Using Wild Goldenrod as a fiber Dye I truly love using wild, natural plants for dye. Experimenting with common pasture plants can be so rewarding, especially if it’s a brand new adventure with plant material you have never used to dye with before. Yes, it is easier to purchase commercial dyes but where is [...]
Completed in June, 2013, my new fiber studio really is a dream come true in every way imaginable! It required a lot of thought and a lot of planning but it has become a much needed "retreat" in my hectic life. It's a place where creativity takes over and where passion fuels the flames of production. [...]
I wash a lot of fleece here in the fiber studio. With a large herd of alpacas, the annual clip ranges from 800 to 1,000 pounds of fleece each year. In order to process that much fleece, there are obvious steps to be taken in order to make final, high-quality end products. Washing the fleece [...]
it Starts with the Fleece! This is what 12 pounds of 100% alpaca in medium brown looks like when the picking room is filled to overflowing! Like me, many of my friends process fiber and fleeces at home with cottage industry equipment, then hand-spin their own yarn. I really enjoy being able to process [...]
As a beginning hand-spinner, most of us learned to spin from roving. As a general rule, roving is easier to control and much easier to draft. As a new spinner, there are tons of things to remember all at once and the learning curve can be overwhelming. That's precisely why roving is easier for most [...]
Great care is taken to ensure the best hand-spinning experience possible with our roving and cloud. Our best fleeces are hand selected for uniformity and softness then professionally skirted to remove second cuts, shorter fibers and naturally occurring pasture impurities. Each fleece is commercially processed right here at A and A Alpacas to remove small pieces [...]
Are you able to accurately identify guard hair in a raw fleece? Why is identification important? Guard hair is a tremendous negative for hand-spun yarn. Learn to identify it so it can be removed. If you are a fiber grower or producer, being able to identify guard hair is important to the future of your [...]
Knitting, crocheting, hand-spinning hailed as "the new yoga"