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September 6-8, 2019

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

While the REGISTER NOW button is now live for all classes, you will not be able to complete the registration process until after 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 10.

Wonders of Wool Classes

September 5-8

PERSONS REGISTERING BY AUGUST 15 WILL RECEIVE A GATE PASS

Class registration begins June 10 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

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 wisheepandwoolfestival@gmail.com or call the Festival Office weekdays after 5:00 p.m. at 608-743-9080.
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

MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

Dawn Andersson - Calumet, MI
401 – Blues Power: Working with Woad, Dyer’s Knotweed & Powdered Indigo
802 – Eco-Dyeing - Using Fresh Local Plants
I started dyeing wool with natural materials as a teenager in the 1970's. It has been a lifelong obsession. I studied botany and mycology in college, and in every place I have lived since those days I have been overly curious about the color contained in everything from plants, to fungi and lichens, and have collected and experimented from Alaska to North Carolina. Now I live on the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan and having a great deal of fun sharing what I have learned with interested fiber artists. Lately, I have taught at the Lake Superior Traditional Ways Gathering, Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, Porcupine Craft School, and The Buellwood Weaver and Fiber Artist's Retreat. I love helping people realize they can!

Nancy Barnett - Cherokee Village, AR
640 – Amazing Angora – Eight Times Warmer than Wool           
Nancy has been spinning since 1985 and raising Angora rabbits for over 25 years and is a popular teacher on raising these very friendly bunnies.  She also raises Border Leicester and Blue Face Leicester sheep.  She lives in the Arkansas Ozarks.

Denise Bell - Hulbert, OK
501 – Wrapped in Warmth – Shetland Hap Shawls
641 – Lace on the Edge
840 – Catch & Carry: The Subtle Effects of Armenian Knitting    
When she was growing up, Denise always performed some kind of handwork. When she learned to knit she was instantly addicted. Wherever she looks, Denise sees patterns, so it’s no surprise that her knitting emphasis is lace. Travel and spending time in the natural world provide inspiration. She recently visited Shetland and Scotland to delve further into the history of fine lace knitting. Her business, Lost City Knits, named for the community nearest her Oklahoma farm, offers fine hand-dyed yarns and original designs. When not knitting, teaching, dyeing, or designing, Denise puts her pattern-seeking abilities to work solving cryptic crossword puzzles, and because no one can do just one thing, she also kayaks on lakes and streams near her eastern Oklahoma home. Along with her husband, she is the author of the book Ultima Thule: Patterns Inspired by the Shetland Islands, and Deep Roots: Patterns Inspired by the Tallgrass Prairie.

Lynne Bergschultz - Fredonia, WI
680 – Chrysanthemum Canes, Puffy Pendants & More
841 – Polymer “Plates”
Lynne Bergschultz is an illustrator, designer and educator with a passion for polymer clay.  Since discovering the versatility of polymer more than ten years ago, she has produced countless sets of original buttons, shawl pins and jewelry.  Her work has been published in several national craft publications, and is sold in shops, galleries and festivals around the country.  Having taught many times at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, Lynne is always excited about sharing her love of polymer with others.

Rhonda Berman - Omaha, NE
608, 801 – Zipply Art: Zipper Needle Felted Art
Rhonda is an artist, mother, grandmother, and wife. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her supportive husband Geoff. She inherited her art skills from her father and at a young age developed a lifelong love of art in all its myriad forms and has been an artist most of her life. Although she does have a “day” job, it is her art that defines her. Rhonda enjoys working in multiple media and is a painter, rug hooker, metal artist, jewelry designer, and lamp work glass artist, amongst many more. She has won awards for her miniature paintings as well as lamp work glass work and beading pieces. In the last few years she has changed her area of focus to working with fibers, namely needle felting and rug hooking. Her zipper art started out as an extension of her needle felting and beading. Creating with zippers, wool and embellishments has taken on a life of its own. It started as something quick and unique to make for gifts on a family trip and now has become her new challenge of creating framed art pieces as well as wearable art. Rhonda is sharing her passion for experimentation with others and loves watching the spark of creativity light up someone’s face. Rhonda has taught classes at Fiber Fairs (Scotts Valley Fiber Fair in Nebraska, and the Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival), as well as at local fiber stores.

