t2018 Instructor Bios:

Cynthia Balentine

Cindy started converting natural materials into structures when she was 6 years old, and showed the neighborhood kids the proper way to build a fort.   She learned pine needle basketry at the foot of a coastal South Carolina basket maker in the early 1970's and has been collecting and bending all kinds of pine needles from around the world ever since.  When she is not traveling with her husband Jim she spins, knits, weaves, and experiments with new baskets at her home outside of San Antonio.

Sally Ball

Sally Ball is a professional felter and fiber artist with many years of teaching experience in both formal and informal settings.  She loves to work with others and share her passion and experience in creating art with fiber.

Jackie Binder

For the last decade fiber arts have been an ever growing passion for Jackie. Though it started with knitting, it has since blossomed to include crocheting and tatting. (both traditional and Celtic) She enjoy's the techniques as well as the rich history.

Marybeth Boatman

Hi, I'm Marybeth Boatman. I've been crocheting for about 25 years, knitting for 4 years and spinning for about 4 years. I enjoy all things yarn and fiber.  I'm also a stay at home mom to 4 kiddos who also enjoy the yarn-world! Can't wait to enjoy teaching a class with you all. 

Deborah Carlson

Deborah is a scientist turned knitter who enjoys the precision and beauty of lace work.  She has been instructed by some of the best lace knitters in the Orenburg, Shetland and Estonian techniques, and enjoys intricate and detailed work.  Her work has taken multiple ribbons at the state fair of Texas, and she is currently finishing a 1500 yard lace wedding veil.  In addition to knitting, she also enjoys spinning and blending fibers, as well as heirloom counted cross stitch.

Lyn Christoph

Lyn and her husband, Mark, have owned and operated the Gulf Breeze Alpacas (and Sheep) Ranch at Lake Corpus Christi near Mathis since 2007.  Soon after welcoming her alpacas home, Lyn developed skills in processing their fiber herself, starting with learning how to shear them.  After learning how to shear and process her own fiber into batts, roving and yarn, Lyn opened her shop and studio where she teaches spinning, knitting and wet and needle felting.  She offers handmade and commercially made items and yarn in her shop at the ranch.  She and her husband also together offer tours of the ranch to groups and families throughout the year. 

Kyla Crawford

Kyla is an artist and educator, she grew up in Metro Detroit, MI where she earned her BFA in Painting and Fibers and her BS in Art Education. She moved to Houston where she continued her arts education by completing her Masters of Fine Arts and also joined local guilds. Kyla has taught a wide range of ages from middle school to college.  She spreads the love of art and creating to others at the University of Houston and through workshops and private lessons.   


Karen Davis

Karen Davis is a fiber Artist of Entwined Fiber and Wire, owns four types of fiber animals on her farm in New Braunfels.  Angora rabbits, angora goats, llamas and alpaca share the farm and their fiber.  She enjoys spinning felting, weaving, needle felting and working with fiber to create unique products that are fun and unusual.

Rebecca Jones

Rebecca is a enthusiastic fiber artist with over 20 years of experience.  When she is not participating in the fiber arts she can be found reading, playing with model trains and working in technology.

Lesya Krasnikova

Lesya and her husband, Michael, run a small business together - Sova Artisan Goods- out of their home in San Antonio, specializing in handmade and custom ceramic and leather goods.  Lesya has enjoyed crafting with yarn throughout her life and when her journey with clay began she wanted to make clay items for fiber artists.  That's how yarn bowls was added to one of her favorite ceramic items to make.  Lesyya greatly enjoys shaping, texturing and carving clay.  This year she wanted to share the love of working with clay and give fiber artists and producers an opportunity to work with clay and make their very own yarn bowl/dome.  You can visit them at www.sovagoods.com 

Misty Meier

Misty is the owner of Happy Ewe a LYS just outside of Austin.  Her special fibery interest is in spinning and fiber prep.  She has been teaching spinning, crochet, knitting and rigid heddle weaving for 5 years and is currently working on her textiles masters in spinning.

Laurie Schlitter

Laurie is a spinner and weaver whose favorite fiberwork is doing tapestry weaving with her own handspun  yarn.  This allows her the freedom of designing yarn to fit a weaving and a weaving to fit her ideas.  She lives in College Station, TX and is a member of the Brazos Spinners and Weavers Guild

Laurel Smith

Laurel has been crafting since the age of 10 when her grandma taught her to knit and crochet.  Since then she has added tatting, weaving, spinning, beading, sewing, felting, and macrame to her repertoire.  Laurel tends to refer to the family home as "My Craft Rooms".


 Gabi Van Tassell

Born and raised in Germany, Gabi came to the United States in 1992, and moved to Texas in 2009.  Gabi is busy with her family and hobbies that include teaching and crafting.  She is the maker of the TURTLE hexagon pin looms, which were first launched in April 2017.  Gabi lives with her husband and three children in San Marcos, TX.



Friday, April 27, 2018, 11:00 - 5:00 pm

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:30 - 4:30 pm

Welcome to the 8th Annual Show

Admission is Free

Yellow Rose Fiber Producers Fiesta

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