Mr & Mrs Blue move to the country and buy alpacas. When the alpaca are shorn, there's lots of fiber to make finished products. Explore life on the farm enjoyed by kids and adults.
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The Cookie Cutter Kits are so much fun to make. Use the cookie cutter as a template. It keeps the felting needles away from your fingers and the fibers contained. Then add the details with the felting needle. Color it simple, use our designs as a guide or get creative and design your own.
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Did you know there are 2 breeds of alpacas? The Huacaya (whaw KI ya) is the most common. In fact approximately 90% of all alpacas in the United States are huacayas. They are sometimes referred to as the Teddy Bear Alpaca because they have soft fiber that grows out in all directions away from their body. Suri alpacas have long dreadlock style locks that hang down from their body and part in the center.
All alpacas come in approximately 16 colors and can be patterened. Some even have spots!
Baby alpacas are called crias (KEE ahs). Most crias are born in the morning or early afternoon. They weight approximately 15-18 pounds and can walk almost immediately after birth. They love to play with other crias. Some cria games are racing, "bumber babies", and king of the hill.
Crias stay with their mom until they are weaned when they are approximately 6 months old. They are full grown when they are 2 years.
Did you know why barns are painted red? It began hundreds of years ago in Europe. Farmers used a combination of linseed oil from the flax plant, milk and lime. This harded as it dried. Iron was often added to repel mold, fungus and moss. The result was not the bright red we see today, but a rust-orange color.
Did you know that there are several stories about billy goats? One of my favorites is the Billy Goats Gruff which is a Norwegin fairy tale. Do you know how many billy goats there were in the fairy tale of Billy Goats Gruff? Did you know that the moral of this story is not to be greedy? Check it out. it's about three billy goats, a bridge and a very ugly, greedy troll.
Did you know that there are about 19 billion chickens in the world? That's a lot of chickens. In fact, that's more chickens than people! Chickens are grouped into 60 different breeds. They eat bugs and slugs which keeps the barnyard bug free. They also eat fruits and veggies. Plus they can lay about 300 eggs a year. Now that's one handy bird!
Did you know there are approximately 16 popular breeds of cows living in the United States? They come in all colors and sizes depending on their breed. The most common colors are black, red or beige.
We love happy cows - don't you?
Cowboys (and cowgirls) live on a farm or ranch. Cowboys today are often associated with rodeos. Did you know that rodeo events are based on the skills cowboys needed to work and care for their cows? Today cowboys have equipment to help with these chores. But in the 1800's, cowboys had to catch and hold 2,000 pound animals for branding and vacinations. Bull riding - well that was created to show off.
Leather booth with high tops and stacked heels date back to the 11th century. The modern cowboy boot comes from the cowboy era of 1866 - 1886 when cowboys needed protection from brush, snakes, mud and water. The slick soles and rounded toes make it easy to slip into the stirrups. The very pointy toes became fashionable in the 1940's and are still a popular fashion accessory today.
If you live on a farm, then you'll most likely wear a cowboy hat. Cowboy hats can be made from straw for hot weather or felt. Felted hats are made from the short undercoat or downy fibers of many different animals. These fibers are manulipated into the desired shape and become water resistant. Their wide brim protects the skin from sun too - that's a good thing because cowboys (and girls) are outside a lot!
Did you know that a miniature horse is only 34" at the withers and weights about 150-200 lbs? They look just like a large horse, only smaller. Ponies are different than mini horses. A pony must be shorter than 58" at the withers and have shorter legs in relation to their bodies. Ponies are also stockier and more muscular than horses. They weigh between 200 lbs - 900 lbs depending on the breed compared to full size horses weigh 850 - 2,200 pounds.
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On our farm, we have Quarter Horses. I designed this picture based on our horse, Kemosabe who has a white blaze and a dab of pink on his nose. The recipe card that comes with kit shows a different horse. You can create your own horse design or create one of each.
Did you know that sheep were one of the first domesticated animals? They have been domesticated for about 10,000 years in central Asia. But it wasnt until 3,500 BC that man learned how to spin their fleece into wool. It was the first organized industry and the wool was the first international trading commodity. Totay there about 1,000 breeds of sheep throughout the world.
Did you know that the Texas Longhorn is a decendent of a breed of cattle that Christopher Columbus brought over from Europe? They have so many colors, there isn't even a list of possible colors and no two look exactly alike. They are characterized by their, well, long horns which can grow to be about 40" long and span about 7' from tip to tip.
Do you think all pigs are pink? Nope, pigs can be white, black or different shades of pink. Pigs are very talented. They have about 20 different sounds to talk to each other. They can squeal as loud as a rock concert - an astonshing 115 decibles! Pigs can run fast too - up to 11 mph that's a 7 minute mile. But they can't sweat like a pig. Pigs don't have sweat glands. They cool off by wallowing in water or mud. How cool is that?
Do you like to do the Chicken Dance? Did you know that roosters dance for chickens? The rooster dance is called tidbitting. When roosters dance, their waddle shakes and waddles too. Roosters dance and wiggle their waddle to get the hen's attention. What do you think the hens think about when the roosters dance? I think they break into their own Chicken Dance!
Tractors are a MUST for modern farming. You know that horses once did the work on the farm that tractors do today. But did you know that it wasn't until 1954 that the number of tractors surpassed the number of horses on the farm? In the 1930's tractor wheels were made of steel. The wheels of a HUGE tractor can be taller than a human!
This is an INTERMEDIATE project because of the detailing and the large tractor wheels. But if you think about it, tractor tires are HUGE treads which make them look lumpy.
Many farms decorate their barn. Depending on the part of the country the farm is located is the type of decoration you will see. Some barns are used as bill boards along a highway. Some have painted quilts or Dutch symbols. In the Midwest and West you'll probably see barns with the five point star hanging above the barn door or on the top half of a horse's stable door..
Sometimes they are painted to match the barn's colors, but often they are made of metal and colored rusty chic.
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