Karen Donde weaves garments, fashion accessories and home textiles for sale and teaches beginning-advanced weaving classes and assorted workshops for guilds and conferences. Teaching credits include HGA’s Convergence, Southeast Fiber Forum, Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association and Florida Tropical Weavers Conference. Living in Western North Carolina, she has taught locally at weaving and yarn shops and currently offers classes at Local Cloth. Donde is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, graduated in 2013 from Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts-Fiber program and earned HGA’s Level 1 Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving.
Betty Hilton-Nash has been weaving tapestry for 25 years. Her tapestry career started at Pam Patrie Studios in Portland, OR, where she worked as a contract weaver for a year on a large commission. Betty has studied with leading tapestry weavers, such as Archie Brennan, Jean Pierre Larochette, and Phillip Playe from the Gobelin in Paris. She has won awards from the American Tapestry Alliance, Handweavers Guild of America, Blue Ridge Fiber Show, and the Australian Tapestry Workshop. She is currently president of Tapestry Weavers South.
Vicki Bennett - Dyeing
After a 32 yr career as a psychotherapist at the University of Michigan, Vicki Bennett moved to Chicago and returned to her love of fiber and resumed weaving. She worked on Margaret Wortheim’s first major coral reef installation with the Windy City Knitters. She studied at Lillstreet Art Center and worked with Akemi Cohen, soon discovering that working with raw wool to create wearable art and sculpture and dyeing fabric with plants from nature was her passion.
Vicki has stuied with Karoliina Arvilommi and Judit Pocs among others "in an effort to master more and stretch my limits. Almost every day is an opportunity to step up my own creative efforts and refine my work. Numerous times each year I’m able to share my experience, knowledge and passion through teaching others.
Barbara A. McGuire is an award winning artist whose diverse talents include works in polymer clay, painting and jewelry design. She has written 10 books on design and instruction and has developed stamps, templates and molds for artists working in polymer and metal clay.
Eileen Hallman has been spinning, weaving, and dyeing cotton for over 20 years, dyeing primarily with indigo and other natural dyes. She loves weaving white, but dyes fiber before spinning as well as after the cloth has been woven.
As the owner of New World Textiles, LLC, she has developed a line of fabrics with some of the yarns treated to accept all classes of dyes without additional chemicals.