2017 Fiber Festival Instructor Bios

Please Note: Refunds are given if course is canceled by GVHG due to lack of enrollment or if you cancel before September 1, 2017. There will be a $25 charge for checks returned for insufficient funds.


Amy Brand

Amy Brand of Sweet Pea Felts is an internationally recognized fiber artist living in Rochester, NY. Her work has been featured at Strong Museum of play as part of their whimsical art trail. Amy was most recently a featured maker in Post magazine in the fall of 2016. In addition to creating pieces for sale online and local shows, she has a studio in Rochester where she teaches felting classes year round.

Sara Gotowka

Sarah Gotowka is a practicing textile artist and instructor. She has been weaving since 2005, and has been growing natural dyes since 2010. Since moving to the Ithaca area, she has taught workshops at Cornell University, Ithaca College, The Johnson Museum of Art, Wells College, New Roots Charter School, The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, The Craftstitute, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Trumansburg Middle School.

Erin Kosich

Erin Kosich is the owner of the Embraceable EWE Yarn Shop in Hamburg, NY. She has been teaching knitting classes at the Hemlock Fiber Festival for (YIPE—can it be???) 15 years!!! It is her favorite weekend of the entire year (which is really sad, since her husband and children are not with her) because she just LOVES the wonderful people she gets to visit with in Hemlock every year, and is always inspired by their talent and creativity. She especially loves teaching classes and tries really hard to pick festival workshops that send her students home with a new “nugget” of knitting knowledge!!! Thanks Hemlock!!!

Jessica Krueger

Jessica Krueger is an avid knitter, spinner, and hand dyer who lives in Rush, NY with 10 sheep, chickens, ducks, cats, and amazing husband Scott. She LOVES fiber arts and is very excited to share with you the fun and versatility of knitting with silk!

Suzanne Moulton

Suzanne Moulton inherited an overwhelming passion for all types of needlework from her great-grandmother and her mother. Her family grew up surrounded by a huge collection of their handmade needlework and it has inspired her to become a needle worker with skills to match theirs, so that she will one day be able to complete some of the items they left unfinished.

Primarily self-taught over the last 40+ years, she belongs to Heart and Hand Quilt Guild, The Embroiderers Guild of America, American Needlepoint Guild, Genesee Valley Lace Guild, Association of Traditional Hooking Artists, Little Lakes Rug Hookers and the Finger Lakes Rug Hookers. In 2006 she purchased Liberty Cottage www.libertycottage.com and dove head first into the world of wool applique and rug hooking.

Nancy Noonan

Nancy Noonan, Needlewoman/Plain and fancy work, has been a passionate fan of stitchery and folk art for 40 years. She simply creates from her hands and heart. She owned 2 stores, Liberty Cottage in Canandaigua and Gatherings in Victor. She now teaches all forms of classes at Fiber and Art Emporium in Hammondsport. She enjoys rug hooking, punch needle, proddy, penny rugs, cross stitch, rag weaving, knitting, crochet and more.

Freda Peisley

Freda Peisley started weaving at age 8 and has studied textiles at Rochester Institute of Technology and Arrowmont. She has been spinning at Genesee Country Museum for 39 years and has taught weaving, spinning, the art of natural dyeing, tatting, rug hooking and quilting for longer than 39 years.

Linda Voss Plummer

Linda Voss Plummer can’t remember when she didn’t knit and has taught locally and regionally and has been fortunate to study with nationally and internationally recognized knitters, spinner and weavers. She loves to lead students to the joy of knitting and then watch them become independent, free-thinking knitters, helping them create their own designs and make decisions about how they want to adapt patterns. Her special passions are cables, lace, domino and two color knitting such as Fair Isle and Scandinavian patterns. She feels privileged to design for several yarn companies and is published among others, Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, as well as Cascade, Zealana and Noro books. She also spins, weaves and quilts but if, perish the thought, she had to decide on one activity, it would be knitting. www.artsyknits.com, Facebook.com/artsyknits, ravelry: artsyknits and linda voss plummer, linda(at)artsyknits.com

Tina Turner

Tina Turner has been knitting since the age of 14, but really increased her skill once she joined the Rochester Knitting Guild in 1998. She was president of the guild from 2012-2015. She has received the Knitting Instructor Certification from the Knitting Guild of America. Tina learned to spin yarn in 2000 and is a former president of the Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild (2005-2009). From 2008-2013 Tina was a teacher and salesperson at The Yarn Boutique in Brighton. With the help of her dear husband Mike and lots of friends, she opened The Knitting Circle on Feb. 1, 2014. She has now made her full time job teaching others the fine tuning elements of knitting. This enables her students to turn homemade items into beautiful handmade masterpieces that they can be proud of no matter their skill level. She has self published many patterns and designs on Ravelry.

Marcia Weinert

Marcia Weinert's handspun skeins and knitwear designs have taken top honors at both the New York and Maryland Sheep and Wool Festivals. She teaches spinning, knitting, felting and crochet in many outlets across the eastern seaboard, including a 13-year-long program at the library where she works. Marcia (who is “Undeniably Loopy!”) has been addicted to turning fluff into stuff ever since sneaking her 9-year-old daughter’s spindle and fiber after their first class together, two decades ago!

Liz Yockel

Liz Yockel is the owner of The Fuzzy Bunny and the Honeoye Craft Lab, where she teaches spinning and knitting, among other things, and dyes many pounds of fiber each year. She moved to Hemlock, NY so she could start a small retirement sheep farm (still in the works) and accidentally opened a craft/yarn store instead. You can see more at honeoyecraftlab.com