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 Loop & Purl Stash Blaster™ mini-looms (while supplies last)

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




April 28, 2018 – Yarnover Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, 7025 Northland Boulevard, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428. Annual knitters' conference sponsored by the Minnesota Knitters' Guild. Sat: 8 AM - 5:30 PM. [vendor area is free and open to the public]

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 located at 7210 Cnty Rd 110, Mound, MN 55364. 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.

Bavarian/Austrian Twisted Stitch Wristlets/Cup Cozy – CLASS CANCELLED*
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. – *I AM SORRY TO REPORT THAT THIS TWISTED STITCH CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF APPROPRIATE YARN AT THE FARM –

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.)

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.)

Image of cotton boll spinningSpinning Short Fibers: from cotton to silk cloud
Cotton, yak, bison, camel, silk clouds: these fibers can be a challenge to spin due to their short staple lengths. But there are methods of spinning short fibers that ease the process. In this one session class, you will learn the history and fiber qualities of a wide variety of short staple fibers as well as the most successful spin methods for short fibers. We will explore blending options and discuss why some fibers spin best when blended with other fibers; explore ply methods for singles you have spun during the class; and discuss unique finishing methods for the resulting yarn to make the most of the fine qualities of these fibers.
Saturday, March 3, 2018; 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Level: Advanced Beginning: Requires some experience (1–3 classes in the subject); students develop skill and technique beyond basic introductory level. Beginning Spinning on a Wheel or equivalent is a prerequisite.
Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 Non-member
Register at the WGM website (see link above).

Spun linenFlax to Linen Spinning

Feel 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. I 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. I will also talk about my experience of growing, harvesting, and processing flax as well as share stories of travels through Sweden to learn about their linen-making tradition. Guild wheels may be used, or bring your own wheel.
Saturday, April 7, 2018; 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Level: Advanced Beginning: Requires some experience (1-3 classes in the subject); students develop skill and technique beyond basic introductory level. Beginning Spinning on a Wheel or equivalent is a prerequisite. Knowledge of how to ply is required.
Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 Non-member
Register at the WGM website (see link above).

Silk Fusion lampshadeTry It! Silk Fusion Fabric Design
Learn how to create and embellish silk fabric via the Silk Fusion method. Silk Fusion (also known as Silk Paper) is a highly creative fabric-making art. You will create a piece of silk fusion material (approx. 24″ x 24″) in the first part of the class and enhance the fabric by various methods of surface design during the second part of the class. We will work from a variety of pre-dyed and undyed silk fiber. (Due to drying time constraints, dyeing will not be able to occur during the class.) All materials will be provided by the instructor. Although, if you wish, you may bring additional supplies (such as beads, threads, cloth, etc.) to further enhance your fabric pieces. Examples of quick projects will be shown and may be made during the workshop, or alternatively, inspiration will be provided for more detailed projects that may be made at home from your fabric.
Saturday, April 14, 2018; 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $49 WGM Member / $61 Non-member
Register at the WGM website (see link above).

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.



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.

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
Go to Dyed Yarn page

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