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The Alpaca Loom - Processing


It is a long road - From the fiber grown on our beautiful alpacas to the finest handmade item.
See here how it works:

Shearing

We have been tending to our alpacas for the whole year.
Now, in September every year we at Manor House Alpacas are finally reaping the reward - a clip of super soft lustrous fiber.

Sorting

During shearing the different qualities are already bagged separately, to prevent contamination of the prime part of each animals fleece, the blanket or saddle.

Cleaning

Although the animals are cleaned with a blower before shearing, some contamination - mainly vegetable matter - remains. It gets picked out by hand.

 

Carding

Currently we are using a hand carder to align all the fibers for easier spinning and a smoother yarn.

Spinning

The process of turning fiber into yarn. We use Ashford spinning wheels to help us with this.

 

Washing of yarn

Now the fiber gets washed the first time in the form of yarn. This makes handling a lot easier and prevents the individual fibers from felting.

Weaving

Two sets of yarn, warp and weft, are interwoven to form a fabric. We use table as well as floor looms.

 

Washing of final product

This process is also called scouring or fulling.
The individual strands of yarn a starting to form more of a woolen fabric.
 

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