2017 Middle TN Fiber Festival Instructors
I have always wanted to paint, but did not like the drying time. Landscape felting gives me just what I want, “painting with wool”, no drying time. Fiber artistry has been a part of my life for over 40 years. Everything from needle work as a child to sewing, quilting, weaving, spinning, dying and needle felting. The best and most important thing is that it allows me the joy of sharing and teaching others a small part of the fiber arts. ( I was unable to attach photos, so will send them in an email.)
Nancy Barnett – Barakel Farm
Nancy Barnett lives in the Missouri Ozarks and has been spinning and raising sheep for 31 years and Angora Rabbits for 28 years. Nancy raises Shetland, Border Leicester, and Blue Face Leicester Sheep and French, English, Satin and German Angora Rabbits and sells breeding stock and processed rovings. She is a popular teacher at several Missouri fiber events throughout the year and has taught at The Fiber Event in Greencastle, IN, Middle Tennessee Fiber Fair, Dickson, TN, Southern Indiana FiberArts Festival, Corydon, IN, Shepherd’s Harvest, Lake Elmo, MN, Fiber Christmas, Kellyville, OK, Michigan Fiber Fest, Allegan, MI and Wisconsin Sheep and Wool, Jefferson, WI. She is the winner of two Sustainable Agriculture Grants, one of which is for her Angora/Wool socks. She lives with her husband, Bill, in a l935 rock schoolhouse constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Patty Benton has been a hand-spinner for the last 12 years. She has taught classes at Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival in Crock Pot dying and Using a Blending Board. She also makes wall hangings on a tapestry loom and place mats and rugs using re-purposed materials on a floor loom. She and Nancy Shedden are Fiber Artisans in the Knoxville Area Farmer’s Markets as Two Warped and Twisted Gals
Roiana Buckmaster – Buckmaster Family Farm
Roiana Buckmaster currently lives in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, where she is working with her husband Mike and youngest son Nick to build a flock of Icelandic and other heritage sheep breeds. Roiana learned the art of tatting from Grandma Irene Buckmaster 27 years ago, and promised to teach others in return.
Kim Caulfield – Far Out Farm
My love to spinning began when someone showed me a drop spindle at a day camp forty years ago. I had to get one of my own, and soon I was taking weaving lessons, as well. A spinning wheel and loom traveled to high school and college with me. My mother says the idea of raising sheep was my notion, but I think it was hers. In any case, we now breed Romney, Cotswold, and Shetland sheep in middle Tennessee. We also run a custom wool processing mill. Somehow a fascination with history and spinning grew into a collection of unusual spinning wheels. I’m pretty sure the drop spindles started multiplying on their own, although I have helped the collection along many times. My passion for history has led me to read widely on the history of shepherding, and the making of ancient textiles. I admit to also being interested in origami, Welsh poetry, anthropology, biology, and mathematics.
I have been teaching classes at fiber festivals and sheep meetings for decades. Subjects have included evaluating fleeces, wool carding and combing, spinning on walking wheels, choosing and using drop spindles, and – most recently – hand held distaffs.
Spring and summer are always so exciting at Suits Us Farms. Joi is busy preparing fiber and spinning yarn in order to share her love of fiber with others. The sheep are lambing and shearing time is approaching. This is the a also the time of year to share with old friends and make new ones. Bring on the fun.
Judy Crouch – A Twist in Time
Judy Crouch is a retired paramedic, grandmother, and great grandmother with a desire to continue helping people. Her current path is instructing people in the fiber arts such as spinning, weaving, felting and dying. Judy has been working with fiber arts for over 20 years and has learned from some amazing teachers. Judy aspires to be such a teacher, and she loves to see people learn new life skills. She feels very strongly that we must pass these on to the next generation.
