Meet our 2016 Instructors!
Rosanne raises her own small flock of non-lamb burger sheep and has been spinning, knitting, etc., for several years.
"I love anything fibery, and am fortunate to have a willing husband who will build almost anything for my sheep and craft. Usually."
NwRSA in Salem (2008) & Tacoma (2008 & 2009)
Estes Park Wool Festival - CO (2010)
Trailing of the Sheep in Hailey/Sun Valley, ID (2010)
Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival – Canby, OR (2009)
Fiber Fusion Northwest (2012, 2013, & 2014)
She has also taught several local classes in Washington State.
Classes Rosanne will be teaching at Fiber Fusion:
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:
Aline Brights’ experience with hand spinning started when she was a teenager. She was privileged to learn hand spinning from Bridget Topalian, who was a professional hand spinner and knitter from Ireland. For Christmas the same year, Aline's parents gave her a charming wheel that could have come right from the pages of a fairy tale book.
It was this wheel that flamed the love of hand spinning, and inspired the acquisition of Angora Rabbits and later Angora Goats. These exotic soft handling fibers are really her passion. Aline has made and exhibited different kinds of yarn, knitted accessories & garments, felted garments & accessories, needle felted animals, and woven projects. She loves to teach classes on spinning and needle felting to children and adults alike.
She owns and operates Heaven Sent Farm here in Monroe with her husband & daughter. Aline is an Animal Health Technician, CAGBA Inspector, and has completed judging instruction under Texas goat judges Connie Ross, and Dr. Frank Craddock. She has served as 4-H fiber goat superintendent, and Angora Goat and fiber judge for the Evergreen State fair and other local fairs.
Classes Aline will be teaching at Fiber Fusion:
Bob and his wife, Danise, own and operate Spring Harvest Fiber Mill in Sunnyside, Washington. He was introduced to fiber arts in 2010, when he and Danise bought their first alpacas and quickly realized fiber is what it is all about. He immersed himself in learning all he could about alpaca fiber, which included attendance at several fiber classes taught by internationally recognized instructors such as Ruth Elvestad and Cheryl Gehly. Along the way, he discovered a love for weaving and learned how to use several styles of looms including the rigid heddle and multi-shaft table and floor looms. Bob has taught beginning weaving to over 100 students.
Classes Bob will be teaching at Fiber Fusion:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Debra has been a fiber artist for over 20 years, starting as a self taught knitter, then progressing to other techniques such as spinning and weaving before finding her creative DNA in felting. She's been creating felted critters and teaching needle felting since 2004. She's earned a Fine Arts Degree in Textiles from Western Washington University and has taught felting and knitting techniques at Northwest Handspun Yarns in Bellingham. In addition to creating her own work, she's been creating custom pet portrait charactertures for other people and has worked as a Studio Assistant for Sheila Klein. She currently lives between Smokey Point and Seattle, Washington with 6 cats and one fella.
Classes Debra will be teaching:
Judith MacKenzie is the ultimate textile artist and teacher. She has an in-depth understanding of every aspect of spinning, knitting, dyeing and weaving. She has taught around the globe including the Arctic Circle.
Judith is the author of Teach Yourself Visually: Handspinning and The Intentional Spinner. She often writes for Spin-Off, Knits, and Handwoven magazines. She lives in Washington state.
Classes Judith will be teaching at Fiber Fusion:
Judith will also be judging wool in our Fleece Show on Saturday! Wool judging is open to the public and a fantastic learning opportunity!
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:
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:
Susan Schroeder is the fiber artist behind Shooting Yarn, located at The Rusty Spur Ranch in Rathdrum, ID, where she also raises Angora Goats. She has been a fiber artist for more years than she cares to admit. An accomplished knitter, spinner, dyer and carder, she once won the Los Angeles County Fair Spinning Competition and has taken Grand Champion at the Kootenai County fair. Her favorite fiber things are bright colors, sparkle and mohair.
Classes Susan will be teaching at Fiber Fusion:
Classes Susan will be teaching at Fiber Fusion:
- Arts Batts: Texture on the Drum Carder
- Fiber Prep with What's Handy
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:
Sue is a transplant from the Heavy Woollen District of Yorkshire in Northern England. She grew up in a village surrounded by sheep, never imagining that one day she would be a shepherd herself. She started experimenting with yarn, dyeing, and pattern writing as a teenager. Fast-forward through 40 years (Yikes!) a career as a chemist, then home school mom and many re-locations; she is now content practicing sustainable agriculture on a farm in the Cascades with a flock of registered Icelandic sheep and British heritage breeds (not to mention the horses, chickens, cats and dogs). She occupies her days doing her own shearing, fiber processing, and the inevitable poop-scooping. She has a passion for exploring new ways to use her sheep’s fiber and sharing these delights with anyone willing to listen.
Classes Sue will be teaching at Fiber Fusion:
Janis Thompson is a passionate DYER. Color is her drug of choice and she uses it DAILY! As and INDY dyer and the staff dye mistress for Eugene Textile Center, Janis gets to indulge herself on a regular basis. if you have ANY fear of color, this is the instructor for you! Janis will gently guide you through the color wheel. Her classroom is organized yet loosely structured to allow student paced exercises.
Janis and her MOM (Annabelle) can be seen at various Fiber Art Festivals and Shows in and around the Pacific Northwest. She travels to teach just about anywhere. Janis is intimately involved with the Organizing of the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, Oregon, in it's 41st year!
Classes Janis will be teaching at Fiber Fusion:
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: