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September 7-9, 2018

Wonders of Wool

Welcome to the Wonders of Wool Classes and Instructors section for the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival. Our Wonders of Wool classes are a wonderful staple of our festival year after year, and the full list of classes is shown below once the class schedule is finalized. Our class instructors are shown on the Instructors tab, and if you are interested in becoming an instructor, please click on the Instructor Proposal tab to fill out our online form.

Classes

Wonders of Wool Classes

SEE YOU IN 2018 - September 6-9

PERSONS REGISTERING BY AUGUST 15 WILL RECEIVE A GATE PASS

Class registration begins June 1 and Persons registering and confirmed for classes by August 15 (online registration date) will receive a gate pass which will be mailed to them after August 15. Students who have received a student packet are NOT required to check in at Registration prior to their class(s). Minors may not register for Wonders of Wool fiber arts classes without the express consent of Festival management. Unregistered persons or onlookers will not be allowed in any class.

REGISTRATIONS REMAIN OPEN UNTIL EACH CLASS IS FILLED OR CANCELLED

Click on a class name in the list below to see full details about the class. Look for “Register Now” on the detail page once registration for classes begins in June. Once classes fill, “Register Now” will be replaced with “Class Full.”

Thursday- Three Day Class 9:00am - 4:00pm

Thursday Two Day Class 9:00am - 4:00pm

Thursday - Full Day Classes 9:00am - 4:00pm

Thursday Morning Classes 9:00am - 12:00pm

Thursday Afternoon Classes 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Friday - Full Day Classes 9:00am - 4:00pm

Friday - Morning Classes 9:00am - 12:00pm

Friday - Afternoon Classes 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Saturday - 2 Full Day Classes 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday - Full Day Classes 9:00am - 4:00pm

Saturday - Morning Classes 9:00am - 12:00pm

Saturday - Afternoon Classes 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Sunday - Full Day Classes 8:30am - 3:30pm

Sunday - Morning Classes 8:30am - 11:30am

Sunday - Afternoon Classes 12:30 - 3:30pm

Registration Details

Registration Details

Register by August 15 to receive a Gate Pass!

REGISTRATIONS REMAIN OPEN UNTIL EACH CLASS IS FILLED OR CANCELLED

NOTE!
NO REFUNDS OF CLASS FEES UNLESS A CLASS IS CANCELLED

HOW TO REGISTER
Click on CLASSES, then on WONDERS OF WOOL

  1. From the class schedule, select and click on a CLASS
  2. The class description will appear. If you want to register for that class, click on REGISTER HERE. (All registrations/payments are handled by ShoWorks.)
  3. Once at ShoWorks, you will need to CREATE AN ACCOUNT (user name and password) as an “exhibitor” – even if you registered in previous years.
  4. ORDER - Once you have an entry in your shopping cart, you can save your progress and return at a later time. Returning users can sign in with user name and password. NOTE - You cannot sign up twice for the same class!
  5. PAYMENT - No saved registrations can be guaranteed unless payment is made. Payment must be made by credit card at the end of the registration process through our secure online system.
  6. When you are finished registering, you’ll receive an email confirmation. However, it is suggested that you PRINT YOUR ORDER in case your email confirmation does not go through.
  7. DOUBLE BOOKING – Please be careful not to register for overlapping classes. Pay close attention to dates and times of classes.

HELP
If you need assistance or are having difficulty registering, please email the Festival Office anytime at wisbc@centurytel.net or call the Festival Office weekdays after 5:00 p.m. at 608 868-2505.
PRINT YOUR ORDER
Print and SAVE your completed order when you are done registering, even though you will be sent a confirmation email. You will not receive further correspondence showing the classes and class numbers for which you are registered.

PERSONS REGISTERING BY AUGUST 15 WILL RECEIVE A GATE PASS Persons registering and confirmed for classes by August 15 (online registration date) will receive a gate pass which will be mailed to them after August 15. Students who have received a student packet are NOT required to check in at Registration prior to their class(s). Minors may not register for Wonders of Wool fiber arts classes without the express consent of Festival management. Unregistered persons or onlookers will not be allowed in any class.

