Alpaca Bird Nesting Balls

What is an Alpaca Bird Nesting Ball, you ask? It’s a ball made of grapevine stuffed full of alpaca fiber, for the birds to pluck out and carry away to build nests for their young! Alpaca fiber is very soft, and very warm. Can you just imagine what a comfortable nest a mama bird could build for her babies with alpaca fiber?

 

BIRDS REALLY DO USE

The birds really do use this fiber and I frequently find it when cleaning out birdhouses in the Fall.  The grapevine balls we use to stuff the fiber into are approximately 4″ in diameter and generously filled with 3 ounces or more of alpaca fiber. Nesting balls hang from a piece of twine, and can be hung on a branch or tied.

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Washing and Combing Suri Fiber for Doll Hair

Doll makers from all over the world have purchased Suri Alpaca Fiber from us, and frequently I get asked how to wash and comb the fiber. Though I have washed lots and lots of alpaca fiber, I wanted to asked the experts what the best way might be to process it for doll hair.  Doll … Read more

Cleaning Suri Alpaca Fiber for Doll Wigs

In each of our pastures, there is a bare spot where our alpacas like to roll.  It must really feel good, but they do get very dusty.  The suri fiber we sell gets tumbled which helps get much of the dust out, then rinsed multiple times.  As you can see in the video, there still is some muddy water when washing it again.  Each step of the processing is a step towards cleaner fiber.

How to Make a Suri Alpaca Doll Wig

Find out how to make a Suri Alpaca Weft for Doll Hair Wigs using techniques using several techniques much easier and less time consuming than rerooting can be.

What I Did With This Year’s Alpaca Fiber

There are many options when it comes to processing alpaca fiber into a value added product.  Finding a fiber mill that will help you evaluate and determine the best use of your fiber is very helpful.  Morning Star Fiber Mill, an artisan fiber mill in North Carolina, offers custom processing and did our processing for … Read more

How to Separate Locks of Suri Fiber

Fiber of the suri alpaca grows vertically down the side of the body, hanging in long, separate, distinctive locks.  These individual locks are made up of many lustrous fibers.  Separating the locks of fiber is not hard, but it does take time.  I am a novice when it comes to video, so hope you’ll bear with … Read more

Tips for Purchasing Suri Fiber for Doll Hair

Doll makers are finding that suri alpaca makes beautiful doll hair!   Purchasing Suri Fiber in its natural form is the most economical way to purchase this silky, lustrous fiber.  There is a huge cost savings if purchasing an entire fleece, but this is usually way more fiber than needed for doll wigs. We offer our … Read more

Using Suri Fiber for Doll Hair

I gets lots of orders for Suri Fiber from doll makers all over the world, that use this natural fiber as doll hair.  This doll’s name is Zeina and her reroot was done by Belén de la Morena at DCBE Handmade in Valladolid, Spain. Not being a doll maker myself, I had to do some research. … Read more

New Yarn – Suri Alpaca Merino Lopi Lite Yarn

One of the things I did last year with some of our suri fiber was to have it made into Lopi yarn. Traditionally Lopi yarn comes from Icelandic sheep whose fleece is made up of two layers, each with a different kind of wool. The outer coat is water-resistant and contains long, coarse fibers, while the layer beneath is … Read more