New Projects

I made it through another alpaca shearing with no injuries.  It was at Thunder Mountain Alpaca Ranch, Hereford, AZ.  The weather was perfect, the animals were calm and cooperative, and Lisa, the owner, had all the workers lined up and ready to go.


Here’s an alpaca before shearing.


Penny, the shearer, is an expert at shearing alpacas.Image

Part of my job was to gather the fleece as it came off the animal.  This was one of the fleeces that we all drooled over.Image 

Later, I changed jobs and got to hold the head while Penny sheared.ImageImage

Penny also did dental checks, filing the teeth down where needed.  No, it doesn’t seem to hurt them at all.  But, it does stink a little!Image

 The alpacas do look different when it’s over.  This is Bolt, one of the new babies.   Thanks, Lisa, for a fun time.Image

I have a new project started.  I’m trying rug hooking with yarn.  It’s another way to use my hand spun yarn.   I’ve always liked the look of primitive hooked rugs.


Last month, I also took an art class “Learning to Draw with Charcoal” at Cochise College, our local community college.  It’s through their Life Learning Center.  I wanted to learn to draw more of my own designs for tapestry weaving.  I’ll never become “Grandma Moses”, but it was fun and I’m going to keep at it.ImageImageImageImage

Pat helped me hang the Navajo rug.   I’m very pleased with the finished rug.Image

See ya,





About psobrien

Hi, my name is Sandy and I am a retired professional quilter turned fiber artist with my main interest in spinning wool , using natural plants to dye fiber to be used in tapestry weaving. I grew up on a dairy farm in Kentucky, travelled around the world and now make my home in Southeastern Arizona with my husband, Pat and Duffy, our Westiepoo.
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2 Responses to New Projects

  1. Cheryl says:

    It looks like you’re always up to something fun! Rug hooking with yarn looks like fun. I have a project I started that uses strips of wool fabric to hook. It’s tedious and I don’t enjoy it. I think yarn would be a lot more fun. Your drawings are great! I would love to take art classes again. I need to find some around here. Your rug is fabulous! So glad you have it displayed and are enjoying it. You should be so proud! 😀

  2. Cindy in Fl says:

    Fun shearing day! The rug hooking looks great! Love your art work!

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