Information about Llama wool
Watertown Llamas are bred for high quality fleece which has many uses. Some of our llamas have a micron count below 19 which is easily on a par with the average alpaca, and of course our llamas can carry many different colours. Because we specialise in the wooliest of llamas the staple length is also very long, with comparatively fast re-growth rate. After shearing most of our fibre is sent away to be processed , but we can also mail out 100 gm bags of mixed fleece for use in craftwork, particularly fun for needle felting or making manes and tails on soft toys, and false beards and moustaches!! Please email us if you are interested, and / or if you would like to buy larger quantities! A 100 gm packet sent by post is £6 , 200gm for £10 , 500 gm for £15 , 1kg for £25 or 2kg for £40 delivered to most UK postcodes , and we can accept bank transfers or card payments over the phone. Subject to availability we can supply specific colours or a mixed bag. The fleece is unwashed and may contain some debris/dust.
Alpaca and Llama fleece is processed in specialist small scale worsted mills, and we are lucky enough to have one of the major processors of camelid fleece here in South Molton, our local town. John Arbon Textiles and sister company Fibre Harvest process the raw fleece into yarn, some of which is used to make their wide range of high quality alpaca socks.
We also have a pannier market in South Molton on Thursday mornings , where www.bellaalpacas.co.uk have a fabulous market stall with yarns, knitting needles, spinning accessories and wonderful finished products for sale, including John Arbons cosy alpaca socks!
Some of our raw fleece is processed into duvet fillings so now you can even sleep under a llama!
Llama fleece is an ideal filling for pillows and duvets, being light weight and breathable. It is also anti-allergenic, chemical free, fire resistant and eco-friendly.
Camelid wool offers a balance between support and comfort and works with your internal thermostat to keep you at a comfortable temperature all night. The cool, dry environment created with the use of such a fibre makes it difficult for dust mites to live and breed. Because dust mite droppings trigger a high proportion of allergies like asthma, llama wool is the perfect choice for those who suffer from such allergies.
Llama wool is ever popular with hand spinners and craft workers, and whilst it can be used to make luxury garments it is also perfect for rug-making.
Facts on Llama Fleece and Fibre:
- There are many natural colours. Blending can produce an infinite array of colour.
- It is easily dyed and will maintain its natural lustre.
- It has more thermal capacity than almost any other animal fibre. Microscopic air pockets make garments that are lightweight with high insulation values. It is also naturally water repellent.
- It is easy to clean and process because it contains no greasy lanolin. The lack of lanolin also produces a high yield after processing (up to 95%). It does not shrink during washing or processing and has a lesser tendency to felt when washed.
- The lack of lanolin means that it can be worn by people who cannot wear wool.
- It is extremely durable and has been shown to be three times as hard wearing as sheep wool.
- It has a high lustre, giving garments a high visual appeal.
- It is soft, supple and smooth to the touch. The cellular structure of the fibre produces a soft hand, unmatched by most other speciality fibres.
- It usually creates less prickle or itch than wool due to the manner of scale placement along the shaft of each fibre.
- It is unusually strong and resilient and does not diminish in strength as it becomes finer, which makes it ideal for industrial processing as well as hand spinning.
- Llama fleece is also ideal for needle felting !