• 11/20/2014 8:03 AM | Anonymous

    AOA Announces
    Student Design Competition

    The future of the alpaca industry is dependent upon increasing the use of alpaca fleece throughout the world. By encouraging the use of alpaca in clothing design and other products, it increases demand for alpaca fleece, which increases demand for alpacas to produce that fleece.

    The use of alpaca in fashion starts with the students. It is imperative that we work to build this interest, desire, and passion in the fashion students of today, who will be the fashion designers of tomorrow. AOA (formerly AOBA) has done this for many years and we are working to further expand the program.

    The AOA Fiber and Fiber Products Committee is currently planning the 12th annual student design competition. This program is vital to the future health of our industry, as such; we need all hands on deck for support of this program. In the coming months, we will be asking for financial support to help cover the students’ costs, but at this time we need to gather samples of yarn and fabric so that sample kits can be sent to instructors at the colleges and universities in early January 2015.

    We are in need of donations which can include any amounts of yarn or woven, felted, knitted, or crochet fabric as long as it is at least 50% alpaca fiber. Suggestions include:

    • leftover yarns from projects, mill end samples, spinoff entry samples
    • swatches of those knitting and weaving samples
    • leftover swatches from garment production
    • whatever comes out of the stash of yarn you have!
    • the ugly yarn (Ruth will overdye it)

    The students only need a small amount to create an entry board, but with 35 schools and over 200 students, we need a lot of samples with a lot of variety! For the 8th consecutive year, Ruth Fuqua will be coordinating the program. If you would be interested in supporting this important program through donation of materials, please send them to:

    Ruth Fuqua
    AOA Student Design Competition
    7236 Lebanon Road
    Mount Juliet, TN 37122

    Please send whatever you can to Ruth by December 15, 2014.

  • 11/10/2014 8:27 AM | Anonymous

    June 26-28, 2015 in Denver, Colorado

    Conference to Include:

    • AOA National Alpaca Fleece Show
    • Fleece & Fiber Educational Seminars
    • Livestock Business Seminars
    • General Alpaca Seminars
    • AOA Annual Meeting
    • Publicly Advertised Fleece Show & Vendors
    • Much, Much, More!
    This is a conference primarily centered around alpaca fleece and fleece related products. 

  • 11/03/2014 5:07 AM | Anonymous

    The Suri Network was represented at the FFA Convention in Louisville, KY last week.  The FAA (Future Farmers of America) hosts this annual gathering of 60,000 high school students and their advisors.  The Suri Network had a display of information and Suri alpaca products for the youth to see and several Suri alpacas for them to learn about and take "selfies" with.  Youth are the future of our Suri industry and this was a great place to educate them on the Suri alpaca as a livestock alternative.  For more information on how to get the FFA and 4-H in your area involved, go the the Suri Network's youth page.

  • 09/09/2014 6:37 AM | Anonymous
    The "Suri Strut" Fashion Show was held at the 2014 Summer Symposium. Seven North American designers had their fashions presented on the runway.  Click the link to see a photo album of the show.

  • 09/09/2014 6:33 AM | Anonymous
    The 2014 Summer Symposium and Fleece Show is now history.  Almost 70 Suri Network members attended and over 200 fleeces, spin-off samples or fiber arts were entered into the show.  Go to the show page to see the results.

  • 08/14/2014 3:14 PM | Deleted user

  • 06/26/2014 8:30 PM | Tim & Beth Sheets (Administrator)
    The Suri Network presented a live web meeting over the internet on June 26th.

    During this one-hour long webinar Suri Network board members provided updates on various projects and services we are working on this year. Some of the topics discussed were:
    • S.H.I.P. Update
    • Summer Symposium & Fleece Show
    • Long Range Plan
    If you missed the webinar, you can view the Power Point here.

  • 05/05/2014 10:19 AM | Tim & Beth Sheets (Administrator)

    The Suri Network will present the Jim Barker Suri Network Ambassador Award this year to a Suri Network member who exemplifies Jim Barker’s commitment to and enthusiasm toward the Suri alpaca industry and shares the Suri Network’s mission of promoting and preserving the Suri alpaca in North America.   Do you know of an individual who has contributed to a project, service or event that has made an extraordinary impact on Suri Network community?  Please nominate those who you feel have best modeled Jim Barker’s contributions and enthusiasm for the Suri industry!  Click here for more details.

  • 01/31/2014 11:39 AM | Tim & Beth Sheets (Administrator)
    The Suri Network presented a live internet event last night to update members on what is planned for 2014.  For those who missed the event, here is a video:

  • 01/28/2014 2:10 PM | Deleted user
    The Suri Network Product Development Committee is excited to announce the availability of two new grant programs in 2014 to support research and development in the area of Suri fiber!  Go here to learn more.


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