Meet our 2017 Instructors!
I have been teaching and giving demonstrations on wet felting techniques for several years. I am a fiber artist living in St. Regis , Montana with my husband, two teen children, and a variety of fiber and farm animals.
I am a fiber addict by heart, and enjoy all things fiber related. My hobbies include spinning, felting (both wet and needle felting), raising and rescuing fiber animals. I enjoy sharing the different techniques that I’ve discovered to create fun one of a kind fiber creations.
Classes Anna will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
Fascinated by all things fiber since childhood, Sarah Anderson is the author of "The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs" and has contributed to Spin Off, Handwoven and Ply magazines.
Sarah's enthusiasm for spinning techniques and constructions has driven her to create an extensive library of different yarn constructions that she loves to share with other spinners. She has taught at SOAR, Golden Gate Fiber Institute, Madrona, NWRSA's Spinner's conference and for many guilds.
She lives, spins, knits and weaves in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and a California quail named Boo.
Classes Sarah will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
A weaver and spinner for almost 20 years, Karen Chabinsky weaves almost every day and works to
continually improve her knowledge of fiber structure. She has been successful in weaving a wide range of structures, utilizing many types of fibers from wool, linen and cotton, to wire and weaving with un-spun wool locks.
Karen is also an accomplished spinner and dyer, learning these skills to compliment her weaving. Color is important and she has learned to work with color to provide an additional dynamic to her weaving.
Karen’s education in weaving, spinning and dyeing has come from some of the most knowledgeable teachers available including Judith McKenzie-McCuin, Norman Kennedy, Ann Fields, Joan Roan, Sarah Anderson, Barbara Doyon, many local experts and a variety of HGA Learning Exchanges which included weaving, dyeing, and spinning.
Karen has worked with many different types of looms including: countermarche, counterbalance, jack, draw loom, rigid heddle, frame and Inkle looms. She has a wide variety of spindles and spinning wheels, and about a dozen different types of looms.
Seattle Weavers Guild (SWG), Handweavers Guild of America (HGA), Valley Spinners Guild
(VSG) -Snohomish WA (Guild President in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012; Historian since 2007),
Northwest Regional Spinner’s Association (NwRSA) –Area 2010 Fiberholics, (Positions included
Alternate Director and Reporter), ANWG-Associated Northwest Weavers Guilds.
Classes Karen will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
Marisa is a graduate of the University of Washington Fiber Arts Certificate program. She has won awards for her needle felting sculptures and operates a fiber art business offering felt art and textiles. She controls the entire creative process, from tending her own herd of alpacas, harvesting and processing the fleece to designing the end product. All of her fiber creations are handmade using wet felt techniques. She sources other natural fibers grown in the Northwest, including mohair, angora and a variety of sheep wool’s, to add character to her fiber art and support sustainable environmental practices. Marisa enjoys teaching and contributing to the preservation of the ancient art form of felting.
Classes Marisa will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
Lisa is a freelance knitwear designer and owner of a wholesale pattern line since 2007.
Her patterns can be found in over 100 yarn shops across the country and in some of the largest on-line knitting companies like Webs, Patternworks, Annies Attic, E-Central patterns and Dreamweaver yarns to name a few.
Lisa has two publications with Leisure Arts, Fun Time Sweaters and Wardrobe Favorites and is also a
contributing designer to more than a dozen other books and magazines.
Lisa has designed for several yarn companies to include Cascade yarns, Frog Tree yarns, Shetland wool and Fiesta yarns and has also written several magazine "How To" articles.
Lisa is also a traveling instructor in the Seattle-Tacoma area guest teaching at several local yarn shops and venues.
Lisa is a native of Washington, currently living in Gig
Harbor with her husband and 2 teenage girls.
Classes Lisa will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
As long as I remember I have had knitting needles and yarn with me. My first project probably was scarf or hat – I learned knitting from my mom when I was about 6 years old. The first garment I remember was Fair Isle vest for my big walking doll in white and red colors. I guess it looked not very well done, but I was very proud of it. Since then knitting become my passion. I always try to find the way to make the item look better.
