Fiber Daze 2016 Instructors
Barb Arnold has been teaching at different fiber weekends for the last 8 years and has been crafting since she can remember. “I haven't met a fiber related craft that I didn't like.” She enjoys sharing her love of crafts with other fiber folks. She lives in the country with her alpacas, llama, sheep, dogs and cats.
Nancy Barnett had been spinning and raising sheep for 31 years. She has been raising Angora rabbits for 29 years. She has shared her knowledge at festivals in MN, WI, IA, MO, TN and AR. She lives in the Missouri Ozarks in a rock schoolhouse built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and has received two sustainable agriculture awards. She raises Shetland, Border Leicester, and Blue Face Leicester sheep and English, French and Satin Angora rabbits.
Ginger Bogle has been crafting since contracting the measles at the age of eight. Her mom taught her to crochet while she was recuperating in the hopes it would make her less crabby! After years of afghans and scarves, she moved on to knitting, weaving and learning to spin. Being exposed to Scrumbling has her excited about crocheting again and her husband's new loom has her weaving every day instead of just now and then. She and Ken live near Oronogo, MO with 3 alpacas, 5 Saint Bernards, 2 mutts, and 1 very lazy cat.
Colleen Brooks has been knitting for 40+ years and has worn hand knit socks every day since 2008. She knits, spins, dyes, and weaves at every possible moment. One of her greatest pleasures is sharing and teaching the fiber crafts with others.
George Canfield and Garrett are the owners of Plus 4 Leather in Springfield Mo. We create geek and sporting leather products and sell at shows around the Midwest.
Joi Chupp met her first fiber animals after moving to Missouri and then the fun began. With all the fiber they produce Joi looks for ways to use as much as possible as quickly as possible, so naturally felting has become her passion. Not wanting to waste any fiber she also loves coiled baskets and other useful products.
Dorothy Cliff owner of WeaverBirds Rugs has officially transferred her book store in Granby Mo. into a weaving studio this year. She has been weaving for over 10 years and considers herself a rag rug weaver. Fabric is her choice for weaving a variety of items. She weaves rugs, runners, and tote bags that she sells at a local farmers market and in her shop. She also has her hand woven items being sold in a couple other shops. She recently set up a website and hopes to start listing her rugs on that site. Weaverbirdsrugs.com She love to teach weaving and offers classes in her studio. She believes in recycling so almost everything she makes is out of recycled fibers. Saving the planet: "One pair of jeans at a time"
Judy Crouch has been spinning and playing with fibers for over 30 years and still love it. She retired from being a paramedic for many years and have more time to teach fiber classes, spinning classes and felting classes. She loves helping people develop a real appreciation of the natural fibers that we have available to us. She is a grandmother and great grandmother and that is her other passion.
Jonee Davis (Wheaton, MO) – Jonee is from Wheaton, Missouri. She has been active in the fiber arts since 1991. She first learned to weave then took up spinning. She is also an avid crocheter while dabbling in all the other aspects relating to fibers. She feels that we are never too young or too old learn new things about the world of fiber arts and loves to share whatever knowledge she has with others. Jonee has raised animals all her life. She and her husband are the caretakers of a multitude of livestock that come with a farm.
Jane Deason lives just west of Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband and a plethora of animals. She has been involved with the fiber world for over 25 years. They have a variety of animals which include goats, rabbits, sheep, cat and a horse that thinks she is human. She enjoys everything fiber related and tries her best to be a fiber enabler to all that she comes into contact with.
Peggy Doney has always loved color. A sweater pattern with patches of subtle color led her to learn to dye. Now, she has joined her love of fiber with her color fascination, taking every opportunity to demonstrate and teach what she has learned.
Robin Goatey is an award winning full time festival craftsman working Fiber Festivals in the Midwest. Inspired by Tolkien’s Legendarium, he started carving Ents, Wizards and Castles after reading the Hobbit four decades ago. Woodcarving, Woodturning, Hand Built Ceramics, Hot and Cold Glass, Coppersmithing, Enameling, Broom Making, Tool Making, Spinning & Navajo Style Weaving are current specialties. Teaching the Traditional Crafts is a passion. He also conducts a lively online trade in ‘Heirloom Quality Hand Made Fiber Tools.
