Teachers



Katherine BuengerKatherine Buenger
Woodbury, MN
Katherine has a degree in studio art from Macalester College. She enjoys many fiber-related arts, including weaving, spinning, ply-split braiding, and braiding with Sami tin thread. Whether it is spinning the yellow pages, computer tape, or adding telephone wire to weavings, she likes finding something different and fun to do with her art. She is not afraid to break the rules and try something new, and encourages others to do the same. Katherine has taught Sami-inspired bracelets at The Weavers Guild of Minnesota, Midwest Weavers Conference, Minnesota Federation of Weavers and Spinners, and other venues in Minnesota and Wisconsin. After teaching hundreds of students, she is still having fun sharing this Nordic craft with others.

Cathie ChungCathie Chung
Falls Church, VA
Cathie Chung and Diane Smith are owners of Just Our Yarn (JOY), a company specializing in handpainted yarn for weavers. JOY was founded on their experience teaching and managing a retail shop for a fiber arts school. They weave, braid, spin, bead, dye, knit and crochet. Between them they have over forty years of fiber experience... For the last twelve years they have traveled the country sharing their love of color and helping weavers overcome their fear of variegated yarns.

Marg CoeMarg Coe
Tucson, AZ
Margaret, the daughter of a burler and mender, was born and raised in Bradford, Yorkshire, for centuries the center of the United Kingdom wool and worsted trade. The weaving industry has been an integral part of her entire life. She cannot remember when she learned to knit or crochet. Margaret's early introduction to computers (1970s) at the same time as teaching spinning, dyeing, and weaving, led her to focus on digital design and weave structures. She has completed college studies in graphic design with concentrations in web design and digital approaches to weave design. Margaret is the author of: 4-8 . . . Weave!; Fit 2 Be Tied-A Digital Approach; Designing 4 the Future; and 2 Be Tied or Not 2 Be Tied-Book 1 Not Tied.

Melissa Weaver DunningMelissa Weaver Dunning
Berryville, Virginia
Melissa Weaver Dunning is an avid tartan and linen weaver, skilled spinner, and compulsive knitter. She loves to share the history and context of traditional textiles. Melissa lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband Peter, where they run the Bluemont Concert Series, an award-winning regional arts organization. Melissa is a singer of traditional ballads specializing in the music of England, Ireland, and Scotland; her powerful and clear unaccompanied singing brings the old story songs to life and weaves vibrant pictures of life in another age. Melissa is a traditional handweaver working on antique equipment to produce 18th and 19th century style textiles. She has had the great good fortune to study with Scottish master weaver and singer Norman Kennedy since 1980. She is dedicated to carrying on some of the traditions gleaned from this apprenticeship in weaving and in music.

Dawn EdwardsDawn Edwards
Plainwell, MI
Dawn Edwards is a felt/fiber artist specializing in fun, out-of-the ordinary felt hats. She lives and works from her home studio, Felt So Right, in Plainwell, Michigan. Dawn has taught extensively within the United States and also internationally. Her felt works have appeared in exhibitions, art shows, magazines, and books. Dawn recently won the Mad Hatter's Society Annual Hatmaking Competition judged by couture milliner, Arturo Rios. Dawn is the co-coordinator of Felt United, which now has over 6,000 members worldwide. Felt United is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of October, with the goal of connecting feltmakers all around the world. Dawn states, "I love and appreciate so many of the arts, but I have found my passion through feltmaking. Feltmaking has truly opened windows to the world for me and I am grateful for this most wonderful opportunity."

Louise FrenchLouise French
North Oaks, MN
As a fiber artist I am continually intrigued and amazed by the interplay of color, fiber and structure, whether I am weaving or creating a ply-split braided piece. I began ply-split braiding in 2004 when I was introduced to the technique in Peter Collingwood's book, The Techniques of Ply-Split Braiding. I was delighted with the portability of the technique, the way colors worked together (which is somewhat different than weaving), and pleased that I could use yarns from my stash. The more I ply-split braid, the more I realize the endless creative possibilities. The technique enhanced one of the color studies as I earned the Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving from HGA. My teaching experience includes Sievers School of Fiber Arts, Midwest Conferences, the Weavers Guild of Minnesota, and numerous guild throughout the midwest. My articles on both weaving and ply-split braiding have been published in Handwoven.

