Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Johnston will share stories of life as a native of Shetland and a lifelong artisan. Elizabeth will share her reflections on the fiber arts of Shetland, including spinning, knitting, dyeing and weaving. Come for an insider’s look at some of the world’s most celebrated and beautiful yarn communities.
Daniela Nii learned to knit, crochet, and sew in elementary school in Switzerland over 30 years ago. Today she tries to learn something new with every project, and uses a diverse range of techniques to produce designs that highlight simplicity and elegance. She is also a freelance technical editor for knitting and crochet, the founder of the Mile High Knitting Guild, and LocalFibers.com.
Courtney Kelley is the co-owner of Kelbourne Woolens, a distributor of The Fibre Co. yarns. In addition to running a yarn company, she is a designer and teacher, and is the current Yarn Group chair for The National NeedleArts Association.
Kate Larson 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.