Saga Hill Designs

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

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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 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.

August 15, 2015 – Spelmannstamma (Fiddler event) & Hemslöjden (Swedish Handwork: Needle, Hook and Shuttle)Gammelgården Museum, Scandia, MN. I'll be bringing more Nordic-themed items to this event. 10 AM - 4 PM.

November 7, 2015 – Upper Midwest Fall Fiber Festival – An annual fiber fair with pop-up shops from over 40 local fiber producers and artisans. Eisenhower Community Center, 1001 Hwy 7, Hopkins, MN 55305. 9 AM - 4 PM.

November 13, 14, & 15, 2015 – Weavers Guild of Minnesota Fiber Fair – Saga Hill items will be among other fiber artists' creations at this annual event sponsored by the Weavers Guild of Minnesota. Great holiday shopping! All proceeds support local fiber artists.
Northrup King Building, Studio #332, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Mpls, MN.
Friday, Nov 13: 10 AM - 7 PM
Saturday, Nov 14: 10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday, Nov 15: Noon - 4 PM

November 21, 2015 – Westonka Band Holiday Boutique – Saga Hill items will be among other creations at this annual event sponsored by the Westonka School Band Boosters. Support young musicians and have a great holiday shopping experience! A portion of the proceeds support young musicians in the Westonka school district. This is also an opportunity to pick up some Saga Hill fiber or dye without a shipping fee as it's my last pop up market before the holidays. I won't have my full line at the boutique but can bring special requests. So if there's something you'd like and I have it in stock, just contact me by 6 PM Friday, Nov. 20, and I'll bring it to this market.
Location: Grandview Middle School, 1881 Commerce Blvd., Mound, MN.
Saturday, Nov 21: 9 AM - 3 PM

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 may be added as the year proceeds.

2015 – 2016

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.)

NEW! The Elegant Cable Stitch – Cable stitches add dimension and elegance 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 spin your own, unique yarn with a spinning wheel. Materials provided. Saturday, March 21, 2015; 12:30–4:30 pm.
Will also be offered in the Fall of 2015: Saturday, October 17, 2015; 12:30–4:40 pm.

"Paint" Your Knitting Through Fair Isle Patterns – 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. This pattern creates a quick and unique holiday gift! Pattern and yarn are included. 1–4 pm, Saturday, November 14, 2015. 

"Weave" a Knitted Scarf (aka: Knit a Weaving Pattern) – Did you know that knitting patterns can be inspired by weaving patterns? In this class, you will create a two-color scarf from an instructor-provided selection of weaving patterns. You will also learn how to pick colors from the Farm Rainbow colorway yarns to design a scarf that is attractive on both sides. Pattern and yarn are included. 1–4 pm, Saturday, November 21, 2015. 

Cozy Cabled Cowl – Cable stitches add dimension and elegrance 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 29, 2016 – time TBA.

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 – time TBA.

NEW! 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 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.
Will also be offered in the Fall of 2015: Saturday, October 24, 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; 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 new “á la carte” Louët S10 Concept Spinning Wheel—the only wheel you will ever need!

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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YarnOver – Annual Minnesota Knitters' Guild Conference – book signing in Saga Hill booth
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9 am – 4:45 pm, Hopkins High School, Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Flax Processing Demo & Book Signing – Ingebretsen's Needlework Shop
Learn how flax is grown and processed by hand into linen thread & yarn. Saturday, May 9, 2015, 11 AM & 1 PM (2 separate presentations), 1601 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Go to event website

Shepherd's Harvest – book signing in Saga Hill booth
May 16 & 17, 2015, Sat: 9 AM - 5 PM; Sun: 10 AM - 4 PM. Washington County Fairgrounds, Building B, Lake Elmo, Minnesota. Go to event website

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

Mother Earth News Fair – book signing & fiber demo in Quarto Publishing booth
Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10–11 AM. Washington County Fair Park, 3000 Pleasant Valley Road, West Bend, Wisconsin. Go to event website

Spelmanstämma/Hemslöjden (Swedish Handwork – Needle, Hook, & Shuttle)
Saturday, August 15, 2015, in Saga Hill booth. Time TBA. Gammelgården Museum, Scandia, MN. Go to event website

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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