Greetings from Whispirit!
We are a family of artists and artisans. Our studio is in a large converted barn in the East mountains of Central New Mexico.
It All Started With Our Alpacas
The name Whispirit was the product line we began from our Whispering Spirit Alpacas Ranch located in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico. We had fallen in love with alpacas and their amazing, soft, strong and colorful fiber. Why? Because these USA alpacas, with the intentional feeding and breeding programs, produce a worthy fiber that rivals that of the traditional South American alpaca fibers.
About ten years ago we began to create fabrics that startle people. Most fiber lovers believe they know what to expect when they are told that a fabric is felted. It is bulky. Yet ours is sheer, drapey, so unexpectedly light weight. The secret? The fabric is made by needlefelting a sheer silk or cotton gauze with a cobweb like batt of alpaca. We do this, without any water, using our mechanized FeltLOOM. This mechanized needling machine was designed, patented and produced by an ingenious farming couple in Kentucky. The FeltLOOM’s over 900 barbed needles push and pull natural fibers into a solid piece of durable, lightweight cloth.
But It Does Not End There
We still make the fabric and very limited editions of felted hand crafted and sewn garments but we no longer have the alpacas. Our fiber arts creations are exclusively sold on our website and at Handwoven Originals in Santa Fe. We also accept custom orders on line or over the phone.
We are planning workshops in fiber arts and other art activities using our new and much expanded space.
And, as those who follow on Facebook will know, Lee has exploded as an abstract artist, You can see and purchase his works at https://www.whispirit.net/product-category/lee-b-liggett-studio/ What a fun new passion and new direction. Keep an eye on his work! He is already getting notice.
Stay tuned. As COVID releases its hold on us all, we are looking forward to welcoming you back here with us, in new and fun ways.