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

• 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




November 4, 2017 – 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 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]

May 12 – 13, 2018 – 2018 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 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]

More markets will be added as the year proceeds.


(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. Or call the farm at 763-694-2001 or the Three Rivers Park District Registration Desk at 763-559-6700 to register by phone. 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.)


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.)

Swedish Cuff projectSwedish Cuffs – a Tvåändstickning (Two-Ended Knitting – aka Swedish Twined Knitting) Workshop 
In this traditional knitting technique from Sweden, the knitting is worked from both ends of a ball of yarn to create a sturdy knit fabric. While knitting a pair of wrist warmers/cuffs, you will learn traditional twined stitch patterns and experience casting on with a variety of traditional methods. Skill Prerequisite: the student must have experience in knitting and purling in the round. All instruction and practice is provided in this 3-hour workshop so the project may be finished at home. A supply list will be provided upon registration. One session class, 3 hours. Saturday, October 14, 2017; 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Image of Binge Bowl projectKnit a Binge Bowl – an Homage to “Binge” Knitting from the province of Halland, Sweden 
Discover the knitting tradition of the Halland province of Sweden—a knitting style called “Binge” (pronounced "Bing-ah") that began in the Halland province during the 1600s. Binge knitting is characterized by Fair Isle-like patterns and colors traditional to this southwest coastal area of Sweden. Many Binge designs also include a double thickness of fabric. Students will learn the rich history of Binge while they create a provisional cast-on for a double knitted fabric and knit a traditional Binge pattern with stranded colors. We will create a small bowl, designed by the instructor, that mimics the yarn bowls used by the Binge knitters of the 1800s. This bowl is also perfect for holding Swedish peppermints and would make a delightful gift for the holidays! Students will have time to finish most, if not all, of the knitting during the class. A supply list will be provided upon registration. One session, 4 hours. Sunday, November 19, 2017; Time TBA. NOTE: THIS CLASS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE NORWAY HOUSE. (see address above)

Image of Magic Stripey Bag project"Magic Stripey" Bag – Make a gift with Nordic flavor in this quick Modular Knitting Workshop! 

Modular knitting is an addictive, magical, knitting technique reflecting the best qualities of modern and utilitarian Nordic design. It begins with a single square and builds into an object or garment with few seams. We will knit a small, fulled (felted), two-color bag during the workshop—perfect for needles and notions or other small items! Techniques learned will be modular knitting; I-cord work; seaming; and how to full knits. Students will have time to finish most, if not all, of the knitted bag during the workshop although the project will need to be fulled at home. One session, 4 hours. Sunday, December 3, 2017; Time TBA. NOTE: THIS CLASS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE NORWAY HOUSE. (see address above)

Announcements will be made here and on my Facebook page and at the Ingebretsen's Needlework shop page when the classes are in place.

(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.)

All my 2017 WGM classes have been held but I will be offering more classes at the WGM starting in early 2018.
Please keep in touch through my SagaHill Facebook page and this website.

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: Knit a Cozy Nordic Cabled Cowl: a beginning cable class; Lovikka Mitten 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 wheel) is, for a limited time, being offered with a great fiber package! With the purchase of the wheel ($390*), you will receive a $200 fiber offer from Louët. The wheel 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.
(*Plus shipping & handling, & MN tax if applicable.)
Contact Saga Hill to order or for more info on how you may participate in the time-limited $200 fiber offer.
Remember, this offer essentially means you are getting a new wheel, and all accessories you need for spinning—plus lots of fiber to practice with—for only $190!

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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