Here's the stellar line-up of speakers at the Natural Fiber Extravaganza. Keep checking back for more exciting reveals and announcements.

Deborah Robson

Deb RobsonDeborah Robson is a fiber generalist who specializes in spinning, knitting, and weaving, although she experiments with all aspects of textiles. She is the fiber author of The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook and of The Field Guide to Fleece, in collaboration with livestock expert Carol Ekarius. For fourteen years she served as an editor at Interweave Press, including twelve years as editor-in-chief of Spin-Off: The Magazine for Handspinners. At Interweave she initiated the Save the Sheep project and the book Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools. She also edited Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, has worked in trade, literary, and scholarly publishing, and has written for many publications, including PieceWork, Interweave Knits, Spin-Off, and The Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, as well as several fiber-related anthologies. Her textile designs have appeared in several magazines and collections. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and of the Colorado Authors’ League, and served two terms on the board of directors of The Livestock Conservancy (then the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy). Her current research focuses on the millennia of alliances between fiber animals and humans, in one project using Shetland sheep as an example of how the relationships have evolved, and she is publishing monographs on fiber-related topics. Websites related to her work are at www.independentstitch.com, www.drobson.info, and www.FleeceandFiber.com.

Saturday • July 11 • Seminar

Fantastic Fibers from Amazing Animals

Chattanooga/Memphis Room
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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Mary Sue Moore

Mary Sue MooreMary Sue Moore learned to knit from her grandmother, but she gets her eye for color from her father, oils artist Sam Dee Thomas, and her pragmatic design gene from her mother, home economics teacher, Bertha Thomas. Growing up in an artsy family, Mary Sue has created, designed, shown, and shared her arts all of her life. In the past fifteen years she has honed her design, knit, and crochet craft through pattern design, instruction, and playing with fibers. Mary Sue simply enjoys creating things people like to wear while playing with fun fibers. She has been instructing and passing on her fiber addiction to unsuspecting students for ten years through Free Range Knitting, allowing needles to roam freely. Mary Sue lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee, and can be contacted via msuemoore@aol.com.

Friday • July 10 • Workshops

Designing and Knitting Irregular Triangular Shawls

Exhibit Hall, Classroom 2
8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

Three Knitted Hats

Exhibit Hall, Classroom 2
9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Two Double Knits For You, Too

Exhibit Hall, Classroom 2
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Saturday • July 11 • Workshops

Easy Hand Warmer Design

Q Barn East
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

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