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Here's our Wonders of Wool Instructor lineup for 2015!  

Nancy Barnett – Alton, Missouri
            142 - Bamboozeled – Spinning and Blending With Bamboo
Nancy has been spinning and raising sheep for 30 years. She raises Shetland, Border and Blue Faced Leicester sheep and Angora rabbits. She is a popular teacher at fiber events in many Midwestern states, including Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Indiana. She is the recipient of two Sustainable Agriculture awards, one of which was for her Angora/wool socks. She lives in the Missouri Ozarks with her husband of fifty years.

Lynne Bergschultz – Fredonia, Wisconsin
            128 – Polymer Clay Photo Pin Transfer
            148 - Beginning Polymer Clay Buttons
Artist Lynne Bergschultz, has been working in polymer for over a decade and continues to be dazzled by its vibrant colors, versatility and creative potential. Just as this medium has gained recognition as a legitimate medium, Lynne’s work has also grown. Her polymer clay buttons and accessories have been published in Belle Armoire and Quiltmaker magazines and sold in shops and galleries and at fiber events around the country. Lynne taught art in the public schools for ten years, then had a career in illustration and design and now focuses primarily on polymer clay buttons, beads, jewelry and fiber arts. As an Instructor her workshops give her the opportunity to share her enthusiasm with others - bringing her artistic career full circle.

Melissa Bohrtz – Sobieski, Wisconsin
            242 – Core Spinning Four Different Ways
            326 – Card it – Then Spin It!
            343 – Creative Fiber Blending
Melissa is one half of the fiber arts duo that runs Hello Purl. She has been carding and creating textured art yarns since she began her fiber adventures in 2010. She loves to blend colors and textures in her fiber work as well as try out new and unusual fibers. In addition to her fiber arts business Melissa is a mother of two little boys. She lives on a small homestead with her very supportive husband and their chickens. She has two German Angora rabbits who supply her with fiber to spin and a cat which doesn't. She also loves to knit and her favorite way is with chunky yarn on big knitting needles.

Kelly Dubois Brandt – Lake Odessa, Michigan
            123 – Good in the Clutch II – The Self-Beading Clutch (Wet Felt)
            141 – Fancy Fascinators - Millinery, Wet Felting, Needle Felting
            224 – Locker Hooking I – Introduction & Basics
            246 – Locker Hooking II – Additional Techniques!
            302 – Design With Prefelts: How to Make Them & How to Use Them
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.

Melissa (Mo) BrownVerona, Wisconsin
            321 – Dyeing Sock Blanks
Mo is an enthusiastic and patient teacher who loves to share her 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 sheep. Most days you can find her at The Cat & Crow, in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin helping knitters, thinking up (often not writing down) patterns to go with newly dyed colorways, and new, interesting yarns that have arrived at the shop.

Nancy Bush – Salt Lake City, Utah
            102 – Overture to Estonian Lace
            202 - Tvåändsstickning/Twined Knitting
            303 – Traditional Estonian Socks
Nancy has a passion for traditional knitting techniques and uses of ethnic patterns. She has a degree in Art History and post–graduate studies in color design and weaving in San Francisco and Sweden. She has published articles and designs in many magazines including PieceWork where she is currently a member of the editorial advisory panel. She teaches workshops in the United States and abroad, is the author of Folk Socks (1994), Folk Knitting in Estonia (1999), Knitting on the Road, Socks for the Traveling Knitter (2001), Knitting Vintage Socks (2005) and Knitted Lace of Estonia:Techniques, Patterns, and Traditions (2008), all published by Interweave Press. She owns The Wooly West, a mail order yarn business in Utah.      

Henry and Roy Clemes – Pinole, California
This class will be taught by the tag team of Henry and Roy Clemes. Henry has been building fiber art equipment for over 44 years and drum carders for 37 years. Roy has worked with his dad for 21 years taking time out to go to college. Together they have introduced many interesting innovations to the fiber arts community. They regularly instruct spinners in the use of drum carders for carding specific fibers and work closely
with animal growers to get a better return on their investment.

Jill Colbert – La Crescent, Minnesota
            242 – Coil Basket
Jill has a small sheep farm in Minnesota where she raises Coopworth and CVM sheep and just added a Lincoln to her small flock. She also has three alpacas and a guard llama. She hand dyes and spins her wool and works at making beautiful creations with her fiber.

