Alpaca Association of Western Oregon

Alpaca Association of Western Oregon

Building the North American Alpaca Industry on All Levels

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AAWO Events

Upcoming Events:

Alpacas at the Gathering ~ June 29-July1, 2018
Linn County Fairgrounds, Albany, OR
Alpacas & Farm Display Booths in the animal barn.
Alpaca fleeces judged in the Wool Show & Sale.

Now accepting Applications for BSG alpaca pens
and display booths in the animal barn.
Download the PDF form here.

We invite you to come join us on this adventure!

AAWO Spin-OffWhat is a Spin-Off?
Contestants submitted a two-ounce sample of their alpaca's fleece by mid-June. An experienced spinner spun half of it into a small skein of yarn and evaluated the fleece based on first impression, cleanliness, uniformity, handle, lack of second cuts and guard hair, and other desirable qualities. Entries were divided into classes based on the alpaca's breed (suri or huacaya), age, and color. Winners and contestants in our Spin-Off were displayed at the Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival.

2017 Spin-Off Winners

Alpaca Spin-Off winners

AAWO Judge's Choice Award Winners

Alpaca Spin-Off winners

AAWO Spin-Off Winners
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Scenes from Alpacas at the 2014 Oregon State Fair.

Past Educational Events ~ with a large helping of Fun!

color-blendingAAWO Dyeing Workshop
at Diane McKinnon's Thistle Patch Fiber Studio

Dyeing Around the Color Wheel (basic dye class)
    The dye pots were bubbling as the class learned how to use the immersion or kettle dyeing method with acid dyes to color wool or protein fiber. They dyed 6 sample skeins of wool yarn using the immersion dyeing technique by creating 6 different dye baths according to simple recipes. There was also an in-depth discussion about color theory and terminology, how to use a color wheel, and hands on color mixing.

    Students gained basic color wheel savvy by making up 6 sample skeins of dyed wool yarn along with the knowledge to dye animal (protein) fibers with predictable and repeatable color results.

Dyeing To Spin
    Diane says: "Even if you are not (yet!) a spinner, knowing how to discuss the spinning possibilities of your dyed roving or fiber with fiber-loving clients is a good thing.

    "While dyeing fibers can be fun and exciting — and nail bitingly thrilling when it's done randomly!— sometimes you want to dye the same colors consistently. This class will show you easy techniques that will help you achieve consistent colors over multiple batches of fiber, and then how to use the consistently dyed fiber to achieve multiple results when it's spun.

    "We will review the basics of the color wheel, discuss and do color mixing, and then do hands on dyeing of two samples of roving. You will leave the class with two samples of dyed roving, know how to repeat any color and pattern when you dye fibers, and the knowledge to spin your dyed roving at least three ways to achieve unique results from one source."

Diane is an avid weaver and spinner who bought her first loom in high school. She studied color, textiles, and weaving at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She teaches at Black Sheep Gathering, NwRSA's conference, OFFF, and at her own studio.

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