Teachers

We are always looking for teachers and suggestions for workshops. Please send information to info@greatlakesfibershow.com.

 Anne Hanson
Owner and designer Anne Hanson, a life-long knitter with a background in the fashion and graphic design fields, teaches and writes about knitting, spinning, and designing at her blog, knitspot.com.  Anne lives and works in Ohio with David, who loves wool also. Together they are the owners and creators of the renowned Knitspot yarn clubs and Bare Naked Wools yarn collection. Anne’s design work has been included in Brooklyn Tweed Wool People, Knitty, Sock Knitting Master Class, The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters, The Knitter, Interweave Knits, Twist Collective, Sock Club, Brave New Knits and My Grandmother’s Knitting. She has produced popular instructional videos with both Craftsy and Interweave Knits. Anne’s complete catalog of designs, along with the Bare Naked Wools Collection is available for purchase in the Knitspot Pattern Shop.

Kate Larson
She loves using fiber arts as a bridge between her passions for art and agriculture. Her fiber journey has led her to a degree in soil chemistry, travels through northern Europe in search of textile traditions, and back to the farm where her family has lived for six generations. She keeps an ever-growing flock of Border Leicester sheep and teaches handspinning and knitting regularly in central Indiana and around the country. Kate’s articles and designs have appeared in numerous publications. Kate is the author of The Practical Spinner’s Guild: Wool(Interweave, 2015) and several videos, including How to Make Yarn to Knit (Interweave, 2016).  Her articles and designs have appeared in Spin-off Magazine, Jane Austin Knits, Enchanted Knits, Knitting Sweaters from Around the World, and more.  Follow her woolly adventures at KateLarsonTextiles.com

Rosanna Ludwig & Jill Cooley 
Rosanna Ludwig and Jill Cooley have been fiber artists for over 30 years working in weaving, surface design, spinning and felting. Both have taught nuno felting and dyeing classes including batik and marbling. Rosanna and Jill reside in Northeast Ohio.

Stephen Page 
Stephen Page has been weaving for the last ten yeas. After being inspired by the looms at HGA’s Convergence conference he learned to weave and was fascinated as the patterns and colors combined to make fabric. In addition to teaching rigid heddle weaving techniques, Stephen weaves on floor, table, and rigid heddle looms making table linens and scarves primarily in cottons and wools.

Joan Sheridan
Joan Sheridan is a weaver, spinner, fiber explorer and since 2000, owner of Heritage Spinning and Weaving in Lake Orion, Michigan. Trained as an educator and curriculum developer by the United States Army, Joan is a natural teacher. She volunteers in the textile conservation department at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, where she loves combining her passion for textiles with her fascination for history. She has taught and presented at national and regional conferences, for guilds and shops, and on tour in Norway.

Carol Thombs
Carol’s love of animals led to her to pursue a career teaching sciences and outdoor education. When she retired to a small farm with alpacas, Carol fell in love with the animals and their beautiful alpaca fiber. As Carol began to experiment and to take classes, she learned many techniques for felting the alpaca fiber. She has studied extensively with Robbie Grodin and has done workshops with Jean Gauger. Working with this wonderful fiber, she has made table runners, decorative items, garments and accessories. Her specialties are nuno-felted scarves, shawls and vests using alpaca and merino fibers as well as many embellishments felted onto various hand dyes silks. Her work has been in the TAA (Textile Art Alliance) event in 2015 and 2016, the Peninsula Art Academy Fiber Art Show in 2016 and for many years in Bonnie Gordon’s Open House and Fine Art Sale and the Heights Arts Holiday Show. The Heights Arts Gallery named Carol the “Artist of the Month” in January of 2016.

Amy Tyler
Amy was first a dancer, then a neuroscientist and professor. In 2004 she left the academic world behind to pursue fiber arts full time. Since then she had taught spinning and knitting workshops at venues across the country and is known for her animated and engaging teaching style. Her fiber work is informed by her art and science background. She has a keen understanding of learning movement skills, composition, pattern recognition, and systematic exploration. The results is her focus on spinning and knitting techniques, texture, three-dimensional structure, and knit designs that exploit handspinning techniques. She is the author of Spin-Off magazine’s column, “Ask a Spinning Teacher”. You can fine additional articles by Amy in Spin-Off and PLY Magazine.