Darlene Dralus

Darlene will be teaching Drop Spinning for Beginners in Classroom B1 from 1pm – 1:30pm.

Darlene came to the fiber arts relatively late, but has been knitting for the last 8 years and spinning for the last 6. She credits The Knaughty Knitter for her introduction to fiber and for providing a great space to practice and learn. She enjoys regular spinning circles with the Nashville Spinsters and classes with Lynn Vogel. Alpaca is her fiber of choice.

 

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Galyna Batewell

Galyna will be teaching The Mystique of Russian Lace in Classroom B2 from 1pm – 3pm.  A little about Galyna:

My life started in a small town in the south- eastern part of the Ukraine, former republic of the Soviet Union. I am a teacher by profession & by heart. Love to teach and share my knowledge with others. Graduated Kiev Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages, with a Masters degree in English & Spanish and worked as an English & Spanish teacher for 11 years in the Ukraine. In 1993 I came to USA and worked as a teacher of Ukrainian literature, language, history & art at the private school run by the Christian Orthodox Russian church for Ukrainian- Americans in New York , NY. In 1995 I got married and moved to Tennessee and now live on a small ranch in Ethridge, TN. In August 2012 I became a proud Citizen of the USA!

Since being a little girl I spent a lot of time with my Grandmother. All my life growing up I was taught by my Grandmother how to knit & crochet.. And now nearly 50 years later the crochet hook which my Grandmother gave to me is still in my hands.

But to tell you the truth I never learned to spin from my Grandmother. In 2006 I leaned to spin & now it’s the new passion of my life. I spin on several different wheels and on different spindles too, including Russian way of spinning & creating Orenburg gossamer web yarn. I am collecting not only spinning wheels but spindles too. My ETSY shop is https://www.etsy.com/shop/Lusy. My work – no , it is not work, it is doing something that I enjoy. I’ve written 2 articles for Spin Off Magazine & Piecework. I offer private lessons in spinning, knitting & crocheting.

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The Quilting Instructors

RJ Haddle will be teaching Quilting along with Tammy Lillegard, Gretchen Jordan and Pat Johnson in Classroom D from 9am – Noon and 1pm – 4pm.  You will be in two sessions to complete your project.

R.J. Hadle is a weaver and sewer of all things.  Quilting is one favorite way of using up fabric and getting something useful and beautiful.  R.J. lives on a small farm outside Murfreesboro and is content doing chicken and goat related chores…

Tammy Lillegard has been quilting since 1984.  She continures to take classes and teaches others.  Her love of quilts was the reason she took her first quilting class in 1984.  There were too many quilts she wanted to own.  The first class was a sampler of 12 blocks all hand pieced and hand quilted.  Now in the 21st century she prefers to piece by machine and send out her quilts to be quilted.  Quilting has always been a way to find like minded friends in any community she lives in.  She has lived in Murfeesboro since 1997 when her husband retired from the Air Force.

Gretchen Jordan has been married 51 years and enjoys qulting.  She started quilting after her daughter learned to quilt and encouraged her to try.  Gretchen loves quilting because it gives her an opportunity to make something pretty and usful for herself and others.

Pat Johnson was brought up by a mother that loved quilting, hence some of that knowledge rubbed off.  She uses the experience to sew with a local quilting group and has learned more about quilting and piecing to give her the confidence to make a few quilts on her own.  She lives in the country and loves sewing, cooking and just hanging out with her kids

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Gayle Roberts

Gayle will be teaching Needle Felted Santa in Classroom B2 from 9am – 12pm.  Many of you have seen the sweet sheepies floating around fiber festivals from Gayle’s classes….here is your chance to felt a lovely Christmas ornament:

Gayle Roberts of Wild Hair Studio has been an artist for over 25 years.  She is an accomplished felter and enjoys sharing her felting knowledge through her workshops and classes.  Wild Hair Studio carries a selection of rovings and fleeces raised on their family farm, including wool from their flock of purebred Romeldale/CVM sheep.

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Weave with The Knaughty Knitter

Weave for Fun! – Saturday Nov 2 at the Fiber in the Boro – 10-4. The looms are already warped and you can come in and try them out. We’ll teach you some basics, you can weave a scarf, table runner or just a piece of fabric you’ll sew into something later! Use one color or many. You can just relax and enjoy the easy part of the weaving without all the hassle of warping – take that class later if you need to. Class is $30 for two hours and you purchase the yarn to weave with (weft) or pay a small materials fee to use a lot of different yarns from the store stash. Sign up in advance to assure your color choices and a time to weave.

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Jason Lambert

Jason will be teaching Needle Felt an Angry Bird Character in Classroom A2 from 1pm – 4pm.  Check it out.

