2018 Middle TN Fiber Festival Instructors
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.
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.
Jonee Davis (Wheaton, MO) – Jonee 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 to learn new things about the world of fiber arts and loves to share whatever knowledge she has with others. Jonee has a small hobby farm where she and her husband are the caretakers of dairy and boer goats, horses, alpacas, sheep, LGD’s, and all the other livestock that come with a farm.
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 along with her new sidekick, Holly.
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.
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
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.
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!)
Instructor Amy Shelton is a crochet designer, fiber artist, and co-owner of the world-renowned online Crochetville community, which has over 258,000 Facebook fans. She is an expert crocheter who has been crocheting since the age of 9 and a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America.
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.
Loving the properties of Icelandic wool, Mohair & Angora fibers, Diana continues to mix and create all sorts of fibery things. She enjoys using Old World processing tools; Viking Combs and Hackles are a mainstay in her life of fiber processing. Collecting and growing natural dye stuffs on the farm, along
with some purchased items rounds out her menagerie of playful fibery products.
Liza Q. Wirz
Liza Q. Wirtz, better known as Q, teaches freestyle weaving at her studio, the Foldout Cat, in Huntsville, Alabama’s well-known arts facility and creative community, Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, and studies SAORI weaving and sewing with Sarah Dauro and Denise Prince as part of working towards certification as an official SAORI studio. Q’s other creative hats include those of crocheter, baker, and singer; she also practices wills/estates law from time to time. Q can be found online at foldoutcat.com, on Facebook as The Foldout Cat, and on Instagram and Twitter as @foldoutcat.
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.