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

Our 2017 Events:

Alpacas at the Gathering ~ June 23-25, 2017
Lane County Fairgrounds, Eugene, OR
Alpacas & Farm Display Booths in the animal barn.
Alpaca fleeces judged in the Wool Show & Sale.
spin-off2017 Spin-Off Winners

Entries will be displayed at the
Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival

Past Educational Events ~ with a large helping of Fun!

AAWO Dyeing Workshop
at Diane McKinnon's Thistle Patch Fiber Studio

What to Bring
    Your lunch (coffee, tea, iced tea provided)
    Rubber gloves, pen or pencil, goggles and mask if desired, an apron, and a color wheel if you have one. Be sure to wear clothes you don't mind getting messy.

    Students received handouts, 6 sample skeins of wool to dye, two sample pieces of wool roving to dye, and all dyes. All necessary dyeing equipment such as stoves, pots, work and washing stations, spoons, etc. were be provided.

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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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 2nd annual Spin-Off were displayed at the 2015and 2016 Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival.

Alpaca Spin-Off winners

AAWO Judge's Choice Award Winners

Alpaca Spin-Off winners

AAWO Spin-Off Winners
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Alpacas at the Gathering
Since June 2015, we have enjoyed a presence at The Black Sheep Gathering, a nationally-known celebration of fiber animals. Huacaya and suri alpacas owned by AAWO members populated one of the animal barns (between the goats and the sheep!) and exhibited fleeces, yarn, and wearables in their farm displays. Attendees were thrilled to see alpacas at the Gathering once again!

Scenes from Alpacas at the 2014 Oregon State Fair.
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2015 Holiday Market
December 12th at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, Oregon
AAWO hosted a glorious holiday display of all things alpaca, ranging from stocking-stuffers to exquisite gifts. Something for all ages and all budgets!

AAWO was adjacent to the Salem Holiday Market, a juried market for handmade items, and shared (sectioned off) a building with the Pet Expo. The layout included a decorated tree, sitting area, one or two pens of alpacas to meet, with a drawing for various alpaca items and free refreshments for visitors.

We invite you to come join us on this adventure!

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