Monthly Archives: May 2015

Setting Sun Felt

Back in March I wrote about a large, natural dyed wool felt wall piece I had started. Eventually I finished the wool “painting” and was very pleased with the result. I displayed it at Lyndhurst NY in early May and again at Mayfair in Allentown this past weekend. I am happy to say it has already found a home with art patron, collector and friend Stafford Wavrek . He told me he had to rearrange some of his existing pieces to accommodate the new acquisition. He is shown posing with the new art in my booth.

Setting Sun Felt

Setting Sun Felt

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Shearing Day at Shady Grove Farm

Once a year, in the spring, it is time to shear the alpacas. There are two benefits: fiber harvest time for me and a cool summer haircut for the animals. Since the temperature on the chosen

Linda assisting with sheering

Linda assisting with sheering

day in May soared into the mid-eighties the animals appreciated their sleek new look right away. The lower level of my barn was used for the operation as it is cool and fairly spacious. Two men from Worthington Acres Alpacas handled the clipping and several of my friends showed up to assist in the fleece collection process. I have thirteen animals so the shearing takes a few hours.

I end up with two bags of fiber from each animal which represent two qualities of wool. The blanket fleece is the first quality fiber for spinning and the neck and leg wool is seconds that I can use to make felt.

Alberto grazing with new haircut

Alberto grazing with new haircut

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