|Here's our Wonders of Wool Instructor lineup for 2014!
965 – Blending Fibers With A Hackle
Diana’s former life consisted of lots of computer technical workings, but what she dreamed of was owning a farm with fiber animals. After ’retiring’ from computers, moving halfway across the country, the opportunity came about to buy a farm, load it with Icelandic Sheep and a wild, enjoying ride has ensued. Now raising Icelandic Sheep, Angora Goats, Angora Rabbits and a few mix-breed wether boys, Diana enjoys using Old World processing tools and dyes. Viking Combs and Hackles are a mainstay in her life of fiber processing.
879 – Matchbox Amulets
938 – Kaleidoscope Buttons
Lynne Bergschultz is an illustrator and graphic design artist who began working with polymer clay more than ten years ago. She’s created and sold countless one-of-a-kind sets of Bergschultz Buttons and never tires of working with polymer. Early years as an art educator developed her desire to encourage individual self expression and a sense of experimentation in students. Polymer is a perfect medium for all ages and abilities. Lynne considers adult workshops a great opportunity to share her passion for polymer.
933 – Artistic Fiber Blending
Melissa is a mother to two handsome little boys, and a wife to a wonderful and supportive husband. She has a very friendly cat and two fiber producing rabbits. Blending fiber is her passion and loves to mix a variety of fibers on her drum carder and handmade blending board. Melissa loves spinning textured art yarn and will rarely find her knitting on needles smaller then 10.
876 – Slub Fun
937 – Ultra Spongy Singles
Laurie Boyer, previously an illustrator with many works in juried exhibits and private collections, currently works with fiber. She has won numerous awards, including two of Majacraft’s international competition for innovation in hand-spinning with her original yarn techniques and garment designs. Articles about her or her garments and fiber art have appeared in Spin-off, Belle Armoire, American Livestock Breeds Assoc. newsletter, Handspinner.com (Alberta, Can.), Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools. She has demonstrated and taught many spinning, knitting and felting classes to all ages at zoo’s, museums, wildlife sanctuaries, elementary and secondary schools and universities as well as home-schooled classes, boy scouts, and professional art groups.
743 – Felt Underfoot: A Traditional Felt Rug
763 – Holey Moley Scarf
853 – Cuffed Slippers
873 – Felt Shoes III: Snazzy Sandals
932 – Putting Feelings Into Felt
962 – Spirit Talisman
Kelly started on her wool craft odyssey in 1975 with four horned Dorset sheep which came to her five acre homestead in Lake Odessa “just to keep the pasture down.” In the spring, she fell in love with the lustrous fleece revealed by the shearer’s work. She designed a queen sized picture quilt top and hand carded the filling to make her first comforter. She had so much fun with for her first project that she went looking for more things to do with her fleeces. She taught herself locker hooking, felting, and hand spinning and is still exploring knitting, crocheting, weaving and other fiber skills. Through her fiber based cottage business, Team Effort Artisans, Kelly has shown and sold fine wool craft at shows, galleries, and festivals. Her enthusiasm for sharing fiber craft and animals has led Kelly to teach spinning and felting to children and adults at festivals and schools throughout the Midwest.
748 – Sock Blank Dyeing – Not Just For Socks!
Mo is an enthusiastic teacher who loves to share her fiber knowledge with others. She has had extensive experience teaching everyone from beginners to experts. Knitting since childhood, she started spinning and dyeing wool in college and now has her own flock of Corriedale and Corriedale-cross sheep. Many days you can find her at The Cat & Crow, in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin experimenting with new dyeing or felting techniques.
805 – Herbal Milk Based Soap Making: Hot & Cold Process
935 – Cheese Curds: Make Your Own!
963 – Herbal Lotions & Healing Salves
Linda Conroy, herbalist, cheese maker and whole food enthusiast dedicates her life to connecting with the natural world. Linda has a certificate in permaculture design, a degree in social work, has studied with Isla Burgess of the International College of Herbal Medicine, and has completed residential herbal apprenticeships with Susun Weed at the Wise Woman Center as well as Ravencroft Gardens. She is the founder of Moonwise Herbs, a community herbal resource, The Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference and Wild Eats: A Movement to Promote Whole and Wild Foods in Community. Linda is a vibrant woman who continually seeks to deepen her connection to the natural world! You can learn more at www.moonwiseherbs.com
767 – Latvian Fringe & Braids
858 – Nupps & Estonian Lace
Mary has been a knitter most of her life, has been teaching knitting, weaving, and other fiber arts since 1983, and was owner of The Wool Works, a yarn shop in Milwaukee, from 1985-1996. Inspired by a Latvian friend, Mary published a pattern on Latvian knitting in Piecework magazine. Trips to Latvia in 2001 and 2005 and Estonia in 2005 and 2013 provided Mary with more knitting inspiration. Mary has self-published several books (some together with Sandy De Master) and teaches throughout the Midwest, including at Sievers School of Fiber Arts since 1999. Farther abroad, Mary has made trips to both coasts to present classes on Latvian Mittens.
