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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! Whether she is spinning yarn from her wedding dress or felting a couture quality jacket, 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, come visit her on Facebook- Felting Sunshine Fiber Arts. She can be contacted at [email protected]

Leslie Bebensee

For 27 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! I hope to meet 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

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 exhibited at several juried Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) Convergence Conferences, 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.

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 or on Ravelry at varianbrandon.

Julie Cashin

For the past 18 years Julie has been dedicated to sharing her love and enthusiasm for all things knit and crochet. She has held countless classes, workshops and knitting groups in and around local New England yarn shops.Her desire to inspire students is consistently front and center. “It’s all about the creative connection. Sharing the fundamentals with students allows them to explore their own creative path. It’s incredibly exciting to see them light up when they discover their own creative journey. Its why I love to teach!” With a constant flow of creative ideas, Julie launched Buttonjar Knits, a line of basic, user friendly knitting and crochet patterns. Her teaching repertoire also includes classes in sewing, embroidery and pin cushion workshops. Julie is the proud mother of 2 incredibly awesome boys and wife to one fabulously funny man.

Mari Chiba

Mari Chiba started knitting again while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia, then began designing while teaching English in China. She now designs in Raleigh, NC. Her obsession for detail and need to create have made her a passionate knitwear designer. She focuses on classic silhouettes with customized fitting and elegant details. Her patterns have been published in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Knitty, Twist Collective, and many more. You can find more of Mari’s work on her website: and on Ravelry as MariChiba

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. 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:

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.

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 26 years.

Kathy Donovan

BIO for 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.

Jolie Elder

Jolie has explored a wide range of needle arts after learning to cross stitch at age four. She designs, teaches, and stunt knits in the Atlanta area where she demystifies the obscure. Unable to hide from nominating committees, she is a past president of both Atlanta Knitting Guild and North Georgia Knitting Guild, and has served on the boards of Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance, and Center for Knit and Crochet. Her published patterns accentuate geometric structure and feature meticulous techniques, many of which she posts on her blog at or 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.

Carla Filippelli

Carla Filippelli has been weaving baskets and sculpture for over 20 years. She and her partner Greg have developed a free form style of weaving known as random weave and their fluid designs and shapes have evolved into functional baskets for homes and sculptural art for the wall. Represented by galleries and exhibitions nationwide, Carla and Greg are exhibiting artists in the US State Dept Artists in Embassies Program, available for private lessons and teach group workshops to area school students and craft schools. Cranberry Creek Studios, their business of over 25 years, is open by appointment.

Geri Forkner

Geri Forkner's mixed media fiber art is defined by lifelong passions to make one of everything and to save materials from the global scrapheap. She learned the fiber processes from her grandmother but settled on being the only female in engineering class when her father insisted was not a good enough career. Now with the addition of wearable technology, Geri's work has come full circle as she strives to make beautiful insightful pieces using skills she polished along the way. In 2005 Geri began using found items to make one small woven square per day, and there is no end in sight. Find out more at

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.

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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, two angora rabbits, and one donkey.

Catherine Goodwin

Catherine is an avid fiber explorer who enjoys experimenting with spinning and knitting techniques and helping others expand their approach to these ancient crafts. A spinner since the late 1970's and instructor since the 1980's, she is also a woodworker and inventor of the Spindolyn, the self supported, no-drop spindle. She loves exploring a variety of fibers and techniques, and is skilled at sharing her discoveries with others.

Marlene Gruetter

Six beautiful Angora goats introduced Marlene to the world of fiber and she has been involved with the fiber arts ever since.  She now focuses on felt wearables and creates unique felt garments under the name Shambolic.  The definition of shambolic is informal, chaotic, and disorganized.  This best describes the composition of Marlene’s work.  She uses recycled silk garments and incorporates many components of the recycled pieces such as buttons, serger seams, labels, etc. in her work.  The final look is tactile and has an eye-catching and striking appearance with color and movement.    Marlene’s work has been on display at various art venues in the United States and she has published articles about her Shambolic wearables nationally and internationally.   Her Shambolic wearables have also received distinguished awards at competitions and runway shows.

Franklin Habit

Franklin Habit Franklin Habit is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008–now in its third printing) and proprietor of The Panopticon (, one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet. On an average day, upwards of 2,500 readers worldwide drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the continuing adventures of Dolores the Sheep. Franklin’s other publishing experience in the fiber world includes contributions to Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Yarn Market News, PieceWork, Twist Collective, and regular columns for both and Lion Brand Yarns. As a much sought-after teacher and speaker, he travels nationally and internationally to conduct lectures and classes on a variety of knitting-related topics. When he’s not on the road, Franklin knits and spins in Chicago, Illinois–sharing a city apartment with an Ashford spinning wheel and colony of sock yarn that multiplies alarmingly whenever his back is turned.

