Fiber Daze 2019 Instructors
Gravois Mills, MO
Deanna is a fiber artist and longtime spinner, weaver, and dyer. She loves to share her experience and knowledge with students of all ages. She makes handwoven garments from a variety of fiber and loves to spin and weave. She uses her experience with goats and goat milk to make the finest goat milk soap and lotion products, and shares her knowledge of essential oils and product creations with her students.
Barb has been teaching at different fiber weekends for the past 9+ years and has been crafting since she can remember. She hasn’t met a fiber related craft that she doesn’t like. Barb enjoys sharing her love of fiber crafts with other fiber folks. She lives in the country with her alpacas, llama, sheep, angora rabbits, dogs and cats.
Angela is married and a mom of three, working full time in the travel industry. In the evenings, Angela is an adjunct Knitting and Crochet instructor at Tulsa Technology Center. She also is the Beginning and Intermediate instructor at Get Stitchin' in Tulsa, OK. In her not so spare time she loves to knit, and usually has at least one knitting project traveling with her at all times. Angela is passionate about helping other of all ages and experience find joy in creating simple but elegant items using sticks and string.
Ash Grove, MO
Accountant by day and crafter by night! I live on a farm outside of Halltown, MO where we raise Hereford cattle and Jacob sheep.
I love all crafts and sharing my skills and creations with others.
Judy is a retired paramedic whose home is in Aurora, MO. She and her husband, Jim, raise Lincoln sheep and have been active in fiber arts for the past 35 years. She loves teaching others about the fiber arts and watching the excitement on the student’s faces as they learn. She is a spinner, weaver, and felter, both needle and wet felting. She loves learning new techniques and becoming proficient in them so that she can teach others. Judy has taught at private venues and festivals over the four-state area. She is a partner in A Twist in Time with her best friend, Darlene Megli.
Periodic John C Campbell Folk School Instructor, Woodcarver, Woodturner, Broom Maker, Folkways Instructor. Student of Folklore, Metallurgy, Spinning, Tapestry Weaving, Glass Making, Ceramics and Lapidary work. Making heirloom quality handmade items based on the Ancient Guild Trades and sharing the Folkways skills learned over a lifetime are the main focus of my artisan's practice and life. . . Past President of the of The Artisans Guild in southern Illinois and an award-winning craftsman participating in the global marketplace for handmade goods.
Teresa and her husband, Robin both retired from corporate-type jobs and bought a small farm in central Illinois. Teresa has enjoyed fiber arts for most of her life, sewing since her teens, rug hooking since 1980, spinning and weaving since 1994. Since retirement, her focus has been expanding and improving on her fiber skills and learning to care for her flock of Finn and Shetland sheep.
Barbara first became interested in felt making at the Missouri Fiber Retreat in Jefferson City over 15 years ago, and thereafter became obsessed. She teaches felt work and many other crafts in workshops, and has taught at the Missouri Fiber Retreat and Fiber U. Annually, she is the visiting artisan at Shaw Nature Reserve, where she has shared her love of felting with many students. Barbara often offers various craft classes in her rural home studios in South Central Missouri.
Mary has enjoyed weaving baskets for over 15 years. She lives in Newtonia, MO with her husband (who has his own hobbies of antique cars) and her four wonderful dogs. She believes that crafts should be fun and no project should look exactly like anyone else’s project.
Darlene lives on a farm in SW MO. She started spinning in 1989 of 1990, formed a business, "A Twist in Time" with her best friend Judy Crouch in 1992. She's been taking and teaching classes in many of the fiber festivals in the Midwest, Texas, and more.
Jane has taught knitting, crochet, and tatting at local and regional workshops for seven years. She learned these skills over 50 years ago as a teen. She also teaches sewing to adults and children at her local library. Jane is back at Fiber Daze for the third time.
Bex grew up in her mother’s (Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser, author of Continuous Strand Weaving Method and Nature Provides Dyes for Rainbows) weaving and dyeing studio. She has been weaving, spinning, natural dyeing, and knitting for over 35 years. Bex is currently a knitwear designer and owner of Hill Creek Yarn Shoppe in Columbia, MO. She and her husband travel to fIber festivals across the country to vend and teach knitting, natural dyeing, and weaving.
Lisa is a baker, caterer, and all-around expert collector of kitchen tools. Her fiber passion is Counted Cross Stitch. She lives in Stockton, MO with her 3 cats, Electra, Mr. Binks, & Sylvester.
Jefferson City, MO
Brenda lives in Central Missouri and is a self-taught needle felting artist who loves sharing her knowledge and passion.. Specializing in 3D, freeform Gnomes, she been in the art-fiber world for 50 years. Her Barefelt Gnomes are sold in stores, online, and at midwest shows. Raised on a large ranch in Upper Michigan, she started helping to bottle feed orphaned lambs as early as five years old. Thus began her love of wool, and her fiber usage started in 4H. Throughout her life, Brenda has taught many art disciplines, as well as sold and showed her artistic endeavors in many states. She also is a retired professional photographer.