Heather Winslow, Department Chair – Weaving, Spinning, Knitting
Mary Adrian – Beadwork, Viking Knit
Connie Blieszner – Frame and Hand Knitting
Cynthia Boudreau – Felting
Lynn Caldwell – Kumihimo, Ply-Split Braiding, Needle Felting, Weaving
Jennifer Chou – Weaving Software
Beth Duncan – Weaving
Susan Infante – Surface Design, Thermofax
Dagmar Klos – Dyeing, Weaving
Lela Luetger – Felting
Michele O’Reilly – Ply-Split Braiding, Weaving
Ellen Phillips – Baskets
Robin Schoenburg – Weaving, Sewing
Janice Sollenberger – Rug Hooking
Heather is a fiber artist specializing in nature-inspired, classical hand-woven clothing. She also enjoys knitting, hand dyeing, and spinning and teaches locally, nationally and internationally. Heather is the author of MORE ON MOORMAN: Theo Moorman Inlay Adapted to Clothing, and many articles in fibre magazines.
Mary has always been interested in a variety of arts. Weaving was added to painting, drawing and crochet after a weaving class in college sparked her fiber arts passion. She began experimenting with jewelry a little over 10 years ago and is now addicted to wire and bead work as well. She loves to take simple techniques and expand and manipulate them to be all her own.
Connie has worked with fibers most of her life, concentrating on expanding her technical knitting skills. She has taught college-level textile courses and been a guest lecturer for guilds. After a career as a chemical engineer in the energy industry, Connie joined The Fine Line following studies in fashion design. Her one-of-a-kind wearable artwork is inspired by the countries on the Silk Road, incorporating their garment shapes and textile designs. She has degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota.
Cynthia Boudreau is a fiber enthusiast who particularly loves creating beautiful fabric using the shibori dying and nuno felting techniques. Her work includes one of a kind clothing sewn from her own designs and created fabrics along with two and three dimensional art pieces created by felting. Her designs are often inspired by nature and travel, two other passions. She holds degrees from Northern Illinois University, the University of Wisconsin and Loyola University. Her work has been shown in several local galleries, including the Midwest Fiber Show and the Uncommon Threads Fashion Show.
A Northern Illinois native, Lynn earned a degree in Textiles and Clothing with a minor in Art (weaving). She began her own business a few years out of school creating her own line of handwoven apparel and accessories. Her work has been shown in art shows and galleries nationally. She began teaching at The Fine Line in 2003 specializing in kumihimo (Japanese braiding).
Jennifer Chou started weaving at Fine Line over 20 years ago. She is also an accomplished dyer, having completed a Certificate of Excellence in Dyeing in 2004. Jennifer has always been interested in technology and often uses a computer with weaving software to help during the design phase. She combines her talents in weaving, dyeing and technology to create complex weave structures and unique color patterns for a fresh, new look.
A frequent knitter from the age of 7, Beth has been a lover of textiles. She knit her first sweater at age 10 and knit a hammock for her Dad when she was 12 (out of jute). Beth began weaving at age 17, on a home-made loom constructed of 2×4’s by her then boyfriend. Self-taught, she wove through high school and college, including one year at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Looms and yarns were stored away during a long period of raising children and full-time employment. But the loom came out of storage in January of 2009 and the weaving has been abundant ever since. Beth has recently been able to take workshops through weaving guilds, conferences and Fine Line. She has experimented with many woven structures, fine tuned her color-eye and realized her passion – weaving. Beth is anxious to share what she has learned with others. Since she was self-taught, she is aware of the many benefits of a class situation. Along with knitting and weaving, Beth enjoys her English Bulldogs and gardening. She also enjoys spending time with that old loom building boyfriend, who she has been married to for 35 years.
Susan Infante, Fiber artist and surface designer enjoys working with natural textiles and recycling vintage kimono silks. She received a BA in French Education with a minor in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois. She gains inspiration for her work from frequent travel to France and Asia. Her one of a kind artwear has won awards and been published in Threads Magazine and Simplicity Pattern Company. She is a member of American Sewing Guild and Haute Couture Chicago.
Dagmar is a dye master, fiber artist, and teacher. Since 1995, she has served as copublisher and coeditor of the Turkey Red Journal, a newsletter dedicated to natural dyes; in 2002, she received the Handweavers Guild of America’s Certificate of Excellence in Dyeing. Dagmar’s colorful woven scarves appear in Handwoven Scarves (Interweave Press, 1999), and regularly grace the pages of Handwoven magazine. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Lela has been working with fiber all her life. She learned to knit and crochet as a child. While attending California College of Art and Craft she learned to weave and began designing knotted fiber sculptures and jewelry. A few years ago she learned felting, combined it with painting techniques, and began creating dimensional landscapes that use both wet felting and needle felting. After many years of exhibiting in art shows and galleries, teaching has now become a favorite creative outlet.
Michele enjoys dyeing threads to weave or braid. She designs Art-to-Wear clothing from her handwoven cloth. Her creations have been selected in multiple Uncommon Thread and HGA fashion shows. Michele is fascinated by the many braiding techniques from around the world and uses her hand dyed threads for a wide variety of projects. She really enjoys working with Ply-Split braiding and has developed workshops for making jewelry with her hand dyed cords.
Ellen has been weaving baskets since 1984. Making that first basket sparked a lifelong interest in hand work. Ellen’s journey began with a class at the Park District taught by a neighbor. After making her first basket, she has taught adults and children. It has always been Ellen’s desire to share the knowledge of what she has learned with others and to keep learning more about this ancient art. Ellen brings humor and a “can do” attitude to the classes she teaches.
Fiber artist, Robin Schoenburg is a resident of Sycamore, IL. She settled in the area after receiving her BFA degree from Northern Illinois University. Robin worked as a creative sewing instructor for fourteen years before taking up weaving as her favorite medium. Her wearable art incorporates many fiber techniques. Teaching weaving and a variety of fiber arts at The Fine Line Creative Arts Center keeps her creative spirit flowing.
Janice Sollenberger was hooked on traditional rug hooking in 1998, after many years of spinning and dyeing wool yarns, needle felting, and knitting. Her works have been shown throughout the Midwest and are in many private collections in the United States and Europe. Her major interest within the field has been in translating antique and vintage quilting and handwork patterns into rug designs, and moving beyond rugs destined for the floor to those which adorn tables, walls, chairs and beds as well as sculptural pieces. Janice has been a professor of history and political science at ECC for the since 1990.