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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Lisanne Miller

Lisanne Miller will be teaching a Holiday Punch Pillow class from 9:am to 12:pm in Classroom C1.  When you sign up for class you can choose one of three beautiful kits to make.  We are happy to have Lisanne join us this year:

Lisanne first held a hook at the age of fourteen as part of the Bi-Centennial Celebration of America—hooking a simple chair pad from some of her mother’s old wool suits.  The hook, wool, extra burlap and chair pad traveled with her in her mother’s cedar chest until a dear friend one day revealed that she had a new interest she just loved—primitive rug hooking.  Lisanne has never looked back or put her hook down since creating and designing whimsical, wonderful pieces of modern day folk art.

Lisanne is the owner of P is for Primitive as well as a Master Craftsmen of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi—recently named as one of the Top 40 Artists,   Regional Coordinator for ATHA (Association of Traditional Hooking Artists), President of The Magnolia Wool Dust Society, ATHA Chapter #114, and her rugs have appeared in several ATHA publications as well as the most recent book by Jessie Turbayne. Lisanne’s work will be featured in the new book, “Top 40 at 40” due out October 2013.
Lisanne teaches across the United States privately and has taught and/or is teaching at Hooked in the Mountains, Star of Texas, Green Mountain Rug School, ATHA Region 1 School and Caraway Rug School.
For More Information: please visit Lisanne’s website www.pisforprimitive.com

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Roiana Buckmaster

Roiana will be teaching Beginning Shuttle Tatting – “Oh Yes, You CAN Tat!” in Classroom C1 from 1pm – 4pm.  Here’s a bit about Roiana:

Roiana Buckmaster currently lives in Mount Pleasant, TN, where she is working with her husband Mike and youngest son, Nick to build a flock of Icelandic and other heritage sheep breeds.  Roiana learned the art of tatting from Grandma Irene Buckmaster 27 years ago and promised to teach others in return

 

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Jennifer Lambert

Jennifer will be teaching Weaving a Lamb  in Classroom A2 from 9am – 12pm.  Here’s the scoop on Jennifer:

Jen Lambert is a fiber farmer. She raises Angora goats, Angora rabbits, Shetland and Icelandic sheep, Broad Breasted Bronze turkeys, ducks, and 8 different breeds of chickens. She shears and processes the fiber from her goats and sheep, then dyes and cards them into luxurious batts and rovings used by spinners and filters. She also utilizes the feathers from her flocks for jewelry and mixed media forms.

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Mimi Kezer

Mimi will be teaching The Chinese Waitress Cast on and Other Curiosities in Classroom A1 from 9am – 12pm and Knitted Bead Cuff Bracelet in Classroom A1 from 1pm – 4pm.  Here is a little Mimi info:

After pursuing music and worship arts for 20 years, Mimi Kezer has spent the last six years teaching, encouraging and empowering knitters in their own creative pursuits. From instructing in local yarn shops to fiber festivals to her own video tutorials, this self-described “technique maven” relishes making the complex simple and enabling knitters to walk in new places of confidence in their work. Mimi also designs for her own knitting line, Pastiche Knitwear, and is addicted to making colorful, beautiful things.

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