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 teaches Rug Hooking at her home in Connersville, IN as well as Art Centers in the surrounding area. Tracy’s work has been exhibited at the
Indiana State House, Richmond Art Museum-Richmond, IN, Blackford County Arts Center- Hartford City, IN, Arts Depot-Union City, IN, ArtSeed Exhibition-New Albany, IN, Henry County Arts Center-New Castle, IN, Whitewater Valley Arts Association Gallery-Connersville, IN, Haan Museum of Indiana Art-Lafayette,IN, and Sauder Village International Rug Show, Archbold, OH. Tracy has demonstrated the art of Rug Hooking at the Indiana State Fair, Sauder Village, Archbold, OH, AirVenture -Oshkosh WI, Haan Museum of Indiana Art, Lafayette, IN, Kendallville Apple Festival-Kendallville, IN, Jay County Fiber Festival-Portland IN, Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival, Wayne County Historical Museum, as well as the Franklin, Jay and Wayne County Quilt Shows.
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!
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.
Kylee Eller owns Westwind Farm and Fiber that is located just outside of Yorktown. She raises Shetland sheep, a variety of goats and chickens, and rabbits on her farm. In June 2019, she opened her family’s farm to the public for farm visits, field trips, tours of their on-site cottage style fiber mill, and hosting a variety of different fiber arts classes. Kylee is passionate about educating the public on the importance of preserving heritage type farm animals and sharing her family’s farming lifestyle with others through agricultural education. Kylee teaches a variety of fiber arts classes at her farm using the Shetland sheep wool processed in the mill on her farm. She loves to spin yarn and is a novice knitter.
Kay Story has been twining rugs on different medium for 10 years. Being a self taught crafter, she learned which material works best for the intended project. Kay has taught classes on rug twining to all types f students in the rush, Fayette, and Wayne county area. The love of rug twining lead to her and hubby developing different types of looms for her projects. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and looms with others.
Karen Good is a lifelong crafter who became interested in fiber arts five years ago when she purchased her first spinning wheel. She soon became a student of all aspects of fiber crafts; including needle felting, knitting and weaving. She loves to explore and experiment with fibers, often processing the fiber all the way from sheep to a finished project.
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 has been teaching knitting and designing knitting patterns since 2008. Many of Cheryl’s designs are suitable for beginning to intermediate knitters, and all are marked with skill level. Though most of the knitting is not difficult, the finished designs are items that are functional and fashionable. Garments and accessories that you will love to wear or will be proud to give as a gift! Cheryl has taught in yarn stores, retreats, fiber festivals, and in her home to her weekly Knit Night group in Indianapolis. She designs for magazines, yarn companies, and also self publishes many designs for Cheryl Beckerich Knits. Cheryl’s current favorite things to teach are cables and brioche knitting, though she also teaches beginning knitting, color work and lace knitting. You can find Cheryl’s designs at www.cherylbeckerichknits.com
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