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Kelly Agrue

Kelly is a teacher from Dade City, Florida. While her Process-Oriented Left Brain gets a workout with her students, she is happiest when she is able to unleash her Artistic Right Brain! Kelly has many creative opportunities on the farm where she lives with her family and a plethora of furry friends: alpacas, sheep, angora goats, as well as a fluffy giant angora rabbit. She has been felting, dyeing, spinning and weaving for a number of years. She can be contacted at

Cindie Bennett

Cindie Bennett is primarily a crochet instructor and designer. She has taught at many fiber festivals along the east coast. Cindie is a Certified Crochet Instructor through Craft Yarn Council. She has published multiple crochet designs into popular crochet magazines. You may follow Cindie at and .

Joan Berner

Joan enjoys anything fiber - dyeing, spinning, knitting, weaving and felting. Her main focus is to use these techniques to create unique, one of a kind garments. She graduated from the Professional Crafts Program at Haywood Community College and is a juried member of the Southern Highland Guild. Joan has shown at several juried Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) Convergence exhibits and a number of HGA fashion shows. Teaching experiences include SAFF, adjunct instructor at Haywood community College, Southeastern Fiber Forum at Arrowmont, and Convergence in 2016 and 2018.

Mary Berry

Mary Berry is living her dream raising sheep; teaching spinning, weaving, dyeing, and rug hooking classes; and creating fiber art that she loves. When she is not at home on the farm, you will find her teaching at her studio or at fiber festivals around the country coaxing one more student into trying something new, stretching a few boundaries, and doing more than they thought they could.

Russell Boyd

Rusty Boyd – Rusty Boyd has been a fiber fanatic for over 35 years. He learned to crochet around age 9, then took up knitting at the young age of 33. Since beginning knitting, Rusty has had patterns published by Skacel Knitting, Inc., Love of Knitting Magazine, and Love of Crochet Magazine. He has self-published several patterns and is currently working on more. For the past nine years, he has coordinated the Southeast Men’s Knitting Retreat held annually in the fall. Rusty lives in Ahoskie, NC with his daughter, Eleanor, a son, Avery, and puppy, Lily, a Feist/Chesapeake Bay mix. His designs may be found on Ravelry at smalltownknitguy.

Varian Brandon

Varian Brandon started knitting at eight. A trip to the islands of Great Britain rekindled a love of color and created an interest in the traditions of Fair Isle design and construction. She is currently designing stranded colorwork patterns for several yarn companies, international magazines, and her own website. Currently living in Saluda, North Carolina, Varian has been teaching stranded colorwork and related knitting techniques at local yarn shops, regional fiber festivals, and for the past twelve years at the Kanuga Knitting and Quilting Retreat in Hendersonville, North Carolina which she coordinates. Online, she can be found at or on Ravelry at varianbrandon.

Katie Clark

Katie Clark has been crocheting and knitting for 30 years. For many years, she taught friends and family and anyone who would sit still long enough how to stitch. It finally occurred to her in 2009 to teach professionally and began offering classes at the Knit Studio in Jackson, Mississippi and the Bill Waller Craft Center in Ridgeland, Mississippi. She now teaches regionally and writes patterns as Katie Clark Crochet which are available on Ravelry. She has designed for Interweave Crochet Magazine and Jems Luxe Fibers. She is a proud member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, Chimneyville Weavers and Spinners Guild, and the Crochet Guild of America. She lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband, daughter, two cats, and a ridiculous stash of yarn. Visit to learn more.

