Get to know the workshop instructors and what they are teaching

Barbara QuinnBonn Marie BurnsCarin EngenDan and Susie Wilson
Debbie EllisDiana PurkeyDiane McKinnonElise Cain
Elizabeth PalmerHeather CampbellJanel LaidmanJayne Deardorff
Jennifer NightingaleJudy SysakJudy TaylorJuneko Martinson
Laurie WeinsoftLaurinda ReddigLeBrie RichLee Meredith
Linda HendricksonMargaret StumpMichele BernsteinOpalyn Brenger
Rosanne AndersonSheila JanuarySivia HardingSusan Clark
Terry MattisonWanda JenkinsUna WalkerHeather Lowe
Barbara Quinn is a string slinger. She has been slinging string for over 50 years and has been a member of NwRSA for 25 of those years. She spins, knits, tats, crochets, beads (both off loom and on), works on leather and has tried her hand at weaving. In the process of pursuing her past time, she has been known to design a sweater or two. Hand spinning (both with wheel and spindling) has opened new doors for creation finding that handspun yarns didn’t have the same properties as commercial yarns. This brought her to explore yarn structure, fibre properties and knitting original garments. She willingly shares her knowledge with anyone who will listen. She lives in Vancouver, WA, retired, and gives her time to teaching, travel and enjoying the company of her Springer Spaniel, Zoë and Hannah Belle, her mini-dachshund. She has been teaching needle arts for 30 years. Bonne Marie Burns has attracted international acclaim for her modern and versatile Chic Knits Knitwear Pattern design portfolio, presented at . Inspired by new and veteran knitters, Bonne Marie loves to share the fun and excitement of the craft in her collection of tips and techniques! Carin Engen is an award winning fiber artist and workshop instructor who has been using her experimental, playful nature to explore felting and color seriously since 1992. She maintains a studio in Garberville, California where she produces a line of hand dyed wool fabric and fiber as well as her felt art. She is an enthusiastic teacher who encourages innovation in her students work. Dan & Susie Wilson own SuDan Farm and raise Border Leicester, Coopworth and Gotland Sheep. They have been direct marketing everything their sheep produce since before 2000...both meat, wool products, and breeding stock. They are enthusiastic supporters of all things lamb and wool! Debbie Ellis has had her head in the dyepots since 1995, when she learned to skirt, wash, clean and dye a huge Suffolk sheep fleece. Shortly thereafter, she took spinning, weaving and dyeing classes in profusion. She credits Judith MacKenzie, Judilee Fitzhugh, Deb Menz, India Flint, and many other remarkable teachers with stoking the fires of creativity, not only in dyeing (including natural and eco-printing), but also in weaving, paper making, and book arts. Debbie markets her art yarns, batts, rovings, eco-print scarves, weavings, and other artwork at local and regional fiber events, art shows and galleries, under the name Artisan Fibers. Diana Purkey says, "I wasn't born on a farm, but I got there as soon as I could." We began our shepherding adventure in 2011. We were 58 years old and had never raised any livestock. We have experienced multiple joys and trials as we learn how to nurture our beloved Shetland sheep. WS 656 Shepherding: Where do I begin? Diane McKinnon is an avid weaver and spinner who especially enjoys seeing her students discover their own potential as they have fun with fibers. Her first loom was a rigid heddle loom that she bought while she was still in high school. Diane went on to study weaving during college. She did additional color, textile, and weaving studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Attending conference classes, working for two years in a weaving shop, and doing production weaving increased her skills and knowledge over the years. She teaches at The Black Sheep Gathering, NwRSA’s Annual Conference, Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival, and holds regular fiber classes in the Thistle Patch Fiber Studio at her home. She was honored to be selected as an Invitational Artists for 2012 Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. Diane is an enthusiastic spinner as well and she uses her collection of looms to weave her special yarns into unique hand-woven items. She especially enjoys sharing the wonders of weaving with beginning weavers.
