Mudchute Association is a registered charity formed to preserve the natural habitat of the area and to promote educational and leisure activities. I’ve had the delightful opportunity to work at Mudchute Farm, giving weaving and handspinning demonstrations.
There are also several other farms located in the city of London where you can escape to for a few hours and return to nature.
Southern Alpacas in New Zealnd offer their quality fibre to handspinners. Their website includes helpful information for spinning and blending alpaca with other fibres to create special yarns.
Beartooth Spinning Ewe
Trudy and Rey Shunk breed llamas and tell a story about the birth of Armond. They also offer processed llama fiber and spun yarns.
Blackmoor Vale Alpacas
Blackmoor Vale in South West of England, breeds alpacas and offers clients with all the services required to set up their own successful alpaca enterprise.
Cottonwood Farm Alpacas
A rainbow of coloured alpaca clouds await the handspinner. Fawn, cinnamon, rose grey, white brown and black provide fibre for those who insist on quality.
You Tube – Alpaca Preparation
Llama wool is soft and warm and has no lanolin, perfect for handspinning.
Designingfibers has both raw and clean llama fiber for handspinners, their own handspun yarns, and other supplies for the weaver or knitter.
Heartland Country Store
Alpaca fiber was called the “Fiber of the Gods” by the ancient Inca civilization. Heartland Ranch has a wide variety of alpaca fiber, yarn and other products.
Llama Question & Answer Page
Mountain Lehman Llamas, answers various questions like: What are their feet like? Do they spit? and Could I have one as a pet?
Lone Juniper Ranch Alpacas
Lone Juniper Ranch has a web cam located in one of their barns and the photo is updated every 5 minutes.
Misty Hill Farm
Both millspun and handspun alpaca yarns, in a rainbow of colours.
One of the oldest alpaca ranches in the U.S has lovely alpaca yarns, sweaters and other products.
Odyssey Llamas’ Fiber Corner
Odyssey Llamas have both raw and washed fleece and roving, in a wide range of natural colours.
Pacific Northwest Alpaca Association
Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho breeders provide information about alpacas and work together to improve the breeding and marketing of alpaca products.
Alpaca is blended with silk, mohair and merino wool to create luxurious yarns .
Rocky Bay Alpacas
Rocky Bay Alpacas is situated on the NE coast of the North Island of New Zealand. This site provides a wealth of information on raising alpaca as a cottage industry.
Snow Drift Farm
Take a llama trek in Cape Breton, NS. They also offer mohair and llama fibre processing services.
Wool-n-Wings goal is to breed llamas to preserve the pure llama line.
Have you had the pleasure of spinning or weaving with alpaca yet? If not, you’re in for a treat.
Alpaca was treasured by the Inca royalty. When the Incan civilization ended, the llama and alpaca populations diminished. South America has revitalized the population and recently has allowed alpacas to be exported.
An average adult alpaca weighs about 100 – 175 lbs and their life span is about 20 years. They are timid and gentle creatures, making them wonderful as pets (if you have the space for them).
Alpaca fiber is stronger and warmer than wool, yet lighter. It comes in over 20 natural shades and is soft as cashmere. It has a high lustre and takes dye well. Alpaca is popular for use in sweaters or clothing as it does not have the itchiness of wool.
Alpaca fiber can be processed easily as there are no guard hairs and doesn’t contain lanolin. It can be used alone or carded and blended with wool, silk or cotton.
There are 2 types of alpacas and can be identified by their fiber characteristics. TheHuacaya fiber is crimpy and quite dense. The Suri fiber is straighter and more lustrous.