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Bobbie Joe Klebe posted on Sun, Jan 27 2013 7:59 AM

I am new to quilting. I have been spinning for awhile. I have some llama fleece that will not make a soft yarn. I was thinking about using it for batting. Has anybody done/used llama batting? Do you think it would be a good batting?

 

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Bobbie Joe

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Bobbie, There are Llama farms here that weave thier fleece into yarn for knitting. Are not all Llama fleeces the same?

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No not at all. Some are soft as silk others are ruff as burlap.

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gini replied on Mon, Jan 28 2013 6:32 PM

bobbie joe.    the batts you buy today have a scrim on them to keep them from bunching up in little balls after quilting.  loose wool wouldn't work very well, however, i have used wool sweaters as batts in small projects and it works very well.   i think if you wove the cloth first it work work wonderfully. 

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gini replied on Mon, Jan 28 2013 6:33 PM

sheeps' wool shrinks a lot. if you are planning to use llama wool you need to take the shrinkage into account

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The fiber is felted to make into a batting. If you do not go from a hot wash to a cold rinse you will not have to worry about shrinkage or felting.  

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I think I might try a little project first. I was going to spin this fiber for making a rug . I have full fleeces of alpaca also. Which gives me a lot of fiber that is not good for spinning for items that are close to skin. 

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gini replied on Tue, Jan 29 2013 1:50 PM

felted, they will make a wonderful batt and you won't need to worry about shinking.  

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It doesn't look like anybody has done this so if you would like to see how it goes I will post pictures.

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gini replied on Wed, Jan 30 2013 1:52 AM

i would love to see your results. 

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I will post pictures then. I guess I will answer my own question.

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