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Contact us as thumbfiberfest@yahoo.com  Located in Sanilac County Michigan.

Instructors

Althea Ouellette

Althea, a long-time resident of Applegate, a member of the local, Bluewater Shore Herb Guild, has been knitting for most of her life.  If you enjoyed her class on double knitting last year you will love her class on beaded knitting this year. Her special little beaded purses have been commented on and coveted for years at the local craft shows and farmers market. Now is your chance to learn how to make them! 

Anne Tullet, Luxury Natural Fibers

Anne is an experience weaving and spinning instructor and can be found at most of the fiber festivals across Michigan each year. At her studio in Allenton Michigan Anne Tullett offers Angora bunny blend roving with fine wool, silk and alpaca. Cashmere and Camel Down are also available. She sells Ashford Spinning Wheels, Weaving Looms and all accessories and books, carders felting boards and more.

Luxury Natural Fibers

You can contact her at luxuryfibers@yahoo.com or 810-395-8783.

Ashley Reif

Ashley, of Wiggles & Giggles in Croswell, is an excellent and knowledgeable knitter. She will be covering many different techniques to take you to the next level of knitting. Including matching cast offs and cast on's. Different methods of finishing and binding off.  Different joining techniques. And more! 

Bev Thorne, Mulch & More Crafts

Bev Thorne learned to spin (flax) when she was 16. Since that first job of demonstrating spinning and weaving in a museum, she has always enjoyed working with fibers (as well as many other crafts) and sharing some of the knowledge she's gained with others who are interested.

To see more of what Bev does please visit her blog at MulchandMoreCrafts.com

Linda Kolarik

Linda has developed a love of fiber & fabric materials ever since her grandmother showed her how to chain with a crochet hook. A member of American Legion Purlers she knits & crochets for charity. As a volunteer, she taught crochet for seven years at the Lapeer Correctional Facility. Always has works in progress, knitting, crochet or quilting projects. She believes the shear act of stitching can reenergize and calm your spirit.

Louise Jensen

Louise is a retired Art teacher from Deckerville, MI. She has spent her life teaching others the joys of creativity in many artistic genre's. She is also an enthusiastic gardener and member of the local Master Gardeners and the Bluewater Shore Herb Guild. Growing many of the plants used in dyeing in the woodland gardens surrounding her country home. She will be guiding students through the step by step process of selecting and using native plant material to dye with in a hands on workshop. 

Michelle Teno

Michelle Teno is a spinner and member of the Oakland Spinners, and Anchor Bay Fiber Guild.  She first learned to spin in 1983 from Ellyce Kulek, a Greenfield Village spinning and weaving instructor and well known Michigan crafts person.  Her First Appalachian Great Wheel circa 1800, was found in a basement in New Jersey and repaired by Ron Reese in Monroe.  The second Great Wheel  was in  a basement in Youngstown, Ohio, and was repaired by Richard Meisterheim in Dowagiac.

She is happy to be presenting this hands on class to promote our Great Wheel heritage. Judith Eick, Sally Malnar and Jeannie Roteman-Bustle will also demo on their Great Wheels during the class.

Miranda Howard, Howard Knit Knacks

I am Miranda Howard, owner and manager of my fiber flock of Jacob sheep and my small home business of fiber arts. I enjoy spinning, weaving, felting, knitting, crocheting and dyeing wool and other fibers. As well as promoting fiber arts, keeping this fun, creative and relaxing tradition alive. I have been raising sheep for 10 years, been spinning 7 and fiber prep and more the last 5, while learning knitting at a young age. I am super grateful for fiber festivals, where like minded people can connect and share what they know.

Monique Kinney

Monique started out with Silver Fox angora rabbits in 2013 on her homestead, Kaninchen Farm.  She has 3 children and works with 4H teaching about raising angora rabbits. She packs a lot of information and hands-on experience into her workshop. You will also go home with a wonderfully informative book she has put together. So if you don't have room for large livestock and still want to grow your own fiber you should check out her workshop. Monique will also be doing demos on Friday & Saturday. 

Nicola Danks

A world travelor, Nicola has spun silk in the mountains of Japan on an electric wheel. Cotton on a Chakra on a farm in Burma and wool on a drop spindle in Masadonia. She has learned many techniques and styles from spinners all over the world. Currently volunteering at the Frankenmuth Historical Society's Log Cabin she enjoys teaching kids and keeping things simple.

Ruthanne Morningstar

Ruthanne is a largely self-taught fiber artist who lives in a small “Thumb” community  where natural materials grow literally outside her door. This happy fact has reinforced a strong affinity for fiber arts and has lead Ruthanne to become an accomplished knitter, spinner, weaver, basketmaker, and teacher. Over the years she has taught basketry to the Hopis of Arizona, become a Navajo weaver, shared her skills at the Michigan FiberFest and developed lifelong friendships with Native American weavers and traders.

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