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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Ashford Dealership

Very exciting news for Alpacas of Indian Point Hills! We have been approved for an Ashford dealership! We will now be able to retail spinning wheels, looms, felting supplies and yarns and fiber from Ashford in addition to our own yarn and fiber.

We will be scheduling some weaving classes soon!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Owl Always Love You felting class at Timberview Alpacas

The finished project!

The finished project!

Saturday I taught a felting class at the farm of Rick and Elizabeth Lord, Timberview Alpacas. We made a needle felted owl with a little heart in his wing for valentines day. We had a little wine and did a lot of felting!
Everyone's owls turned out great! I think they all had fun.
It looks like I will be back at Timberview tentatively in March for another class.
I think we will do a hummingbird. I'm working on the design and class plan now!
I'm having so much fun teaching something that I love to do and I'm humbled when I see the class participants continue on with felting. Today Elizabeth shared another owl that she has made since then! So glad to be able to help bring felting to others!!!
A little wine to get the creative juices flowing

A little wine to get the creative juices flowing


Friday, January 26, 2018

Avacado Pitt Dye

Into the pot they go

Into the pot they go

I love being able to use things found in nature for dyeing. I had been wanting to try Avacado pitts so I've been saving them in the refrigerator for a few weeks.
I finally got around to it and I must say the results are fabulous.
I first cleaned and carded some white fiber. I had 9 pitts saved but I decided to go with 7 and hold back a couple. I know the more you throw in the dye pot the deeper the color saturation but as this was my first go of it I wasn't sure what to expect.
I have a large enamel pot that I've dedicated to dyeing so into the pot went the 7 pitts and enough water to cover my fiber. I brought the water to a boil and then turned it down to a simmer after a few minutes. I let it steep for 45 minutes. The water was a deep pink color. While the water was steeping I filled the sink with some warm water and added the fiber. I also included a piece of silk as I have plans to nuno felt. Avacado pitts contain tannin so I did not need to add a mordant. I was getting anxious so I removed the pitts and in went the fiber and silk. I continued at the low simmer for about another 40 minutes then turned it off and just let it cool down. I left it sitting overnight and in the morning removed the fiber and silk and rinsed it out. The result is a beautiful dusty pink color. The picture doesn't really do it justice.
Now for some felting fun!!
Simmering

Simmering

The end result!

The end result!


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

White Christmas!

We had a white Christmas this year for the first time in 7 years! This picture was taken Christmas Eve morning. It was beautiful out and the girls has clearly been outside for a while. They all had snow on their backs. They do have a nice warm dry barn to be in but unless it is bitterly cold with blowing wind they usually prefer to be out. The snow hardly penetrates their thick blanket of fiber and if you dig down in to the fiber you would likely find that they are dry at the skin.
Adora is the only girl looking at the camera. The rest are watching the little house dogs who just came out for a potty break. Even though we do this routine every day they still keep an eye on the dogs. The Pyrs live and move around with them without notice but little dogs are a different story!
I never get tired of watching and interacting with these gentle, wonderful, curious animals!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Live Nativity

We were asked to participate in a live nativity at the Good Shepherd Lutheran church in Rochester, Illinois last night. It was a beautiful night. We took Rocky and Arrieta and they were a big hit with all. I wish we would have had a pen that fit in better, the metal looks out of place, but that is the only portable pen that we have. There is nothing better than a live nativity with the story of the birth of Jesus being told to get you in the holiday spirit. Hopefully we can participate again next year.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Felted Snowman Class

Saturday I held a needle felting class at the local library. The class made this cute little snowman. There were 7 participants and none had previous needle felting experience. It was also my first time teaching a class of this size. It went very well. Each snowman was unique and looked great. Most importantly I think all the participants had FUN!
Now I need to work on details for the next class.