Instructor Biographies

2024 Featured Teacher: Natalie Norman

Regional Teachers

Lyla Agius

Lyla studied weaving in 2007 with Hannalore Cole—a master weaver from Germany who teaches in Mountain View, CA—and she has been weaving ever since. Lyla has studied interior design and has a degree in fashion design. She uses weaving for these two passions: home and apparel. Lyla currently teaches weaving at her studio in Ipswich, SD, and the Aberdeen Cultural Center in Aberdeen, SD. Lyla has been published in Handwoven magazine. She also spins, knits, and uses fiber and fabric as an art medium.

Jordan Baldwin Cremer

Jordan Baldwin Cremer is a twenty-year-old self-taught fiber artist specializing in crochet garment making. Born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD, she started crocheting in mid 2022, when her mother requested crocheted hangers like her grandmother used to make! Quickly bored of hangers, she has since crocheted everything from simple scarves to intricate dresses and freehand pieces. Such garments have been modeled in a local fashion show like The Transformation Project’s “Transform The Runway” in 2023. Jordan runs a small business on Etsy (Junaclea) selling these handcrafted pieces along with crochet patterns.

Rhonda Berman

Rhonda is primarily a fiber and mixed media artist. She started designing with zippers and needle felting about ten years ago and since has written five books on the topic as well as designing many broach patterns and framed pieces. Rhonda has taught many workshops across the Midwest, in her home, and various shops in Nebraska and Iowa. Rhonda loves sharing her passion for experimentation with others and watching the spark of creativity light up someone’s face.

Anna Flowers

Hi, I’m Anna Flowers, a crochet enthusiast who discovered my passion for fiber arts in 2018. As a Spanish medical interpreter, I turned to crochet to keep my hands busy while waiting for clients. Since then, I’ve expanded my horizons by learning new stitches, reading patterns, and experimenting with different projects.

I’ve found joy in making dolls and other stuffed animals, and have even translated patterns to help other creators reach a wider audience. Crochet is more than just a hobby – it’s a part of my life that I love sharing with others. Selling my creations not only funds my hobby, but also brings joy to those who receive them. After all, the best gifts are personal!

Elizabeth Fox

Elizabeth is an avid knitter, crocheter, spinner, and dyer. Elizabeth has been teaching in one way or another for most of her life. From playing teacher as a child to majoring in education, she loves sharing her passions with others. When not working with fiber she plays with her dog and cat or works in the library at South Dakota State University.

Mary Jo Harris

Mary Jo Harris lives in the knitting mecca of Madison, WI. She has been a teacher all of her adult life and has formally taught knitting for about fifteen years at various sheep and wool festivals, fiber festivals, knit-ins, and teaches locally for Madison College, Olbrich Gardens, and Sunset Yarns. She added chair caning classes to her teaching repertoire about ten years ago. Mary Jo designs knitting patterns and under her designer name of Jo Harris, has written a book entitled Double Knitting: Inside Out, which is available through Amazon or Ravelry. As a member of the Madison (WI) Knitters’ Guild, she has an almost constant opportunity to discuss anything and everything knitting-related.

Anita Kealey

Multi-disciplined designer Anita Kealey is recognized for her innovative use of natural textiles in design. She is a master tailor and couture designer of multiple apparel lines. Her sustainable collections have been shown on many runways, as well as Green Fashion Week. These wearable art forms are constructed of repurposed materials, including woven obsolete media tape, buttons cut from deer antlers, and natural fibers from prairie grown sheep and alpaca.

She first learned to crochet in Girl Scouts. As a young student, she developed her tailoring skills while competing in the National Make it Yourself with Wool contest sponsored by wool producers and woolen mills. She won trips to compete with awards of fine wool, sewing equipment, as well as the top prize: a Bernina Sewing machine she still uses 40+ years later. She studied Fashion Design at Parson’s School of Design and continues fine tuning her education in textile design and master tailoring in New York.

Ms. Kealey has retired as the creative director for design studies at the Institute of Design & Technology. Her vision of creative mentorship and apprenticeship programs was awarded with a Governor’s Giant Vision Award from the South Dakota Department of Economic Development in 2010, and she was a finalist in 2015 Governor’s Giant Vision Award with the development of Dakota by Design apparel.

She has received recognition over the past forty years for her achievements in creative design solutions. Her work has been highlighted in the media including House Beautiful magazine, HG-TV and a featured guest on the Martha Stewart Show. In 2023, Ms. Kealey’s fiber weaving collections were honored at the Artist of Plains Show/Center of Western Studies in Sioux Falls.

Tracy Kellen

Tracy has been primitive rug hooking since 2002 when her mom showed her a new fiber craft she had learnt at a fiber fair. She hooks mainly with wool fabric but has incorporated wool yarn into some of her rugs. In 2006 she started her rug hooking business, Fair Oaks Wool Designs, where she sells rug hooking and punch needle supplies.

Kelly Knispel

Kelly Knispel, a shepherd and fiber artist in South Dakota, is the owner of Dakota Carding & Wool, a custom fiber mill, processing fibers into beautiful clouds for hand spinning and felting. This carded prep gives you an easy-to-draft, open preparation great for spinning a woolen or semi-worsted style yarn. Pure and simple washing, dyeing, and carding of the fibers makes hand spinning a variety of yarns a pleasure. You may follow Kelly @dakotacarding on Instagram.

Kimberly Langley

Kim is the owner of Purveyor of Fine Yarns, a provider of single breed yarns, locally sourced and milled. She became obsessive about knitting while knitting socks during her bus commute to a stressful job. She was introduced to mending at a very early age by her mother, who handed her a cardboard cigar box full of mending supplies. The box had belonged to her grandmother, her mother refused to mend, so Kim has been exploring the medium since those first holey socks. She is based in Madison, Wisconsin.

Christy Lickei

I really like crafting and I am always willing to try something new. I started Tablet/Card weaving because I thought I might use it for a program at the Living History Fair and I fell in love.

Kerry Maas

Kerry has been knitting for more than twenty years, and knitting socks for more than fifteen of them, mostly toe-up. We don’t talk about how many skeins of sock yarn she has.

Kathleen Pascuzzi

Kathleen is the owner and chief dyer at ModeKnit Yarn. She is an experienced knitter, a novice crocheter, and a dabbler in embroidery. Kathleen can tell you anything about how the ModeKnit Yarn color palette works together, and how your yarn will work in your chosen pattern. Her background in education, theater, sales, and management blend together to bring you ModeKnit Yarn.

Heather Schmidtke

I have a mini mill in Northern Minnesota that produces roving and batts from my own flock of Shetland cross sheep and for others. I also hand dye luxury yarns at a discount price. My fiber adventures are always expanding!

Dava Tuttle

I’ve been crafting for thirty years. My craft of choice has been crochet for many years but I also love knitting, cross stitch, and quilting, to name just a few. I have two cats who are my productivity and efficiency managers–they make sure I’m neither productive nor efficient. I moved to South Dakota just this last year but I’ve called the Midwest home most of my life. I love to learn new things and I’m excited to share some of my knowledge with people looking to advance their skills.

Lisa Wonderly

Located in South Dakota, I am a single mother who started raising French Angora rabbits six years ago. I now run a wool, fiber, and custom crochet business out of my home. I have been crocheting for over twenty-eight years, so when I wanted to add to my skill sets, I became a self-taught fiber artist and hand-spinner of yarns five years ago. Blending on a blending board has become my favorite way to prepare my wools/fibers for hand-spinning. It allows me to combine my love for all things yarn, colors, and textures, and to create fun, unique, finished crocheted items.