Henry  Clemes

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 almost 50 years and drum carders for over 40 years. Roy grew up working in his family’s woodshop and is the president of Lambtown Festival, the largest sheep and wool show in California. 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. Their full lineup of equipment can be seen at and you can find them on social media via @clemesandclemes

Vickie Clontz

Vickie's love of fibers, wool and folk art shine through in each of her classes and the 100+ patterns she has designed for her company, Annie's Keepsakes, which celebrated its 26-year anniversary in 2016! Vickie's projects have appeared in magazines across the nation and abroad, and she brings h er easy-going style and award-winning expertise to each of her classes and workshops. See more of Vickie's work, on her web-site at

Rita de Maintenon

Rita de Maintenon is a retired educator, speaker and business owner who moved to Asheville in 2009. She was raised in Germany and learned all dimensions of fiber arts while growing up. She has taught workshops for many years to encourage participants to create their own heirloom treasures and now concentrates on crochet heritage techniques like broomstick and hairpin lace, Tunisian, Aran and Irish crochet. She has written 2 books in 2017: Heritage Crochet in a New Light and Crochet for Knitters, both available on Amazon. Rita is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and a Blue Ridge National Heritage Artist. Her business is Heirloom Treasures and her website is:

Milissa Ellison Dewey

Born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, Milissa is PhD-educated in Early Modern European History and History of Science and is an Honors Scholar at Large in the University of North Carolina system, a classical flautist, and a journeyman woodturner. She has worked in the fiberarts since 1994, and in woodturning since 2009. Milissa is widely recognized for her work as a woodturner and also as a competitive spinner: in the 2017 Spinzilla, Milissa placed 2nd place among independent spinners and 5th overall internationally...using only antique equipment! In June 2018, she was featured on National Public Radio demonstrating and discussing her beloved "sock knitting machines".

Kathy Donovan

Shepherding Sheep began in 2004 for Kathy. With no prior experience of raising sheep Kathy discovered the joy of raising heritage Karakul sheep. Since the start of her flock she has won awards at the Virginia State Fair and Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival for her sheep and fleeces. Her farm was featured in Living the Country Life magazine and their TV program. Sheep� magazine wrote a story featuring the unique characteristics and fleece products of the Karakul breed. In the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine her Karakul Wool sheep Rug was included. Kathy has worked to build awareness of the Fat Tailedsheep's wool as a valuable resource to produce various products due to the sheep's long sturdy fibers used to make Persian carpets for many generations. Kathy is an accomplished instructor for punch needle and braiding of rugs, chair pads and runners for stairs. In 2014, she attended and became a certified instructor for punch needle yarn hooked rugs using the Oxford Punch Needle process completing an intensive sixty-hour classroom and hands on curriculum under the direction of Amy Oxford. Kathy loves to introduce students to this ancient breed's unique wool characteristics for felt and rug projects. She is a member of ATHA (Association of Traditional Hooking Artists), Goose Creek Rug Hooking Guild, Loudoun Valley Sheep Producers Association. She is a vendor for MSWF and SAFF 2017.

Mary Egbert

Mary Egbert currently lives in Florida and in 2005 she raised a herd of 25 alpaca back in Utah, where she got her start in the fiber biz. She has many instructional videos on You Tube and an online class on in depth carding to transform your batt colors. Mary has developed a superior, short stapled silk fiber called Soffsilk and is also the creator of the Eszee Twist Tool and Yarn Planner. She has been published in Alpaca, Ply and Spin Off magazine. Mary can often be found running along the Florida beaches with her twin 6 year old grandsons on a sunny day.

Jolie Elder

Jolie has explored a wide range of needle arts after learning to cross stitch at age four. She designs, teaches, spins, and stunt knits in the Atlanta area where she demystifies the obscure. She has served on the boards of Atlanta Knitting Guild, North Georgia Knitting Guild, Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance, and Center for Knit and Crochet. She has been published in *PLY*, *Spin-Off*, and *Cast On*. Her cleverest unvention is a method for working stockinette-based laces reversibly. You can view her experiments at and YouTube channel “Jolie knits.”

Brigitte  Elliott

Brigitte Elliott has always been excited by beauty whether in nature or in creative arts. During her lifetime, Brigitte’s interests after learning to knit at age nine, included a variety of needle arts. In 2007, she acquired alpacas that led her to pick up knitting and teaching. Skacel Collection, Inc. contacted Brigitte to introduce an intriguing form of short row knitting that she learned in Germany from fiber artist and entrepreneur, Gabriele Kluge. The trademarked name, Swing-Knitting made its debut at The National Needlearts Association (TNNA) in 2011. Ever since then, TNNA, Stitches events, yarn shops and industry manufacturers continue to ask Brigitte to teach and design for them.

