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Dyeing Crafts looks at Carding

Written on October 16, 2013 at 6:31 am

Previously I have talked about skirting and scouring (June 2013). So what is the next step? Once your fleece is completely dry it’s time to tease and card it. Teasing is simply opening up the fleece which you can easily do by hand by pulling the fleece apart and fluffing it up. Carding can be  Continue Reading »


Skirting and Scouring

Written on June 21, 2013 at 5:43 pm

It has been a hectic few days sorting through the alpaca fleeces and putting them into some sort of order.                   The next stage will be to skirt them ready for scouring. Our alpacas are very beautiful – but they are very dusty as they love to  Continue Reading »


Alpaca Shearing Day!

Written on May 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm

This is the big day for the alpacas – haircut, pedicure and if necessary tooth trim! We shear our alpacas once a year in early summer. Whilst some of the herd enter the shearing area fairly calmly but cautiously, others resist and are positively rebellious! They lie down refusing to move, they kick, scream and  Continue Reading »



Written on March 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm

This is Pearl last year before shearing. I have had a very busy week dyeing the fleece of our beautiful alpaca called Pearl – isn’t she cute! After the shearing, her fleece is laid out and skirted to remove the bits of straw and excess dust.                    Continue Reading »