Instructors  2017

Crystal Estelle-Perkins

Spinning to Standard & Foundation of Handspinning

Color Designing with Fibers

Color-Texture-Fiber; a theme in Crystal’s life since 1974.  Owner of the former shop, Boll Weaver Yarns, she challenges herself to discover how to emphasize the unique qualities of the materials she works with. Currently she weaves together her experience teaching spinning, weaving, dyeing and knitting; nurturing an environment of exploration while helping others develop skill and technique.   

Laura Doyle
Basket Weaving 

 Laura Doyle has been producing the Natural Fiber Fair for many years. She has taught basket weaving to hundreds of people over the past 20+ years. Creating unique baskets from wild-crafted local plants, Laura shares her enthusiasm for weaving and harvesting. Currently, teaching classes throughout Humboldt County and Northern California.

Linda Hartshorn

Organic Indigo

Warp Painting for Weavers

 LINDA HARTSHORN is known for unique dyework and lively use of color in her handwoven textiles. With over fifteen years of teaching experience, Linda shares her positive, fun and supportive style in workshops all over the country.  When she’s not teaching, Linda weaves and dyes at her home in Northern California.

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Janis Thompson

A Spinnable Feast

 Born in to a family of "makers", Janis will guide you through color, texture and technical adventures
with finesse and style!  As the staff dyer for Eugene Textile Center, Janis specializes in color and spinning.   At her home studio in Eugene, Oregon.... she is always dyeing something, rug hooking, spinning, carding batts with lots of sparkles and thinking up new ways to engage people in her love of all things fiber!  
Janis teaches for ETC, NWRSA, BSG, Guilds and Conferences all over these United States.

Kathy Myers

Continental Knitting

Beginning Crochet

For Kathy knitting and crocheting are pure pleasure. It's relaxing, fulfilling and satisfying. What chocolate and a massage do for the body, knitting and crochet does for the mind. She says, "for me a day without knitting or crocheting is like an unsharpened pencil; there's no point to it.  I've taught five year olds to adults in schools, churches and craft stores. I'm left handed but taught myself to work right handed.  I truly enjoy sharing my skills and knowledge."

Ayala Talpai 

Needle Felted Faces

Ayala has been making stuff from whatever is at hand since she was sent playing alone to her room early on...  Wool Woman!

She got back into writing the first workbooks on needle felting in 2002.

Her workshops are a delight.....

 Tracy Shapiro

Twined Sweets Basket

Basics of Sprang

Tracy is a traditional fiber artist, historian and teacher whose passion for fiber arts has led her on a life long journey of discovery. Learning first from her family elders she has explored several cultures and has been privileged to study with several traditional craftsmen. With the mission of bringing this traditional knowledge to others, she has lectured, demonstrated and taught widely. In her own work, Tracy enjoys taking traditional forms in new directions and helping her students find their own artistic voice. 

Teaching sustainable traditions for 27 years