Sheep and Alpaca Fiber Prep (In Person)
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Sheep and Alpaca Fiber Prep (In Person)

Join Darla Landfair and Mark Riehm of Warp and Woolens as they demonstrate how to prepare sheep or alpaca fleeces for spinning. The class includes how to scour (wash), dry and store fiber, while preserving the lock structure and minimize felting throughout the process; and how to card and comb fiber to prepare for spinning. The class will also explore strategies to kill wool moths, larvae and eggs, and prevent future infestations.

If students have cards or combs that they need help using or want to practice with, please bring them.

Bring your drop spindle or spinning wheel as well to try your hand at spinning your processed fiber. Cards and combs will be on hand for students to try out.  

Note- this is not a drop spindle class. Students will need to know how to spin if they want to spin what they prep. 


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:
Instructor: Darla Landfair and Mark Riehm of Warp and Woolens
Instructor Bio: Darla was apprenticed to a German lace maker at age 12 in Ripley, West Virginia after watching her for hours at a local fair. She taught herself to knit and crochet in high school with the encouragement of a local artisan. Her spinning journey began at age 30, when she met Maggie Casey at Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins in Boulder Colorado. Challenged finding soft wool yarns to knit a baby sweater for her first child, she attended Maggie?s beginning spinning class to learn to make her own yarn. Weaving classes followed soon after, and she has never looked back. She rediscovered her love of lace making and is active with the Rocky Mountain Lace Guild. Darla is also an accomplished costume designer, and assists with spinning wheel and loom evaluation and restoration. Mark?s fiber journey began with an interest in rope making and knots as a Boy Scout. In his early teens he took up macrame, making art pieces for his family and friends. In the late 90s he was inspired to become a weaver, expanding fibercraft demonstrations offered in the RenScots Living History Village, a Colorado Scottish heritage nonprofit. He has demonstrated tartan weaving and spinning throughout Colorado and the front range for nearly 25 years.

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