Teachers



Layna Bentley
Omaha, NE
Layna is a textile artist, teacher, and antique button collector. She has been hand weaving for 40 years, specializing in one-of-a-kind tailored jackets under the label Layna Fiberart and more recently experimenting with dyeing and printing techniques. Layna's work has been shown in galleries and wearable art shows throughout the Midwest, Colorado, and California. She has taught at numerous regional and national weaving conferences and guild workshops. Layna was one of two jurors for the 2004 Convergence International Weaving Conference fashion show and was guest juror for Fiber Celebration 2008 in Loveland, CO. She was one of three featured artists at the Hillestad Textiles Gallery, UNL, Lincoln, NE in 2010. In 2013, she added quilting to her textile artwork in an attempt to use her massive fabric collection. Her professional life is a teacher of fashion merchandising and interior design

Katherine Buenger
Woodbury, MN
Katherine has a degree in studio art from Macalester College. She enjoys many fiber-related arts, including weaving, spinning, ply-split braiding, and braiding with Sami tin thread. Whether it is spinning the yellow pages, computer tape, or adding telephone wire to weaving, she likes finding something different and fun to do with her art. She is not afraid to break the rules and try something new, and encourages others to do the same. Katherine has taught Sami-inspired bracelets at The Weavers Guild of Minnesota, Midwest Weavers Conference, Minnesota Federation of Weavers and Spinners, and other venues in Minnesota and Wisconsin. After teaching hundreds of students, she is still having fun sharing this Nordic craft with others.
http://www.buengerstudios.com/
Greg Cotton
Iowa City, IA
Greg grew up on a sheep farm in South Dakota and always wondered what happened to all that wool after shearing was done. In 1980, he learned to spin and-being a person of generally oddball passions-has not stopped spinning since then. In fact, he has been teaching other people how to spin since 1983. Greg lives in Iowa City with five chickens and a house filled with fourteen spinning wheels, 98 spindles, seven looms, innumerable knitting needles, and enough wool to survive the zombie apocalypse. When he's not involved with fiber or chickens, he works as the College Librarian at Cornell College (where he never attends a faculty or committee meeting without a knitting project or a drop spindle close at hand). His nonfiber passions include baking bread with his 27-year-old sourdough starter, faithfully writing in his daily diary, and never ever missing a day at the gym.

Geke de Vries
Madison, WI
Geke (pronounced Gay-ka) studied arts and crafts as part of her teacher education degree in the Netherlands. After moving to Madison, WI, she took several weaving classes and has been weaving ever since. She is intrigued by color and texture and loves plain weave and twill to show off the color and luster of fibers. Geke teaches beginning weaving classes at her home studio and at The Clearing in Door County, WI. She is a weaving instructor at Oakwood West Retirement Community in Madison. Geke's love of textiles has taken her on tours to India, Central Asia, Bhutan, Japan, Mexico, and Peru, where traditional weaving is still part of everyday life. Visiting with these weavers and learning about their techniques and materials provides insights into ancient weaving traditions and the culture in which they live.

Laura Demuth
Decorah, IA
Laura has been a weaver for over 30 years and enjoys all aspects of textile production, from raising the sheep to taking a finished piece off the loom. Vesterheim, the Norwegian-American museum in Decorah, IA, has been a continual source of education and inspiration throughout her weaving career. Laura has focused on traditional weaving structures and techniques and is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist.

Karen Donde

Karen weaves garments, fashion accessories, and home textiles for sale and teaches beginning to advanced weaving classes and assorted workshops for guilds and conferences. Teaching credits include HGA's Convergence, Southeast Fiber Forum, Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association, and Florida Tropical Weavers Conference. Living in Western North Carolina, she has taught locally at weaving and yarn shops and currently offers classes at Local Cloth. Karen is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, graduated in 2013 from Haywood Community College's Professional Crafts Fiber program, and earned HGA's Level 1 Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving
http://www.karendondehandwovens.com/
Beth Duncan
Mills River, NC
Beth's experience includes attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and attending classes at guild and weaving conferences. Beth successfully juried into Complexity 2016, which featured her multi-shaft piece, Simple Geometry, woven in four-color doubleweave. Her teaching experience began at The Fine Line Creative Center in St. Charles, Illinois, where she still helps with a visually impaired weaving class each year. She has delved into various weaving topics to teach her classes from beginning weaving to more advanced subjects. Beth appreciates informative classes and disciplined, enthusiastic instructors. This is exactly what she strives for in her own classes.

