Ballintotas Alpacas - The Fibre Studio
We are home to a small herd of double-registered, award-winning huacaya females; and internationally recognized, champion herdsires. We feature some of the top bloodlines in the industry. Our farm boasts a fully stocked on-site store, farm tours, educational support for new owners, and workshops in the fibre arts. Our farm's focus is on fibre and the importance of proven genetics in moving a herd's fibre production to its next level of quality and longevity.
Transforming the yearly fibre harvest from raw fleece into alpaca treasure is a lengthy process and it takes place in The Fibre Studio. Fleece travels from the skirting table through a sorting process after which it is kept for use on the farm, shipped to one of the many area mini-mills, or shipped out to a fibre co-operative. If it's kept on site, it travels from skirting table to tumbler to picker to carder (and sometimes to dye pot in the midst of that journey). What remains on site becomes the raw material for "Creations by Shannon".
These unique hand made items are created through the process of felting (raw fibre introduced to water, agitation and soap to produce a new fabric). In its simplest form, the art of felting produces soap in a sweater, dryer balls, and felted mitts. In its more complex form, it becomes nuno-felted scarves (fibre on silk with added textures and embellishments), purses, and even clothing!
Spending time with the alpacas is a great way to create balance in a busy life. When time allows, you can find me felting in "The Fibre Studio". My wish is that I had more time to spend putting my hands into the fleece and creating!
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