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  • Fibre Week
    Fibre Enthusiasts Gather! Our Fibre Week event in June has something for everyone. Check out our short workshops, fleece shows, merchant mall, evening activities, and our famed Master Spinner and Master Weaver programs.
  • Master Weaver
    The Master Weaver Program is consists of five progressive levels of classroom and independent study involving skill development, research studies and project assignments.
  • Master Spinner
    The Master Spinner Program consists of six levels of classroom and independent study involving skill development, research studies and project assignments in the area of hand spinning of all major types of fibres, yarns and the end use of the spun yarns.
  • Fleece Shows
    The shows are judged in a public format to provide an educational opportunity with a variety of animal fibres for Fibre Week registrants as well as the general public.

Meet the Fibre Week Team

Fibre Week boasts a fantastic roster of instructors which put on this incredible event.  Below is a list of the 2017 year's roster.

Workshop Instructors

Every year we are lucky to invite a myriad of fibre artists from spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing, knitting and other assorted topics.  This year, we're very excited to include these instructors among our workshop list.  Be sure to check out their associated websites and biographies to learn more about them.  If you see an instructor you like, sign up for their class quickly!  There is limited space to share some time learning from these incredible artists.

(Looking for someone in particular?  They're listed in alphabetical order based on last name)

Michelle Boyd

Michelle Boyd is a spinner and weaver who lives right here in Olds, Alberta. Michelle is a graduate of Olds College’s Master Spinner Program and is now an instructor for that program. She has also taught spinning and weaving workshops at numerous fibre arts shops, conferences and festivals across North America. Michelle also writes about the technical aspects of handspinning and has been published in Spin-Off and PLY Magazine. While she still spins daily, Michelle is also currently exploring free-style weaving and garment design based upon the principles of SAORI weaving with the intention of incorporating handspun yarns into her one-of-a-kind wearables.

Website:  www.whorlspins.blogspot.com

 

Barb Brown

Barb Brown is a designer and lifelong knitter, living in Alberta, Canada. Her book, Knitting Knee-highs:  Sock Styles from Classic to Contemporary was released in February 2011 by Krause Publications.  Her designs have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Koigu Magazine, and The Knitter (UK).  Barb is the Design Coordinator for Ancient Arts Fibres, and also designs for the company.

She is the great-granddaughter of Jeremina Colvin, the Shetlander who, with her friends Mary Edwards and Sopia Percy of the Cowichan band, strived to make the Cowichan Sweaters a quality product that would provide an income for the women of that community

She is very interested the knitting traditions of all countries, and in teaching these techniques to others.  Many of her designs incorporate the unique stitches of these traditions.

Barb also teaches at fibre events including Vogue Live and Sock Summit, retreats and yarn shops.

Website:  www.wildgeesefibres.com

 

Fiona Ellis

Fiona Ellis graduated from DeMontfort University (England) in 1993 with a degree in fashion knitwear design. Since then she has designed for ready-to wear fashion. Her work has appeared in the leading knitting magazine publications and in yarn pattern booklets for many of the large yarn companies, as well as in collaboration with other businesses, including River City Yarns (Edmonton AB). She is proud to have been included in Twist Collective since the premiere issue in 2008. She is also the author of Inspired Cable Knits, Knitspiration Journal and Inspired Fair Isle Knits and an instructor at Craftsy.

Website:http://www.fionaellisonline.com

 

Kim McBrien Evans

Kim McBrien Evans is owner and the evil master genius behind Indigodragonfly, a hand dyed yarn, fabric and knitwear design company known for rich, complex colour and a humorous approach to their work. Kim’s work has been featured in Knit.Purl, Vogue Knitting, Knitscene, Interweave Knits, Knitty and Twist Collective. Indigodragonfly works with an international slate of knitwear designers and artisans in collaborative ways to promote Canadian work to an international audience.

Website:  http://www.indigodragonfly.ca/

Pam Howard

Pam Howard is a hand-weaver, dyer, spinner, teacher and the Resident Weaver at the John C. Campbell Folk School.  Her first time holding a shuttle in her hand was in 1967.   She has been weaving nearly every day since 1985.  With the influence of her Mother, a Home Economics teacher, she was inspired and encouraged to learn as much as she could about weaving and the fiber arts.

Pam has taught at international and regional conferences, crafts schools as well as for local guilds. She worked for the Handweavers Guild of America on their advertising staff for Shuttle, Spindle &Dyepot Magazine.  Pam is a member of Complex Weavers, the Southern Highlands Handicraft Guild, and the Modern Quilt Guild.  She has held the position of Resident Weaver at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina for 18 years.  Not only does she hire the weaving instructors and maintain the weaving studio but, teaches there as well. Pam’s passion is teaching new weavers so that they get a good foundation. Currently, she is enrolled in the Olds College Master Weaver Program.