Dawn Edwards
Plainwell, MI
Dawn is a felt artist and tutor based in Plainwell, Michigan. Dawn specializes in fun, out-of-the ordinary felt hats and sells her work under the label Felt So Right. She teaches extensively within the USA and internationally, including Australia, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Chile. Her felt art has appeared in numerous exhibitions, magazines, and books, most recently 'Worldwide Colours of Felt' by Ellen Bakker/Textile-link, several articles and a cover of the Australian Felt Magazine, and the International Feltmakers Association (IFA) journal, Felt Matters. Dawn is the co-coordinator of the not-for-profit 'Felt United', with over 6,000 members around the world. Felt United is celebrated internationally and annually on the first Saturday of October, with the goal of connecting feltmakers around the globe.
http://www.feltsoright.com/
Sarah Fortin
Mason, NH
Sarah became enthralled with hand weaving as a student of Clothing and Textiles at Washington State University. After graduating and coming to the east coast in the early 70's, she continued to pursue weaving as a craft while working as an Extension Educator. She became a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen in 1985, weaving and sewing women's clothing, throws, and blankets. Sarah has taught weaving extensively in the Northeast and across the country. Her work has been awarded many times at the League of NH Craftsmen's Fair, New England Weavers Seminar, NH Weavers' Guild Exhibits, HGA's Convergence, and The Blue Ridge Handweaving Show in NC, with several of her pieces receiving recognition for excellence in craftsmanship and creativity. Other work has been published in Handwoven magazine. Sarah continues to explore and expand in her art with new techniques as she teaches and exhibits in the area and around the country.

Louise French
North Oaks, MN
Weaving for more than 35 years, this textile art remains a central part of Louise's life. She taught weaving and ply-split braiding at Sievers School of Fiber Arts, several Midwest Conferences, at guilds throughout the Midwest, and on both coasts. Her articles on both weaving and ply-split braiding have been published in Handwoven magazine. In 2014, she earned the distinguished Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving from the Handweavers Guild of America.
http://www.louisefrench.com/
Jan Friedman
Iowa City, IA
Jan, a fiber artist, has been weaving since 1974. She received her M.A. in Textile Design at the University of Iowa in 1980. Jan has conducted workshops in weaving, color, and dyeing throughout the United States. She lives in Iowa City and maintains a studio at home. Jan's tapestries, framed pieces, and painted warp weavings have been featured in invitational exhibits and national craft shows. Her work also has been commissioned for public spaces and private collections.
http://www.janfriedmanfiber.com/
Stephenie Gaustad
Jackson, CA
For 45 years, Stephenie has taught classes in spinning, weaving, and dyeing across the United States and Canada. For the Canadian Master Spinner Program, she taught at both the Haliburton and Olds campuses. Her numerous articles have appeared in Handwoven, Shuttle, Spindle and Dye Pot, SpinOff, Ply, Jane Austen Knits and Knitwear. She also wrote and illustrated A Practical Spinners Guide to Cotton, Flax and Hemp and illustrated The Big Book of Hand Spinning. Some of Stephenie's work, (replicate handspun cotton textiles) are on display at Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. She says she would be hard pressed to say what gives her the most delight: the making or teaching.
http://pweb.jps.net/~gaustad
Constance Hall
Marysville, OH
Teaching, learning, and creating are a way of life for Constance. Learning to crochet at 5 started her on a lifetime of being creative. After running a glass-blowing studio and being self-employed for 30 years, Constance returned to her first love: fiber. Following years of fiber study and exhibiting at fiber shows, she now teaches spinning, rigid heddle weaving, and felting: all fiber all the time! Her passion for teaching and sharing a love for fiber is at the heart of all her classes. It's about the doing of it. Rigid heddle weaving takes the great yarns you already have and transforms them into magical woven cloth.
http://www.dyeology.com
Joanne Hall
Clancy, MT
Joanne is a weaver, teacher, and author with a master's degree in Textile Design from the University of Minnesota. After teaching at the University of Montana and Cal Poly in California, she started the Elkhorn Mountains Weaving Studio in Montana City, Montana, where she weaves tapestries and teaches weaving classes.Joanne specializes in decorative Swedish weaves, drawloom weaving, band weaving, and tapestry. She teaches many workshops with emphasis on weaves grounded in Scandinavia and connected to her Swedish heritage in her own studio and for art centers, folk schools, weaving shops, guilds, and conferences. Joanne is very knowledgeable about looms and weaving and is author of Mexican Tapestry Weaving, Tying Up the Countermarch Loom and Learning to Warp Your Loom.

Donna Hanson
Afton, MN
Donna was introduced to weaving on a rigid heddle and on a floor loom by her mother, a professional weaver, in the early 1970's. A former special education teacher, Donna began teaching at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota in 2009 and now teaches an average of 7 to 10 classes each trimester, including beginning and advanced techniques on floor looms and rug looms as well as lecture classes in design, color, blocks, and computer design. She has a particular interest in experimenting with color in her weaving, no matter the structure, and thoroughly enjoys the creative design process. Her work has been displayed at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota, Midwest Weavers Conferences, and the Minnesota State Fair, earning many ribbons, including the Sweepstakes in weaving.