Melissa Bohrtz- Sobieski, WI
540 – Spinning with Silk Hankies
642 – Carding for Texture
880 – Plying Bumps in Yarn!
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.  She 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, Hello Purl, Melissa enjoys spending time on her little homestead with her husband, two boys, ten chickens and four cats.

Henry & Roy Clemes- Pinole, CA
402 – Exploring the Drum Carder
502 – Adventures in Drum Carding        
A lifelong woodworker and small business owner, Henry has been building fiber art equipment for almost fifty years and drum carders for over forty. Roy grew up in his family’s woodshop and is one of the few 30-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.

Christina Drennen Coghill - Merrillville, IN
440 – Rainbow Dye Pot – Redding Method Dyeing         
Christina Coghill is a lifelong crafter and learned to spin over twenty years ago.  Spinning soon lead to processing fiber and to dyeing.  Christina is a certified Redding Method Dyeing instructor.  Redding Method Dyeing is a technique that master dyer, master spinner, and shepherd, Natalie Redding invented and perfected. This method of dyeing will blow your mind!  Gone are the measuring spoons, premixing of dyes, and dye pots that turn out muddy.  You will learn how to use various protein fibers and how each type dyes differently. This knowledge will assist you on dyeing colorways using minimal dyes, and should you make a mistake you will learn how to save your fibers. If you want to create eye catching bright colorways that are easily reproduced, you will want to learn this dyeing technique. Redding Method Dyeing teaches you how to dye bright vibrant colorways that are beautiful and colorfast!

Kimberly Darling- Davenport, IA
541 – Tips & Tricks for New Spinners
560 – Softcore Spinning
601 – Nuno Felted Scarf
881 – Cobweb Felted Wrap                       4-Hour Class
Kimberly Darling is a native Iowan who has worked in a number of midwestern cities, now settled in the Quad Cities in eastern Iowa. She recently retired after 20+ years of teaching art and interior design at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. Kimberly is an fiber artist, and a spinster, or maker of yarn, at heart. She loves the smell of a fresh raw fleece, and will wash, dye, card, and spin the wool into a beautiful yarn. She knits, crochets, and weaves with her handspun yarn. Kimberly does wet and nuno felting incorporating recycled garments and accessories into her artwork. Recently winning awards for handspun yarn and a hand knit, handspun Irish Diamond Shawl, she is a member of the Quad Cities Fiber Arts group and the Valley Spinners and Weavers guild.

Danita Doerre - Stoddard, WI
643 – Needle Felting: Valla Valais Blacknose Sheep
As a Fiber Artist, Interior Designer and Certified ILR-SD Llama Fleece Judge, I have been involved with fiber since my first purchase of Forrester, Llama 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.  My specialty is needle felting soft sculptures and fiber art. Techniques I use 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 my designs are one-of-a-kind, inspired by nature and the coulee regions of Wisconsin.  All fiber has a purpose and my passion is to work with a variety of fleeces while being a part of our heritage culture of handcrafting with ”fiber." I have shared my 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.  I am a member of Three Rivers Spinning and Weaving Guild, International Llama Registry, Left Bank Art Gallery and Midwest Llama Registry. My Fiber Art Booth received the Peoples' Choice Award at ArtSpire in La Crosse in 2014.

Sarah Eichhorn - Milwaukee, WI
882 – Introduction to Natural & Bundle Dye
I am a fiber artist who focuses on sustainability and connecting with nature. I utilize the technique of
ori-nui, or stitching, shibori while weaving my handwoven panels.  This shibori technique creates irregular patterns that are reminiscent of clouds in the sky, water ripples in a pond, or the sun’s rays shimmering in the breeze.  Ikat resist techniques are also utilized in my designs prior to weaving the cloth.  These resist patterns showcase free-form movements, or frequencies, which capture certain periods in space that so often cannot be seen. I source my textile materials domestically, ensuring they are organically grown and leave the smallest carbon footprint possible.  By using natural dyes in my artwork I am ensuring that our water systems remain clean and free of toxins. Using organic cotton yarns, the woven shibori and ikat techniques, as well as natural dyes, I am drawing my inspiration from nature and unpredictability.  Through the hand woven process the yarns are minimally processed, leaving bumps and blemishes that appear throughout the finished weaving.  The colors obtained for natural color vary season to season, and variables like time of day, temperature, and harvest amounts can impact color.  For these reasons, the outcome of the final piece of art is left to chance.  The shibori resist patterns that are released at the end of the dye bath are like meditations, with each one suspended in a different moment in time. I am an Assistant Professor in the Fashion Department at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI. I received my MFA in Costume Design from Florida State University, as well as my BFA in Fashion Design.  While pursuing my master’s degree, I continued to improve my skills while learning different methods of surface design through design assignments.  These skills are still evident in my personal design work, both fashion and textile, that is showcased today. Aside from my formal fashion and costume background, I am also an avid urban gardener and homesteader.

