Fleece Processing Techniques
1030 - 1330
This 3 hour workshop will take you through all of the main processes from the raw fleece to fibre ready for spinning into yarn – literally a journey from sheep to ‘knitwear ready’ in one session.
We will provide a wide variety of fibres and processing equipment for you to try such as alpaca, lamb locks and various raw sheep fleece. Learn to make batts, rolags and roving ready for dyeing, felting or to take straight to the spinning wheel to turn into yarn.
The session is suitable for both absolute beginners learning from scratch and also those with some prior knowledge, who will be able to develop new techniques using the processing equipment on a variety of unusual fibres. Feel free to also bring some of your own fibres along if you would like to make some truly unique art batts!
We will explore various areas such as;
- How to skirt/sort and grade the fibre
- About micron count and staple length
- How to wash and dry the fibre
- How/when to use a wool picker
- How to - hand and drum carders
- What is and when to use a Diz
Once you have attended a fibre processing class you might decide to go straight on to the dye workshop in the afternoon and to use all of your freshly processed fibre. Click here to book https://pinkalpaca.co.uk/products/processing-dying and receive to receive the £20 discount on the half day rates.
Alternatively you could also choose to book in a spinning tuition class www.pinkalpaca.co.uk/products/spinning-for-beginners-121-tuition