Rita HagenbruchRita Hagenbruch
Harvard, IL
Rita's interest in handweaving began in high school when she was presented an overshot tablecloth woven by her great aunt in Sweden. She studied Swedish as a foreign language in college and while there, traveled to Sweden to visit relatives. It was there that she first sat at a loom and wove Monk's Belt. Since then, she has returned to Sweden four more times and has collected many photographs of handwovens. Since 1998, she has corresponded with Doris Wiklund, the author of four Swedish weaving books. Rita has been filling her linen closets with her own handwovens since 1973 and enjoys sharing her love of weaving at seminars and workshops throughout the Midwest. Rita has received numerous awards for her handwoven textiles and has woven commissioned works for people all over the United States.

Constance HallConstance Hall
Marysville, OH
Constance Hall feels so lucky to be a teacher of rigid heddle weaving and spinning in this reincarnation of her creative life. After thirty years of glass blowing and running a glass studio she gets to return to her first love. It was fiber that she first started learning at age five when her cranky grandmother began teaching her to crochet. Introducing fiber-lovers to weaving is the most fun there is! Weaving is magic and teaching new weavers to do magic always inspires Constance in her own work.

Eileen HallmanEileen Hallman
Black Mountain, NC
Eileen Hallman has an educational background in engineering. She has been spinning and weaving cotton since the early 1980s. While she does spin and weave with other fibers, the environmental cottons are her passion. She worked previously for Sally Fox, managing Vreseis Limited and overseeing research on fiber, yarn and fabric made of the naturally pigmented cotton. With New World Textiles, she is involved in research on organic, naturally pigmented, and recycled cottons and in the development of spinning slivers and yarns from these cottons. She also develops tools and techniques such as the Khadi Khanoo shuttle, which holds the spindle for a book charkha allowing the use of singles as weft. The simplicity of technique and the availability of colored fiber allow the spinner and weaver to create dynamic fabrics. She dyes cotton with indigo and other natural dyes and introduced Dye-Lishus cotton fiber, yarn, and fabric.

Suanne HalvorsonSuanne Halvorson
Bloomington, IN
Suzanne Halvorson is a studio artist from Bloomington, Indiana. She is currently a visiting lecturer at Purdue University and Indiana University. She has taught at Earlham College, Convergence, Midwest Weavers Conference, Ghost Ranch (New Mexico), the Grunewald Guild (Washington), and at countless conferences and weavers guilds across the country. Her work is represented by By Hand Gallery and The Columbus Visitors Center in Indiana, and Marigold Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work has been published in Handwoven, Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot, and Weaving for Worship.

Donna HudsonDonna Hudson
Indianapolis, IN
Donna Hudson's interest in weaving began with collecting coverlets and textiles for her antique shop. Eventually this led to weaving and learning by doing, as well as attending many workshop sponsored by her local guild, Weaving Indiana. She has also attended several classes at Vavstuga Weaving School, which extended her interest in flax and linen and led to growing her own small plot of flax. Donna has presented to her local guild and taught classes at her local weaving shop.

Betty KirkBetty Kirk
Lemont, IL
Betty Burian Kirk was introduced to the fiber arts as a child. Her grandmother did marvelous crochet work and her mother taught her embroidery. In college she majored in the field of art education and was bitten by the weaving bug. Betty continued her education with a MA from Northern Illinois University and classes at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Peters Valley, and John C. Campbell Folk School. Betty taught elementary school art for thirteen years, weaving at Joliet Junior College for three semesters, and multiple workshops for guilds, Midwest Weavers Conference, Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Conference Fair, Convergence, as well as the 2007 Wild Fibers Conference hosted by the Handweavers, Spinners, and Dyers of Alberta.