Janet Falk- Milwaukee, WI
842 – “You’re Blooming”      4-Hour Class (team taught with Kate Feldman)
Jan Falk is an artist, art teacher, and life-long learner. She concentrates on wet felting and learning the many related techniques using wet felting. She enjoys making nuno felt wearables, felted accessories, jewelry, and framing felted mixed media works. She's taught at many venues including the Bead and Button Show, Racine Art Museum, and Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. She continues to take workshops from recognized felt artists, participates in a number of shows, has work in several places, and has been in juried shows: WI Designer Crafts Council Biennial 2018, WI State Fiber Biennales 3 times, Warped Milwaukee, Alverno College Alumnae Exhibits.

Susan R. Frame - Osseo, WI
561 – Tablet/Card Weaving
602 – Learning Kumihimo, Lucet & Slentre to Make Braids & Cords
Susan Frame was inspired to learn how to weave from her Uncle Harold’s woven purses and 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 21 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 again in 2019. Susan is a teacher who enjoys working with students as they explore the joys and challenges of weaving.  She 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
409 – Beginning Weaving on a 4-Shaft Loom   TWO-DAY CLASS
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 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.

Brenna Furger- Milwaukee, WI
644 – Introduction to Freeform Crochet
Brenna Furger has been crocheting for over 20 years since she created the ”ugliest blanket in the world."  In 2012, she took her love of crochet to new heights and began the Etsy business Crochet539.  In 2015, she continued her connection to the craft community by creating a crochet blog, Crochet539.com, where she highlights her work and her process.  Brenna began teaching crochet classes through Milwaukee Recreation and fell in love with the instruction side of the craft.  She finds that her students inspire her to grow as an artist as much as she hopes to inspire them.  She found Freeform crochet in 2017 and has been hooked ever since.  Brenna looks at Freeform as the Wild West of crochet and that her exploration of the craft is never ending.  She hopes to bring the beauty of freeform to the forefront of the crochet community.

Barb Gallagher- Guilford, IN
403 – Color for Weavers
I have been weaving since I stumbled upon a weaving studio in Los Angeles in 1971. I have a BA in Art from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I did my thesis on rug weaving. I have been teaching weaving for over thirty years.  I also own the Weavers Loft, which is a retail weaving supply shop as well as the home of my weaving studio (Windy Ridge Studios). I am an active member of the Weavers Guild of Greater Cincinnati as well as several other guilds in Ohio and Indiana.  I am also a member of the Handweavers Guild of America.

Robin Goatey - Sandoval, IL
681 – Principles of Construction: Celtic Plaitwork
843 – Intro to Tapestry
Periodic John C. Campbell Folk School Instructor, Woodcarver, Woodturner, Broom Maker, Folkways Instructor. Student of Folklore, Metallurgy, Spinning, Tapestry Weaving, Glass Making, Ceramics & Lapidary work. Making heirloom quality handmade items based on the Ancient Guild Trades and sharing the Folkways skills learned over a lifetime are the main focus of my artisan’s practice and life. Past-President of The Artisans Guild of Southern IL and award-winning craftsman participating in the global marketplace for handmade goods.