Teresa Goatey is a Weaver, Spinner & Rug Hooker. The Fiber Arts have been a passion for 30 years. Concentration has always been on original designs in rug hooking and skills building in Spinning and Weaving. A desire to understand processes from beginning to end is the Genesis of Oak Knoll Farm. Our flock of Shetland and Finnish Landrace Sheep provide the wool for many of our projects and products. Our Maremma dog, Bear keeps an eye on all of it.
Elyse Hargis From a very young age Elyse has had a strong interest in animals and fiber. So she learned how to crochet from her grandmother at the young age of six. From there she started making all types of things from hats to slippers and afghans. Her interest just grew from there. Working for St Johns paramedics in Aurora, MO she was introduced to spinning and fiber by her partner Judy Crouch. She was hooked in no time! Time was limited for her interests because she worked full time for St Johns and was raising her 7 kids as well as taking care of her lil fiber farm. On June 10, 2007 her life changed dramatically. She was in a horrible multiple rollover truck accident. She had a broken neck, broken back and had multiple other injuries. Sadly, she came to the realization that she could no longer do her job of 15 years that she loved of working for St. John's paramedics. It was very hard to realize that she was permanently disabled. After a long rehabilitation time and all her kids pretty much grown she realized that she could spend more time doing more of the spinning, dyeing and fiber things that had been on the back burner for years. She loves teaching about her fiber obsession. Spinning, dyeing, lesser known wools, polymer clay, angora and SILK! She takes care of a small flock of sheep and a mohair goat. She also cares, shows and breeds angora rabbits. English, French, Satin, Blue Eyed White French and English.
Lorry McDonald is an avid spinner who is enrolled in the Master Spinner program at Olds College in Alberta, Canada. She is a member of several fiber Guilds and just plain loves fiber. Creating works of art with fiber is a passion of hers and includes both wet and needle felting along with spinning. She lives on a small farm with her Icelandic sheep, alpacas and angora goat wethers.
Jan McGrath is an IT Professional during the day and a fiber junky at night. She loves spinning, weaving and basket making. She started weaving baskets about 7 years ago and her mentor moved and asked her to start teaching in her area. She found that she lovee teaching and building baskets with incredible people.
Darlene Megli lives in SW Mo. with her sheep and alpacas. She is co-owner of A Twist In Time with BF Judy Crouch. They vend and teach at several shows in the mid-west. She has been involved in the fiber arts for 25 or so years and loves teaching and sharing what she learned with others. Spinning, weaving, dyeing, oh my----they are all so much fun!
Nancy Meyers and her husband live on a farm in Arkansas and raise Alpaca & Shetland sheep. She has been knitting for 15 years which then led to spinning and raising her own fiber. “There is a real joy in spinning then knitting yarn from animals you raised and care for.”
Liz Mitchko along with her mom Linda, own Whirlwind Ranch in Lebanon, Missouri raising alpacas for more than 20 years. Liz has been weaving on the ridgid heddle loom for many years and enjoys incorporating a wide assortment of textures and weights of yarns in her award winning pieces that she sells. Many of her pieces incorporate yarn from their own herd that she hand dyes.
Patti Ruether owns Alpaca Patti's Fiber Farm. She has a spinner's flock of sheep, angora goats, and alpaca, and is experienced in weaving, knitting, and spinning. She is currently a Master Spinner Level 4, working on Level 5. She and her husband, Greg, live in Hillsdale, Kansas with all their animals and their two dogs, Hazel and Lucy.
Diana Armes Wallace loving the properties of Icelandic wool, Mohair & Angora fibers, Diana continues to mix and create all sorts of fibery things. She enjoys using Old World processing tools; Viking Combs and Hackles are a mainstay in her life of fiber processing. Collecting and growing natural dye stuffs on the farm, along with some purchased items rounds out her menagerie of playful fibery products.