Amelia Garripoli purchased a house that came with two llamas in 2001. Her life has been a whirlwind of fiber pursuits since, publishing Productive Spindling in 2009, two spindle videos with F+W Media in 2016, and many monographs and articles on fiber arts, and on her blog askthebellwether.com. She does custom spinning, having spun 15 pounds of traditional tapestry yarn for Yael Bakal Studios' tapestries. Amelia relocated to Colorado in 2020 and is currently teaching via Zoom.
This video was recorded about my spinning for Yael Bakal Studios. Their website is yaelbakalstudios.com.
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Past Venues

Wool shows, groups, and shops at which I have taught (isn't English wonderful?) include:
    Fiber Festivals
  • Madrona Fiber Arts Festival, Tacoma, WA, 2009-2017
  • Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, Canby, OR, 2007-2014, 2017
  • Black Sheep Gathering, Eugene, OR, 2013-2014, 2016
  • Palouse Fiber Festival, Moscow, ID, 2014-2016
  • NwRSA Conference, location varies, WA/OR/ID, 2008-2015
  • North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival, Sequim, WA, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014
  • Cedarroot Folk School, Marrowstone Island, WA, 2013
  • John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC, 2013
  • Olympic Peninsula Fiber Farm Tour, Jefferson County, WA, 2010-2013
  • Big Sky Fiber Arts Festival, Hamilton, MT, 2011
  • CSMSA Heels Over Toes Conference, Lacey, WA, 2009
  • Taos Wool Show, Taos, NM, 2009
  • CSM Spring Retreat, Lacey, WA, 2008

  • Weavolution Cyber Fiber, online via WebEx, 2010-2013

    In Studio
  • The Bellwether Studio, Sequim/Port Angeles/Port Ludlow/Poulsbo WA since 2001

    Yarn Stores/Community Colleges
  • Bazaar Girls, Port Townsend, WA, 2012-2014
  • A Dropped Stitch, Sequim, WA, 2008-2011

  • Peninsula Community College, Port Angeles/Sequim/Port Townsend/Port Hadlock, WA, 2009-2011

  • Guilds
  • Whidbey Weavers' Guild Spin-in, Oak Harbor, WA 2010 & 2015
  • Couer d'Alene Guild, ID, 2014
  • Log Cabin Guild, Spokane, WA, 2014
  • Spinsters Guild, Port Orchard, WA, 2012, 2014
  • Snohomish Knitter's Retreat, Fort Casey, WA, 2013
  • North Olympic Shuttle and Spindle Guild, Sequim, WA, 2008-2011, 2013
  • Woolshed, Evergreen College, Olympia, WA, 2012
  • NwRSA Lacey July Retreat, