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Alpaca Fiber Solutioons Workshop
August 16th - 17th, 2014 
Alpaca Fiber Solutions Workshop                                  August 16-17, 2014  Although our main purpose is to inspire alpaca owners by providing ideas, techniques and solutions for the fiber they grow, EVERYONE is welcome to attend our classes, whether they are alpaca owners or not. Please note our new requirement that participants must be 16 or older. The techniques taught are simple enough to be understood by those who have never worked with alpaca fiber before, yet provide a strong foundation for students to build on and experiment with when they get home.   Saturday- Dyeing  9:00am Introduction    9:15am • bamboo (cellulose fiber) dyeing with fiber reactive dyes • fleece evaluation for hand processing • alpaca fiber dyeing with acid dyes (submersion method)    12:00pm Lunch and perhaps a small tour    1:30pm • marketing suggestions, presentation and pricing tips • washing raw alpaca fiber • dyeing alpaca roving with acid dyes (layering method)    4:00pm Class ends                               Sunday - Carding  10:00am Sharing feedback and admiration of the fiber that was dyed the previous day    10:30am • carding straight alpaca • creating an embellished batt • creating a layered batt    12:00pm Lunch and informal discussions    1:30pm • blending experiments to improve not-so-soft alpaca fiber • dizzing roving off the drum carder • creating rolags using the drum carder • Open 'play' carding    4:00pm Class ends, students may purchase special drum carder packages, fleeces, fiber and supplies to take home Our staff will break down and tidy the class area after the students leave, and load the van and trailer for departure. 
   Important information We require the following for this class: • a large, well lit work area protected from weather to comfortably accommodate the students and AFS staff, as well an approximate 10 x 20 space (with electricity for lighting) nearby to set up the fibers and products - we do set up our booth as well for after class supplies sales to students • 1 chair per participant • 6-8 foot tables, we need 1 table per 2 participants • easy access to hot and cold water where students can fill buckets and rinse fiber • enough outlets to plug in 6 double burners
Note: running 6 burners simultaneously on the same electrical circuit will kick the breakers - we bring enough extension cords to run the burners from different areas of the building/barn/house, but they must be plugged into at least 3 different circuits  • an outside area large enough to set up racks to dry the fiber, there should also be an inside area to move the racks to once it gets dark or in the event of damp weather Alpaca Fiber Solutions brings all other tools, equipment and materials needed throughout the entire weekend including handouts, burners, gloves, dyes, fiber, carders, etc. There is no minimum number of students for this class, but the maximum we can currently accommodate is 12 students. This is due to the number of carders we own. In order for everyone to have sufficient hands-on time, we do not allocate more than 2 students per carder. We strongly suggest that hosting farms make the most of visitors to their farm by taking them on a tour to see the animals, an onsite farm store if there is one, and by providing lunches and refreshments. Also make sure that any farm insurance carried will cover all visitors to the farm. Any cost related to this should be incorporated into the fee participants are charged.  Email: info@alpacafibersolutions.com
Phone: 256-542-8695 I have a registration form but did not have room to copy it here. Helen Herman Also deadline for sign up is 6/8/14

ABWNY contact Jerry Scutt
716 933 8561( Jerry) 716 699 2902 (Helen)
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