A Farm to Fiber Arts Experience!
How Classes Work...
All classes will be taught on Zoom by the teachers participating. You should receive contact from your teacher prior to the class. Check if there is homework or a kit required!
We are excited to announce The Knitting Fairy as our feature teacher for 2020.
Alissa Barton - Knitting Fairy Original Designs
Alissa's more than 30 years of teaching experience make the "Knitting Fairy" the go to person to learn all of the tips and tricks for everything from cast on to bind off... From Accessories to Sweaters. Nothing thrills Alissa more than finding a new technique or stitch. One of the original instructors for DFW Fiber Fest, Alissa is the author of "Knitting with Bamboo Yarn: Book 1" and "Bamboo Wraps: Knitting with Bamboo Yarn Book 2. Her Knitting Fairy patterns have been published in a variety of magazines and over 100 are available on Ravelry. You can find her on Patreon, YouTube, Ravelry, Facebook and Twitter as KnittingFairy and as TheKnittingFairy on Instagram.
As an artisan I have worked in a variety of media. My discovery of felting and fiber arts brings together a melding of passions from sculpting, playing with color and the tactile art of creating. I have always been curious and find the path of learning and experimenting to be a continual source of creative inspiration. My approach to teaching is to explore and discover while having fun. The reward is seeing the excitement in students as they challenge themselves and succeed.
The Felted Dog is our passion hobby business. We learned the love of crafts at an early age from our Granny and Mummy. We put on our first craft show well over thirty years ago. This fun second job doesn't quite keep kibble in the dog bowls and warm blankets in their beds, so we are blessed to have cool "bill-paying" jobs too. Tracey is an elementary school art teacher and teaches the power of art to over 200 students daily. Monique is a park ranger and manages the local state park.
Abigail Carter learned how to knit & sew from her mother and spent class days annoying teachers by knowing the answer even when she was “goofing off” knitting with two pencils. She later taught herself to crochet, and enjoyed making amigurumi critters. For the last four years, she’s been honing her spinning skills, taught by a lovely friend, and is so chuffed with the hobby that she can’t wait to share her knowledge! When she’s not at the wheel or spindle, you might find her hoarding a growing stash of fibers in need of processing, weaving on vintage looms, fiddling about with woodworking, or teasing her gremlin cat, Roxie
Marla started sewing at 5, and has had a lifelong love for textiles, making things by hand almost obsessively. She did her first weavings as a child. She started knitting again in 2000, and beading again in 2002. She has taught many subjects including computers, sewing, knitting, weaving, beading, spinning, and has designed several patterns, both knitting and sewing. She has been an Educator, Web Designer, Project Manager; as well as homeschooling her children.
She is also a specialty jewelry designer, making knitting/spinning and custom beaded jewelry.
Marla calls Fort Worth, Texas home, although she grew up in Missouri. Her sweet husband puts up with her crafting habits, and has promised her a workshop when they "retire." They have six adult adopted daughters, aged 20-29, two active grandsons, and two sweet dogs.
I am a fiber artist, knitting instructor and designer, but most of all I am a yarn collector. I love the textures, the colors, the infinite possibilities of yarn and fiber; I love that knitting is tactile and kinesthetic, as well as visual. It sparks all my senses.
I always have a pair (or more) of socks on the needles and love to teach others to knit them. I love talking about what is and isn’t (or might be) possible in knitting and sharing with others who want to expand the way they think about knitting by teaching new techniques. Over the past fifteen years I’ve taught in my local community, online through festivals like Fiberworld and Rhinebeck, and recently via my website, www.deviousknitter.com.