746 – Quilt Designs for Woven Pieces
Jane Grogan is from Madison, Wisconsin and started weaving on a 4-shaft table loom in 1979. But it wasn’t until she acquired a 7-foot triangle loom in 1990 that she found her dream tool. The “instant” warp while you weave has provided endless hours of fascination. Jane has since added smaller size looms to her collection which are perfect for “on the go” projects. Jane has held workshops on continuous strand weaving technique at Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair, Black Sheep Gathering, MKG Knit-In, and the Great Midwest AlpacaFest.
768 – Double Knitting Inside Out
Mary Jo Harris lives in the knitting Mecca of Madison, WI. She has been a teacher all of her adult life and has formally taught knitting for the last 7 years at various sheep and wool festivals, fiber festivals, knit-ins, and for Madison College. In the last several years, she has added Chair Caning classes to her teaching repertoire. Under her designer name of Jo Harris, she designs knitting patterns and has written a book entitled Double Knitting - Inside Out which is available on her website (www.Toadknits. com). As an active member of the Madison (WI) Knitters’ Guild she has an almost constant opportunity to discuss anything and everything knitting-related. On her website she also blogs about her life as a knitter and makes her designs and eBook available.
707 – Rug Hooking
Linda Harwood comes from a large working farm in Michigan and has raised sheep most of her life. She is self-taught in the art of rug hooking. She has been hooking since the early 80’s and teaching since the early 90’s. Some of her inspiration is drawn from the old world animal paintings and her country background. She loves working with color and starts with either recycled or new wool which she over-dyes. Linda has had her work published, shown in museums and also has appeared on television. You can view some of her work at www. harwoodhookedonewe.
807 – Fascinating, Fabulous Felted Hat
907 – Felting Techniques
In 1999, Suzanne Higgs invented the Needle Felt hat forms, and became an avid felt maker with a passion toward felt hats. Suzanne does all kinds of felt-making from hats and bags, to nuno clothing, and wild and wonderful bird pods or bird yurts, sculpted vessel works. She moves easily between fashion and organic forms and has works on display in Numazo, Japan, Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI, several galleries in the Midwest as well as her etsy, website and blog. Higgs spends her time between teaching, taking felt classes and creating...and loves all for very different reasons. Seeing her students succeed brings her great joy and seeing them excel is amazingly joyous for her. Suzanne continues to explore the ideas that she dreams and is an award winning designer with her nuno felts. She has taught throughout the United States, including the Midwest Felting Symposium, The Michigan Fiber Symposium, Handweavers of Pueblo, Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, Michigan Fiber Festival and many other private venues, as well as private lessons from her home dining room table “studio.” When it comes to felt making Suzanne has two favorite statements: “The answer is always ‘YES’ ...yes it works or yes you need to come up with another idea,” and the other is from one of her favorite films: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: “Everything will be fine in the end....if it’s not fine, it’s not the end.”
906 – New Techniques for The Great Wheel
Pat Hilts has been spinning since 1966. She has given many spinning classes and many demonstrations both in Wisconsin and in Pennsylvania. She has become a specialist in great wheel spinning, and also works on a variety of moving spindle wheels. With her husband, Victor, she has published several articles on the history of spinning. Pat is currently curator of the Home Textile Tool Museum in Orwell, Pennsylvania.
706 – Coiled Baskets: Pine Needles, Sweet Grass & Broom Corn
John Holzwart is a permaculturist, educator, beekeeper, wild forager and broom maker. He also has a passion for grafting and growing unusual fruit. He has been making baskets for 10 years. You can often find John in the woods looking for mushrooms and other wild edibles as well as his basketry materials. To learn more go to www. moonwiseherbs.com.