Teresa Goatey- Sandoval, IL
542 – Southwest Spindle
562 – Spindles of the World
Teresa and her husband Robin both retired from corporate-type jobs and bought a small farm in central Illinois.  She has enjoyed fiber arts for most of her life: sewing since her teens, rug hooking since 1980 and spinning and weaving since 1994.  Teresa and Robin participate in fiber festivals around the Midwest, teaching and vending at their booth, The Dancing Goats.  Teresa teaches spinning on a spindle, rug hooking and dyeing

Kenneth Gossard- Willow Springs, MO
546, 649 – Speed Knitting
567,  688 – Knitting with a Shetland 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.  Being raised with sheep, just makes it all the better.  As I learned at a young age, wool is the best fiber for long wearing warm garments.  I have taught classes on the older style techniques here in the Midwest and East Coast. In my non-knitting life, I raise a flock of registered Romney sheep, live in a tiny house I built from mostly reclaimed materials, learning how to make the smallest carbon foot print that is possible.

Jane Grogan- Madison, WI
883 – Introduction to Pin Loom Weaving            
Jane Grogan discovered the joy of ”instant” weaving when she acquired a 7-foot triangle loom in the 1970’s.  After years of making full-size shawls she discovered smaller hand-held looms that are perfect for on-the-go projects.  Jane lives in Madison, WI and has held workshops on continuous strand and pin loom weaving around the Midwest.

Mary Jo Harris - Madison, WI
543 – Double Knitting Basics
563 – Ease into Sock Knitting: AKA – Knit a Christmas Stocking
604 – 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 ten years at various sheep and wool festivals, fiber festivals, Knit-Ins, Madison College, and the Wisconsin Craft Market.  For the past seven 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, Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival, Shepherd’s Harvest (in Minnesota), 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. 

Linda Harwood - Ionia, MI
503 – Rug Hooking
Linda Harwood is self-taught in the early American art of rug hooking.  Her skill and eye for color have brought commissions both in American 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 and over-dye the wool for more interest.  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 television.  Visit her web at www.harwoodhookedonewe.com to view some of her work.

Stefania Isaacson- St. Charles, IL
504 – Exploration, Extraction, Enthusiasm
844 – Spinning Luxury Fibers     
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 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 dyeing, titled
In Search of the Perfect Green–And Orange, Too!

Jill Johnson - Blair, WI
803 – Embellished Felted Vessel
Jill Johnson and her family recently moved to a ridge top near Blair, WI with their flock of fifty sheep and assorted other farm animals.  As a farmer, Jill raises sheep to produce wool not just for her own fiber art, but also for other fiber enthusiasts throughout the county.  Her sheep have produced many award-winning fleeces over the years and her fiber business, RiverWinds Farm, is known as a premier supplier of fine wool in the Midwest.  In recent years, Jill has begun to purse her interest in the ancient art of wool felting.  Bringing together her sheep’s wool and incorporating other traditional crafts like embroidery, dyeing, and beading to create original vessels and jewelry, Jill has found her own niche in the fiber art world. Having always enjoyed sharing the joys of sheep and wool with people, she is also excited to teach people about the amazing art and magic of wool felt in workshops and classes at fiber arts festivals and local demonstrations.

Deb Jones - Black River Falls, WI
408, 506, 603, 808 – Beginning Spinning
Deb 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!

Dagmar Klos - Chicago, IL
804 – Dyeing Basics
Dagmar’s love of textiles began in early childhood, first learning to embroider, then to knit, weave, spin, felt, and dye. She wrote The Dyer’s Companion for Interweave Press, plus two DVDs, Natural Dyeing and Overdyeing with Natural Dyes; she has also written articles, book reviews, and tech editing (dyeing) for them and is a former co-editor and co-publisher of the Turkey Red Journal (natural dye newsletter). In 2002, she received the Handweavers Guild of America’s Certificate of Excellence in Dyeing. Locally, Dagmar teaches dye classes at Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, Illinois.

Bethanea A Kottwitz - Hartford, WI
887 – Needle Felted Teacups & Mugs
Bethanea Kottwitz has been a crafter and artist for her whole life.  Her introduction to fiber started fifteen 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 ten years ago (at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival) and fell in love with wool. She now enjoys spinning, both wet and needle felting, dyeing, crocheting, and inkle weaving.  Bethanea has her own “fiber” herd with one lovely Angora rabbit and three poodle mix dogs.