Linda Conroy – Sheboygan, Wisconsin
            122 – Making Old Fashion Herbal & Milk Based Soaps
            143 – The Home Creamery: Yogurt, Kefir & Simple Cheese
            221 – Herbal Infused Oils, Salves & Lotions
Linda Conroy is a bioregional herbalist and wild food aficionado. Her life is dedicated to connecting with the green world and her primary mentors are the plants who never cease to instill a sense of wonder in her daily life. During her 20-year span as an herbalist she has completed two herbal apprenticeship programs, studied for close to a decade with Isla Burgess of the International College of Herbal Medicine, has become certified as a Wilderness First Responder and has completed a permaculture design course. Conroy is a much-sought-after presenter on topics of herbal medicine, wild food, women’s health and nonviolent communication. She is the founder of Moonwise Herbs (www.MoonwiseHerbs.com) and the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference (www.MidwestWomens.com)

Mary Dalhaimer – Sheboygan, Wisconsin
            205 – Beginning Temari Ball
Mary is a life long knitter, weaver, felter and temari ball maker, who has exhibited at the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI, Wisconsin Handweavers, Sheboygan County Fair, Midwest Handweavers biannual conference. 

Danita Doerre – Stoddard, Wisconsin
            324 - Wet & Needle Art Felt: ‘Painting with Fiber in The Woods’ 
As a fiber artist, interior designer and Certified ILR-SD Llama Fleece Judge, Danita has been involved with fiber since her first purchase of a llama named Forrester in 1996. Since then Forrest Ridge Llamas and Alpacas houses four llamas, 2 alpacas and 1 sheep, for a variety of natural eco-friendly fibers. Her specialty is needle felted soft sculptures and fiber art. She loves to create fiber art pieces with soft expression and depth using natural fibers in wet felted, braided, lap loom weavings, hand spun yarn, art felt paper, hand-dyed and dry-felted. All of her designs are one-of-a-kind and are inspired by nature and her coulee region surroundings. “All fiber has a purpose and my passion is to work with natural fleeces and be part of a heritage culture of handcraft pieces of ‘fiber art.’ Her fiber education has been through classes at Tri-County Fiber Studios & Llama Farms, sheep and wool festivals in Kentucky and Wisconsin, WTC Junior College as well as llama conferences in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She is a member of Three rivers Spinning and Weaving Guild, Cameron Park Market and Midwest Llama Association. Her Art Fiber booth received the Peoples’ Choice Award at ArtInspire in La Crosse, WI in 2014.

Janet Falk – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
            220 – Multi-Cord Felt Necklace w/Beads
Jan Falk is an Alverno College graduate, art teacher and artist. Dabbling in various textile media for years, the tactile magic of wet felting grabbed her and has held her captive for over 8 years. She enjoys witnessing the "aha" moments when first time student experience the transformation of wool to felt in its many forms. Playing with color and texture just adds to the learning and enjoyment. Jan teaches in Milwaukee, Racine, and Madison, shows her work in Southeastern Wisconsin, and has had work selected for juried exhibits including Wisconsin's first Fiber Biennale in 2013. She continues to take classes from other felt artists to explore and expand her art.

Jane Grogan – Madison, Wisconsin
            226 – Weave a Rectangle (Continuous Strand Weaving)
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 and Wool Festival, Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair, Black Sheep Gathering, MKG Knit-In, and the Great Midwest AlpacaFest.

Mary Jo Harris – Madison, Wisconsin
            121 – Beginning Knitted Pattern & Chart Reading
            320 – Beginning Chair Caning
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 8 years at various sheep and wool festivals, fiber festivals, Knit-In's, and teaches locally for Madison College and the Wisconsin Craft Market.  In the last several years, she has added chair caning classes to her teaching repertoire. Mary Jo designs knitting patterns and has written a book entitled Double Knitting - Inside Out, which is available through Amazon or Ravelry. As an active member of the Madison Knitters’ Guild she has an almost constant opportunity to discuss anything and everything knitting-related.  On her website (www.Toadknits.com) she also blogs about her life as a knitter and makes her designs and Book available.

