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Lesley Darling

A native of Lincoln, NE, Lesley’s love of fiber has led her to sheep farms in Wales, weaving studios in Sweden, and folk schools around the US. She loves to teach beginners and advanced students in a fun, accessible manner. In addition to historical and regional knitting and weaving techniques, she works in traditional hand spinning, and locally grows and forages botanical dyes. She has worked alongside renowned knitter Nancy Bush learning Estonian techniques, dyed with Shetland’s textile historian Elizabeth Johnston, and taught workshops throughout the Midwest and Appalachia.

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