The Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Ave.
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

NYS Sheep & Wool Festival - Workshop Registration

Esther Rodgers

Esther is a full time fiber artist from Mebane NC.  She is known as a creative art yarn spinner and for her unique fiber preparation. Esther is also a felter, weaver and knitter which gives her the perspective of how the yarns can be used. 

She is constantly innovating her spinning techniques to create new textures and is on the cutting edge in terms of yarn design. Esther is very conscious of where her fiber comes from, sourcing her wool from local and friendly farms, directly from wonderful shepherds with happy animals
  Esther is an enthusiastic and patient teacher; possessing both national and international teaching experience. 

Her most recent press are articles she wrote for Winter and Autumn 2013 PLY magazine. Her press also includes being featured in Lexi Boeger’s 2012 book “Handspun, New Spins on Traditional Techniques”, the Winter/Spring 2011 issue of Knitscene magazine and the Fall 2010 issue of Spin Off magazine. She is currently working on her first book.

The art of fiber is a progression - a journey from one form to another.  Each step is a new chance for expression.
I create with a wild freedom that only raw fiber allows. By washing and dyeing all of my animal-friendly, farm-sourced wools myself, I gain full control of my textures and color. With my drum carder colors are blended to create a palette. With my spinning wheel, I use innovative techniques and materials to create yarns that function as art, yarn and couture. Each skein is a wearable piece of art, or can be hung on the wall and admired.  Then, another step can be taken here with the spun yarn- -woven and knit into textile couture.  Each step could be considered an end, or just a beginning. I look for the extraordinary in fiber and what it can become. Whether spun into yarn, felted into cloth, or woven into a garment, I find the voice of the fiber and it tells me what it wants to be.   

Workshops By Esther Rodgers

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