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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 feltingsunshine@gmail.com

Stephanie Allen-Krauss

Stephanie Allen-Krauss of Montpelier, Vermont, was only six when she learned to hook from her mother, Anne Ashworth, a nationally recognized rug-hooking teacher. This family tradition began with Stephanie’s great–grandmother, Philena Moxley, who created and stamped embroidery and rug patterns at her shop in Lowell, Massachusetts from 1865 to1882. As a fourth generation rug hooker, Stephanie took happily to the craft, learning to dye wool fabric as a teenager and then to repair antique hooked rugs in her early twenties. In 2000 Stephanie opened a retail shop in Montpelier, Green Mountain Hooked Rugs, where she offers a wide variety of supplies for rug hookers, including bolts of wool, hand-dyed fabric, patterns, equipment, and books. Stephanie still repairs rugs and does custom dyeing, and over the past ten years has hooked more than 30 commissioned rugs. When time permits, she offers classes and occasionally travels around the country to teach. She earned two bachelors degrees in education, and has held several offices in local, national and international rug hooking guilds. In 2010, Stephanie received the Governor’s Heritage Award as best traditional artist in Vermont. Currently, Stephanie is the President of Green Mountain Hooked Rugs and a board member.

Phylleri Ball

Phylleri Ball, a fiber artist for 40 years, specializes in dyeing fiber and yarn, spinning, knitting, crocheting and weaving. Her passion for dyeing results in the gorgeous palettes of Three Sisters Weaving's hand-dyed yarn, using natural and synthetic dyes. Phylleri was shepherdess of Steam Valley Fiber Farm for 17 years where she raised 100 head of Colored Angora Goats and Border Leicester sheep. She now resides in Colorado, where her focus is plant dyeing and weaving.

Leslie Bebensee

For 30 years, Leslie has been raising longwool sheep and Swedish Gotland ponies, along with operating a handspinning business and teaching spindling. Her passion is teaching beginners how to spin, quickly and affordably. She's been with SAFF since its beginning, and enjoys creating and nurturing students' fiber passions. She owns and operates Kokovoko Breeding Farm in Corinth, KY, where she raises Swedish Gotland ponies, Lincoln Longwool sheep, and welcomes you at her B&B! She is also the publisher of Connie Delaney's book Spindle Spinning. She is looking forward to meeting you in class!

Vicki Bennett

Vicki lives eight months of the year in Fairview, NC, where she teaches feltmaking and natural dyeing and works on her own artistic exploration in fiber arts. She serves on the board of Local Cloth, a non-profit focused on growing the local fiber economy. Vicki teaches at the Campbell Folk School and other southeastern craft schools. Four months of the year she lives in St. Petersburg, Florida where she teaches felt making at the Morean Arts Center and exhibits at Florida CraftArt Gallery. When not tangled up with wool she works with raptors in permanent rehabilitation. Her website is TangledUpInWool.com.

Mary Berry

Mary Berry owns the Fancy Fibers Store in north Texas where she teaches spinning, weaving, dyeing, and rug hooking, and sells all the tools, supplies, and equipment that one might want for those arts. Her vast knowledge about fiber has been gained first hand from the sheep, goats, and alpacas she has raised on her fiber farm. She is a regular contributor to Ply Magazine, and teaches at fiber festivals nationwide, with one goal in mind: To entangle everyone she meets in the web that is the fiber arts!

Ro Borr

Ro Borr has taught knitting and crochet in Michigan, Georgia, and North Carolina. Happily dabbling in spinning, tatting, weaving, painting, and drawing she lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains with her husband, Ron.

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 www.brandonknittingdesigns.com or on Ravelry at varianbrandon.

Theresa Brown

M Theresa Brown is a long time professional portrait artist whose career continues to evolve and embrace many areas of the Arts. Her years of printmaking and color work led her to explore the fiber arts. Using many similar skills and knowledge, she has evolved as a hand painter and ecoprinter on natural fibers. She uses both synthetic and natural dyes and merges them into unique designs on silk and wool. She then transforms the fabric into garments, accessories and art.

