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Paddlefish: Felted Alpaca Sculpture

Paddlefish: Felted Alpaca Sculpture

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Paddlefish: Felted Alpaca Sculpture

The Paddlefish is often referred to as one of the primitive fishes because their characteristics have remained fairly unchanged since the early fossils. Paddlefish are almost exclusively found in North America and China, both living and in fossil records. The paddlefish populations have dratically declined throughout their historic range as a result of too much fishing, water pollution, and human development, alterations of rivers which have changed natural flows resulting in the loss of spawning habitat. We love collaborating with rescues, preserves, and societies that study and protect these amazing living beings. We enjoy educating through creating them whether they're plentiful or endangered species. We seek to capture the essence of special traits, shapes, and coloring. Our fascination with this majestic group of creatures is evident in our attention to detail. Each piece is original with slight variations, and are created with love.

What Is Alpaca Fiber?

Alpaca was once considered a gift from the gods and the most important relic of Incan history. Alpacas are in the camelid family, sharing the most genetic material with the vicuña. They are one of the four South American camelids.

The two breeds of alpacas are: the Huacaya and the Suri. The types of fiber harvested from each of these breeds are equally prized for different reasons. Fiber derived from alpacas varies in weight depending on how it is spun, making it ideal for a number of different kinds of products. Compared to sheep’s wool, alpaca fiber is considerably softer, and more durable.

About Needle Felting?

Needle felting is a dry felting method typically using wool with its barbs that felt quickly and easily. However, we use alpaca for a softer and more artistic effect. Our crafters have mastered this art form and now use this media for sculptures, flat art, and clothing embellishments.

Fiber artists can needle felt for a few moments or for days at a time. This relaxing craft is now available to everyone. We offer both finished sculptures and needle felting kits. Please call us at 877-Alpacas (877-257-2228) or click here for more info on DIY projects.

  • Made using certified alpaca fiber
  • Natural colors and marking are emulated
  • Artistically handcrafted in-house by our experts
  • Kits include detailed steps and pictures for projects
  • Finished products are always Fair Trade from Peru
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