Carin Engen

Carin is an award winning fiber artist and workshop instructor who has been using her experimental, playful nature to explore felting and color. She maintained a studio in Garberville, California where she produced a line of hand dyed wool fabric and fiber as well as her felt art for 39 years. She has just moved to North Carolina to be near her family and is excited about teaching in the area. She is an enthusiastic teacher who encourages innovation in her students work.

Chelsea Fehskens

Chelsea has learned about the fiber world from farm to yarn living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Raising Finnsheep, learning to shear and self taught processing, dying and spinning wool opened the world of fiber. When she is not chasing three kids she can be found teaching, sewing project bags and processing wool.

Abby Franquemont

Abby Franquemont, author of Respect The Spindle, is steeped in the fiber arts since birth. The daughter of field anthropologists studying textile production, she was raised largely in the rural Andes of Peru, where she learned to spin, weave and more starting at the age of five. In 2006, she left a successful career in information technology in order to write and teach full-time about the fiber arts, particularly spinning. Why spinning? Abby says it's the most fundamental of the fiber arts – the one upon which the most others depend – as well as the most at risk of being lost and the hardest to pass down in any way other than hand to hand. Abby is technical, passionate, inquisitive, and informed; she has taught individuals and groups of all ages, skill levels, and combinations thereof. Her classes sell out wherever she goes, her book, instructional DVDs, magazine articles, and blog are widely recommended, and her down-to-earth approach is empowering for students of all levels. Abby has taught and lectured at large events including The National Needlearts Association (TNNA), Golden Gate Fiber Institute, the Spin-Off Autumn Retreat (SOAR), Sock Summit, the Taos Wool Festival, and New York State Sheep & Wool (Rhinebeck), not to mention many of the finest fiber, knitting, and crafting shops in the USA, along with weaving, spinning and knitting guilds nationwide and a select group of private retreats, seminars and workshops. Her writing has appeared in Spin-Off, Spindlicity, Interweave Knits, Twist Collective, Entangled, SpinKnit, Knitty, and more.

Jean Glass

Jean Elizabeth Glass has been playing with beads and fiber in one way or another for 30 years. She loves to share her passion with anyone who is interested and has generously shared her knowledge during demonstrations and teaching classes at SAFF, the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival, Stitches, The Fiber Festival of New England, DFW, and many other shows.

Tom Godleski

Tom Godleski has been carving wood spirit faces for the past thirty years or so. As well as being a wood carver, Tom is also the lead singer, bass player, and primary song writer for the Asheville bluegrass group, “Buncombe Turnpike.” Tom has also written four plays. His play, “Fresh Preserves,” won the 2009, “Scriptfest,” playwright competition at The Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater at Mars Hill University. Tom’s other interest are, storytelling, gardening, woodworking, landscaping, and rock masonry. Tom and his high school sweetheart, Terri, live on the property where Tom grew up in the Emma community of Buncombe County. They have two grown sons, Taylor, and Bryan. Tom and Terri have ten Shetland sheep, four alpacas, seven dogs, five cats, three angora rabbits, and one donkey.

Chad Alice Hagen

Chad Alice Hagen has been a felt maker since 1979 and exploring and teaching the resist dyeing of hand felted wool since 1990. Richly dyed colors and multi-layed surface markings are the trademarks of her years of intensive explorations on art pieces, scarves, brooches and books. Her work with hand made felt can be found in major collections and has appeared on the covers of Surface Design Journal, Fiberarts and Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot Magazines. She is the author of three books; "The Weekend Crafter: Feltmaking; "Fabulous Felt Hats" and "The Fabulous Felt Scarf". She has recently returned from living in the Seattle area and is working in her studio in Asheville.

