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]

November 3, 2018 – 2018 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 16–18, 2018 – 2018 Weavers' Guild of Minnesota (WGM) Fiber Art Festival Northrup King Building (Gallery), 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. This 44th 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]

More 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.)

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; plus a fiber supply fee to be paid to the teacher
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; plus a fiber supply fee to be paid to the teacher
Register at the WGM website (see link above).

Two more classes to be offered this summer at the WGM: Silk Spinning and Fiber Blending for Spinners. More information and links will be provided when the Weavers' Guild has the classes ready for registration.

Classes are added to this list as they are created & other venues may pop up (e.g., past teaching venues have been: Gale Woods Farm/Three Rivers Park District & Ingebretsen's Needlework Shop). 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; Beginning Mitten Knitting; among others. Spinning classes: Beginning Spinning; Spinning Short Fibers; 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 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
Go to Textiles & Garments page

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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