Kathy Krause - Clintonville, WI
682 – Wool Appliqué
845 – Spicy Knitting
885 – Knitting 101: Slip Stitch Color-Work
Owner of The Copper Llama, my husband and I started the family’s llama farm, Pine Knoll Llamas in New London, back in 1988 and moved it to Clintonville in 1994. My passion for fiber started with a llama outing where I saw llama fiber being combed. An “internal switch” was flipped on that changed my life forever!  I LOVE shearing my own llamas and processing my own wools/fibers. I love every aspect of wool and all levels of processing, there’s no greater joy than to take a fleece and to work with it to see the finished product. I am one of the founders of “fiber thing,” an event that was held annually in Shawano and still remains a committee member of the current “fiber thing” event now called “Winter Weekend Warm-up”.  In 2010 we opened The Copper Llama, llc… and now life is REALLY exciting!

Bev Larson- Lafayette, IN
404 – Chairside Tote
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 offshoot of weaving and it too in now a passion. In 2016 I received the honor of being named an Indian Artisan by the State of Indiana.

Kate Larson- Alexandria, IN
405 – Color and Creativity for Spinners
507 – Vibrant: Blending & Spinning for Color Effects
646 – Spinning Nordic Wools
683 – Spinning Handpainted Fibers
Kate Larson loves using fiber arts as a bridge between art and agriculture. She is the editor of Spin Off, 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
544 – Rare Breed Trek – A Hands-on Experience of Historic Sheep Breeds
564 – Sheep to Skein – Processing Raw Fleece for Funsies
Amy Ross Manko raises eleven different breeds of Heritage and Rare Breed sheep on her farm in Southwestern Pennsylvania that has been in her family for well over 100 years. In addition to her work to preserve rare sheep breeds, she also enjoys hoarding spinning and weaving equipment, having taken over one of the farm outbuildings as a fiber studio and repository for homeless fiber and tools. Amy operates The Ross Farm with her husband Scooterpie and son Drew, and enjoys writing, teaching, and meeting fiber enthusiasts at festivals across the U.S. Her articles have appeared in Ply, KnitEdge and SpinOff magazines and her first book will be published in 2019.

Kiyoshi Mino - Rock Island, IL    
410 – Needle-Felting Open-Winged Birds       THREE-DAY CLASS
I have been doing needle felt sculpture for 8 years.  For six years my wife and I ran 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. 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 fur itself, 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 have given workshops at Living Felt in Austin, TX, at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival and internationally in Shanghai, Chile and the Netherlands. My work has been exhibited in Shanghai, Boston and New York City and featured in inhabitat.com, coolhunting.com, Fast Company Design, and New York Magazine.

Chiaki O’Brien - Bloomington, MN
565 – SAORI Weaving – Be in a Moment
605 – SAORI Weaving – Express Yourself!
846 – Bengala Dyeing Tenugui (Japanese cotton hand towel) using Itajime Shibori Technique
884 – Bengala Dye Furoshiki (wrapping cloth) with Kaleidoscope Design
Chiaki is a SAORI Leader Committee Certificate recipient. She took a year-long SAORI course at a head school in Osaka, Japan. She worked as an instructor for the SAORI head office in Japan before moving to Minnesota in 2004. Chiaki is a COMPAS Teaching Artist, and is 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 in Bloomington, MN.  She is also a SAORI Weaver/instructor and a Japanese Taiko drumming performer/instructor. Website: saoristudiofun.com

Anna W. Repke- Chillicothe, IL
406 – Landscape Felting
It all began right here at Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival.  Anna started out as an oil painter, but the toxic fumes just proved too much and that was the end of painting!  Raising kids and Border Collies became the focus.  She was here at the festival competing in the sheep herding part and  sold a dog to a fiber artist, Gale.   Later, Gale taught her about felting and so when the discovery of ”painting” with wool was made, it soon turned into a passion!  Now the kids are raised and the Art Shows, Workshops and Classes across the country have taken over.  Anna says, ”I never knew what it was to have a passion until this. I haven’t looked back since.  Working with wool has been the most fulfilling creative experience for me, ever.  There is something about the organic quality to the wool.  It has texture, character and life.  The things that can be done with it are endless.”  In between shows you will find her on her 25 acre ”farm” with a dog and a basket of wool at her feet, a project in her lap and one of 15 grandchildren running around.

