Classes

Enjoy a class at Alpaca Meadows with other fun loving creative people, though many that attend claim not to be creative!  Learn something new or brush up on skills previously learned.  Class participants should be 16 or older, but kids 12-15 may register with an adult companion also enrolled in the class.

2024 CLASS SCHEDULE


Learn to Crochet Class – Saturday, January 20th and February 3rd CLASS IS FULL
Bear Needle Felting Class – Saturday, February 10th CLASS IS FULL
Learn to Knit Class – Saturday, February 24th and March 9th CLASS IS FULL
Bunny Felting Class – March 2nd CLASS IS FULL
Leprechaun Needle Felting Class – March 16th
Spring Chick Needle Felting Class – March 30th
Fabric Art Felting Class – Saturday, April 13th
Soap Wet Felting Class – April 27th
Purse Wet Felting Class – Saturday, May 11th
Yoga With Alpacas – Saturday, May 18th
Owl Needle Felting Class – June 15th
Frog Needle Felting Class – Saturday, June 22nd
Drop Spindling Class – Saturday, July 13th
Pumpkin Needle Felting Class – September 14th
Witch Needle Felting Class – October 5th
Turkey Felting Class – November 18th
Santa Felting Class – December 7th

 

 

Suri Alpaca Roving - Brown

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This listing is for 100% suri alpaca roving. Packages vary in weight and yardage with an eight ounce package having about 100 yards of roving.The color is brown, one of alpacas' many natural colors. This roving has been pin-drafted. Most roving is a wide strip of blended fibers that need to be pre-drafted, or split it into strips for easier handling during the spinning process. Pin-drafted roving takes care of that step for you!

Pin-drafted roving makes a great easy-to-spin treat for handspinners. Spin lightweight, Lopi-style singles, or draft the fibers out to make a finer yarn. It’s a great product for new spinners as the added processing usually makes it very easy to spin, with nicely organized fibers and very little spinner preparation required to make a beautiful yarn. You’ll find that hand-painted versions of this thin roving have a lot of great color blending, without much, if any pooling, as the short runs of color in the yarn blend more easily than the longer runs sometimes created with traditionally-sized roving.

Pin-drafted roving can also be used as is to create warm, lofty knitting and crochet projects, and works great as the weft for weaving projects. It’s a different and unique preparation, but well worth taking the time to spin on your wheel or spindle to create a beautiful, soft yarn.

The Suri alpaca is a member of the camelid family, which includes the llama, Huacaya alpaca, the wild vicuna and guanaco, and yes, the camel. The Suri dates back between 5 to 20 thousand years and is known from archaeological records to have been domesticated for 6,000 years.

Among the people of the Andes, the woven fabric from the fleece of the alpaca was so soft and alluring that it was used as currency. The Suri alpaca has unique fiber characteristics that distinguish the Suri from the rest of the camelid family. Unlike the soft fuzzy look of the Huacaya alpaca, the Suri's long, separate, distinctive locks are comprised of twisted or flat fibers that drape down the sides of the Suri's body. The Suri's fiber has a cool, slick hand. It is soft as cashmere, warmer than wool, with the luster of silk.

The first Suris were imported to the United States from Bolivia in the winter of 1991. Subsequent imports came in 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1998 from Peru, Chile and Bolivia. World wide, Suris account for only about 15% of the total alpaca population and are so rare that there may be fewer of them than the vicuna, the wild ancestor of the alpaca.

A suri in full fleece is absolutely breathtaking, with its locks blowing in the breeze. Suri fiber brings a premium price on the world market because of its unique characteristics and its scarcity.

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Custom classes can be scheduled for groups of friends or family (minimum 6 people).   Take a look at the Classes offered, choose one for your group, then Contact Us to schedule a date and time.  If you see a class you’re interested in that’s not yet on the schedule, please let me know and I’ll try to work it in sooner rather than later.

Be sure to check out our Kits … we have Needle Felting Kits, Wet Felting Kits, Felt Craft Kits, Knitting and Crochet Kits, and a Drop Spindle Kit.  More to come!

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