Daryl LancasterDaryl Lancaster
Lincoln Park, NJ
Daryl Lancaster, a hand-weaver and fiber artist known for her hand-woven garments, has been sewing for more than fifty years. She gives lectures and workshops to guilds, conferences, and craft centers all over the United States. The former Features Editor for Handwoven, she frequently contributes to various weaving and sewing publications
http://www.weaversew.com/wordblog
Bev LarsonBev Larson
Lafayette, IN
Bev Larson has been weaving since 1988 and teaching since 1999. She loves to share the joy of basket weaving with those around her and has done so by teaching in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and the Caribbean on the Basket Weaving Cruises. Making basket weaving fun, relaxing, and inspiring is Bev's goal for each workshop she teaches. In 2009 she added broom making as an outshoot of weaving and it, too, is now a passion. In 2003 she won the Eiteljorg Museum's Weavers Challenge and was honored to be named an Indiana Artisan in 2016.
http://beebeesbaskets.com
Kate LarsonKate Larson
Alexandria, IN
Kate Larson loves using fiber arts as a bridge between her passions for art and agriculture. Her fiber journey has led her to a degree in soil chemistry, travels through northern Europe in search of textile traditions, and back to the farm where her family has lived for six generations. She keeps an evergrowing flock of Border Leicester sheep and teaches handspinning and knitting regularly in central Indiana and around the country. Kate is the author of The Practical Spinner's Guide: Wool (Interweave, 2015), and her articles and designs have appeared in Spin-Off Magazine, Jane Austen Knits, Enchanted Knits, Knitting Sweaters from Around the World, and more. She has several handspinning videos available, including How to Spin Yarn to Knit (Interweave, 2016).
http://KateLarsonTextiles.com
Pat MaleyPat Maley
Cincinnati, OH
Pat has been a spinner and weaver for over forty years. She was awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning, Master Spinner by the Handweavers Guild of America for her work in spinning bison fiber. Originally self-taught as a spinner, she has taken workshops throughout the country. Pat is a former instructor of textiles at Edgecliff College and the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati. She has taught at Convergence, Midwest Weavers Conference, Michigan Fiber Festival, Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, and for many guilds. She has written articles for Spin-Off and Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot. Pat has judged fiber competitions at Fiberfest, Michigan Fiber Festival, Ohio State Fair, Kentucky State Fair, and has judged the Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning. Pat is currently the primary spinning teacher for the Weavers Guild of Greater Cincinnati.

Wynne MattilaWynne Mattila
Minneapolis, MN
Wynne Mattila has been weaving Finnish-style cotton rugs for twenty-six years and teaches primarily at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota. For her the design process starts with color. The way she sees color creates a feeling that becomes the basis for each design. Her rugs have twice won first place in a Members' Exhibit at Midwest Weavers Conferences. Wynne is writing a book describing her artistic and weaving processes, which will be available in 2017.

Carrie MayCarrie May
Indianapolis, IN
Carrie May began dyeing, or hand-painting, her own warps in 2008 after taking a workshop with a local weaver's guild. She fell in love with the process and the product and continued to learn through workshops with Carol Soderlund on the process of dyeing and mixing dye colors, and through experimentation. Carrie started selling her warps through a local weaving shop, Tabby Tree Weaver, and began teaching the technique of warp painting as well. During this time, Carrie partnered with Mindy McCain to found an online shop, Loominarias, to sell their hand-painted, handwoven scarves. They have traveled to many art shows around the Midwest and have won several awards for their scarves. Carrie has also sold her hand-painted warps at several Midwest Weavers Conferences. Recently, she started her own online business called Iridescent Fibers, where she sells her hand-painted warps

Kati MeekKati Meek
Alpena, MI
Kati was a pioneer in the Artist-in-the-Schools program of the National Endowment for the Arts, with a year's residency in Gallipolis, Ohio, in 1972-73. Her weaving has been featured in popular and academic journals over the years. She has been an invited lecturer at regional, national, and international textile conferences and for guilds throughout North America. Because arthritis threatens her ability to weave, Kati integrates body mechanics and fitness into her life and into her teaching. She has published two books: Reflections from A Flaxen Past: For Love of Lithuanian Weaving, and Warp with a Trapeze and Dance with your Loom, available through selected retailers and her website; katimeek.blogspot.com, where she also presents work in progress. Her finished work is available through Thunder Bay Arts Council Gallery in Alpena, Michigan. Kati continues to push the limits of skills, equipment and materials to keep her joy and her brain limber.