Ann Buggy


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 http://www.annieskeepsakes.com

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 Guild and a Blue Ridge National Heritage Artist. Her business is Heirloom Treasures and her website is: www.heirloomtreasuresfiberarts.com

Michael del Vecchio

Michael del Vecchio has worked in the industry since learning to knit in 2001. He has worked in yarn stores throughout the DC metro region, and taught thousands of students at yarn stores around the country. In 2006, he released Knitting with Balls: A Hands-on Guide to Knitting for the Modern Male� - a collection of 30 designs for men, and became a regular contributor to Knit n Style magazine. Since 2009, he has lived in Charlotte and through July of 2014, he led product development and all garment design for Universal Yarn, then Premier Yarns, The Deborah Norville Collection, and Isaac Mizrahi Craft. He has designed thousands of garments for publication. Currently, he works as an independent sales rep specializing in fashion & hand-dyed yarn and fiber, and collaborates with mills abroad to develop new yarn and craft product. He still loves to knit.

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".

Sue Dial

Sue Dial got her first spinning wheel in 1989, and has been working with polymer clay since 1995. She teaches both polymer clay and fiber related classes regionally, and sells her work in several area yarn shops and galleries. She lives in Little River with her 2 sons, a dog, 2 cats, 2 angora rabbits, and 17 chickens.

Cassie Dickson

A member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Cassie Dickson is a traditional pattern weaver who specializes in the weaving of coverlets and the processing of the flax plant to linen cloth. She has been spinning, weaving and natural dyeing for over 40 years and has raised silk worms for silk for the past 28 years.

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.

Melissa Dunning

Melissa Weaver Dunning is a traditional hand-weaver, skilled spinner and adept knitter with over 30 years experience. Melissa began her weaving study in 1980 with Scottish master weaver Norman Kennedy, and has taught at the John C Campbell Folk School, The Mannings, and guilds across the US since 1996. She is an avid tartan and linen weaver with a focus on 18th & 19th century American textiles, and loves sharing her passion for traditional textiles.

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 is self taught in the art of fiber processing, dying and spinning yarn. She also has many instructional videos on You Tube. 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 2 and 1/2 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 jolieaelder.blogspot.com and YouTube channel “Jolie knits.”

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.

Leslie Fesperman

Leslie considers herself a life time learner to all things fiber. She is constantly amazed at the creativity, sharing, and attention to detail she finds in the fiber arts. As a functional weaver, Leslie weaves lots of rectangles. Her weaving knowledge can be attributed to independent study, The Triangle Weavers Guild, her time at The John Campbell Folk School and all the weavers she has met along the way. She is currently enrolled in the Olds College Master Weaving Program. Recipient 2017 Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Grant One of her biggest pleasures is teaching. Through sharing knowledge of process,materials, and technique, Leslie hopes to foster creativity and growth through various workshops offered at The Yadkin Valley Fiber Room and other venues. Leslie is a member of : The Triangle Weaver's Guild, Tapestry Weaver's South, The Complex Weaver's and Hand Weaver's Guild of America.

David FitzSimmons

David FitzSimmons is an award-winning free-lance photographer and writer. His books include three Curious Critters picture books and sixteen Curious Critters state-focused board books, as well as Salamander Dance and Wakem the Rooster: Up All Night, a collaborative work with NY Times best-selling illustrator Richard Cowdrey. David's books have sold over 200,000 copies and won 14 national book awards. David taught for over twenty years, first as high school English teacher and then as a university professor, having instructed at Ashland University, Ohio State University, and Cornell University. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State. In 2010, David started Wild Iris Publishing, which has now published over twenty titles. One of nine Sigma Pro photographers in North America, David presents seminars and workshops to a wide variety of audiences, from public school, college, and university classes to photography groups and civic organizations. David regularly visits elementary schools, teaching children about nature, writing, photography, and publishing. He is an active leader in the Children & Nature movement. To see more of David's work, visit davidfitzsimmons.com.