705 – Natural Dyes - Exploration, Extraction, Enthusiasm
934 – Spinning for Lace Knitting
Stefania has been a life-long knitter, and started spinning and dying to supply herself with “the best yarns in the world!” She got her Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning from the Handweaver’s Guild of America in 1997. Since then she has opened her own business called Handspun by Stefania and taught numerous workshops dealing in natural dyes, spinning and basket making. She has spoken about the fiber arts to numerous groups, and has appeared on Home & Garden TV as a guest on the Carol Duvall Show. She sells handspun, natural hand dyed yarns, original knitting kits using her own yarns and patterns, hand dyed roving dyed with natural dyes, and handmade baskets. She was previously a high school English teacher, and now enjoys teaching spinning, dyeing, and knitting to fiber enthusiasts. Most recently, Stefania has authored a book on natural dyes called In Search of the Perfect Green – and Orange, Too!
702 – 802 – 902 – Beginning Spinning
Deb is from Black River Falls, Wisconsin. She is an enthusiastic handspinner and teaches spinning workshops throughout the region, including at Sievers School of Fiber Arts. Deb is owner of The Fiber Garden, a year-round fiber arts school and shop that has been featured in such magazines as American Small Farm, Impressions, and Positive Thinking. For Deb it’s a means to promote fiber arts and combine her love of spinning, dyeing, teaching and country living!
808 – The Shepherd’s Rug
Letty Klein has been making custom braided rugs from roving for almost 20 years. She has raised Karakul sheep since 1982 on Pine Lane Farm near Kalamazoo, MI. and has judged sheep and fleece shows all across the country. She is on the Michigan Sheep Breeders Association Board of Directors and is Vice President of the Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo. A graduate of Michigan State University, with a degree in Microbiology, she is a retired research scientist from Upjohn/Pfizer Animal Health. She has a regular column in the Black Sheep Newsletter. Along with coauthor Ann Brown they have conducted rug braiding workshops all across the country since their book The Shepherd’s Rug—A Braided Wool Rug From Roving was published in 2006.
855 – Beyond the Basics – Hemmed Picot Edge 877 – Knitting Beyond the Basics: Picking Up Stitches
The Krause’s started the family’s llama farm, Pine Knoll Llamas located in Clintonville, back in 1988. Kathy has been herd manager for several camelid farms in Wisconsin and has also shown throughout the U.S. The passion for fiber started with a llama outing where Kathy saw llama fiber being combed. An “internal switch” was flipped on that she says changed her life forever! She now shears around 50 llamas a year and processes about one half of those fleeces, so she always has fiber on hand. Kathy states that she loves every aspect of wool and all levels of processing, saying “There’s no greater joy than to take a fleece and to work with it to see the finished product.” She is one of the founders of “fiber thing,” an event that was held annually in Shawano, Wisconsin and still remains a committee member of the current “fiber thing” event now called “Winter Weekend Warm-up.” Kathy, and her husband Dick, have opened a retail yarn/spinning shop called The Copper Llama. The shop is located on their property in an old restored 1300 sq. ft. shed which offers a full line of yarns and accessories, rovings and fibers for the spinner/felter. Kathy is also a member of the Shawano Knitting Guild and Saxony Spinners.
908 – Tote of Many Colors
I have been weaving since 1988 and teaching since 1999. I love to share the joy of basket weaving with those around me and have done so by teaching in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and the Caribbean on the Basket Weaving Cruises. Making basket weaving fun, relaxing, and inspiring is my goal. In 2003 I won the Eiteljorg Museums Weavers Challenge. In 2009 I added broom making as an out shoot of weaving and it too is now a passion.
744 – Spinning A Sound Singles Yarn
764 – Spinning for Crewel Embroidery
Kate Larson loves using fiber arts as a bridge between her passions for art and agriculture. Her fiber journey has led her to a degree in Environmental Soil Chemistry, travels through northern Europe in search of textile traditions, and back to the farm where her family has lived for six generations. She keeps an ever-growing flock of Border Leicester sheep and teaches handspinning and knitting regularly in central Indiana and around the country. Kate has published articles and designs in Spin-Off Magazine, Jane Austen Knits, Knitting Sweaters from Around the World, and other publications. She manages the Spinner’s Connection blog at spinningdaily.com. You can find her at katelarsontextiles.com.
875 – Tapestry Trees
Ruth Manning teaches and creates art at her studio in Madison, Wisconsin. She specializes in handwoven tapestry with a focus on portraits and personal narrative work. Ruth has taught in public school art rooms, conference and camp settings and individual classes.
854 – SAORI Weaving
874 – Introduction to Bengala Dye
Chiaki took a Bengala Dye workshop in the summer of 2012 in Japan. She really loved how easy, fun and natural the process was. She applied the Jerome Fiber Artist Project Grants to learn more about Bengala Dye and was fortunate to receive the grant and went to Japan in early 2013 to study under her mentor for a week. She now teaches at various places such as Weavers Guild of Minnesota, Art Educators of Minnesota Fall Conference, Iowa Sheep & Wool Festival, Shepherd’s Harvest (MN) as well as exploring more about Bengala dye by creating.
