Carding alpaca fibre ready for felting

In Room 2 this term our school learning focus has been the Alpaca on the school grounds and learning all we can about Alpaca in general.

We found out facts such as Alpaca came from Peru in South America and and that if they have blue eyes they are deaf.

We learnt about how to look after Alpaca – they need to be shorn yearly and have their toenails clipped, and their fleece can weigh up to 8kg.

We found out that Alpaca fibre (it’s not wool or hair) comes in a variety of colours and is softer and warmer than wool and can be used in clothing and blankets.

After our study, we have now got onto using the fibre that was collected when they were shorn earlier in the year.  We are carding the fibre at the moment ready for felting next week.

Carding is when we separate the fibre to get out the imperfections and bits of leaves and twigs.  We do this by carefully separating the fibre with our fingers and making the fibre light and fluffy – like clouds.IMG_2304 IMG_2306 IMG_2305

Next we get Jasmine Hayes to help us complete the felting… Next Tuesday … Watch this space…

Ok So we had Jasmine Hayes come in and help us with the felting of the Alpaca fibre.

First we took our cared fibre and we laid it one way then we crossed over it and then back the same way again so we had 3 layers.

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We then laid the layers in the bags and sprayed warm soapy water then we sealed the bag and rubbed and rubbed and rubbed for 20 minutes.  This helped the fibres hooks to hold each other to keep the felt together.

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We then washed out the felt with clear water and left them to dry.

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We are so proud of our creations.

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