I combined dark red roving (light fawn alpaca dyed with red) with the natural black alpaca I had in about equal proportions. I also combined to two other "weird" colors with the black. The results of this were pretty cool and I plan to use them in a small project.
I also used the hackle to make thicker roving out of each of the other colors. I also found that by putting the other colors through the hackle, the few white spots from the ties I had in during the dye process pretty much disappeared.
PROJECT ONE: A HUGE SCARF TURNS INTO A HUGE FAIL
So I decided to take on a very large nuno felting project using the combination of the natural black alpaca and my newly dyed black/red alpaca mix. I won't go into gory details - but I made a few mistakes. I will share them here.
- I made a very bad choice of fabric for nuno felting. I had some fabric left over from my curtains that was a very sheer and very slick polyester. I thought it being so sheer it would work just fine. Turns out I was very wrong. I think the slickness of the fabric prevented the fiber from catching through.
- My natural black alpaca apparently had a lot of guard hairs still left in it. I am not experienced in alpaca and did not really realize this until I went to full the project. The @#$@#$ thing started shedding. I mean there were black hairs everywhere!!! I ended up just quitting after my whole bathroom was full of black alpaca hair at 2 AM on a work night.
- Alpaca felts more slowly and I was rushing. I found out the hard way that alpaca felts much slower than the merino wool I have been felting with. It is not a project to be had when you start felting at 10PM at night.
- I wanted to see if the dark chocolate would shed like the black, and
- It matched so well with fabric.