REGISTERING AFTER AUGUST 15
You may still register for classes after August 15 but you will not receive a gate pass. Class openings will continue to be available until a class is filled.

LAST MINUTE REGISTRATIONS - AT THE FESTIVAL
Go to Registration to check for openings.

REGISTRATION DESK:  LOCATED IN ACTIVITY CENTER
The registration and information center of the Festival is located in the lobby of the Activity Center. Any questions about class registrations, last minute class openings, fees, and camping should be directed to Registration.

MATERIALS FEES
Materials fees for all classes are in addition to registration fees and are to be paid directly to the instructor.

REFUNDS
No refunds of class fees unless a class is canceled.

STUDENT PACKET & GATE PASS         MAILED AFTER AUGUST 15
Registrations for Wonders of Wool classes received by August 15 will be mailed a gate pass, class location information and a map of the fairgrounds. After August 15 student packets will be mailed First Class to the name/address on the online registration form.  The Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival will not be responsible for misdirected mail/email due to incorrect addresses. Students will be contacted by phone or email only if a class is filled or canceled.

LIMITED ENROLLMENT - CANCELLATIONS
Each class has a maximum enrollment listed. Classes that do not meet a minimum number of registrations by August 15 may be subject to cancellation. Classes may be subject to change or cancellation due to circumstances beyond the control of the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, LLC. Should this occur, the Festival will make notification by email, cell phone number, or home phone number - if provided. In the event of a class cancellation, the festival will not be responsible for lodging, travel expenses or other fees incurred. Registrations are accepted on a first-come basis and by date of online receipt.

If your email address changes, you are responsible for notifying the Festival of that change. The Festival WILL NOT be held responsible for incorrect phone numbers or email addresses. Contact the Festival office with changes at wisbc@centurytel.net . Registrants are responsible for periodically checking the Festival website for updates.

CLOSED CLASSES
DO NOT CONTACT AN INSTRUCTOR TO GET INTO A CLOSED CLASS!

ADMISSION – DON’T FORGET YOUR GATE PASS!
Admission will be charged at the gate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Parking is free. Forget your gate pass and you will be required to pay admission – no exceptions!
Admission will NOT be charged on Thursday of the Festival.

NO PETS!
Dogs or pets of any kind will not be allowed in any class area unless they are a certified service dog or service dog in training.

CAMPING
No person may remain on the grounds of Jefferson County Fair Park overnight without a camping permit, which may be obtained by contacting the Fair Park office weekdays 8:00 – 4:00 at 920 674-7148.

Instructors

Instructors

Dawn Andersson Calumet, MI

404 NATURAL WOOL DYEING WITH LOCAL PLANTS

When I was a teenager I got the book Lichens for Vegetable Dyeing, by Eileen Bolton, from the library. The color plate at the beginning of the book made such an impression on me, I have never recovered! I studied art, botany, and mycology in college, and have been spinning and dyeing ever since. I’ve collected plants to dye with from Alaska to North Carolina, and points in between. Having moved to the UP of Michigan some years ago I have been working on collecting and growing plants to make a full palette of color from locally sourced materials. I am an older person now and teach several classes a year to share the joy this process gives me, while I still can. Some of my most recent classes have been at the Lake Superior Traditional Ways Gathering, The Porcupine Mountains Folk School, and The Buellwood Weavers and Fiber Artists Guild.


Lynne Bergschultz Fredonia, WI

840 LARIAT BEAD SAMPLER

Lynne Bergschultz is an illustrator, designer, and educator with a passion for polymer. She discovered polymer clay over ten years ago and has since that time made countless sets of original buttons, shawl pins and jewelry. Her work has been published in several national craft magazines and is sold in galleries, shops and festivals around the country. Lynne never tires of working with the little blocks of color and loves sharing her passion.


Melissa Bohrtz Sobieski, WI

648 CORESPINNING

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 and has been exploring all aspects of fiber arts with hand weaving and embroidery. She also loves to knit with chunky art yarns and on needles larger then US 10. In addition to her fiber arts business, Melissa enjoys spending time on her little homestead with her husband, two boys, ten chickens and four cats.


