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Sunday, April 5, 2015

California Classic Roundup Alpaca & Fiber Show

April 11 & 12, 2015
Dixon Fairgrounds, Dixon CA
F R E E A D M I S S I O N !!
You and your family are invited to the Tenth Annual California Classic Alpaca & Fiber Show. CALPACA returns the Premier California Alpaca Show again this year to the DIXON Fairgrounds April 11 & 12. A multitude of ranches from all over California, Nevada, Oregon and Arizona will be represented. What better way to learn more about the alpaca industry than to talk to alpaca breeders and meet 200 alpacas face to face plus, get your hands on their luxurious fiber? Admission is FREE! Be sure to bring your camera!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

CLASS - Exploring Mushroom and Lichen Dyes with Alissa Allen

SATURDAY, MAY 16TH 10am to 3pm

$80 Includes all supplies - Pre-registration required at or email questions to Alissa Allen

Many wild mushrooms and lichens contain permanent, intensely colored dyes. In this workshop, you will explore a multitude of local dye mushrooms.

Wild foraged fungi and ethically harvested lichens will define our palette. Using 10 species of urban and woodland fungi, along with eco-friendly mordants, we will create a full spectrum of incredibly rich colors - about 20 in all! Learn about foraging, ethical practices, basic identification concepts, and get hands on experience extracting mushroom and lichen dyes for wool and silk.

Shibori dye techniques will be demonstrated and you will take home a beautiful hand designed silk chiffon scarf, a rainbow of dye samples created in class, recipes and complete instructions for recreating the dyeing process at home, and a color guide to the best local dye fungi and lichens.

DO NOT MISS THIS unique educational opportunity to learn about the brilliant dyes found in wild mushrooms and lichens.

Pre-Registration is required

Sunday, April 5, 2015

CLASS - You made THAT on a Rigid Heddle Loom! This class has been cancelled and will be rescheduled

Sunday April 19th 10 AM - 2pm

Instructor: Colleen Harvey-Arrison,
$20 Non-Members

No weaving experience necessary. Please email for your reservation.

BRING: A lunch. If you plan on practicing on a pre-warped loom, please bring yarn and a stick shuttle (if you have one)

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Colleen will be demonstrating weave structures most commonly use on a rigid heddle loom:

Anything but "plain" plain weave
Finger Controlled lace Weaves
Pick up for warp and weft floats
Warp and Weft faced cloth
Using 2 heddles for finer setts and double layers
Variable dent reeds

Colleen will warp a loom in less than 40 minutes: measuring, sleighing, beaming and threading using the direct warp method.

After lunch, student will have the opportunity to experience weaving on one of the pre-warped looms.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Shearing Demonstration and Spring Alpaca Sale

Join us on Saturday, March 26,2016 from 10 AM to 3 PM
Rain or Shine

LEARN about alpacas.
WATCH the annual harvest/shearing of their fiber.
SEE fiber artists processing the fiber.
SHOP in the boutique for alpaca products and gifts.
ENJOY a beautiful day in the country.

Where: Arapaho Rose Alpacas
10702 Arapaho Dr
Redding, CA
Diplomat Before Shearing

Diplomat Before Shearing

Diplomat After Shearing

Diplomat After Shearing

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

International Alpaca Oydessy 2014

Amelia took Second Place

Amelia took Second Place

The results are in.....
Commercial Halter:
Amelia Second Place
Cora Lee Second Place
Gypsy Sixth Place
Lindbergh Fifth Place

Commercial Division of Fleece Show:
Amelia First/Color Champion
Malika First/Reserve Color Champion
Mulan First/Reserve Color Champion
Calif Dreamin First/Reserve Color Champion

What a fun show. At the herdsire auction I was high bidder on a great breeding that will bring new genetics to my herd. I also purchased a beautiful Black Suri that is pregnant and over due. Yahoo!
Lindbergh took Sixth Place

Lindbergh took Sixth Place

Vantaggio Offspring

Vantaggio Offspring

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Red Hat Ladies

WE had a great day with the Red Hat Ladies. They came to meet the alpacas and to observe us spinning and shearing. Despite the bad weather we were able to find dry alpacas and it didn't rain during their visit. What a fun day.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Shasta Land Trust visits the Ranch.

Shasta Land Trust had an fund raising event at the farm today. It was a beautiful day and I made lots of new friends.

Shasta Land Trust was founded in 1998 as a non-profit organization dedicated to permanently conserving open space, wildlife habitat, and agricultural land.

We demonstrated shearing, spinning, weaving, they brought their lunches and watched the shearing and visited the alpacas in the fields. What a wonderful day.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Alpacas at the Women in STEM Confrence 2014

The AAUW- Empowering women since 1881, presented the Women in Stem Conference for 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Girls at Shasta Collage. This is the 4th year we have participated and the first year we have been asked to be a presenter. Our topic was Animal Husbandry.

I'm not sure how well the presentation went but I know the alpacas were a hit. The goal of this conference is to encourage girls to continue their education beyond high school. We talked about the history of the alpacas as well as what it takes to raise and breed alpacas. We had an exercise where the girls were given EPD information (at a very simplified level) with a set of goals and asked to determine which male would best suit the female. The group of girls that attended these sessions asked specific and detailed questions.

Without a doubt the hit of the meeting was getting to met Magdalena and Lindbergh the alpacas. We had a great day!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Picking up Leaves

The girls dining on the leaves.

The girls dining on the leaves.

It was a beautiful sunny day in Redding so decided to tackle more leaves. This time down the drive way. I had a plan blow the leaves up against the pasture fence then pick them up. My "girls" got in on the act. They were pulling them through the fence and eating them, yum yum! No worries they are ok leaves. The dogs stood by to watch.
The dog stood by watching.

The dog stood by watching.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Snow in Redding

12-6-13 Snow in Redding

12-6-13 Snow in Redding

I know snow is not unusual but it is unusual in Redding. I have a whole new respect for those of you that live in areas are cold and snowy all winter. I really don't enjoy hauling warm water or bucking hay in the snow. Fingers cold, feet cold, you know it's cold when you go into your walk-in box to warm up and it's at 33 degrees inside the box. There is a reason I live in California at 500 feet.

Who thought when we were 110+ this summer that the rain chains that looked so neat would freeze?
Frozen Rain Chain

Frozen Rain Chain