2018 Fiber Festival Instructor Bios
Please Note: Refunds are given if course is canceled by GVHG due to lack of enrollment or if you cancel before September 1, 2018. There will be a $25 charge for checks returned for insufficient funds.
Anita Lopez-Conheady is the woman behind Bad Wolf Yarn, specializing in Kromski Spinning Wheels and Looms. She can typically be found spinning and weaving with locally sourced and conservation breed wools at her 19th ward home studio. Having won awards at both the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival and Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival she is delighted to be able to share her love of fiber through teaching. https://www.badwolfyarn.com/
Ellen Minard, owner of Ellen's 1/2 Pint Farm, has been hand painting yarns and fibers for thirty years. She travels to many sheep and wool festivals and knitting conventions with her yarns, and has taught at various spinning & knitting guilds, fiber festivals, and Stitches. "The color inspiration comes from my own personal experiences, especially with nature. I do not have a degree in color theory, just a lot of time spent "playing" and experimenting with the colors, a few classes with some wonderful instructors, and most of all, a great love of vibrant colors!" Yes, you will learn in the class, but the most common comment after someone has taken a class is "It was a lot of fun and I had a great time"!
Linda Voss Plummer
Linda Voss Plummer can’t remember when she didn’t knit and has taught locally and regionally and has been fortunate to study with nationally and internationally recognized knitters, spinner and weavers. She loves to lead students to the joy of knitting and then watch them become independent, free-thinking knitters, helping them create their own designs and make decisions about how they want to adapt patterns. Her special passions are cables, lace, domino and two color knitting such as Fair Isle and Scandinavian patterns. She feels privileged to design for several yarn companies and is published among others, Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, as well as Cascade, Zealana and Noro books. She also spins, weaves and quilts but if, perish the thought, she had to decide on one activity, it would be knitting. www.artsyknits.com
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Liz Yockel is the owner of The Fuzzy Bunny and the Honeoye Craft Lab, where she teaches spinning and knitting, among other things, and dyes many pounds of fiber each year. She moved to Hemlock, NY so she could start a small retirement sheep farm (still in the works) and accidentally opened a craft and yarn store instead. You can see more at https://www.fuzzybunnyyarn.com/
Lynda began her fiber journey as a fabric fondler at an early age. She learned to sew, then weave, dye, spin, and knit. Using her BFA in Fashion Design she started her TwistedWool indie fiber business with her mother, who does all the same processes Lynda does and they enjoy each minute together making pretty fiber items. Lynda has shared fractal spinning and rigid heddle weaving with her spinning guild. https://www.etsy.com/people/twistedwool
Marcia Weinert's handspun skeins and knitwear designs have taken top honors at both the New York and Maryland Sheep and Wool Festivals. She teaches spinning, knitting, felting and crochet in many outlets across the eastern seaboard, including a 13-year-long program at the library where she works. Marcia (who is “Undeniably Loopy!”) has been addicted to turning fluff into stuff ever since sneaking her 9-year-old daughter’s spindle and fiber after their first class together, two decades ago!
Nikki is a retired elementary school teacher and has making baskets as a hobby for the past 20 years. It all started when she attended an adult education class at a local school district. The intrigue of basketry for Nikki is that every basket is useful, every basket makes an amazing gift, and every basket is a personal statement. There is always more to learn, and there is much variety in weaving materials and techniques. Over the years, she has shared her love of basketry by attending basketry conferences, creating beginning basket designs and patterns, and teaching classes from her home. Nikki is a member of the Finger Lakes Basket Weavers Guild.
Peggy Ann Watts
Peggyann has been a rug braider for 35 years. She is the owner and teacher of Belfast Braids at the Belfast Braiding Center in Belfast New York. She has taught at the Valley Forge Braid In in PA and at the New England Braid In in Meltheun, Mass. She enjoys displaying and demonstrating rug braiding at Country Fairs. Teaching and passing on the skills of rug braiding has allowed her to meet many wonderful people.
Sharilyn Ross has been knitting (thank you, grandma) and crocheting (thank you, mom) since childhood. These early skills have blossomed into a way of life that includes daily dips into the fiber arts. She has been teaching knitting and crochet for 6 years and loves the time in class to share her fiber arts skills and passion with others.
Tina Turner is the proud owner of The Knitting Circle, www.tinaturnerknits.com in Fairport NY. She has been knitting for over 35 years, and in 2002 became a Craft Yarn Council Certified Knitting Instructor. Tina has taught at the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival, the Yarn Boutique in Rochester NY, the Pittsford and Fairport libraries and at The Knitting Circle. She has been President of the Rochester Knitting Guild and also of the Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild. Teaching knitting has become a passion and a joy. Tina has started to do more designing and has patterns available on her ravelry site.
Wendy J. Caffee
Wendy J. Caffee is spinner, knitter, tatter, weaver. As a child, she kept busy with any kits and crafts that were available. She picked up knitting again as an adult in the late 80’s and started spinning in 1992. She explored bobbin lace, weaving, dying, felting, battenberg lace and other techniques to satisfy the need to create. She is an active member of the Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild since 1993. Her interest in flax began many years ago while assisting with the demonstration at an early Finger Lakes Fiber Festival. Now, she demonstrates the processing of flax and spinning linen at least a few times per year., growing a small amount as needed. She can usually be seen with her current companion, a Great Pyrenees dog named Nikko.