Saga Hill Designs

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

Products image


Specializing in…
• UNDYED FIBERS

• UNDYED YARN
• ECO-FRIENDLY DYES

• BOOKS, PATTERNS, & KITS CREATED BY SAGA HILL

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



Go to the Saga Hill Facebook page Get the latest news from Saga Hill!

 


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.


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

Visit the Ingebretsen's Needleworks Shop blog "Celebrating Swedish Knitting Tradition" for a story about Wendy



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

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, most of the festivals and classes that Saga Hill would be participating in during 2020 have been cancelled or postponed. The events and classes scheduled for later in 2020 may still happen, so keep in touch!

In the meantime, thank you for supporting artists and small businesses in whatever way you can during this trying time. And remember, Saga Hill is open online 24/7!


UPCOMING POP-UP MARKETS

2020

September 11 – 13, 2020 – 2020 Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, Wisconsin. THE VENDOR MARKETPLACE WILL NOT BE HELD IN 2020 DUE TO COVID-19, although a greatly modified festival involving animals is still planned by the organizers. SEE YOU AT MY BOOTH IN 2021!


October 16 & 17, 2020 – 2020 Weavers' Guild of Minnesota Artisan Sale – Plyed, Dyed, & Woven (formerly the WGM Fiber Fair) – NEW LOCATION AND NOW ONLY 2 DAYS! –  History and Heritage Center, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1841 West Dan Patch Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55305. This annual fair has been held for over 40 years and 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. Hours TBA. [no entrance fee]


November 7, 2020 – 2020 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]

 

2021

May 8 – 9, 2021 – 2021 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] 


September 10 – 12, 2021 – 2021 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, 9 AM–6 PM; Saturday, 9 AM–6 PM; and Sunday, 9 AM–3 PM. [$8 daily fee/$15 weekend pass] 

More markets are added as opportunities arise so check back often!



UPCOMING CLASSES BY W.J. JOHNSON OF SAGA HILL

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. Click here to visit the WGM website and register for classes.

Due to COVID-19, all of my classes at the WGM have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.



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.)

Due to damage to the shop from the Lake Street riots in May and COVID-19 concerns, all of my classes at the Needlework Shop have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.



CITY OF PLYMOUTH PARKS AND RECREATION…
Plymouth Creek Activity Center, 14800 34th Avenue N., Plymouth, MN 55447. Click here to visit the City of Plymouth website and register for upcoming classes.)


Due to COVID-19, all of my classes at Plymouth Parks & Recreation have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.



Classes are added to this list as they are created & other venues may pop up, although while COVID-19 is affecting group gatherings, no classes will be possible. When classes resume and if you're interested in any class shown 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; Modular Knitting; Knitting Fair Isle Patterns; Beginning Mitten Knitting; among others. Spinning classes: Beginning Spinning with Spindle & Wheel, 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 privately teach spinning and knitting to individuals or small groups, although due to COVID-19, I am currently not scheduling in-person private classes. Please contact me by email for more info.


 
 

MORE AT SAGA HILL…

Silk for Life yarn
Silk for Life yarn is 100% Mulberry Silk that was handgrown & handspun in single ply and 2-ply yarn by farmers in Colombia, South America for Silk for Life, a former rural rejuvenation initiative project between Colombia & inter-city weavers in the U.S. Saga Hill is offering this yarn for a limited time as limited stock remains. At this time, it is only available at our pop-up shops in undyed skeins and in skeins hand-dyed in the Saga Hill Studio. Read this article to learn more about the initiative project.

SHOP ONLINE
Most* of our fiber, yarn, books/kits, and dye offerings are available through this online shop. Have fun shopping!

*Exceptions are our hand-dyed yarns and fiber, and hand-crafted garments which are offered only at pop-up locations and by appointment at the Saga Hill Studio. These items are dyed with my hand-crafted Minnesota Series™ Dyes so each piece is unique and a labor of love. I currently only offer these exclusive items at market events. See Upcoming Pop-Up Markets (to the left) for market locations. To get a taste of these creations, here's an example of one of my hand-dyed and hand-painted scarves and wraps:


Go to Textiles & Garments page

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


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



Go to the Saga Hill Facebook page
Like us on Facebook! www.Facebook.com/SagaHill

Also find us on…
Ravelry logoRavelry: SagaHill

Twitter logoTwitter: WJJohnson@SagaHill

Instagram logo Instagram: @SagaHill

Wordpress logo Blog: SagaHill.WordPress.com



Solution Graphics

Saga Hill uses a PayPal® Shopping Cart.
NOTE: A PayPal® account is NOT required to shop via the PayPal® Shopping Cart.

 

 


 
 
 
 

Saga Hill logo© 2020, Saga Hill Designs,
a DBA of Points Of View Productions, Inc.
           
Go to Undyed Fiber page Go to Undyed Yarn page Go to Dyed Fiber page Go to MN Series Dyes page Go to Publications & Kits page Go to Dyed Yarn page