AlbaRanch

All Things Fiber, Yarn and Art.

New Era, Michigan · 594 Sales

AlbaRanch

All Things Fiber, Yarn and Art.

New Era, Michigan 594 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(289)

Announcement   Alba Ranch is a husband and wife team of Fiber and Art. They are inspired and intrigued by texture, color and nature, particularly the unusual. They have raised most fiber animals and now concentrate more on the fiber and arts with some critter care. Melisa has been dubbed a "fiber freak" and "a mad scientist dyer cackling over her vat of dye in the corner" and she just loves to create! Charlie travels all over the world and has his camera and paint brush at the ready. Come see some of their work and stay tuned as Melisa enters her next phase of even MORE Wearable Art!

Announcement

Alba Ranch is a husband and wife team of Fiber and Art. They are inspired and intrigued by texture, color and nature, particularly the unusual. They have raised most fiber animals and now concentrate more on the fiber and arts with some critter care. Melisa has been dubbed a "fiber freak" and "a mad scientist dyer cackling over her vat of dye in the corner" and she just loves to create! Charlie travels all over the world and has his camera and paint brush at the ready. Come see some of their work and stay tuned as Melisa enters her next phase of even MORE Wearable Art!

Melisa and Charlie Morrison

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5 out of 5 stars
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Kc Adams

Kc Adams on Jan 24, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Lovely fiber, that spins up into a lovely light cream color. As someone who just began spinning, I wanted a bunch of nice fiber for a good price, and this is even nicer than I expected!

Susan Cooper

Susan Cooper on Jan 24, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Wow. I'm gobsmacked by the beauty. This is so lovely that I've put it in a prominent place so I can just stare at it until I decide how to spin it and use it - eventually. I almost wish I'd ordered more, but for now, I'll content myself with its beauty and ponder the possibilities. This a great price for such lovely stuff. It was packaged well and came very quickly. Many thanks!

Susan Cooper

Susan Cooper on Jan 24, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

This is really top quality top and came well packaged and in very good timing. I can't wait to use this somehow in a spinning and knitting (or weaving) project. Many thanks for such top quality spinning fiber!

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About

Shutter Bug and Fiber Freak

We are a husband and wife team of Fiber and Art. Melisa learned how to hand spin and weave in Aberdeenshire, Scotland where Charlie was born and where they lived for the first 6 years of their marriage. they came west to Colorado and their ranch tract of undeveloped land to start homesteading. Recently they have moved the entire Alba Ranch to MI only 5 miles from Lake Michigan. What a pallet of colors and various fun growing things to see for inspiration in the dye pot!

Melisa hand spins yarns in all sorts of fibers and weights and is a mad scientist dyer. She paint the dyes on the yarn and fiber with the same passion she used to reserve for her oil painting. It it so much fun creating and painting, her new medium is now fiber instead of a canvas. She is really starting to reach and grown with her wearables and will start making more jackets, coats, shawls and skirt. Keep on the look out for more of those. She is at her most happy when surrounded by fiber with lots of color and texture.

Charlie has been painting and doing photography for most of his life. His day job has him traveling all over the world in many countries seeing many things others can only dream of. He tries to have his camera and paint brush at the ready at all times to never miss THAT shot!

All of their items are individually created so there are no two alike. Even if there are multiples of a hand painted yarn skein, they will work together but still be individual and slightly different in each color vat and dye lot.

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    Shutter Bug and Fiber Freak on top of Skyline Drive in Canon City, CO

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Last updated on Apr 20, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Returns and Sizing

We do not accept returns due to color variation in monitors, cell phone, or video screens. Due to most of our items being hand painted, dyed, or natural colors, we do our best to describe color, sizing and items as true and with as much description as possible. Please ask questions prior to purchase to make sure you are pleased with your item.

Any returns accepted will be a case by case basis in our discretion.

Buyer must ship item back in clean and original condition. Buyer will receive refund after item is returned minus original shipping via original payment method.

Custom and personalized orders

Many of our items are hand painted and special dye lots. All are individually created so there are no two alike. Even if there are multiples of a hand painted yarn skein, they will work together but still be individual and slightly different in each color vat and dye lot.

We do not do custom dye lots for rovings, tops, yarns or wearable art and finished pieces. These pieces are already finished in a custom color, or left in their natural state.

Care instructions

Most of the hand dyed and hand painted items have been washed by hand in the dye and set process.

Occasionally a piece will still have a bit of dye in it that might bleed.

We recommend that items are hand washed in COLD water with LIKE colors to ensure color staying where it is supposed to. Do not wash wool fibers or items made from wool fibers in hot water with soap and agitation or the item will FELT.

Dry flat or line dry where appropriate, Do not dry in an electric dryer or item will FELT.