Saga Hill Designs

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

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• BOOKS, PATTERNS, & KITS CREATED BY SAGA HILL – plus NEW Loop & Purl Stash Blaster™ mini-looms

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.




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).

• “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

• 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




September 8 – 10, 2017 – 2017 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–4:00 PM. [$8 daily fee/$15 weekend pass]

November 4, 2017 – Fall Fiber FestivalEisenhower 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 10 – 12, 2017 – Weavers Guild of Minnesota Fiber Fair 2017Northrup King Building (Gallery), 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. This 43rd 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]

Other markets will be added as the year proceeds.


(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. Click here to visit the WGM website and register for the following workshops.)

From Hankies to Bricks – A Silk Spinning Workshop
Image of Silk Hanky pullingAll silk originates from a simple cocoon but may be spun from a wide variety of fiber preparations. The instructor—fiber artist and author, Wendy J. Johnson—will discuss the origins of cultivated and wild silk and its processing into the many hand spinning preparations. Samples of all silk preparations will be shown and instruction presented on how they may be spun. Students will have ample time to try their hand at spinning cultivated and wild silks, as well as discover how to gain control of this, sometimes dauntingly, slippery fiber. One session.
• Saturday, July 29, 2017; 1 – 4 PM. Contact the Weavers Guild of MN to register (see link above).

Flax to Linen Spinning Workshop
Image of Flax DemoFeel the presence of your ancestors as you experience spinning flax—one of the most ancient and elegant of all fibers. When spun, flax magically becomes the linen yarn we revere for exquisite weaving and knitting. The instructor—fiber artist and author, Wendy J. Johnson—will discuss how flax and other bast fibers are grown and demonstrate the complex processing of the flax plant for hand spinning. You will try your hand at wheel spinning both line (long) flax and tow (short) fibers using a wet-spinning technique. Wendy will also talk about her experience of growing, harvesting, and processing flax as well as share stories of her travels through Sweden to learn about their linen-making tradition. One session.
• Saturday, August 12, 2017; 1 – 4 PM. (This is a repeat of the workshop held on March 25, 2017.) Contact the Weavers Guild of MN to register (see link above).

(Gale Woods is an educational, working farm and a public park in the Minnesota/Twin Cities Three Rivers Park District. Click here to visit the Gale Woods website and register for one of the following classes. All classes are one session, unless otherwise noted. Class cost includes the fiber and/or yarn used in the project or class, plus a shop discount is also offered to students during the day of the class.)

“Paint” Your Knitting With Fair Isle Patterns (and Gale Woods Custom-Dyed Yarns!)
Image of Fair Isle cuffsLearn how to work with multiple colors in the round while knitting a small Fair Isle sampler that could become a cup cozy or a pair of wrist warmers. Skill level: Beginning, with knowledge of how to knit. Double-pointed needles will be used in this class but experience in working them is not necessary in advance of the class. Saturday, September 30, 2017; 1 – 4 PM.


1. The Drop Spindle Workshop

Drop SpindlesTake your first step to learning how to spin fiber into yarn! Experience the ancient magic of spinning fiber into yarn with a drop spindle. This workshop is a great opportunity to experience fiber spinning before diving into more in-depth classes—such as the next workshop in this Spinning Fiber Magic series: Beginning Wheel Spinning. (At the end of this spindle workshop, you may try your hand at the more "modern" technique of spinning on a spinning wheel to get a taste of the next workshop in the series.) The fundamentals of fiber preparation and spinning will also be taught in this workshop while you learn how to spin with fiber from the Gale Woods Farm sheep. Saturday, October 21, 2017; 1 – 4 PM.

2. The Spinning Wheel Workshop
Spinning wheelThis is an advanced beginning class for those who have taken the previous class in the Beginning Spinning Series: The Drop Spindle Workshop (see above) or for those who have had some previous experience with drop spindles or spinning wheels. This class will not go in depth into fiber preparation so some advance knowledge of how to prep fibers for spinning (offered in the previous Drop Spindle Workshop) is recommended prior to taking this class. Saturday, February 3, 2018; 1 – 4 PM.