Rebecca MezoffRebecca Mezoff
Fort Collins, CO
Whether splashing dye on her shoes or walking a long trail, spindle and loom stuffed in her backpack, Rebecca Mezoff loves fiber. Her cup of tea beside her on the loom bench, she can most often be found weaving large contemporary art tapestries and contemplating where the next magic carpet might take her. She grew up climbing the mesas and red rocks near Gallup, New Mexico, and has won numerous awards for her tapestries which are in various public and private collections. She teaches workshops throughout North America and online and currently resides somewhere in the Southwestern United States where she doesn't mind having to dump the sand out of her shoes.
http://www.rebeccamezoff.com
John MullarkeyJohn Mullarkey
St. Louis, MO
Internationally-recognized teacher John Mullarkey has been tablet weaving for over a decade. His work has been displayed in the Missouri History Museum, and garments using his card woven bands have been featured in international fashion shows. His designs are featured frequently in Handwoven. John is the primary author of "A Tablet Weaver's Pattern Book," and has produced two DVDs for Interweave Press: Tablet Weaving Made Easy and Double-Faced Tablet Weaving. He is the developer of the Schacht Zoom Loom.
http://malarkycrafts.com
Sara NordlingSara Nordling
Fort Wayne, IN
Sara Nordling has been involved in fiber art in many forms for most of her life; weaving however, didn't enter until Sara was an adult and she was hooked immediately. What began as a hobby turned into a passion and a return to school for a BFA and then an MFA in studio art/textiles. Sara currently is a limited term lecturer at Indiana/Purdue Universities, Fort Wayne where she teaches drawing, painting and design. She has also given workshops to guilds in Indiana and has taught at Contemporary Handweavers of Texas Conferences. Her current work focuses on various forms of double weave including double weave pleats, pick-up techniques, networked and blocks. Sara enjoys the technical side of weaving as well as the color, textures and rhythms weaving provides.

Chiaki OChiaki O'Brien
Chaska, MN
Chiaki O'Brien is a SAORI Leader Committee Certificate Recipient. She graduated from the SAORI one-year course and worked at the SAORI head office in Japan until moving to Minnesota in 2004. She teaches at fiber festivals in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, and South Dakota every year and is a teaching artist for The Textile Center (Minnesota), the Weavers Guild of Minnesota, and others. She taught at the Midwest Weavers Conference 2015 in St. Paul and the Michigan League of Handweavers Conference in 2015. She was a resident artist of the Blake School (Private school in Minnesota) in the 2015-16 school year and has taught Pre-K through 12th grade levels. Also a teacher of Bengala Mud Dye techniques, Chiaki received the Jerome Fiber Artists Project Grant in 2012 and went to Japan to study Bengala Dye. She enjoys teaching both SAORI and Bengala Dye to people of any age and ability!

Anne ReavesAnne Reaves
Indianapolis, IN
Anne Reaves teaches medieval British literature at Marian University and gives professional papers on textiles in medieval literature (knitting, various kinds of weaving, etc.).

John SalamoneJohn Salamone
Carbon, IN
John A. Salamone has been weaving for a little over thirty years. He enjoys teaching spinning and weaving and starting people on their fiber journeys. John has a special place in his heart for liturgical design and weaving and wishes to encourage all who are interested. For the past few years, John's personal focus has been on double weave with eight shafts.

Diane SmithDiane Smith
Falls Church, VA
Cathie Chung and Diane Smith are owners of Just Our Yarn (JOY), a company specializing in handpainted yarn for weavers. JOY was founded on their experience teaching and managing a retail shop for a fiber arts school. They weave, braid, spin, bead, dye, knit and crochet. Between them they have over forty years of fiber experience... For the last twelve years they have traveled the country sharing their love of color and helping weavers overcome their fear of variegated yarns.

