It’s easy to get the impression that all the people listed as breeders, exhibitors and owners have a shed full of show-groomed rabbits, with illness, mites and flies never daring to cross the threshold, but owners know that rapid problem-solving has to be the key to success.
Source: Historic archives of the NAC yearbooks
Angora wool can be used in many ways and one fun way is to make toys from it. You can felt the wool, knit it…..
The products section of the stock show is your opportunity to get the judges opinion for free and to see how your items compare with other producers. I have heard people say “I spin and teach others” or “I sell my produce – I don’t need to compete”, but the variety of design shown on the table could be a valuable source of inspiration.
Source: NAC Year book front cover from 2006
Source: Historic archives of NAC yearbooks
Source: Historic Archives of NAC Yearbooks
Source: Historical archives of NAC Yearbooks
Small Knitting pattern book by Candy Haenszel a lady from The USA who has been breeding, showing and spinning angora for many years, she has decided to put on to paper some of the patterns she designed specifically for angora wool. It is a very helpful little book and will help you get started in creating garments etc in angora wool. The National Angora Club hold a few Copies at £10 plus £2 postage. Please use use the contact email on the website if you would like one.
Sheila Leverett and her husband ran a commercial venture for fibre, under the stud name of Tasseltips Angoras, she was also very successful at showing them as well.
I am often asked what makes a difference between a show rabbit and a commercial one. Basically they are the same, both must be properly fed and managed and both must come from good pedigree lines.