Sandy Bulgrin Franksville, WI

846 COILING ON A GOURD
863 TREE OF LIFE PENDANT

Sandy has been teaching basket weaving for over thirty years, having started with teaching 4-H kids, and she continues today. She teaches at local museums Wisconsin and in Illinois, as well as at gourd shows and basket conventions across the country. She is a coordinator of the Basket Weaving Cruise, which takes place every two years, and enjoys traveling and teaching classes in jewelry, baskets and gourds.


Jane Ann Carney Pearson, WI

670 FELTED FLOWER PINS
801 FELTED PILLOW PROJECT

I studied at UW Oshkosh and owned and operated my own re-upholstery business for twenty years. In 1999, I closed that business and started teaching at Fox Valley Technical College where I am an instructor in home furnishings, auto, air and marine re-upholstery classes. I also teach home décor classes at the Waupaca Campus. As an artist, I do pottery, painting and cement castings, garden art, welding and glass making. I also do textile art projects – wool felting and many fiber arts projects. My passion is to share my knowledge with others – I love to teach!


Henry & Roy Clemes Pinole, CA

405 EXPLORING THE DRUM CARDER
501 DRUM CARDING MIXED BREEDS

This class will be taught by the tag team of Henry and Roy Clemes. A lifelong woodworker and small business owner, Henry has been building fiber art equipment for over 45 years and drum carders for 38 years. Roy grew up in his family’s woodshop and is one of the few thirty-year-olds with 25 years of experience in his field. Together they have introduced many innovations to the fiber arts community and their equipment is known for being not only thoughtfully engineered but visually pleasing and durable as well. They regularly consult and instruct spinners, felters, fiber growers, and professional fiber artists in the use of drum carders for fiber prep.


Rosie Dittmann Sturgeon Bay, WI

502 FELTED VESSEL
640 BEGINNING FELT
671 FELT...FROM FLAT TO FORM

Rosie Dittman has been felting for over 25 years. Having taken classes from fiber artists from around the world - and now on a self directed journey - she continues to explore the ever ending possibilities of felt and other fiber techniques. She has taught at Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival for several years, as well as at The Clearing in Door County, WI, The Art Garage in Green Bay, WI, and in her home studio. Her work can be seen at Whitefish Bay Farm Gallery in Door County during the summer months.


Danita Doerre Stoddard, WI

672 NEEDLE FELTING: BARNABEE SHEEP, THREE LAYERS FULL

Danita Doerre is a fiber artist, ILR-SD Llama Fleece Judge, and owns Forrest Ridge Fibers in Stoddard. As a fiber artist, interior designer and llama fleece judge, she has been involved with fiber since her first purchase of a llama, Forrester, in 1996. Since then, Forrest Ridge Llamas and Alpacas houses four llamas, two alpacas and one sheep, for a variety of natural, eco-friendly fibers. Her specialty is needle felting soft sculptures and fiber art. The techniques she uses are hand spinning, wet felting, needle felting, braiding, weaving, hand dying and dry felting to create pieces for fiber art with soft expression and depth. All of Danita’s designs are one-of-a-kind, inspired by nature and the coulee regions of Wisconsin. All fiber has a purpose and her passion is to work with a variety of fleeces while being a part of our heritage culture of handcrafting with fiber. She have shared her love of fiber as a Fiber Artist instructor at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, Kentucky Sheep and Wool Festival, Shepherds Harvest, Tri –County Fiber Studios, WTC Junior College, as well as Minnesota and Wisconsin Llama Conferences. She is a member of Three Rivers Spinning and Weaving Guild, Cameron Park Market, Midwest Lama Association, and Left Bank Art Gallery, International Llama Registry, and Midwest Llama Association. Her fiber art booth received the People's Choice Award at ArtSpire in LaCrosse, WI, in 2014.


Susan Frame Osseo, WI

601 LEARNING KUMIHIMO, LUCET & SLENTRE TO MAKE BRAIDS AND CORDS

Susan Frame was inspired to learn how to weave from her Uncle Harold’s woven purses and from cloth completed in the 50’s and 60’s. With that fascination she took her first weaving class in 1982 at UW-River Falls and has continued her lessons at locations around the Midwest. For the past twenty years Susan has had the pleasure of teaching many different types of weaving techniques at the Fiber Garden in Black River Falls WI. She also will be teaching at Sievers in 2018. She is a teacher who enjoys working with students as they explore the joys and challenges of weaving and lives on a hobby farm near Osseo, WI, with her husband, a growing collection of looms and a herd of llamas.


