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Index to classes:        400 Series – Thursday
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                               200 Series – Saturday
                                300 Series – Sunday

Nancy Barnett – Alton, Missouri
            128 – Rainbow Dyeing with Wilton Colors
            147 – Angoras for Fun & Profit
Nancy has been raising sheep since 1985 and Angora rabbits for over twenty years. She has taught fiber classes in many Midwest festivals, using the talent and expertise she has learned along the way. She is the recipient of two sustainable agriculture grants, including one for her Angora/wool socks. She lives in the Missouri Ozarks in a rock schoolhouse built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Lynne Bergschultz – Fredonia, Wisconsin
            324 – Faces & More in Polymer Clay
            343 – Creating with Cane
Lynne Bergschultz is an illustrator, designer, educator and fiber artist with a passion for polymer. She discovered polymer clay about ten years ago and since that time has made countless sets of original shawl pins, buttons and beads. Her work has been published in several national craft magazines and is sold in galleries, shops and festivals across the country. Lynne never tires of working with little blocks of color, continues to explore new techniques and applications and loves to share her passion with others.

Melissa Bohrtz – Sobieski, Wisconsin
            124 – Plying for Texture: Bumps
            342 – Branch Weaving
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 spinning in 2010. She loves to blend colors and textures in her fiber work as well as try out new and unusual fibers and spinning techniques. In addition to her fiber arts business Hello Purl Melissa is a mother of two little boys. She has German Angora rabbits who supply her with fiber to spin and two cats that don't. She loves to knit with chunky art yarns and on needles larger then US 10.

Kelly Dubois Brandt – Lake Odessa, Michigan
            121 – Homemade Dorset Buttons
            221 – Locker Hooker I
            242 – Locker Hooking II - Additional Techniques
            321 – Mule Slippers (Wet Felt)
            340 – The Versatile Felted Beret
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) Brown – Verona, Wisconsin
            325 – Gradient Dyeing
            344 – Three Smalls Shawls Skill Builder
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.

Heidi Bukoski – Sand Lake, Michigan
            120 – Wire Woven Bracelet
            141 – Kumihimo Leash
            220 – Byzantine Chain Maille
            241 - Wire-Wrapped Gemstone Bracelet     
            303 - Wire-Wrapped Felted Bead Pendant
Heidi grew up in an artistic household. She learned to sew, knit and weave before going off to college to further her study of weaving and dying. She has spent her life increasing her range of techniques and has experimented with most fiber processes and loves to combine them to achieve her desired end. The last 10 years she has become more serious about jewelry and working with wire in various ways including making it. She conducted her first workshops in the mid 70’s, took time off for family and children, and now teaches throughout the Midwest.

Henry & Roy Clemes – Pinole, California
            404 – Exploring the Drum Carder (Thursday class)
            102 – Adventures in Drum Carding
These classes 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 they work closely with animal growers to get a better return on their investment.

Rosie Dittmann – Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
            203 – Felted Purse
Fiber crafts link us to every age, every culture and every continent, felting being one of the oldest. Rosie Dittmann has been working with fiber most of her life, starting with knitting at age eight, then onto spinning, weaving and most recently felting. She has studied with felt artists from around the world, including U.S., New Zealand, Russia, and Iceland. Having a good understanding of fiber techniques and the qualities of wool, she now tries to push the limits creatively. Her inspiration comes from the fiber itself, its texture and color. And images are from nature and the four seasons, and are often serendipitous. She has taught and shown her work at numerous galleries and events in Door County and Wisconsin including the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. Follow her at Facebook/ Rosie Dittmann Fiberartist, rosiedittmann@centurytel.net .

Danita Doerre – Stoddard, Wisconsin
            247 - Needle Felting:  “Perpie – Horseshoe Nail Feet Sheep & Resting Ewe”
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.

Ron Feld – Sheboygan, Wisconsin
            126 - Carving a Sheep or Fish in Basswood           
Ron has been chip and caricature carving for twenty-plus years.  He has taken classes with ten different nationally known instructors and is a member of the Kettle Karvers of Sheboygan, teaching at elementary school, youth and adult levels.

