Blackwattle Yarn and Fibre is the creation of us, Angela and Matthew Smith, which we run from our farm ‘One Tree Hill’, located in Murrumbateman, NSW. Our farm and yarn businesses are named after two trees on our farm – the stunningly beautiful and old heather tree on the top of our farms one and only hill and the sombre, but truly gorgeous, black wattle trees that grow across our property.
We started our alpaca fibre love affair following the purchase of two alpacas, when we moved to the farm in 2008. The alpaca numbers grew quickly and we now run a herd of about 70 alpacas, mainly breeding females. We focus our alpaca breeding program on developing and producing alpacas that meet the industry standards, whilst focusing on the commercial needs of the fibre these beautiful animals grow.
Our yarn and fibre business grew from the humble beginning of processing and selling our own fibre grown by our herd, to a point now where we purchase and process bulk fibre from a broad acre alpaca farm in Binda, NSW, which runs over 3500 alpacas.
As a trained artist, Angela uses her skills learnt whilst completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts, to now create master pieces on yarn. Paint on canvas = paint on yarn! As a visual artist, Angela has a passion for creating colours and emotions using yarn and dye as her canvas.
Our farm, called One Tree Hill Alpacas, is located in Murrumbateman in the Yass Valley region. It offers picturesque views of the snow-capped Brindabella Ranges in winter and spectacular sunsets in Summer. The fertile ground provides excellent feed our alpacas all-year round. In summer, you may even catch a glimpse of our alpacas cooling off in the dam and a couple of wedge tail eagles flying over.
Learn more about our farm by visiting our website: One Tree Hill Alpacas.
Our passion for a sustainable fibre and yarn business within Australia is the driving force behind our brand and business. We are passionate about Australian grown and produced yarn and fibre. We produce and sell premium and luxury yarn and fibre, both hand dyed and natural ranges. We love sharing our joy of yarn and fibre with our customers, especially alpaca yarn and fibre that has been grown and processed in Australia.
Our core yarn bases are:
- Senna – 3 ply alpaca, merino and nylon yarn
- Wattle – 4 ply 100% alpaca (coming soon)
- Grevillea – 4 ply alpaca, merino and nylon
- Banksia – 4 ply 100% merino
- Acacia – 8 ply 80% alpaca and 20% merino
- Sparkle – 8 ply 60% merino, 26% nylon, 10% alpaca and 4% metallic
We are adding more bases to our offerings, some alpaca and some other fibres – watch this space!
We take great pride in working with some very talented Australian crochet and knitting designers to develop patterns to suit our yarn. It is a pleasure to connect with talented artists across Australia to blend their design skills with our beautiful yarn.
We care about the environment at Blackwattle Yarn and Fibre. We believe that by looking after our environment we are looking after our livestock, who in turn produce the best quality fibre that goes into our yarn.
The animals themselves, by natures design are more environmentally friendly that other livestock options. Alpaca have soft padded feet, that are very similar to the pads on kangaroos feet, therefore helping to minimise the environmental impact on our soils. Kinder to the environment than hard hoofed livestock live sheep. They also nibble at the grass and not pull the entire plant out like other livestock do.