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sieren
« on: September 26, 2010 02:28:02 PM »

So, I recently aquired a bag full of beautiful auburn alpaca fiber.  It has a few bits of hay and stuff stuck in it here and there, but nothing that can't be easily removed by hand.  Otherwise, it is quite clean.  Do I have to comb (or card?  if that is the right term?) it before I use it for felting?  There are some longer hairs in it, that I guess are called "guard hairs" I guess?  Do I need to remove these?  I am planning to use it to maka felt beret style hat. 
thanks in advance!  I'm kind of a felting newbie ~_^
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adrienne_bowers
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2010 02:56:01 PM »

You should be able to use it after picking out the debris and maybe carding it a bit.    I have a huge box of alpaca here and it seems to felt quite easily right off the animal. 
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sieren
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2010 05:18:49 PM »

Ooo, gracias!  yay, felted alpaca mittens here I come! <3
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