The Festival Board has included a keynote instructor in this year's line up of teachers.
She is teaching five different workshops this year, so sign up now for an exciting and fun spinning experience.
It is Esther Rodgers from Mebane, North Carolina. She is a full time fiber artist and
is known as a creative art yarn spinner and for her unique fiber preparation.
Esther is also a weaver and knitter which gives her the perspective to know how these
creative yarns can be used. She is constantly innovating her spinning techniques to create new textures and is on the cutting edge in terms of yarn design. Esther is very conscious of where her fiber comes from, sourcing her wool from local and friendly farms, directly from wonderful shepherds with happy animals Esther is an enthusiastic and patient teacher; possessing both national and international teaching experience. She has taught at events including New York Sheep and Wool (Rhinebeck), Southeastern Anima Fiber Festival (SAFF), Stitches South and Stitches Midwest and Majacraft Camp in New Zealand, as well as workshops in Norway and Holland and local
yarn shops and groups around the US. Esther is a regular contributor to PLY magazine, with a
recent “Behind the Curtain” feature in Summer 2014 , as well as articles in Autumn and Winter 2013 and
2014 , and Spring 2015 Issues. Her press also includes being featured in Ashley Martineau’s 2013 book,
“Spinning and Dyeing yarn”, Lexi Boeger’s 2012 book “Handspun, New Spins on Traditional Techniques”, the Winter/Spring 2011 issue of Knitscene magazine and the Fall 2010 issue of Spin Off magazine. She is currently working on her first book.