, but the following will give you some idea of the sort of costs involved:

ItemSize (cm)Yarn needed per item (g)Cost for first itemCost per item for 2-5 items
Scarf25 x 180c. 250£70£45
Shawl75 x 200c. 750£120£95
Baby Blanket75 x 120c. 500£90£65
Blanket/Throw
– fine weave
– chunky
120 x 200c. 1200
£190
£160

£140
£110

Knitwear

qforquoiIf you fancy having a jumper, cardigan, knitted scarf or just a bobble hat made up from your favourite alpaca, please let us know. We’re developing a small range of bespoke handframed knitwear (that is, made using a simple mechanical knitting machine, but all controlled and finished by hand).
Examples and costs will be here soon.

Cushions & pet beds

Another great way to make good use of blanket fleece from older animals that might not be fine enough to use for yarn is to use it as the filling for cushions, pillows and pet beds (it can also be used for duvets, but we don’t have the right equipment for making those at the moment).

We can also use the waste fibre from spinning yarn for stuffing, provided it doesn’t have too much vegetable matter – so not thirds (the offcuts from the belly and lower legs, which tend to be very spiky and dirty) but the slightly coarser or shorter blanket fibre that’s rejected by our fibre separators and carders as part of the spinning process, so has already been washed. Again, please watch this space for further details.

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