Constance Hall

After spending 30 years as a glassblower I have returned to my first love, fiber and weaving and especially rigid hedge weaving. Rigid heddle weaving is as close to instant gratification as one can get in the world of fiber arts and teaching it is a blast. Articles published in Creative Knitting and Handwoven Magazine, Spin Off magazine as well as on the website and Little Looms Magazine.

Eileen  Hallman

has been spinning cotton on the charkha since 1985, weaving with it since 1986, and has been teaching since 1998. She released her video "Spinning Cotton on the Charkha" in 2004. She also teaches point spinners how to spin fibers other than cotton on the charkha. As a cotton enthusiast, she also dyes it with natural dyes. Her specialty is indigo.

Cecilia Ho

Cecilia Ho of Greenville, SC, was born into a family of designers in Hong Kong. During her last residence in Nova Scotia, Canada, the local sheep farms influenced her passion and direction into felting and fiber arts. Since 2013, Cecilia relocated to South Carolina and has taught thousands of students through one-one-one private & group felting workshops. Currently, Cecilia is a SmartARTS Teaching Artist running full-time fiber arts integration programs for k4-8th in the Greenville County School District & senior adults at OLLI Furman University. Throughout the year, Cecilia acts as fiber art instructor at Greenville Center for Creative Arts, Spartanburg Art Museum, STITCHES Expo & guest instructor in Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance & many communities. She often holds felting demonstrations at museum, gallery & festival (ie High Museum of Art, Smithsonian affiliations museums, Artisphere) across the United States & Canada. Cecilia has taken part in multiple juried contemporary & fine art exhibitions, as well as fashion shows. FELTasticFashion is the business created in 2011 which Cecilia designs & packages all-inclusive felting DIY kits as well as felting supplies. DIY kits are carried by museum, gift & hobby shops across North America. Daily inspirations can be found on Instagram FELTasticFashion. Workshop calendar & felting supplies available from

Ruth Howe

Needle and thread in hand since age five, Ruth’s fascination with all things fiber from a young age included sewing, knitting and crochet. In her 20's a curiosity about how cloth was made lead to an orphan loom that needed a home plus a one-week weaving class in 1974 fueled her passion for weaving.  This passion for weaving includes weaving on floor looms, Inkle looms and Rigid Heddle looms plus making baskets and a fascination with Kumihimo.  

Jules Huntsberger

Jules Huntsberger is a visual artist whose work spans many mediums, including printmaking, tapestry weaving, quilting, fibers, and textiles. Jules grew up in Maine, spent 13 years in Chicago, then in 2013 she relocated to western North Carolina. With over thirty years of knitting experience, Jules offers knitting classes, workshops, and private instruction. Learn more at

Susannah Johnson

Susannah Johnson has been spinning for over 30 years, and teaching whenever she can get somebody to sit still long enough. She weaves, spins, hand-combs, dyes with natural and commercial dyes, and enjoys being a sheep midwife. She owns BellaLuna Sheep & Wool Co., a flock of BFL, Finn, and Corriedale/Merino. New to the flock are the BFF - Blue-faced Finns that have amazing fleeces, and East Friesians to milk. It makes super-moisturizing sheep milk soap!

Tammy  Jordan

Tammy is a fourth-generation fiber artist who enjoys sharing her passion with everyone she meets. Her love of sheep, wool, writing, and inspiring others to learn led her on the path of running her own business, Goldieknots Montana, which specializes in Montana grown wool, locally processed yarn and spinning fiber, and Made in Montana handmade gift items, as well as educational programming in fiber arts, ranging from fiber preparation to completed projects which she lovingly refers to as Fleece to Fashion. She participated in the Montana Art’s Council’s MAP Program in 2016 and has taught fiber-related classes throughout the state of Montana. She is a member of the Montana Association of Weavers and Spinners, current member and past Secretary and Co-Chair of the Prairie Handspinners Guild in Billings, MT, a member and Secretary of the Lincoln Council for the Arts, and recently began the Lincoln Fiber Circle in her new home of Lincoln, MT. Prior to moving to Montana, Tammy lived in Southern California and the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania where she was a former Humane Education specialist for the SPCA. Her teaching style is fun, creative, and interactive, and when she's not in her studio creating or on the road teaching, you can find her spending time with her dogs, sheep, horse, and other barnyard critters.

