Someone asked me if I wanted to have some.llama for felting. I have never felted with this before but did find info in Ruth's book and this site. Does anyone use it or is it something I should pass on. I'm not sure what guard hairs are other than what I read in the Dictionary but it sounds like I would have to do something with the fiber before I use it. It it too much trouble? Your thoughts!
I would probably pass but that is partly because I have tried it. I would say if it's free, take it and try it and if you don't like it, at least you will know. Then pass the rest along for someone else to try. some LLama is very nice and very close to alpaca but it can also be the opposite and a bit like felting barbed wire. But you won't know until you try. We had a bag on ingio( I think that's what its called. It's made from corn) fibre that passed through the hands of half the spinners in my guild before it found someone who liked it.
I have used llama too, tried to felt it on organza but did not succeed because the llama felted so quick that it was felted before it passed through the organza. Very nice felt although, very smooth! I used very fine llama roving without guard hairs.