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Sonja Downey

Sonja caught the knitting bug early on in her childhood watching her mother, grandmother and aunt knit vigorously. There was never a TV or radio show that was not accompanied by the background noise of swift knitting needles as her mother created fashions for her and her sister and always had time to make little models too, so that their baby dolls and Barbie dolls were dressed in the same outfits as them. However, the mood strikes her, she loves to knit simple socks with self-striping yarn or sink her teeth into a complicated lace shawl pattern. Knitting for Sonja is so much more than a hobby, it is a philosophy.


Joan Sheridan

Joan Sheridan is a weaver, knitter, spinner, fiber explorer and, since 2000, owner of Heritage Spinning and Weaving in Lake Orion, Michigan. Trained as an educator and curriculum developer by the United States Army, Joan is a natural teacher. She volunteers in the textile conservation department at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, where she loves combining her passion for textiles with her fascination with history. She has taught and presented at conferences, for guilds and shops, and on tour in Norway. 


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