Nancy Frantz – Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
            402 – Beginning Weaving (2-day class – Thursday-Friday)
Since 1985 Nancy has shared her love of weaving and fiber arts with hundreds of students through the Sheboygan Recreation Dept., from beginners to advanced students, ages 6 – 86! She has also presented weaving programs for various guilds and teaches during the summer at Sievers School of Fiber Arts. She has won several Merit Awards at the Sheboygan County Fair and in addition has won various awards at WHI Annual Shows and MWA Conferences, including two Weaving for the Home Awards of Excellence from Interweave Press. Her work has been juried into the JMK Arts Six Counties Shows and she is a very active member of the Sheboygan Shuttlecraft Guild (and current president). She was also Co-Chair of the 2005 Midwest Weavers Conference.

Mary Germain – Shorewood, Wisconsin
            306 - Latvian Mittens à la Irma
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 since 2001 and Estonia since 2005 have 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 and other knitting topics.

Robin Goatey – Sandoval, Illinois              
            143 – Spindles of the World
            322 - Appalachian Hearth Broom (Besom) Making           
Robin Goatey is a Maker and Guide in Traditional Folkways, student of folklore and a teacher of traditional skills for ‘The World Made by Hand.’ TheDancingGoats.com has been in business since 1987 and online since 2000. We make tools for Folkways Artisans and provide ‘Northern Folk-school’ instruction. A desire to understand processes from beginning to end is the genesis of Oak Knoll Farm. Our flock of Shetland and Finnish Landrace sheep provides the wool for many of our projects and products and Bear, our
Maremma dog, keeps an eye on all of it.

Teresa Goatey – Sandoval, Illinois
            249 - Intermediate Handspinning (Tibetan Plying)
Teresa Goatey (The Dancing Goats) is a weaver, spinner & rug hooker whose passion for thirty years has been the fiber arts. Her focus has always been on original designs in rug hooking and skills-building in both spinning and weaving. A desire to understand processes from beginning to end is the genesis of Oak Knoll Farm, where a flock of Shetland and Finnish Landrace sheep provide the wool for many of their projects and products.

Jane Grogan – Madison, Wisconsin
123 - On The Go’ Weaving:  Introduction to Pin Loom Weaving
144 - Weave a Tumbling Block Diamond
Jane Grogan has been fascinated with small loom weaving since 1999 when she got her first small square and triangle looms. It was when she found diamond and rectangle shaped looms that she fell in love with combining shapes to form different geometric pieces. Who would have thought that 10th grade geometry would have a place in everyday life. Jane has held workshops on continuous strand weaving technique at  Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival, Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair, Black Sheep Gathering, Madison Knitters’ Guild Knit-In, and the Great Midwest AlpacaFest.

Mary Jo Harris – Madison, Wisconsin
            223 - Think Small - Shawls That Is!
            244 - A Montage of Mosaic: Or How a Simple Slip Stitch
                                      Can Create So Many Different Looks
            320 – Beginning Chair Caning (4-hour class)
Mary Jo Harris lives in the knitting Mecca of Madison. She has been a teacher all of her adult life and has formally taught knitting for the last nine years at various sheep and wool festivals, fiber festivals, Knit-Ins, Madison College, and the Wisconsin Craft Market. For the past 7 years, she has included chair caning classes to her teaching repertoire and has taught local classes in addition to classes at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, Missouri Fiber Retreat, and Michigan Fiber Festival. Under her designer name of Jo Harris, Mary Jo designs knitting patterns and has written a book entitled Double Knitting - Inside Out which is available through Amazon or Ravelry. An active member of the Madison Knitters’ Guild and an employee of the Wisconsin Craft Market, Mary Jo 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 available.

Suzanne Higgs – Plainwell, Michigan
            406 - Fun-omenal Felt  Hat (Thursday class)
            104 - Fun-omenal Bauble Scarf
            202 - Fun-omenal Beaded Felt Fingerless Gloves 
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.”

Katherine Hughes – Waukegan, Illinois
            346 - Introduction to Cold-Process Soap Making
I’ve been making soap for about ten years, starting with melt-and-pour, and moving into cold-process soap five years ago.  During this journey I’ve managed to make some family members into soap snobs. I’m also a spinner, reasonably competent mezzo-soprano, and cell biologist doing biotech every day to support my fiber habit. 

Stefania Isaacson – St. Charles, Illinois
            101 - Two and Three Color Mixes: A Natural Dye Workshop
            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
            341 – 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
            405 (Thursday) – 105 – 205 – 305 – 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!

