MABA Maryland Alpaca and Fleece Festival 2018

MABA Alpaca and Fleece Festival

Fleece, Yarn, Crafts, and Food!

What better way to spend a November weekend? 

Come on out and visit the MABA Maryland Alpaca and Fleece Festival at the Howard County Fairgrounds – admission is FREE!

There will be a great variety of vendors, so you can be sure to stock up for all of your winter crafting needs.  The festival features a huge assortment of one-of-a-kind project supplies and high-quality fibers of all sorts.   This is the perfect place to find that special something for a holiday project or gift!

There will also be seminars and classes if you want to try something new or just hone a skill you already have.

Our booth will be in the dining hall this year, so no matter the weather, you will stay dry and comfortable when you visit us.  As usual, we will be offering hand-spun art yarns made with fleece from our herd.  There will also be cottage-milled yarns from our herd’s fleece, spun at a local mill.  Heather will have beautiful felted pieces of wearable art for sale as ready-made gifts as well.  In addition to the items for sale, we will offer live demonstrations throughout the day, including spinning and blending boards. 

Stop by and say hello!

For more information visit the MABA Maryland Alpaca and Fleece Festival site.

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Creating Your Own Wearable Fiber Art

Calling all fiber fanatics, creative crafters or those looking for a fun hobby!

Breezy Hill Farm will be offering a half-day workshop in which we will create felted scarves using fiber from our alpacas and other fine animals. Participants will get to choose their fiber colors and embellishments, craft it into roving/batts, and then needle felt it into a finished piece of pure beauty and softness.

This workshop is suitable for anyone seeking to expand their creative horizons!  Whether this will be an introduction or a deeper delve into working with gorgeous fiber and an appreciation for soft, lovely, wearable art, you are sure to learn and have fun. Beginner-experienced crafters are welcome!

The registration fee of $125 will cover all materials, equipment, lunch, and snacks/refreshment during the workshop.

Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot soon!

You can visit our Meetup page to RSVP and reserve your spot.

Charm City Yarn Crawl 2018!

yarn crawl

We Say “Yarn”, You Say “Crawl”! Yarn! Crawl! Yarn Crawl!

We are thrilled to be participating in this year’s Charm City Yarn Crawl!  This is a wonderful week of exploring your local yarn suppliers, getting great discounts, and entering to win prizes!  You must purchase a Yarn Crawl tote ($15) and have it with you to receive the discounts, but believe us, it’s worth it.  The totes are available at our own Little Boutique online (for in-store pickup), or at any of the participating shops.  Fourteen different yarn stores in the area are participating, and every one of them will have great specials you won’t want to miss!

In addition to offering the yarn crawl discounts all week, we will be offering demonstration events during the weekends. 

On April 8, 14, and 15, we will have demonstrations every two hours, cycling through Ravishing Roving (art batts & rolags), Spiffy Spinning (art yarn techniques), and Fabulous Felt (needle felting).  Heather can’t wait to show folks the different techniques she’s learned at various workshops during the past year!

Please note that we will not be able to offer demonstrations on Saturday, April 7. 

Heather is giving a talk that Saturday with the Creative Knitters Guild in Kensington, so she won’t be on the farm to work her magic with fiber.

Please visit http://charmcityyarncrawl.com/ for all the details about the totes, the prize entry passports, and, of course, the participating shops.  We can’t wait to see you!

Join Us at the Frederick Fiber Fest!

This weekend, June 10-11, is the Frederick Fiber Fest, held at the Frederick News-Post Building.

We are excited to be a vendor at the Fest again this year, and look forward to enjoying the weekend with our fellow fiber enthusiasts, ranchers and artisans alike!

Of course, we will have gorgeous fiber products available for purchase, thanks to our beautiful alpacas!  You will love our collection of luxurious, one-of-a-kind yarns that are hand-dyed, hand-spun, and hand-corded.  For larger projects, we have a great selection of wonderfully soft cottage-milled yarns.

We have a large variety of colors and weights available – you’ll just have to see for yourself!

 

Admission to the event is FREE!  There will be food vendors as well, so go ahead and make a day of it!

Frederick Fiber Fest 2017
Frederick News-Post Building
351 Belenger Center Driver
Frederick, MD

6 Neat Uses for Soft Fluffy Alpaca Fleece

So, you’ve sheared your alpaca for the first time… or maybe you’ve bought some alpaca fleece in Maryland. But what to do with the fleece once you’ve got it? While selling it is certainly an option (who doesn’t need the money?), you should first take a look at how many cool things you can do with it yourself. You might know about some of its uses, but others might surprise you. Read on to find out more!

1. Yarn

Of course, you can turn your alpaca’s soft fleece into yarn. Anyone who’s a fan of knitting or crocheting can certainly appreciate some good quality fiber! Even if you don’t have the time or equipment to do the spinning yourself, there are many mills that are happy to process your fleece.  Most will even dye your fiber for you.  Imagine how many possibilities that opens up. Whether you decide to sell it, give it away, or make a masterpiece with it is up to you!

2. Clothing (especially winter wear)

Who doesn’t love attractive and comfortable alpaca fleece clothing?  Because alpaca fleece is hypoallergenic, anyone can include alpaca fiber clothes into their wardrobe.  Oftentimes, light-colored alpaca fleece can be dyed and handled in such a way that produces gorgeous shirts, bottoms, and clothing accessories. With the yarn produced from your better alpaca fleece, you can create the ideal shawls or cardigans for yourself or as gifts for your friends and loved ones.

Because alpaca fleece is so soft, warm, and comfortable, it’s ideal for winter wear. Imagine having light shawls during the summer and thick coats in the winter! Further, you can make gloves, hats, and scarves that are sure to keep you toasty and cozy during the coldest part of the year. What a blessing!

3. Felting

Just like sheep’s wool, alpaca fleece can be felted.  Felting the fleece opens up a whole new realm of crafting and fiber arts possibilities!  From fun and funky felted hats to delicate needle-felted accents on scarves to toys for kids of all ages, alpaca fleece felt produces items that are sturdy, hypoallergenic, and beautiful.

4. Rugs

If you think alpaca fleece is limited to clothing items, you can think again. Whether spun into super-thick rug yarn or felted, alpaca fleece produces durable and attractive rugs.  And, of course, since it’s alpaca fiber, it’s soft.  This makes it preferable to many wool rugs, which often use lower-quality wool; most feet agree that soft rugs are better than scratchy ones!  Who could argue?

5. Bedding

Using alpaca fleece for your sheets, blankets, or pillow cases can be one of the best decisions of your life. Nothing is better than a good night’s sleep, especially after a long and tiring day. That time in dreamland can be even more blissful when you’re surrounded by the warmth and comfort of alpaca fleece bedding. (You might not want to get out of bed in the morning, though!)  For smaller projects, you can create wonderful throws and afghans from alpaca fleece as well.

6. Toys

Almost every child has a toy they cling to at all times. If you’re in the market for a good child’s toy, you’re in luck! All of that extra alpaca fleece you have (if there’s any left by now) can be used to make the perfect toy. It’s almost guaranteed that your child will love a homemade stuffed animal toy made with real alpaca fleece. Such a toy is sure to put a smile on your child’s face! What better gift could you give?

Now that you’ve read through a variety of ways to use your alpaca fleece, why not get started? Of course not everybody has their own alpaca to shear for fleece.  We are thrilled to be a resource for alpaca fleece in Maryland, and invite you to peruse our collection of high-quality yarns, roving, and finished items.  You can stop by the Little Boutique at Breezy Hill in person or online.  We also will have booths in a few craft fairs throughout the year – check back for updates!