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Meet the Instructors

We are proud to offer weekend workshops from a diverse lineup of fiber educators, teaching on a wide range of fiber art topics.

 

Read a little more about our teachers below.

 

Sari Peterson

Over a lifetime of making, Sari tried her hand at a wide variety of crafts. However, from the moment she sat down at a spinning wheel over 15 years ago, she knew she had found her medium. Spinning and sharing it with others is what she is most passionate about.

Celeste C. Whitewolf

While I have been weaving for a seven years. I am exploring different types of weaving with natural materials. I have worked with cedar, sedge, cattail, bear grass, lily leaves, spruce roots and corn husks. I will teach Since I first learned the Bear Grass braiding, I have developed written instructions and taught the class several times in various venues. The braids are used for ornamentation on dresses, hats, necklaces and earrings.

 

Heidi Leugers

Heidi has over twenty years of needle felting experience and sells her own needle felted and other wool creations through her zero-waste business, Reclaimed Wool, to specialty retailers and fine craft galleries across the USA. Her customers include The American Folk Art Museum in New York, Timberline Lodge, New Seasons Market, and Chihuly Garden & Glass. She can also be found at sheep and wool festivals and juried art shows in the Pacific Northwest, and online at www.reclaimedwool.com.

Margaret Stump

Margaret Stump is a weaver and the author of three books on pin loom weaving, Pin Loom Weaving, Pin Loom Weaving To Go and Adorable Beasts; 30 pin loom animals and 4 playscapes. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of pin loom weaving, a simple and portable technique that has been gaining popularity as a beginner's loom and as a portable weaving option.

Hazel Spencer

Hazel Spencer is owner, with her husband Randy, of Hazel Rose Looms, and has been making small weaving looms since 2000. She taught art, including weaving & other fiber arts, to all grades at the local K-8 school for 17 years. She has been teaching weaving on the internet and at her booth & at fiber fairs for many years. Making clothing & other useful items for the home is her favorite use of her hand woven fabric

Dr. Charles Estill

Dr. Estill has been a veterinarian for the past 46 years. During his career his enthusiasm for veterinary medicine has never waned, but the direction of his efforts has changed multiple times. Prior to working for Oregon State University, Dr. Estill practiced largely as a solo mixed-animal practitioner in North Carolina, later holding an academic position at Mississippi State University. Since 2002, Dr. Estill has served at OSU-College of Veterinarian Medicine with the Rural Veterinary Practice Service. The last 15 years he has also held an Extension appointment which has afforded him opportunity to travel rural Oregon and interact with its livestock owners. Dr. Estill understands Oregon’s livestock production systems and is therefore a popular educational speaker. Dr. Estill and his wife Debi have raised goats, calves, sheep, pigs, horses, and dogs on their small farm north of Corvallis.

Judy Taylor

Judy Taylor has been teaching rug hooking for nigh onto thirty years, and she can't wait to make her next rug! You can view all of her kits and supplies at www.littlehouserugs.com.

Tammi Paul

Tammi and her husband operate a small farm near Shedd, Oregon in which they raise Simmental cattle along with registered Saanen and Lamancha dairy goats. Tammi's passion for making goat milk soap and cheese came from her frugal nature and excess gallons of goat milk. She started experimenting with goat milk soap recipes while she was raising her children and operating the farm and soon it became a passion which then extended to a business venture. Her favorite outlet was local farmer's markets but she soon procured contracts with Made In Oregon stores as an outlet for her handmade artisan goat milk soap. That passion then led to adventures in cheese making, both soft and hard pressed cheeses. Over the past 15 years, she has taught goat milk soap making and artisan cheese making in many parts of the northwest including at past OFFF events, specialty fundraising events, local 4-H groups, private classes and the Pacific Northwest Culinary Center. Finally, one of the unique aspects to Tammi's teaching is that participants in her classes will learn about sourcing materials locally and at a fraction of the cost...all while having a great deal of fun!

Sivia Harding

Sivia Harding has worked with fiber and art since she can remember. Obsessed since youth, by adulthood she had dabbled in weaving, spinning, and dyeing among other activities, and came to knitting in the year 2000. Almost immediately, she began to design. She is known mainly for her exceptional lace and bead designs. Her patterns also include accessories, garments, and imaginative Moebius creations. She has been widely published in books and collections, including Jared Flood’s Wool People series, online magazines such as Twist Collective and Knitty, and on Ravelry as Sivia Harding Knit Design.

Kristi Kistner

Kristi Kistner raises Angora goats and sheep with her husband, Hans, in Southwest Oregon. 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 fecal testing for small ruminants, and continues to pursue education in this area 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 single, two-ply, and chain-plied yarns of multiple colors (natural and dyed) using a drop spindle or e-spinner. Mohair and wool are her materials of choice!

Linda Hansen

Besides running her small family sheep farm and being partner in the Bellwether Wool Company, Linda brings her skills as a teacher as well as a livestock and fleece judge to sharing her love of fiber arts. Linda is a weaver, spinner, dyer, felter, knitter and quilter. She teaches spinning both privately and in workshops.

