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Alpacas of Indian Point Hills

Bart and Rhonda Leinberger
17229 VanEman StPetersburg, IL 62675

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Ashford Dealership

Monday, February 5, 2018

Owl Always Love You felting class at Timberview Alpacas

The finished project!

The finished project!

Saturday I taught a felting class at the farm of Rick and Elizabeth Lord, Timberview Alpacas. We made a needle felted owl with a little heart in his wing for valentines day. We had a little wine and did a lot of felting!
Everyone's owls turned out great! I think they all had fun.
It looks like I will be back at Timberview tentatively in March for another class.
I think we will do a hummingbird. I'm working on the design and class plan now!
I'm having so much fun teac
A little wine to get the creative juices flowing

A little wine to get the creative juices flowing

Friday, January 26, 2018

Avacado Pitt Dye

Into the pot they go

Into the pot they go

I love being able to use things found in nature for dyeing. I had been wanting to try Avacado pitts so I've been saving them in the refrigerator for a few weeks.
I finally got around to it and I must say the results are fabulous.
I first cleaned and carded some white fiber. I had 9 pitts saved but I decided to go with 7 and hold back a couple. I know the more you throw in the dye pot the deeper the color saturation but as this was my first go of it I wasn't sure what to expect. read more...


The end result!

The end result!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

White Christmas!

We had a white Christmas this year for the first time in 7 years! This picture was taken Christmas Eve morning. It was beautiful out and the girls has clearly been outside for a while. They all had snow on their backs. They do have a nice warm dry barn to be in but unless it is bitterly cold with blowing wind they usually prefer to be out. The snow hardly penetrates their thick blanket of fiber and if you dig down in to the fiber you would likely find that they are dry at the skin.
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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Live Nativity

We were asked to participate in a live nativity at the Good Shepherd Lutheran church in Rochester, Illinois last night. It was a beautiful night. We took Rocky and Arrieta and they were a big hit with all. I wish we would have had a pen that fit in better, the metal looks out of place, but that is the only portable pen that we have. There is nothing better than a live nativity with the story of the birth of Jesus being told to get you in the holiday spirit. Hopefully we can participate agai read more...

Monday, December 11, 2017

Felted Snowman Class