Intro to Weaving on the Cricket, November 2, 10 am – 4 pm. Instructor Bob Cathel will lead the class through the basics of weaving on a rigid-heddle loom. Cost includes a Schacht Cricket loom, yarn to make a scarf, and a box lunch – $190. Pre-registration by Oct 1 is required.
We are open all year by appointment. Call us to schedule your visit: (509) 837-8012
Anniversary Celebration – June 22 & 23, 2013: Join us as we celebrate the start of our 3rd summer season. Meet our charming alpacas and see why we are so excited about being part of the growing United States alpaca fiber industry. Learn about alpacas and the many ways they’re fine fiber can be used. Tour our farm and meet the chickens, horses, and donkeys as well. Open 10AM-5PM, June 22 & 23, 2013.
Shearing – May 23 & 24, 2013: We will be “bringing in the harvest.” Stop by for a bit and see how it is done. We would love to see you here!
Watch us at the Northwest Alpaca Showcase – April 27 & 28, 2013: We are bringing our babies to the show this spring! Watch us as we participate in the annual alpaca show for our region — April 27-28 at the TRAC in Pasco, WA.
Beginning Felting Class – February 9th, 1:00-4: 00 pm: This class will introduce you to needle and wet felting with alpaca fiber. We will start by needle felting on a pre-made form to make a cute alpaca toy. We will wet felt a bar of soap to understand the properties of wet felting fiber. Next, we will make wet felted balls that can be used as anti-static dryer balls or forms for needle felted animals. If time allows, we will discuss the process of making felted shoe insoles and slippers. The cost is $38 and will include the kit for a complete needle-felted alpaca and fiber samples for the other projects made during the class. Class instructor is Danise Cathel. Please RSVP by February 8th.
Survey of Spinning Class – February 23rd, 1:00-4: 00 pm: This class will introduce you to the beginning concepts of using a wheel to spin and ply, fiber characteristics, and preparing raw fiber for spinning. The cost is $38 and will include fiber samples for use during the class and a 5 oz bag of alpaca roving to use at home. Bring a spinning wheel if you have one, but this is not required to take the class. Class instructor is Danise Cathel. Please RSVP by February 22nd.
Beginning Spinning Wheel Class – Rescheduled due to injury. Please contact us for the new date or watch our website.
Learn the skills to make the yarns you love. Lesson 1: fiber preparation and short-draw method. Lesson 2: Plying and finishing your yarns. Long-draw method. Lesson 3: More drafting techniques with other fibers. Location: Silbury Hill Alpacas Teacher: Cheryl Reed Class fee: $97 (including supplies). You’ll need a working spinning wheel with at least three bobbins, Lazy Kate, handcards, and 1 pound of wool roving. The wool will be more fun in several different colors. Also, bring a pen for adding notes to the many handouts. Cheryl can help you rent a wheel and find wool roving. To register, contact Cheryl, firstname.lastname@example.org, 509-628-0188 or Silbury Hill Alpacas,SilburyHillAlpacas@gmail.com
January Drop Spindle Class – Rescheduled due to injury. Please contact us for the new date or watch our website.
Learn to make a singles yarn, to ply it and to finish your yarns. We’ll start with wool, then move to silk and alpaca. Your supply kit includes everything you need to take the class, plus class notes. Location: Silbury Hill Alpacas Teacher: Cheryl Reed Class fee: $88 (including supplies: storage box, spindle, nostepinne, skein winder, and fibers to spin). To register, contact Cheryl, email@example.com, 509-628-0188 or Silbury Hill Alpacas,SilburyHillAlpacas@gmail.com. Class limited to 6 students.
Fiber Sorting and Grading Seminar – October 27 and 28, 2012:
Futurity Breeder of the Year and national fleece judge, Ursula Monroe of Tripping Gnome Farm, will teach a 2-day class on fiber sorting and grading. The course will include classroom instruction and lots of hands-on experience. Participants will learn the basics of assessing fiber characteristics to assist with product selection decisions. This is going to be an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to learn more about alpaca fiber and what to do with it. Cost is $275 per person. $50 deposit is due at time of registration. Seminar starts at 9 am on October 27 and will end on the afternoon of October 28. Register soon as space is limited.
National Alpaca Farm Days at Silbury Hill Alpacas – September 29 & 30, 2012:
Join us for this Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association sponsored an event. Visit our alpaca babies and learn about our farm and the growing national alpaca fiber industry. Watch demonstrations of spinning and weaving. Open 10 AM-4 PM.
Intermediate Spinning Class with Cheryl Reed – September 15, 2012:
If you can spin to fill a bobbin and 2-ply, you can do this class. Cheryl will be teaching the methods to control the weight and length of finished yarn. Cost is $65. RSVP by September 14th required. The class goes from 10 am – 4 pm.
Pacas and Peaches at Silbury Hill Farm – August 25 & 26, September 1 & 2, and September 8& 9, 2012:
Pick your peaches and meet our alpacas. Visit the new babies and see why we are so excited about being part of the growing United States alpaca fiber industry. Open 10 AM-4 PM during these three weekends. If you wish to visit our farm another day, please call for an appointment: 509-837-8012.
Anniversary Celebration – June 23 & 24, 2012:
Join us as we celebrate our 1st Anniversary. Meet our charming alpacas and see why we are so excited about being part of the growing United States alpaca fiber industry. Learn about alpacas and the many ways they’re fine fiber can be used. Tour our farm and meet the chickens, horses, and donkeys as well. Open 10AM-5PM, June 23 & 24, 2012.
Shearing – May 19, 2012:
We’ll be “bringing in the harvest” this weekend. Stop by for a bit and see how it is done. We would love to see you here! May 19, 11am – 4pm.
Watch us at the Northwest Alpaca Showcase – April 28 & 29, 2012:
We are bringing our best to show this spring! Watch us as we participate in the annual alpaca show for our region. April 28-29 at the TRAC in Pasco, WA. www.nwalpacashowcase.com
Show Prep Party – April 21, 2012:
This is the last weekend before the big show on April 28 & 29. Come help us prepare our boys and girls for the show ring – we will be haltering, grooming, and taking them through the steps in front of a pretend “judge.” On the farm, from 1 pm – 4 pm.
Fiber Preparation and Sorting Class – March 17, 2012, 10 am – 1 pm:
Certified Fiber Sorter, Frieda Scheiber, will be on our farm on Saturday, March 17th, to teach a hands-on class on how to prepare your fiber for products, including how to collect and sort during shearing. She will also talk about some of the new opportunities that are in the works with Alpaca United’s 2012 Fiber to Market Project. Potluck lunch for all attendees after the class (please bring a salad or main dish). Cost is $20 per farm. RSVP by March 10.
Intro to Felting, September 7, 1-4 pm
Learn the basics of wet and needle felting. Make a needle-felted alpaca, wet-felted dryer balls, and participate in a project on the wet felting machine. Cost is $45 and includes supplies.
Felt Hat Class, October 5 & 12, 1-4pm. Instructor Linda Mackey will demonstrate and help participants make a custom felt hat over the two class days. Cost includes all supplies, including the hat form and felt – $100. Pre-registration by Sept 15 is required.