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Rita Petteys

Rita Petteys runs Yarn Hollow out a small studio in Grandville, MI. Since 2005, Rita has focused on dyeing a wide range of colors on the highest quality yarns, fibers, and fabrics. She’s been teaching since 2007, offering classes in dyeing yarn, fiber, and/or fabric, color mixing, dyeing warps for weaving, dyeing silk scarves, and other topics. She loves color and loves to help people become more confident about their color choices and dyeing techniques.


Gail Richardson

Gail is a very busy mom and grandma from the Swanton/Delta area. Gail has the full-time position as the Foodways Manager at Sauder Village. She has been teaching various classes for 8 years and then discovered her love of knitting 6 years ago. She has taught knitting classes the last 5 years.


Tina Stellhorn

Tina is the owner of Winding Creek Alpacas & Llamas and The Knitting Llama.  She began knitting about 30+ years ago.  When their fiber farm was started in 1999, Tina learned to spin and weave.  Once she began dyeing their yarn, she was hooked.  Dyeing yarn is her favorite part of their fiber business and right along with that is teaching yarn dyeing classes. Tina lives in Defiance with her husband and a band of furry, yarn bearing critters!  Their farm motto is "We grow YARN!


Debbi Russell 

Debbi has been knitting for over 40 years, learning from a very patient grandmother.  Together they would sit on the porch swing and her grandmother would guide her hands until she understood the concept. Debbi’s first project was a vest that had many dropped stitches and was way too tight but she proudly wore it anyway.  Debbi’s grandmother was of French decent and knit in the American Method.  She knew it was time to learn a new knitting method when she began to feel the beginning of Carpal tunnel in her left hand.  Debbie not only teaches knitting but also quilt classes.  She enjoys fiber arts of all kinds - quilting, crocheting, rug hooking, and most recently has dabbled in spinning after finding a wheel at an auction.  Debbi has lived in the Archbold area since 2000 and has worked at Sauder Village since 2001.  Debbi feels it’s a great place to saturate her interest in fiber arts.  


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