766 – Express Yourself – Color for Fiber Artists
856 – Rhythm, Repetition & Rest - Learning how color values influence fiber work design
Several years ago Bonnie became the shepherd of a lovely flock of Icelandic Sheep. They patiently taught her much about life, farming and fiber! Her journey with the sheep led her to an amazingly talented and generous group of fiber artists, the Arachnes of Door County. One thing has led to another, including participation in the Door County Shepherds Market and new adventures in spinning and teaching. Bonnie is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. Her award winning oil and pastel paintings have been exhibited in many national and regional exhibitions. The artist described her painting techniques in a lengthy article in International Pastel Artist magazine. International Artist magazine included Bonnie in a group of “Americas leading landscape painters” as she shared her painting tips in “The Best Kept Secrets of Plein Air Painters.” American Artist Magazine selected Bonnie’s artwork for the cover and “Pastel Page” in 2000. Southwest Art Magazine has described Bonnie as an “artist to collect.” Other publications include, The Artist magazine, The Pastel Journal, North Light Magazine, Wisconsin Trails and North light Books (The Best of Flower Painting Two). Bonnie’s recent book, A Brush with Life was published in 2013. Her Door County studio and gallery in rural Sister Bay, Wisconsin is open May- October. Learn more about the artist at www.bonnieparuchart.com.
964 – Jelly Scarf & More
Ann has been knitting since childhood and with time she picked up other fiber skills like felting, spinning, weaving and dyeing. She raises Lincoln and Border Leicester sheep, Angora goats and alpacas. She has a one-woman operation from hay-making to sales of her finished garments, selling her woolens at a dozen shows each year and says she has a website that she seldom pays any attention to.
704 – Beaded Lace Knit Cuffs
804 – Spinning Alpaca & Llama
904 – Handcarding & Woolen Spinning
Carol has taught spinning and knitting throughout the U.S. and abroad for many years. Her particular interest is in primitive wools and how they are used for traditional knitted garments in Scandinavia and the U.K. Carol has published numerous articles in Spin-Off magazine and also writes for PieceWork (including several articles about bead knitting). She has translated many Scandinavian knitting, crochet, and weaving books into English.
703 – Fiber Preparation
803 – Explore the World of Fiber Goats
903 – Yarn & Fiber Characteristics
Robin Russo lives in Bradford, Vermont where she teaches spinning, felting, dyeing and working with exotic fibers. Over the past 25 years she has taught at numerous gatherings of spinners, knitters, weavers and felters throughout North America. She has had over 20 articles published by Interweave Press and has been a guest speaker for graded school programs, museums, historical societies, the Costume Society of America, and Smith College. Robin has been a fiber enthusiast for more than 40 years and takes every opportunity to explore its potential.
745 – Spinning – Using A Navajo Lap Spindle
806 – Navajo Weaving
Marilou Schultz is a Navajo from Arizona who learned the art of spinning and weaving at an early age. She loves to spin her Churro fleece and dye her yarns using natural dyes which she used in her weavings. She does many Native Art Shows where she displays work and conducts workshops through the U.S. The annual shows that she attends annually are Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Indian Market. During the school year she devotes her time to her teaching job in working with junior high students. She is always willing to share her knowledge and expertise!
741 – Learn Continental Knitting from a Right Hand Thrower
761 – Casting On for Great Beginnings
851 – Socks to Dye For – No Stripes!
871 – Socks to Dye For – With Stripes!
905 – Tips, Tricks & Tools – From A-Z
Nancy Shroyer knits, spins, weaves, dyes, designs, teaches, and invents in Cary, North Carolina. Nancy’s philosophy is to make working with fiber easier for everyone. She has found many shortcuts, techniques and formulas that can save time and anxiety. This has led her to develop Nancy’s Knit Knacks, whose products are sold worldwide.
747 – Adding Speed to Your Wheel Spinning
769 – Cormo in a Nutshell
859 – Working Towards Consistency
878 – Finish That Skein!
Beth Smith is so obsessed with fiber that she has fleece in every room of her house, including her bathroom. She teaches the whys and how-to of preparing and spinning as many breeds as a spinner can in her classes taught all over the world and in articles written for Spin Off, Knittyspin and Entangled magazines. She also writes for Ply Magazine and serves as a member of the editorial advisory board. She is the previous owner of the world famous online shop, The Spinning Loft, renowned for its selection of raw wool, including rare breeds of sheep, available by the ounce (or more) for studying, sampling or just stashing. Her book, The Spinner’s Book of Fleece: A Breed-by-Breed Guide to Choosing and Spinning the Perfect Fiber for Every Purpose, will be published by Storey Books in July 2014.
