Instructors

Kirsten Aune

Kirsten Aune (b. 1968) grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts and attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City where she received her BFA in 1992. She lived in New Mexico before coming to Minnesota in 1994 where she maintains Kirsten Aune Textiles. She has had exhibitions in Minnesota, Illinois, Massachusetts, Sweden, Norway, Denmark,…

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Kirsten Skoglund

Kirsten Skoglund

Kirsten Skoglund is a fixture in the Twin Cities knitting and yarn world. She has always known how to knit, as far as she can remember, and loves the whole creative process. In fact, she describes herself as compelled to knit and can’t imagine her life without knitting. Kirsten was co-owner of Lila and Claudine’s,…

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Larry Underkoffler

Now retired, Larry Underkoffler taught Junior High Art for 25 years. He is a Marine Corps veteran who served in Viet Nam, Air Traffic Controller, Camping Director for 8 years, an illustrator of children’s books and has served as the Superintendent of Art for the Washington County Fair for the past 13 years. He graduated…

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Laurelei Creuzer

A teacher from Osceola, WI, Laurelei Creuzer has been teaching Psyanky Egg Dyeing for over thirty years.  Laurelei enjoys crafts of all kinds, including her newly acquired Nålbinding skill at a recent Marine Mills Folk School class!

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Leslie Granbeck

Leslie Granbeck

Leslie Granbeck is a feltmaker and instructor born and raised in Minneapolis. Since 2007, Leslie has been sharing her knowledge of fibers and their magical transformation into felt. She teaches traditional wet felting, nuno felting, and her favorite – sculptural seamless felting. Her classes are full of color, creativity and adventure. They also include a…

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Lia Falls

Lia Falls

Lia Falls is a singer and songwriter who has been leading a community song circle in St Croix Falls, Wisconsin for the past 8 years. She teaches Full Voice, Vocal Playground, and Yoga of the Voice in classes and as a private vocal coach. Lia is dedicated to sharing the aural tradition of spreading songs, and to the conviction that singing is everyone’s birthright…

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Liesl Chatman

Liesl Chatman is a spoon carver, kolroser, and teacher. Her kolrosed spoons have been exhibited at the American Swedish Institute and the Vesterheim Museum, and she has taught kolrosing, spoon carving, and given demonstrations at North House Folk School in Grand Marais MN, ASI and Fireweed in Minneapolis, the Spoon Gathering in Milan MN, Greenwoodfest in…

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Lisa Ann Peterson

Lisa Peterson doesn’t remember a time when she hasn’t been making something. She is a spinner, knitter, quilter and weaver, creating rugs on an antique floor loom as well as doing free form weaving. She repairs and maintains old looms with her daughter, in addition to teaching weaving classes to all age groups and ability…

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Liz Schreiber

Liz Schreiber is a 15 year veteran of the State Fair and has won multiple ribbons over the years. When not winning ribbons, she has worked as an illustrator for multiple publications using crop art as her medium including VitaMN, The Growler, and Edible Twin Cities.  Liz has taught workshops on Crop Art at the…

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Lizabeth Towers

Lizabeth Towers is an experienced knitting teacher who has earned the two teaching certificates available from the Craft Yarn Council of America. A friend to every knitter, she enjoys making tough techniques accessible to average knitters, teaching rank beginners the joy of knitting, and best of all, learning from her students. She is found on ravelry.com as…

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Lizzie Christian

Lizzie Christian

Lizzie Christian is a self-taught printmaker based in Minneapolis. She runs a one-woman art business under the name Rare Press, and focuses on blockprints, painting, and textiles. She loves sharing the joy of blockprinting with others through local workshops as well as through her Patreon community. Plants, portraits, and patterns are themes that weave through…

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Lynn Berens

Lynn Berens is an avid crafter and gardener.  She enjoy sewing, needle felting, counted cross stitch, and embroidery. Lynn loves to grow natives, annuals, perennials, and vegetables. She harvest seeds from most of my plants every fall. Lynn is a retired elementary school Librarian and teacher. Lynn’s work can be found on Etsy: Bloomandgrowmn

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Maddy Bartsch

What led to your interest in fiber arts and natural dyeing? My mother did ‘tactile’ crafts such as basket weaving and ceramics, while my aunt was a seamstress. I received a sewing machine in high school and found I didn’t just want to learn about how to make garments, I wanted to learn how to make fabric…

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Mandora Young teaches Hmong Embroidery

Mandora Young

“I was born in Vientiane, Laos. I came to the United States in 1979 as a refugee to California. Ilearned Hmong embroidery from both my mother and grandmother who are skilled in cross-stitching, reverse applique, and story cloth stitching. I enjoy teaching Hmong embroidery tostudents, adults, and anyone who wants to learn about Hmong paj…

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Marge Barrett

Marge Barrett is the author of a chapbook of poems, My Memoir Dress, a book of poetry, If You Have Something to Say, Margaret, and a memoir, Called: The Making & Unmaking of a Nun. Her work also appears in numerous journals and anthologies. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of…

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Mark Chilefone

Mark sees the color chart when he looks at the world.  He has a long standing art background that he draws from as he creates warm and wonderful environments.  He loves plants, gardening and KNITTING. Mark learned to knit 12 years ago and has not stopped.  He particularly loves to knit the same thing over…

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Mary Jo Harris

Mary Jo Harris lives in the knitting mecca of Madison, WI. She has been a teacher all of her adult life and has formally taught knitting for about 15 years at various Sheep and Wool Festivals, Fiber Festivals, Knit-In’s, and teaches locally for Madison College, Olbrich Gardens, and Sunset Yarns. In the last several years,…

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Melanie Harding

Melanie Harding

Melanie Harding is an Environmental Education leader and a self-proclaimed nature nerd basedin St. Paul, MN. She has 30 years of experience engaging people in the science and beauty ofnature. She is also an avid gardener and loves teaching people about indoor and outdoorcomposting.

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Molly Sanford

Molly Sanford advocates for reuse and repair by spreading hands-on skills like sewing, welding, woodworking, and general troubleshooting. Molly believes that extending the lifespan of our belongings can be a joyful way to combat consumerism and climate change. She has taught a variety of hands-on classes at Fireweed Community Workshop (formerly Women’s Woodshop), Leonardo’s Basement, and the University…

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Natalie Norman

Natalie has been a part of the cultural needlework community for over 20 years. She has participated as a vendor, demonstrator and teacher at venues such as ASI, Gammelgarden and Marine Mills Folk School. Sponsored by the Swedish Embassy in Washington, DC, her embroidered pieces were included in a traveling exhibit which included five major American…

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