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About Esther Rodgers
Esther is a fiber artist from Mebane NC, and heads Woven Heart SAORI Studio. She is known for her creative art yarns, and her unique fiber preparation, and is always innovating her spinning techniques to create new textures and is on the cutting edge in terms of yarn design. She loves to design and spin concept yarns from an inspiration and tell stories with her yarns. Esther is also a SAORI weaver and creative knitter which gives her the perspective of how these extra special yarns can be used. She challenges herself by creating garments and other items out of her yarns and woven cloth. Esther is very conscious of where her fiber comes from, sourcing her wool from local and friendly farms, directly from wonderful shepherds with happy animals, and is often seen lugging, pulling and otherwise schlepping as many bags as she can manage from the fleece shows she visits. She is a master of packing fleeces into suitcases, boxes and otherwise figuring out how to get it all home since she “never plans to buy any”. Esther is an enthusiastic and patient teacher; possessing both national and international teaching experience. Some of the events she has taught at include Iceland spinners group, MAFA, John C Campbell Folk School, Interweave YarnFest, PlyAway, New York Sheep and Wool (Rhinebeck), Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival (SAFF), Stitches South and Stitches Midwest and for both Ashford Wheels and Looms and Majacraft Camp in New Zealand. She loves to challenge her students to embrace their design elements rather than “mistakes” and to learn from each new spin. Esther has 2 streaming videos out through Long Thread Media, Expressive Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom and Coloblending the Spectrum, along with 2 downloadable Long Thread Media videos- How to Spin Art Yarn and Carding and Combing wool for Color progressions. She also has a Craftsy class on Fiber Preparation for Spinning. Esther is a regular contributor to PLY, Spin Off and now Handwoven magazine, and was included in Ashley Martineau’s 2013 book, “Spinning and Dyeing yarn” and, Lexi Boeger’s 2012 book “Handspun, New Spins on Traditional Techniques. You can find Esther’s workshop schedule, peruse her tutorials and general chatter or make purchases at www.jazzturtle.com.