Olivia FitzSimmons

Olivia FitzSimmons, a former state park naturalist and now a stay-at-home mom, finds a bridge between her love of nature and her creative impulses in the fiber arts, namely in wool felting. Her CritterSpheres, both fun and artistic, range from snowy owls to Eastern bluebirds, from octopuses to frogs. She and her author/photographer husband, David, and their three daughters live in rural Ohio. To learn more, visit www.CritterSpheres.com.

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.

Patty Fuller

Patty and Les Fuller, and daughters Kelsey and Meghan, own Poplar Hill Alpacas in Blacksburg, Virginia. For 19 years they have grown their herd to 70 alpacas and three very important llamas. Poplar Hill has successfully competed and won multiple color championships in both Huacaya and Suri halter shows and fleece competitions at regional, national, and international levels. Les has been very active in the show world as a ring steward being requested by some of the best judges in the alpaca industry. Les has been a Board member of the Virginia Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association and Patty has been involved in hosting various alpaca seminars for the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, the Virginia Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association, the Carolina Alpaca Breeders Owners Association, and the Virginia 4H Congress along with her supervisory positions with Spinoffs and Fiber Arts around the country. Their passion is helping new breeders enjoy and succeed in the amazing adventure of owning alpacas.

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.

Melissa Gray

Melissa Gray is a Needlefelting artist and mother of 3 living in SE NC with her husband, where she raises Fine white Corriedale sheep and horses. Her work will be displayed in the booth for East Carolina Corriedales and is currently in 2 galleries in the Southeast in Wilmington and New Bern NC.Her work was also displayed at Vogue Knitting live in Chicago in October 2012, and at The Butler Museum of American art in December 2012-2014. In the Spring of 2013 she has been requested to teach at the John C Campbell Folk Art School and has been a teacher at SAFF for 7 years.

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. All kinds of weaving but Rigid Heddle Weaving is as close to instant gratification as one can get in the world of fiber arts and teaching it is like watching magic happen when students grasp the concept and begin to weave a project. Articles published in Creative Knitting and Handwoven Magazine, Spin Off magazine as well as on the Schachtspindle.com 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.

Lyn Harris

A returning SAFF instructor, Lyn is a professor and fiber artist from Bemus Point NY. She is the owner of Lyn Harris Designs and has taught at Maryland Sheep and Wool, Chautauqua Institution, the New England Fiber Festival, Woodstock Ontario Fiber Festival, the Great Lakes Fiber Festival and the adult education department of several art galleries. Her felted works are on sale in local galleries and boutiques around Lake Chautauqua in western New York and Erie PA.

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 many one-one-one private & group felting workshops. She is the fiber art instructor at Greenville Center for Creative Arts, Spartanburg Art Museum, STITCHES Expo, Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance & several Arts Integration programs at schools & communities. She has held felting demonstrations at museum, gallery & festival (ie Artisphere, Maker Faire) across the United States & Canada. Cecilia has taken part in multiple juried art exhibitions & fashion shows including the recent “Unnatural History” contemporary art exhibition at Spartanburg Art Museum. FELTasticFashion is the business created in 2011 which Cecilia designs & packages all-inclusive felting DIY kits for beginners. These kits are carried by museum, gift & hobby shops across North America, and also available from FELTasticFashionUS etsy shop www.FELTasticFashion.com

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!

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 Studio, an open batik & tie-dye studio in Asheville. Jessica continues to teach traditional and contemporary crafts skills around the area, with a focus on 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.