Robyn SpadyRobyn Spady
Bremerton, WA
Robyn Spady learned to weave in 1969. She completed the HGA's Certificate of Excellence (COE) in 2004 with the specialized study Loom-Controlled Stitched Double Cloth. Robyn is fascinated by the infinite possibilities of crossing threads and loves coming up with new ideas to create fabric and transform it into something new and exciting. She is committed to turning the weaving world on to double-faced fabrics, four-shaft weaves, uncommon and advanced weave structures, and passementerie techniques. Robyn is also the founder and editor of Heddlecraft, an e-magazine for weavers.

Dianne TottenDianne Totten
Marietta, GA
Dianne Totten, a weaver for thirty-five years and teacher for twenty, uses a variation of woven shibori to produce what she calls crimp cloth to create one-of-a-kind garments with the heat-set fabric. Her expertise in sewing complements her passion for weaving. Dianne's award-winning work has appeared nationally and internationally. She teaches at John C. Campbell Folk School as well as for guilds and regional conferences in the United States and Canada. Dianne has been published in Handwoven, Complex Weavers Journal, Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, Weavers, Vavmagasinet, and Catharine Ellis' new book, Woven Shibori, Revised and Updated.

Amy TylerAmy Tyler
Lake Ann, MI
Amy was first a dancer, then a neuroscientist and professor. In 2004 she left the academic world behind to pursue fiber arts full time. Since then she had taught spinning and knitting workshops at venues across the country and is known for her animated and engaging teaching style. Her fiber work is informed by her art and science background; she has a keen understanding of learning movement skills, composition, pattern recognition, and systematic exploration. The result is her focus on spinning and knitting technique, texture, three-dimensional structure, and knit designs that exploit handspinning techniques. She is the author of Spin-Off Magazine's column, "Ask a Spinning Teacher." You can find additional articles by Amy in Spin-Off and PLY Magazine.
http://www.stonesockfibers.com
Madelyn van der HoogtMadelyn van der Hoogt
Coupeville, WA
Madelyn van der Hoogt first learned to weave on a backstrap loom in Guatemala. From that introduction grew a passion for textiles, weaving, and looms. She was editor of Weaver's magazine from 1986 to 1999 and Handwoven from 1999 to 2012. She is the author of The Complete Book of Drafting, editor of the Best of Weaver's Series, and workshop instructor in seven videos, Warping Your Loom, Weaving Well, Block Weaves, Lace Weaves, Overshot, Summer and Winter, and Deflected Doubleweave. Madelyn teaches weaving at The Weavers' School in Coupeville, Washington.

Sara von TresckowSara von Tresckow
Fond du Lac, WI
Sara is a weaver, spinner, dyer, and business owner (she and her husband, Hans, own Woolgatherers.com) who considers life as a work of art. She loves the process of creating a unique environment, personally designed and crafted, with beautiful textiles. She believes working with fibers is intensely satisfying and loves to begin with fiber at a point early in its existence, developing it into the finished product. She has even raised her own sheep and flax at times, although there is not always enough time or land to do this on a regular basis. She began spinning and weaving in Germany beginning in late 1970's. Sara began with a rigid heddle loom, switched to a countermarche floor loom in 1981, and has been weaving on and collecting them ever since then. She is a dealer for Oxaback and Glimakra looms. Sara is the author of a book on double harness weaving techniques: When a Single Harness Simply Isn't Enough.

Heather WinslowHeather Winslow
Sugar Grove, IL
Heather Winslow is a teacher and textile artist who is known and respected nationally. Her educational background is in teaching and after forty-eight years, she still has a passion to share her knowledge with others. She is chairman of the textile department of The Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, Illinois, where she teaches weaving, knitting, and spinning. She teaches regularly at guilds and shops, and at state, regional, national, and international conferences. Her one-of-a-kind garments have been exhibited internationally and are in several private collections. Her articles have appeared in several fiber-related magazines such as Handwoven, Spin-Off, and Weavers, and her garments have been published in a number of books. She is the author of the book, More on Moorman: Theo Moorman Inlay Adapted to Clothing.