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Stefania Isaacson

St. Charles, IL
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Stefania Isaacson

Stefania has been a life-long knitter, and started spinning and dying to supply herself with the best yarns in the world! She got her Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning from the Handweaver’s Guild of America in 1997. Since then she has opened her own business called Handspun by Stefania and taught numerous workshops dealing in natural dyes, spinning, and basket making. She has spoken about the fiber arts to numerous groups, and has appeared on Home & Garden TV as a guest on the Carol Duvall Show. She sells handspun, natural hand-dyed yarns, original knitting kits using her own yarns and patterns, hand-dyed roving dyed with natural dyes, and handmade baskets. She was previously a high school English teacher, and now enjoys teaching spinning, dyeing, and knitting to fiber enthusiasts. Most recently, Stefania has authored a book on natural dyes called In Search of the Perfect Green–and Orange, Too!

Current Courses Offered by Stefania Isaacson

1 day
Wool spinning long draw

Exploring the Long Draw

Did you know that for spinning some fibers, you have to do a long draw? Did you know that you can’t get a true woolen spun yarn without the long draw? Did you know that, in the end, spinning with a long draw is faster? This class will not only…
Sun, Feb 17th, 2019
Instructor: Stefania Isaacson
1 Day
Teaser image for Passionate Purples: Natural Dyes

Passionate Purples: Natural Dyes

Late June means lupines in many shades of purple will populate the ditches and roadsides of the North Shore, creating the perfect setting for discovering purple possibilities in natural dyes. We will discuss basic color theory as to how to create various purples and lavenders. In this class, we will…
Sat, Feb 16th, 2019
Instructor: Stefania Isaacson
1 Day
Teaser image for Reds, Reds, Reds: Natural Dyes

Reds, Reds, Reds: Natural Dyes

Reds have always been the color of passion! In this class we will explore nature’s passion with a variety of natural red dyes such as cochineal, lac, madder, quebracho, and amaranthus. We will extend our palette by overdying with indigo and fustic for a variety of purples and oranges. The…
Fri, Feb 15th, 2019
Instructor: Stefania Isaacson

Past Courses Offered by Stefania Isaacson

Aran Knitting Made Easy

In Search of Color: Winter Natural Dye Workshop

In Search of the Perfect Green and Orange: Natural Dyes

Lace Knitting Intro

Natural Dyes Beyond the Basics: 2 & 3 Color Mixes

Natural Dyes–Adding Iron: How Sad can be Happy!

Playing with Plying

Red, Yellow, Purple, Blue: Exploring Extracts for Dyeing

Shades of Blue: Intro to Indigo

Spinning the Luxury Fibers!