Besides teaching, her woven and dyed work have been showed in competitions and invitational exhibitions all over North America.  Pam uses the best materials to make a cloth that is not only pleasing to the eye but serves the purpose that it is intended to be.  Her passion is color so that is why dyeing of her warps and fabric has become an important addition to her work and in her classes.

Website:  http://pbhoward.blogspot.ca/

 

Lois McDonald-Layden

Lois has been a felt artist for six years as TuckamoorWildcrafts. She produces wall art, bookmarks, art pillows and felted  birds. She is inspired by nature, and trees, flowers, the moon, sunsets, storms, and the ocean feature predominately. Her passion is creating complex and beautiful felted wool paintings that are mounted onto deep gallery canvases or framed. She is mostly self-taught, but takes workshops at every opportunity and continually learns from other artists.

From Newfoundland, she is an Army wife, who has lived all across Canada with her husband and three children, in some of the nation’s most beautiful places.  She expresses her love of natural beauty through her art. Lois enjoys teaching felting workshops; usually needle and wet felted landscapes.

Since the summer of 2015, she has been living in Oromocto, in the beautiful province of New Brunswick. Lois is making art full time and is dedicated to exploring this exciting creative outlet. She is fortunate to have a large studio in her home and lots of inspiration outside her door. Lois is building a body of work, regularly sells to galleries across Canada and to private collections worldwide, and accepts commissions.

A horticulturist and greenhouse manager by trade, she has also managed a successful artist cooperative. While felting is her current outlet of choice, Lois is also an accomplished costume designer, seamstress, landscape designer and potter. She is a juried member of the New Brunswick Craft Council and a member of The Fibre Arts Network.

 

Catherine Ross

I have been a fiber artist since I embroidered my first flower at 6 years old. I have experience in sewing, quilting, and embroidery of all kinds. I am currently working on Level Four of the Olds Master Weaver program. I have spent the last 6 years exploring weaving and dyeing in all its wondrous variety as well as sewing and embroidering on the side.

 

Christie Schulze

Christie has been spinning for close to 10 years.  She signed up for the Master Spinner program at Olds College having never even touched a wheel before and her passion for fibre arts was born.  She practices her art in Calgary, AB where she lives and draws inspiration from the doorway between mountains and prairie.

 

Caroline Sommerfeld

Caroline learned to knit and embroider when she was four, and has been passionate about fibres and yarn ever since! She focuses primarily on the areas of spinning, knitting, dyeing, and anything one can do with yarn. Caroline is an avid fibre artist, an indie dyer with her own yarn company, and she loves nothing more than to share her passion for fibres through teaching!

Website:  http://ancientartsfibre.com

 

Lorrie Steffler

Laurie Steffler is an accomplished fibre artist known for her imaginative artistic expression in rich texture, colour, sculpture and design in merino wool and silk nuno felted fashion accessories and garments. She has an illustration and painting degree from O.C.A.D. Laurie fell in love with wool as a medium and has been sharing her love of felting and dyeing since 1986. She enjoys supporting her students unique creativity.

Website:  www.saltspringfiberadventures.com

 

Diana Twiss

Diana is an experienced fibre arts instructor with a background in adult education and fine art. Passionate about fibre, fabric, colour and texture, she has introduced many beginners to the wonders of making yarn and has helped experienced spinners experiment with technique, colour, and fibre to take their spinning to a new level. She especially loves spindles because of their simplicity, beauty and portability. In addition to spinning for the last 16 years, she is a self-described “fearless knitter” and is currently working on her first Aran sweater using locally made yarn she bought in Ireland.

Living in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Diana is a regular fibre arts instructor for the Langley Weavers and Spinners guild as well as at Fibres West in Cloverdale, Knit City in Vancouver, and Valley Yarns in Surrey. Since 2010 she has travelled to HaidaGwaii on three amazing occasions to teach 2-day workshops in spindle spinning for the HaidaGwaii Arts Council. Diana taught 4 full-day spinning classes at Old’s College Fibre Week in 2016. She is on the roster to teach at ANWG 2017 in Victoria BC and Fibres West 2017 in Cloverdale, BC.

Spinner Spotlight: https://welfordpurls.com/2016/03/28/spinner-spotlight-diana-twiss/

Blog: 100milewear.com

Instagram: dianatwiss

2017 Master Spinner and Weaver Instructors

We have an incredible roster of instructors teaching with us for our Master Spinner and Master Weaver programs.  These talented individuals come from an exclusive roster for our program, and will be teaching the classes this year at Fibre Week.

(Looking for someone in particular?  They're listed in alphabetical order based on last name, within their spinning/weaving category)

Master Spinner Instructors

Jayne Deardorff

Bio coming soon!


