Saga Hill Designs

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

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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.


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


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





December 14, 2019 – City of Minnetonka Winter Farmers' Market(indoors) Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka, MN 55346. I will be featuring my hand-dyed yarns, patterns, books, weaving, and other hand-crafted fiber-themed products. Saturday, 9 AM – 1 PM. [no entrance fee]


May 9 – 10, 2020 – 2020 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 11 – 13, 2020 – 2020 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]

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]

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


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.

My 2019 WGM classes have been held. Keep in touch – I will be offering more classes at the WGM in 2020!

(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.)

Knit a Traditional Swedish Lovikka Mitten
In this 4-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 Swedish yarn and embroidered with yarn colors found in traditional Lovikka design. 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 Lovikka mitten that I've designed. (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. A list of supplies will be provided to students upon registration and all supplies may be purchased in the shop before the start of class. We will be exclusively working with Swedish Lovikka yarn and wool embroidery yarns (both are sold in the shop). One session. Saturday, March 7, 2020; 10 AM – 4:30 PM. Bring a box lunch. Contact Ingebretsen's Needlework Shop to register (see link above).

Viking Trails Cabled Cowl/Cuff Knitting Workshop

In this one-session class, students will learn simple yet universal cable knitting techniques as they begin to knit a cowl that I've designed that appears quite intricate but is actually quite easy to knit. Tips will be shared on how to read cable patterns and work them with ease. The connections between the Aran knitting traditions of cable work and the Viking influence will also be discussed. Skill level: The student must know how to knit and purl. A list of supplies will be provided to students upon registration and all supplies may be purchased in the shop before the start of class. We will be exclusively working with Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Wool yarn (sold in the shop). This is a one-session, 4-hour class. Saturday, March 21, 2020; 10 AM – 4:30 PM. Bring a box lunch. Contact Ingebretsen's Needlework Shop to register (see link above).

Image of Västergötland Cuff projectCostume Cuffs/Wristwarmers in the Västergötland Tradition
Knit a pair of fine cuffs that I've designed with inspiration from a traditional pattern found within my family’s Swedish Västergötland province (located along the southwest coast of Sweden). In this one-session class, students will learn fine colorwork technique as it relates to a vintage pattern from the province, as well as how to incorporate beads into a picot edge. (The beadwork is optional.) The long-revered textile traditions of Västergötland will be discussed and examples of other work from this textile-rich region will be shown. These are elegant and warm cuffs! The pattern will include options for completing the cuffs at home as fingerless or fingered gloves, although the project may be finished as just cuffs. Skill level: Preferably some experience in knitting in the round with double-pointed needles. All supplies—except optional beads—may be purchased in the shop before the start of class. I will bring some beads for students to purchase but students may wish to find their own unique beads to match their chosen yarn prior to the class date. A list of supplies and suggested bead sources will be provided to students upon registration. We will be exclusively working with Rauma's Finnullgarn (sold in the shop). This is a one session, 4-hour class. Registration will occur at Ingebretsen's (see web link above). Saturday, April 4, 2020; 10 AM – 4:30 PM. Bring a box lunch. Contact Ingebretsen's Needlework Shop to register (see link above).


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.)

Refresh Your Knitting Skills
Learn or brush up on the basics of knitting including casting on, purling, and binding off. For beginners or those beginning again. All supplies are included, even needles. Age: 18+. One session. Tuesday, March 21, 2020; 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. Plymouth residents: $58; Non-Residents: $67. See registration contact above.

Beginning Lace Knitting
For more experienced knitters who know the basics of knitting. Students will learn how to read a lace pattern that I've designed and begin this lace scarf project. Students will need to bring U.S. size 3 (straight or 16" circular) knitting needles and any other basic knitting tools they may have. Yarn is provided. Age: 18+. One session. Tuesday, May 19, 2020; 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. Plymouth residents: $58; Non-Residents: $67. See registration contact above.

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; 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. Please contact me by email for more info.



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.

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

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