Fiber Daze 2017 Instructors
Linda Arment always wanted to paint, but did not like the drying time. Landscape felting gives her just what she wants, “painting with wool”, no dry time. Fiber artistry has been a part of her life for over 40 years, everything from needlework as a child, to sewing, quilting, weaving, spinning, dyeing, and needle felting. The best and most important thing is that it allows her the joy of sharing and teaching others a small part of the fiber arts.
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, angora rabbits, dogs and cats.
Nancy Barnett (Barakel Farms) has been spinning and raising sheep for 32 years and teaching classes over the Midwest. She lives in the Missouri Ozarks with her husband of 52 years and a flock of Shetland, BFL, and Border Leicester Sheep along with Satin Angora rabbits.
Ginger Bogle (Jubilant Rest Farm/Weaver's Rapid Warp Loom) Gingers husband, Ken created this new form of weaving loom. She will demonstrate the differences between using this loom and a typical rigid heddle loom. Besides weaving, Ginger also spins, knits, and crochets. She and Ken live in the country with their alpaca and St. Bernards,
Carolynn Burns (JCB Farms) Fiber has been a part of my life since I was a young child. In the 80’s spinning dyeing and knitting became a large portion of my fiber interests and still is today. Basket coiling is an interesting form of yarn usage and a way to use leftover yarn.” Carolynn is also an accomplished seamstress, quilter, beader, color pencil artist, and makes gorgeous mosaics.
George Canfield (EDC Leather) George has been messing with leather most of his life. In partnership with Garrett Holt, he owns EDC Gun Leather and +4 Leather based in Springfield, MO. With Darlene Megli for a mother, he never had a chance, every time he saw something cool, she would challenge him to make it himself. Now he has a house and garage full of “interesting hobbies”.
Joi Chupp (Suits Us Farms) Joi is a Fiber Fanatic. She raises her own fiber animals and then tries to find as many ways as possible to use that fiber. Therefore, she loves felting as it uses fiber fast and is lots of fun. It is like being a kid again and playing with clay and rocks, etc. only now it is grown up play. Joi enjoys teaching others to appreciate the fiber arts and especially felting. There is very little that she won’t try to make out of felt.
Judy Crouch (A Twist in Time) is a retired paramedic and have been spinning, weaving, and playing with fibers for over 30 years as well as helping others learn the basics of fiber arts. She has been a partner with Darlene Megli in A Twist in Time for many years, and they have taken the business to many festivals and met many amazing people. Judy is accomplished in most all of the fiber arts including crochet, weaving, spinning, dyeing and lives in SW Missouri raising sheep.
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.
Peggy Doney (The 100th Sheep) has been fascinated by color since her first box of crayons. Now, she enjoys spinning, knitting, and dyeing those colors. She also loves to share what she has been learning, which lately involves some of the “theory” behind what she loves so much
Jannette Eitel is from Topeka, KS and has been basket weaving for nine years, teaching for 2. She also like to spin, weave, and felt. In her spare time, she races bicycles and is in for just about any adventure.
Robin Goatey (The Dancing Goats) is an award winning full time festival craftsman working Fiber Festivals in the Midwest. Inspired by Tolkien’s Legendarium, he stated 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 “Heirloon Quality Hand Made Fiber Tools”.
Teresa Goatey (The Dancing Goats) 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.
Kenneth Gossard has been knitting for 30+ years, mostly items that will be used in everyday wear. He find ethnic patterns and techniques the most interesting, as these have stood the test of time, and served as an important part of their history. He views knitting should be both relaxing, but not slow, as many knitters in the past have had to use their knitting as a way of making a living. He has primarily studied the Shetland Fair Isle patterns and techniques, with the use of a knitting belt. He loves to share the techniques that he has learned from the older generation of knitters that once had to make their living with their knitting.
Elyse Hargis (Hargis Wooly Acres) Elyse Spins, Dyes, Crochets, does Polymer Clay, Weaves, Makes Lotion Bars, and turns tee shirts into a wardrobe embellishment.
Cathy Krause (Willow Island Designs) Cathy was taught to knit as a young girl by her grandmother and then again as a young adult by her mom. She began journaling her fiber adventures in 2004. Together with her husband, she owns and operates Willow Island Designs, makes project bags and vends at fiber festivals. She is addicted to wool and owns an embarrassing amount of sewing machines. Cathy also is an accomplished spinner.
Mary McCreery first learned how to weave baskets in 1990. Then, was distracted with children for several years until they were grown and picked up the hobby again. It is very relaxing, challenging, and she ends up with a useful object. She likes to weave baskets that are to be used, not to set around as art objects. She lives in a rural area with her husband (who has his own hobbies…antique cars) and 3 “rare breed” dogs. Ok, so some call her dogs mutts. They are definitely rare breeds.
Lorry McDonald (Blackwater Treasures) is an avid spinner who is a graduate of the Master Spinner program offered by Olds College of Alberta, Canada. She is a member of the Kansas City Fiber Guild. Creating works of art with fiber is a passion of hers. She is skilled in dyeing, wet and needle felting along with spinning, She lives on a small farm with her Icelandic sheep, alpacas, and angora goat wethers.
Darlene Megli (A Twist in Time) lives in SW Missouri with her sheep and alpacas. She is co-owner of A Twist in Time with Judy Crouch. They vend their wares (spinning wheels, looms, fiber tools and notions as well as many kinds of fiber at Festivals throughout the middle US. Darlene teaches many fiber related skills at these festivals. And, she is also an accomplished crocheter. She has been involved in the fiber arts for about 24 years, TO quote Darlene, “Spinning, Weaving and Dyeing…Oh my,,,they are all so much fun!”
Nancy Meyers (My Little Black Sheep) lives in NW Arkansas the Garfield area with her husband and 3 Corgis. She has been crocheting , on and off, for the last 20 years and knitting for 15 years. She spins, weaves, and loves to custom dye fibers to make art batts for spinning. In addition to being a fiber enthusiast, Nancy also enjoys Heirloom sewing and is a Martha Pullen Licensed instructor.
Jane Millette has conducted workshops and classes for over 29 years in several states and overseas, She learned to knit as a child and enjoys passing along the skills. In addition to knitting, Jane has won awards for her crochet, needlepoint, and tatting. She also teaches sewing. Jane lives in NW Arkansas.
Bex Oliger (Hill Creek Yarn Shoppe) grew up in her mother, Carol Leigh Brock-Kaiser’s weaving & dyeing studio. She learned the basics of fiber arts through osmosis. Bex has been knitting for 30 years. She teaches knitting, weaving, and dyeing at shows all over the country. She currently owns Hill Creek Yarn Shoppe in Columbia, MO.
Patti Ruether (Alpaca Patti's Fiber Farm) has a spinner’s flock of sheep, angora goats, and alpaca. She is experienced in weaving, knitting, and spinning. She and her husband, Greg, live in Hillsdale, KS with their two dogs, Lucy and Hazel.
Tammy Taylor (Black Water Treasures) has always lived in a creative atmosphere where hand crafting and creating is a way of life. She has worked in many fiber/fabric mediums, but her love of strings and colorful threads brought her to a special love of Kumihimo, Nailbending and Sprang. Always learning new techniques, Tammy is especially happy when she is able to share her knowledge and encourage other people to learn these beautiful ancient arts.