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Heather Campbell has raised rabbits and been a spinner since she was a teen. Her rabbitry Oceanside Angoras, ranks as a top breeder of Satin and English Angoras. Heather is also the owner/operator of Purly Shell Fiber Arts, in Ilwaco WA. Spinning and bunnies is her life! Heather Lowe holds a BFA from Oregon College of Arts and Craft where she studied Fiber Arts and mixed media. Her fibers work is an ongoing passion and she has been working and playing in the field for 15 years. She has taught arts focused adult education at OCAC, Portland Community College, and given live demonstrations at events across the Pacific Northwest. You can see her work, or ask questions at Janel Laidman is the author of three knitting books, and articles in Spin-Off. She has been spinning for the last twenty years and knitting for even longer. Janel lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where it gets cold enough to wear woollies, but stays mild enough to enjoy the great outdoors year-round. When she’s not knitting or spinning, Janel loves hiking, cooking, feeding the birdies, and photography. Jayne Deardorff, A 2013 graduate of Olds College (, completed her Master’s Thesis on spinning and blending Cashmere with other quality fibers. She graduated and received her Master Hand Spinning Certificate in 2013. Her thesis findings and her methods for blending Cashmere provide the foundation for this hand spinners’ workshop. In addition, she completed Levels 1 and 2 of the wool judging Certificate. Jayne is the Beginning Spinning Teacher at Olds College Fiber Week ( ), and teaches other one day classes at Fiber Week. Judy Sysak and Jennifer Nightingale have completed a rigorous year long course of study covering a multitude of unique dyeing techniques called The Redding Method, developed by innovator Natalie Redding of Namaste Farms. As certified Master Dyers we are excited to share numerous approaches to achieving multiple super saturated colors without muddying. Judy Taylor has been rug hooking and teaching for over 20 years. She has written two award winning books on the subject. She breaks rug hooking down so it is easy and fun for folks of all ages to make treasured heirloom rugs. Juneko Martinson began needle felting in 2003. It was love at first sight. She taught classes in the Bay Area and San Diego until relocating to the PNW in 2007. She continued teaching workshops in the Portland/Vancouver area including sessions at the Walters Cultural Center in Hillsboro and OFFF ’15. Her specialty is felting animals, particularly dogs, cats and farm animals. Juneko’s work has been sold at several Portland galleries and at The Museum of Contemporary Craft. Her passion for fiber led her and husband to purchase a farm near Vancouver, WA. As a fiber artist it is quite a thrill to take part in every step from raising the animal to creating a unique handmade item. To view her work visit: Laurie Weinsoft has been one of the top spinning teachers in the Portland area for the last twenty-five years She started teaching spinning within months of learning herself. She has taught a continuing class for beginning and returning students at Northwest Wools in Portland, Oregon for more than 14 years. Laurie is one of the original members of the Twisted Sisters spinning group and was a contributor to the Twisted Sister’s Sock Book and Twisted Sisters Sweater Workshop. Her handspun sweater and pattern is the last sweater design in the workshop book. Her work also has been published in Spin-off and shown in the Contemporary Crafts Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Laurie has taught special workshops for PNCA. Laurinda Reddig is a crochet designer and author who loves sharing her passions through teaching. She especially enjoys experimenting with unusual techniques and working with handdyed yarns. When she is not crocheting, Laurinda enjoys spinning, needle felting, and sharing her love of all fiber arts with her children. LeBrie Rich is an artist living in Portland, Oregon. Her work emphasizes experimentation in materials and processes and often employs pattern, print and fiber. LeBrie makes both temporary and permanent work for diverse settings including museums, galleries, storefront windows, art vending machines, and craft shows. LeBrie is the proprietress of PenFelt, a line of hand-felted wearables that can be found in craft galleries throughout the country. LeBrie has been teaching feltmaking for 12 years.
