Saga Hill Designs

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

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

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Saga Hill is an artist-owned business specializing in silk and other fine fibers and yarns in undyed form or hand-painted in the Saga Hill studio.

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



April 23, 2016 – Yarnover sponsored by the MN Knitters' Guild. NEW LOCATION! Hopkins Junior High West, 3830 Baker Road, Minnetonka, MN 55305. Vendor hours: 9 AM – 5 PM.

May 14 & 15, 2016 – Shepherd's HarvestWashington County Fairgrounds, (find Saga Hill in Building B), Lake Elmo, MN. Sat: 9 AM - 5 PM; Sun: 10 AM - 4 PM.

Other markets will 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. Classes include most materials but a shop discount is also offered to students during the day of the class.)

Cozy Cabled Cowl – Cable stitches add dimension and elegance to your knitted projects. Learn how to read and knit cable patterns while beginning to knit a winter-worthy neck cowl. Students must know how to knit and purl. Pattern and yarn are included. Saturday, January 23, 2016; 1–4 PM.

Sheepy Farm Mitts – knit from wool roving – Knit in the Icelandic style by working directly from wool roving—no spinning involved! Child-sized sampler mittens will be created in this workshop class that can be later knit as adult-sized mittens, if desired. Pattern and roving are included. Saturday, February 27, 2016; 1–4 PM.

Beginning Spinning with a Drop Spindle – Learn the extremely portable method of spinning fiber with a drop spindle. Great class for beginners! Spindles that you may keep and class fiber are included. March 19, 2016; 1–4 PM.

Fiber Processing 101 (for spinners, felters, knitters, and fiber enthusiasts) – Skirt a fleece and learn how to wash and prepare it by teasing, carding, and combing for a multitude of fiber interests. Fiber is included. April 9, 2016; 1–4 PM.

NEW! Saturday, April 2, 2016
NATURAL DYE AND SOCK WORKSHOP – “Dip Your Toes Into the Victorian Era”

Join the authors of "Yarn Works" and "Sock Architecture" for a day-long dive into history. Wendy J. Johnson (author of "Yarn Works: How to spin, dye, and knit your own yarn") will start in the morning with the methods and materials available in dye baths of the 1850s. Choose a provided 19th Century dyestuff to hand-dye a skein for a pair of adult-sized socks and learn past (and modern) natural dyeing techniques. Lara Neel (author of "Sock Architecture: Heels, toes, and techniques for knitting awesome socks" will pick up the ball in the afternoon with the history of sock knitting in the Victorian era and will walk you through methods for knitting socks that have been partially lost to history. As you knit a mini sock, Lara will show you techniques that are fast, fun, and fantastic—and can be used in any sock pattern you choose. 

You will go home with the naturally-dyed skein of yarn that you dyed in the morning (enough for a pair of adult socks), the mini-sock you created in the afternoon, and a pattern to knit an adult-sized pair of socks using the techniques you learned in the afternoon.

Additional workshop benefit: The day-long session is being held at Gale Woods Farm, a 410-acre, working educational farm and park within the Three Rivers Park District. It's located on picturesque Whaletail Lake in Minnetrista, Minnesota. During the morning break, you will have an opportunity to walk through the barns and meet the farm animals—including some of the new born spring lambs! Before or after the session, you may take advantage of the walking paths located throughout this beautiful site.

Cost: $75.00 (cost includes supplies*)
Date & Time: Saturday, April 2, 2016 – 9 am – 4 pm (A half-hour is allotted for lunch. Class participants should bring their own lunches. Refrigeration and a microwave are available. Tea, coffee, and water will be provided.)
Location: Gale Woods Farm, 7210 County Road 110 W., Minnetrista, MN 55364
Ages of participants: For ages 16 and over. (We can only accept a total of 16 participants so sign up early!)
*All materials & supplies (except needles & misc. knitting notions) will be provided by the instructors. You will be given a miscellaneous supply list when you register.
Register by March 15, 2016 at the Three Rivers Park District/Gale Woods website or call Gale Woods at 763-694-2001.

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 upcoming classes.)

LovikkaProjectPhotoKnit a Traditional Swedish Lovikka Mitten – This class may be repeated in 2016.

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; 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.

Private classes. I also teach spinning and knitting privately to individuals or small groups. Please contact me by email for more info.


The “á la carte” Louët S10 Concept Spinning Wheel—the only wheel you will ever need!

Plus, NEW for 2016… the original S10 is back in production!
(The original S10 is a great wheel for beginning spinners who want a sturdy, basic wheel at a lower cost.)

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

Current exceptions are…
At this time, the following items are ONLY offered at pop-up locations & by appointment at the Saga Hill Studio. See Saga Hill Market Dates (to the left) for market locations.

• Louët PRODUCTS (spinning wheels & other fiber arts tools from Louët)

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

Photo of Green Silk Scarf
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If you have a venue in which you would like me to speak about my book, design process, fiber, spinning, dyeing, and/or knitting (particularly Swedish knitting tradition), please contact me.

• “Fiber Is To Dye For!” – Llama Magic Festival
• Guest Speaker “Behind the Scene – the Production of Yarn Works” – Minnesota Knitters' Guild
• Flax Processing Demo – Ingebretsen's Needlework Shop
• Flax Processing Demo – Gale Woods Farm
• “Silk: Dyeing and Spinning an Ancient Luxury the Modern Way!” – Mother Earth News Fair

• YarnOver (Annual Minnesota Knitters' Guild Conference)
• Shepherd's Harvest (Annual MN Sheep & Wool Festival)
• MidWest Weavers' Conference
• Mother Earth News Fair
• Spelmanstämma/Hemslöjden (Swedish Handwork – Needle, Hook, & Shuttle)
• The Bookcase (Wayzata, MN)
• Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival
• Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival
• Knit One (Pittsburgh, PA)
• New York Sheep and Wool Festival


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