Llama anyone?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by MTmade, Jul 25, 2004.

  1. MTmade

    MTmade New Member

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    Hello. I have been looking into getting a llama for the hair to use in weaving. Does anyone else here do this and what purchasing recoomendations might you have?

    Thanks for all your input. This is certainly a new direction for me!
     
  2. I would recomend an Alpaca (doesn't have to be registered).
    Their fur is far more superior,tensile strength wise and has better insulalating and whicking peoperties then any wool. It is alsp added to cashmeire (SP)
     

  3. Sarah J

    Sarah J Well-Known Member

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    I agree - alpacas are WONDERFUL for their fiber. *sigh* I have been looking into getting a few...unfortunately, even unregistered Alpacas are REALLY spendy, though. You'll be lucky to find one for less than $800, even at an auction. Llamas, however, are more reasonable. The problem is that not all of them have nice fibers...some are very course and suitable only for things like rugs and wall hangings. But if you manage the find the right one, you could have all kinds of nice fiber and a guard animal to boot (if you find the right one, that is!).

    I do not have llamas (holding out for the alpaca! :haha: ). But I have seen some going at livestock auctions and there are people in the area here who have them and say they're great pack animals. That's about the extent of my knowledge...sorry!

    Sarah
     
  4. Little Quacker in OR

    Little Quacker in OR Well-Known Member

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    :) I think you are embarking on a great adventure! Here are some websites to get you started. THe first is a bit of an overview and the others are specifec to Llama.

    http://www.fabrics.net/wool.asp

    http://www.mor-llama.com/llama_wool.htm

    http://personal.smartt.com/~brianp/fibre.html

    And don't forget that Yak Hair is wonderful as is the hair from some breeds of dogs and makes very beautiful and light weight items. If you can't picture a Yak in your yard...or if one of the camel family is not in your future and you love the Northern Breeds of dogs...maybe a good place to start? LOL

    Here's great site to start. http://www.mdnpd.com/pd/supply.htm

    ...and a good overview:

    http://www.freenet.edmonton.ab.ca/weavers/dog.html

    A really good thing to do is to join a Weaving Guild:

    http://www.fibreartsonline.com/fac/weaving/

    Have fun and good luck with your endeavor.LQ

    LQ
     
  5. MTmade

    MTmade New Member

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    Thanks for the links and information! I have admired a wallhanging/rug of my aunts for many years and thought I would try something new. I didn't realize that the fibers would be different types but I suppose animals are like people in that way... no two exactly alike!