Linda Harwood – Ionia, Michigan
            103 – Rug Hooking
Linda Harwood practices the early American art of rug hooking. Her skill and eye for
color have brought commissions both in America and internationally. The themes.
texture and color of the rural landscape emerge in her work, influenced by her family life
on a sheep and cattle farm. “In my hooking I use recycled wool as well as new wool
material. I want the hooked pieces to look old, and therefore I over-dye the wool. I have
been hooking for over thirty years and teaching since the early 1990s.” As a fiber
artist Linda has enjoyed sharing her knowledge with others. Her work has been seen
in magazines, books and on television. Visit her web at www.harwoodhookedonewe

John Holzwart – Sheboygan, Wisconsin
            307 – Broom Making: 3 Styles of Whisk Brooms    
John Holzwart is a naturalist, permaculturist, educator, beekeeper, wild forager and traditional broom maker. He has a passion for wild foraging and for grafting and growing unusual fruit. He has his design certificate in permaculture and applies these principles to his daily life. John teaches and demonstrates the many traditional skills he practices at events across North America. His kindness and commitment to personal growth shine through as he interacts with the public. He is also the training director for the Wisconsin Mankind Project.  You can often find John in the woods looking for broom handles, mushrooms and other wild edibles. You can learn more at www.moonwiseherbs.com.

Stefania Isaacson – St. Charles, Illinois
            104 – Natural Dyes: Adding Iron – How Sad Can Be Happy
            327 – Aran Knitting Made Easy
Stefania has been a life-long knitter, and started spinning and dyeing 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 knitting. 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!

Jill Johnson – Boyd, Wisconsin
            325 – Felted Necklace
Jill is the shepherd behind RiverWinds Farm and their award winning Cormo wool. She has always been fascinated with wet felting and the amazing things that can be created with a little wool and water. In recent years she has taken wet felting, beading, and embroidery and combined them into her own unique art form.  Empowered by her acceptance into juried art shows and the kind words of so many people, Jill is finding more and more time to create felt art. Jill wants her students to be excited about wool and the endless possibilities it possesses. When not felting or stitching, Jill is still shepherding her sheep and raising her two sons.

Deb Jones – Black River Falls, Wisconsin
            101 – 201 – 301 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!

Holin Kennen – Evansville, Wisconsin
            146 - Muppet Barf: Creating Unique Yarns with Multiple Rovings
Holin is an award-winning spinner from Evansville who started spinning thirty years ago, driven by her curiosity about the life of pre-industrial America and English country people. A self-taught spinner, she has garnered numerous awards, including Best of Show at the Los Angeles County Fair and the Wisconsin Spin-In. Holin has volunteered at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival Fleece Show for ten years and been the Coordinator for the past three. She recently opened her own fiber shop, The Dancing Lamb, in her Victorian home in downtown Evansville. She enjoys many historic activities including gardening, baking bread, knitting, dyeing fiber and lives by oil lamp and Internet with her wife and two Corgis.

Letty Klein – Kalamazoo, Michigan
            107 – The Shepherd’s Rug – A Braided Rug From Roving
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. 

Kathy Krause – Clintonville, Wisconsin
            120 – Entrelac In the Round
            247 – Knitting Beyond the Basics
The Krause's started the family llama farm, Pine Knoll Llamas located in Clintonville back in 1988.  Kathy's passion for fiber started with a llama outing where she 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 half of those fleeces. Kathy states that she enjoys every aspect of wool and all levels of processing.  She says "There is no greater joy than to take a fleece and to work with it and 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 called "Winter Weekend Warm-up.” Kathy and her husband, Richard, have opened a retail yarn and spinning shop called The Copper Llama. The shop is located on their property in an old restored 1300 sq foot shed which offers a full line of commercial and specialty yarn and accessories, rovings and fibers for the spinner/felter.

Bev Larson – Lafayette, Indiana
            140 – Mary Had A Little Lamb Basket
            340 – Josephine Knot Reed Basket
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 outshoot of weaving and it too is now a passion.

Ruth Manning – Madison, Wisconsin
            206 – Weave a Pouch
            344 – Weave A Sunset
We regret that Ruth Manning has encountered a scheduling conflict and will not be at Jefferson. Her classes will now be taught by Ruth Hansen whose bio appears below:

Ruth Hansen is a full-time studio artist, living and working on a small farm in rural Wisconsin. She is devoted to painting, drawing, spinning, and weaving. Ruth raises Angora goats, shears twice a year and hand-dyes the fleece. Spinning off a pair of Viking combs, she blends the mohair with fine lambs wool to create yarn of rich color and texture. This method allows her to create precisely the yarn she wants to weave with natural fiber commercial yarn. Using a wide variety of pattern weaves, the hand spun yarn is be used either as warp or weft on an 8 shaft counter-march loom. Ruth enjoys weaving scarves, handbags, hats and vests, each item is an exciting blend of color, pattern, and texture. Each completed item is functional and one-of-a-kind.

Ruth Manning teaches and creates art at her studio in Madison, specializing in handwoven tapestry with a focus on portraits and personal narrative work. She has taught in public school art rooms, conference and camp settings and individual classes.

