SAGA HILL – About & Contact Us 

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


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Saga Hill was founded by Wendy J. Johnson – a woman who juggles many professional roles, including: textile artist, knitting designer, photographer, award-winning site installation artist, author, graphic arts director & legibility consultant, media producer, and teacher in the textile arts. Wendy's studio resides in a historic Lake Minnetonka area called Saga Hill, in which many stories have been told under many moons. Believing that "place" defines us, Wendy has found that Saga Hill is the perfect location for nurturing creative energy and dreams.

Wendy's Swedish heritage, with a gene pool steeped in art and creative innovation, is a great influence in her work and something she likes to share with others. This has been reflected in her successful efforts to bring Elsabeth Lavold, Inger Fredholm, and the Bohus Stickning exhibit to an American audience; by writing about and promoting Swedish fiber art traditions within her patterns and books; and through teaching Swedish knitting technique, such as tvåändstickning, Lovikka knitting and embroidery, and colorwork from the Halland and Västergötland provinces of Sweden.

Wendy is also "The Legibility Doctor" and founder of Elder Eye™ Design Institute and Press – a design business focused on universal design technique as well as "concierge" publishing services for clients who wish to self-publish. She is also the President of Points Of View Productions Inc. – the parent company of Elder Eye Institute and Saga Hill Designs.

On the side, Wendy dances with her 2 border collies—who like to think they are working sheep dogs even though they no longer work with sheep.

Sheep in field with the dog Z.

(Can you see the ears of one of her dogs in this photo? Look to the back by the tree line and above the black sheep’s head. That’s “Z.” He was an intense herder and as fast as Zorro in the field!)



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952-472-4155 (Minnesota/Twin Cities area)
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Saga Hill Designs
PO Box 142
Crystal Bay, MN 55323