Justine Heinrichs is a musician and orchestra teacher for over 30 years. A former egg carving artist discovered felting in 2017 and it was off to the races. She does commission work and workshops for needle felting animal portraits in 2D. She was recently included in the Beyond the Fiber event this past August with her students showing great results.

Erin Whalen is a long-time fiber artist who enjoys crocheting, spinning, weaving, needle felting and wet felting. She has been needle felting for over 7 years. Several of her needle felted dolls were featured in Art Doll Quarterly magazine last winter. She has also won several Reserve Champion awards in the Design Competition at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival.  

Most of all, Erin loves teaching others. She has taught workshops at the Midwest Fiber Frolic, Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival, and at Wool Warp and Wheel. Erin is an experienced and patient instructor and welcomes students of all ages and skill levels

 

Jane Grogan from Madison,Wisconsin has been fascinated with small loom weaving since 1999 when she got her first small square and triangle looms. It was when she found diamond and rectangle shaped looms that Jane fell in love with combining shapes to form different geometric pieces.   Jane has held workshops at local fiber shops and regional festivals such as the Wisconsin Alpaca Fiber Fest, Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival and the Black Sheep Gathering.

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 the last 10 years at various Sheep and Wool Festivals, Fiber Festivals, Knit-In's, Madison College, and the Wisconsin Craft Market. 

 

For the past 7 years, she has included Chair Caning classes to her teaching repertoire and has taught local classes in addition to classes at the WI Sheep and Wool Festival, Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival, Shepherd’s Harvest (in Minnesota), Missouri Fiber Retreat, and Michigan Fiber Festival. 

 

Under her designer name of Jo Harris, Mary Jo designs knitting patterns and has written a book entitled 'Double Knitting - Inside Out' which is available through Amazon or Ravelry.  An active member of the Madison (WI) Knitters’ Guild and an employee of the Wisconsin Craft Market, Mary,Jo has an almost constant opportunity to discuss anything and everything knitting-related. 

Sheryl Thies  Sheryl’s passion for combining fiber, texture and color provided teaching opportunities both near and far; from local yarn shops to international waters aboard cruise ships.  She is the author of numerous knitting and Tunisian crochet books, published designs in magazines and designs for yarn companies. When not knitting or crocheting, she can often be found on the bocce court either playing or refereeing.