Saturdays on the Farm, aka Alpacas A to Z!
September 23rd, 2017 This is a great way to get hands on experience with alpacas. Come spend the morning “on the farm” learning all about raising alpacas.
What You Can Learn…and more!
You will spend three hours working on the farm. In the past, people have attended for a wide variety of reasons – everything from simple curiosity to a desire to purchase fiber/pet males or to get into the alpaca livestock business. No matter your reason, we’re sure you will find these events both entertaining and educational.
Dress comfortably, as we will be outside with the alpacas. Bring your questions and your curiosity. Open to anyone age eight and older or children accompanied with an adult. This event is free, but registration required due to limited group size — give us a call at 717.491.0036 or complete our online contact form for more information.
September 29th 9 AM to 3 PM
No skills required! You don’t even have to know what felting is to learn this craft! We’ll teach you everything you need to know and at the end of the day, you’ll have crafted an item of your choice using one of our kits. All supplies included! Limited only by your imagination!
Come spend the day outside at the farm: Enjoy the tranquil surroundings and the baby alpacas (crias) while you learn an amazing art form of fabric making. Class size limited. Preregistration required.
Basic information about felting both wet and dry
Learn various techniques and materials to create a pair of slippers
9703 Blue Spring Road
Mercersburg, PA 17236
October 5th 9 AM to 3 PM
Learn to Spin! Spinning is one craft you’ll find relaxing! But be careful as it is addictive! This class includes:
• Basic information about Alpaca and Wool Fibers
• Learning to spin on a treadle Spinning Wheel
• Learning to Ply, Skein, Set and use a Ball Winder
This is an introductory class to spinning fibre. No spinning wheel is required but you are welcome to bring a spinning wheel if you have one. Ashford wheels are available for purchase. No experience necessary. Limited class size
NOTE: The class is also available to patrons of The Guest House of LAAF during their stay. You will be provided with an Ashford Kiwi double treadle spinning wheel and alpaca rovings and you may continue to practice on the loaner wheel during your stay. We will cover the same topics as above.
October 13th 9 AM to 3 PM
Weaving is one of the most beautiful crafts you can do AND Rigid Heddle Weaving requires very little skill. This is an introductory class to weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom. At the end of the day you’ll have woven an item using a rigid heddle loom. All supplies are included plus Ashford rigid heddle looms, accessories, and stands ae available for purchase. We use an Ashford loom, but the class information is applicable to any of the rigid heddle looms and participants are welcome to bring their own or borrow one in class.
Rigid Heddle loom components
Warping the loom
Finishing your project
NOTE: This class is also available for patrons during your stay at The Guest House at LAAF where you can expect to learn and do all of the above.