Picking and carding demonstration
Picking and carding separates and aligns fibers for spinning. The washed fiber is "picked" or opened to allow it to be carded using a rotating drum with tiny steel teeth. Once the fiber is carded, it can be spun into yarn or felted into cloth and/or garments. During this presentation, experts will show the various ways to pick and card fiber for further processing.
The picking and carding demonstrations will take place at noon July 16 and 17, and July 18 at 2:30 p.m.
Hand spinning demonstration
Hand spinning is the process of twisting fiber, fleece or roving of alpaca and/or other fibers into a continuous thread using a spinning wheel or drop spindle. The thread can be spun to any thickness. Two or more threads can then be plied (twisted together) and later dyed. Handspun yarn can be used for knitting, crocheting or weaving into finished products. This demonstration will highlight the techniques used to spin alpaca fiber into a beautiful finished yarn.
This demonstration begins at 2:30 p.m. July 16 and July 17, and at 9:30 a.m. July 18.
All demonstrations are sponsored by the Michigan Alpaca Livestock and Commerce Association and will take place in Livestock Central.
Ag Expo runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 16 and 17, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 18. Admission to the grounds and parking at Farm Lane and Mt. Hope Road are free.
For more information about Ag Expo, call 800-366-7055 or visit www.agexpo.msu.edu.
The MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources sponsors Ag Expo.