Spring Open House Pictures

    

We had more families with children at our Spring Open House than we’ve probably ever had.  Fortunately I remembered to take some pictures, especially of kids and alpacas!  Gentle and curious by nature, alpacas respond  very well to children.  Kids got a chance to pet the alpacas and walk Sunscape, one of our Spring babies born last year, just shy of her first birthday.

Kids and Alpacas

We had neighbors we had never met stop by to see what was going on.  Others planned their visit intentionally to learn more about alpacas and what we do with their fiber.  Visitors saw spinning demonstrations throughout the weekend in The Fiber Studio and took advantage of our Spring specials.   Stacy Swesey was the winner of our drawing for a FREE pair of Alpaca Socks, congratulations Stacy!  We enjoyed two awesome days of beautiful weather … thank you to all who visited!

Schedule an Alpaca Farm Tour at Alpaca Meadows

If you’d like to visit our farm with your school, your scout troop, 4-H Club, civic organization, Garden Club, Mother’s Club, guild, family, or group of friends, find out about scheduling an Alpaca Farm Tour.  If you would like to be keep abreast on what’s new at our farm, upcoming classes, new products, free patterns, and other fun stuff, click here.

Autumn Fiber Festival

Autumn Fiber Festival 2015

Fall Fiber Farm Tour

Ohio’s fiber farmers are opening their barn doors to you!
 
Drive from farm–to-farm through beautiful Ohio, visiting with fiber animals,
including alpacas, sheep and goats!
 
Meet the farmers who bring you Ohio-grown fiber for knitting, weaving and felting.
 
Shop for luxurious handspun and dyed yarns and hand-made fiber gifts.
 
          Watch demonstrations on skirting a fleece, carding fiber, spinning, needle felting, hand dyeing,
knitting and crocheting.

 
Meet fiber animals up-close and personal.
 
    Participating Farms

Criation Station, Oberlin
              That’ll Do Farm, Grafton
              Gemstone Alpaca Farm, Wellington     
              Melody Lane Alpacas, Valley City                     
              Little Farm in the Woods, Seville
              Alpaca Meadows, Mansfield  
              Sunny Meade Alpacas, Swanton
              Top Notch Alpacas, Madison 
              Sweet Criations Alpaca Farm @ Promised Land Farm, Chardon      
 
              “Ohio Natural Fiber Network – Our Homegrown to Your Handmade”

Beads, Bracelets, and Cat Toy Felting Class

The next class here at the farm is Beads, Bracelets, and Cat Toy Felting.

Felted-Alpaca-Bracelets

 This will be a great introduction to wet felting …

Felting-Alpaca-Bracelets

and is as simple as adding hot water, soap, a little elbow grease to your fiber.

Felting Alpaca Beads

  In this case we’ll be using alpaca fiber from The Alpacas here at our farm.

Silver Beauty and Aurora

 We may even use some llama fiber from our own Silver Beauty.

Preparation-for-Felting-Alpaca-Beads

We may do a little needle felting to help shape the beads made from rovings.

Felted-Alpaca-Beads-Bracelet.

There are a few tricks that are helpful to know.

Felting Alpaca Beads

You will be amazed at what you can do!

Felted Alpaca Cat Toys

Here is the info on the class:

In this class you will learn how to transform shapeless alpaca and wool fibers into colorful felted balls
using both needle and wet felting.  Making a felt ball is incredibly easy!  You will also learn to make a variety of felt bracelets, both with the beads you have made, and other styles.  I’ve added Cat Toys to this class due to a special request, and it is the same technique so we’ll make those too! Please bring a towel, and a dispenser filled with liquid Dawn soap.  All other materials will be provided.

Bead Felting Kits and Cat Toy Felting Kits are available if you can’t make it to the class, but still would like to give this a try!  And some good books are below:

Sit-n-Knit or Crochet or Spin

For those of you that live in our area, you are invited to come visit and just …

Just Sit-n-Knit or Crochet or Spin

Just Sit-n-Knit or Crochet or Spin

Come hang out with fiber friends!  Drop in the first Saturday of the month for a few relaxing hours of knitting or crocheting or spinning on the farm. Lessons are not provided, but beginners are always welcome. If you bring your needles and yarn, drop spindle or wheel, someone will usually be able to answer your questions and offer a helping hand.

As I was reflecting on the importance of spending time with friends and doing things we enjoy, I ran across a blog called The Happy Migrant.  She writes:

10 Reasons why making new friends is important

1. Laughter – Laughter really is medicine and time spent with friends will often result in laughter.

2. Inspiration – Spending the day with friends is inspirational. Your friends will always have inspiring words for you.

3. Support – Your friends are your biggest support. Your friends support you in your decisions, through the tough times and through the exciting times.

4. Guidance – Your friends are like your guardian angels, offering you guidance when you need it the most.

5. Fun – Spending time with friends is fun. In today’s world we can take life a bit too seriously so some fun time is a requirement to breaking the serious pattern.

