Angora Spinning Workshop
March-April 2019

 

 

In March and April 2019 Marianne Mezger tutored an angora spinning workshop with an introduction from Lesley Hordon.

The different breeds of angora rabbit were discussed, as were different methods of preparation, spinning and finishing the yarn. Combining angora singles with other luxury fibres, blending angora with other fine fibres using hand carders, combs, hackle, blending board, and blending fibres by hand, and using angora in art yarns were all explored. Many members had a lot of fun spinning angora on wheels and spindles.

 

 

Marianne from Kanton Aargau, Switzerland shared a photo of her English angora rabbits, called Shandrani and Canella.
and a shawl woven in 2/2 twill from her hand spun angora and silk.

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As part of her fibre preparation in Stanley, The Falklands, Margo was rolling some angora punis from her hand carders.

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In Canada, Carol Hunter spun some samples of Satin, French, German, English and an unknown angora.

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Nelly de Bruijn in Gelderland, The Netherlands combed and slowly pulled some of her angora through a diz to spin a very soft skein of yarn.

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Jenny E from Elliminyt, New South Wales, Australia blended angora with Suffolk on a drum carder (top) and spun Suffolk/angora, angora, Polworth 3 ply yarn (centre) and an angora/Suffolk, angora 2 ply yarn (bottom).

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and knitted a lovely egg cosy with a pink Suffolk/angora blend and a cream Gotland/angora blend.

Gretchen in the UK made some beautiful blended skeins, ⅓ angora with ⅔ shetland. ½ angora with ½ cut silk, and ⅓ angora with ⅔ cotton.

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Katherine Montgomery in Kentucky hand-carded white merino with angora and spun a two-ply yarn on a drop spindle and knitted a pair of very soft, warm looking, fingerless mitts.

In Ross-shire, Scotland Christina Chisholm spun some interesting fawn coloured blends; Angora plied with itself (top), angora plied with tussah silk (middle) and angora plied with alpaca (bottom).

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