Nancy Frantz Elkhart Lake, WI

402 BEGINNING WEAVING ON A 4-SHAFT LOOM

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 to 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 she 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. A very active member of the Sheboygan Shuttlecraft Guild, Nancy was also Co-Chair of the 2005 Midwest Weavers Conference.


Barb Gallagher Guilford, IN

406 RUG WEAVING TECHNIQUES

I have been weaving since I stumbled upon a weaving studio in Los Angeles in 1971 and fell in love with weaving! I have a BA in Art from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, where I did my thesis on rug weaving. I have been teaching weaving for over twenty five years and own the Weavers Loft, which is a retail weaving supply shop, as well as the home of my weaving studio. I am an active member of the Weavers Guild of Greater Cincinnati as well as several other guilds in Ohio and of the Midwest Weavers, and HGA.


Mary Germain Shorewood, WI

541 NUPPS AND ESTONIAN LACE
560 A DISTORTED VIEW OF CUFFS

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, IL

841 INTRO TO TAPESTRY

Robin is an award winning, full-time festival craftsman working fiber festivals in the Midwest, having recently served as Instructor at the John C. Campbell Folk School. Inspired by Tolkien’s Legendarium, he started carving Ents, Wizards and Castles after reading the Hobbit four decades ago. Woodcarving, woodturning, hand-built ceramics, hot and cold glass, coppersmithing, enameling, broom making, tool making, spinning & Navajo style weaving are current specialties. Teaching the traditional crafts is a passion. He also conducts a lively online trade in heirloom quality hand-made fiber tools.


Kenneth Gossard Willow Springs, MO

641 SPEED KNITTING
673 LEARN TO USE A SHETLAND KNITTING BELT

I have been knitting for the majority of my life, learning at the age of six, but learned from old world style knitters, where it was important for them to be able to knit fast enough to keep a family clothed and for household income. Even better, I was raised with sheep and learned at a young age, that wool is the best fiber for long-wearing warm garments. I have taught classes on the older style techniques here in the Midwest and on the East Coast. In my non-knitting life, I raise a flock of registered Romney sheep and live in a tiny house I built from mostly reclaimed materials, while learning how to make the smallest carbon foot print that is possible.


Mary Jo Harris Madison, WI

561 KNITTING WITH TEXTURE

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 10 years at various sheep and wool festivals, fiber festivals, knit-ins, and teaches locally for Madison College, Olbrich Gardens, 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 under her designer name of Jo Harris, 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.


Pat Hilts Columbus, WI

642 SPINNING ON THE GREAT WHEEL - BASICS
674 SPINNING ON THE GREAT WHEEL-BEYOND THE BASICS

Pat Hilts has been spinning since 1966 and specializes in working with antique spinning wheels. She has worked with great wheels and other spindle wheels for more than four decades and often demonstrates spinning on the great wheel and on the pendulum wheel. She is currently curator of the Home Textile Tool museum, which is located in Orwell, Pennsylvania.


Katherine Hughes Waukegan, IL

860 BEADWEAVE A BANGLE

Katherine has spent most of her career in biotechnology labs, but in her free time she likes to make things. It started with knitting and mushroomed into spinning, felting, and dyeing fibers. Then came making soap, starting with melt-and-pour and then moving into cold process. Bead weaving started with small classes at a retreat in Manitowoc, and got out of hand with a couple of visits to Bead and Button. Everyone in the family is now warm, has happy skin, and wears pretty jewelry.


Stefania Isaacson St. Charles, IL

503 IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT GREEN–AND ORANGE, TOO!

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, knitting, 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 using 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 dyeing, titled In Search of the Perfect Green–And Orange, Too!


