Alpaca Wool - The perfect wool tops for spinning, felting and Crafts
At The Wool Room we sell a wide variety of alpaca wool tops, perfect for a range of creative crafts.
All our Alpaca tops are perfect for spinning, weaving and felting. What's more, all our fibres are 100% British and 100% natural, which makes them perfect for dying. Because they don't contain synthetic fibres, they retain dye incredibly well.
The versatility of alpaca wool
Our alpaca wool is scoured and combed creating the perfect parallel fibres for your spinning wheel. This removes dirt and ebris from the wool and produces delightful, uncontaminated fibres perfect for spinning, weaving and felting or for contemporary textile techniques such as embellishing, along with many other wool crafts.
Because our alpaca wool is completely natural, it's a really versatile felting material and can easily be blended with our other wool tops to achieve innovation with felted fabrics.
So get hold of some alpaca wool tops and get creative - you can make felt broaches, felt bags, felt hats and even felt slippers or use the wool for a huge range of other creative crafts.
Types of alpaca and their wool
There are too different types of alpaca; Huacaya and Suri. Huacaya is the more familiar breed of alpaca and has a crimp in the fibre. The Huacaya breed of alpaca wool feels soft and fluffy to the touch. Suri is a dense fibre and has long silky pencil like locks.
Each of these offers very different characteristics when it comes to making garments.
Huacaya wool tops from The Wool Room are available in three different thicknesses - coarse (approximately 29-30 microns), medium fine (approximately 25-26 microns) and finally fine spinning wool (about 23-24 microns)
Suri tops from The Wool Room are made of silky lustrous fibres and measure approximately 23-25 microns.
Why is alpaca wool different from normal wool?
The micron count with alpaca is slightly different from the micron count in sheep's wool. A slightly coarse count of alpaca fibre will feel soft enough to wear next to the skin, where as sheep's wool fibre over 30 micron may feel al little rough/itcy. This is because alpaca is a hair and not a true wool meaning it is a flatter, silkier fibre.
Making garments with alpaca wool
Our alpaca wool comes in a number of different colours including ivory, chestnut and fawn.
Enjoy spinning yarns from our alpaca tops to create garments such as alpaca wool jumpers, hats, gloves, scarves or baby blankets.
Alpaca works well when blended with other fibres, especially when wanting to achieve a bulky or chunky yarn quality. What you're making will then dictate which fibre is suitable for each project. In other words, knitted or felt fabrics that will be close to the skin and need to have the 'no itch factor' need to be a lower micron quality. The higher the micron count, the more durable the product will be to pilling and general wear, great for outerwear that needs to stand the test of time.
The Wool Room's coarse alpaca wool is suitable for creating things such as overcoats, cardigans, jackets, suits and blankets as the fibre is less prone to pilling, yet strong, warm and soft.
The Woolmark logo is a quality mark that means products are made of 100% wool and have met other quality standards as specified by The Woolmark Company. Only selected items on this website are accredited Woolmark products.
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