Instructor Biographies

Karen Donde

Karen Donde weaves garments, fashion accessories and home textiles for sale and teaches beginning-advanced weaving classes and assorted workshops for guilds and conferences. Teaching credits include HGA’s Convergence 2012, 2014 and 2016 and 2020, Southeast Fiber Forum, the Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association’s Workshop Weekend, Midwest Weavers Conference, Intermountain Weavers Guild Conference and Florida Tropical Weavers Conference. In Asheville, NC, she has taught at Sutherland Handweaving Studio, Friends & Fiberworks and Local Cloth. 


Karen is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and graduated in May 2013 from Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts-Fiber program. An experienced and award-winning writer with a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Donde now writes for and about weavers. She is a contributor to Handwoven magazine and other allied publications.

Martha Town

Martha has been weaving for 40 years, and am a member of Michigan League of Handweavers, HGA, Complex Weavers Guild, and several local guilds. She is a self taught weaver who has benefitted from many workshops and conferences over the years. Martha has earned the Handweavers Guild of America Certificate of Excellence - Level 1 in 1986. As a fan of twill structures, she quickly moved to multi-shaft weaving and currently weaves on an 8 shaft Baby Wolf, 8 shaft Gilmore, and a 16 shaft compudobby AVL. Martha loves to weave functional items for the home, as well as scarves, and yardage. Her work has been accepted in HGA’s Small Expressions Exhibits and Convergence Yardage
exhibits. She has won several awards, including Complex Weavers awards at MLH Conferences and Midwest Conferences. Martha lives in Hillsdale County, Michigan on a 100 acre farm, with her husband and a flock of sheep that provide spinning fleeces, and fiberto dye. Being in the countryside with wildflowers, a wide sky, and quiet wonder, provides lots of inspiration for her weaving.

Joan Sheridan

Joan Sheridan is a weaver, knitter, spinner, fiber explorer and owner of Heritage Spinning and Weaving since 2000. Trained as an educator and curriculum developer by the US Army, she is a natural teacher. She attended College for Creative Studies and graduated from Wayne State. Since 2012, Joan has volunteered and consulted to The Henry Ford Museum’s conservation department.  Long Thread Media released a video of Joan’s Turned Krokbragd on the Inkle class in 2020.  She has been published in Handwoven, Spin-Off The Wheel, Little Looms and other magazines.

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