Saga Hill Designs

natural fibers & yarns – silk & silk blends
studio of artist/author W.J. Johnson


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• Cestari™ YARN


My book “Yarn Works: How to spin, dye, and knit your own yarn” is available NOW!

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Saga Hill is a family-owned/artist-created business specializing in silk and other fine fibers & yarns—both in undyed form and hand-painted in the Saga Hill studio.

Other unique Saga Hill creations are hand-painted silk wraps that coordinate with the hand-painted fibers and hand & fiber care products to soothe the soul of the fiber lover.

Saga Hill is the source of Minnesota Series Dyes™ & the studio of artist & author W. J. Johnson.


The shop is open on a personal, by appointment only basis. Call or contact us.
Or visit us at the upcoming markets…


April 25, 2015 – Yarnover sponsored by the MN Knitters' Guild, Hopkins High School, Minnetonka, MN. Vendor hours: 9 AM – 4:45 PM.

May 16 & 17, 2015 – Shepherd's HarvestWashington County Fairgrounds, (find Saga Hill in Building B), Lake Elmo, MN. Sat: 9 AM - 5 PM; Sun: 10 AM - 4 PM.

June 19 & 20, 2015 – Midwest Weavers' Conference (MWC)St. Thomas University, Anderson Student Center, 2115 Summit Ave., (find Saga Hill with the vendors in Woulfe Alumni Hall), St. Paul, MN. Fri: 10 AM - 4:30 PM and 8:30 PM – 10 PM; Sat: 10 AM - 4:30 PM.

November 7, 2015 – Upper Midwest Fall Fiber Festival – Annual Fiber Fair sponsored by the Upper Midwest Alpaca Growers, Eisenhower Community Center, Hopkins, MN. 9 AM - 4 PM.

Other markets may be added as the year proceeds.


Gale Woods Farm…
(Gale Woods is an educational, working farm and a public park in the Minnesota/Twin Cities Three Rivers Park District. Click here to visit the Gale Woods website and register for one of the following classes.)

NEW! The Elegant Cable Stitch – Cable stitches add dimension and elegrance to your knitted projects. Learn how to read and knit cable patterns while beginning to knit a small lap blanket or ipad/electronic device cover. Students must know how to knit and purl. Pattern and yarn included. Saturday, January 24, 2015; 1–4 pm.

Grandma's Farm Socks From The Toe Up – Discover how to knit a traditional, sturdy pair of socks from the toe up. This technique allows the sock to easily fit to the right length and does not require grafting at the toe. Students must have experience with knitting and purling in the round on double-pointed or circular needles. Yarn and pattern provided. THIS IS A TWO-SESSION CLASS: Saturday, February 21, 2015, 1–3 pm; and Saturday, February 28, 2015, 1–3:30 pm.

Beginning Wheel Spinning – Learn how wool goes from sheep to a skein of yarn and learn the basic skills of fiber spinning by using a spinning wheel. In this 4-hour workshop class, we cover methods of preparing raw fiber and the rudimentaries of how to wheel spin your own, unique yarn. Materials provided. Saturday, March 21, 2015; 12:30–4:30 pm.

Ingebretsen's NeedleWork Shop…
(Ingebretsen's is a Nordic wares shop located at 1601 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407. Click here to visit the Ingebretsen's website and register for the following class.)

LovikkaProjectPhotoKnit a Traditional Swedish Lovikka Mitten – In this 3-hour workshop class you will learn how to knit a mitten in the Swedish Lovikka style. Lovikka is a town located near the Arctic Circle with a renown tradition of this style of knitting with embroidered embellishment around the cuff. This mitten is knit in the round on double-pointed needles using a single ply yarn. The class will learn about the interesting history of the Lovikka knitting tradition and knit, embroider, and learn how to "full" (lightly felt) a mini version of the Lovikka mitten. (The mini mitten is a young child's size but the pattern provided will also include an adult-sized mitten that may be knit at home.) Materials may be purchased in the Ingebretsen's shop. Saturday, March 28, 2015; 1–4 pm.

Classes are added to this list as they are created. If you're interested in any class shown above but can't attend on the scheduled date, please let me know. If you don't see a class that interests you, some of my previously taught classes include: Tvåändstickning (Swedish Twined Knitting); Vintage Lace Knitting; Fair Isle Pattern Knitting; and Beginning Mitten Knitting, among others. If one of these suits your interest (or a class on another subject), please let me know. Advance interest helps establish future classes. I love teaching both the techniques and historical aspects of each knitting subject. When you take one of my classes, you will have a good time playing with yarn and fiber—and in the process, you will learn something more indepth about the subject than you may experience in the typical class.


Nearly all of our fiber, yarn, book/kit, and dye offerings are available through this online shop.

Current exceptions are…
The following items are ONLY offered at market locations during the year. See Saga Hill Market Dates (to the left) for locations.


I’ve used my exclusive Minnesota Series™ Dyes to hand-paint many of these items. Each piece is unique and a labor of love. Because they are hard to keep in stock, I currently only offer them at market events.
But to get a taste of these creations, here's an example of one of my hand-dyed and hand-painted scarves and wraps:

Photo of Green Silk Scarf
Go to Textiles & Garments page

And the hand-dyed yarns (colors vary according to available stock):

Photo of Green Silk Scarf
Go to Dyed Yarn page

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SPEAKING & BOOK SIGNING EVENTS – 2015 & previously in 2014

Presentation on "Yarn Works: How to Spin, Dye, and Knit Your Own Yarn" – Wescott Library, Dakota County
Thursday, February 26, 2015, 7 PM , 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan, MN 55123.

Book Signing & Talk – The Bookcase
Friday, April 11, 2014, 7 PM, Wayzata, MN.

Presentation – Llama Magic Festival
"Fiber Is To Dye For!"
Sunday, May 11, 2014, 1 PM in the Chat Corner of the Cattle Barn, Washington County Fairgrounds, Lake Elmo, MN.

Author Meet & Greet – Shepherd's Harvest Festival
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 2 PM in Building A, Washington County Fairgrounds, Lake Elmo, MN.

Guest Speaker – Minnesota Knitters' Guild
Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 7 PM.
Minnesota Textile Center, 3000 SE University Avenue, Mpls, MN 55414.

Author Meet & Greet – Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival – Hearthside Fibers Booth
Saturday, June 14, 2014, 8 AM to 3 PM.
Jasper County Fairgrounds; Colfax, Iowa.

Author Meet & Greet – Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival – Fairy Yarnmother Booth
Saturday, September 6, 2014, 8 AM to 3 PM.
Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, Wisconsin 53549.

Author Meet & Greet – Knit One
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. 2721 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

Author Meet & Greet – New York Sheep and Wool Festival – Merritt Books in Bldg. B
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, October 19, 2014, 10 AM to noon.
Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

Check back later to see more events for 2015. If you have a venue in which you would like me to speak about my book, design process, fiber, spinning, dyeing, and/or knitting, please contact me.


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