Russell Ratti

Russell RattiOperator Heart & Soul Alpacas and Spinnery

Russell & his wife, Karen Ball, own and operate Heart & Soul Alpacas and Spinnery in Penn Valley, California. Russell got involved in the alpaca industry when he purchased his first female in 2002. He quickly became immersed in the industry and established a successful breeding program of both Suri and Huacaya alpacas. Russell is a “hands on” breeder and quickly became enthralled in learning to shear his own alpacas. This quickly led to a successful side shearing business servicing breeders through out California and Nevada. Shearing was also where Russell gained his love and appreciation for alpaca fiber.

In 2010 Russell established Heart & Soul Spinnery, a custom fiber-processing mill. He has now been successfully operating Heart & Soul Spinnery for 6 years. Great has been the learning curve and great have been the accomplishments. Heart & Soul Spinnery now is a reputable full time operating mill servicing alpaca breeders across the country.

Russell’s attention to detail and desire to always better himself have been the main driving force towards his success. His knowledge for fiber preparation, best blending attributes and his skill in helping his customers achieve the best results from their fiber have made him a leader in the industry.