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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 https://www.etsy.com/shop/RockGardenAlpacas or click on any of the product links in the blogs below.Thank you so much for visiting me here.

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.

COOKIE CUTTER NEEDLE FELTING

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 Rockgardenalpacas@gmail.com

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.

Copyright © 2011-15 Rock Garden Alpacas by Debbie Bohringer.

Please respect My Terms of Use: All patterns, e-patterns, printables, e-printables, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, articles and other e-products © 2011-2015 Rock Garden Alpacas & Inspired Creations By D - Designs by Debbie Bohringer. All rights reserved. Commercial selling or reselling by any means prohibited without the written consent of Debbie Bohringer.

However, you may link to my website(s)/blog(s) and the individual page(s)/blog post(s) (including 1 picture) but do not copy, reprint or duplicate my website(s)/blog(s) or individual page(s)/post(s) without my permission.

Items made from Rock Garden Alpaca & Inspired Creations By D e-products are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) of items made from Rock Garden Alpaca & Inspired Creations By D e-products are by permission only.

Copyright © 2011 -2015 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Debbie Bohringer of Inspired Creations By D,  Rock Garden Alpacas, and Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber. I'm a quilt maker, quilt pattern designer and alpaca farmer.  Please visit my Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber Etsy Shoppe at https://www.etsy.com/shop/rockgardenalpacas and my Inspired Creations By D Etsy Shoppe at https://www.etsy.com/shop/debbiebohringer .

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.


https://www.etsy.com/shop/RockGardenAlpacas?ref=hdr_shop_menu&section_id=16613098



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.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RockGardenAlpacas?ref=hdr_shop_menu&section_id=15170329


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.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RockGardenAlpacas/items?ref=pagination&section_id=15152371





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.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RockGardenAlpacas/items?ref=pagination&section_id=14469152



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.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RockGardenAlpacas/items?ref=pagination&section_id=12303240




Saturday, October 11, 2014

Our Rock Garden Alpacas Farm Store Is Officially Open







FULL ACCOYO & PERUVIAN ALPACA SALES AND BREEDINGS

FARM STORE FULL OF ALPACA FIBER PRODUCTS + much more!

FARM VISITS WELCOME by appointment

(607) 843-2582


From Route 12 - take South Oxford Bridge Road, right onto County Route 32 (East River Road), left onto Basswood Road and then left onto Wilcox Road; 2nd driveway on left.

From Route 206 - take County Route 27, left onto Basswood Road, sharp right onto Wilcox Road; 2nd driveway on left.

From County Route 35 - take County Route 27, right onto Basswood Road, sharp right onto Wilcox Road; 2nd driveway on left.

Rock Garden Alpacas is owned and operated by Karl & Debbie Bohringer. We can be reached at the following address:

Rock Garden Alpacas
173 Wilcox Rd.
P.O. Box 407
Oxford, N.Y. 13830
(607) 843-2582

You can email us at rockgardenalpacas@gmail.com 


You can also email us by clicking our "Fill Out Our Form!" button below. Thanks for contacting us!


Friday, March 14, 2014

NEW Hand Spun Yarns in Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber Store!


I have been having so much fun spinning away here at the farm!  

I have been spinning alpaca roving that I received back from the Mill after I sent it there for processing; or spinning from batts that I personally processed right from shearing, skirting, washing, picking, and carding/blending.  I then plyed them with Kidsilk Haze - 70% Mohair and 30% Silk - to make these unbelievable soft and lofty yarns.  For full descriptions see information under each picture below.  

All of my fiber products are sold thru my Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber Etsy Store simply click on the picture of the product you are interested in.  You will be redirected to it in my Store where you can follow the prompts from there.

Hand Processed - Hand Spun Alpaca - Merino Silk Top - 2 ply w/kidsilk haze - 5.3 oz. - 165yds
This is 165 yds of White Alpaca fiber from our male alpaca Cosmo, a Full Accoyo, Huacaya with a micron count of 18.3. This is considered to be Grade 1 - Ultra Fine - Royal Baby fiber. I personally hand processed this fiber right from shearing to skirting, washing, picking and then carding it into a batt with a Merino Silk Top blend of smokey greys, blues and burgundys. From there I spun it and then plyed it with 70% Mohair, 30% Silk, cream colored Kidsilk Haze to make this unbelievably soft, lofty, beautiful yarn.  5 hours were spent spinning this luxuriously soft fiber into 5.3 oz - 165 yds- bulky weight - 10 WPI Yarn.

Hand Spun Alpaca - 2 ply w/kidsilk haze - 5.5 oz. - 226 yds

This is 226 yds of White Alpaca fiber from the combined 1 yr (2012) and 2 yr (2013) prime blanket fleeces of our male alpaca Cosmo, a Full Accoyo, Huacaya whose micron count at age 1 was 16.6 and is currently at age 2, 18.3. This is considered to be Grade 1 - Ultra Fine - Royal Baby fiber. I sent this fiber from his prime blanket out to be Mill Processed into roving after he was shorn and I had skirted his fiber. From there I spun it and then plyed it with 70% Mohair, 30% Silk, cream colored Kidsilk Haze to make this unbelievably soft, lofty, beautiful yarn. It is an absolute dream!  6 hours were spent spinning this luxuriously soft fiber into 5.5 oz - 226 yds- bulky weight - 10 WPI Yarn.

