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list below was last updated
on 30 January 2017
27-28 January 2017
Oxford Fiber Arts Festival
Oxford, MS
10-12 February 2017
Spin-off Judge
FREE fiber workshops
TXOLAN Sweetheart Spectacular Alpaca Show
Fort Worth, TX
4-5 March 2017
FREE mini fiber workshops
and seminar
+ vendor booth
Southern Select Alpaca Show
Sevierville, TN
April 2017
Spin-off Judge
Wisconsin Alpaca & Fiber Fest
West Bend, WI
21-23 April 2017

Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival
Townsend, TN
26-27 May 2017
- workshops TBA
+ vendor booth

Middle TN Fiber Festival
Dickson, TN
June 2017
How To Train Your Fiber
CABO members & guests
October 2017
- classes tba
(no booth this year)

Asheville, NC
I am currently not accepting any more bookings for 2017

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I would like to express sincere
gratitude to TRIPP FORSTNER
and the staff at Magical Farms (MFI)
for their unwaivering trust and
support of my thoughts, ideas, and
ventures over the years.

May the new road ahead prove to be
the best adventure of your lives!

Magical Farms Alpacas

How To Train Your Fiber
selecting skirting washing dyeing carding

raw unwashed alpaca fleece

It's easy to feel intimidated by raw (unwashed, straight off the animal) fleeces. However, with some basic knowledge under your belt and realising that YOU have the upper hand, a whole new relationship with fiber begins. There is no need to fear those filled bags any longer, at the end of this class you'll be able to open them up and get to work, letting your imagination and creativity guide you. This class is designed for ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS, building a solid foundation from which to expand into whichever direction you choose. What you learn in this class are the exact same techniques that I use in my own studio, presented in an easy to understand format. Classes are small, relaxed and intimate, ensuring you have a wonderful experience. By the time you go home you'll feel confident and inspired. However, be prepared for a lot of hands on work, as you learn best by doing. This is definately not a boring sit-down class!

Part I:
We begin this class with a round table introduction to alpaca fleeces from a processing stand point - which are suitable to do by hand and which should be sent to the mill? The rest of the morning is then spent doing several activities:

skirting an alpaca fleece as a group
washing a piece of fleece using Unicorn Power Scour
dyeing the washed fleece with professional acid dyes
laying the dyed fiber out to dry

If this class is split over two days (usually this is the case at fiber festivals so that participants are not in class all day) we allow the fiber to dry all afternoon so that it can be used in the carding segment the following day.

If this is a one day class (usually this is the case at private farms and events where time is limited) the fiber will still be laid out to dry, but dyed fiber from my studio is used for the carding segment while the wet fiber dries. Participants will be able to bag up their dyed fiber at the end of the day and take it home.

Part II: CARDING (3 hours)
The next step in hand processing is preparing the washed and/or dyed alpaca fiber for spinning and felting by opening up the lock structure and aligning the fibers in a process called 'carding'. The carders we'll be using are Strauch Petites and I'll give you an overview of carder terminology, how it works, and why the Strauch line of drum carders are so perfect for alpaca. During this class you will learn:

carding 100% alpaca
carding an embellished batt
creating your own roving using a diz
creating rolags on a drum carder

During the course of the class we will talk about different blending fibers and blending methods, sparkle, packaging, and pricing.

All class materials including fiber and gloves are provided, but you may like to bring a notebook and a pen.

All students receive 20% off all fiber, sparkle, Power Scour and other goodies they want to take home after class.

- Wear comfortable shoes, and clothing you don't mind getting dirty
- A camera is always handy, and besides, you may want to share your creations with your Facebook friends during class
- Bring business cards to share - after all, we need to create a support network!

At the conclusion of the class you'll be able to purchase materials to take home including power scour; dyed and undyed blending fibers including wool, milk, bamboo, and rose fiber; sparkle and embellishings; and drum carders. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

Drum carders are shipped via UPS ground directly from the Strauch warehouse and usually arrive within 2-3 days. All carder purchases include tools, clamps, shipping, and $50* worth of product of your choice that you can take home right away so that you're ready to start when your carder arrives.

A little bit of background trivia:
This class was first presented by Moonwood Farm in April 2011 as a two day class for alpaca owners at Magical Farms in Litchfield, OH as a 'Magical Fiber Weekend' (photo album here). Later that year it evolved into two versions, the original full length fiber weekend and a shorter 'How To Train Your Fiber' version designed specifically for fiber festivals and one day events, both of which have been very popular.

'I want to take this class! Where do I go?'

10 February 2017
TXOLAN Sweetheart Alpaca Spectacular
Fort Worth, TX


26-27 May 2017 (pending)
Middle TN Fiber Festival
Dickson, TN


24 June 2017
CABO (Carolina Alpaca Breeders & Owners)
Venue pending


August 2017
VAOBA (Virginia Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association)
Date & venue pending, VA


October 2017 (pending)
Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival
Asheville, NC


HOW TO TRAIN YOUR FIBER & MAGICAL FIBER WEEKEND workshops have been conducted at:

Alpacadabra Ranch (for MI-Alpaca)
Pierson, MI

Bookmark Alpacas (for MI-Alpaca)
Laingsburg, MI

Borderline Farms
Monroe, SC

Clearview Alpaca Farm
St. Stephens Church, VA

Endless Farms Alpacas
Elberon, VA

Fiber Daze
Mt Vernon, MO

Indiana Alpaca Association
Bringhurst, IN

Kentucky Alpaca Association
Frankfort, KY

Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival
Lexington, KY

Lasso The Moon Alpaca Farm
Blairsville, GA

Magical Farms
Litchfield, OH

Magnolia State Fiber Festival
Vicksburg, MS

Mary's Alpaca
The Plains, VA

Middle TN Fiber Festival
Dickson, TN

SAFF (Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair)
Asheville, NC

Texas Trilogy Education Group
Maypearl, TX

TxOLAN Sweetheart Alpaca Spectacular
Ft Worth, TX

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(* standard carder purchases include a $50 credit, motorised carder purchases include a $100 credit)

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