Roo Kline

A graphic artist by trade, Roo Kline became involved with alpacas in 2006 and shortly after purchasing her own herd in early 2007, the 'Moonwood Farm' fiber studio was launched, gathering a following of spinners and fiber artists who fell in love with her luxuriously handcrafted spinning fibers and supplies. Since 2010 Roo has been teaching her personal techniques and style to others, especially those who love and/or raise alpacas. She was the creator of Alpaca Fiber Solutions and judges the occassional Fiber Arts & Skein competition and spin-off. She has instructed at Magical Farms, fiber festivals and alpaca shows, local yarn shops, has been featured on several videocasts, has provided her spinning fibers for classes of renowned spinning teachers and has written fiber related articles for American Livestock Magazine. She lives with her husband and 12 year old son in Huntsville, AL.

Melanie Koenig


Claudia Lampley

Claudia started rug hooking in 2000 and began teaching in 2005. She is a member of the Tarheel Ruggers and 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.

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.

Nancie McCraw

Nancie has been immersed in fiber since she was a child. She has tried just about everything, but once she learned to spin, she knew that would always be her first love. She has a background in computer programming and electronic engineering and she brings this affinity for the technical to her spinning. She not only knows how, but she knows why. Lynn Vogel, one of her spinning teachers, remarked that it was such a pleasure to have a “thinking spinner” in her class. Nancie has taught beginning to intermediate spinning students at several festivals and events in the southeast, at the NY Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY, and at community colleges in western NC.

Diana  Mineva

Hello Wearable Felt Lovers My name is Diana Mineva. I'm a fashion designer, fiber artist and mentor. I fall in Love with this amazing art many years ego. Since than - It's passion, it's magic It's Love to me. My inspiration is coming from nature and from magic of the creation. The art of felting is behind the ordinary world. It is a secret place , where everything is possible!!! Every single items carries a little, it's very own soul inside. Welcome to my secret world!!! Dress yourself with something unique! Dress with Love, Compassion and Joy! Touch the magic!!!Share the Love!!!

Annie Modesitt

A native of Ohio, I taught myself to knit at age 25 before a move from NYC to Texas. The Texas tenure didn't last, but knitting did. Upon my return to the NY area I began knitting for other designers, and designing for major knitting magazines. My work has appeared in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knitters Magazine, Cast On, Piecework and many international fiber & yarn 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


Suzanne Morgan

Suzanne is passionate about fiber arts and creating in general. She has been fiber arts chair and workshop chair for the Craft Guild of Dallas which gave her the chance to teach hundreds of fiber arts workshops. Honors include publication in Fiber Art Now magazine in 2017, being a Dharma Featured Artist, representing the Creative Arts Center on Good Morning Texas, being featured in D Magazine and recently participating in an instructor's show titled Process to Product.� Suzanne has been Programs chair and Vice President of the Dallas Area Fiber Arts group and recently judged their annual show. She discovered nuno felting about 10 years ago, and has been passionately felting ever since. She is a firm believer that creativity heals, and encourages students to always play and follow their hearts.

Lisa Murray

Fiber, Textile and Mixed-media Artist. Owner of Ruby Slippers Studio since 2003. Primary focus: spinning art yarn, knitting, felting. Have given private lessons. Items have been available through various gallery and venues in the midwest i.e. Stevenbe Yarn Garage Workshop, Valley Art Gallery, Tangled Up in Hue, Janet Carson Gallery, Witt Gallery. Creations can be found currently at Textile Center of Minnesota, Weavers Guild of Minnesota, Blue Boxer Art Supplies, and Victoria Susan Artwear Boutique. In addition to being a member of the Texile Center and Weavers Guild of Minnesota, I am also the Facebook Administrator of the Carolina Spinners, Weavers and Knitters Guild. Creation adjectives: Bold, not for shy folk; One-of-a-kind; Whimsical; themed; Nerdly...Education: BA in English and Latin, Magna cum Laude, University of Minnesota; graduate studies in divinity.

