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Felting – A Magical Process at Overland Park Arboretum

Fiber, (alpaca or wool) hot water, soap and agitation. Put these all together and you can create felt. Felting is an almost magical process turning [...]

By | March 23rd, 2017|Fleece and Fiber, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Felting – A Magical Process at Overland Park Arboretum

Sorting and Grading Alpaca Fiber

Why sort and grade your alpaca fiber? The main reason is to improve the quality of the end product. This can make you stand out from your competitors when it comes to sales!

By | March 1st, 2017|Fleece and Fiber, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Sorting and Grading Alpaca Fiber

Your Best Friend – Your Alpaca Veterinarian

Finding a good alpaca veterinarian is a top priority for your alpaca farm. As you become more experienced in handling your animals and dealing with [...]

By | February 16th, 2017|Alpaca Library, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Your Best Friend – Your Alpaca Veterinarian

Alpacas – the ‘golden oldies’.

I read recently that the oldest sheep recorded in the Guinness Book of Records was 28 years and 51 weeks old! That made me think [...]

By | January 13th, 2017|Alpaca Health and Herd Management, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Alpacas – the ‘golden oldies’.

Alpacas in Winter

It may not be officially winter but the cold weather with  it's freezing blasts has certainly arrived. After the long stretch of above average temperatures [...]

By | December 9th, 2016|Alpaca Health and Herd Management, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Alpacas in Winter

Alpacas: the antidote for election blues!

For those of us who are worn out by this Presidential election or upset about the result here are some pictures of alpacas to ease [...]

By | November 11th, 2016|Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Alpacas: the antidote for election blues!

Dealing with the loss of alpacas.

We have lost two alpacas within the space of a week, both of them in their teens. The first was a fourteen year old [...]

By | October 5th, 2016|Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Dealing with the loss of alpacas.

Blending alpaca with other fibers

I love when my alpaca fiber comes back from the mill. It really is 'Christmas in August'! I use Shepherd's Mill  in Phillipsburg, Kansas and [...]

By | August 21st, 2016|Alpaca Library, Fleece and Fiber, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Blending alpaca with other fibers

Preparing alpaca fiber for the mill.

You've made the decision to send your alpaca fiber to a mill for processing. Now what? How do you prepare it for the mill? Carefully [...]

By | August 11th, 2016|Alpaca Library, Fleece and Fiber, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Preparing alpaca fiber for the mill.

Fleece Shows

The AOA National Fleece Show is taking place this coming weekend, July 21 to 24, in Arlington, Virginia. Volunteering at a fleece show and the [...]

By | July 21st, 2016|Fleece and Fiber, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Fleece Shows