Sheepy Farm Mitts – Knit Mittens Directly from Gale Woods Sheep Wool!
Sheepy Farm MittLearn how to “spin as you knit” as you knit mittens directly from Gale Woods fiber roving. In this easy mitten class, one mitten may be knit during the class, and the student will go home with all the skills necessary to knit the second one on their own. Skill level: Beginning, with knowledge of how to knit. Double-pointed needles will be used for this class but experience in working with them is not necessary in advance of the class. Saturday, November 18, 2017; 1 – 4 PM.

Brioche Rainbow Scarf
Brioche Class ScarfThe Brioche stitch, which creates a beautiful deeply ribbed fabric, is lovely in one color but even lovelier in two! Working with the Gale Woods Farm Rainbow dyed yarns, students will learn the one- and two-color Brioche stitch and begin knitting a cozy, winter scarf. Circular needles will be used. Skill level: Beginning, with knowledge of how to knit. Saturday, January 20, 2018; 1 – 4 PM.

Bavarian/Austrian Twisted Stitch Wristlets/Cup Cozy
Austrian Twisted Stitch CuffThis twisted stitch technique looks complicated, with its fine, Aran-like traveling cable patterns, but is actually quite easy. In this class, you will learn how to work the distinctive cable-like stitches, with and without cable needles, while knitting a pair of wristlets or a cup cozy. One item will be started during the class, and the student will go home with all the skills necessary to finish it plus knit a second one, if they wish, on their own. Skill level: Beginning, with knowledge of how to knit and purl. Double-pointed needles will be used in this class but experience in working with them is not necessary in advance of the class—although helpful to progressing with the project. Saturday, February 24, 2018; 1 – 4 PM.

Clean&DirtyFleeceFiber Processing 101 (for spinners, felters, knitters, and fiber enthusiasts) – Skirt a fleece and learn how to wash and prepare it by teasing, carding, and combing for a multitude of fiber interests. One session class. Saturday, March 17, 2018; 1 – 4 PM.

(Ingebretsen's is a Nordic wares shop located at 1601 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407, with a satellite shop in The Norway House at 913 Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. Click here to visit the Ingebretsen's website and register for upcoming classes.)

MORE CLASSES ARE IN DEVELOPMENT AT INGEBRETSEN'S!Announcements will be made on my Facebook page and at the Ingebretsen's Needlework shop page when the classes are in place.

Classes are added to this list as they are created. 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: Spinning Fiber Magic: a beginning spinning workshop; Flax and Silk Spinning workshops; Knit a Cozy Nordic Cabled Cowl: a beginning cable class; Lovikka Mitten Knitting; Tvåändstickning (Swedish Two-Ended/Twined Knitting); Vintage Lace Knitting; Beginning Knitting; Beginning Dyeing; Beginning Mitten Knitting; among others. 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.


The "á la carte" Louët S10 Concept Spinning Wheel—the wheel that grows with your skills!

The budget-friendly, S-17 wheel – an Irish tension, single treadle, “á la carte” wheel from Louët. Just $390 (plus shipping & handling, & MN tax if applicable). This price INCLUDES an Irish tension flyer, 3 bobbins, and bobbin kate—everything you need to start spinning! PLUS, the S-17 is compatible with several of the S10 Concept Irish tension parts (the High Speed Flyer, Art Yarn Flyer, High Speed Bobbin, Bulky Bobbins, and the Main Wheel) so it will expand as your needs expand. The S-17 arrives unassembled and unfinished so you may finish it as you like. Contact Saga Hill for info on how you may participate in a time-limited $200 fiber offer from Louët!

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.

• Louët PRODUCTS (spinning wheels & other fiber arts tools from Louët)

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

Photo of Green Silk Scarf
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