Fiber Art — Knit, Felt, Weaving
Bellapaca Fashion and Fiber
40205 Quailrun Court, Lovettsville, VA 20180
Catoctin Cluster, Stop #5
About the Artist
Bonnie Kittrell became a fiber enthusiast and artist shortly after starting to raise and breed alpacas in 2005. She and her husband manage and show their beautiful herd of alpacas and the fiber they grow at Nationally Certified Alpaca shows across the US. Her farm, Double 8 Alpaca Ranch, has won many awards including the 2013 VAOBA Best Medium Alpaca Farm award for their award winning alpacas. Alpaca fiber is very soft with fiber diameter in the mid-teens, which is very comparable to cashmere. If you were to look at a single alpaca hair under a microscope, you would discover the scales on the fiber lay nearly flat giving it a luster and incredibly soft handle. Most alpacas do not secrete lanolin, which makes the freshly shorn fiber easy to clean. Once the herd is shorn each spring, Bonnie hand-skirts, washes, cards, spins or felts, dyes, and knits or weaves it into beautiful wearable art. She sells her hand-made alpaca garments, felted items, and art yarns during the Loudoun Farm Tours and Farmers Markets. The farm has hosted educational tours, Triangular Loom Weaving, and felting classes. Bonnie is also a middle school teacher in Purcellville. She offers free after school knitting sessions to her students.
Offering on tour: Spinning and felting demonstrations, visits with the herd, and a felting craft to do while you visit the farm.
Directions to Bellapaca Fashion and Fiber:
From Purcellville: Route 287 North to East Broad Way, then left onto Lovettsville Road. Right onto Downy Mill Road. First right onto Quailrun Court. Second property on the left. From Leesburg: Route 15 North to Lovettsville Road (right before Point of Rocks Bridge). Left onto Downey Mill Road. Right onto Quailrun Court. Second property on the left.