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, angora, pygora, and nigora 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.
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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 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.
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 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.
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 Mariâ€™s work on her website: mariknits.com and on Ravelry as MariChiba
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, HandMade in America 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.
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.
Jolie has explored a wide range of needle arts after learning to cross stitch at age four.Â She designs, teaches, and stunt knits in the Atlanta area where she demystifies the obscure.Â Unable to hide from nominating committees, she is a past president of both Atlanta Knitting Guild and North Georgia Knitting Guild, and formerly 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 jolieaelder.blogspot.com or her YouTube channel, Jolie knits.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 (the-panopticon.blogspot.com), 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 Knitty.com 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.
I began my fiber explorations with crochet, followed by knitting, sewing, spinning, weaving, and felting. All the while being a full time glassblower. Now I teaching fiber arts and 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. This year my patterns will be included in Creative Knitting and Handwoven Magazine as well as on the Schacht website, www.schachtspindle.com. Articles in Spin Off and Handwoven and a founding member of Spinzilla. I am the Spin-Off advisory committee and run my fiber business under my name of Dyeology.
has been spinning cotton on the charkha since 1985, 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.
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 was born into a family of designers in Hong Kong but was first introduced to felting after moving to Nova Scotia, Canada in 2007. It was the local and plentiful sheep farms that influenced her passion and direction into felting and fiber arts. She has held felting demonstrations and workshops at museums, galleries, craft festivals and local businesses across the United States and Canada. Cecilia has taken part in juried fiber art exhibitions, fashion shows, wool campaigns & fiber festivals. FELTasticFashion is the business created by Cecilia in 2011 which provides all-inclusive felting DIY kits for beginners. DIY Kits are carried by museum, gallery & hobby shops across North America, and sold on etsy online shop.
Susannah Johnson has been spinning for over 30 years, and teaching whenever she can get somebody to sit still long enough. She weaves, hand-combs, knits socks, and enjoys being a sheep midwife. She has her own flock of BFL, Finn, Shetland, and a Corriedale/Merino that looks like Lionel Ritchie. New to the flock are the BFF - Blue-faced Finn, that have amazing fleeces.
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.
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 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 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. www.strongfelt.com
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 10 year old son in Huntsville, AL.
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 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.
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.
Art has always been an important part of Anne's life. After she earned a BA in Fine Arts, she decided should would be more employable as a Graphic Artist. Although she enjoys Graphic Design, she has always been a tactile/hands on person. Fiber is Anne's calling. She has dabbled in a variety of fiber arts, and has rarely met a craft she didn't want to at least try. Quilting, knitting, weaving, dollmaking, felting, she loves it all. Anne first picked up a felting needle over 10 years ago to attach hair to a soft cloth doll. Even then she 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. Anne truly enjoys the magic of sculpting with wool, and has settled on needle felting as her current passion.
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 â€œthinking spinnerâ€ 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.
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. http://malarkycrafts.com
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 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 itâ€™s the process that excites her, not necessarily the finished product â€“ 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 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'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 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), and co-owner of Yarn Circle (www.yarncircle.com) in Murphy, NC, a store catering to fiber enthusiasts.
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 â€œheyâ€”I did it!â€ 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!
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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'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 and his teachers at SAORInoMori. While there she passed levels 3, 2, and A from the Saori Hand Weavers Testing Association. She is currently working towards level 1 and looking forward to a return trip to Japan in the summer of 2015. Most recently Denise's studio hosted the SAORI International Conference 2014 in Peachtree City, Ga.
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 Yoder Ricks has been crazy for yarn and fiber since learning to crochet from her great-grandmother when she was a preschooler. Sheï¿½s 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 (http://www.wildharefiber.com) and by teaching classes and workshops, particularly in creative spinning and fiber preparation. Her knitting designs and handspun yarns have appeared in ï¿½Knittersï¿½ magazine and ï¿½Spin Off.ï¿½
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 Martineauâ€™s 2013 book, â€œSpinning and Dyeing yarnâ€, Lexi Boegerâ€™s 2012 book â€œHandspun, New Spins on Traditional Techniquesâ€, 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.