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Afifa is an indie designer based out of Oakland, CA, who has been publishing knitting patterns for several years. Her designs include fingerless mittens, scarves, shawls and cozy sweaters. With a background in fashion, Afifa brings a modern sensibility and love of construction to the art of knitting.
Alisha has been actively involved in the knitting industry since 2008. After exploring the knitting world for 4 years including pattern designing, she decided she wanted to learn it all and ventured to Washington to learn the process from start to finish.
After returning home and teaching at her local yarn shop for 5 years, it became evident that a space needed to be created where people could learn it all. With a background in small business management and a love for gaining and sharing fiber arts, Fiber Circle Studio came to being.
In her spare time, she is hanging out with her awesome son, Leland, and slowly working towards a certificate in the TKGA Masters Hand Knitting Program.
Pattern Website: www.illumiknitdesigns.com
Instagram: fibercirclestudio & knit_a_holic
Craig grows Japanese Indigo along with other botanical dye plants including madder and coreopsis using biodynamic farming practices. He also grows cotton & flax on a small scale. Craig is a member of the Fibershed Indigo Collective and helped produce the blue for Fibershed’s Grow Your Jeans project. He is now exploring the dye process and all the vat possibilities at Fiber Circle Studio.
Photo Credit: Michael B. Woolsey
Jonatha Foli has been involved in fiber arts, knitting, and crocheting since she was a child. Years ago at Stitches West she was introduced to the art of wet felting and since then she has attended many felting workshops with master instructors, extending her knowledge and technique.
She has taught classes in nuno and wet felting at Summerfield Waldorf, Live Oak Charter, Petaluma Arts Center, Cast Away & Folk, and privately in the Bay Area.
In the past few years she has added eco printing to her fiber passion, creating eco printed pieces on wool and silk and teaching the art locally. As a Fibershed producer member, many of her wet felted and eco printed pieces include using local fibers.
At a young age Keyaira’s grandmother taught her how to sew. In 2012 she made herself a Mary Poppins style carpet bag; little did she know this would launch her professional career in fiber arts. After an overwhelming amount of requests, she opened an Etsy Shop. A few years later she found herself gushing over tapestry weavings and received a loom as a gift from her husband. Naturally evolving and self-taught, she began doing more weavings and personalized leather work. Keyaira’s creative dreams have always leaned toward décor and in 2016/2017 her décor dreams became a reality; she launched her leather home line and began selling her weavings.
Melanie Perkins has been a fiber artist all her life. She learned to knit and crochet when she was six. After her kids were grown, she started processing raw wool for spinning, and dying her own yarn. Now that she is retired, with lots of fibery time on her hands, she also does custom knitting and spinning, as well as teaches a variety of fiber arts classes. She loves animals of all kinds, but prefers to let others do the hard work of raising sheep. Her one fiber animal is a French Angora rabbit named Esmae Bon Bon.
Meret Piderman was born in New York to Swiss artists, whose mom sewed many of her clothes. Starting at an early age, Meret had access to her mothers sewing room and all the art supplies she could ever want.
Meret received a BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, with a specialty in Fashion design. She moved to Italy and taught fine art at the International School of Venice for 5 years.
Relatively new to Petaluma, she moved here 5 years ago from NY and is presently teaching Handwork to grades 1-8 at a Waldorf inspired school.
She is currently indulging in a love for embroidery.
Mindy Wright started making soap to utilize surplus milk from her herd of dairy goats and was so smitten by the craft that it quickly transformed from hobby to career changer for her. Her soaps are sold online, at farmer’s markets and craft shows and she also produces custom wedding favors.
Mindy is a member of the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild and the Sonoma County Farm Trails. Mindy will be teaching a variety of bath and body product classes here and is so excited to be part of the Fiber Circle Studio maker community!
Peeta's love of weaving grew from her wicker furniture restoration background which began in 1990 to 2000 in Berkeley California. Instantaneously her passion for craft and design was ignited!
The restoration of antique and contemporary wicker furniture ran the gamut from simple cane wrap replacements on the legs of chairs to full reweaves of chairs, tables, and planters etc. The blending of old to new finishes also became an important part of the restoration work. It was during the early 1990’s that she began teaching basketry as well.
A move to the Pacific Northwest in the Spring of 2000 provided her the opportunity to start making woven home furnishings from the ground up using her own designs. Her work today is the culmination of 27 years ranging from woven restoration work, custom woven garment accents for a NYC fashion designer during Fashion Week Spring 2007, work with interior designers and her own basketry work.
Pia Andersson has extensive training in the textile arts and textile engineering from her home country, Sweden. After moving to the US, she worked for 25 years in design and textile product development for many major US accounts. A few years ago she decided it was time to go back to her roots: textile handcraft with a special love of garment and home textiles construction and embroidery techniques. She lives in Novato, likes the outdoors and has two grown daughters.
Rebecca is a self-taught knitter and dyer. She relentlessly researches techniques until she finds the perfect solution to her knitting objectives.
She took up the hobby of spinning which led her to learn to how to dye roving. After the spinning bug faded, she started dyeing yarn for sock and shawl projects. By trial and error she has developed techniques for semi-solid, speckles, variegated, self-stripes, sock blanks, gradients, and almost everything in between.
She is an obsessive sock knitter who loves finding patterns that show off different hand dyed yarns. With a husband, two kids, two dogs, and a full time job, socks are the perfect portable project to have by her side.
Vera, founder and lead artist of The Fono, is a textile artist who weaves, spins, dyes, and felts. Her passion is to share the life-altering magic of discovering new materials and figuring out how they can make unexpected things. In her free time she helps with projects of the littlest artists and inventors.