Saga Hill Designs

                                                         

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

  

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Products at SagaHill.com…

• UNDYED FIBERS
• UNDYED YARN
• Cestari™ YARN
• ECO-FRIENDLY DYES

• BOOKS, PATTERNS, & KITS CREATED BY SAGA HILL

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

 


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.

   
 
 

SAGA HILL MARKET DATES...

March 15-16, 2014 – Madison Knitters' Guild Knit-In – Annual conference sponsored by the Knitters' Guild in Madison, Wisconsin. Location: Bishop O'Connor Center, 702 South High Point Road, Madison, Wisconsin. Marketplace hours: Saturday, March 15, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM & Sunday, March 16, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM.

April 26, 2014 – Yarnover sponsored by the MN Knitters' Guild, Hopkins High School, Minnetonka, MN. Vendor hours: 9 AM – 4:45 PM.

May 10-11, 2014 – Llama Magic & Fiber FriendsWashington County Fairgrounds, Lake Elmo, MN. Sat: 9 AM - 5 PM; Sun: 10 AM - 4 PM.

May 17 & 18, 2014 – Shepherd's Harvest – NOTE DATE CHANGE – IT'S NOT ON MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND ANYMORE! Washington County Fairgrounds, Lake Elmo, MN. Sat: 9 AM - 5 PM; Sun: 10 AM - 4 PM.

June 14, 2014 – Iowa Sheep & Wool FestivalJasper County Fairgrounds, Colfax, Iowa. I'll be a guest author in the Hearthside Fibers booth on Saturday, June 14, from 8 AM to 3 PM.

September 6, 2014 – Wisconsin Sheep & Wool FestivalJefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, Wisconsin. I'll be a guest author in the Fairy Yarnmother booth on Saturday, September 6, from 8 AM to 3 PM.

November 8, 2014– Upper Midwest Fall Fiber Festival – Annual Fiber Fair sponsored by the Upper Midwest Alpaca Growers, Eisenhower Community Center, Hopkins, MN. 9 AM - 4 PM.

November 14 – 16, 2014 – Minnesota Weaver's Guild Annual Fiber Fair – Studio #332, Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, MN. I am one of over 60 artists in this market so this event features only a few of my hand-dyed and hand-crafted items. Link to WGM Fiber Fair website.
Friday - Sunday, time TBA.

May 16 & 17, 2015 – Shepherd's HarvestWashington County Fairgrounds, Lake Elmo, MN. Sat: 9 AM - 5 PM; Sun: 10 AM - 4 PM.


CLASSES FROM SAGA HILL
2014 & 2015

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.)

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 22, 2014; 12:30–4:30 pm.

NEW CLASS! Knit a Vintage Lace Wrap – Using lace yarn from the Gale Woods sheep, you will learn how to read lace charts and knit a variety of lace stitches while creating a dainty lace shoulder or neck wrap for a chilly spring evening. One class, 1–4 pm, Saturday, March 29, 2014.

NEW CLASS! Fair Isle Knitting – Learn how to work with multiple colors in the round while knitting a small Fair Isle sampler that could become a cup cozy or a pair of wrist warmers. One class, 1–4 pm, Saturday, October 18, 2014.

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, November 1, 2014; 12:30–4:30 pm.

Swedish Twined Knitting – Learn the basics of tvåändstickning (Swedish two-ended knitting) and start a pair of durable fingerless mitts. Saturday, November 22, 2014; 10–2:30 pm. Students should bring a bag lunch to the class.

Try It! Beginning Spinning with a Drop Spindle – Using wool direct from the Gale Woods Farm, you will learn how to spin on this portable and ancient spinning tool. The class price includes a drop spindle that you may keep. 1–4 pm, Spring 2015, date TBA.

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. 12:30–4:30 pm. Spring 2015, date TBA.


NEW CLASSES • NEW LOCATION!
Ingebretsen's Scandinavian Gifts…

(Ingebretsen's is a long-revered Nordic shop located at 1601 East Lake Street, Mpls, MN 55407. All classes take place in their needlework shop which is next door to their gift shop. Click here to visit the Ingebretsen's website to register.)

Knit with Linen – Make spa-quality washcloths for use in your skin care routine or as gifts. Learn a few knitting stitches that are well-suited for working with pure linen yarn and pick up other tips for knitting with linen. I'll share stories of my travels through Sweden to learn about linen-making traditions there and tell you how this beautiful natural fiber from the flax plant is spun into soft, durable yarn. 10 am–12 noon, Saturday, August 23, 2014.


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, let me know. Advance interest helps establish future classes.


 

 

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.

• DYED YARNS & FIBER
• HAND-CRAFTED GARMENTS & DECOR

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 – 2014 & 2015

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.

Check back later to see more events for 2014 & 2015.

 
 

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