The Hollow Tree Spinners (Illinois) study alpaca fiber from farm to yarn.

 

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Members of the Hollow Tree Spinners enjoy a day at J4 Alpacas.

Photos courtesy of Sharon Krengel. 

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In April, members of the Hollow Tree Spinners had a chance to visit J4 Alpacas in nearby Woodstock, Illinois. Jean and Jim Morgan spent the morning showing the guild around the farm and introducing the alpacas. The spinners left with some tips on selecting the right alpaca fibers for their needs. They also took home some beautiful new fibers to spin! The guild followed up the visit with an alpaca spinning workshop during its May meeting. Members were encouraged to bring a variety of fiber preparation tools to experiment with during the meeting. The workshop included information on washing and preparing alpaca for spinning as well as advice on blending alpaca with other fibers.

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