Javier Jara Chicago, IL

440 BRIOCHE KNITTING
450 MASTERING TWO-COLOR BRIOCHE KNITTING

Javier started knitting in 2013 with the idea of making some simple sweaters for his dogs. Since then, his passion for knitting has grown and so has his desire of learning several knitting techniques. Brioche was definitely the one that caught his eye. He is fascinated by brioche knitting because of its beautiful reversible fabric, especially two-color brioche. After knitting several accessories and garments, his desire led him to use his own creativity and start designing patterns and then teaching brioche at his local knitting store in Chicago and at yarn festivals. He loves teaching this wonderful technique and looks forward to share the tricks to succeed while having fun brioche knitting!


Deb Jones Black River Falls, WI

407 BEGINNING SPINNING
509 BEGINNING SPINNING
602 BEGINNING SPINNING
802 BEGINNING SPINNING

Deb is from Black River Falls, Wisconsin. She is an enthusiastic hand spinner and teaches spinning workshops throughout the region, including at Sievers School of Fiber Arts and The Clearing. 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. She is also a travel consultant hosting travel tours focused on the fiber arts. For Deb it’s all a means to promote fiber arts and combine her love of spinning, dyeing, teaching and country living!


Letty Klein Kalamazoo, MI

403 THE SHEPHERD’S RUG

Letty Klein has been making custom braided rugs from roving for almost twenty 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. 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 and has conducted rug braiding workshops all across the country since the book The Shepherd’s Rug - A Braided Wool Rug From Roving was published in 2006.


Kathy Krause Clintonville, WI

675 KNITTING WITH CONFIDENCE
842 BEGINNING MAGIC LOOP

The Krauses started the family’s llama farm, Pine Knoll Llamas located in Clintonville, back in 1988. Her 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 20 llamas a year and processes her own wools and 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 event now called Winter Weekend Warm-up. In 2010, Kathy and her husband Dick opened a retail yarn and spinning shop called The Copper Llama. The shop is located on their property in an old restored 1300 sq. ft. shed where they offer a full line of yarns and accessories, rovings and fibers for the knitter/spinner/felter. Kathy is also a member of the Shawano Knitting Guild and Saxony Spinners.


Bev Larson Lafayette, IN

408 KNITTERS DELIGHT
843 BROOM MAKING PRIMER WITH HANDLES

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 and in 2009 I added broom making as an outshoot of weaving and it too is now a passion. In 2016 I received the honor of being named an Indian Artisan by the State of Indiana


Kate Larson Alexandria, IN

504 CABLED YARNS: A SPINNER’S STUDY IN TWIST
643 SWEET FEET: SPINNING FOR SOCKS
676 SPINNING BLENDED BREEDS: CORRIEDALE, COLUMBIA, CORMO, AND MORE
803 SPINNING SPECTACULAR KNITTING YARNS

Kate Larson loves using fiber arts as a bridge between art and agriculture. She is the author of The Practical Spinner’s Guide: Wool (Interweave, 2015) and several videos, including How to Spin Yarn to Knit. Her work has appeared in Spin Off, Jane Austen Knits, and more. Follow her at KateLarsonTextiles.com.


Amy Ross Manko Eighty Four, PA

505 RARE BREED TREK - A HANDS-ON EXPLORATION OF HISTORIC SHEEP BREEDS
644 SHEEP TO SKEIN – PROCESSING RAW FLEECE FOR FUNSIES

Amy Ross Manko lives on a Pennsylvania Century Farm where she and her family raise nine different breeds of heritage and rare breed sheep. Amy is dedicated to "preserving rare breeds, one skein at a time” by sharing her love and passion for these animals with others. Her work and products have appeared in Ply, CastOn, Knit Edge, Gladys Magazine and the Newcastle Brown Ale Band of Brands ad campaign. She is a fifth generation sheep farmer and her farm is also on the National Register of Historic Places.


Kiyoshi Mino Rock Island, IL

401 NEEDLE FELTED REALISTIC BIRD SCULPTURE: COMMON KINGFISHER (FOLDED WING)

I am a needle felt artist and for the last six years my wife and I had been running a small organic farm We attended a year long farmer training program before trying to start our own farm and it was there that I first learned about needle felting and I immediately fell in love with it. I loved to draw as a kid but had never tried any form of sculpture before. It was very exciting to me to be able to draw in three dimensions with nothing but a needle and a clump of wool. I have always loved animals of all kinds and because wool is a type of animal fiber, it is the perfect medium for realistically sculpting fur and bird feathers. In my work I focus on wild animal species which I try to render as faithfully as possible. I believe that almost all animals have unique personalities and emotional complexity just like humans and my goal when depicting wild animals is to try and convey this idea by capturing these unique personalities. I have given workshops internationally in Shanghai, Chile and the Netherlands. My work has been exhibited in Shanghai and in New York City and featured in inhabitat.com, coolhunting.com, Fast Company Design, and New York Magazine. You can see more of my work on my blog (kiyoshimino.blogspot.com) and on instagram (instagram.com/kiyoshiminofelt)


