2023 WORKSHOPS

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SPIN AND WEAVE A BEJEWELED SCARF
with Angela Schneider

Angela Schneider is a weaver, spinner, knitter, and enthusiast for all textile structures from the common to the esoteric. She earned degrees in engineering, math, and art, and a Master Spinner certificate from Olds College of Alberta, Canada. Angela worked in the telecom industry as a programmer, network engineer, and trainer. She uses math and language as design inspiration and explores improvisation in weaving. She teaches multiple fibers arts and is known as a patient and encouraging teacher. Angela is also the Project Editor for Long Thread Media, working on Handwoven, Easy Weaving with Little Looms, Spin Off, and PieceWork magazines.


WEAVING CHAIRS WITH COLOR AND PATTERN
with Brandy Clements and Dave Klingler
"Brandy & Dave are the owners of Silver River Center for Chair Caning in Asheville, NC, the nation's only fully dedicated chair caning school and museum. As a 4th generation Chair Caner, Brandy is a Heritage Member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and the school is an official education center of the guild. Aside from teaching a variety of classes in their River Arts District studio, they also teach at John C Campbell Folk School & Arrowmont. Brandy & Dave are respected educators and ambassadors of the endangered craft, demonstrating and lecturing at the Folk Art Center, The William King Museum, Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, The Furniture Society's Annual Conference, and for many other organizations around the country. Brandy & Dave have taught over 300 sessions to 180 students in their shop at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. They teach a younger generation as much as possible, welcoming field trips and clubs, incorporating arts integration at Hanger Hall School for Girls, encouraging at risk youth for the United Way's Kids at Work Week, and even a whirlwind 3-day class teaching splint weaving to the entire 4th grade of an elementary school in SC. They have hosted Haywood Community College's Professional Woodworking students, Penland students from a chair making class, and individual chair makers who want to incorporate woven elements into their designs. Silver River's mission is to inspire a reverence for a worldwide chair caning legacy and to promote and perpetuate the craft."


FOUR DYES MANY COLORS
with Catharine ELlis
"Catharine Ellis has been a weaver and a dyer for over 40 years. After three decades of teaching the Fiber Program at Haywood Community College in NC she is now dedicated to studio work, focusing on natural dye processes. She also does specialized, selected teaching in the U.S. and internationally. Recent projects include teaching natural dyeing in Guatemala through Mayan Hands. Catharine is the originator of the woven shibori process and author of the instructional book, Woven Shibori (Interwoven Press, 2005, revised 2016). Her textile work is shown extensively in exhibitions and shows."


MARBLING WITH TANNINS
with Eileen Hallman
Eileen has been obsessed with cotton since the early 1980s when she learned to spin her homegrown colored cotton on a great wheel. She graduated quickly to the charkha. While she does spin and weave with other fibers, the organic cottons are her passion. She is involved in research on organic, naturally pigmented, and recycled cottons and in the development of spinning slivers and yarns from these cottons. She is not committed to 100% cotton products; she also blends these cottons with other natural fibers to provide cotton spinners with a wide selection of cotton-rich fibers to choose from. In 2005 she took up natural dyeing seriously, and fell in love with indigo. Every year since then she has grown indigo and other dye plants and experimented with the fresh indigo non-vat techniques, especially with their application to cellulose. There is a dual fascination with both the color play and the weave structure. To that end, she trademarked and introduced Dye-Lishus® cotton, a cotton that has been treated to accept any dye readily without extra chemicals, using less dye, water, and energy. In addition to spinning fiber, tools, and yarn, she launched a fabric line with four styles with different patterns of treated and untreated yarns. In 2018 she embarked on a study to recreate the natural colors used in marbling before the use of synthetics. She learned to make paints and inks for marbling, and developed a technique to marble tannins prior to dyeing. She teaches cotton spinning, weaving, natural dyeing, and marbling with natural colors locally, nationally, and internationally.


ILLUMINATE YOUR FIBER ART
with Geri Forkner
Geri’s fiber art is defined by lifelong passions to make one of everything and save materials from the global scrap heap. She studied weaving and surface design at Georgia State University, guild workshops, and craft schools. As a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Geri combines her love of traditional processes with new techniques and technologies. She is a long time teacher to both children and adults and exhibits her award winning fiber art internationally. Geri recently finished a three month residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts as part of the Appalachian Craft and Culture Fellowship.


