Michelle Andrus (Round Reed Basket Weaving and Cold Process Plant-Based Soap Making)
Basket weaving is near and dear to Michelle Andrus’ heart. She has been making baskets for over 25 years, and over this span of time, has helped many friends (and friends of friends) learn how to weave baskets. While there are hundreds of styles and techniques for basket weaving, round reed is one of her favorites—it is great for learning weaving techniques, easy to work with, and feels nice in your hands. Michelle and her husband own a small hobby farm in east San Diego county, where they raise alpacas, grow cotton, and maintain an aquaponics system for a garden and a variety of other animals. In addition to basketry, Michelle is a spinner, knitter, and weaver who loves all things homegrown and handmade.
Jay Begay (Sheep & Goat Hide Tanning and Navajo Vegetal & Indigo Wool Dyeing)
Jay Begay originates from the community of Rocky Ridge in Northeastern Arizona. Jay's childhood was spent with his late paternal grandmother tending to the flock of sheep and goats. It was from his grandma that he acquired the skills required to continue the pastoral ways. Today, he continues to raise Navajo-Churro sheep and Angora goats. Jay enjoys working with fiber and sharing his knowledge.
Nikyle Begay (Spinning on a Navajo Lap Spindle)
Nikyle Begay has been weaving since childhood, with weaving being at the root of their family culture. Nikyle learned by observing their grandmother, from early memories of tagging along with her to tend to the sheep to watching her spin yarn and weave. Nikyle enjoys sharing their knowledge, passion, and traditional stories. They strive to create a positive, relaxed learning environment that allows harmony to be channeled into each student’s spinning and weaving.
Penelope Coles (Introduction to Shibori)
Penelope is a lifelong learner of all things fiber, an experienced indigo dyer, knitter, seamstress, upholsterer, woodworker, basket weaver, and glass artist. She is a busy professional by day as well as owner of Oak Street Studios, a small upholstery and woodworking shop in central Phoenix. Penelope found her love for indigo in a textile art class at Phoenix College and has been passionate about it ever since.
Tasha Miller Griffith (White on Blue: Organic Indigo & Resist Printing)
At her core, Tasha believes that making things by hand empowers people to live more joyfully and thoughtfully. She grew up in a family of makers and tinkerers, has been drawn to textiles of all kinds since she was very small, and is always trying to figure out what makes things work. In her classes, she works to build a deep understanding of concepts through hands-on experimentation in a warm and inspiring environment. A Flagstaff native, Tasha teaches nationally at folk schools and fiber arts events, and writes for Taproot and PLY magazines.
Lisa Jacobs Handler (Contemporary Macrame Wall Hanging)
With a goal of continual growth through exploration, Lisa Jacobs Handler is passionate about fiber art and textile design as her main artistic focus. Her work can be seen as functional and fashionable for home decor and personal adornment. She employs a variety of textile techniques including weaving, embroidery, macrame, sewing, and hand dying. Natural fibers such as wool, silk, cotton, and bamboo are her preference, as they each have their own reaction to natural dye and mordants and therefore a unique interaction with each other. Using a mixed media approach, Lisa is inspired by the results of manipulating color and texture through process and experimentation. All the processes that she is interested in are slow and time consuming, detail oriented, sometimes unpredictable, and yet gratifying. She is focused on naturally occurring patterns and colors. The intersection of science and art inspires her and tells a story in and of itself and then she layers her own ideas within to tell a story of her own.
Lucy Jennings (Introduction to Weaving and Weaving Doodles)
Lucy Jennings studied weaving at Northern Arizona University where she received an MA in Art Education. Her work has appeared in Handwoven magazine, and she has sold her handwoven clothing and beaded jewelry at local and national craft shows. Lucy is an elementary school teacher and has been teaching kids to weave for over thirty years. She’s also taught at Mohave Community College and in workshops at her local yarn shop. You can find her weaving tutorials on her website, www.TheCreativityPatch.com. She lives in Kingman, Arizona where she has two dogs and too much yarn.