Annie Modesitt Saint Paul, MN

542 CABLE MANIA!
562 COMBINATION KNITTING

My work has appeared in Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knitters Magazine, Cast On, Family Circle, McCalls Needlework, Parents and many international fiber and 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.


Jillian Moreno Ann Arbor, MI

543 DON’T LET YOUR YARN WEIGHT YOU DOWN: GIST OF GRIST
563 PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW: SUCCESSIVE COLOR PLYING
603 YARNITECTURE: BUILDING EXACTLY THE YARN YOU WANT
804 COLORPLAY: STRESS-FREE WAYS TO SPIN WITH COLOR

Jillian Moreno, author of the bestselling spinning book, Yarnitecture: A Knitter’s Guide to Spinning: Building Exactly the Yarn You Want, can’t stop writing and teaching about spinning and using handspun to knit, weave and stitch. She explores, questions and plays, and wants to take as many people as possible along for the ride. She enthusiastically encourages her students and readers to feel confidence and joy while making and using their handspun, even if it means singing and dancing in class. If you can’t find her teaching in person, you can find her on Craftsy and in Knitttyspin, PLY Magazine and Spin Off Magazine. When she’s at home, she can be found wantonly basking in her stash. Keep up with her fiber exploits at jillianmoreno.com


Chiaki O’Brien Chaska, MN

645 FREE STYLE ITAJIME SHIBORI (CLAMP) SILK SCARF WITH BENGALA DYE
677 SAORI WEAVING---LET’S ENJOY BEING IN A MOMENT!
805 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 before moving to Minnesota in 2004. She’s an artist-in-residence at schools, as well as teaching at Shepherd’s Harvest (MN) and other fiber related festivals in the Midwest. In 2012, she was awarded a Jerome Fiber Artist Project Grant, allowing her to study Bengala Dyeing in Japan, and she now teaches this natural soil dye process as well. SAORI weaving taught her the way to create by following her heart. Her teaching goal: to convey the “joy of exploration” to students in her classes. Chiaki operates Studio FUN from her home in Chaska, MN. Website: saoristudiofun.com


Laura Ricketts Rochester, IN

506 SKOLT SAAMI SOCKS
646 FIRST SAMI KNITTED MITTEN - TECHNIQUES
678 SKAITE-MARIA MITTENS: THE RED AND THE BLACK

Laura Ricketts lives in Indiana. She loves to play with color and design, and the knitting of the Sámi peoples in northern Scandinavia fits that bill while exciting her historically and culturally. She knits, crochets, spins, quilts, cross stitches, and has just started weaving and making bobbin lace. Lately, she has lectured and taught at Finnfest, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, ASI, and the Nordic Knitting Conference in Seattle. In between writing articles and patterns, she chases her three, school-age kids, shuttles them about and tries to attend all their events.


Karen Rognsvoog Golden Valley, MN

409 NORDIC-INSPIRED SURFACE DESIGN: BLOCK PRINTING ON FABRIC

Karen Rognsvoog has been teaching fiber art classes for over twenty years, including natural plant dyeing, Japanese Shibori, silk painting and block printing on fabric. She has also has been an instructor of watercolor painting and printmaking. Karen has been teaching at North House Folk School for about ten years and continues to teach three different classes there. She has also taught at The Clearing in Ellison Bay, WI, Minnetonka Center for the Arts and other locations in the Twin Cities area.


Mary Silver Sturgeon Bay, WI

861 SHIBORI DYE CLASS

Mary’s interest in the fiber arts began at the age of eight when her mother and grandmother taught her to knit and crochet. Years later, the gift of a spinning wheel added to her fiber addiction. And then came color: Beginning with natural dyes and ancient techniques over a campfire, Mary has dabbled with ice dyeing, vat dyeing, and microwave dyeing. She demonstrates natural dyeing at historic re-enactments throughout the state and offers microwave dye classes at Tornado Tavern Gallery in Brussels, WI.


