Thank you so much for visiting my blog - please forgive me if I have not posted in a while, it does not mean that we are inactive. Actually it is quite the opposite, it means that I have just not had a chance to do so with all the farm activity going on, setting up my farm store, creating products, and keeping my Etsy Stores up to date. If you are interested in any of my products please visit my Etsy store at or click on any of the product links in the blogs below.Thank you so much for visiting me here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Log Cabin Alpacas Fiber Now Available In My Etsy Store

Log Cabin Alpacas is in Harpursville, NY and is owned and operated by Karen Clark and Helen Harris.

They have approximately 30 or more alpacas - many award winning - and I was fortunate enough to acquire some of their fleece for my Etsy Store.  

Click on any of the pictures below and you will be re-routed to that item in my store. Click on the alpaca names for more information on them.

I handcrafted these rolags using the fiber from 3 of their wonderful alpacas, Zebulon, Zyanna and Renaizance

       2.0 oz Hand Blended Rolags - All Natural Medium Fawn Alpaca blended w/ All Natural Light Fawn and All Natural White Alpaca

Both of these rolags I made from their boy Gus's (Augustus) fiber:

2.4 oz Handcrafted Rolags - All Natural Black Alpaca w/ 100% Pure Merino Top Hand Dyed Malabrigo Nube - Pink & Purple and Purple Bamboo Top                   2.5 oz Handcrafted Rolags - All Natural Black Alpaca blended w/ 100% Pure Merino Top Hand Dyed Malabrigo Nube - Pink & Purple

I combined Gus's and Zyanna's fiber to create these rolags:

2.0 oz Hand Blended Rolags - All Natural Medium Fawn Alpaca blended w/ All Natural Black Alpaca

Zyanna's fiber was combined with Merino Top in this rolag:

2.5 oz Handcrafted Rolags - All Natural Medium Fawn Alpaca blended w/sandalwood colored Merino Top

Zyanna's beautiful fiber is also available in 1 oz and 4 oz packages of roving:

1 oz. Alpaca Light Fawn 100% Natural Prime Roving from Log Cabin Alpacas "Zyanna" For Spinning, Nuno Felting or Needle Felting                    4 oz. Alpaca Light Fawn 100% Natural Prime Roving from Log Cabin Alpacas "Zyanna" For Spinning, Nuno Felting or Needle Felting

I hand processed the fiber from Zebulon into carded batts utilizing his all natural fiber:

Hand Processed and Handcrafted - 100% Natural Medium Fawn Alpaca Fiber Carded Batt 2 Pack 5.5 oz.

and then combining his fiber with tropical color firestar and black diamond merino top:

Handcrafted - 100%  Med. Fawn Alpaca Fiber Blended w/Tropical Colored Firestar/Black Diamond Merino Top - Carded Batt - "Sparkly" 2.1 oz.

Last but not least is a light silver grey carded batt from Storm blended with black bamboo top and silver angelina:

Hand Processed/Handcrafted - All Natural Lt. Silver Grey Alpaca Blended w/Black Bamboo Top/Silver Angelina Carded Batt Sparkly 2 Pack 3.7oz

I absolutely love working with their fiber and will keep you updated with new items as I create them!

Thank you Karen and Helen!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

How To Cookie Cutter Needle Felt Free Tutorial and Free E-Book

NOTE: Felting Needles are EXTREMELY sharp - This project is not recommended for children without adult supervision. Please read all instructions before starting.

Please note the instructions provided herein are a general instruction into cookie cutter needle felting.

This kit includes all supplies you will need to make your design.  If the fiber provided is in roving form (long strands of fiber) simply pull it apart like you would cotton candy - Do not cut it.  Pull it apart so that it is all “fluffy” as shown in the pictures below:

If it is in batt form simply pull it apart to fluff it all up as shown below:

NOTE:  Some fiber in this kit may already be pulled apart for you and will only need to be fluffed.


Supplies you will need:

Cookie Cutter
Needle felting needle
Block of foam
Fiber in either roving form or batt form
Small pair of scissors

Place the cookie cutter on top of your block of foam.

Start by fluffing the fiber that you will be using in your cookie cutter design - once fluffed stuff it into the cookie   1cutter so it is pretty full.

Now take your needle.  CAUTION: The needle is very sharp! Always keep your fingers away from where you will be working with the needle.  It is a good idea to keep your needle “parked”  in the foam when not in use - as shown in the above picture.

 While holding the outside edge of the cookie cutter with one hand start poking the  needle straight up and down into the fiber inside.  (You are now needle felting !) There is no wrong way to do this - poke all over - just make sure that it is in a up and down motion; otherwise the needle can break.

Keep doing this until the fiber starts to flatten evenly  inside the cookie cutter - make sure to go around the  inner edge of the cookie cutter as well.  Add more fiber as needed to even it out.

