2019 Workshop Instructors

Peggy Doney

Peggy Doney has always been fascinated with color since her first box of crayons. After 20 years of homeschooling, she wondered what to do with all of the left-over chemistry equipment. The answer came after taking a spinning class with a neighbor. Now she enjoys spinning, knitting, silk fusion, and dyeing. For many years, she has been discovering color recipes using triad, gradient, and value studies. These studies allow exploration in hue as well as value and support her special interest in making accurate recipes that are starting points for matching colors in nature.

Peggy's skill with the dye pot led her into the Treenway Silks team as one of their regular dyers. If there is anything that she enjoys as much as creating with fiber and color, it's sharing that passion with others.

Peggy knows all the dyeing jokes, has lots of dye pots, and now uses her big box of crayons as a reference material. She makes her home in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her fiber-enabler husband, Jeff, and two undyed white dogs.



Jennifer Guyor

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David Johnson

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Galena Khmeleva

Galina A. Khmeleva, owner of Skaska Designs and author of Gossamer Webs, The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls and Gossamer Webs, The Design Collection, has earned the reputation as one of the most respected and knowledgeable lace knitting instructors in the country. As a former clothing and costume designer who worked with the ‘aristocracy’ of St. Petersburg’s music and theater society, Galina was a pioneer in breaking down barriers in the ‘new’ Russia that allowed Russian women the opportunity to achieve ownership status in private companies. As the principal student to Orenburg’s lace knitting elite, Galina brings the classic style and revered traditional knitting techniques of Russian lace to her classes. Her unique, inspiring and fun-loving teaching style has made her the guru of lace enthusiasts across the US. And as an extra bonus, Galina’s classes are an awesome, unforgettable cultural experience.
Galina A. Khmeleva, lace knitter/spinner extraordinaire, is the author of Gossamer Webs, The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls and Gossamer Webs, The Design Collection. She has mentored classes all over the globe, including Great Britain, Italy and Australia, and Craft Cruises’ Baltic Cruise.

Galina’s work has appeared in the industry’s leading magazines, including Piecework, Interweave Knits, Spin-Off, Knitting Traditions, Knitter’s Magazine, Cast On, Wild Fibers and Verena ie. printed in Italian, Russian, German, Dutch and English.

Most recently, Galina finished work on the following DVD’s:

  • - ORENBURG KNITTING — Knitting Gossamer Webs
  • - SPINNING GOSSAMER THREADS - The Yarns of Orenburg
  • - KNITTING Old World Lace — from Shetland to Orenburg
  • - Knitting Lace IN INTARSIA — The Secrets of Olga Fedorova



Celeste Nossiter

All my life the joy and mystery of color has been my motivating principle, first in painting and now in knitwear design. I have a BA from Brandeis University and an MFA from Pratt Institute but after being a starving artist and unable to get a full time college teaching job, I gave up that dream. Twenty years later I discovered Fair Isle knitting. In 2003 a knitting tour of Shetland, Scotland rekindled my creative juices and I began making my own knitted designs. That sparked an intensive learning period when I experienced that color in knitting doesn’t work the same way as color on canvas.

Since I love travel I started analyzing traditional textile motifs from different cultures and the trade routes by which they are shared across cultures. Several trips to Turkey inspired me to translate traditional tribal Anatolian and classical Ottoman motifs into knitted designs.

My greatest joy is sharing my passion with students: helping them translate their personal inspirations into knitted designs. That includes an experiential, hands-on approach to learning more about color so they can get their desired results. I teach beginning and intermediate classes in stranded knitting and a playful approach to color theory. My heart’s desire is to bring out the inner artist that exists in everyone through stranded knitting and color study.

I teach at yarn stores including The Yarn Store at Nob Hill and Village Wools in Albuquerque, and Looking Glass Yarns in Santa Fe; private studios and festivals including the Taos Wool Festival, Estes Park Wool Festival and Fiber Art Fiesta in Albuquerque. I am the Special Activities Coordinator for The Yarn Store and am on the Education Committee for the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council.



Caroline Spurgeon

Caroline has been weaving for more than 40 years. She is the designer of C. Cactus Flower Miniature looms and various other weaving related products. Her current book is Weaving The Navajo Way, How to Create Rugs, Miniature and More. She has taught workshops on Navajo weaving, twining and other off-loom techniques throughout the west.

Now, actively retired from the manufacturing of C. Cactus Flower looms, she devotes her time between weaving, teaching, and the designing of new weaving products. She believes the more people I teach to weave, the better chance we have to preserve the art. Caroline has a MS in Textile Science from The University of Arizona and currently resides in Southwest Colorado.



Deb Tewell

Deb Tewell has lasting interest in working with her hands and combining fiber with color inspiration. She has learned various techniques from master felt makers and taught many others the craft. Deb enjoys creating wearable art as well as dimensional sculptures.

Her work has won numerous recognition ribbons at the Taos Wool Festival (2007, 2009, 2011, and 2015), honorable mention at the Poudre Art Gallery Fiber Expo in Fort Collins (2010), second place and an Award of Merit at Albuquerque Fiber Fiesta (2017), and Best of Show at New Mexico Arts & Crafts Festival (2017). Deb is organizer of the annual Felter’s Rendezvous in Estes Park, CO and The Felting Affaire at PDX in Portland, OR, events that bring together nationally-known instructors and students from across the country for four fabulous days of felt-making and fiber camaraderie.



Margaret Trousdale

Margaret Trousdale is a retired public school teacher and kids college instructor. Her formal training as a fiberista began over ten years ago when she bought her first spinning wheel. She sold her art yarns at the Wool and Fiber Festival in Torrance; the South Coast Spinning and Weaving Guild's annual sales in Irvine; and the Vista Fiber Fiesta. She continues as a member of the Orange County Spinners Guild in California and the Las Aranas Guild in New Mexico. At the 2017 Southwestern Spinning Retreat, she enthusiastically picked up stick weaving. She taught this at the Flag Wool & Fiber Festival in Arizona, June 2018. She looks forward to doing the same this fall at the Taos Wool Festival.



Shilo Wilkinson

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