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 Oliger grew up in her mother's (Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser)weaving studio; traveling and demonstrating at Fiber Shows and Historic Reenactments. She learned spinning, natural dyeing and many styles of weaving from Mom, but she learned knitting 30 years ago from her German friend. For the past 12 years she has run yarn shops in Columbia, MO. She is currently the owner of Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe and is a knitwear designer and instructor.

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 (www.folkschool.org). 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

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 learned to spin in May of 2009 and within a year had started acquiring raw fleece. She loves the whole process, beginning with the skirting and sorting of fleece all the way to the finished item, and never passes up an opportunity to be at a fleece shearing! Her spinning joy comes from turning her own hand combed top into very fine lace yarns. Being able to share her fiber passion with others is a dream come true!

Debbie Rapp

I learned from my grandmother how to knit, weave and crochet. From there, I went on to discover spinning, hand dyeing and needle felting. I am always looking for new uses for the wool from our family farm including wreaths, needle felted farm animals, yarn hair accessories, handwoven rugs and chair pads, and bird nesting balls. I am a juried artisan at Tamarack The Best of West Virginia and the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center.

Esther Rodgers

Esther is a full time fiber artist from Mebane NC. She is known as a creative art yarn spinner and for her unique fiber preparation. Esther is also a felter, weaver and knitter which gives her the perspective of how these creative yarns can be used. She is constantly innovating her spinning techniques to create new textures and is on the cutting edge in terms of yarn design. Esther is very conscious of where her fiber comes from, sourcing her wool from local and friendly farms, directly from wonderful shepherds with happy animals Esther is an enthusiastic and patient teacher; possessing both national and international teaching experience. She is a regular contributor to PLY magazine, with articles in the Autumn and Winter 2013, and Summer, Autumn and Winter 2014, and Spring and Autumn 2015. Her press also includes being featured in Ashley Martineau's 2013 book, Spinning and Dyeing yarn, Lexi Boeger's 2012 book Handspun, New Spins on Traditional Techniques, the Winter/Spring 2011 issue of Knitscene magazine and the Fall 2010 issue of Spin Off magazine. She is currently working on her first book.

Julia Roskamp

Julia has always been interested in creating things both artistic and practical. Many times it was working with her hands that allowed her to keep her sanity. Learning new things is both a challenge and a pleasure for her. She presently lives in Concord and works in a hospital outpatient facility as an audiologist helping those with hearing, processing and balance difficulties.

Mary Schmedeke

Mary is a lifelong farm girl and attended a one room rural school houses her first 3 years of school (something she is forever thankful for). Family members, 4-H leaders, and Art Teachers instilled in her a love for all Arts and Crafts. She learned to knit, crochet, sew and draw at a young age and was introduced to weaving while watching the neighborhood rug weaver turn old worn out work cloths into beautiful rag rugs. When she finally retired, weaving was still on her agenda, so she sought out like minded fiber enthusiasts. She currently belongs to the Prairie Weavers of Springfield, IL, The Lewis and Clark Handweavers now of Carlinville, IL and The St. Louis Weavers Guild of St. Louis Mo. She has given workshops on Needle Felting, Woven Wire Jewelry and Viking Knitting Jewelry at her Guilds and other venues. Mary and her husband, Audy, are owns of Crescent Moon Studio in Carlinville, IL where they and their friends play, teach, learn and sell their Arts and Crafts.

Tracey Schuh

Tracey and her husband Jim own and operate Interlacements Yarns in Abrams, Wisconsin. Tracey is a multi-talented fiber artist, she started as a weaver, but now loves to knit, spin, crochet and is passionate about color and texture and loves working with found objects. Learning is exciting to me, and I bring that excitement to the classroom spurring you onto create with me!

Amy Shelton

Instructor Amy Shelton is a crochet designer and co-owner of the world-renowned online Crochetville community, which has over 258,000 Facebook fans. She is an expert crocheter who has been crocheting since the age of 9 and a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America. Amy is also a close personal friend of Jenny King and currently the only instructor licensed to teach Get Squared in the United States (except for Jenny herself). Amy and Jenny strongly believe that the Get Squared experience empowers every woman to use her innate creativity to produce a wardrobe of gorgeous garments that will make her feel bold, powerful, and beautiful!