Jason learned to needle felt while helping his Mom in her Three Creeks Farm booth.  He lives in Murfreesboro, TN with his wife, two dogs and two ferrets.

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Lynne Vogel

The Doctor is “IN”.   We are happy to announce  fiber artist Lynne Vogel will be joining us this year to share her knowledge, experience and creativity.  Festival guests will be able to sign up for a free 20 minute session with Lynne as she guides you over whatever hump you need a little help with.  Need a jumpstart on your spinning? What about that nagging knitting or crochet question? Lynne can help spinners with color questions, drafting style, yarn weight, yarn texture, plying techniques, and wheel fine-tuning. She can help both right and left hand knitters regardless of knitting style. She can also help with crochet and dyeing questions. There is room for you to bring your wheel or you can practice on hers. She will have wheels set up for fine spinning to heavy textured yarns. There will be fiber available for practice or you may bring your own. Knitters and crocheters, please bring your own supplies. {These sessions are for those who already know how to spin, knit, etc. Beginning classes are available morning and afternoon.}  Sign up for sessions will be available the day of the festival and limited to one per person.

Lynne Vogel (http://handspuncentral.blogspot.com/2013/09/so-much-happening.html)  is an internationally recognized spinner, author and designer of handknits. She has been designing with handspun yarns since 1984 and can happily count Rita Buchanan, Kathryn Alexander, Judith McKenzie McCuin and the late Luisa Gelenter among her mentors. She enjoys spinning everything from laceweight to tailspun, worsted to long draw and has taught spinning nationwide, specializing in color spinning with handpainted top. She is also a consummate dyer, both with natural and synthetic dyes. We are thrilled that she is also a local Tennessean. Her friendly demeanor and flexible teaching style will make you feel right at home. You can find her patterns online at www.ravelry.com/designers/lynne-vogel

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Beth Collier-Shafer

Beth will be teaching Introduction to Spinning in Classroom B1 from 9am – 12pm.  Check out the class and a little about Beth:

Beth Collier-Shafer has been spinning for almost 8 years.  She and her husband Steve own Three Creeks Farm, a small family farm in Charlotte, TN where they have sheep, goats and a variety of numerous spinning demonstrations often dressed in 18th century or civil war era clothing and enjoys sharing her love of spinning with anyone who will listen.  She also needle felts and does various types of dyeing; including natural, food coloring and chemical dyes.

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Jill Wood

Jill will be teaching Triangle Loom Weaving in Classroom C from 9am – 12pm.  The looms are included in the class fee….what a great way to get started weaving.

Jill Wood, the owner of Amish Country Fibers in Lawrenceburg, TN, has been spinning for 18 years and teaching spinning, weaving, and all the steps involved in making a shawl from shearing sheep to weaving on the Tri-loom for 7 years. She is the main actor in the Sheep to shawl video by Annamadeitproductions & teaches a twice a year seminar on this very same thing. She has had classes at The Middle Tennessee Fiber festival for several years.

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Gina Levesque

Gina will be teaching Purples and Blacks from Natural Dyes in Classroom E from 1pm – 4pm.  Please welcome Gina:

Artist Gina Levesque has been working in traditional fiber arts since a young girl.  Gina works with natural dye stuffs, weaving, rug hooking, spinning, and traditional penny rug construction.  Due to her love of the outdoors and training as a biologist, she finds the natural world to be the greatest influence on her work.  She remains true to the roots of these traditional fiber arts by incorporating some recycled materials into her finished pieces.  Many times she works with wool to create her one-of-a-kind pieces.

Although primarily self taught, she has also attended numerous workshops and classes with noted master dyers and instructors such as Michelle Whipplinger (Earth Hues), Lisel Orlend, and Laura Strand.

As an instructor, she has conducted classes, workshops, demonstrations, and given lectures on natural dyes at various locations throughout the country.  She has taught classes in natural dyeing and shibori at numerous venues including City Arts Center (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), Multi Arts Studio (Stillwater, Oklahoma), The Fiber Event (Greencastle, Indiana), Fiber Christmas (Kelleyville, Oklahoma), Middle Tennessee Fiber Festival (Dickson, Tennessee) Project WILD Regional Facilitators Workshop (Kansas), and Wool Fest (Washington, Indiana) as well as lecturing to numerous quilting, spinning, and rug hooking groups on the topic.

Her fiber art business, Across Generations, provides supplies and beginning projects to those interested in rug hooking, penny rugs, and natural dyeing.  Gina holds memberships in The Tulsa Rug Hooking Guild, The Tulsa Handweavers Guild, Murrell Home Fiber Arts Guild, and Natural Dyes International.

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