I raise my own small flock of non-lamb burger sheep, love to knit and spin, and am fortunate to have a willing husband who will build almost anything for my sheep and craft - usually - I once almost had him convinced that I wanted to raise silkworms! I enjoy all the prep work with my wool and am excited to see a year's worth of dirty growth turn into beautiful fluff - ready to be dyed, spun, and made into exciting products.
I attend various fiber conferences and fairs in order to keep current, look for new opportunities to learn, teach, sell, and especially to enjoy the ambiance of other artists.
Classes Roseanne will be teaching at Fiber Fusion:
Gay Chapman & Tisha Speer
Hello. My name is Gay Chapman. My friend, Trisha and I have been weaving all kinds of baskets for many years. We have started classes to share our knowledge and love of basketry with others. Our classes are for all levels of basket making but especially for beginners. I love seeing people's faces full of joy and amazement at themselves when they create a beautiful basket.
Classes Gay and Tisha will be co-teaching at Fiber Fusion:
Karen Chabinsky has been a weaver, spinner and dyer for over 25 years. Spinning has always been to learn as much as possible and gain a greater understanding of the different fibers and she has learned and met the challenge of various types of fibers including Flax, Silk, Wool, Mohair, Exotic Fibers and yarn including Plied, Crepe, Cabled, Art Yarns and many others. Karen has taught many different types of spinning and weaving classes over the years, sharing her knowledge of fiber, and providing insight into fiber and process. Karen is also a Certified Judge through the NorthWest Regional Spinners Association.
Classes Karen will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
My name is Wendy Clark owner of WeKare Farm and Fiber in Rochester, WA! I have been spinning for seven years and am currently a student at Olds College in Alberta, Canada training for my Master Spinner certification. I started working with sheep in 2015 while working for a local organic farm. I now have my own flock of Finn sheep on our small homestead. I have been involved in fiber arts all my life, from crochet, knitting, embroidery, sewing, quilting and recently I have started weaving. But my first passion is teaching fiber arts. I teach wheel spinning, drop spindle, supported spindle, and fiber preparation. I love taking a fleece from right off the sheep to end-product. I hope to inspire students to take a dive into the amazing world of wool and learn the unending variety, attributes, and gifts that sheep bring to the world and the environment.
Classes Wendy will be teaching at Fiber Fusion:
Lauralee DeLuca has been spinning, teaching and felting since the 80’s. After 32 years in rural Alaska, life brought her down to Washington a few years ago where she is reveling in the fiber arts scene.
Visit Lauralee at PhoenixxFibers.etsy.com.
Classes Lauralee will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
Lisa Ellis is a freelance knitwear designer, owner of a wholesale pattern line and traveling knitting instructor in the Pacific Northwest. Lisa has two publications with Leisure Arts and is also a contributing designer to more than a dozen other books and magazines. In addition to her designs, she has written numerous articles on “knitting techniques”. Her passion is taking knitters to the next level.
Lisa is a native of Washington state, currently living in Gig Harbor.
Learn more about Lisa at LisaEllisDesigns.com.
Classes Lisa will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
Gail first started needle felting over 9 years ago and from the moment she first handled fleece she was hooked. She has won awards for both her sculptural felting and her wool paintings. Currently she teaches, demonstrates and sells at local galleries, fairs and festivals.
In the years since she started, she has taken a fleece from start to end to understand the process. She has dyed her own fiber with food safe dyes. Through these processes she has learned about different breeds and the nature of their fiber. She learned that the processing of the fiber is not her strength so she has teamed with local Shepherdesses to obtain her processed wool. She continues to read about different breeds and to experiment with many types of fleece.
Gail lives in the beautiful Kittitas valley with her husband and 2 cats.
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Kody Friedrich is the Snohomish County 4-H Sheep Program Leader and Evergreen State Fair 4-H Sheep Barn Superintendent. She raised sheep originally in the 1980s and 1990s with a small 4-H flock of polled Dorsets and her beloved Targhee, Priscilla and returned to raising sheep in 2018 with her flock of registered Border Leicesters.
In addition to her wool flock, she also works with her youngest teen to raise a moderate sized flock of Hampshire-cross show lambs. Kody's farm is also a resource for local 4-H and FFA youth who use her farm as a learning experience for SAE and 4-H projects.
Visit Kody on her Facebook page Nerd Girls Farm & Rabbitry
Classes Kody will be co-teaching at Fiber Fusion:
Sewing, knitting and crocheting have been a part of my life since I can remember. Rug Hooking has been a recent part that I’ve grown to love. I became a certified teacher in 2014 from Amy Oxford. I now have begun spinning yarn for use in rug making. Join me to learn this wonderful use of yarn!!
Lolly resides in western Washington.
Learn more about Lolly at NeedlesintheNest.etsy.com.
Classes Lolly will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
Rachael Grow is pleased to be an instructor and has been sharing her “how to” tips with friends and family members for years. Her passion for fiber arts started when she was 6 years old and her mother taught her to crochet. From the it was love at first stitch and Rachael pursued learning as many different fiber arts as possible. She had a passion for art yarns and loves to create projects with handmade yarns, especially small weavings. When Rachael isn’t frolicking with fiber she is playing with her family in Portland, Oregon.
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Allison Harding (aka Fleebers) still remembers the pattern for her first knitting project at age 7; an orange acrylic scarf! Then her mom gave her a treadle sewing machine, which launched Allison into a lifetime love of all fibers. She is an award winning fiber artist who 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 costume designer for Studio East School for Performing Arts, Allison fell in love with teaching. Allison shares those skills and love of design in her knit and crochet patterns published by KnitPicks, Cascade Yarns, Skacel, Knit Circus and Loose Threads magazines 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. Allison loves ALL the colors and playing with pointy sticks.
