2018 Instructor Bios:
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Brenda has been spinning seriously for 10 -12 years and recently received her master spinner certificate, with a dissertation on Bison fibers. She has been teaching spinning for the couple of years. She totally enjoys meeting new students and is tickled pink with their enthusiasm and that ah-ha moment when it all sinks in!
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 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".
Elizabeth has been knitting for over 18 years and has been knitting entrelac for a good portion of that time period. Her first entrelac pattern was a scarf and she felt instantly in love with this wonderful and flexible technique. She has taught multiple classes at the Houston Fiber Fest and at several Houston Knit at night Guild meetings.
As a girl, fashioning distinctive apparel for my dolls soon led to designing artistic ‘dog-wear’ and then later my own clothes. This youthful interest led me to pursue a degree in Home Economics Education. Employment opportunities, however, directed me towards a career in Nutrition and Dietetics, and I practiced as a Registered Dietitian in Austin, Tx. for the next twenty years. Later, my family moved to Wimberley, purchasing a 40 acre wildlife paradise where we raised our children. There I began a love affair with nature, beautiful sunsets, organic gardening, and our 15 alpaca who were the initial inspiration for opening the yarn shop in Wimberley called Ply! Yarn and Handwovens.
In the studio, I invest a bit of myself in each handwoven piece. My love for our gentle alpaca, the magnificence of my surroundings, and the peace and deep satisfaction I feel when I am creating at the loom go into each garment. Whether working with my own hand spun yarn, alpaca fiber, silks, mohair, the finest wool, or novelty yarns, it is always a thrill to see how texture and color combine to make something beautiful and unique.
My journey has continued with the selling of my yarn shop in order to focus on Saori weaving. I was thrilled to be accepted as a Registered Saori Studio and Dealer in 2017. My studio is where community is created through Saori weaving classes and the love of fiber arts.
Going back to my roots, I’m once again fashioning art-wear through my weaving at Wimberley Valley Saori Weaving Studio.
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Welcome to the 10th Annual Show
At the Seguin/Guadalupe County Coliseum, in Seguin Texas
Admission is Free
Friday, May 1, 2020, 11:00 - 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 2, 2020, 9:30 - 4:30 pm