Emily Wohlscheid is the teaching artist behind Bricolage Studios. She works out of a cooperative studio in West Michigan and specializes in small-batch fiber blends and jewelry inspired by nature and textiles. She regularly contributes to both Spinoff and PLY Magazine and teaches spinning and blending courses year round.
Esther is the fiber artist that masterminds Jazzturtle Creations and heads Woven Heart SAORI Studio. She is known for her creative art yarns, unique fiber preparation, and always innovating her spinning techniques to create new textures. She is on the cutting edge in terms of yarn design and spins true Art Yarns that tell stories. Being a SAORI weaver gives her a unique perspective of how these extra special yarns can be used. She loves showcasing creative yarn by creating garments and other items out of her woven cloth
Jill Duarte spends their days geeking out about all things fiber, diving into the nuances of fiber preparation, color, and the act of spinning. As co-owner of HipStrings, Jill is dedicated to the resurgence of modern craft that is based on a foundation of technical and historical knowledge. This approach is reflected in the fiber, yarn and tools they’ve developed and produce. Jill shares their insights as a regular contributor to PLY magazine, with the goal of making the technical aspects of craft accessible to all. Jill is also an active member of their local fiber community, as a lecturer, instructor, and participant as well as being the co-organizer of Indie Knit and Spin Fiber Arts Marketplace in Pittsburgh, PA.
Julie has been raising fiber animals since middle school. Her college studies focused on Secondary Education and costume design. Raising fiber naturally led to spinning and weaving and then into teaching. Julie’s ranch, Tangled Yarn Farms, nestled in the Sky Islands of southern Arizona, specializes in Navajo heritage Angora goats, Angora rabbits and heirloom cottons. Her teaching style reflects her love of natural luxury fibers and joy in learning.
Michael Kelson (he/him/his) teaches spinning classes all over the country. His methodical, sample-based approach to spinning resonates with students of all levels. He is the coordinator for the annual Seattle-area Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat and the Seattle Men Who Knit meet-up. By day he is a software professional, but on weekends he’s usually out and about with his eSpinner in tow.