Gina Crowder Levesque – Across Generations
Artist Gina Levesque has been working in traditional fiber arts since a young girl. Although primarily self taught, she has also attended numerous workshops and classes. Her fiber art business, Across Generations, provides supplies and beginning projects to those interested in rug hooking, penny rugs, and natural dyeing. Gina holds memberships in The Tulsa Rug Hooking Guild, The Tulsa Handweavers Guild, Murrell Home Fiber Arts Guild, and Natural Dyes International.
Kim has been spinning all types of fiber. for over 20 years. She has raised award winning Border Leicester and Finn sheep for over 20 years and Angora goats and rabbits for even longer. Currently she is raising Pygora goats at Pawsitive Plantation Pygoras. Kim has won numerous awards for her handspun yarns and fleeces at the Georgia State Fair, SAFF, NY Sheep & Wool Festival and at Ulster Co Fair, NY. This notoriety has made her well sought after for demonstrations at Renaissance Festivals, Fairs, Farm Days, camps and schools.
I could crochet and knit as a child but preferred knitting… lots of sewing… and beads, folk art and painting, don’t know at what age I actually started any of it but, it was always in my life. In the 60’s we moved our young family to the country and began raising sheep, Applewood Folk Art & Fiber evolved to Applewood Handwovens over the years. Having my own fiber fit right in and along came spinning and weaving in the 70‘s…
I began loom weaving in the early 80’s. I started giving workshops which lead to teaching weaving at Carl Sandburg Jr. College in Western Ill., over time I’ve broken down many types of weaving to simple workshops giving them places like Dickson Mounds Native American Museum, Mich. Fiber Fest, Wisconsin Spin In, Illinois, Indiana, several Missouri events and many places in-between. This was my 14th year weaving as a historic craftsman at Dollywood’s October Harvest fest in Tenn.
My goal is to be a good beginning instructor and to set students off on a solid path into their weaving experience. I have not settled on any one type of weaving but go from the smallest miniatures to rag and wool rugs… In 2000 I moved from Ill. to Bethel, Mo… fenced in my yard for my llamas for us to grow old together and… we have!
Sue began spinning on a wheel, but soon learned that spinning with a spindle had its advantages. It’s more portable, less complicated, and less costly than a wheel. She rarely met a spindle she didn’t like, and thus grew a collection and passion for spindles of all styles. Her wheels languish in odd corners, neglected, while a half dozen spindles reside beside her favorite chair.
Robin and Teresa Goatey of The Dancing Goats are makers and guides of traditional folkways and students of folklore. The Goateys teach traditional skills for ‘The World Made by Hand’. The Dancing Goats has been in business since 1987 and online since 2000. The Goateys make tools for Folkways Artisans and provide Northern Folk-school participatory style instruction.
Robin 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 forty years ago. His current specialties include woodcarving, wood-turning, hand-built ceramics, hot and cold glass, copper-smithing, enameling, broom making, tool making, spinning, and Navajo-style weaving. His special passion is teaching traditional crafts. 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 an 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.
Melissa Goodwin – Roan Creek Weaving
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I learned weaving and spinning as a young newlywed and while my children were growing up. As they learned history, so did I, becoming fascinated with textiles throughout history. I doubt if I will ever feel like I have mastered any one aspect, but I love sharing what I have learned about the crafts I love so much!
A graphic artist by trade, Roo Kline became involved with alpacas in 2006 and shortly after purchasing her own herd in early 2007, the ‘Moonwood Farm’ fiber studio was launched, gathering a following of spinners and fiber artists who fell in love with her luxuriously handcrafted spinning fibers and supplies.
Since 2010 Roo has been teaching her personal techniques and style to others, especially those who love and/or raise alpacas. She was the creator of Alpaca Fiber Solutions and judges the occassional Fiber Arts & Skein competition and spin-off. She has instructed at Magical Farms, fiber festivals and alpaca shows, local yarn shops, has been featured on several videocasts, has provided her spinning fibers for classes of renowned spinning teachers and has written fiber related articles for American Livestock Magazine. She lives with her husband and 11 year old son in Huntsville, AL.