Lee Meredith (also known by her business name, leethal) is a maker of things, doer of stuff, with a background in art, and a love of color, puzzles, and experimentation. She brings these elements into her patterns, designing knitwear with unusual construction, bold lines and shapes, and lots of color. A patient and enthusiastic teacher, Linda Hendrickson has written dozens of articles for fiber magazines, as well as several books including "Please Weave a Message" and "How to Make Ply-Split Braids". She also enjoys gardening, nutritarian cooking, and practicing Taoist Tai Chi. Liz Palmer was born with knitting needles in her hands in a small town in Connecticut. Knitting helped her cope with childrearing and a career as a scientist and chemistry teacher. When she moved to the state of Washington thirteen years ago she learned how to spin. And it has all been downhill ever since. An early retirement has allowed her explore everything fiber, from carding and combing, to dyeing and blending, spinning and plying, and designing her own knitted and woven garments. Now it is all about developing the right side of her brain and sharing her passion by teaching. Margaret "Meg" Stump is a fiber craftsperson with work focused on pin looms and pin loom weaving. Meg is the author of Pin Loom Weaving; 40 Projects for Tiny Hand Looms, published by Stackpole Books. Due to the upswell of interest in pin looms, she has just finished a second book devoted to pin loom weaving to be published in late 2016. Michele Bernstein has been knitting since her favorite aunt taught her when she was 14. She is particularly fond of texture (cables, lace, and entrelac) and loves designing accessories that make the most of one skein of beautiful yarn. She is the designer of Rosaria, the 2014 Rose City Yarn Crawl Mystery Knit Along Shawlette, and has been published most recently in Doomsday Knits from Cooperative Press and the Under 100 Knit Collection from Knit Picks. She also enjoys teaching people how to be the boss of their knitting! You can view her blog at Opalyn Brenger says, "I was introduced to Ply-Split Braiding several years ago and have been fascinated with the versatility of these two simple "stitches." Learning how to change each element and creating a wide variety of objects including basket, bands, and bookmarks has been a lovey journey. I've made several garden baskets out of cords made from plastic bags and the dirt rinses off easily." "I raise my own small flock of non-lamb burger sheep, love anything fibery and also enjoy all the prep work to see a year's worth of dirty growth turn into beautiful fluff! I attend various fiber conferences and fairs in order to keep current, look for new opportunities to learn and teach, and just enjoy the ambiance of the fiber world!" -Rosanne Anderson Shelia January learned to knit as a child and has knitted continuously since, working in financial services in many states. She has returned to her roots in Oregon, where she now lives on a farm with her sheep, a cow, chickens, cat, husband, and her extensive spinning wheel and yarn collections. She became a spinner 16 years ago and has spent time in Europe and South America to study Old and New World traditions in knitting and spinning. She knits and designs, judges at fleece, spinning and knitting competitions, and teaches spinning and knitting. Her patterns are available on Ravelry, and she has been published in books, Spin-Off and Ply magazines. Sivia Harding has been churning out patterns since 2003. Her work has widely appeared in publication under her own name, plus being featured in Brooklyn Tweed's Wool People Series, Twist Collective online magazine,, and in many published collections. Sivia has taught her techniques widely across the US and Canada. She is especially known for her exceptional beaded knits. Susan Clark has been a hand spinner for over 15 years, and has taught spinning to both children and adults. Her current spinning interest is making wild novelty yarns and she has begun Japanese free-form weaving. "I am a fiber artist who fell in love with Pygora goats at first sight (about 15 years ago), and have never regretted my tiny flock of Pygora wethers! I've focused on Pygora fiber exclusively: shearing the goats, dehairing the fiber (yes I've a dehairing machine in my garage), dyeing, blending, spinning, knitting and weaving. I've sold Pygora fiber online and at fiber festivals for the past 12 years." - Terry Mattison
Wanda Jenkins has enjoyed playing with yarn and threads since childhood but didn't cotton to spinning with a top-whorl spindle. When a Turkish spindle was placed in her hands, a decade ago, the spinning concept clicked. Now she's enamored with spinning all kinds of fibers on her spindles in all sorts of places. Una Walker is a fiber artist from Southern California that has been a punch needle artist for over 10 years and became a certified instructor two years ago. She has taught at many events on the West Coast. Una prides herself on her color and texture work, loves beginners and teaches with an ease and sense of humor.