Alba Ranch is Melisa (from MI) and Charlie (from Scotland) Morrison. Melisa spins, dyes, felts, weaves, and crochets. Charlie makes fiber tools and art. Together they raise llamas, goats, dogs, cats, and chickens in the woods near Lake Michigan.
Llamas are sheared…huuurah! Let’s celebrate. Use code Thanku25 for a 10% discount off orders over $25 excluding shipping.
Alba Ranch is a husband and wife team of Fiber and Art. They are inspired and intrigued by texture, color and nature, particularly the unusual. They have raised most fiber animals and now concentrate more on the fiber and arts with some critter care. Melisa has been dubbed a “fiber freak” and “a mad scientist dyer cackling over her vat of dye in the corner” and she just loves to create! She spins, dyes, felts, weaves and crochets. Charlie travels all over the world and has his camera and paint brush at the ready. Come see some of their work and stay tuned as Melisa enters her next phase of even MORE Wearable Art!
Processing: The time we need to prepare an order for shipping varies. For details, see individual items. If an item is to going to be delayed before shipping, we do contact you as soon as possible to explain the processing delay.
Shipping: Items are generally shipped in 1-3 business days from order time. We use USPS for the bulk of our orders and reuse any packaging and bubble wrap to keep costs down and reduce waste.
We do our best to meet these shipping estimates, but cannot guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.
Generally we do not accept returns. but any returns accepted will be a case by case basis in our discretion. Please do contact us if there is a problem with your order.
We do our best to describe color, sizing and items as true and with as much description as possible. Please ask questions prior to purchase to make sure you are pleased with your item.
Buyer must ship item back in clean and original condition. Buyer will receive refund after item is returned minus original shipping via original payment method.
We do not accept returns due to color variation in monitors, cell phone, or video screens. Due to most of our items being hand painted, dyed, or natural colors.
Working Enviornment: We are a working ranch. We have critters. We have llamas, goats, dogs, cats, and chickens. The only critters that live in the house are dogs and the occassional bottle baby goat. The cats live outside. We are a non smoking family. We do use essential oils, so your item might smell extra nice at times.
Care Instructions: Most of the hand dyed and hand painted items have been washed by hand in the dye and set process. Occasionally a piece will still have a bit of dye in it that might bleed. If some excess dye still remains, item can be washed in cold water and vinegar to set the dye even more.
We recommend that items are hand washed in COLD water with LIKE colors to ensure color staying where it is supposed to. Do not wash wool fibers or items made from wool fibers in hot water with soap and agitation or the item will FELT. Dry flat or line dry where appropriate, Do not dry in an electric dryer or item will FELT.
Custom Orders: Many of our items are hand painted and special dye lots. All are individually created so there are no two alike. Even if there are multiples of a hand painted yarn skein, they will work together but still be individual and slightly different in the same color vat and dye lot.
We do not do custom dye lots for rovings, tops, yarns or wearable art and finished pieces. These pieces are already finished in a custom color, or left in their natural state. The style of dyeing is very serendipity, and as such duplication is nearly impossible nor it is even encouraged or sought after.