Nancy  Shroyer

Nancy Shroyer knits, spins, weaves, dyes, designs, teaches, and invents in Cary, NC where she lives and works with her husband Bob. They own Nancy's Knit Knacks. They develop, manufacture, and sell tools for fiber artists that are sold world wide. Nancy is the author of two books: From Swatch to Blocking and How To Select Color Palettes and has published patterns in many knitting magazines.She also co-hosts a very popular knitting retreat, Unwind.

Beth Smith

Beth Smith is so obsessed with fiber that she has fleece in every room of her house, including her bathroom. She teaches the whys and how-tos of preparing and spinning as many breeds as a spinner can in her classes taught all over the world and in articles written for Spin Off, Knittyspin and Entangled magazines. She also writes for Ply Magazine and serves as a member of the editorial advisory board. She is the previous owner of the world famous online shop, The Spinning Loft, renowned for its selection of raw wool, including rare breeds of sheep, available by the ounce (or more) for studying, sampling or just stashing. Almost everything she knows is in her book, The Spinner�s Book of Fleece: A Breed-by-Breed Guide to Choosing and Spinning the Perfect Fiber for Every Purpose, published by Storey Books.

Heather Storta

Heather is a TKGA certified Master Knitter and Tech Editor. She is a current member of the TKGA Master Hand Knitting committee, and 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. When not knitting, designing, or teaching she homeschools her two boys - and loves every minute of it! Heather can be found online at www.heatherstorta.com and as knit1purl2mommy on Ravelry.

Sheryl Thies

Sheryl's passion for combining fiber, texture and color provided teaching opportunities both near and far; from local yarn shops to international waters aboard cruise ships. She is the author of numerous knitting and Tunisian crochet books, published designs in magazines and designs for yarn companies. When not knitting or crocheting, she can often be found on the bocce court either playing or refereeing.

Ann Lynn Whiteside

My name is Ann Lynn Whiteside. I have been weaving for 16 years, and have been teaching for 7 years in my studio. Not one to stand still in my skills, I take multiple classes every year. Recently I have been to the Weaving School on Widbey Island, WA., Laverne Waddington's workshop on Andean Pebble Weave and Nancy Stroyer's Scandinavian Band Weaving. I have taught at Ga Fiber Festival for 5 years, Southeastern Animal and Fiber Festival, Camp Mikell Folk School for the last 7 years, and John C Campbell Folk School. I host workshops at my studio for weekends where we weave a specific structure. I am passionate about weaving and I love to introduce others to my addiction! My website has some candid photos of my work ( candid meaning...not professional) www.womanofthehearth.vpweb.com

Crystal  Wilkie


Eunice Williams

I am a life long "crafty person" but began focusing on fiber when I crocheted clothes for my first Barbie doll; then learned to knit a couple of years later. As a little girl I never imagined that my hobby would one day become a career, but it has! I love all things yarn related but especially my teaching opportunities. While teaching knitting and crochet in Asheville for the last 12 years, I've been lucky to be able to travel around the country to take classes from some very talented teachers, such as Laura Bryant, Margaret Fisher, Arenda Holladay, and Laura Nelkin. Member of TNNA and TKGA. If you are reading this I hope it means I'll see you in one of my SAFF classes.

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.

Emily Wohlscheid

Emily has loved fiber, jewelry, and sparkily 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/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.

Patsy  Zawistoski

Patsy Sue Zawistoski, master handspinner and teacher, enjoys achieving full design potential in her handspun work by creating yarns for use in knitting, weaving, and crochet. A widely-traveled international lecturer and teacher, Patsy has taught classes and presented programs for various guilds, shops, community arts programs, and conferences, with many inviting her back multiple years.