Now the Christmas and New Year celebrations are all over, its time to spend some time getting those fleeces prepared for processing. The Adelaide heat reduces the amount of time that I can spend in the shed but work still goes on….
The Belfast Mini Mill technicians, Andrew & Matt, have just been to service the mill equipment and to check that all is well. Thankfully, the weather wasn’t too hot, as coming from their Canadian mid winter to our summer could have been quite a shock.
Winter in Adelaide 2018
Winter usually sparks an interest in getting a knitting or weaving project going and “Doing Something With All That Fleece” from the last shearing.
Echo Beach Mill has seen quite a few groups of Handspinners, Weavers & Knitters coming through over the time. One of which was was the Aldinga and Sellicks Spinning, Knitting & Weaving group who came quite a long way for the visit. After the tour of the mill and explanations of how all the equipment works, we all retired down to the house for lunch and a chat about various weaving and spinning projects which I have on the go. A delightful day was had by all, despite the cold.
here’s their Thank You letter…….
NSS 2016 Aug 4-6 2016
Champion Craft Exhibit – Woven Lap Rug
Reserve Champion Felt – handbag
Reserve Champion Woven – cushion
2nd place felted item – cushion
AAA National Show & Sale 2015
New Feature added – a promotional link section on the “Links” page
AAA National Show & Sale 2015.
Thurs 10th Sept to 13th Sept 2015
See Echo Beach Alpacas – Fibre Processing Mill at our trade stand number 7/8
August 28th 2014
- The rug being featured on my “Journey of a Rug” page has now been completed and the final touches made in readiness for entry into the AAA 2014 National Show & Sale Craft Section
Take a look…..
June 6th 2014
- The mill has now re-opened for incoming fleeces. I have made a fair dent in the backlog & hopefully have reduced the waiting time to a more acceptable timeframe.
Please contact me about sending your fleeces in if you have been asked to wait.
Price list remains the same for July to Dec 2014.
- March 25th 2014
- The Gumeracha Spinners & Weavers visited the mill today & had a tour of the mill & had the process explained.Also we had a “Fleece Preparation” demonstration. As some weren’t “alpaca” people, it might have been the first time that they had seen this & it hopefully was beneficial for when they are sourcing fleeces for hand spinning.Some went away with bags of rovings, multi coloured bumps and yarn. Have fun!!!!!As a few were also weavers, we had a visit to my weaving studio & had a navajo plying demonstration.Thank you for your visit – I hope to see you again.March 1st 2014.My Mill is closed to incoming fleece until at least the end of June.In the meantime, you may still email me for advice, price lists & preparation sheets but if you could hold off sending any more fleece for a while, that would be greatly appreciated. The mill has reached capacity & its time to clear the back log of jobs. This happens every year around this time, as lots of fleece arrives all at once. A word of advice here is to plan well in advance with your yarn, roving & felt requirements.New page added for all you Weavers & potential Weavers out thereGo & see the new page – Journey of a Rug. This work-in-progress shows rug weaving start to finish.All aspects from initial fleece selection, preparation of the fleece into rovings, hand spinning, navajo plying and then the weaving.Events this Year 2014Tasmania – Alpaca Fiesta 2014
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th April – Easter Weekend
This is a great opportunity for all of my Tasmanian customers to come & have a chat. I will have a trade stand with plenty of info, photos, felt & more. Drop by my stand – I’d love meet you & put a face to the names.
AAA Conference – Adelaide 9-11 May 2014
Echo Beach Alpacas will be there with a trade stand for you to come & discuss all of your requirements.
AAA 2013 National Show & Sale – held in Bendigo Vic.
Anne Marie Harwood of Echo Beach Alpacas takes out
Champion Weaving & Champion Felting Exhibit