Susan learned to knit as a teenager, but professional responsibilities for teaching English, history and Latin limited her to practical knitting. Retirement provides time for research in historical knitting, studying worldwide knitting and spinning techniques and designing knitwear. She has attended the John C. Campbell school in NC., The Arkansas Writers Colony and a Lucy Neatby workshop in TN. She has been published in Interweave Press, taught numerous knitting classes, and two Fiber Fest presentations--Cowichan sweaters and Fair Isle sweaters. She is an active member of "The Wool and Wheel Hand Spinners Guild."
I am a 6 year veteran to the craft of knitting and crochet. I am self taught but I love when people give me new tips. I have been teaching knitting for about 3 years, and most recently taught youth. I enjoy the challenge of double knitting. I learned to sew a few years ago so I could have knitting project bags. I love teaching and sharing what I know with others. I love learning as well and, have started spinning recently excited about learning that new skill.
Mary Cochran learned to crochet from her grandmother when she was nine years old and has been crocheting every since. She was encouraged in the craft by both her grandmother and her godmother. Over the years, she has crocheted everything from hats and scarves to blankets to shawls and even large cross drapes for local churches in her area. Her love of fiber arts has grown over the years to include knitting for the past eight years and recently, spinning.
She is very active in the prayer shawl group at the church where she is employed and resides in SE Oklahoma with her husband and when not working, can usually be found working with some kind of fiber project. She enjoys sharing her love of crochet with others.
Mary is a fan of Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, Sherlock Holmes, and Dragonriders of Pern series and can be found on Ravelry as LadyDragonsinger participating with the 221B Group teams in Ravellenics, Tour de Fleece, and Nerdopolis competitions or on the Hufflepuff Team for the Harry Potter Knitting Crochet House Cup events. With her husband, Joseph, Mary enjoys attending renaissance faires and celtic events.
I was born in Northern Ca and have slowly moved across the US.....Texas in the late 80's, then to GA in 2002, and finally landed in AR in 2006. I landed here because my sister and her family live here, and it is a blessing to be able to live so close to her, as we are best friends, and yes... we needle felt together. In fact, Sabrina will be assisting with the felting classes.
I have always been interested in hand crafts, and had my hand in something or another. But it seemed I was always moving from one craft to another. Rubber Stamp art seemed to keep my interest for the longest length of time, but it too seemed to pass. Then one day I stumbled upon needle felted animals on the internet, and I was hooked. I just had to learn how to do this "amazing and mysterious to me" form of art. I picked up my first felting needle just over 3 years ago now, and try to recruit anyone I can. When someone asks what needle felting is I tell them..... you sculpt wool with a barbed needle. The response I always get is.... "ummm, yea... you'll have to show me how that works". My favorite things to needle felt are life like animals on wire armatures. I currently sell my pieces at a local "Green Store" here in Little Rock, and hope to do more teaching as my work schedule allows.
Chris Durrill has a BFA in Commercial Art and when she isn’t doing fiber arts-related things such as spinning, weaving, dyeing, crocheting and helping out at the occasional shearing is a Web developer. She first learned to knit at about age 10 and continued off an on until she graduated from CMSU in 1989. She then picked it all back up years later and hasn’t looked back since. She has an 11 year old daughter and a husband, who put up with her fuzzy hobby because they occasionally get handmade socks out of it. When she isn’t teaching fiber arts classes or developing the Web, she reads, gardens, and picks up after the aforementioned daughter and husband.
Jennifer Fayard learned to crochet when she was a child, but put it aside for several years. After she picked it back up in college, she has never slowed down. Although she became a knitter three years ago, her first love will always be crochet. Jennifer has designed patterns in broomstick lace, crochet cables, lace, and basic crochet, and has won awards for her needlework at state fairs in Arkansas and Illinois. A professor by trade, Jennifer also greatly enjoys sharing her love of fiber arts through teaching crochet and knitting classes.
Leta has been knitting since her return to Iowa from Iraq in late 2005.
What started as a hobby to help manage stress, quickly became a passion
that has blossomed into skill and friendships. She especially enjoys
complex lace techniques, but is often found knitting socks or spinning
beautiful batts and braids on her wheel or various spindles.
Nancy has knit since she was 12 (a long time ago!). All of her female relatives knit and she even has a photo from the 1890s of her great-grandmother with knitting in her hands and a beautiful coverlet made by the same woman. She designs just about everything she knits as it is more creative and fun that way. A retired school teacher (Reading, English, Library, Biology), she now teaches knitting and crochet in Windcrest,Texas (San Antonio).