Constance Hall

I began my fiber explorations at 5 with crochet, followed by knitting, sewing, spinning, weaving, and felting. All the while being a full time glassblower. Now I teach fiber arts and enjoy pattern design for Schacht Spindle Company. Introducing students to new skills and seeing where it takes them is the pay off of years of study. Articles published in Creative Knitting and Handwoven Magazine, Spin Off magazine as well as on the Schacht website, and Little Looms.

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 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 local schools & communities. She has held felting demonstrations at museum, gallery & festival ie Artisphere & Maker Faire, across the United States and Canada. Cecilia has taken part in multiple juried art exhibitions & fashion shows. FELTasticFashion is the business created in 2011 which Cecilia designs & packages all-inclusive felting DIY kits for beginners. DIY Kits are carried by museum, gift & hobby shops across North America, and also available from FELTasticFashionUS etsy shop.

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!

Kathryn Johnston

My mother tried - with determination - to teach her young daughters to knit. Alas, it was the 60s-70s and liberated women were exploring cooler undertakings. A couple decades later, I was encouraging a heart-broken friend by taking on knitting classes together. Suddenly, the stoic math-science nerd in me experienced that a hidden creative side was having a blast. Once I retired after 30+ years as a school teacher, it didn't stop with just compulsive knitting. Designing was an obvious next jump, but so was spinning the yarn and eventually raising some creatures - silk worms and an angora rabbit - to supply fiber needs beyond the generosity of my alpaca, sheep, & goat friends. Each facet of this journey has infused a deep appreciation of all the hard work and love of hand-crafts that fiber enthusiasts radiate. Why did it take me over 50 years to find out my mother was right? (Well, about this at least!)

Mimi Kezer

After 20 years pursuing music and worship arts, Mimi has spent the last 8 years as a knitting instructor, designer, and encourager of fellow-knitters. She is hopelessly 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 Orenburg?s 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.

Pam Kirk

Pam Kirk is a fourth-generation textile artist and has been teaching Rug Hooking since 1971. She learned how to rug hook and teach from her mother Anne Ashworth. Anne was nationally recognized for her work as a textile artist and was the founder of Green Mountain Rug School and the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild. In 1973, Pam founded and sold her first rug hooking pattern business called New Earth Designs. She is currently working to develop her second pattern business called Green Mountain Designs. In addition to her work as an artist, Pam has been a member of The Board of Directors for Green Mountain Hooked Rugs since 2013, helping to set the goals and strategy for the business each year.

Lisa Klakulak

Lisa Klakulak is an internationally recognized artist and educator of the felt medium, who happens to reside in Asheville, NC! Klakulak's teaching focuses on studies for technical understanding, resulting in finely crafted works and the empowerment of the maker. Her work has been featured in publications such as: Surface Design Journal, Fiber Arts, Shuttle Spindle Dyepot, American Craft and 500 Felt Objects and her teaching sought at both national crafts schools and international venues.

Barry Klein

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.

Taevia Magee

Thanks to an Aunt who wanted some peace and quiet while babysitting me I first started playing with yarn when I was six. Since then I've learned how to knit, spin yarn, weave, tat, and hook rugs. In my former life as a banker I was part of various training and outreach programs to teach financial literacy. It was the part of banking that I loved best. Now I have the opportunity to combine my love of fiber and teaching to help others learn about fiber arts.

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 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 18 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. I am amazed and truly enjoy the magic of sculpting with wool, and am continually amazed at what a simple needle 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!!!

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 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.

John  Mullarkey

Nationally-recognized teacher John Mullarkey has been tablet weaving for over a decade. His work has been displayed in the Missouri History Museum, and garments using his card woven bands have been featured in international fashion shows. His designs are featured frequently in Handwoven. John is the primary author of "A Tablet Weaver's Pattern Book," and has produced two DVDs for Interweave Press: "Tablet Weaving Made Easy" and "Double-Faced Tablet Weaving". He is the developer of the Schacht Zoom Loom.

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.

