Angora Rabbits (#11704)
Thursday 9am-12pm , November 7, 2019
Would you like to raise your own fiber but don’t have space for large livestock? Consider raising angora rabbits. Their wool is known for its softness, being lighter and warmer than most other wools, and its halo effect. Angora comes in a wide variety of natural colors as well as an incredibly bright white that takes dye well. This class will teach you the basics of Angora rabbit care, how to groom your rabbit, and how to harvest the fiber. Each participant will get hands-on experience with one of our rabbits, and a sample of fiber to take with them.
The first part of the class will be all about the fiber. We’ll discuss the different breeds of wool rabbits. Take a look at micron count and spinning fineness, and experience the fiber from all 5 breeds of Angora. This is the perfect opportunity to feel the differences yourself, compare the colors, check out the wool, spun yarn, and finished Angora creations. We will discuss different uses of Angora wool and its applications in various garments, with some mention about popular fiber breeds.
The second part of the class we will look at the rabbits themselves. We will cover rabbit anatomy, wool anatomy, housing and care requirements, and more. You will learn what goes into actually having Angoras, what to expect, and some options for marketing fiber.
After a short break we will cover grooming and each participant will get hands on experience grooming and harvesting one of my Angora rabbits. You will leave with some fiber from the rabbit you’ve groomed, abound copy of my 34 page handout on raising Angora rabbits, and some fun memories.
Number of students: 10 maximum (minimum 2)
Charge to: $ 40