742 – The Basics of Beginning Flick Carding
762 – Mechanics of Your Wheel
852 – Variations on Long Draw
872 – Variations on Short Draw
931 – The Surprising Yarn-Over
961 – Seams to Be
First a dancer, then a neuroscientist and professor, Amy now devotes herself full-time to the fiber arts. Amy has taught spinning and knitting at venues across the country and is well known for her animated and engaging teaching style. She has published articles in Spin-Off and PLY Magazine. Her art and science backgrounds give her a keen understanding of learning movement skills, composition, pattern recognition, and systematic exploration. The result is her focus on spinning and knitting technique, texture, three-dimensional structure, and knit designs that exploit handspinning techniques. You can find out more about her work on her website, http://www.stonesockfibers.com and on her blog, http://stonesockblog.blogspot.com.
765 – Pile Weaves on Simple Looms
936 – Exploring Open Weaves with Rigid Heddle Looms
Sara is a weaver, spinner, dyer and business owner (with husband Hans owns Woolgatherers.com) who considers life as a work of art and loves the process of creating a unique environment and personally designing, crafting and embellishing daily life with beautiful textiles. She loves to begin with fiber at a point early in its existence and develop it into the finished product. She has raised her own sheep and flax at times, although there is not always enough time or land to do this on a regular basis. She began spinning and weaving in Germany in the late 1970s and continued working in fibers along with a career in IT. In 2010, Sara won the award for professional home furnishing at the Blue Ridge Show with a knotted pile rug. She is experienced in all types of weaving from simple rigid heddle projects to pieces executed on industrial Jacquard looms.
701 – Don’t Spare the Air
801 – Preparation to Twist…and Shout!
901 – Sticks & Stones May Break My Bones– But Cashmere Will Never Hurt Me!
Mary can’t seem to eliminate anything from her fiber plate. When not producing yarns and handweaving for her Front Porch Textiles business, she teaches spinning, and researches and lectures on textile traditions in Québec and Mongolia. She began winning awards for her yarns in 1995 and then took up weaving. Her articles appear in Spin-Off, and Handwoven. Mary’s work is included in Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools, edited by Deborah Robson; and most recently in the 2013 Interlaced—90th Anniversary of the Weavers Guild of Boston. She is a guild junkie, belonging to numerous local, state, national and international guilds. The beneficiary of excellent instruction (both past and present) in the US and Canada, she delights in giving back through classes and lectures.
857 – Felted Vessel
Many years ago Mary took a workshop in felting. It was fascinating and she fell in love with the process. It is tactile and physical, beautiful and full of possibilities. Wool, silk, and other felting materials inspire her, as do the colors and textures of nature and manmade objects. The wool itself is quite amazing and inspiring. All of this is what keeps her intrigued with felting. Mary’s studio is in rural Cambridge. She is on the Earth Wood & Fire Artists Tour the last week of October (www.earthwoodfireartiststour.com) and she is a member of the Black Hawk Artists in Fort Atkinson, WI, which holds its annual show in November. She has taught felting classes for many years at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival as well as numerous other venues.
966 – From Seed to Linen Thread: Spinning Flax
Luci is a Master Spinner, weaver and fiber artist, originally from Minnesota. She has owned and operated her fiber art retail stores throughout the southeastern part of Wisconsin and spinning for 25+ years. Her love of fibers was born after her experience as a Costume Guide Interpreter at Old World Wisconsin. There she taught herself to spin and continued educating herself on her farm in Richfield with her many Merino/Corriedale sheep and five kids. She has taught for years at the Wisconsin Spin-In, at many guilds throughout the state, the Knitch in Delafield, Ben Franklin in Oconomowoc, workshops at Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival and at her own retail stores/schools in Germantown, Cedarburg, Hartford and West Bend. She owns the fiber art school, Sheeping Beauty Fibre Arts. Luci has appeared on several cable TV shows as well as Outdoor Wisconsin, Country Handcraft magazine and many newspaper articles. She is now “on the farm” in Hartford, Wisconsin, raising Shetland sheep, teaching fiber art classes and enjoying life. History and traditional textiles are of great interest to her and this all comes out in her classes. Luci is now the State Wisconsin Spin-In Coordinator and hosts the Wisconsin Spin-In along with The Friendly, Feisty Fiber Guild of which she is president.