Laura Ricketts- Rochester, IN
684 – An Introduction to Twined Knitting
805 – Sámi Mittens: Beauties from Karesuano, Sweden
Laura 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. 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 kids, tries to force meaningful time and attend all their events.

Kathy Sparks- Unionville, IN
441 – Introduction to Lichen Dyeing
606 – Dyes of the Americas
Kathy Sparks has been involved with fiber in some way, shape or form for the past 45 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 29 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.  The yarns she creates often are dyed using ancient natural dyes such as cochineal, indigo, madder and weld or involve dyes extracted from plants harvested from nature. She is the author of 2 books, including The 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 100 articles and been published in nationally recognized magazines such as Color Trends, Spin Off, Ply Magazine and Rug Hooking Magazine. Kathy has taught many workshops over the years and enjoys discovering what wonders are out there ….especially those in the dye pot.

Kim Specht- Monticello, IA
647 – Beginning Wet Felting
685 – Beginning Drop Spindling
Kim lives on a farm near Prairieburg, Iowa. Kim recently retired from teaching but still can’t find enough time in the day for the knitting, spinning, and felting she loves to do.  And weaving is ’looming’ in the not-too-distant future!   Kim’s Romney and Border Leicester fleeces have won awards at festivals in six states. At these festivals, she regularly attends classes taught by nationally known artists. Kim loves combining her love of teaching and the fiber arts.

Cheryl Stegert - Appleton, WI
648 – Grafting - Not Just for Stockinette
686 – Stashbusting with Entrolec
847 – Beginning Lace Knitting
886 – Chain Maille - Captured Bead Bracelet
Cheryl has been teaching spinning, knitting, weaving and other fiber crafts for over 25 years.  She enjoys seeing others take their craft to new levels by learning new techniques and perfecting others and always thinking outside the box. When she’s not thinking or working on fiber, she enjoys life with her husband, John, and two cats, Dexter and Woodrow. She enjoys fishing, walking, biking, kayaking and the outdoors in general and working on her genealogy.

Amy Tyler - Interlochen, MI
407 – Creating the Yarn You Want
545 – The Basics of Flick Carding
566 – Mechanics of Your Wheel
607 – Spinning with Commercial Yarns
806 – Blending Board: Basics & More
Amy has degrees in modern dance, kinesiology, and physiology. Her art and science backgrounds give her a keen understanding of learning movement skills, composition, pattern recognition, and systematic exploration. She translates that understanding into practical approaches to spinning techniques, highlighting the creative dance and mechanical feat that is spinning. She teaches spinning and knitting at venues across the country and is well known for her animated and engaging teaching style. Amy has published articles in PLY Magazine and Spin-Off. You can find out more about her work on her website, www.stonesockfibers.com and on her Blog, stonesockblog.blogspot.com

Diana L. Armes Wallace - Alton, MO
687 – Blending Fibers with a Hackle
Loving the fibers of wool, mohair and angora, Diana mixes and creates all sorts of fibers things.  She enjoys using old world processing tools: combs and hackles are a mainstay in her fiber processing. Collecting and growing natural dye stuff on the farm, along with some purchased items rounds out her menagerie of fiber products.

Erin Whalen- Whitewater, WI
807 – Needle Felted Hanging Fairy
Erin is a long-time fiber artist who enjoys crocheting, spinning, weaving, needle felting and wet felting. She has been needle felting for over seven years. Several of her needle felted dolls were featured in Art Doll Quarterly magazine last winter. She has also won several Reserve Champion awards in the Design Competition at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival with her needle felted and wet felted creations.  Most of all, Erin loves teaching others. She has taught workshops at the Midwest Fiber Frolic, Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, and at Wool Warp and Wheel. Erin is an experienced and patient instructor and welcomes students of all ages and skill levels

Emily Wohlscheid- Battle Creek, MI
505 – Spin & Create: Handspun Wirecore Yarn
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. Now she creates handcrafted jewelry and hand dyed fiber goods for her business, Bricolage Studios, and teaches classes and workshops throughout the United States on spinning, fiber preparation, and jewelry/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.

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