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Martha Owen

Murphy, NC
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Martha Owen
Martha began her adventure in spinning at the John C. Campbell Folk School, (founded in 1925), in Brasstown, North Carolina in 1978. Since 1980 her extended family has included sheep and angora rabbits, currently Corriedale/Merino, Romney, Shetland and a little Blue faced Leicester for fun. Also a banjo player and known to tell a story or two, Martha’s interest in sheep and wool, music and dance, have carried her quite literally and joyfully around the world. Her children say she is a wool nerd but her sheep say she is outstanding in her field! Martha became a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild in 1988, is Resident Artist at the John C. Campbell Folk School in spinning, knitting, felt making, and dyeing, and is a co-owner of Yarn Circle in Murphy, NC, a store catering to fiber enthusiasts. She has been teaching spinning, natural dyeing and knitting design since 1984. (She taught her first class of thirteen students how to card and spin with a one month old nursling in a wind up swing as her assistant. That baby is 28 now!)