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,
and registration coming soon!
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.
LeBrie Rich has been exploring the visual possibilities and emotional resonance of felted wool for the last 15 years. Her work has appeared internationally in a variety of settings including museums, galleries, storefront windows and art-vending machines. She has been teaching people to felt since 2006 and has a reputation for facilitating fun, upbeat workshops with a high level of individualized attention for each student. Find her Portland workshops at PenFelt.com.
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.
Hazel Spencer is owner, with her husband Randy, of Hazel Rose Looms and has been making small weaving looms since Oct of 2000. She has been teaching weaving for many year. Making clothing & other useful items for the home is her favorite use of her hand woven fabric.
Judy Taylor has been hooking rugs and teaching for nigh onto, well, for a really long time! Both of her rug hooking books won the eLit Book Awards, and she's recently released her new book, T-Shirt Treasures, with everything you need to know to make beautiful, durable, machine-washable hand hooked rugs that will last for generations, with T-shirts!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Kitty Bryan is a designer who focuses on showcasing hand-dyed yarn. Travelling the USA and Canada, she teaches students to accentuate a yarn’s unique fiber, color, and stitch behavior. Her designs, available on Ravelry, have featured The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze, Jacques Cartier, Alexandra – The Art of Yarn, and Malabrigo.
Besides managing her small family sheep farm, and being half of the Bellwether Wool Company, Linda Hansen brings her skills as a music teacher and a fleece and livestock judge to sharing her love of fiber arts. She is a weaver, spinner, dyer, felter, knitter, basket weaver and quilter, and has taught spinning both privately and in workshops.
Diane McKinnon is an avid weaver and spinner who especially enjoys seeing her students discover their own potential as they have fun with fibers. Her first loom was a rigid heddle loom that she bought while she was still in high school. Diane went on to study 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 for two years in a weaving shop, and doing production weaving increased her skills and knowledge over the years. 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. She especially enjoys sharing the wonders of weaving with beginning weavers.
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.
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.
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.
Amy Snell is a knitter, instructor, and designer with an eye for the unusual or unusually captivating. Her designs explore contrasting colors, geometry, textures and unusual construction and have been published by Knit Picks, Cast On magazine, Morehouse Farm Merino, and the Sun and Fog Collection, and LoveCrafts. Amy loves to help other knitters explore new techniques and expand the way they think about their knitting. She has been teaching for over 15 years both regionally and at national events such as Vogue Knitting Live, Fiberworld, and Rhinebeck, and frequently shares tips and tricks on her website, DeviousKnitter.com
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.