INTRODUCTION TO ALPACAS (day class) $25/person (limit 10 per class) 9A-3P
We are offering this seminar to provide information about alpacas and the various aspects of owning them. The seminar will cover: -What are alpacas and their history -Why do people raise them -The animals (from health to feed to vet care) -What is needed to raise them -How to make it a business -Business Plan/Model -Marketing, Sales & Resources The seminar will be held at our farm and will include time with the animals. All attendees will leave with a resource manual and a better understanding of what it is to be an owner/breeder of alpacas.
HAND-PROCESSING FIBER (day class) $25/person (limit 10 per class) Class Time: 9A-2P We are offering this seminar to provide information on hand processing of fiber. The seminar will walk people through the process from raw fiber to finished products. We will spend the morning working through the process of skirting, tumbling, washing, picking and carding. After lunch we will then look at dyeing, spinning, needle felting, wet felting, knitting, and weaving. All attendees will have the opportunity to try all the various aspects of working with fiber. The seminar will be held at our farm and will include time with the animals.
INTRO TO NEEDLE AND WET FELTING-(day class) Class Time: 9A-3P A unique class taking people through the two very different ways of producing felt: needle felting and wet felting. By the end of the class you will have had the opportunity to produce both needle felted items and a wet felted bag or beret. This class should be a lot of fun and you will definitely learn a lot about fiber and how to work with it to make things with felt. You will get your hands wet when you wet felt and you will be working with felting needles while you needle felt $70/person including materials. (limit 6 per class) minimum of 3 to hold class .
RIGID HEDDLE WEAVING (day class) Class Time: 9A-3P Interested in weaving but just not sure where to start or sure if it is for you? This class is the entryway to weaving using a rigid heddle loom to create a scarf. The class takes the attendees through all the steps of warping and weaving a basic loom. We will discuss the steps as we do them so you feel comfortable in going forward on your own if you choose. You will also receive a handbook that will assist you so you have a reference in the future. By the end of the class you will have created a scarf from alpaca fiber that you will be able to show your workmanship. $85/person including materials. (limit 4 per class) minimum of 3 to hold class.
4 HARNESS WEAVING (2 day class) Class Time: 9A-3P Still interested in weaving and think weaving with a bigger loom might be for you? This class will take you through weave structure, warping a larger loom, setting up the treadles, and weaving. We will discuss the steps as we do them so you feel comfortable going forward on your own if you choose. You will also receive a handbook that will assist you so you have a reference in the future. From this class you will have the basics to step up to larger looms if you have the desire. The theory is the same, just more steps. At the end of the class you will have created a sampler from alpaca fiber that you will take to show your workmanship. $100/person including materials. (limit 4 per class) minimum of 3 to hold class.
Most classes do require a non-refundable deposit to reserve your space. Call or email to reserve your seat. Deposits can be mailed to: C&M Acres 33707 663rd Ave, Maxwell, IA 50161