Betty Huttner
Iowa City, IA
Betty has been learning and practicing various fiber arts since her grandmother taught her to cross-stitch at age five. Over five decades, she has engaged in sewing, knitting, embroidery, spinning, kumihimo, basketry, and bookbinding. An active weaver and ply-split braider, she has been exploring the art of Japanese temari over the past four years. Betty serves on the Board of the Midwest Weavers Association and enjoys teaching others how to make functional and decorative items from fiber.

Carol James
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Carol has been exploring sprang and other low-tech, easily transportable textile methods for the past 25 years. She has examined sprang items in collections across North American and Europe, and has made replicas of some of these items for clients such as George Washington's Mount Vernon, the German Archaeological Institute, the Canadian History Museum, and the Norwegian Army Museum. A very patient teacher, she has taught in Canada, the US, New Zealand, and Europe, and is the author of numerous articles and three books: Fingerweaving Untangled, Sprang Unsprung and a new book of Sprang Lace Patterns.
http://www.spranglady.com/
Terry Jones
Iowa City, IA
Terry has been weaving, spinning, and knitting for over thirty years. An article in Spin-Off by Judith MacKenzie inspired her to begin collecting thrift-shop sweaters in order to reuse the yarns. She has become somewhat obsessed and uses her recycled fibers for both knitting and weaving, exhibiting many of her completed projects at the Iowa State Fair. She also dabbles in quilting and sewing and just about any other craft that is fiber-related.

Donna Kallner
White Lake, WI
Donna puts her own spin on looping, a large family of single-element techniques. Older than weaving or knitting, looping is an ancient technique with many names, countless variations, and exciting contemporary applications. Donna fuses found and natural materials with modern technology and teaching methodologies. She produces a series of e-books and video-based online looping courses, and she is the author of New Age Looping: A Handbook For Fiber Artists. Learn more about looping at donnakallnerfiberart.com. Donna lives in rural northern Wisconsin.
http://www.donnakallnerfiberart.com
Laura Klaus
Fenton, MO
Laura started weaving over 25 years ago and has turned her passion for weaving into a business. She inherited her love of basket weaving from her grandfather who grew and harvested his own willow to weave with. Laura teaches at St. Louis Basketry Supply (the only basket store in Missouri), at a local community college, and several state historic sites and fiber events. She enjoys writing her own patterns and teaching all age groups and weaving levels, but she especially enjoys teaching beginners. Her husband of 33 years is a great supporter and is often seen in historical costume right next to her!

Rebecca Kobos
Lansing, IA
Rebecca has an ongoing love of fiber arts and surface design. She has gone from raising sheep, spinning, and weaving in the early 80's to currently designing fabric using light sensitive fabric paint. Becky then creates collage "fabric sketches" by combining these hand-dyed and commercial fabrics, as well as continuing to weave. A retired art teacher, Becky splits her time between Lansing, Iowa, with her view of the Mississippi and Bradenton, Florida, just a bike ride to the Gulf Coast beaches. Her work can be seen in galleries in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Florida.

Marilyn Moore
Iowa City, IA
Marilyn's first love is basketry, and basketry-related jewelry. Since 1979, she has taught for guilds, conferences, and conventions around the country and has written numerous articles and been featured in many publications. Having graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA in Fiber Art in 1997, Marilyn moved from Seattle in 2015 to Iowa City, IA. She has also recently joined the board of directors of the National Basketry Organization.
http://www.marilynmooreswired.net/
John Mullarkey
St. Louis, MO
An internationally recognized teacher, John has been tablet weaving for over a decade. His work has been displayed in the Missouri History Museum, and garments using his card woven bands have been featured in international fashion shows. His designs are featured frequently in Handwoven. John is the primary author of A Tablet Weaver's Pattern Book and has produced two DVDs for Interweave Press: "Tablet Weaving Made Easy" and "Double-Faced Tablet Weaving". He is the developer of the Schacht Zoom Loom."
http://malarkycrafts.com
Rebecca Reed
Madison, WI
Fibers with color and texture are a passion for Rebecca. She been weaving for more than 30 years--mostly plain weave to explore color transitions and texture. Rebecca has learned the basics of drafting and pattern weaving through workshops and conferences. To keep the energy of weaving she does about 3 shows a year. Rebecca loves the Midwest Weavers Conference for exploring new techniques and meeting people as crazy about fibers as she is. For her, weaving is a connection to both history and culture. Rebecca has spent the last 10 years exploring textiles around the world, visiting central Asia, India, Peru, and Bhutan. She feels close to women around the world who weave carpets, scarves, and shawls to support their families. Seeing, touching and feeling is a true communication between the ages and cultures.