Annie Modesitt – St. Paul, Minnesota
            225 – Mitered Knitting
            249 – Combination Knitting
            329 – Knitting With Beads
            345 – Embellishments!
A native of Ohio, I taught myself to knit at age 25 before a move from NYC to Texas.  The Texas tenure didn’t last, but knitting did, and upon my return to the NY area I began knitting for other designers and designing for major knitting magazines. My work has appeared in Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Knitters Magazine, Cast On, Family Circle Easy Knitting, McCalls Needlework and many international fiber & yarn oriented publications. I teach worldwide and across the United States. I knit using the Combination Method and believe that there truly is no wrong way to knit.I live in St Paul, MN with my husband, kids and assorted pets.

Chiaki O’Brien – Chaska, Minnesota
            228 – SAORI Weaving – Express Yourself on Saori Looms!
                                   (Repeated as Class 248 & 342)
            323 – 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 and Wool Festival, Shepherd’s Harvest (MN) as well as exploring more about Bengala dye by creating.

Carol Rhoades – Madison, Wisconsin
            125 – 4 Fibers, 3 Yarn Sizes, 1 Lovely Cowl
            145 – Spinning for Knitted Cables
            204 – Knitting Wrapped Stitches
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, is featured on Interweave's Hand Carding DVD, and also writes for PieceWork. She has translated many Scandinavian knitting, crochet, and weaving books into English.

Theresa Schabes – Pewaukee, Wisconsin
            241 – Mad for Plaid!
Theresa’s first published sweater pattern appeared in the Spring 2006 issue of Interweave Knits.  Since then her designs have been featured in major knitting magazines and books, including the covers of Interweave Knits, Knitter’s Magazine (twice) and Knit Noro.  She recently began self-publishing patterns and blogging under the name Woolly-Wits.  Theresa’s specialties include plaid patterns, modular design, entrelac, and skirts.  Her focus is on patterns which flatter the even-less-than-perfect figure. As a teacher, Theresa has been affiliated with Knitche in Downer’s Grove, Illinois for ten years.  She has also led programs at knitting guilds, including the Fox Valley Knitter’s Guild (St. Charles, IL), Old Pueblo Knitter’s Guild (Tucson, AZ) and West Suburban Knitting Guild (Hinsdale, IL).  Knitting event teaching gigs include Madison Knitters Guild Knit-In 2015, YarnCon 2014 and 2015 (Chicago, IL) and Stitches Midwest 2010.  She also volunteered her time leading an elementary school knitting class for seven years. 

Marilou Schultz – Mesa, Arizona
            227 – Spinning – Using a Navajo Lap Spindle
            244 – Warp Set-Up For Navajo Style Weaving
            308 – The Art of Navajo Weaving
Marilou Schultz is Navajo, originally from the Dine Nation.  She is renowned as a weaver and known for her experimentation of Navajo rugs using Churro sheep wool in weaving tapestries. She comes from more than four generations of weavers and the weaving is being passed onto the younger generation as well. Marilou teaches at various museums and festivals through the U.S. and also participates in the Heard Museum Indian Market and the Sante Fe Indian Markets where she has won numerous awards for her traditional and contemporary rugs. 

Nancy Shroyer – Cary, North Carolina
            129 – Buttonholes, Zippers, Cords & Pockets
            149 – Get Gauge (or Not!)     
            208 – Spinning for a Purpose 
            322 – The Other Color Work – Mosaic Knitting 
Nancy Shroyer knits, spins, weaves, dyes, designs, teaches and invents in Cary, NC. Her 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.

Cheryl Stegert – Appleton, Wisconsin
            223 – Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving
            245 – Rigid Heddle Weaving (Advanced) –
                                                Variable Dent & Two Reeds Exploration
Cheryl has a fiber gene! Knitting, Crochet, Weaving, Spinning, Tatting, and many other fiber crafts have intrigued her from an early age. She teaches all variety of classes at Yarns by Designs in Neenah for over 15 years. It still amazes her how people through the ages can take a fiber, add twist and then create  the most gorgeous fabric, sculpture, tapestries and works of beauty!   Just by pulling loops through loops, intertwining threads, knotting them and pulling them through fabric! When she isn’t doing fiber, she works as a church administrator, loves technology and is working on her genealogy – it is amazing how many ancestors wove and spun – way back to the Mayflower and beyond. It’s in the genes!