Once you have started to flatten the fiber you will need to flip the cookie cutter over with the fiber inside.  While holding the cookie cutter slip your fingers underneath and gently pull up on the cutter and the fiber - it will be slightly embedded in the foam - flip the two over making sure to stuff the fiber back inside the cookie cutter.

Repeat needle felting with the needle as you did before - making sure to get around the inside edges of the cookie cutter as well - you will notice that your design will begin to take shape as the fiber is felting.

You will need to flip the two over several times. (If you do not do this the fiber will felt itself into the foam block) Once you have reached the thickness you want remove the design from the cookie cutter.


While holding the design in one hand VERY CAREFULLY needle felt around the outer edges to poke the stray pieces of fiber in and firm up any areas that need definition.  Using a set of small scissors - trim off any  excess fibers.

(Please note 1 hand was used to take pictures in some of the photos above that require two hands)

Now you are ready to decorate your design any way you want or simply leave it plain.  A small amount of fiber will go a long way when decorating.  Needle felting is very forgiving when decorating your design - if you are not   happy with it - simply pull it off!

Take a small amount of fiber rolled between your hands and needle felt it onto the star to outline the border - overlapping the pieces as you go along the edge; if you do not like the border simply pull it up and off.

There is no right or wrong way - let your imagination run wild to create your unique design!

When done thread a piece of embroidery thread or a ribbon onto a needle and poke it through the top center of your design so that you can hang it where ever you want.

Have Fun!!!

Should you have any questions - please feel free to contact me at

I also created a .PDF "How To Cookie Cutter Needle Felt" free e-book for this as well.

How To Cookie Cutter Needle Felt Free E-Book

To view and download my free e-book please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-book. Then just download our free .pdf e-book from the File menu in the upper left hand corner.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

All Natural - No Dyes - 100% Alpaca Bulky Rug Yarn Available in our Etsy Shop

This super soft, super bulky rug yarn is made of 100% all natural, no dyes added, alpaca fiber spun around a cotton core.

Super bulky rug yarns are used for rugs, chairs pads, fiber arts, baskets, handbags, place mats and coasters; and have even been knit into blankets or scarves using large needles or hooks.

Let your imagination run wild with this yarn!

Click on the link below and you will be redirected to my rug yarn page in my RockGardenAlpacas Etsy Shop.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Needle Felting Fiber Variety Packs Available In Our Etsy Shop

Needle felting variety packs for all your needle felting projects! These packs include all natural colored alpaca roving, and roving that I have dyed using acid based dyes.  Simply click on the link below and you will be redirected to the needle felting fiber page in my RockGardenAlpacas Etsy Shop.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hand Processed/Hand Spun Yarns Available In Our Etsy Shop

In this grouping you will find yarns that I have either spun from roving that I have received back from the Mill I sent my fiber to or fiber that I have processed from shearing to spinning.  Simply click on the link below and you will be redirected to our Etsy Shop and the listing for that item with all the information.

Carded Batts Available In Our Etsy Shop

I have carded these batts on my Strauch double drum carder.  In some cases I have blended them with Firestar or Angelina, Merino Top, Bamboo or simply other color alpaca fiber.  When carding I have put them through 2 or 3 times to make smooth, extremely soft batts out of Grade 1, Grade 2 or Grade 3 Prime Fibers. Simply click on the link below and you will be redirected to the page for carded batts in my Etsy Shop.

Carded Rovings Now Available In Our Etsy Shop

A beautiful selection of all natural 100% Alpaca roving from prime blanket fleeces Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3 fibers. This fiber was sent out to a mill to be processed where it was washed, picked, separated (dehaired - removing course fibers) and then carded into roving. All of this is sold in our Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber Etsy Store.  For more information - simply click on the link below and you will be redirected to our Etsy Shop.

Monday, December 8, 2014

My Sister's New Magnolia Pod Decorations

If you're a reader of my Linda's Blog you know how much I love pine-cones and decorating for the Christmas holidays with pine-cone trees and pine-cone baskets. ;Well, when my sister told me she thought wrapping her roving around magnolia pods and decorating them would make a wonderful Christmas ornament for her Rock Garden Alpacas Farm Store I had to ask what magnolia pods were. So she showed me during my last visit. I loved them.

Well, given my sister and I are never quite done with tweaking our creations she kept working on her magnolia pod ornaments until she had them just the way she liked them. She decided to add Angelina fibers, yarn, some dried berries, dried floral, silk floral and wire ribbon bows to them and the results, shown in the collage above and the pictures below, are just beautiful, I absolutely love them and think they make for adorable Christmas woodland ornaments. I hope you would agree.




All of the magnolia pods shown above are available in her Rock Garden Alpacas Farm Store.  If you're interested in purchasing them please contact her here or message her on Facebook here.