An Alpaca Farm and Store on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Fancy Gap, Virginia

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Last updated on Jun 12, 2021

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About PeacefulHeartAlpacas

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Three generations of love for alpacas and their fiber

Peaceful Heart Alpacas has been home to three generations of the Willis family: Sharla Willis, her son David, and her parents Mike and Linda. We were seeking a peaceful lifestyle where we could spend time working together outside, and we found it with our alpacas among the Blue Ridge Mountains. We live here with over 50 alpacas ranging in age from just a few months to 19 years of age. They fill our pastures and our hearts with joy. Alpacas are a gentle and curious animal with a high degree of intelligence. We love to interact with them and get to know them each as individuals. Once a year we shear them, and are blessed with a harvest of hundreds of pounds of ultrafine alpaca fiber which we use to create our alpaca yarns and items hand crafted at our farm.

We began looking into alpacas in 2005, after Sharla started spinning. She loved working with alpaca, and quickly was hooked on this incredible fiber. Soon after we had the chance to meet some alpacas up close at a Fiber Fair and started on the road to investigating the alpaca lifestyle. It was a short trip for us as we soon realized that this was the perfect life for us. David loved anything that involved animals and/or being outdoors; Sharla was looking for a small farm; Linda had already fallen in love with ‘those cute alpacas on TV’; and Mike was impressed as we visited a number of alpaca farms and talked with alpaca farmers. By the end of the year we had purchased our first alpacas and were searching for our dream farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

We found the perfect place as we were driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway one evening. A small, old farmhouse with springs, creeks, trees, and plenty of good pasture land. We moved in February 2006 and started to work getting the property ready. We built a barn and sheds and began fencing. As we got each pasture fenced in and a shed ready for them to use, we began moving our alpacas home. By the end of the year, everyone was on the farm and we had had our first two crias born.

Since then, the farm has continued to grow and expand in ways we did not initially expect. Our 100 year old farmhouse has proven to be the perfect location for a three room store, full of alpaca products both locally made and fair trade certified from Peru. One room has become a fully stocked yarn shop with alpaca yarns of every weight and color as well as knitting needles, crochet hooks and patterns. Our middle room is full of yarns and fiber from our alpacas, and things that we make here on the farm. We also have all our products online.

It was no surprise that Linda and Sharla have become weavers and knitters in addition to Sharla’s lifetime love of crochet, but nobody expected Mike to create such lovely handwoven shawls. He’d never had a chance to explore his creative side, but has proven to have a great eye for color and loves to weave. David focuses on shearing alpacas for us and a number of small alpaca farms in our area, though occasionally creates fiber items as well. Our love of fiber arts led to the creation of our fiber art classes throughout the year, exploring all the wonderful things you can do with alpaca fiber. In October 2008, we held our first weaving class in our new fiber studio located in the upper pasture surrounded by alpacas.

It all comes back to the alpacas. We love being with them and getting to know their unique personalities, and sharing them and their incredible fiber with others. We hope you enjoy the lovely fiber and yarns our alpacas have produced as well as the items we create with fiber from our alpacas and the other fabulous yarns we carry in our shop.

Recently, we have retired and closed the farm. Our family is still working with alpacas and their fiber in other locations. The alpacas have all moved to new farms and are doing wonderfully. We still have some beautiful fiber from our alpacas available here for sale. We invite you to enjoy working with it as much as we have over the past 11 years.

Shop members

  • Sharla Willis

    Owner, Creator

  • Linda

    Owner, Creator

  • Mike

    Owner, Creator

  • David

    Owner, Alpaca Shearer

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