Amy King – Lisbon, Maine
            408 – Boucle All Day (Thursday class)
            130 - Yarn Forensics to Get the Yarn You Want!
            148 – Color ESP
            226 - Weaving With Handspun on a Rigid Heddle Loom  
            246 – Weaving Lace on a Rigid Heddle Loom
            330 – Micromanaging Your Yarn
I am a shop owner but also an avid spinner and teacher. In 2009 my book Spin Control hit the shelves. It's a book with a lot of knowledge on a wide range of yarns. That same year I also taught at SOAR and have done other teaching engagements around the country. I've taught feathered yarns on Knitting Daily. In August of 2014 I made my debut on Craftsy teaching Foundations of Wheel Spinning and I write articles here and there for spinning publications as time allows.

When I started spinning I used to buy only prepped wools, but then I learned to love fleece. Now when I see a fleece I like, I ask if the animal is for sale. We have a small but growing flock of sheep and herd of Angora goats. Who knows what I'll end up with next! I've home schooled my kids and work at living a more self-sustainable life every year. Hopefully one day soon I'll also manage to have bees. Watch my exploits on Instagram as we go through    each season on the farm.

Letty Klein – Kalamazoo, Michigan
            401 – The Shepherd’s Rug    (2-day class – Thursday-Friday)
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. 

Bethenea Kottwitz – Hartford, Wisconsin
            329 – Exploring the Inkle Loom
Bethanea Kottwitz has been a crafter and artist for her whole life.  Her introduction in fiber started 12 years ago when she learned how to sew. Since then she has expanded her knowledge to many other fiber crafts. Bethanea was introduced into the world of needle felting over 8 years ago (at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival) and fell in love with wool. She now enjoys spinning, both wet and needle felting, dyeing, crocheting, and her newest love inkle weaving.  Bethanea has her own “fiber” herd with 3 lovely angora rabbits and 3 poodle mix dogs.

Kathy Krause – Clintonville, Wisconsin
            222 – Shadow Knitting
            243 – Wool Appliqué and Penny Rugs
The Krause’s started the family’s 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 30 llamas a year and processes her own wools/fibers. 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.

Bev Larson – Lafayette, Indiana
            103 – The Three-Way Basket
            209 – Stash Your Stash 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.

Kate Larson – Alexandria, Indiana
            407 – All About Locks (Thursday class)
            125 – Spinning a Sound Singles Yarn
            145 - Gradient Yarns: A Spinner’s Study in Shifting Shades
            204 – Spinning the 3 Leicesters
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 soil science, travels through northern Europe in search of textile traditions, and back to the Indiana 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 is the author of The Practical Spinner's Guide: Wool (Interweave, 2015), and several videos, including How to Spin Yarn to Knit (Interweave, 2016.) Her articles and designs have appeared in Spin-Off Magazine, Jane Austen Knits, Enchanted Knits, and more. Follow her woolly adventures at katelarsontextiles.com.

Annie Modesitt – St. Paul, Minnesota
            129 – Love Your Lace!
            149 – Knitting with Beads
            227 – Mitered Knitting
            240 – Mad for Plaid!
            331 – Combination Knitting
            349 – Embellishments
A native of Ohio, I taught myself to knit at age 25 before a move from New York City to Texas.  The Texas tenure didn’t last, but knitting did and upon my return to the New York 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 and 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.

Kathleen Mulholland – Valders, Wisconsin
            225 – Batik & Dyed Silk Scarf
Kathleen Mulholland received her B.F.A. and M.A. in art and art education. She has painted and taught batik painting for 30 years.  Her one of a kind scarves and wearables are features in galleries around the state.

Janette Neal-Zopp – Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
            301 – Felted Landscapes
A multi-medium artist and re-enactor, Janette has been doing fiber arts for over 45 years, including sewing, spinning, weaving, basketry, felting, embroidery, punch needle and caning. She holds five certifications in faux finishing and decorative painting and has done sculptures in clay, wood and wool. She also studies and practices Russian iconography. As a re-enactor she demonstrates and teaches the handwork of women pre-1840, ("Our Art Today Was Their Way Of Life”), and makes her own historically correct clothing as well as does custom orders for others. Her art work has been published in several magazines and books. She also presents programs and teaches at grade schools, adult continuing education programs, fiber guilds, clubs and other privet venues.

