Monday, July 16, 2012

Why use Alpaca?

A Quilting Batt Project

What to do with the batts??? 
These batts can also be used for spinning, felting and other crafts.  Here is what I made this weekend.
A friend of mine was showing me a sweater that she unfortunately shrank!
Now it was suitable only for a felting project.

This is what I did - 

First I cut up the sweater and hand sewed it into a pillow form.

Then I found an old cotton tee shirt to use as ticking for the quilting batt fibre.  I carefully laid the fibre onto the back of the ticking and tacked it into place.

Then I sewed the ticking together to create the inside fibre filled pillow to stuff the sweater with.

The completed project is a beautiful wool cashmere pillow with alpaca fibre.  Very luxurious!

Alpaca Quilting Batts

I sent some of the Boys fibre to the mill on Salt Spring Island, BC to be processed into quilting batts. The batts are a blend id 80% alpaca and 20% wool. The wool is added to give loft to the batt. Each batt is approximately 18 inches wide by 40 inches long and weighs 240 grams. I have sorted the batts by colour. I have them for sale at our Wednesday Garden Gates.