I like challenge and learning new techniques nonstop. I like to make wearable garments, accessories, and toys. The last few years I have been working on designing seamless knitting for sweaters or toys. Designing is my other passion, I am learning how to write good knittable patterns with the help of my test knitters. I like to teach knitting, it is always a two way street. I have had a few patterns published in Ravelry. In 2005 my knitted set – hat, scarf and gloves was published in Cast On magazine.
Classes Galina will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
Amelia, also known as "Ask The Bellwether" from her well-known blog, has been involved in fiber arts since learning to knit at her mother's knee. In 2001 she bought a house that came with two llamas, and learned to spin.
Amelia published Productive Spindling in 2009, and writes for Ply, Spin-Off, and other fiber art publications. She made two Spin-Off spindle videos in 2016.
Her Port Ludlow studio is a fiber playground with spinning wheels, looms, dyes and fibers. She enjoys teaching at area wool shows and is pleased to return to Fiber Fusion NW this year.
Classes Amelia will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
Allison Harding still remembers the pattern for her first knitting project at age 7; an orange acrylic scarf! Not long after, her mom found a treadle sewing machine, which launched Allison into a lifetime love of all fibers. She knits, crochets, weaves, felts, dyes, cards, spins, sews, and more. If it’s fiber related she’s either tried it or it’s on her bucket list. While working as a designer for Studio East School for Performing Arts, Allison created and taught student stage make-up and costume classes and fell in love with teaching. Allison shares her skills and love of design in her knit and crochet patterns published by KnitPicks, Cascade Yarns, Skacel, Knit Circus magazine and the book “Simple Hip Knit Scarves”. She strives to explain not only the how, but the why, of everything she does in fun and innovative ways. She loves ALL the colors and playing with pointy sticks.
Visit Allison's website - Fleebers Farm.com
Classes Allison will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
Kay Harradine has been weaving for over thirty years and has been a serious student of basketry during that time, pursuing both contemporary and indigenous forms of the craft. She specializes in working with plant fibers harvested responsibly from forest, wetlands and her garden. She has attended workshops with many local and nationally recognized master weavers and instructors. With degrees in Forestry and Education from the University of Washington, she benefits her basketry students with ethno-botanical knowledge and strong teaching skills. Kay has taught for Pacific Weave (The Basketry School) and through Washington state community education programs and for regional Basketry and Weaving Guilds and Conferences. She is an active member of several artists’ and basketry guilds, and regularly promotes the art of basketry by creating educational displays, demonstrating weaving, and volunteering for children’s programs.
Classes Kay will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
Leslie Hoex of Alderwood Farm is a passionate fiber artist from the Olympic Peninsula. She spins traditional and art yarns, although art yarns are her favorite. If you have any fear of spinning art yarn, this is the instructor for you! Leslie will gently guide you through “spinning outside the box. ” Her classroom is organized yet loosely structured. She will be there to offer each student one on one assistance so they too, can design their own unique art yarn creations.
Learn more about Leslie...
Classes Leslie will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
Tandy taught herself how to crochet in 2002. In 2005, she taught herself how to knit as well. Right away she began adapting and changing patterns to suit her individual tastes and needs. This led her to designing knit and crochet patterns under her SmartCat Studios label. She strives to keep all of her patterns easy enough for beginners, yet not too simplified for the more experienced crafter. Tandy's key philosophies are: if you enjoy what you are creating, then you are doing it just right and anyone is capable of working any pattern I design with perhaps some extra help and guidance.
Tandy loves exploring new stitches in both knit and crochet and learning new techniques. Her unquenchable quest for knowledge keeps her always learning and trying new techniques, patterns and crafts. She is always eager to learn even a little bit about any subject and loves sharing the tidbits she learns with other crafters. This insatiable desire for knowledge and sharing, led her to begin teaching in 2013 on a wide range of knit and crochet techniques.
She has been an active member of the Snohomish Knitters Guild since 2009 and is currently teaching at Quintessential Knits in Duvall and Mad Cow Yarn in Bothell.
Classes Tandy will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
Kathy put in her time in the non-fiber related rat race and now enjoys the full time caretaking of her spinner’s flock of 10 demanding Angora goats who were born and raised on her farm in the Brighton, Colorado, area. She and her daughter Kelley moved the farm lock, stock and barrel to the Sequim, Washington, area in 2015.