6. Relaxation – Spending times with friends can be relaxing. Even if you are walking around all day shopping, there is still an element of relaxation when you are with good friends.

7. Encouragement – Friends give you encouragement to follow your dreams because they believe in you.

8. Courage – Friends give you courage to be who you really are.

9. Strength – Your friends can give you a feeling of inner strength that you never knew you had.

10. Love – When you spend time with good friends, you feel loved and so do they.

Good friends are valuable. We need to look after our friends, nurture them, listen to them and be there when they need us. If you look back at the best and worst times of your life your friends were there.

Make some time to get out and meet some new friends
it is such an important part of life.

Holiday Hours at The Farm

We will kick off the holiday season, Saturday, November 26th with extended hours from 12pm – 5pm here at the farm.

 

Give a gift just a little out of the ordinary… something handmade perhaps…something made from alpaca!  Visit the farm and see the alpacas that produce this wonderful fiber.  Get your hands on some of the incredibly soft and warm items made from this luxurious fiber.  Give a gift that has value Shop for …

Blankets

Hats

Scarves

Socks

Texting Mittens

Gloves

Children’s Hats

Baby Booties

Headbands

Eye Glass Cases

Cell Phone & Ipod Cases

Christmas Ornaments

Many Handmade Alpaca Items


See our beautiful NEW alpaca blankets!  Pick up alpaca socks for Christmas gift giving, hats, scarves, mittens, gloves and many handmade alpaca items …

Get your hands on some alpaca fiber!  Luxurious, versatile, soft, warm, strong, resilient, natural and hypoallergenic, alpaca fiber offers many advantages and is considered by many to be the “miracle fiber”.   Once you get your hands on it, you will immediately understand the intrinsic value of everything produced from this fiber.

Alpaca Rovings for Spinning at Alpaca Meadows

Check out our brand NEW Fiber Studio full of gorgeous alpaca yarn and fiber, patterns, and fiber art kits.

Alpaca Meadows Farm Store

This will kick off our monthly Just Sit-n-Knit or Crochet or Spin on the second Saturday of the month.  Bring your knitting, crocheting, spinning, or whatever Christmas project you are working on.  Hang out with friends, relax, enjoy Christmas music, hot chocolate, and holiday refreshments!

Shop The Farm Store … Online, Open Anytime!

Did you know?

Archaeologists have discovered a great deal of alpaca fiber goods from graves and religious sites predating the Inca Empire
in South America, a true testament to the durability of alpaca fiber and its long history.

We Have Moved

To any of you that tried to find us on Fall Farm Days and couldn’t, we apologize.  For those of you that I was unable to notify, we have moved!  Changing our address was one thing.  Changing our address on the web in all the various places we are listed, was quite another.  It may still be wrong in some places and I am sorry for any confusion.

Alpaca Meadows Has Moved

So here is our NEW address …

Matt and Julie Petty; 1200 Rock Road; Mansfield, Ohio
Get the driving directions here.

New House

We have a smaller house, which is easier to keep up with, and less stuff
because there just wasn’t room for all we had and we were forced to clean out before we moved.  Trust me, that was a very good thing, cleansing even…

Hay Field at Alpaca Meadows

We have more acreage, room to add more pastures and grow our own hay

Woods at Alpaca Meadows

and a beautiful woods with paths for walking.

Farm Store at Alpaca Meadows

The Farm Store and my studio is nearby so I don’t have far to go to work.

Dogs and Alpacas at Alpaca Meadows

Our alpacas are close to the house which allows us to enjoy them that much more!  We have alpacas for sale and our specialty is starting new farms.  If raising alpacas is something you think you might enjoy, give us a call, and we’ll talk alpacas!

Flowers at Alpaca Meadows

We offer  Farm Tours and The Farm Store is open most Saturdays from 12pm-5pm.  Occasionally, Matt and I are both gone so checking our calendar or calling ahead is always best.

More Flowers at Alpaca Meadows

Do come see us if you are nearby!  And again, my apologies for anyone that felt they were on a wild goose chase last weekend!

National Alpaca Farm Days

National Alpaca Farm Days is a weekend all across the country that alpaca farms will be open to the public.  Visit the website to see what farms are open near you.  If you’re in our area, hope you’ll stop by and see us!  We have moved and so have our alpacas … you can find us at
1200 Rock Road in Mansfield, Ohio … we are the first driveway past the bridge that crosses Route 30 as you travel north on
Rock Road.

 

We have many Handmade Items, including a large variety of Finger Puppets …  see our lovely NEW Alpaca Yarn, feel our beautiful NEW Alpaca Throws, shop for Christmas, stock up on Alpaca Socks for Winter!

 

Can’t make it this weekend?  The Farm Store will be open Saturdays from 2pm—5pm … OR we are open online anytime!

Matt and Julie Petty



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