StevenBe is in the house!

Blackwattle Alpaca Yarn is super excited and so very pleased to host StevenBe with us during the Fibre with Friends Retreat - 21st and 22nd of September. Insert excited Angela here!

Steven Berg, or StevenBe as he is known, has been combining art and craft since his mother Christa taught him to knit as a boy in Wisconsin.

By the age of eight, he was creating sequined gowns for Barbie dolls and knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. It was only a matter of time until his love of design-led him out of Wisconsin to New York City, where he studied at Parsons and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Since then, his international career has allowed him to lead a glamorous life in Hong Kong, Milan, Paris, and Miami. By 2003, success in the fashion capitals of the world had begun to lose its sparkle, as the corporate life led him further and further away from the creative process he so loved.

When it became clear that something had to change, Steven headed to Rosemount, where his sister Monika Oeltjen had settled. Together they opened The Yarn Garage and set about creating a scene, which is after all, what Steven does best.

These days his StevenBe store can be found in Minneapolis, situated in a converted Fire Station, that has been likened to walking into a two-story temple dedicated to a love of the fibre arts. He has a lust for wild colour and texture and has had the privilege of being nominated as one of the top 10 yarn shops in North America by USA Today.

Steven will be spending two days on our alpaca farm, relaxing during the retreat and socialising with our retreat guests.

Fibre with Friends Retreat

We still have a few tickets left! 

What to spend a weekend crafting with friends, getting spoilt and learning all about alpacas? Then our Fibre with Friends Retreat is for you!!

We still have tickets available for our on farm Fibre with Friends Retreat – 21st and 22nd September 2019.

It is a 2 day, 5 star ‘on-farm alpaca experience’,  being held on our farm “One Tree Hill”, Murrumbateman, NSW. Friends, new and old, getting together to celebrate all things alpaca and for those passionate about fibre, art and crafting. The two day retreat will be full of all things alpaca with lots of wonderful classes and very knowledgeable teachers!

The weekend includes:

  • 4 workshops for each person (2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday)
  • Saturday and Sunday – morning and afternoon teas, lunches (sit down chef catered lunch), tea and coffee all day
  • Saturday night – 2 course, chef catered, dinner and drinks (on-farm)
  • Alpaca Fibre and Yarn Discussion Panel (Saturday afternoon before dinner)
  • gift bag with lots of local goodies valued at over $200
  • 10% off the Blackwattle labelled yarn and fibre from the Farm Shop over the weekend
  • Retail Hub – designer products for sale and information displays
  • meet and greet the alpacas and take a few for walk
Also one lucky quest will get naming rights for one of our baby alpacas!!

Participants will be able to choose from a wonderful range of workshops, and there will be lots of choose from. The retreat fee $940 covers everything (excluding transport and accommodation). It covers all meals, drinks and all workshops. There are no additional costs for any of the workshops; the only thing that attendees need to bring is their favourite crochet hooks and knitting needles. All supplies for the workshops will be provided.

More information and to book your tickets here!

Message from our CEO 

(aka our llama Canyon)

Hello Everyone,

Canyon here -  the CEO. Everyone knows that it is all about me... right?

And because it is all about me, I'm sure you understand that I am not really sure about StevenBe coming here an upstaging me human Angela seems very excited so he must be an alright bloke!! Can't wait to spit on him, I mean 'glitter him', when he visits us - heheheee!! I have heard Steven loves glitter....lets see if he likes my type of glitter!
Don't tell my human, Angela, my plans's just our little secret!

Lots of love and glitter - Canyon

P.S. I won't really spit on him but I bet we would both look so hot rocking a couple of bright shawls as we walk around the farm sharing our stories!!
Until the next newsletter please take care and enjoy your crafting activities! 
Angela - Blackwattle Alpaca Yarn and Fibre
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