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, to 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 hand-spinning 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, Knitting Sweaters from Around the World, and more. Follow her woolly adventures at www.katelarsontextiles.com.

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Julie Davidson

Julie Davidson is very proud to have been part of the Jay County Fiber Arts Festival from the very start and would like to thank Gyneth Augsburger for getting it started and keeping it going. Julie enjoys the process of making yarn, starting with her flock of sheep and Angora goats. She teaches spinning, dyeing, and felting around Northeast Indiana, and demonstrates fiber arts at reenactment festivals each fall. She and her husband regularly host spin-ins at their farm, Teasel Hill Angoras, in Columbia City, Indiana.

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Tracy Burns

Tracy Burns has been hooking rugs for 14 years and teaching classes for 12 years. She enjoys giving rug hooking demonstrations and presentations for groups and museums, and is proud to have given presentations in 20 towns in 15 counties in Indiana. Tracy also enters rugs in the Fayette and Wayne County Fairs as well as the Indiana State Fair, where she has won many ribbons. She 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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Carol Tropf

Carol J. Tropf taught students from pre-school through 8th grade for 31 years. She spent 5 of those years in Blackford County Schools teaching art to elementary and junior high schoolers. These years in art education facilitated further exploration in many areas of art, but particularly in fiber arts and jewelry making. Since retiring in 2012, Carol has pursued her love of the fiber arts through needle felting, needle punch and rug hooking, and sewing. For the past four years, Carol has been teaching needle felting at the Arts Center in Hartford City; Hobby Lobby in Marion; and in Lakeside Chautauqua, Ohio, for 2 weeks each summer.

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Pennie Phares

Pennie Phares is a kindergarten teacher and lives on a farm in Northern Indiana. She has enjoyed spinning, weaving and raising sheep for 30 years. She raises wool crosses along with alpacas, llamas, and Angora rabbits. She enjoys teaching spinning and fiber blending, as well as representing SWIFT at several fiber festivals in Indiana.

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Nancy Danner

Nancy Danner lives in Wawaka, Indiana, on a dairy farm with her husband. She learned to crochet from her grandma when she was very young, and started spinning when her kids were showing llamas and alpacas in 4-H. That led her to explore other hobbies like weaving, felting, and knitting. She has taken many classes and workshops, and worked in the yarnshop, D’vine, for 6 years in Shipshewana teaching spinning, weaving, and knitting. She is currently busy opening a retreat in Wawaka for fiber people to come stay, learn, or just get away with friends.

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Christina Coghill

Christina Drennen Coghill is a lifelong crafter. She learned to spin over 20 years ago, which led her to explore processingfiber and dyeing. Christina is now a certified Redding Method Dyeing instructor, and is very excited to share this technique with her students here at Jay County Fiber Festival. Redding Method Dyeing allows her to produce bright, vibrant colorways that are both beautiful and colorfast.

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Sheryl Meacham

Sheryl Meacham has been a fiber artist and weaver since her early twenties. She raises Wensleydale and Teeswater sheep in Sellersburg, Indiana, and loves exploring the different ways these fleeces can be spun and used. She enjoys meeting with fiber artists and exchanging ideas and techniques and has become as much an avid student as a teacher. "There is so much to know and it’s so exciting to see our fiber community continue to expand with the sharing of new ideas and techniques."

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Carl McDowell

Carl McDowell learned what to do in weaving from a book, he learned what not to do from experience! He has weaved with the Navajo Indians, and worked at a variety of other fiber festivals. Carl believes that the art of weaving is a never-ending learning process and he is ready to share some of his knowledge gained in over 10 years of experience and help you get started!

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