482 Constitution Way, Suite B-11, P.O. Box 1522, Idaho Falls, ID 83403

Category: Instructor Bios

Lindsey Romankiw is a lawyer by day who looks forward to sitting down with yarn and a hook (or needles) after a long day of work.  She appreciates the meditative aspects of crocheting and knitting, and loves that something so relaxing can also produce beautiful useful items.  Lindsey has been crocheting for almost 20 years and has just recently learned to knit.

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Claudia Pine has been knitting and teaching for over 30 years.  She loves exploring every corner of the fiber world, from tatting to spinning, from designing knitwear to growing her own organic dye plants, and always comes back to knitting for its enormous ability to quickly and easily produce long-lasting, functional and beautiful items.

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Randy Glick is a Montana Circle of American Masters (MCAM) inductee, Montana State University-Great Falls Creative Arts Enterprise (CAE) graduate, and past president of the Great Falls Spinners and Weavers Guild.  The Montana Council awards MCAM “in recognition of artistic excellence in a body of work and contribution to the preservation of the state’s cultural heritage.” As part of CAE, Randy studied extensively with Judith MacKenzie at her studio in Augusta, Montana.  He also had the opportunity to be Judith’s teaching assistant at Black Sheep fiber festival.  His most recent knitting pattern, “Strike Up The Bands,” was awarded the Guild Spinning Prize for “design of enduring quality” at the 2015 Montana State Fair. When Randy is not busy working on a new piece or teaching, he keeps busy looking for ways to promote the arts, especially in fiber rich Montana.

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Doris Florig is a fiber artist traveling the world and learning traditional weaving techniques from the indigenous people of a multitude of cultures.  She specializes in tapestry weaving, fiber sculptures and dyeing all her own yarns.  She has been weaving since the 70’s and has been sharing her knowledge teaching throughout the years.

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Lonna Alexander-Steele is a fiber artist and instructor living in Idaho who refurbishes and repairs, looms, spinning wheels and fiber working tools.  She has written for Spin-Off magazine and taught at numerous festivals and fiber arts venues throughout the United States.

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Steven McEwen is a wheelwright from western Montana on 9 Mile Creek.  His introduction to the spinning world came from his mother’s request to make a bobbin for a local guild member.  His interest peaked after he started making replacement parts.  The guild suggested he learn how to spin to better deal with wheel issues and he was bitten by the spinning bug.  Q’s Quality Wood Work specializes in the restoration of spinning wheels and custom design of spinning wheels and spinning accessories  He travels with his wife, Deborah, throughout the northwestern United States.  He will be available to assess your wheel and make any adjustments as part of the class.  Most are amazed at the difference in the quality of their spinning when he is finished.

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Elizabeth Dailey discovered spinning while growing  up in Manhattan Beach California in 1972, and it changed her life forever.  She has been spinning ever since, and was introduced to spindles in the early 80’s. They turned out to be a bit of an obsession (in a good way) and  she started creating them in 2001. Elizabeth never wakes up without knowing that at some point, she will be working with fiber in some way, and that is a good thing.  Bart, Mr. Elizabeth, is a great help in working out the engineering of work in the shop, he is a skilled wood-turner as well.

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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.

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Connie Denton has been making baskets and teaching basket-making for more than 20 years. Much of her influence comes from utilitarian baskets of yore when a basket was a necessary household item. She is interested in all forms of fiber art and is an all-around fiber junky. You will leave Connie’s classes with a very special treasure and greater appreciation for basketry.

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