Kathy spins, dyes, knits, crochets, triangle loom weaves and enjoys natural fiber outreach. Wynham Farms and gotmygoat are recognizable from her online ventures and wool market booths where she can be seen spinning artsy and exotic yarns.
Visit Kathy's website - http://gotmygoat.com/
Classes Kathy will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
Liz Moncrief is a recent retiree from the US Forest Service in Colorado, and made the move to Washington in 2014.
During her career she also maintained a small business of spinning, weaving, dyeing and loom rehabilitation. She’s exhibited several woven art pieces in Colorado, Wyoming, and now Washington galleries. For the past 21 years she’s offered workshops and retreats for the Estes Park Wool Fest, Scotts Bluff Fiber Festival, Pagosa Springs Fiber Fest, and has given classes at Utah State University, and Colorado State University. She also had the pleasure of presenting two dye classes at the NWRSA annual conference 2015 and a weaving workshop for an ANWG-sponsored conference at the Jansen Art Center, Lynden.
She is currently an instructor for Skagit Valley College, Mt. Vernon and Oak Harbor campuses.
Her Weaving and Dye Studio can be found at www.aweaversway.com
Classes Liz will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
Batts in the Bellfry fiber artist Kim Perkins is a fiber enthusiast who relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2015.
She loves to combine color and texture and began her fiber journey by learning to knit, which led her to her first spinning wheel and creating hand-spun yarns. But her true joy comes from creating batts for other knitters, spinners, weavers and felters. She is inspired by the incredible yarns and garments that others make from the one-of-a-kind batts she creates on her drum carders.
Visit Kim's website - http://www.battsinthebellfry.com
Classes Kim will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
A crocheter and knitter since childhood, it seems as though Sari has always had crafts and fiber in her life. Later, as a seamstress and costume designer, her love of textiles continued to grow. Learning to spin over 10 years ago was a natural extension of her love of craft and a desire to learn the beginnings of her fibers and fabrics. Once Sari sat down at a wheel there was no turning back. Recently she learned to weave in order to have a greater use for the miles of handspun yarn in her stash!
Loving fiber and spinning as she does, it was a given that she would want to share her passion with others. Six years ago, she started teaching others to spin, on wheels and spindles alike.
Sari offers private lessons in her home, your home, or any place in between. She also teaches at local yarn stores in and around Portland, OR.
Visit Sari's website: twistsandturnings.com
Classes Sari will be teaching at Fiber Fusion:
Barbara learned to knit when she was 5 years old and has a life long love affair with fiber. In the early 90’s she started spinning and quickly realized the pairing of spinning with knitting allowed the exploration of fiber, color and texture.
As a workshop “junkie”she traveled the US and Canada studying with as many different mentors as she could.
Her day job as a biochemist for 30 years gave her the chemistry background to explore dyeing. She taught with the Greater Los Angeles Spinning Guild while living in Southern California, Peachtree Spinners Guild and Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild while living in Georgia and was on the board of The Handweavers Guild of America.
She is currently an active member of Valley Spinners Guild in Snohomish, The Snohomish Knitters Guild and Northwest Regional Spinning Association, teaches spinning at Country Yarns in Snohomish and other venues in the Northwest.
Classes Barbara will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
Janis is the Staff Dyer and Instructor for the Eugene Textile Center.
She is constantly chasing the WHITE away and creating COLOR & Texture everywhere she goes.
With a sense of humor and a relaxed teaching style, she loves to share information with other fiber folk.
Classes Janis will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
Karen Whooley is a Washington State based knitwear designer. Her work has been published in various print and online publications including Interweave Crochet, Crochet Magazine and Inside Crochet. She is the author of 19 books in both knit and crochet and teaches crochet classes worldwide with an emphasis on technique driven classes.
She enjoys teaching at shops and guilds around the country and shows such as the Knit and Crochet Show (the official show of TKGA and CGOA), and Stitches events. And she is also a Craftsy Instructor!
In her spare time, Karen enjoys hanging out with her husband of 26 years, David and their children when they are home from college. Karen loves NFL Football, Rock Music and enjoys the Pacific Northwest! She is Spinner and enjoys the process of making her own yarn.
Visit Karen's website: www.karenwhooley.com
Classes Karen will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW: