Cheryl Nachtrieb, Chair
Cheryl discovered her love of fiber at a folk music festival where she impulsively picked up a used table loom, and so has been weaving, spinning, knitting and dyeing now for over thirty years. Eight years ago, she escaped from the telcomm and technology world assume the current ownership of The Recycled Lamb a yarn and fiber arts shop near Golden, Colorado—the oldest yarn shop in the state. Although the shop keeps her inordinately busy she still finds time to weave and spin between skiing and bicycling trips, depending on the season! She is a retail member of TNNNA and SWG.
Rita is the owner of Yarn Hollow, a small hand-dyed yarn, fiber, and fabric company in Grandville, MI. Yarn Hollow has been in operation since 2005 and had grown from a micro-business to one which sells hand-dyed fiber and yarn to needlearts shops throughout North America. Yarn Hollow specializes in dyeing a wide range of colors, from pastel to intense, from bright to neutral. Her company takes pride in creating high-quality products using a wide variety of materials, including locally and US-sourced fibers for handspinners, knitters, and weavers. In addition to supplying yarn and fiber stores with colorful threads, she also teaches at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and at other events, guilds, and shops in the Midwestern U.S. She is a wholesale member of TNNA and SWG.
Prior to opening Yarn Hollow, Rita worked on the Information Technology and Operations side of a large advertising agency, with one of the Big Three Automotive companies as a client. She has also worked in publishing and newspaper distribution.
Rita’s personal interests beyond all things fiber arts are traveling, camping, reading, and spending time with her husband and children.
Constance loves that being creative is a journey that takes a lifetime and the fiber world is a wonderful place to travel. She began her fiber explorations with crochet, followed by knitting, sewing, spinning, weaving, and felting. All the while being a full time glassblower. Now teaching fiber arts and pattern design for Schacht Spindle Company fill her time. Introducing students to new skills and seeing where it takes them is the pay off of years of study. Her work has appeared in Creative Knitting, Handwoven, and Spin-Off magazines.
She is part of a dynamic group that brought Spinzilla to life in 2013. Constance moderates the Zoom Loom and Spinzilla groups on Ravlery, under her ravtar Dyeology. She also serves on the Spin-Off advisory committee.