Jessica Kaufman

Jessica has her Masters degree in Crafts Education, and has been leading hands-on arts programming at schools, summer camps, and workshops for 16 years. In 2016 she opened WAXON Batik & Dye Studio LLC, an open batik & tie-dye studio in Asheville. Jessica continues to teach traditional and contemporary crafts skills around the region, with a focus on textiles & fiber arts. Her patience, kindness, and love for teaching guide her classes to success.

Mimi Kezer

Mimi Kezer has spent the last eleven years teaching and designing as well as encouraging and empowering knitters in their own creative pursuits. From instructing in local yarn shops and fiber festivals to her own YouTube video tutorials, this self-described technique maven relishes making the complex simple and enabling knitters to walk in new places of confidence in their work. With published designs in Knitty, Mimi also designs for her own knitting line, Pastiche Knitwear, and is addicted to making colorful, beautiful things.

Galina Khmeleva

Owner of Skaska Designs and author of Gossamer Webs: The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls and Gossamer Webs: The Design Collection, Galina is a respected and knowledgeable lace knitting instructor. A former clothing and costume designer who worked with the aristocracy of St. Petersburg, Russia's music and theater society, Galina was a pioneer in breaking down barriers in the new Russia that allowed Russian women to own private companies. As the principal student to Orenburgs lace knitting elite, Galina brings the classic style and traditional knitting techniques of Russian lace to her classes. Her unique, inspiring and fun-loving teaching style has made her the guru of lace enthusiasts across the US.

Melanie Koenig

Claudia Lampley

Claudia started rug hooking in 2000 and began teaching in 2005. She is a certified McGown instructor, a member of the Tarheel Ruggers and the Merrie Mountain Hookers guilds and a juried member at Dogwood Crafters in Dillsboro, N.C. She has tried many other needlecrafts, but rug hooking has become her passion. She loves seeing a simple drawing come to life as it is hooked.

Bev Larson

Bev has been weaving since 1988 and teaching since 1999. She loves to share the joy of basket weaving with those around her and has done so by teaching in Indiana,, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Oklahoma. Making basket weaving fun ,relaxing, and inspiring is her goal. She came in first place in the Eideljorg Weavers Challenge.

Pat Lorenz

Anne Magrath

Art has always been an important part of my life. After I earned a BA in Fine Arts, I decided I would be more employable as a Graphic Artist. Although, I enjoy Graphic Design, I have always been a tactile/hands on person. Fiber art is my calling. I have dabbled in a variety of fiber arts, and have rarely met a craft I didn't want to at least try. Quilting, knitting, weaving, dollmaking, felting, I love it all. My first adventure with a felting needle was over 20 years ago when I attached hair to a soft cloth doll. Even then I knew that their was something special in the process and was soon using the felting needle to attach embellishments to quilts, make pumpkins and finally coming full circle and creating goddess dolls with a needle and some wool. Recently I have become enthralled with "painting" with wool. I am amazed and truly enjoy the magic needle felting, and am continually amazed at what a simple needle and wool can create.

Cindy  McFarland

Sandra (Vasanto) Nechemias

has been working with wool and color since she learned to knit as a child. She has been spinning dyeing, knitting, crocheting, weaving and felting it. She says, 'wool is one of the first man-made fabrics. It is soft, rich, and extremely versatile.' She began to felt by learning to make hats from Beth Beede, creator of the hat-on-a-ball technique.