Beth Smith
Howell, MI
Beth is so obsessed with fiber that she has fleece in every room of her house, including her bathroom. She teaches the whys and how-tos of preparing and spinning as many breeds as a spinner can in her classes taught all over the world and in articles written for Spin Off, Knittyspin and Entangled magazines. She also writes for Ply Magazine and serves as a member of the editorial advisory board. Almost everything Beth knows is in her two books, The Spinner's Book of Fleece: A Breed-by-Breed Guide to Choosing and Spinning the Perfect Fiber for Every Purpose and How to Spin. Both are published by Storey Books.
http://www.bethsmithspinning.com
Robyn Spady
Tokeland, WA
Robyn learned to weave over 45 years ago and completed HGA's COE-W in 2004. She is committed to turning the weaving world on to double-faced fabrics, four-shaft weaves, uncommon weave structures, narrow warp weaves, and the many forms of passementerie. Robyn is a well-known instructor and speaker. She is also the editor of the weaving magazine Heddlecraft.
http://www.spadystudios.com/
Liz Spear
Waynesville, NC
Liz is a full-time craftsman in Western North Carolina. Primarily a weaver of cloth and maker of classic, comfortable garments, Liz also makes nuno-felt yardage to be cut and combined with her handwoven fabrics. The wet-felting process is very different from the far more structured loom weaving, exercising different skill sets (and muscles!) Teaching and demonstrating for national craft schools and weaving and textile guilds all help Liz to hone her skills and to share them.
http://www.lizspearhandwoven.com/
Meg Stump
Mankato, MN
Meg has been working with pin looms for over 40 years, creating an enormous variety of two and three dimensional items using this smallest of hand looms. She is the author of two books, Pin Loom Weaving and Pin Loom Weaving To Go. One of the few things that Meg enjoys more than weaving small squares is hanging around with other fiber people and sharing her ideas and techniques. She is delighted to see so many weavers and artists enjoying and expanding the art of pin loom weaving.
http://www.pinloomweaving.com/
Dianne Totten
Marietta, GA
Dianne, a weaver for over 35 years and teacher for twenty, has developed what she calls "crimp cloth" to create one-of-a-kind garments with the heat-set fabric. Her expertise in sewing complements her passion for weaving. Dianne's award-winning work has appeared nationally and internationally. She teaches at John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina, for guilds and regional conferences in the US and Canada, and at Convergence. She has two crimp cloth DVD's available and has been published in SS&D, Handwoven, Weavers, Complex Weavers Journal, and Vavmagasinet.
http://www.diannetottenhandwovens.com/
Barbara Walker
Salem, OR
Barbara is enthralled with interlacements of all kinds. She is an active member of Northwest Designer Craftsmen, holds HGA's Master Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving, and has conducted workshops and seminars in the US, England, and Canada. Her award-winning work has been exhibited internationally, and two of her pieces are the only examples of ply-splitting in Lark Books' 500 Baskets. She is an enthusiastic teacher and has had numerous articles published in major weaving publications. She published Ply-Splitting from Drawdowns: Interpreting Weave Structures in Ply-Split Braiding in 2012, and Supplementary Warp Patterning: Turned Drafts, Embellishments & Motifs in 2016.
http://www.barbarajwalker.com/
Kathrin Weber
Clyde, NC
Kathrin has been living in the North Carolina mountains as a full time, self-employed fiber artist since 1980. She is known for her colorful hand-dyed yarn and handwoven fabrics. She has marketed through national craft shows, galleries, and commissions. Kathrin teaches weaving and dyeing workshops throughout the US at guilds, conferences, retreats, and personal studios. She has a fearless approach to using color and guides her students into informative play while designing, weaving, and dyeing. Her favorite phrase when teaching is "What if...?" while she encourages her students to think beyond original plans into possibilities that invariably arise.
http://www.blazingshuttles.com/
Heather Winslow
Sugar Grove, IL
Heather is a teacher and textile artist who is known and respected nationally. Her educational background is in teaching and after 50 years, she still has a passion to share her knowledge with others. She is chairman of the textile department of The Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, Illinois, where she teaches weaving, knitting, and spinning. She teaches regularly at guilds and shops, and at state, regional, national, and international conferences. Her one-of-a-kind garments have been exhibited internationally and are in several private collections. Her articles have appeared in several fiber related magazines such as Handwoven, Spin-Off, and Weavers, and her garments have been published in a number of books. She is the author of the book, MORE ON MOORMAN: Theo Moorman Inlay Adapted to Clothing.