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An offshoot from too much fiber overflowing our garage and studio space after operating Golden Eagle Alpaca Ranch since 1991 in the Santa Cruz mountains, Laughing Coyote Fiber was created in 2011 to share an abundance of lovely, luscious, clean, ready to use mostly alpaca fiber with fiber artists everywhere.

Laughing Coyote's namesake came from a recurring visit by a sweet little sassy looking coyote, who was hanging around the meadow near our workspace. One day she seemed to look up at the house and smile while we were pondering ideas for our shop. Thus "Laughing Coyote Fiber" was born.

We are Laurie and Nicona, a mother and daughter team, inspired by Elizabeth Zimmerman, Judith MacKenzie McCuin, and “Anne,” who taught Laurie to spin 30 years ago. Little did she know how fiber would fill her life.

We blow, skirt, wash,…

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  • Joined November 12, 2011

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An offshoot from too much fiber overflowing our garage and studio space after operating Golden Eagle Alpaca Ranch since 1991 in the Santa Cruz mountains, Laughing Coyote Fiber was created in 2011 to share an abundance of lovely, luscious, clean, ready to use mostly alpaca fiber with fiber artists everywhere.

Laughing Coyote's namesake came from a recurring visit by a sweet little sassy looking coyote, who was hanging around the meadow near our workspace. One day she seemed to look up at the house and smile while we were pondering ideas for our shop. Thus "Laughing Coyote Fiber" was born.

We are Laurie and Nicona, a mother and daughter team, inspired by Elizabeth Zimmerman, Judith MacKenzie McCuin, and “Anne,” who taught Laurie to spin 30 years ago. Little did she know how fiber would fill her life.

We blow, skirt, wash, pick, card, spin, comb, knit, crochet, and weave with homegrown fiber. We felt little objects, add subtle colors to fleeces, stuff pillows and make baby toys with leftovers. Laughing Coyote Fiber store provides both raw and immaculately washed fiber, some dyed fiber, bags of double picked fiber, and a few fluffily spin ready batts.

We use primarily our own homegrown fleeces, sometimes adding purchased or traded wool, mohair, angora, silk, or other interesting tidbits to experiment with.

Our animals have always been treated kindly and humanely. Never ever any pesticide use or harsh chemicals of any sort used. Natural & mild soaps only in washing, and good fresh clean air for drying fleeces. No added heat, no smoky smells, no mothballs.

All of our own fleeces, at one time belonged to an individual alpaca. So of course, each one has a name, unique personality, and a history.

Our washed fleeces are guaranteed clean. We wash one-two times and occasionally three times, followed up by two or three rinses. Usually a little vinegar is added to the final rinse to make sure any soap residue is gone. The fleeces are then laid out on large drying racks indoors to dry and relax back to their natural fiber staples. Our raw unwashed fiber for those who desire it, is blown and tumbled with an air compressor to get most of the dust and fine dirt particles out of it. Some vegetable matter falls out during this process, some stays in.

It is immensely satisfying to create a project and utilize a resource that is as close to being 100% natural as can be. Watching the animals graze, seeing them warm in the winter, and then shearing them, so they can be cool in the summer, we are grateful to be a part of a sustainable cycle of creating beautiful, useful and enduring objects from what these lovely animals have gifted to us.

To learn more about our past adventures with alpacas, visit www.goldeneaglealpacas.com

To find out about current happenings and ventures, check out or facebook page at:
http://www.facebook.com/laughingcoyotefiber

And our excitingly new blog at:
laughingcoyotefiber.blogspot.com


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