f o r   t h e   l o v e   o f   h a n d m a d e

hand spun galery
Alpaca fiber


Alpaca is the fiber harvested from an alpaca, a South American camelid. The fiber is generally soft, durable, luxurious and silky. It is warmer than sheep's wool and contains no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic.
Products produced from this fiber do not have any elasticity, but exceptional drape. Alpaca fiber is often combined with other fibers (wool for elasticity, silk for even more sheen and drape)

Merino fiber


Merino is a breed of sheep prized for its wool. The wool is regarded as some of the fines and softest sheep's wool. The fibers are short and crimpy, and are typically spun into lofty soft yarns. Merino has high elasticity but no sheen. It is therefore often combined with fibers such as Alpaca or silk for sheen and drape. Yarns spun from Merino that are used for socks or other products that must withstand frequent wear and washing typically contain about 25% Nylon. Even though I personally like to work with pure natural fiber, I do spin or use yarns with a Nylon content to provide durability.

Some Merino fiber is equipped with a superwash treatment, meaning such SW Merino products can be washed in a washing machine on a gentle cycle, or even go in the dryer. But it is important to check the label for this SW statement, because merino fiber felts very easily!

  More information about different kinds of fibers that I use in my products will be added shortly.
hand knit galery
hand woven galery
Fiber information
Techniques information
Order information
About me
© Usch Engelmann 2011-2012, all rights reserved.