Joan Contraman has worked in fiber arts since 1970 and holds a BA in fine arts from the University of California at Davis. Joan has been spinning, dyeing, weaving, felting and knitting for over 45 years. She is a recipient of the Montana Association of Weavers and Spinners Living Treasure Award. Joan owns a small sheep ranch in Montana and delights in raising sheep for handspinners. She has been developing domestic spotted sheep for the last fifteen years.
Joan has owned and operated her spinning fiber business, Crosspatch Creations for the last 18 years and her fiber blends are sold nationwide in over twenty stores and internationally.
Joan loves to explore the various facets of her art and is forever experimenting. Joan has been teaching spinning, weaving and dyeing classes since 1985 in California and since moving to Montana , she has taught at: Willows and Wool, the Missoula Weavers Guild, The Montana State Fair, the Bitterroot Fiber Arts Festival, and many spinning and weaving Guilds and festivals in Montana, Utah, Idaho and even Indiana.