Beginning Spinning Alpaca
Saturday September 17, 2022. Class times: 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with ½ hour lunch (lunch not provided). Class price $150.00; includes materials. Limited class size. Register online here.
This class is designed for the beginner spinner. Hands-on spinning. Bring a wheel or hand spindle that you’re familiar with. Hand carders are a must. Different alpaca fleeces will be used.
- Why Alpaca? Open up fleece and spin
- Use hand carders to make a rolag and spin
- Mini combs will be demonstrated by instructor.
- How to choose a fleece?
- Come with questions!
Intermediate/Advanced Blending with Alpaca
Saturday October 15, 2022. Class times: 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with ½ hour lunch (lunch not provided). Class price $155.00; includes materials. Limited class size. Register online here.
This class is designed for the Intermediate / Advanced spinner. Hands-on spinning. Bring a wheel or hand spindle that you’re familiar with. Hand carders are a must.
- Do you knit, crochet, and/or weave? Why add sheep’s wool, mohair, or silk?
- Shades of natural colors are possible!
- How about adding color? (Dyed mohair locks).
About the Instructor:
Chris has been raising alpacas in Estes Park, Colorado on the Switzer Land Farm for 40 years. In 1985, the Switzers became the first alpaca farm in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. The Switzers have worked hard to breed animals with good conformation, fiber quality and a wide variety of colors, producing many award-winning animals.
Chris has contributed articles to a number of different trade publications, among them a column, “Woolly Tidbits”, in Llamas magazine. She also wrote the “Alpaca Gallery” for Alpacas magazine. Chris started the Rocky Mountain Llama and Alpaca Association library and operated it for six years. She oversaw the Estes Park Wool Market’s educational workshops and was on the primary organizational committee for six years. Chris judges handspun yarns and finished items at a variety of events. She has a BFA in Weaving with double major in anthropology/archaeology from Colorado State University (1984).
She teaches weaving and spinning workshops at many conferences and in yarn shops.