Tuesday, December 22, 2009

soliloquy -center stage-

I have completed the first project using the fiber from Allspice.

Allspice is a huacaya alpaca who lives at Finca Alta Vista Farm. According to the Alpaca registry of colors, Allspice would be classified as beige.


The individual locks of her fiber reveal exceptional crimp with good architecture and a staple length of 4 inches. This translates to a yarn with loft, memory and an overall silky, soft handle.

For this project, the locks were washed individually, and hand combed, then pulled through a diz and spun and plied on a Canadian Production Spinning Wheel.

Finca Alta Vista commissioned this stole for sale through the Paco Fino collection. Listed below, are the project details.

"Centre Stage Stole"

64 inches long 25 inches wide


approx 800 yards handspun Alpaca

one ounce of spindle spun and plied natural tussah silk.


Copper, Silver and Gold tone seed beads



The simplicity of design and the luxurious silk and alpaca yarns combine in subtle harmony.


A center panel of feather lace stitch is flanked by 2 panels of modified cell and garter stitch.


The panels are joined together with a three-needle bind-off and trimmed with picot beaded edging in tones of copper, silver and gold.


The shimmer of silk, the softness of alpaca and the subtle sparkle of tiny beads: this elegant stole takes center stage.



Jody said...

What a beautiful stole...it sparkles :)
One can never go wrong with luscious alpaca!

Manise said...

Wow! That is stunning. I love the loft and softness of the first photo!

Anne said...

What Manise said. Wow. Just... wow.

Susan said...

Applause, applause...such beautiful work! Baby, take a bow!!
What do you have planned for an encore? ;-D

Judy said...

I bet he loved it. What do you have planned next?

Artis-Anne said...

How beautiful and how gorgeous is that alpaca :) yum, yum

thecrazysheeplady said...

Beautiful! I'm going to show my ignorance, but have to ask - how did you combine the two fibers? Did you ply the silk with the alpaca?

Lisa at Greenbow said...

This is gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. I am always amazed at all the work that goes into making one of these pieces of art.

Valerie said...

Oh wow! What a beautiful mangum opus!

Tam said...


Sharon said...

That is absolutely fantastic, I am sure you must be very proud of that. And I love your photography!

finnsheep said...

The stole is lovely! I can just imagine what it must feel like when it is worn - - soo silky and warm.

Leslie Shelor said...

Absolutely stunning!

judy said...

What a terrific play of light the silk plays against the shine of the alpaca. Love the picot beaded details. You have been VERY busy! Gorgeous work.

Cathy said...

Beautiful - lovely to see what you've been working on.

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