Classes Allison will be teaching at Fiber Fusion:
Michael is the coordinator for the annual Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat and the Seattle Men Who Knit meet-up. By day he is a software professional, but on weekends he’s usually out and about with his miniSpinner in tow. Michael is a highly sought-after instructor at fiber festivals across the Pacific Northwest and is excited to be returning to his third year teaching at Fiber Fusion NW. Michael resides in Seattle, WA.
Classes Michael will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
Kristi Kistner raises Angora goats and sheep with her husband, Hans, in Southwest Oregon at Melibran Farms. Her education and background in the sciences fuels her passion for understanding the underlying causes of illness and disease in fiber animals. Kristi has received expert training in FAMACHA and fecal testing for small ruminants, and continues to pursue education in these areas in order to ensure the animals in her care thrive and are high quality fiber producers. Additionally, Kristi harvests the fiber from their animals and processes it from raw fleece to finished products, yarn and crocheted items. She thoroughly enjoys spinning and plying yarns of multiple colors (natural and dyed). Mohair and wool are her materials of choice!
Visit Krist online at www.melibranfarms.com.
Classes Kristi will be teaching at Fiber Fusion:
Kathy put in her time in the non-fiber related rat race and now fills her days with caretaking her Angora goats and playing with natural fibers. Kathy has wheel spun, dyed, knitted, crocheted, and woven with triangle looms since the beginning of time. Wynham Farms and gotmygoat are recognizable from her workshops, online ventures, and fiber festivals.
Kathy, with her daughter and Great Danes, lives outside Sequim, WA.
Learn more about Kathy and her farm at gotmygoat.com.
Classes Kathy will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
I'm Suzi Quillen; Empress of Yarn at Perfectly Knotty.
I love 19th century literature, history, all things handmade and made from scratch, and a slow lifestyle.
I have been knitting and crocheting since I was about 6 years old. I learned from my grandma, but mostly just played and tried and explored until I figured it out, and started making up my own patterns … because no one told me I couldn't!
Now I share the knowledge and passion I gained, with you through classes, YouTube tutorials, a fun VIP Group on Facebook, beautiful yarns, fun patterns and more!
With a contagious smile and an energetic attitude, I generously share my lifelong love of crochet and knitting.
In no time you’ll be inspired to create something wonderful for yourself or a loved one.
Visit Suzi on perfectlyknotty.com.
Classes Suzi will be teaching at Fiber Fusion:
My focus is living folk art crafts. I teach a wide variety, from painting techniques to weaving, the common thread being the techniques are all deep-rooted in a culture from around the world. You might say the techniques I teach have all survived the ‘test of time’.
I have the best job in the world; I travel to various countries gathering folk art techniques, then return to the US to teach enthusiastic students!
Marilyn is an instructor with Taproot Folkarts.
Visit taprootfolkarts.com for more information.
Classes Marilyn will be teaching at Fiber Fusion NW:
Al Schwider holds a bachelor's degree in zoology from Oregon State University. He spent 34 years in materials and processes engineering in the aerospace industry, followed by 18 years managing the FFA Exhibition at the Puyallup Fairs. For the past 45 years, he and his wife. Lin, have been raising Romney sheep and Angora goats in Maple Valley.
Learn more about Al at www.thepinesfarm.com
Classes Al 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 and the Snohomish Knitters Guild. She teaches spinning at venues in the Northwest.
Classes Barbara will be co-teaching at Fiber Fusion:
Una is a Fiber Artist from La Grande, Oregon whose fashion and artwork has been exhibited nationally to rave reviews. As a sought after fiber arts teacher, her classes range from beginning to advanced techniques in a variety of mediums.
Una grew up in her parents’ craft supply store where she gained experience in a wide range of crafts as both an artist and teacher. An example being her appearance on HGTV’s ‘That’s Clever’ in 2009, making a pair of shoes! She got started punching over a decade ago at a craft show “make and take” where she first worked with the Oxford Punch Needle. Combining unique materials is Una’s most inspiring challenge in her work; she loves “figuring it all out”. From raw wool, to sewing the finishing stitch, she is always looking ahead to new and creative approaches.
Una’s latest fiber experiments include explorations in dyeing and seeing how the color and texture bring life to her designs. Una’s work has been exhibited at craft shows across the country where she also sells under her
business name of Wooly Walkers. Una has completed her Advanced Oxford Punch Needle training and has been teaching punch needle for the past 10 years. She has taught at Estes Park Wool Market, Toas Wool Festival, Oregon Flock and Fiber, Black Sheep gathering, Fiber in the Forest, Stitches West and SoCal.
Una teaches with both patience and an attention to detail, that combined with her easy-going sense of humor results in a fun and rewarding experience for all. Una thrives on problem solving and she loves working with beginners.
Una can be reached through her website, www.woolywalkers.com or directly by email at email@example.com.
Classes Una will be teaching at Fiber Fusion:
Rhonda Wreggelsworth and her husband own and operate Rimini's Stilly River Ranch in Stanwood, WA. Its primary focus is fiber but has come back to its dairy goat roots this year with oberhasli dairy goats. She has been raising goats for thirty-five years. Her herd is a mix of registered white and colored angoras and oberhaslis. She also enjoys raising a small flock of shetland sheep and huacaya and suri alpacas. She enjoys mixing her three fiber types in her felting projects.
Rhonda has been involved in 4-H for over 30 years. She leads Fiber, Feathers and Friends 4-H which concentrates on the fiber world and what you can produce within its realm.
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