Fiber Animals -April 2024

Meeting April 3rd, 2024

9:30-10:00 am – Visiting
10:00 – Lectures about Fiber producing animals
11:00 – Guild meeting
12:00 pm – End



All meetings are currently held in-person and online via Zoom.

In Person:

Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center
2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa CA 95405


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Guild members who raise animals for fiber will present information about their lives with
their animals. These three busy members have cared for and, in most cases,
developed close relationships with their animals. They have had to find sources to
wash and process the fiber so that it can be processed into yarn.

JoAnn Slissman has raised sheep for 38 years. JoAnn currently has 44 Romney and
Wensley sheep that she is raising in Occidental. She also has an alpaca who watches
over her sheep. She started raising Romney sheep when she sought out better wool for
beginner spinners. JoAnn’s sheep produce high quality fiber that JoAnn uses in her
crafts, felting, in addition to her paintings.

Sophia Brantley has been raising goats for 16 years. Sophia has 17 Angora and
Pygora goats of which some are prize winners.

Karen Taussig will discuss her life with her alpacas. She has used the alpaca to
insulate her studio as well as producing fiber for crafts. She has been raising alpacas for
11 years in Monte Rio. She currently has two alpacas.