Kristi Lacey

Bio coming soon!


Mary Lessman

Mary’s love affair with fiber started with knitting needles, a crochet hook and yarn when she was 13. She started spinning and weaving when living in Nova Scotia in the 1980s. Raising angora rabbits led to a desire to spin all the fibers. She founded the spinning guild in Memphis TN in 1997, giving programs about sheep, the spectrum of cellulose and protein fibers, dyes and dyeing and designing yarns. She teaches and demonstrates spinning and natural dyeing in the United States and Canada. She has both levels of the Canadian Wool Judging Certification and earned her Master Spinner Certificate from Olds College, Alberta, Canada. Her monograph is Exploration of Cabled Yarns. She spins and weaves daily and has taken up quilting, using hand spun and handwoven cloth.


Maria Lougheed


Maria obtained her B.A. and B.Ed. from Lakehead University and her Masters in Special Education from the University of Alberta. Maria is a retired teacher with over 30 years of service but with love of teaching continues on as a substitute teacher in Camrose schools.


Maria is a third generation fibre enthusiast and learnt all the different fibre arts skills from her mother who taught fibre arts in schools. Always looking for ways to master the various skills she completed the Master Knitter’s Program and the Designer Designation through the Knitting Guild of Canada. She enrolled in the Dressmaking and Design obtaining her certificate from the International Correspondence School and is a graduate of the Olds Master Spinner’s Program.

Maria enjoys designing from her own ideas. She was awarded the best of show for her sweater which she designed and knitted in the Blueberry Country Fair in Fort McMurray. Her passion is to blend all the fibre skills into her finished products including spinning, dyeing, knitting, weaving, crochet, embroidery and bead work.
Maria is very active in sharing her love of fibre in the community of Camrose. She volunteers at the public library to teach knitting, crochet and spinning. Also she is involved with a knitting, spinning, weaving and quilting groups in the Camrose area. She is currently president of the HWSDA or Hand Weavers, Spinners, Dyers of Alberta


Donna Rudd

I am a retired farmer and insurance broker, now living in a small village in central Alberta. I have been an instructor for the Master Spinner Program at Olds College since I graduated from the program. Also at Olds College, I earned my Camelid Fibre Sorter/Grader and Wool Judge Certificates. I have worked as a wool and mohair judge, Spin Off judge and sorter/grader many parts of the USA and Canada for over 10 years.

For the past 15 years I have taught classes on camelid fibre harvesting practices, sorting, and grading in both Canada and the USA. As well, I have presented classes on spinning, dyeing, weaving and felting techniques at festivals, retreats and guilds. I love to learn new things as there are always new and old techniques to be mastered and endless concepts to be explored.


Master Spinner Project Assistants


Vanessa Bjerreskov

Vanessa Bjerreskov began spinning in 2009, and completed the Master Spinner program in 2017. She has taught knitting, spinning, and crochet in various venues around Alberta. Other teaching experience includes coaching for the University of Calgary Fencing Club for several years. Vanessa hosts the soon-to-be-revived audio podcast By The Fibreside. In her non-fibre life, she works in internet and social media, enjoys vegetables and chocolate but not at the same time, and has yet to successfully knit a sweater that fits.


Kara Perpelitz

Kara Perpelitz began spinning in 2008, and completed the Master Spinners program in 2017. She has taught classes on wet and needle felting, as well as a variety of spinning classes ranging from beginner to intermediate to students ranging in age from 5 - 75. Her favourite experience was working with a local teacher to bring life to a lesson on global awareness of textiles by teaching grade 7/8/9's to spin, dye, and weave. She has had work published in PLY Magazine. Examples of her spinning and felting work can be found at spinheartspin.ca

Outside of the fibre world, Kara enjoys spending time with her family (which consists of 1 husband, 3 kids, 3 cats, a dog, a budgie and many guppies), co-owns a plumbing business with her husband, and volunteers with a few local organizations.

Master Weaver Instructors


Laura Fry

Bio coming soon!


Lynn Ivany-McEachern

Currently, I have completed level 4 of the Master Weaving Program, I have been weaving since 2000 as a hobby, but since 2009, I have taken my weaving much more seriously and been working toward become a Master Weaver. I still have lots to learn, but I'm enjoying the process immensely. In my previous employment I worked as a Systems Analyst, and have taught Math and Info Pro classes at NorQuest & Keyano Colleges in Alberta. For the the past seven years I have been teaching quilting and weaving classes in North Battleford, where my husband and I own and operate an OK Tire and Auto Service shop. I'm looking forward to being a part of the instructional team at Olds College Fibre Week. See you all soon!


Linda Wilson

Bio coming soon!

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