There are a wide variety of animals used in fiber arts including Sheep for wool; Alpacas for alpaca; Goats for angora and mohair; Rabbits for angora and even Dog and cat hair can be spun up! In addition, the fiber world relies on working animals such as llamas and guard dogs for maintaining herds of animals.


BASICS OF LAMBING by Martha McGrath of Deer Run


Articles by Mike Safley are provided courtesy of Northwest Alpacas: Located in Hillsboro Oregon, Northwest Alpacas’ Ranch is one of the oldest alpaca breeding operations in North America. They are founding members of both the Alpaca Registry (ARI) and the Alpacas Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA).

The Wool Industry Faces a Prickly Question: Are People Allergic to Wool? || by Mike Safley

The World’s Finest Alpaca Breeder; Don Julio Barreda ||by Mike Safley

A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF ALPACA BREED TYPE AND STANDARDS || by Jude Anderson, Maggie Krieger, and Mike Safley