Meet Our Keynote Speaker
Barbara first became interested in felt making at the Missouri Fiber Retreat in Jefferson City over 15 years ago, and thereafter became obsessed.
After attending many classes and workshops in Missouri in both needle and wet felting with well-known instructors like Martien Van Zuillen (Austrailia), Mehmet Girgic (Turkey), Bonnie Ahrens (U.S.), Joi Chupp (U.S.) and Jean Liu (China), she traveled to Vermont to work with Sharon Costello. She began enrolling in online felting classes with Australian felter Pam de Groot and Canadian felter extraordinaire, Fiona Duthie.
Barbara's Big Adventure
Barbara has created many felted garments, vessels, sculptures, boots, mittens, jewelry, hats and more using the techniques learned during her international travel experiences.
She is also an avid knitter, crocheter, potter, weaver, painter, basket weaver, spinner and more.
Her big adventure in felting occurred in 2017, when she was accepted to be one of 12 international students attending a nine-day felt making experience in the Shetland Islands, off the northern coast of Scotland. This amazing opportunity with Fiona Duthie will be the subject of her keynote address.
She became involved with the Christianson Native Craft Workshop in 1993, has directed the event seven times, and is an active member of their Board of Directors. She founded Shannondale Craft Camp at the same location, and directed it from 2003-2014.
Barbara will be discussing her incredibly wonderful experience in Shetland, and will also talk about the exciting world of resist felting, creating/using augmented resists, and how to incorporate what you see around you into your felt making.