Bex Oliger

Bex grew up in her mother's (Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser, author of Continuous Strand Weaving Method and Nature Provides Dyes for Rainbows) weaving and dyeing studio. She has been weaving, spinning, natural dyeing, and knitting for over 35 years. Bex is currently a knitwear designer and owner of Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe in Columbia, MO. She and her husband travel to fIber festivals across the country to vend and teach knitting, natural dyeing, and weaving.

Jackie Ottino

Jackie's favorite natural dye is Cochineal, and her favorite wool breed is Icelandic. Between travels teaching dye workshops, she designs yarns and colors for several Maine based yarn lines. In between all of that she drives her kids to swim meets and knits sweaters while cheering them on.

Martha  Owen

Martha began her adventure in spinning at the John C. Campbell Folk School, (founded in 1925), in Brasstown, North Carolina in 1978. Since 1980 her extended family has included sheep and angora rabbits. Also a banjo player (since 1973) and known to tell a story or two, Martha's interest in sheep and wool, music and dance, have carried her quite literally and joyfully around the world. Some say she is a wool nerd but her sheep say she is outstanding in her field! Martha became a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild in 1988, is currently a Resident Artist at the John C. Campbell Folk School ( Martha is proud that she won the Local Cloth fashion show 2016 for "best use of local products" for her piece: North Carolina Fair Isle

Amie Palmer

Amie is a lifelong fiber arts enthusiast who has been knitting for over 30 years. Her favorite projects include custom-fit clothing, award-winning fulled purses, and creating interesting textures using a variety of knitting techniques. When not at SAFF, this reformed engineer teaches knitting in Durham NC.

Pat Pawlowicz

Take fluffy wool and a special needle and you can create magic! There is nothing I love more than sharing my passion for this awesome art form whether I am teaching, writing books, demonstrating, or making art. I teach classes and workshops all over the country and in Europe, at major fiber festivals, bead shows, shops, and for guilds and private groups. My classes are fun and informative, tools and materials are always provided, and written and illustrated take-home instructions are included. Students leave with I did it! attitude and continue to create at home. Safety and correct use of tools is covered in every class. I am always available for questions and support for students! Thank ewe for your time

Sallie  Pollock

Being a needle worker at heart, I always wanted to learn to tat. I tried and tried from books, but could not get the "flip"!!! While still teaching 8th grade English, I came across a newspaper article about a nearby group of tatters. Needless to say, I became a part of that group and now I love to tat. Our group name is the Southern Belles Tatting Society and we have fun all year long. We decorate Christmas trees in old mansions for the county Christmas tours. We attend workshops and have our on workshops. We teach tatting all year everywhere!!! I have a beautiful family- my husband and best friend, takes me everywhere I need to be to teach. Our daughter is a Family Nurse Practitioner who adores her job in an urgent care facility. Then there is me, retired from education for about 11 years, I enjoy spinning, knitting, crocheting, rug hooking, embroidery, dying threads, and especially tatting. Last but not least by any means, is Percy, my precious French Bulldog who is that one dog of a lifetime. His breed came about largely in part due to needle workers and lace makers. Come take a class and see just how easy this old art is and how you can make it new again!

Denise Prince

Denise Prince's lifelong interest in fiber arts took her on a journey through many of handicrafts of the genre. When she found SAORI weaving she knew she had found her way home. Her journey with SAORI Weaving has brought her a new outlook on life and art, and she is eager to share her love of SAORI weaving you. In her home studio in Peachtree City, GA, Denise teaches weaving, holds fiber related workshops, and hosts SAORI-kai: a time for sharing your SAORI journey with other SAORI travelers. Denise spent February 2013 in Japan studying with Kenzo Jo, son of the founder of SAORI Weaving and President of SAORI Japan, and his teachers at SAORInoMori. While there she passed levels 3, 2, and A from the Saori Hand Weavers Testing Association. Denise has returned to Japan to continue her studies at the home of SAORI Weaving in 2016 and 2017.