Chiaki O’Brien – Chaska, Minnesota
            122 & 142 – Bengala Dye
            228 – 248 – 328 – 348 – SAORI Weaving: Express Yourself!
Chiaki O’Brien is a SAORI Leader Committee Certificate recipient. She worked as an instructor for the SAORI head office in Japan and she moved to Minnesota in 2004. She is a teaching artist for the Weavers Guild of Minnesota as well as other art organizations in the state. She has taught PreK-12 at the Blake School in Minnesota as a 2015-16 visiting artist. She also visits independent living facilities to do SAORI sessions with older adults and she teaches at Shepherd’s Harvest and other fiber festivals around Minnesota and neighboring states. She was awarded a Jerome Fiber Artist Project Grant in 2012 allowing her to study Bengala Dyeing in Japan and she now teaches this natural soil dye process as well. She has Studio FUN in her home in Chaska. SAORI Weaving taught her the way to create by following her heart. She wants to convey the “joy of exploration” to students in her classes.  Website: saoristudiofun.com

Bonnie Paruch – Green Bay, Wisconsin      
            304 – Color & Value For Fiber Artists
Several years ago Bonnie became the shepherd of a lovely flock of Icelandic Sheep. They patiently taught her much about life, farming and fiber! Bonnie is a Master Pastelist & 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 Brown County studio and gallery in Green Bay, Wisconsin is open May- October. She is represented in Door County, Wisconsin by Fine Line Design Gallery of Ephraim, WI. Learn more about the artist at www.bonnieparuchart.com.

Esther Peregrine – Philo, Illinois
            326 – Silk Reeling Basics
            345 – Making Mawatas from Silk Cocoons (Hankies & Caps)
Esther started knitting in 4-H and from there went on to spin and weave just about every fiber available. She began raising silkworms about 10 years ago and fell in love with the whole process of watching the silkworms spin their cocoons and then processing the cocoons into yarn or thread and ultimately into a finished silk scarf or shirt. She has demonstrated silk reeling at schools and museums and has taught workshops on making silk mawatas and silk reeling.

Carol Rhoades – Madison, Wisconsin
            127 – Fringe Benefits
            146 – Braids as Cast Ons & Pattern Embellishment
            207 – Spinning Textured Yarns with Silk Noils, Cocoons, Batts, Waste & More!           
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 and PieceWork magazines and is featured on Interweave's Hand Carding DVD. She has translated many Scandinavian knitting, crochet, weaving, and cookbooks into English.

Marilou Schultz – Mesa, Arizona
            140 – Warp Set Up for Navajo Style Weaving
            201 – The Art of Navajo Weaving
Marilou Schultz, is a renowned Navajo weaver from the Navajo Nation, specializing in both traditional and contemporary weavings using handspun Navajo Churro. She likes to experiment with her designs as well as in the dyeing of the yarns. She participates in the annual SWAIA Indian Market in Santa Fe, NM, as well as the Heard Indian Fair, Phoenix, AZ; Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, New York Sheep & Wool Festival and the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. She is employed by Mesa Pubic Schools as a junior high school teacher and teaches weaving on the side. 

Sheryl Theis – Fitchburg, Wisconsin
            224 – Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet & Make Scarves! 
            245 – Beaded Tunisian Boot Cuff
Sheryl Thies’ passion for combining fiber, texture and color provided teaching opportunities both near and far; from local yarn shops to international waters aboard cruise ships. She is the author of numerous knitting and Tunisian crochet books, published designs in magazines and designs for yarn companies. When not knitting or crocheting, she can often be found on the bocce court either playing or refereeing.

Amy Tyler – Lake Ann, Michigan
            403 – Spinning Wools of North America (2-day class – Thursday-Friday)
            208 – Spinning & Knitting Energized Singles
            323 – Circles & Polygons
            347 – Variations on Long Draw
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.

Becky Utecht – Mora, Minnesota
            302 – 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 publications in the New York Times and 500 Felt
Objects. She operates River Oaks Farm & Studio in rural Mora, Minnesota, www.rjutecht.com.

Mary Wallace – Cambridge, Wisconsin
            206 – Nuno Scarf Class
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 Cambridge Arts Council (www.cambridgewiarts.com). Her studio is in rural Cambridge.




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