Welcome to Paddock to Garment

Paddock to Garment, in the beautiful town of Cygnet, Tasmania is an Alpaca and Silk Farm with a nearby Spinning and Weaving Studio & Gallery/Shop, run by Karen Grady & Gordon Drake.

The Paddock the farm was founded in 2012 on property that had been in the family for four generations.  We started with two alpacas and a spinning wheel and progressed to a small herd of alpacas, 23 mulberry trees, more silk worms then we could count, two weaving looms, sewing machines and a dedicated solar powered Studio & Gallery/Shop. In 2017 we relocated to Cygnet, Tasmania.

The Garments are an eclectic mix of alpaca and silk, sometimes with locally sourced up-cycled items. The garments are created for citizens of the world. People who love luxury fibres, people who are inquisitive, people who appreciate an item made by an artisan and are capable of understanding the true value of classically unique.  The garments are created for people who love timeless design – they are, forever garments.

Paddock to Garment starts with outstanding raw materials from our property: we try to ensure that much of what goes into a garment comes from our land. The up-cycled items used in garments are sourced locally in support of local charities. It is ethical fashion: fashion with a conscience. All items are designed and created within 2km of the fleece & fibre producers. The best of raw materials, innovative but simple designs, lots of craftsmanship and work, and a passion for what is beautiful.

Studio Gallery Visits and Weaving Classes

“Begin weaving” workshop ($285.00 pp) – In my two day weaving workshop you will learn what yarns to use for which projects, how to wind a warp, setts, how to warp the loom, and different weaving structures.  You will learn how to weave with a boat shuttle and take home a piece of your weaving. Limited to one per class, hands-on, on a Schacht Baby Wolf four shaft floor loom (a beautiful compact modern loom).