Beth Smith Teaches Spinning at A Good Yarn

Beth Smith is so obsessed with fiber that she has fleece in every room of her house, including her bathroom.

She teaches the whys and how-tos of preparing and spinning as many breeds as a spinner can in her classes taught all over the world and in articles written for Spin Off, Knittyspin and Entangled magazines. She also writes for Ply Magazine and serves as a member of the editorial advisory board.

She is the previous owner of the world famous online shop ,The Spinning Loft, renowned for it’s selection of raw wool, including rare breeds of sheep , available by the ounce (or more) for studying, sampling or just stashing.

Her book, The Spinner’s Book of Fleece: A Breed-by-Breed Guide to Choosing and Spinning the Perfect Fiber for Every Purpose, will be published by Storey Books in July 2014.

Wheel Tune-Up, Jan. 20, 5:30 – 7:00

Spinning So Fine – Jan. 21, 2017, 10:00 – 4:00

Going Steady – Jan. 22, 2017, 10:00 – 1:00

Woolen vs. Worsted Cage Match, Jan. 22, 2017 – 2:00 – 5:00

Franklin Habit-John Mullarkey

Weekend Workshop with two great masters!

                                                                                                                                                January 26th-29th, 2017

                                                                                                                                               Franklin Habit • biography

Designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008). His new book, I Dream of Yarn: A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book was brought out by Soho Publishing in May, 2016 and is in its second printing.

He travels constantly to teach knitters at shops and guilds across the country and internationally; and has been a popular member of the faculties of such festivals as Vogue Knitting Live!, STITCHES Events, the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat, Squam Arts Workshops, Sock Summit, and the Taos Wool Festival.

Franklin’s varied experience in the fiber world includes contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Twist Collective; and regular columns and cartoons for, PLY Magazine, Lion Brand Yarns, and his popular “Fridays with Franklin” feature for Skacel Collection. Many of his independently published designs are available via

He first became known as the writer of The Panopticon, one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet. Readers worldwide continue to drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the adventures of Dolores the Sheep.

Franklin lives in Chicago, Illinois, cohabiting shamelessly with 15,000 books, a Schacht spinning wheel, three looms, and a colony of yarn that multiplies whenever his back is turned.

You can follow him online as @franklinhabit on Twitter, @franklin.habit on Instagram, or through his Facebook page.


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  • Nationally-recognized teacher John Mullarkey has been tablet weaving for over a decade.  His work has been displayed in the Missouri History Museum, and garments using his card woven bands    have been featured in international fashion shows.  His designs are featured frequently in Handwoven.  John is the primary author of “A Tablet Weaver’s Pattern Book,” and has produced two DVDs for Interweave Press: “Tablet Weaving Made Easy” and “Double-Faced Tablet Weaving”. He is the developer of the Schacht Zoom Loom

John’s Classes include the following



Franklin’s Classes include the following:

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