Alpaca/Llama fiber washing services! OR here are the llama's tips for washing Camelid fiber!

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Alpaca/Llama fiber washing services! OR here are the llama's tips for washing Camelid fiber!

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We are happy to wash our wool for you. The charge is $5 per pound. 

Now, onto the fun stuff- Dalai Llama's tips for washing Camelid fibers!

Never tried washing camelid fiber? Now's a great time to give it a go! It is a much more resilient fiber than most people think! Here is how the sheep wash camelid fiber: 

WATER TEMPERATURE:I use warm water, a little warmer than luke warm - to wash camelid fiber. There is no need for blasting hot water since the fiber does not have any lanolin- as in sheep wool. With warm water, you are able to 'mess with' or move the fiber around with out worry of felting too. Yey! 

SOAP:A dab of Dawn dishsoap, laundry soap, or I like to use Orvis paste soap (an animal shampoo). 

Washing: Fill sink/top loading washer with warm water, soap of choice. Add the fiber, making sure it all soaks down into the soak. Let soak for about 1/2 hour, then set washer to spin.... (no agitation!) 

Refill sink/washer with warm water, add fiber, let soak for 1/2 hour or so. Before you spin this out, go ahead and swish the fiber around a little, this helps loosen some of the dust those stinkers like to collect. 

Repeat until you are happy with the cleanliness of the fiber. 

Allow to dry and wa-la. If you plan to dye the fiber, pop into your dyepots with out drying.... just have fun! Fiber is an adventure & there is no wrong way to work with wool!! 

Got questions? We are just an email away- and love talking fiber..... ;0)