The Price Of Llama Wool Yarn

Discussion in 'Fiber Arts' started by Belly Acre, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. Belly Acre

    Belly Acre Well-Known Member

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    I have a person who is wanting me to sell her llama wool yarn that I process and spin myself but I have no idea of what to charge? Is it sold by ounce or by length? I really don't want to sell myself short as I really don't have a lot of time to do all this work and would like some compensation for all the work I have to do.

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
    Emily
     
  2. carellama

    carellama Well-Known Member

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    I sell my 2 ply llama yarn for nothing less than $5.00 an ounce. I got some from a lady one time that had dyed it. However, I really like the earthly natural tones myself and surprisingly sell all I can spin at town festivals and church bazaars and word of mouth. It is fun!!!! I also sell raw fleece. It is dusty and some vegetable matter but only the good part for $2.00 to $3.00 per pound depending on the quality and amount of guard hair. I am doing this because I have quite a bit left from last year and spring is around the corner.
     

  3. Shep

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    Hi Emily,

    Try looking at a good yarn store and see what llama yarn sell for. Here in the PNW some handpainted wools (obviously not handspun though) go for up to $32 per skein. Other alpaca skeins go for about $15 - $20 per skein undyed.

    Right now I'm spinning someone else's alpaca on commission. I'm charging $9/hr and figured out that the average skein (2 oz approx) will be about $13. That's with carding on a drum carder and spinning. To compensate for washing the fleece, plying and then setting the twist, I'll probably charge her about $15/ skein.

    Hope this helps

    Shep
     
  4. Belly Acre

    Belly Acre Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for your replies. I'm not sure what I will charge. This kind woman has given me a few things that I inquired about so right now I am "bartering" the value. But hadn't really considered what the true value of my yarn might be. Like you Carellama I have quite a bit of the wool kicking around and spinning it is a joy, but spring is right around the corner! 6 more llamas to shear and fleaces to process.
    Thanks Again,
    Emily