Roy Kady (Weaving a Pictorial Bird and Introduction to Eco-Printing)
Roy Kady passionately weaves and creates with natural fibers to center himself in the cosmos of the universe. His ancestors, grandparents, and his Shimá (Mother) shared with him many stories that weaving was gifted to us in the creation world by Spider Man by taking the natural elements of the universe to construct the first loom and then teaching his counterpart Spider Woman about weaving a web of life. Roy raises a very special breed of Navajo-Churro sheep that was gifted to the Navajo people in the underworld. They have long dual fibers which make them very suitable for the fiber arts that he pursues, whether it be a utilitarian wearable or an art décor for the collector. Roy’s designs are inspired by his natural surroundings—whether it is colors for his palette, natural fibers of the world, or stories that he has heard from the past and present. He hand processes all of the natural fibers that he creates with and grows several fibers to include in his art as well. He gathers plants to vegetal dye his fibers to create one of a kind woven pieces. His creations represent his heritage: traditions and the ever evolving Art of Navajo Weaving, considered to be one of the last primitive processes still created by hand. Roy remembers sitting by his grandparents and watching them work with natural fibers; this was his first inspiration to someday become a fiber artist. He remembers wanting to learn the many beautiful processes of working with natural fibers, using our natural surroundings, and thus has been weaving since the age of nine.
Tammy Kelly (Fiber Art Journal)
Tammy’s favorite design topic is COLOR! The fibers “talk” to her as she carefully chooses just the right color combination for each unique, individual piece. Her fiber art cards and journals are the result of an abundance of fibers, beads and fabric. She is inspired by patterns in nature, home décor, travel and other artists. A view of the San Francisco Peaks from her studio in Flagstaff, Arizona also provides inspiration and time for reflection. Tammy teaches fiber art and encourages her students of all ages to be creative with fabric selection and design. She also has a passion for publishing and sharing with others.
Katy Lente (A Tale Well Spun: 17th Century Salinas Pueblo Mission Spinning)
Katy Lente is the editor in chief for Enchantment Fiber Magazine and a seasonal National Park Service employee. She keeps her own flock of 30 Rambouillet ewes. She resides on the Isleta Reservation with her husband Amadore. Katy is an avid drop spindle spinner, shears and processes her own fiber, and loves horses, too.
Monique Mullis (Gnome Sweet Gnome Felting)
Monique Mullis is a Colorado State Park Ranger by day, and an avid, self-taught needle-felter by night. She started needle-felting over eight years ago and quickly learned what a fun, inexpensive, and addicting hobby it can be. Monique gets most of her inspiration from nature and likes to add her version of whimsy to all the projects she makes. Over the years, she has learned various applications of needle felting, from appliqué on wool to 3-D wool creatures. She continues to develop her personal technique called EZ Peazy felting, one that she shares with her workshop students. Monique does most of her felting for a hobby business she shares with her sister called The Felted Dog. Through this business, they have been selling felted wool items and needle felting supplies for the past six years at art and fiber festivals. Monique has taught needle felting workshops at the Estes Park Wool Market, Sneffels Fiber Festival, and monthly felting classes held throughout Southern Colorado. While she enjoys perfecting her own skills and making art pieces, she is particularly passionate about introducing people to needle felting and giving them the skills and tools they need to make their own fiber creations.
Nancy Wilson (Spinning Marled Yarn)
Nancy Wilson has been spinning since 1988. She has taken lots of classes since then and started teaching somewhere along the line. She teaches regularly at the Flag Wool and Fiber Festival and the Arizona Fiber Arts Retreat, and has presented programs and workshops for the Mountain Spinners and Weavers Guild in Prescott and the Verde Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild. Her curiosity about spinning got the best of her when she enrolled in the Olds College Master Spinner program. She completed her certification in 2019, with her In-Depth Study covering blending double-coated llama fiber. This marled yarn class developed as a result of classes taken at the 2019 Intermountain Weavers Conference where she spent three fun days playing with color in Jillian Moreno’s classes. Nancy loves to share her passion for spinning with others and encouraging them anyway she can.
Sheramy Scott (Continuous Strand Triangle Loom Weaving)
Growing up, Sheramy Scott’s mom was a hand weaver. Surrounded by fiber art for as long as she can remember, she fell down the fiber rabbit hole we all know so well when she learned to knit in 2014. Knitting led to hand spinning, dyeing, and weaving. Though her mom wasn’t a hand spinner, she happened to have a bag of roving and a homemade drop spindle in her closet, allowing Sherm to spend the next two months pouring over books and online tutorials. The rabbit hole opened wider and she received her first spinning wheel for Christmas that year, started dyeing her own fibers in early 2015, and opened her business, My Mother’s Daughter Handspun, later that year. In 2016, her grandpa made her a 7’ triangle loom. Her first tri-loom project was a blanket for him. Since then, she has used her loom to create many one of a kind wearable art pieces from her handspun art yarn. From dirty fleece to a finished project, craft brings Sherm so much joy. She hopes each person that takes a workshop with her leaves with that same joy in their new knowledge of what is created together.