Darlene has been active in different fiber arts since about 1990. She is now retired and lives on a farm in SW Mo. where she raises some fiber animals and travels to various festivals in the Mid west teaching and vending with best friend, Judy Crouch, in their fiber business A Twist In Time.
Owner of LoMaNa and creator of a variety of handmade products, Justin loves everything local. As homeschoolers, Justin and her family believe in making the world a better place in whatever way they can, and LoMaNa is just a small step towards that goal. In the same vein as the Waldorf tradition which makes up such an enriching and inspirational part of their lives, the products Justin and her family create are natural and often brightly colored. The world can be truly magical – let it be so!
Bex Oliger was raised in her mother’s weaving and natural dye studio. She traveled extensively to vend and teach at fiber shows, historic reenactments, and knitting and weaving conventions. Bex has spent the last 13 years managing her yarn store, designing knitwear, and teaching fiber arts. Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe and hillcreekyarnshoppe.net
Artist, author, instructor, at A Fistful of Felt!
Take some fluffy wool and a special needle and you can create magic! There is nothing I love more than sharing my passion for this awesome art form whether I am teaching, writing books, demonstrating, or making art.
I currently teach classes and workshops all over the country and in Europe, at major fiber festivals, bead shows, shops, and for guilds and private groups. My classes are fun and informative, tools and materials are always provided, and written and illustrated take-home instructions are included. Students leave with a “hey—I did it!” attitude and continue to create at home.
Safety and correct use of tools is covered in every class. I am always available for questions and support for students!
Donna Parks – Southern Delight Alpacas
Donna has been spinning for over 10 years and always wins the speed spinning competition at the TN State Fair (much to our chagrin). She raises alpacas and lives with her family in Taft, TN.
Carolyn Pendergrass has been keeping and raising Angora rabbits for almost a decade. She has raised French Angoras and is currently raising German Angoras and German/French Hybrid Angoras. She uses her Angora wool for Spinning, Weaving and Felting.
Jan Quarles – Daily Fiber
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A professor of communications some of the time, with the favorite hours in my daily life I’ve been spinning and playing with color since the 1970s. Now I channel my love of color into Daily Fibers, my small business. I’ve learned a lot from Lynne Vogel and other teachers I have studied with, and I love to share that knowledge (it kinda comes naturally!)
Amanda Smith is first and foremost a professor of history. But, in her spare time, she makes hats, writes hat patterns, takes care of eight dogs and two cats, and teaches people the basics of knitting. She helps organize the Fiber Festival with Beth Collier, and this year decided to offer a beginning knitting class that combines her expertise in teaching with her love of fiber arts.
Kathy Sparks has been involved with fiber in some way, shape or form for the past 45 years. She honed her craft both by earning a Master’s Degree in dye chemistry from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, as well as studying with and learning from other artists. A retired instructor at the college level, Kathy has taught biology, chemistry, and geology for 29 years, but now devotes herself to fiber art full time.
As Kathy’s work evolved, it began to focus on historic techniques or the use of traditional materials. She has traveled extensively on 5 continents, researching dyes and fiber arts. Her yarns created often are dyed using ancient natural dyes such as cochineal, indigo, madder, and weld, or from plants harvested from the Indiana countryside.
She is the author of 2 books, including “Song of the Muskox”, about the animals and the qiviut fiber, traditional natural dyes, especially lichens, and the knitted designs of Dorothy Reade. She has authored over 100 articles and been published in nationally recognized magazines, such as Color Trends, Spin Off, and Rug Hooking Magazine. She has taught many workshops in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest and enjoys discovering what wonders are out there…especially those in the dye pot…as even though we like to think nature is consistent, there is always something new.
Jill Wood has been teaching the art of wool processing for over 10 years and has been doing wool processing for over 20 years. This process includes wool preparation, dying, spinning, weaving, and felting. She learned her skills under the apprenticeship of Wendy Reimer.