Kimberly Radcliffe

Kimberly Radcliffe learned to knit as a child, but really began her fiber journey in May of 2009, after taking a spinning class with Barbara Gentry, who became her mentor and dear friend. Soon enough, raw fleece started following her home and she now has rooms overflowing with fiber, all vying for her attention. She finds great satisfaction in each step of transforming raw fleeces into beautiful handspun yarns. A comber and worsted spinner at heart, she now enjoys sharing her fiber passion and enthusiasm with others, helping them along their fiber journey. She enjoys demonstrating fiber arts at every opportunity and is the Outreach Coordinator for her local guild. She lives in Fluvanna County, VA. Please visit her website to learn more.

Heather Storta

Heather is a TKGA-certified Master Knitter,Tech Editor, and Knitting Instructor. She is a Co-Chair of the TKGA Master Hand Knitting committee, an instructor of the TKGA Professional Knitting certification course, the Editor of the TKGA K2TOG newsletter, and a member of the Cast On Editorial Review Board. She has been designing knitwear and teaching knitting for over 10 years. Her designs have been published in Cast On magazine and Knitscene, as well as Knitty and elsewhere. Heather can be found online at and as heatherstorta on Ravelry, Instagram, and Facebook.

Heidi Sunday

Lifelong crafter, numbers nerd and Yarn Shop Owner from Mobile, AL I love to Knit, Crochet and Tat, Weave, and now, Knit Companion is my BFF. Yarn related geek SWAT (Secret Weapon Against Technology) team of ONE.

Melissa VanSant

Jennifer and Melissa VanSant Having grown up with entrepreneurial parents, running a cottage industry business of making large fabric kites, sisters Jennifer and Melissa VanSant learned about all aspects of creating and selling a handmade product from a young age. As children they attended a Waldorf school, with a heavy focus on fine arts and creative expression. Jennifer went on to study education at Lesley College, and Melissa started and ran an organic coffee shop and vegetarian cafe. Both returned with their respective families to Great Barrington Massachusetts in order to live close to family, and decided to join forces and opened Off the Beaded Path, a bead and craft store in 2005. More than a decade ago their lifelong love of fibers and fiber craft led them into the world of needle felting. They began needle felting gnomes and their woodland friends. Customers in the store were constantly asking: “How do you make them?” “What is needle felting?” This prompted the sisters to begin teaching felting classes and producing their own felting kits to allow people to start creating their own villages of gnomes, and to take a stab at needle felting. They have spent the years since teaching workshops all over the country, have been invited to create art pieces for Vogue Knitting Live (in both Seattle, WA and New York, NY), and have made instructional videos with Interweave press. Jennifer and Melissa are regular teachers both at Vogue Knitting Live NYC and the NY Sheep and Wool Festival – two of the largest knitting/fiber shows in the country, offering workshops with the top teachers in the industry. Their business has grown to include retail trade shows, wholesale kit sales, and endless creative opportunity to make their tiny wooly friends. Jennifer and Melissa take each step in this amazing business with gratitude that people far and wide are embracing their artwork and vision of this gentle, though sometimes scary place called, Going Gnome.

Alison Waddell

Elizabeth  Whitton

Elizabeth Whitton is a mompreneur who turned her love of wool into a thriving family-run needle felting business called Felted Sky. A self-taught needle felter, she has a knack for designing beautiful small projects that she has turned into a line of needle felting kits suitable for beginners. Felted Sky’s line of kits and supplies can now be found online and in nearly 60 shops across the US and Canada. Elizabeth enjoys teaching through her kits, in person and online. Through needle felting she is able to promote stress-relief, creativity and joy.

Julie Wilson

Julie Wilson and her family own a farm in Fines Creek, North Carolina. In 1990, two sheep came to the Wilson family. Since then, Jehovah Raah Farm has grown to Shetland sheep, alpacas, llamas, Angora goats, Angora Rabbits, and Scottish Highland cattle. Julie has been spinning since 1990, and has retired from teaching high school Special Education for over 30 years. Julie has been with SAFF since its beginnings in Winston-Salem and has taught the spinning class since instruction was offered. Satisfaction guaranteed by Julie.