Ancient Structures, Modern Twist 2010 Summer Intensive

August 8 - 15, 2010  •  Point Bonita, California

Sharon Costello

Sharon Costello started as a fiber artist twenty-five years ago with a small flock of sheep and a love of creative experimentation. She has been a full time, professional feltmaker since 1995.

Sharon has studied feltmaking in the US, Turkey and Scandinavia and shares her knowledge of the craft through teaching workshops through national and international conferences, fiber and doll guilds, art centers and colleges. She also sponsors “Felters’ Fling”, a bi–annual conference that brings instructors from around the world to introduce new techniques to American feltmakers.

Her work has been featured in several books and she has written articles on feltmaking and been featured in magazines such as Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot (Handweavers’ Guild of America), FiberArts and Spin–Off.

Her feltmaking business, Black Sheep Designs, specializes in kits and supplies for needle and wet feltmaking.

Syne Mitchell

Syne Mitchell weaves on a variety of looms, but loves the rigid-heddle loom for its ease of use and portability. In her day job, she is the editor of WeaveZine (, an online magazine for weavers that features projects, articles, and podcasts.Syne also shares her enthusiasm for handweaving via her monthly podcast, WeaveCast (

She is a regular columnist for Handwoven and has published in Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot. The only thing Syne likes better than cutting beautiful cloth off her loom is teaching people how fun and easy weaving can be!

Judith MacKenzie

Judith MacKenzie is an internationally valued teacher, master weaver, spinner, and fiber artist now living in Washington State. She teaches hand–spinning, weaving, knitting, and dyeing around the country, and has led textile tours in Europe and Asia. Judith teaches as only she can— with depth of knowledge informed by years of practice, patience, creative informality, personal and historical perspective, great humor, and hands-on expertise that demystifies any process.

Classes with Judith are an experience in learning the story behind every fiber and process. She combines textile knowledge and skill with patience, creativity, stories, history and allegory that hold it all together. Judith is a regular Spin–Off author and has written two books, Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning (Wiley) and The Intentional Spinner (Interweave).

Jacey Boggs

Jacey Boggs is the one woman operation behind Insubordiknit. Known for her entertaining and instructive DVD, Sit & Spin, she spins fantastical art yarns with a technical hand, focusing on good construction, balance, and workability as much as texture and whimsy. With a solid base in traditional spinning, she firmly believes that prowess in one style of spinning can only make you more adept in another.

She knits, teaches, homeschools, blogs, podcasts, and recently began writing for Spin–Off magazine from her green plot of land in the middle of the country. Her monthly workshops are sought after and quickly filled throughout the world, in them, spinners can expect to laugh at least as much as they learn.

Check out her website, DVD, blog, and podcast, at

Abby Franquemont

Abby Franquemont considers herself a compulsive textile evangelist; she comes from a long line of the same. She has been spinning since she learned how in the Andes of Peru at the age of 5, and can’t resist teaching others. She blogs at, and has written for Spin–Off, Knitty, Twist Collective, Spindlicity, and more. She is the author of the recently published Respect the Spindle (Interweave Press).

She is the principal behind Abby's Yarns (, which produces limited quantities of luxury fibers. In her spare time, she designs fibers and yarns, writse about practically any aspect of non-industrial textile production and teaches.

Cat Bordhi

Cat Bordhi’s mission, according to Stephanie Pearl McPhee, is to make you a more creative, freethinking knitter who problem-solves and experiments with vigor and fearlessness. The best part? She can.

Cat teaches and inspires more than a thousand knitters a year in her classes and retreats all over North America. Her YouTube™ knitting tutorials reach many thousands more, and her innovative books, Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles, A Treasury of Magical Knitting, A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting, New Pathways For Sock Knitters, and Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters have reached well over 100,000 knitters. She is also the author of an award-winning novel, Treasure Forest.

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