Kathy Sparks Unionville, IN

806 DYES OF THE AMERICAS

Kathy Sparks has been involved with fiber in some way, shape or form for the past forty five years. She honed her craft both by earning a Master’s degree in Dye Chemistry from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, as well as studying with and learning from other artists. A retired instructor at the college level, Kathy has taught biology, chemistry and geology for twenty nine years, but now devotes herself to fiber art full time. As Kathy’s work evolved, it began to focus on historic techniques or the use of traditional materials. She has traveled extensively on five continents, researching dyes and fiber arts. Her yarns created often are dyed using ancient natural dyes such as cochineal, indigo, madder and weld or from plants harvested from the Indiana countryside. She is the author of two books, including Song of the Muskox, about the animals and the qiviut fiber, traditional natural dyes, especially lichens, and the knitted designs of Dorothy Reade. She has authored over one hundred articles and been published in nationally recognized magazines, such as Color Trends, Spin Off and Rug Hooking Magazine. She has taught many workshops in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest and enjoys discovering what wonders are out there - especially those in the dye pot - as even though we like to think nature is consistent, there is always something new.


Cheryl Stegert Appleton, WI

540 BEGINNING INKLE LOOM WEAVING
564 INKLE LOOM -- PICK UP TECHNIQUES
604 EXPLORATION IN RIGID HEDDLE WEAVING
844 BROOMSTICK LACE
862 HAIRPIN LACE

Cheryl has been teaching spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet and tatting for over thirty years. She lives in Appleton with her husband John, and cats Dexter and Woodrow. When not working on fiber, she enjoys kayaking, canoeing, fishing, walking, biking, and reading.


Amy Tyler Interlochen, MI

507 BLENDING BOARD BASICS
647 VARIATIONS ON LONG DRAW
679 PLYING FOR TEXTURE
807 BLENDING BOARD BASICS

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. A dozen years ago she left the academic life to pursue fibers arts and 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


Diana Armes Wallace Alton, MO

605 24 COLORS WITH ONION SKINS

Loving the properties of wool, Mohair, alpaca and Angora fibers, Diana processes, mixes and creates all sorts of fibery things. She enjoys using old world processing tools; Viking combs and hackles are a mainstay in her life of fiber processing. Collecting and growing natural dye stuffs on the farm, along with some purchased fiber stuffs, rounds out her menagerie of playful, fibery products.


Erin Whalen Whitewater, WI

845 NEEDLE FELTED TEDDY BEAR

Erin Whalen has been involved in the fiber arts for most of her life and has been needle felting for six years. Several of her needle felted dolls were recently featured in the national magazine - Art Doll Quarterly. Erin has many years experience as an instructor and teaches private workshops, group workshops and is actively involved with local 4H groups and Maker’s Faires.


Emily Wohlscheid Battle Creek, MI

410 BOUCLÉ SAMPLER
508 BLEND & SPIN: CUSTOM CARDING

Emily has loved fiber, jewelry, and sparkly things since she can remember. After receiving her BFA from Adrian College where she studied metalsmithing and textile techniques, she learned to spin as a way to get back in the classroom. She now creates hand crafted jewelry and hand dyed fiber goods for her business, Bricolage Studios, and teaches classes and workshops both locally and throughout the United States in spinning, fiber blending, and jewelry and metalsmithing. Emily works from a cooperative fiber studio in Kalamazoo, MI where she enjoys the camaraderie of her studio mates and the occasional pint from the attached brewery. You can find out more about Emily’s work, class offerings, and show schedule at bricolagestudios.bigcartel.com.


Instructor Proposal

Instructor Proposal

Do you have a class you would like to teach?

Submission deadline: March 1st

Proposals submitted after March 1 will be held for consideration for the following year's classes.

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Please email photos of the finished product to be created in class to Maralyn Fowler at mfowlfarm@msn.com     |     Photo must be at least 3 - 4 MG to ensure for proper print quality

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