The Fiber Studio

The Fiber Studio

Completed in June, 2013, my new fiber studio really is a dream come true in every way imaginable!  It required a lot of thought and a lot of planning but it has become a much needed “retreat” in my hectic life.  It’s a place where creativity takes over and where passion fuels the flames of production.  I have always believed if a person created a business surrounded by passion, then it’s not a job at all.  It’s a lifestyle and it’s living a dream come true.  Welcome to my dream world!  Come on over and let’s have a cup of fresh coffee together and decide how to spend the day immersed in creativity and the things we love most!

In 2003 we closed the door to commercial fiber processing for the general public.  It was not because I wanted to close the door.  It was a necessity to preserve what marbles I had remaining in the playing field.

I was elected to the Board of Directors of The Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) in 2002 and became President of the Board in 2003.  Very quickly I realized the hours involved in managing the national breed association and knew I would be deemed insane to try to continue processing fiber and fleeces for all our customers.  Reluctantly, all of the fiber processing equipment moved into storage along with thousands of pounds of my own alpaca, Merino wool and cashmere.

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When my term on the national association’s Board of Directors was completed in July, 2008, my full attention was once again able to focus on my herd of alpacas and fiber production.  In June, 2013 the fiber studio became a reality.  We began moving fleeces out of cold storage where it had been safely stored and began to refit the processing equipment, gearing it toward private production.

At the end of the day, I had a lot more fiber in cold storage than I estimated.  With almost 24,000 pounds of fiber (yes, the comma is in the right place in that number), I began to rethink the way the studio would be setup and organized with production wheels grinding in the forefront.

Suffice it to say, it has been an adventure!  It’s absolutely crazy wonderful to wake up each day and be able to hand-spin, dye, knit, crochet, needle felt or do whatever I want to work on as the mood deems appropriate to schedule that day.  I really do mean it when I say it’s a dream come true.

Unfortunately there are more fleeces living here than I will ever be able to personally hand-spin during my natural lifetime so I’m totally expecting my friends and customers to step up to the challenge of helping me with this endeavor of life and love that is to follow.

Being a hand-spinner myself, I know how challenging it can be to find clean, consistent and high-quality fiber to spin.  My business is geared toward totally supporting and spoiling all my friends and customers that have a real passion for hand-spinning.  I promise to produce the very best, high quality cloud, batts and roving that I can humanly produce for you.

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Fast Forward to January, 2016

Beginning in January, 2016, the fiber studio will resume full-scale alpaca and fiber-related activities including a once-a-month fiber day where friends gather to spin, knit, crochet or simply enjoy conversation and spending time with other friends with fiber interests.  We will also offer knitting & crochet instruction with regional instructors to help you get from “beginner” to “full steam ahead” at whatever pace is comfortable for you.

Do you dream of learning to hand-spin?  There are always classes available for you in the fiber studio.  I also have a dozen different spinning wheels, most of them Ashford, that you are welcome to try on for size before you buy one of your own.  Selecting a wheel that’s perfect for you is an important investment and one that should not be made by a long distance telephone call or photograph with a description.  You’ll be a lot happier with your final wheel selection if you take some time to drive it around the block a few times first.

We will also be conducting dyeing seminars on a regular basis with acid dyes and some fun, natural plants and mordants which is always a blast.

Regardless of your skill level with hand-spinning, knitting, crochet, dyeing or other fiber/yarn related passion, we are here to help you in any way we can.  The coffee is always fresh!  Plan to come on over and “spin your day with me” and let’s have some fun!

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About the Author:

Amy enjoyed an active title insurance and real estate career until discovering alpacas in 1997. A passionate animal advocate and experienced fiber artist of more than 40 years, she raises alpacas in order to hand-spin, dye, knit, crochet and socialize with friends with fiber-related passions.