Saga Hill Designs

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

 

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Specializing in…
• UNDYED FIBERS

• UNDYED YARN
• ECO-FRIENDLY DYES

• BOOKS, PATTERNS, & KITS CREATED BY SAGA HILL – plus Loop & Purl Stash Blaster™ mini-looms (while supplies last)
• RECYCLED SILK SARI RIBBON

Autographed copies of my book “Yarn Works: How to spin, dye, and knit your own yarn” are available here!



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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.


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CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS & OTHER EXHIBITIONS/ARTS EVENTS INVOLVING SAGA HILL DESIGNS/W.J. JOHNSON


PRESENTATIONS & BOOK SIGNINGS


If you have a venue in which you would like me to speak about my book, design process, fiber, spinning, dyeing, and/or knitting (particularly Swedish knitting tradition), please contact me by email (see link below).

PREVIOUS PRESENTATIONS
• “Fiber Is To Dye For!” – Llama Magic Festival
• Guest Speaker “Behind the Scene – the Production of Yarn Works” – Minnesota Knitters' Guild
• Flax Processing Demo – Ingebretsen's Needlework Shop
• Flax Processing Demo – Gale Woods Farm
• “Silk: Dyeing and Spinning an Ancient Luxury the Modern Way!” – Mother Earth News Fair

• Flax & Silk Spinning Presentation, Workshop, & Book Signing – Carole's Country Knits at Rocking Horse Farm

PREVIOUS BOOKSIGNING VENUES
• North Star Farm Tour
• YarnOver (Annual Minnesota Knitters' Guild Conference)
• Shepherd's Harvest (Annual MN Sheep & Wool Festival)
• MidWest Weavers' Conference
• Mother Earth News Fair
• Spelmanstämma/Hemslöjden (Swedish Handwork – Needle, Hook, & Shuttle)
• The Bookcase (Wayzata, MN)
• Ingebretsen's Needlework Shop (Mpls, MN)
• Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival
• Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival
• Knit One (Pittsburgh, PA)
• New York Sheep and Wool Festival


Email: mail@sagahill.com

   
  MARKETS & CLASSES

UPCOMING POP-UP MARKETS

2018

September 7 – 9, 2018 – 2018 Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, Wisconsin. This is the Midwest's premier sheep and wool festival. You will find Saga Hill in the Country Store East (booth 642) on Friday, 10 AM–6 PM; Saturday, 9 AM–6 PM; and Sunday, 9:30 AM–3:30 PM. [$8 daily fee/$15 weekend pass]

November 3, 2018 – 2018 Fall Fiber Festival Eisenhower Community Center, 1001 Hwy 7, Hopkins, MN 55305. All local artists and producers! Local brick and mortar yarn shops are generally unqualified to attend so this is a market where you'll find unique items! Support local micro businesses such as artists and small farms, get your winter project supplies, and finish some unique holiday shopping. Sat: 9 AM - 4 PM. [no entrance fee]

November 2018 (Dates TBA) – 2018 Weavers' Guild of Minnesota (WGM) Fiber Art Festival Northrup King Building (Gallery), 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. This 44th annual fair features the highly-sought-after work of the accomplished members of the WGM. This is a fabulous opportunity to find a wide variety of handcrafted items that are exquisitely created. I will be offering hand knit, dyed, and woven items under the Saga Hill Studio label. Friday, 10 AM–7 PM; Saturday, 10 AM–5 PM; Sunday, 12 PM–4 PM. [no entrance fee]

2019

May 11 – 12, 2019 – 2019 Shepherd's Harvest Festival Washington County Fairgrounds, (find Saga Hill in Building B), Lake Elmo, MN. The largest annual fiber event of the year in Minnesota. Sat: 9 AM - 5 PM; Sun: 10 AM - 4 PM. [$5 entrance fee]

More markets may be added over time.




UPCOMING CLASSES BY W.J. JOHNSON OF SAGA HILL

GALE WOODS FARM…
(Gale Woods is an educational, working farm and a public park in the Minnesota/Twin Cities Three Rivers Park District and is located at 7210 Cnty Rd 110, Mound, MN 55364. To register, call the farm at 763-694-2001 or the Three Rivers Park District Registration Desk at 763-559-6700.)

Spinning WheelSpindle to Wheel: A beginning spinning workshop
Learn how to spin sheep's wool into yarn! This class will start with the most basic method of spinning—spindle spinning—and move to wheel spinning in the second part of the class. All materials will be supplied, including drop spindles and wheels. We will be working with fiber from the farm sheep. We will take a half-hour lunch break between spinning methods so be sure to bring a bag lunch!
Saturday, October 20, 2018; 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Level: Beginner. Register by calling the farm or the Three Rivers Park District. (see phone numbers above)


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 upcoming classes.)

Silk Hanky prep Knit a Mitten Inspired by the Knitting Tradition of Lovikka, Sweden
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 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 yarn may be purchased in the shop prior to class). 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.) Skill Level: Preferably some experience in knitting in the round with double-pointed needles. All supplies may be purchased in shop before start of class. Saturday, September 22, 2018; 9:30 AM–1:30 PM. Register at Ingebretsen's (see web link above).

Costume Gloves in the Västergötland Tradition
Knit a pair of fine gloves designed with inspiration from a traditional pattern found within my family’s Swedish Västergötland province (located along the southwest coast of Sweden). In this two-session class, students will learn fine colorwork technique as it relates to this glove pattern from the province, as well as learn how to knit fingers on gloves and make a unique fringe cast on. The long-revered textile traditions of Västergötland will be discussed and examples of other work from this textile rich region will be shown. These will be elegant and warm gloves! Skill level: Preferably some experience in knitting in the round with double-pointed needles. All supplies may be purchased in shop before start of class. 2 sessions—homework will be required between class sessions: Saturday, September 29, 1–4 PM; and Saturday, October 13, Noon-4 PM. Register at Ingebretsen's (see web link above).


WEAVER'S GUILD OF MINNESOTA (WGM)…
The WGM is a nationally-recognized organization for the arts of weaving, spinning, and dyeing. It is located in the headquarters of the Textile Center of Minnesota, 3000 University Avenue SE, Mpls, MN 55414.

In order to focus on my studio and other work, I am taking a break from teaching at the WGM for the fall and winter sessions. Check back here for possible Spring 2019 classes.



Classes are added to this list as they are created & other venues may pop up. 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: Swedish Knitting Heritage classes, such as Lovikka Mitten Knitting; Tvåändstickning (Two-Ended/Twined Knitting); and Halland/Binge Knitting. Other knitting classes: Knit a Cozy Nordic Cabled Cowl: a beginning cable class; Vintage Lace Knitting; Beginning Knitting; Beginning Mitten Knitting; among others. Spinning classes: Spinning Short Fibers; Silk Spinning; Flax Spinning; Fiber Processing. If one of these sparks 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. You'll also have more interactive fun than is provided in an online course!

Private classes

I also teach spinning and knitting privately to individuals or small groups. Please contact me by email for more info.


 
 

NOW AT SAGA HILL…

SHOP ONLINE
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.
• DYED YARNS & FIBER
• HAND-CRAFTED GARMENTS & DECOR

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
Go to Textiles & Garments page

And the hand-dyed yarns (colors vary according to available stock):

Photo of Green Silk Scarf
Go to Dyed Yarn page


SHOP AT SAGA HILL
Saga Hill is open for walk-in customers by appointment only. Call or contact us.


Email: mail@sagahill.com



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