At Mahoe Hills you can learn how to make felt from alpaca fibre and other natural fibres. We follow the journey of the fibre from shearing to carding through to felting. The final result is a bag, cushion cover or scarf of your own design.
Mahoe Hills has a dye-garden and we teach a variety of eco-dye methods using leaves and flowers.
Another option is to create a mosaic from recycled materials.
We offer tailored full-day workshops for groups of friends or a special occasion (2-6 people)
We also offer half day craft sessions for individuals or small groups by appointment. In as little as 3-4 hours you can learn the basics of felting or mosaics and make a special item. Our craft sessions are popular with locals and overseas visitors alike and can be arranged at short notice or months in advance. Materials, morning or afternoon tea are included.
Mahoe Hills is a lifestyle farm located in a quiet valley between Brightwater and Wakefield, south of Nelson. Mahoe Hills is set within a backdrop of steep hills and native bush. The hills are home to our friendly alpacas. We have about 30 alpacas including white, fawn, brown, grey and black. The alpacas provide us with soft, luxurious fibre for spinning and felting.
There are extensive native and edible gardens surrounding the 100-year old restored cottage. The craft studio is a recent addition and we welcome visitors by appointment. Colourful felt and mosaic art is produced on site. Our gardens are dotted with mosaics and we have a small shop selling washed and carded alpace fibre.
Marion is an experienced NZ Registered Dietitian and offers part-time nutrition consultancy services and nutrition workshops.