KNITTED LACE SHAWL -- DESIGN INTENSIVE
with Heather Storta
Heather is a TKGA certified Master Knitter, Tech Editor and Knitting Instructor. She is a board member and the Vice President of Education for TKGA. Heather is also a Co-Chair on the TKGA Master Hand Knitting committee, as well as a member of the Cast On editorial committee and the editor of TKGA’s K2TOG newsletter. She has been designing knitwear and teaching knitting for over 10 years. Her designs have been published in Cast On magazine and Knitscene, as well as Knitty and elsewhere. Heather resides in the Charlotte, NC area and is a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom of 2 boys. When she is not knitting, designing or teaching (her boys or knitters!) she can be found spinning yarn, reading or in the outdoors camping and hiking with her family. She can be found online at www.heatherstorta.com.


NOT YOUR AVERAGE GRANDPARENT (NEEDLE FELTED CHARACTER)
with Irene Heckle Volpe
Irene has been involved in fiber arts since 1986 when she began her “calling” as a teddy bear artist. She has created original designed handmade jointed mohair bears since then. Her work has been featured in several teddy bear industry publications both in the US and overseas. Starting in 2002, she began the art of needle felting. At that time there was very little information on needle felting, so through a lot of trial and error she taught herself. Also at the time she began using the needle felting in combination with her teddy bears to add a different dimension and expression to them. This mixing of media was also featured in several teddy bear publications and she continues to use this practice on some of the teddy bears. She also branched out into needle felted sculpture and continues this art form to the present time. She has taught needle felting since 2003, as she believes it is a wonderful creative way of expressing oneself. Since moving south, she has taught at South East Fiber Forum. She currently teaches at Klay Hawk Studio in Leicester, for Heritage Weavers and Fiber Arts at Historic Johnson Farm in Hendersonville and at Foothills Nature and Equestrian Center and Tryon Arts and Crafts School in Tryon. She also teaches programs for the GoFigure Figurative Art Guild and the WNCFHG and Smoky Mountain Knitting Guild. In addition to the needle felting classes, she also still teaches teddy bear making classes. She still finds teaching to be as rewarding now as it always has. She loves to see the look on students faces as they accomplish a goal they never thought possible, and to create a fun, learning atmosphere.


"GRAPH'IC DESIGN" -- PIXEL AND GRAPH BASED CROCHET DESIGN
with Katie Clark
Katie Clark has been crocheting and knitting for 30 years. For many years, she taught friends and family and anyone who would sit still long enough how to stitch. It finally occurred to her in 2009 to teach professionally and began offering classes at the Knit Studio in Jackson, Mississippi and the Bill Waller Craft Center in Ridgeland, Mississippi. She now teaches regionally and writes patterns as Katie Clark Crochet which are available on her website at www.katieclarkcrochet.com. Her first published pattern is available in the Spring 2019 issue of Interweave Crochet magazine. She is a proud member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, Chimneyville Weavers and Spinners Guild, and the National Needlearts Association. She lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband, daughter, two cats, and a ridiculous stash of yarn.


COMPOSE AND COMBINE: SEWING AND PIECING YOUR COLLECTED HANDMADE FABRICS
with Liz Spear

Liz says garment Sewing is one of her oldest skills, learned in the 60s and honed in the 90s at Haywood Community College where she realized she wanted to weave yardage, then cut-n-sew garments. Her teaching began in 1996 with Beginning Weaving at Penland. Today, Liz teaches Sewing and Nuno-felt-making for Fiber Guilds and Regional Conferences, as well as John C. Campbell Folk School and private classes.


L'AMOUR DE MAMAN -- ACADIAN WEAVING FROM FRENCH CANADA AND LOUISIANA
with MELISSA WEAVER DUNNING
Melissa Weaver Dunning is a hand-weaver, spinner and knitter with nearly 40 years of experience working on antique equipment to recreate 18th and 19th century home produced textiles. She began her textile study in 1980 with Scottish master weaver Norman Kennedy and carries on this rich tradition in her own teaching. Melissa is an avid tartan and linen weaver, a compulsive knitter and a lover of wool who enjoys sharing her passion for weaving and spinning with students. She is also a ballad singer, specializing in the ballads and songs of Ireland, Scotland and England from before Napoleon’s time.


SPINNING BEYOND WOOL -- VARIATIONS ON A DRAW
with Paula Vester
Paula started spinning 40 years ago, when she worked at Oatland Island Education Center in Savannah and continues her quest for knowledge in spinning and dyeing today. She has been sharing her experiences since the beginning, teaching formal classes since the mid-1980's. She has been active in the Peachtree Handspinners Guild since its beginning, demonstrating and participating in local and regional fiber groups. She has taught all through the Southeast, as well as at The Estes Park Wool Market in Colorado, the Taos Wool Market in New Mexico, The Northwest Regional Spinners Conference and other National and Regional Conferences. She loves sharing her joy and excitement with students.