Kate Larson loves using fiber arts as a bridge between her passions for art and agriculture. Her fiber journey has led her to a degree in soil chemistry, travels through northern Europe in search of textile traditions, and back to the farm where her family has lived for six generations. She keeps an ever-growing flock of Border Leicester sheep and teaches hand spinning and knitting regularly in central Indiana and around the country. Kate is the author of The Practical Spinner’s Guide: Wool (Interweave, 2015) and several videos, including How to Make Yarn to Knit (Interweave, 2016). Her articles and designs have appeared in Spin-Off Magazine, Jane Austen Knits, Enchanted Knits, Knitting Sweaters from Around the World, and more. Follow her woolly adventures at KateLarsonTextiles.com.
Susie Powe began working with wool five years ago when she created dreadlocks for local belly dancers. Being a self-taught wet felter she learned that not all wools work for felting so she began her quest to learn about felting fibers. During that journey Susie discovered 3D needle felt sculpturing in 2014, she fell in love with the artform and the creativity of designing one of a kind felted. Susie enjoys teaching needle felting, ergonomics of felting, techniques, tips, and tools she uses to create her whimsical creations. Recently, Sue, attended a three-day master armature workshop taught by Kiyoshi Mino. Susie is a member of the Flax and Fleecers Guild and International Felt Makers. You can follow Susie on Facebook/CousinSusiesFelting.
Julie Davidson is very proud to have been part of the Jay County Fiber Arts Festival from the very start and would like to thank Gyneth Augsburger for getting it started and keeping it going. Julie enjoys the process of making yarn, starting with her flock of sheep and Angora goats. She teaches spinning, dyeing, and felting around Northeast Indiana, and demonstrates fiber arts at reenactment festivals each fall. She and her husband regularly host spin-ins at their farm, Teasel Hill Angoras, in Columbia City, Indiana.
Tracy Burns has been hooking rugs for 14 years and teaching classes in her home for 12 years. She enjoys giving rug hooking demonstrations and presentations for groups and museums. She has given presentations in 20 towns in 15 counties in Indiana. Tracy also enter rugs in the Fayette and Wayne County Fairs as well as the Indiana State Fair, where she has won many ribbons. Tracy continues to take advanced rug hooking classes to develop and enhance her skills, so she can help share the different possibilities of this fiber art. She and her family live in the rural area of Fayette/Wayne Counties.
Carol Tropf is a teacher of students from pre-school through 8th grade for 31 years. She had spent 5 of her last 6 years in Blackford County Schools teaching art in elementary and Jr. high grades. These years in art education facilitated further exploration for her in many areas of art, but particularly in fiber arts and jewelry making. Since retiring in 2012, Carol has been pursuing her love of the fiber arts of needle felting, needle punch and rug hooking, jewelry making, antiquing, repurposing and painting furniture and old furnishings, decorating and sewing. Carol has been teaching needle felting for the past 4 years locally at the Arts Center in Hartford City, Hobby Lobby in Marion, Indiana, and in Lakeside Chautauqua, Ohio, for 2 weeks each summer.
Christina Coghill is a lifelong crafter. Christina learned to spin over 20 years ago. Spinning soon lead to processing fiber and to dyeing. Christina is a certified Redding method Dyeing instructor. Redding Method Dyeing is a technique that master dyer, master spinner, and shepherd, Natalie Redding invented and perfected. This method of dyeing will blow your mind! Gone are the measuring spoons, premixing of dyes, and Dye pots that turn out muddy. You will learn how to use various protein fibers and how each type dyes differently. This knowledge will assist you on dyeing colorways using minimal dyes, and should you make a mistake you will learn how to save your fibers. If you want to create eye catching bright colorways that are easily reproduced, you will want to learn this dyeing technique. Redding Method Dyeing teaches you how to dye bright vibrant colorways that are beautiful and colorfast!
Sheryl Meacham has been a fiber artist and weaver since her early twenties. She raises Wensleydale and Teeswater sheep in Sellersburg, Indiana, and loves exploring the different ways these fleeces can be spun and used. She enjoys meeting with fiber artists and exchanging ideas and techniques and has become as much an avid student as a teacher. “There is so much to know and it’s so exciting to see our fiber community continue to expand with the sharing of new ideas and techniques.”
Monique Kinney is a stay-at-home mom to 3 children. Her family runs Kaninchen Farm, a small farm that raises French Angora and Silver Fox rabbits. After raising rabbits for over 6 years, Monique has branched out from homeschooling children to teaching homesteading classes including some about Raising Angora Rabbits for Fiber. Monique enjoys spending the winter months knitting, sewing, and creating things for their homestead.
Patti Hodge raises alpacas and angora goats in Whiteland, IN. She has been felting for 15 years and has taught classes for the last 10 years. She loves to explore and experiment with fibers and felting techniques. She enjoys sharing her discoveries and introducing novice and experienced felters to this wonderful old-world textile art.
Cheryl Beckerich is from Indianapolis, and is a knitting teacher and a knitwear designer, who designs and writes knitting patterns for hand knitters. Cheryl teaches in yarn stores, retreats and from her outdoor studio in Indianapolis. Cheryl’s designs can be seen at www.cherylbeckerichknits.com, Cascade Yarns, as well as in Creative Knitting, knit.wear, and Interweave Knits Magazines.
Carl McDowell learned what to do in weaving from a book, he learned what not to do from experience! He has weaved with the Navajo Indians, and worked at a variety of other fiber festivals. Carl believes that the art of weaving is a never-ending learning process and he is ready to share some of his knowledge gained in over 10 years of experience and help you get started!
Karen Dietrich owns Phoenix Fiber Mill, which is a unique natural fiber sock mill. She raises alpacas, produces alpaca socks, as well as other products from natural fibers. She enjoys felting, weaving, blending and anything that has to do with fiber and fiber arts. She loves teaching fiber blending on blending boards, along with Saori Style weaving. Karen’s website is phoenixfibermill.com