Kristen Nicholas

Kristen learned to sew her own clothes at a young age and fell in love with color and texture, which eventually led her to explore other fiber arts. But it was when she touched a raw fleece for the very first time, that everything changed for her. The possibilities of what she could do with a fleece seemed limitless; a study that could engage her creative spirit for years to come, and it has. Taking a raw fleece, washing, dyeing, carding and spinning or felting it, brings her great joy. She readily admits it’s the process that excites her, not necessarily the finished product – as in knitting something from her many skeins of hand spun yarn! And she loves to share her passion for it by teaching spindle spinning, dyeing, drum carding and blending board classes at SAFF, Friends and Fiberworks Retreats, Carolina Fiber Frolic and Ply the Arts.

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 ( 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 “hey—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

My name is Sallie Pollock, I am a retired English teacher living in middle Tennessee with my husband of 41 years on a Angus farm. We have one daughter who is a Family Nurse Practitioner. I spin, weave, knit, crochet, embroider, rug hook, sew and love to shuttle tat. I belong to a group of tatters called The Southern Belles Tatting Society. We meet regularly year round. We go to Georgia each fall to the Palmetto Tatters conference. Our group tats ornaments to fill 2-4 Christmas trees in the antebellum homes that are on tour in Maury County each Christmas season. We support and teach tatting where we meet and also do demonstrations at various events all year long.

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.

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.

Melissa Ricks

Melissa Yoder Ricks has been crazy for yarn and fiber since learning to crochet from her great-grandmother when she was a preschooler. She�s been knitting since elementary school and spinning since 1990. Since 2008, Melissa has pursued her love of fiber arts full time as the owner/fiber artist at Wild Hare Fiber Studio ( and by teaching classes and workshops, particularly in creative spinning and fiber preparation. Her knitting designs and handspun yarns have appeared in �Knitters� magazine and �Spin Off.�

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.

Christina Serra

Has been messing with stuff for over 20 years. Creative stuff! For the past 7 years Christina has been working primarily with animal fiber and watercolor paintings. In combining her experience in drawing and watercolor painting with dyed wool, she can play/experiment/create in an entirely new way. It is more fun after-all to explore things with others, so that is why she teaches workshops. Share the love! Christina was born in Miami some time ago and relocated as a child to a small cozy old house in the mountains. These same western North Carolina mountains and animals inspire her works now. She currently resides in Asheville with her amazingly super-dramatic children and their adorable fluffy kitties.

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 Squaredâ„¢ in the United States (except for Jenny herself). Amy and Jenny strongly believe that the Get Squaredâ„¢ 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 a current member of the TKGA Master Hand Knitting committee. 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 and as knit1purl2mommy on Ravelry.

Diana Sullivan

Did you know that you can create exquisite knits with a knitting machine? Learn how to create lovely knitted projects, and finish them beautifully, all while having more fun! Diana has many years experience teaching hand knitting, machine knitting and crochet, and has published numerous books, patterns and DVDs. Diana has the “dianaknits” channel on YouTube with almost 2 million views, and writes the blog, chock-full of patterns, tips, ideas, and instructions, the busiest blog in the machine knitting arena, and a must-see site for fiber artists.

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.

Elizabeth  Taylor

Elizabeth began with alpacas in 2011 and hit the ground running with fiber arts in mind. After quickly learning to spin, knit, dye and weave she quickly gained a following of her products under Spotted Circus Alpacas both at festivals & online. She has vended and taught at many prestigious festivals and has been judging spin-offs since 2012 including Nationals, MAPACA, Southern Select, RAC and more. She currently offers classes to take fleece from raw to finished goods and has taught at Magical Farms, Heritage Suri Farms & for the Alpaca Breeders of Western New York. She has been featured in several online podcasts & vended at the Knit Girllls SSK retreat. Elizabeth is currently breeding Huacaya alpacas with an emphasis on consistent fleeces that remain fine in grey, dark brown and multi colors. The more odd the color the more she likes it! She is currently an apprentice Fiber Sorter under Ruth Elvestead of Fibre World. She enjoys talking about fiber and adding super bright colors and sparkle to everything she does. She was also a co-founder of Alpaca Fiber Solutions.

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.

Amy Tyler

Amy Tyler, Interlochen, Michigan Amy has been teaching spinning at fiber festivals, conferences, and guilds across the country for over 10 years and is well known for her animated and engaging teaching style. With a formal education in dance and movement sciences, she has a keen understanding of learning movement skills, composition, pattern recognition, and systematic exploration. She has written a number of articles for PLY Magazine and Spin-Off, including the Spin-Off column “Ask a Spinning Instructor”. Amy lives in beautiful Benzie County, Michigan. You can find out more about her on her website and on her blog

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.