Workshop Instructor Bios


Nan Crawford

Nan is a Virginia native and a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Natural materials inspire her creativity and she feels best when combining nature’s raw elements.

An IT manager in a “former life,” Nan stayed in touch with the world of fiber by crocheting during her frequent travel for work. However, when she found the techniques of felting, she knew she had found the voice for her passion. “Felting keeps you close to the animal,” says Nan.

Since entering the world of felting, Nan’s unique felted pieces have won awards during various festivals, and have been published in several felting books. She also teaches felting workshops for children and adults.

Nan lives in central Virginia, with husband, Steve, chickens, cat and canine companions.

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Dorothea Pierce

Dorothea Pierce has been knitting for over fifty years and spinning for over thirty. Her absolute favorite thing to do, EVER, is teach people how to spin and knit. She has taught three-day spinning workshops, five-minute knitting tutorials, and everything in  between. She hosts the Skein Away Fiber Retreat at Smith Mountain Lake and owns Yarn Seasons, a yarn shop near Roanoke, VA.

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