Yesterday we had our workshop at Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch store and it was SOOOO fun!!!
Laura and Jennifer both made felting projects and we had a ladies day of visiting and creating and eating yummy snacks, including some amazing gluten free, dairy free, chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies Jennifer made!
Laura chose plum and bitter chocolate colors as the background for her scarf and added lovely dyed fibers from her own Suri alpaca and from some Wensleydale fleece locks she had. The reverse side had a combination of brown tones with white silk fiber running through, over a deep plum background. Gorgeous combination!
Jennifer created a wall hanging of nutmeg and browns, lichen greens, rust, and whites; then on the other half of her project, she used the same colors to create felted fabric to top some throw pillows for her home.
Everyone expressed how much fun they had and I was delighted to share something I enjoy so much!
If you are interested in attending a workshop either at the ranch store or in my home, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org — or call me at 407-766-2588, and we will set up a workshop.
Here is the finished scarf I laid out at Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch the Saturday before Valentine’s Day. I love how it turned out! The baby soft alpaca embellishing the soft merino wool creates a kitten soft feel to the skin!
This scarf is different on each side, as seen below, which makes it reversible.
Super fun to make! The white alpaca softens the bright colors. Works with many different brooches.
Jennifer, the owner of the Alpaca Ranch, suggested a flyer with more color; and my daughter Melanie suggested more photos of workshops on the flyer, so I came up with this. I like this flyer better with the white background because the lettering is easier to read. The flyer may not be as “pretty”, but it works.
Jennifer suggested I work on felting a scarf on Feb. 11th, while I am at her store at the ranch during her pre Valentines sale. She had already invited me to sell my scarves there on that day. She thought I might like to use my time to make a scarf while also demonstrating to customers what we will be doing at the workshop. I love the idea! If anyone wants to stop by to see the store and get in on some Valentine sales, and see my felting process at the same time, come on over to the ranch!
The brooches I sell to go with the scarves. Sometimes people buy a brooch first then design a scarf to go with the brooch they choose.
I stopped by Alpacas At Marquam Hill Ranch and met the owner, Jennifer. I visited with her about alpacas and whether their fleeces felt or not. She let me know that they do felt, but they felt better when mixed with an easy felting fiber such as merino wool. We chatted and got to know each other and decided we would collaborate on a workshop!
I bought a couple small bags of fleece and she gave me another, and I went to work. I love the results! Now we have a workshop planned at her ranch.
Here is the flyer for our workshop together (perhaps some of you can make it):
Now that Christmas if over, I took a little time to get the photos of my latest scarf creations up on Etsy! Yay!
I am loving making the reversible scarves. Check out the extra photos of these beauties and you will see what I mean.
I already have photos for two more new scarves coming onto Etsy soon.
Also, vintage brooches will soon be added to the buying options! I just collected some beauties for the Etsy shop. I hope you will check out my Etsy Store, like it, and share. I intend to keep it stocked from now on!!!