We are so excited to that we have these wonderful instructors on board for our Virtual NCFF 2021!
Karen, who has raised sheep for over 40 years, is a spinner, weaver, felter, and fiber farmer. She has traveled to Norway to learn Skinnfeller, which she has taught for a few years in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Karen says, “I am a very Norwegian artist as I embrace my Viking heritage with rock-weighted loom weaving, nalbinding, felting, and all the cultural skills Norway has to offer.”
Rhonda is an artist, mother, grandmother, and wife. She inherited her art skills from her father and at a young age developed a lifelong love of art. Rhonda enjoys working in multiple mediums. She has won awards for her miniature paintings as well as lampwork, glasswork, and beaded pieces. In the last few years she has changed her area of focus to working with fibers, namely needle felting and rug hooking. Her zipper art started as an extension of her needle felting and beading. Created with zippers, wool, and embellishments, Zipply Art has taken on a life of its own. It has become her new challenge of creating framed art pieces as well as wearable art. Rhonda loves sharing her passion for art with others and watching the spark of creativity light up someone’s face. Rhonda has taught classes at fiber fairs in the Midwest, as well as at local fiber stores and guild groups.
Jeanne started as a knitter, with a particular passion for Fair Isle knitting. She began weaving over a decade ago and loves the interactions of colors and patterns in warp and weft, just like those in Fair Isle knitting. She has taught several classes in weaving over the years including classes on twill, tartans/plaids, and block weaves like summer and winter. She has also taught many classes in Fair Isle knitting, both basics and designing patterns. Jeanne currently lives in Logan, Utah, and works at the Utah State University Libraries.
Cori is a former high school English teacher for at-risk students (1986–2001), whom she also taught to knit. She has over 20 years of experience teaching beginning knitting, and her technique classes and workshops are popular at yarn shops and retreats throughout the United States. She is known for her love of color. In 2017 she co-authored the book Minnesota 52: 16 Knits Inspired by the Road, and in the fall of 2020 published Knitwords: 8 Patterns and 10 Musings that Celebrate the Knitter. She has a bi-weekly YouTube podcast—“Irocknits”—where she tries to inspire knitters to make beautiful sweaters and shawls while providing tips and tricks and a touch of humor (“Iroc” is Cori spelled backwards). Cori lives in the southwest area of Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and a large chocolate labradoodle. You can find her patterns and book at http://www.irocknits.com on Ravelry, Etsy, and Lovecrafts
Elizabeth is an avid knitter, crocheter, spinner, and beginning weaver. She challenged herself to learn several new techniques during the COVID-19 pandemic and fell in love with crochet techniques used to create mandalas and layered crochet. When not working with fiber she plays with her dog, Jellybean, and cat, Snowball, or works in the library at South Dakota State University.
Judy is a fiber artist who lives and works in Richfield, Minnesota. She has been a hand spinner, weaver, and general fiber enthusiast for most of her life, and is always looking for creative and fun ways to use handspun yarn to make beautiful and useful items.
Shaina (aka YumiYarns) has been designing since 2011 and has had patterns published through Knitters Magazine and KnitPicks. Her knitting patterns and classes are geared toward process knitters who also want beautiful and fun finished objects. Most projects are paired with photo tutorials and learning resources via YumiYarns.com to help you painlessly grow your crafting skills and encourage you to keep trying new techniques.
Amy is a knitter, instructor, and designer with an eye for the unusual or unusually captivating. Her designs focus on color, contrast, and texture: she loves to explore contrasting colors, geometry, textures, and unusual construction. She also loves to help other knitters explore new techniques and expand the way they think about their knitting. She has been teaching for over 15 years both regionally and at national events such as Vogue Knitting Live, Fiberworld, and Rhinebeck, and frequently shares tips and tricks on her website, DeviousKnitter.com.
Marta’s passions are music and the fiber arts. She has been at various times a school music teacher, church choir director, and handbell choir director over the last 25 years, and she has taught knitting, crochet, and needle tatting classes for the last 15 years. Stranded knitting and the creation of lace in knitting and tatting are her favorite fiber pastimes.