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Kate Larson

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 ever-growing 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 several videos, including How to Make Yarn to Knit (Interweave, 2016). Her articles and designs have appeared in Spin-Off Magazine, Jane Austen Knits, Enchanted Knits, and more. Follow her woolly adventures at www.katelarsontextiles.com.

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Carol Haughton

Carol Haughton has been raising Alpaca's for 10 years and working with their soft warm fiber, spinning, felting and making hats. I now teach how to make a soft felted hat with a felting needle and a form, that you can wear home after 3 hours. We use all natural colors of their fiber and you pick the style that's just right for you.

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Deb Gerber

Deb Gerber has been making baskets for 19 years and has been teaching for over 10 years. Deb also learned to cane 5 years ago and attends special events & festivals with her baskets. Deb says she enjoys teaching and demonstrating basket weaving. Deb lives in Berne with her husband and they enjoy attending their three children's activities.

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Donna Stickley

Donna Stickley, owner of Stickley's Quilt Shop in Portland, has been sewing and quilting for over 25 years. During that time she has participated in numerous quilting classes and, over the past ten years, has taught various quilting classes ranging from beginner to advanced. In 2009, she had a quilt selected to hang at the National Quilt Show in Columbus, Ohio.

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Jay Couch

Jay Couch has been making looms for over 7 years. My wife and I make "Quality Looms @ an Affordable Price". I started out making Tapestry Looms for Lynn Oakes of Blue Acorn Woolens. We also make a Rug Hooking Loom for Donna Jo Copeland of Breezy Manor Farm. We wanted a rigid heddle loom, but when we looked around we found them to be very expensive. So I started working on my own design and would weave on it and keep making improvements till 9 prototypes later, I think we now have one of the best quality and most affordable rigid heddle loom on the market. All of our looms are made of hard maple. We have also expanded to – Inkle Looms, Triangle Looms, Navajo Looms, Rug Twining Looms. We make a Stand that will hold either our small 10" or our large 24" Rigid Heddle Loom. We also make accessories such as the Spool Holder and Warping Peg which are very handy when warping your loom, a "Mini Blending Board" used to blend your raw wool to prepare it for spinning.

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Julie Davidson

Julie Davidson has a small fiber farm called Teasel Hill Angoras, in Columbia City, Indiana, where she raises Angora goats and a few sheep. Her idea of a perfect morning is to take the goats and sheep for a leisurely walk in the meadow and to spindle without interruptions. She enjoys teaching people of all ages, from preschool to adult. Her favorite fiber activities are felting, spinning and knitting. She has been involved in organizing this festival from the beginning.

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Lesley Scott-Gillilan

Lesley Scott-Gillilan has been a fiber artist most of her life. Her grandmother taught her to knit as a child, but learning to weave in college introduced her to a wide range of other fiber arts. She earned her bachelor degree in art with a double major of sculpture and weaving from Western Kentucky University and bought her first floor loom while still a student. She has learned and teaches a variety of fiber techniques including rigid heddle, tapestry, triangle loom, and pin loom weaving and has recently discovered the art of needle felting. Lesley owns Tangled Web Art Studio in Muncie, IN, where she teaches private classes, sells small looms and fiber arts supplies, and creates her own fiber arts projects.

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Patti Hodge

Patti Hodge raises alpacas and angora goats in Whiteland, IN. She has been felting for 15 years, and has taught classes for the last 10 years. She loves to explore and experiment with fibers and felting techniques. She enjoys sharing her discoveries and introducing novice and experienced felters to this wonderful old-world textile art. Check out www.pattiscreativefelt.com for more information on her felting, artwork, and animals.

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Sharon Mays

Sharon Mays has raised Angora Rabbits for over 30 years. They are used for show animals or for the wool. She spins the wool into yarn for knitting and crouching. She attends fleece fairs and sells the spun wool for other spinners who crochet and knit, as well as those who spin with buy the raw wool. Sharon is trying to get her great grandkids interested in her hobby with angora rabbits.

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Stacy Hahn

Stacey Hahn is a stay-at-home mom of 3 boys and has been an avid knitter for over 8 years. Self-taught, she has made use of the many resources available to knitters and is excited to pass along some of her knowledge. She enjoys teaching the craft and meeting new friends that have also been bit by the knitting bug.

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Tracy Burns

Tracy Burns has been hooking rugs for 14 years and teaching classes in her home for 12 years. She enjoys giving rug hooking demonstrations and presentations for groups and museums. She has given presentations in 20 towns in 15 counties in Indiana. Tracy also enter rugs in the Fayette and Wayne County fairs as well as the Indiana State Fair, Where she has won many ribbons. Tracy continues to take advanced rug hooking classes to develop and enhance her skills so she can help share the different possibilities of this fiber art. She and her family live in the rural area of Fayette/Wayne Counties.

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