Alpacas l-o-v-e rolling around in their paddock, which means that all those minute pieces of grass / twigs / dust / lucerne, etc. often get caught up in their fleece.
|One of 15 bags of fibre waiting to|
be cleaned of vegetable matter
|Slung out on the chicken wire, it is easy to|
dispose of the vegetable matter I pick from
|The vegetable matter falls through the chicken|
wire to the waiting base of the AFST below
|Oh - so incredibly soft...|
The fibre is almost melt-in-the-mouth soft - oh, I can't wait to start working with it.
As the 2nds and 3rd fibres are not as long as the 1st, I am going to felt them. Felting alpaca fibre is easy, and there any plenty of You Tube videos demonstrating the technique. Once the fibre is in a felted "sheet", it can be cut to any pattern and sown as per normal fabric.
|This is the picture of the loom|
I found on Gumtree. If I remove
the legs, then I can keep it in
the house, and placing it on top
of our dining room table, I can
weave away whilst we watch TV
in the evenings.
But, before any of the above can happen, I need to finished cleaning out the VM, and then it is off to the fibre mill for processing.