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Angora Q&A
Angora rabbit History, Do Angoras Offer Me An Opportunity?, That Little Animal – The Angora, How Can I Get Started?, What Equipment Do I Require?, How, and What Shall I Feed?,

Angora Rabbits and Their Wool

Angora Rabbits: Hippity Hoppity Fiber Pets

The Angora Rabbit – Kindle
A complete guide for the amateur and professional rabbit keeper. This guide will give you complete information on hutches, feeding, managing your buck and doe, as well as diseases and their treatment.

Angora A Handbook for Spinners
For those who want to raise an angora rabbit for its wool.

Completely Angora
This book, though geared towards Angoras and thus having detailed information on coat care, knitting, etc., is also FULL of expert advice on all apsects of rabbits and their care.

The Nervous New Owners Guide to Angora Rabbits

Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits, 4th Edition

The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn

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Angora Scarf: aa091897

My angora rabbits have produced some lovely fur that I have spun into singles yarn. I used a core spinning technique for this yarn. For the core, I used a fine silk singles that I attached to the leader.

core spun angora yarn

Holding a small amount of the angora fiber, I spun the silk singles through the angora in my hand. As the silk spun onto the bobbin, the angora spun around the silk yarn creating a lightweight but strong yarn. For this project I plan to use this yarn in the weft and make some scarves.

To keep angora from flying around and getting all over my clothes as I’m working with it, I place a small linen towel on my lap. If I need to get up in the middle of the project, the angora fiber can be wrapped up in the towel easily.

I am using a standard twill pattern for this project as the angora yarn will provide sufficient texture and interest. The scarves can be woven in the twill treadling as shown in the draft or in tabby ( 1-3, 2-4)

twill draft

Weft:

Handspun singles angora yarn

If angora is not available, try using mohair or another soft fine yarn such as merino wool or alpaca.

Weave in twill for a length of 60 inches and leave a space of 12 inches for fringe (6 inches per scarft), before starting the next one.

Finishing:

Cut between each scarf length and twist or braid the ends prior to washing. Wash the scarves in hot, soapy water. Rinse in cool water. The angora fiber will full and fluff out with this treatment.

I generally do not dye angora prior to spinning as I find that the angora matts quite easily and then is much more difficult to handle. As these scarves are small, they will be fairly easy to dye even as a finished project. After washing, I place the scarf in the hot dye solution and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. This method of dyeing will not give an even colour because the fiber absorbs the dye at different rates at different temperatures. The dye solution in the bottom of the pot is hotter than that at the top of the pot. My rabbits are also multi-coloured so when dyeing the wool, a lovely variegated colour will result.

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Angora Rabbit Books

Angora: A Handbook for Spinners

The Nervous New Owners Guide to Angora Rabbits

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Angora Rabbit Fibre: angorarabbit

Angora bunnies are cuddly and their fluffy fiber is a delight to spin.

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Angora On-line Technical Manual
This site is dedicated to your success and happiness with Angora rabbits. Advice is given
on breeding, feeding, wool block, mites and grooming.

Cornerstone Fibres – Rocky Meadow Rabbits
Rocky Meadow Rabbits has info on rabbit care, bunnies for sale and of course, fluffy fibre
for sale.

The English Angora Resource
A good collection of info about feeding, grooming and showing your rabbits.

Folklore Fibers
Folklore Fibers raise angora rabbits and also provide a fiber processing service.

Little Angora House on the Prairie
Angora rabbits, angora goats, spinning fibre and handgrown items.

Litter Box Training
Yes, you can train your pet rabbit to use the litter box. They do like to chew furniture, though.

Handspinning Books: Angora Rabbits

Angora Q&A
Angora rabbit History, Do Angoras Offer Me An Opportunity?, That Little Animal – The Angora, How Can I Get Started?, What Equipment Do I Require?, How, and What Shall I Feed?,

Angora Rabbits and Their Wool

The Angora Rabbit – Kindle
A complete guide for the amateur and professional rabbit keeper. This guide will give you complete information on hutches, feeding, managing your buck and doe, as well as diseases and their treatment.

Angora A Handbook for Spinners
For those who want to raise an angora rabbit for its wool.

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Angora Rabbits: aa031797

Angora rabbits have long been the pets of kings and emperors. They are believed to have originated in Turkey and were bred by the French nobility.

Angora rabbits are known by 4 general breeds. Each breed has a slightly different type of fur quality. English Angoras have very fluffy ears, called furnishings. The fur is quite fine and has very little guard hair.

The French Angora fur contains quite a bit of guard hair. However this doesn’t have to be removed before spinning as it gives the finished yarn a very fluffy and “spikey” quality.

The German Angora was developed through selective breeding, resulting in a rabbit with very high fur yields. Its fur is strong enough for commercial processing.

The Satin Angora has a medium length body. It’s wool is very shiny and covers the body, except for the head and ears. They are good-natured and make great pets.

Angora rabbits come in many colours, from pure white, peachey cream to black.
Angora rabbits shed their fur naturally. They grow 3 to 4 layers of fur and shed these every few months. Depending on weather and other environmental conditions, they may shed just the outer longer layer or they may shed it all, leaving only pink skin. The loose fur can be removed by brushing or gently plucking or clipping with scissors or shears.

Because the angora rabbit has been specially bred for its long fur for many centuries, they would not survive for long in the wild. Their fur would get tangled in the underbrush, making them easy prey for predators. Their long coat also makes them prone to woolblock, a condition where the shedding fur is ingested by the rabbit, making the bunny quite ill. Once they begin to molt, the angora rabbit will try to remove the fur himself. This is why angora rabbits must be plucked regularly. The plucking or pulling the fibre from the rabbit does not hurt – as you begin to pull, the fur naturally loosens from the skin and comes off easily. Yes, the bunny will look like he totally bare and does not harm the animal – the fur grows back very quickly.

Angora fiber is hollow, giving it insulating properties. Because it is about seven times warmer than sheep’s wool, it is usually blended with other fibers, such as wool or silk. Angora fiber is quite clean, so it can be spun almost directly from the rabbit. A bit of hand teasing may be required to straighten the fibers before spinning. The yarn is washed after spinning. It can also be carded with wool and then spun. Core spinning is another good method for spinning angora.

Angora rabbits are loved for their exceptional fur and also for their personalities. They make excellent pets and can be litterbox trained. Life with a rabbit can be amusing.

Joy of Handspinning – Angora Rabbits
A Web Ring for Rabbit Breeders

Raising Angora Rabbits

Angora Rabbit Books

Angora Q&A
Angora rabbit History, Do Angoras Offer Me An Opportunity?, That Little Animal – The Angora, How Can I Get Started?, What Equipment Do I Require?, How, and What Shall I Feed?,

Angora Rabbits and Their Wool

The Nervous New Owners Guide to Angora Rabbits

Angora: A Handbook for Spinners

The Angora Rabbit

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