November 13-15, 2020 • Entry is Free • Family Friendly!
In the early 90’s, Ellen Baize, wife and mother or four, added to her knitting skills spinning and weaving when her parents brought the first Shetland Sheep to Texas. In 2008 she acquired part of the family flock near Fort Davis, Texas, and soon was having mill spun yarn made from her Shetland fleeces to share this wonderful fiber with weavers and knitters. She dyes both soft knitting yarn and durable yarn for weaving household items with natural dyes: indigo, cochineal, and osage orange. She has taught dye workshops and loves teaching others to weave and knit.
Mistie is the wife of a terrific man who loves her just the way she is and makes her happy. She is the mother of 5 adorable children who keeps her busy and brings her joy regularly. She is blessed and extremely fortunate to be a stay-at-home mom. She started crocheting in 2004 and started designing patterns in 2007. It did not take her long to realize that crocheting, caring, and designing was her passion.
Lyn and her husband, Mark, have owned and operated the Gulf Breeze Alpaca (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 felting & 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 is an artist and educator; she grew up in Metro Detroit MI where she earned her BFA in painting and fibers and a BS in Art Education. She taught art at the high school level for two years until she moved to Houston TX. In Houston, Kyla continued her arts education by completing her Master of Fine Arts and joining local guilds. She is the owner and creator of Kyla’s Lab: Textile Arts and Accessories where she sellers her hand dyed yarns and handwoven goods, as well as working as a professional artist. She expresses her need to spread the love of art to others by teaching fibers and sculpture at the University of Houston, as well as workshops and private lessons.
Jenn Kulick is owner of Suzoo's Wool Works in Bandera, TX. A teacher by day, she is also an "Innie" Dyer doing project based dying for her shop and designs. She has been in the fiber arts world for over 10 years with a focus on felting, knitting and weaving.
AgriLife Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor in Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Science, Texas A&M University
Has worked in the 4-H Youth Development Program thirty years.
Along with husband Steve, have a small alpaca farm that began in 2009 after visiting a ‘feed the alpaca farm’ while vacationing in New Mexico. She has learned to felt using alpaca and other fibers to create purses, hats, scarves, sculptures and now two-dimensional portraits. Wet and needle felting technique can be used, but primarily needle felting.
Enjoys teaching youth the art of felting because it is very creative, very forgiving and requires very minimal inputs.
Laurie has been spinning and weaving for nearly thirty years. She has raised her own sheep, rabbits, flax and cotton. Her preferred mode of weaving is tapestry, especially with her own handspun yarns, and she enjoys the range of tools and materials available for spinning. She is a member of the Brazos Weaver’s and Spinner guild in College State, Texas.
Marti Swanson is an artisan who has worked in a variety of tactile media. A Texas native, her childhood was immersed in the arts including fine art, music and theatre. It was also spent on the banks of the Hill Country rivers where her love of nature, color and light began. She has always been curious and finds the path of learning and experimenting to be a continual source of creative inspiration.
Marti has an educational background teaching geography, geology and earth science as well as art. She has taught all ages from 5 – 65. Her approach to teaching is to explore and discover while having fun. Her reward is seeing the excitement in students as they challenge themselves and succeed.
Her discovery of felting and fiber arts brings together a melding of Marti’s passions from sculpting, playing with color and the tactile art of creating with fiber. Marti believes, “Working with something so organic, whether wet felting or needle felting, there is something just magical when it all takes form and little joy bubbles erupt!”
I learned to crochet with my grandmother's instructional help during the summers before I was ten. A woman at church expanded
my world to include tatting as a young teenager. My first job was as a 'page' at a public library when I was fourteen. I worked at that library through high school. The library break room provided space for lunch
and breaks for the staff. The librarians knit during their breaks and lunch hours. I knew I was going to be a librarian one day - so I had to learn to knit. After my first independent trip to Europe, I discovered bobbin lace. I spent hours sitting in train stations watching women make lace
in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, and Sweden. I studied bobbin lace
with Osma Gallager Tod in Coral Gables, Florida, and took classes
in North Carolina, Maryland, Belgium, and and Denmark. Since retiring, I volunteer at my local public library and am expanding my fiber
adventures to include spinning and weaving.
Asia Steeghs is a visual artist living in San Antonio, Texas working in a range of mediums. She began to work in polymer clay making jewlery in high school and then as a graduate from UTSA received a BFA in ceramics. Working to sell her wares at different markets around Texas, began working in an art studio in North San Antonio as a paint teacher. As she moved into canvas painting and drawing, also started to sew clothes again. As interest in sewing grew, the curiosity of dyeing her own material became a new avenue of art to learn. Discovering folding and binding the fabric to create patterns was an exciting method to make unique prices each time. This method is called shibori and was discovered by Japanese. Asia now teaches shibori classes at studios in Bandera, Boerne and San Antonio TX.
Debbie started needle felting as a hobby over 5 years ago. After retiring from her first career, she launched her new career and business, Wellwerks Fiber Art LLC in 2019. She takes on limited commission work and is in the processing of launching a new web site. Wellwerks Fiber Art can also be found on Facebook.
Hi! I'm Ashleigh from Wanderlust Fiber Arts. I'm originally from Minnesota, but the Air Force brought my family to Texas about five years ago, and we are in love! I've been knitting for fifteen years and designing for a little over a year. I create patterns with an emphasis on eye catching colorwork and fun construction techniques. Each design is inspired by the powerful itch to explore that resides in all of us. I have spent years of my life traveling through Europe, Asia, and South America (my heart belongs to Peru!). The world is an inspiring place, and fiber art transcends cultures, languages, and differences. I never stop dreaming about my next pattern or my next trip abroad, and I hardly put my needles down. You can find me on Ravelry or Instagram @wanderlustfiberarts. I can't wait to meet you!
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