Anna Anderson

My fiber hobby, turned business, Calico Farm Fiber Arts, began more than 15 years ago with the rescue of 6 Pygora fiber goats. Shortly after, I was given a spinning wheel and introduced to fiber arts by her dear neighbor friend. I enjoy teaching wet felting, needle felting, and beginner drop spindle classes.

Rachael Grow

Rachael Grow still feels new to being an instructor in a formal setting but 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 there it was love at first stitch and she pursued learning as many different fiber arts as possible. She has a passion for art yarns, and loves to create projects with handmade yarns when time allows. When Rachael isn’t frolicking with fiber she is playing with her family in Portland Oregon.

Teresa Waldo

Teresa Waldo combines her passion for teaching with her passion for crafting. She has taught elementary and special education for 30+ years and adult crafting classes for 10+ years. Teresa has been knitting since age 5 and fell down the spinning rabbit hole 17 years ago. Teresa loves sharing her excitement for anything fiber related with others and has a keen ability to break a skill down into manageable steps. She makes sure all her students are successful and that they leave with a new skill. Teresa has taught knitting and spinning classes in shops around the Pacific Northwest and at regional conferences and festivals. She resides in Auburn WA.

Christina (Chris) M Bush

Chris began weaving 9 years ago when she met a local weaver at a craft bazaar. In 2018 she began instructing friends and then classes every now and then. In 2019 she began traveling to different shops in the Puget sound to instruct new weavers on the craft of basket weaving. She thoroughly enjoys weaving baskets and creating new designs and recreating traditional baskets. Chris loves instructing new weavers and makes sure that you enjoy your time weaving in class.

Rosanne Anderson

I've been a fiber fan for about a zillion years, to include raising my own small flock of non- lamb burger sheep. I especially enjoy crocheting and want to share that with other inquiring minds! I try to attend many conferences throughout the year not only to teach, but to take more classes and increase my own knowledge and appreciation of others' talents. So many gifted fiber artists out there!

 

Michele Lee Bernstein

Michele Lee Bernstein, PDXKnitterati, designs and teaches from her home base in Portland, Oregon. She loves designing accessories, especially if they use one or two skeins of very special yarn. She’s fond of texture (brioche, lace, entrelac, elongated stitches), and loves using interesting techniques to make small objects sing. Her patterns are available through Ravelry and Payhip. Michele loves teaching knitters to be the boss of their knitting! She teaches at fiber festivals (Vogue Knitting Live, Red Alder Fiber Arts Festival, Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival), guild meetings, retreats, and local yarn shops. Her new book, Brioche Knit Love: 21 Skill Building Projects from Simple to Sublime combines her love for teaching and designing, using simple accessories to take knitters from the easiest one color brioche through more complex brioche techniques. Michele blogs about knitting, food, and music at PDXKnitterati.com. You can also find her on Instagram, Facebook, Ravelry, YouTube, and Twitter; she’s PDXKnitterati on all platforms.

Rosey Covert

Rose is a sculptural weaver and maker who works with natural materials. She weaves baskets & sculptural forms, is a wild form crochet weaver, a painter and a ceramicist. She also teaches children and adults.

Diane McKinnon

Diane McKinnon is an avid weaver and spinner who especially enjoys seeing her students discover their own potential as they have fun with fibers. Diane studied weaving during college. She did additional color, textile, and weaving studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Attending conference classes, working in a weaving shop, and doing production weaving increased her skills and knowledge. She teaches at The Black Sheep Gathering, NwRSA’s Annual Conference, Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival, and holds regular fiber classes in the Thistle Patch Fiber Studio at her home. She was honored to be selected as an Invitational Artists for 2012 Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. Diane is an enthusiastic spinner as well and she uses her collection of looms to weave her special yarns into unique hand-woven items.

Kay Klose

A wearable art designer working with wool and other natural fibers, I create elegant, durable clothing and accessories. Based in Newport Oregon and Nayarit Mexico, I teach felting and design fashions for events raising money for young women's college scholarships. I have a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts. Raised on a farm in N. California I grew up working sheep and active in 4-H and FFA.

Christine Thomas-Flitcroft

Christine Thomas-Flitcroft has been spinning and weaving for about forty years. She studied weaving at the University of Idaho and wool and sheep production at both University of Idaho and Montana State University. Chris is the owner of Aurora Colony FiberArts and maintains a small flock of Border Leicester and English Leicester sheep on her family farm in Aurora Oregon. She specializes in selling a multitude of fibers for spinning, felting and related fiber arts. She is also interested in antique spinning wheels and often rescues them for restoration and resale. Chris teaches spinning workshops and her current interest is tapestry weaving Navajo style. In her work she uses hand spun yarns spun on Navajo spindles and spinning wheels along with commercial yarns.

Lisa Ellis

Lisa Ellis is owner of a wholesale pattern line, designs for yarn companies and is a 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. Her passion is taking knitters to the next level. Lisa is a native of Washington state.

Kitty Bryan

Kitty Bryan is a knitter whose work showcases variegated yarn and exotic fibers. Traveling the US and Canada, she teaches design techniques that accentuate a fiber's unique character, color, and fabric behavior. Her designs feature the Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze, Absoulute Qiviut, and Alexandra - The Art of Yarn.

Judy Taylor/ Rosey Covert
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