Hand Spun Alpaca - 2 ply w/kidsilk haze - 4.7 oz. - 222yds

This is 222 yds of Light Beige Alpaca fiber from the grade 3 blanket of a neighboring alpaca farm. I had this Mill processed into roving and then I spun it and then plyed it with 70% Mohair, 30% Silk, cream colored Kidsilk Haze to make this unbelievably soft, lofty, beautiful yarn.  6 hours were spent spinning this luxuriously soft fiber into 4.7 oz - 222 yds- bulky weight - 10 WPI Yarn

Hand Processed - Hand Spun Alpaca - Merino Silk Top - 2 ply w/kidsilk haze Thick/Thin Art Yarn - 3.5 oz. - 91yds

This is 91.5 yds of White Alpaca fiber from our male alpaca Cosmo, a Full Accoyo, Huacaya with a micron count of 18.3. This is considered to be Grade 1 - Ultra Fine - Royal Baby fiber. I personally hand processed this fiber right from shearing to skirting, washing, picking and then carding it into a batt with a Merino Silk Top blend of smokey greys, blues and burgundys. From there I spun it and then plyed it with 70% Mohair, 30% Silk, cream colored Kidsilk Haze to make this unbelievably soft, lofty, beautiful art yarn that is spun thick and thin.  4 hours were spent spinning this luxuriously soft fiber into 3.5 oz - 91.5 yds- bulky weight/thick and thin/art yarn - 10 WPI Yarn. 

Hand Spun Alpaca - 2 ply w/kidsilk haze - 4.2 oz. - 136 yds

This is 136 yds of Medium Rose Grey Alpaca fiber from the grade 3 blanket of a neighboring alpaca farm. I had this Mill processed into roving and then I spun it and then plyed it with 70% Mohair, 30% Silk, black colored Kidsilk Haze to make this unbelievably soft, lofty, beautiful yarn.  4 hours were spent spinning this luxuriously soft fiber into 4.2 oz - 136 yds- very bulky weight - 8 WPI Yarn. 


Hand Processed - Hand Spun Alpaca - 2 ply w/kidsilk haze Thick/Thin Art Yarn - 4.2 oz. - 78 3/4 yds

This is 78 3/4 yds of Dark Silver Grey Alpaca fiber from our male alpaca Masquerade, a Full Peruvian, Huacaya with a micron count of 20.5. This is considered to be Grade 2 - Superfine Fine - fiber. I personally hand processed this fiber right from shearing to skirting, washing, picking and then carding it into a batt. From there I spun it and then plyed it with 70% Mohair, 30% Silk, cream colored Kidsilk Haze to make this unbelievably soft, lofty, beautiful art yarn that is spun thick and thin.  3 1/2 hours were spent spinning this luxuriously soft fiber into 4.2 oz - 78 3/4 yds- very bulky weight/thick and thin/art yarn - 6 WPI Yarn.


Hand Spun Alpaca - 2 ply w/kidsilk haze - 5.4 oz. - 204yds

This is 204 yds of Black Alpaca fiber from the grade 3 blanket - (23 - 25.9 microns) - of a neighboring alpaca farm. I had this Mill processed into roving and then I spun it and then plyed it with 70% Mohair, 30% Silk, royal blue colored Kidsilk Haze to make this unbelievably soft, lofty, beautiful yarn.  3.5 hours were spent spinning this luxuriously soft fiber into 5.4 oz - 204 yds- bulky weight - 9 WPI Yarn. 


Hand Spun Alpaca - 2 ply w/kidsilk haze - 4.5 oz. - 174yds

This is 174 yds of White Alpaca fiber from our girl "Sunflower" whose micron count is between 23 - 25.9 and considered - Grade 3 - Fine I had this Mill processed into roving and then I spun it and then plyed it with 70% Mohair, 30% Silk, violet colored Kidsilk Haze to make this unbelievably soft, lofty, beautiful yarn.  3 hours were spent spinning this luxuriously soft fiber into 4.5 oz - 174 yds- bulky weight -9 WPI Yarn. 


Hand Spun Alpaca - 2 ply w/kidsilk haze - 4.2 oz. - 211yds

This is 211 yds of Dark Fawn Alpaca fiber from our girl "Ivy" whose micron count is 23.6 - Grade 3. I had this Mill processed into roving and then I spun it and then plyed it with 70% Mohair, 30% Silk, beige colored Kidsilk Haze to make this unbelievably soft, lofty, beautiful yarn.   3 hours were spent spinning this luxuriously soft fiber into 4.2 oz - 211 yds- worsted weight -11 WPI Yarn.