Elizabeth Green Musselman has spent her whole life in flux—beginning with a childhood in the military—but knitting has been one of her few constants over the last 30 years since her mom taught her. She spent 13 years as a history professor—focusing on the history of science and British and South African history—before becoming a full-time knitting designer, editor, and teacher in 2012. She now designs knitwear (with a focus on knits for men and boys) under the moniker Dark Matter Knits, records a biweekly video podcast under that same name, and is co-owner (with Anne Podlesak) of the new business Stitch Definition, which provides affordable photography, graphic design, and editing services to the fiber industry. Elizabeth lives with her philosophy-professor husband Jack and 11-year-old magician/violist son Liam.
Bobbie currently lives in Southwest Louisiana. She learned to crochet as a child and to make jewelry and to knit as an adult. Bobbie decided to combine her love of the shiny and sparkly with her love of knitting. Et voila, stitch markers!
After sharing her finished projects with her knitting group for several years, she has decided to share the technique as well. The materials fee will provide you with everything you need to get started and to complete many stitch markers of your own: tools, beads, safety glasses, jewelry findings, etc.
Bobbie's class will include several techniques to make even your dullest knitting project sparkle, gleam, rattle, or even jingle.
Robbin Koenig started knitting in 2007 to combat boredom while recuperating from a broken leg. Knitting quickly became a passion, and Robbin branched out to spinning her own yarns for her projects. In her teaching, Robbin combines 30 years of experience in recreating historical garments with a background in molecular biology together to help students to build an understanding of the behavior of fiber at a molecular level. She is a veteran AFAE teacher - this will be her fourth year teaching at the Arkansas event. She will be teaching the Logic of Yarn Substitution, Cording by Lucet and Long Draw Spinning at the Arkansas Fiber Fest this year.
Artist Gina Levesque has been working in traditional fiber arts since a young girl. Gina works with natural dye stuffs, weaving, rug hooking, spinning, and traditional penny rug construction. Due to her love of the outdoors and training as a biologist, she finds the natural world to be the greatest influence on her work. She remains true to the roots of these traditional fiber arts by incorporating some recycled materials into her finished pieces. Many times she works with wool to create her one-of-a-kind pieces. Her fiber art business, Across Generations, provides supplies and beginning projects to those interested in inkle weaving, rug hooking, penny rugs, and natural dyeing. She will be teaching inkle weaving and “Demystifying Natural Dyes” at this year’s Arkansas Fiber Fest.
amazing Marmy was the one who taught me how to crochet when I was
around 7 or 8. I went through spurts of crocheting until I was about 23.
This is when the addiction really started to take off again! I can't
be found without yarn around me. I have also picked up knitting and I
have hopes of learning how to dye and spin my own fiber. Crocheting and making stuffies is where my love lies!
Jane Millette returns to AFF for a second year, offering an introduction to shuttle tatting and a workshop on knitting Shetland style lace. She grew up in antebellum Natchez, MS and has lived in Louisiana, Tennessee, New Mexico, and Texas before coming to Arkansas several years ago.
Jane learned to knit about 60 years ago and she enjoys sharing her Celtic heritage through this medium. She works in many styles, but prefers knitted lace, cables, and other elements of Celtic knitting. This year's workshop is an outgrowth of last year's presentation on styles of Celtic knitting
Along with knitting and crochet, among other domestic skills, Jane added tatting about 35 years ago when a relative compared it to the macrame she was working on at the time. Today, she shares that knowledge gladly so that it will continue to be used. Jane prefers the traditional shuttle method that has existed for centuries.
taught myself to knit when I was 13 years old. I made a few sweaters
through the 70’s and 80’s but put down my needles. When I found Ravelry
in 2007 I realized what fantastic patterns were available and I’ve been
knitting ever since. My goal is to have a hand knit sweater to wear
every day of the year. I can crochet, I dye and spin my own yarn, and I
am learning how to weave.
I'm Kelly Symons, I have been married for 29 years and have two grown sons. We live in the country in central Arkansas and I love feeding all the birds and wildlife that comes through my back yard. I also love knitting! In the 11 years I've been knitting I have enjoyed knitting sweaters, lace shawls, socks, afghans, and Christmas stockings. I love knitting with color using stranded knitting and intarsia.
Jennifer is the dyer behind Daizie Knits. Her journey into the fiber world started 10 years ago with a strong desire for socks. Since then she has knit a wide range of projects, learned to spin and plays in the dye pots. Life is busy for this homeschooling mom.