Sheryl Thies – Fitchburg, Wisconsin
            127 - Learn Basic Tunisian Crochet & Make Spa Cloths
            147 - Corded Summer Fruit Shawl – Tunisian Crochet     
After retiring from a career in healthcare, Sheryl Thies decided to follow her artistic passion – combining fiber, texture and color. In addition to designing and teaching both knitting and Tunisian crochet, she enjoys travel and spending time outdoors. She can often be found on the bocce court, either playing or refereeing. She is the author of several books, including Tunisian Crochet Encore and Slip Stitch Knits.

Amy Tyler – Lake Ann, Michigan
            105 – Matching Yarn to Project & Project to Yarn!
            203 – Creating the Yarn You Want
            304 – Spinning and Knitting Silk Hankies
Amy's formal training was in modern dance, kinesiology, and physiology. She then taught physical therapy students about critical inquiry, evidence-based practice, and research design. Ten years ago she left the academic life to pursue fibers arts.  Now she teaches 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.

Mary Underwood – Ann Arbor, Michigan
            106 – Getting Loopy: Boucle’ Yarns
            207 – Will That Be One Hump or Two?
Mary is a 'self-guided' textiles enthusiast.  A spinner, weaver, and frequent traveler to Mongolia, she documents nomadic textile traditions, and generally returns laden with cashmere, yak and baby camel hair.   She's also devoted years to researching textiles in early to mid 1900's Quebec.  For her business, Front Porch Textiles and Fuzzworks, Mary produces handspun yarns and handwoven textiles, teaches, and researches for publication and lectures.  She is equally comfortable with a spinning wheel or Indian charka but revels in producing classic knitting and weaving yarns.  She's devoted over 20 years to learning spinning and weaving skills and passing that knowledge on through classes, lectures, articles in SpinOff, Handwoven, and Complex Weavers, and participation in study groups and organizations.  Learning, the pursuit of excellence, and a daily dose of adventure rule in Underwood's world. 

Becky Utecht – Mora, Minnesota
            306 – Raw Felted Fleece
Becky Utecht raises sheep and makes fiber art, specializing in the feltmaking. Using the wool from her flock of Bluefaced Leicesters, Shetlands, and Teeswater crosses she creates two- and three-dimensional art including garments, accessories, home decor and wall art. She enjoys sharing the fun and magic of felting with her students, appreciating the unique the knowledge and aesthetics they bring to the subject. She has studied with renowned feltmakers from many countries and her work has been included in fine art shows, wool festivals, and pubications in the the New York Times and "500 Felt
Objects.” She operates River Oaks Farm & Studio in rural Mora, Minnesota, www.rjutecht.com.

Nancy VanDerPuy – Sheboygan, Wisconsin
            328 – The Brigitte – A Beaded Knit Necklace Purse
I have been a knitter for most of my life but was introduced to Bead Knitting & Crochet when I worked at a museum and discovered vintage beaded purses.  After doing research, I found most of them were knit!  I studied and practiced the old techniques and have now written two books about Bead Knitting as well as teach classes and do art shows. I use some of the centuries-old patterns but I also create new, more updated patterns. It’s my desire to not only carry on this traditional art but inspire others to try it. 

Mary Wallace – Cambridge, Wisconsin
            124 – Small Felted Pocket
            144 – Small Felted Vessels
            305 – Nuno Felt Scarf
Mary is a long-time teacher of felting. She has taught at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival for many years and at the Midwest Felters’ Symposium, the Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Festival, and at numerous schools throughout the area. Recently she had the wonderful experience of teaching felting to grade school students as a visiting artist. Her students have ranged in age from pre-school to retirement age and beyond. She has taken many felting workshops from teachers throughout the world and continues to learn new and exciting things regarding felt, fiber, and art. She is a member of the popular Earth, Wood, and Fire Artists Tour (www.earthwoodandfiretour.com),  the longstanding  Black Hawk Artists in Fort Atkinson (on Facebook) , and the newly emerging  Cambridge Arts Council (www.cambridgewiarts.com).  Her studio is in rural Cambridge.

Luci Williams – Hartford, Wisconsin
            126 – Spinning the Sensuous Silk
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 WI Spin-In, at many guilds throughout the state, the "Knitch" in Delafield, Ben Franklin in Oconomowoc, workshops at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival, Madeline Island School of the Arts, Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend 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, WI, 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 WI. Spin-In along with "The Friendly, Feisty Fiber Guild” of which she is president.

Emily Wohlscheid – Battle Creek, Michigan
            222 – Wire Core Spinning
Emily Wohlscheid is a teaching multimedia artist. She travels around the Midwest (and sometimes beyond!) to share her wares and the knowledge she has accumulated on her creative journey.

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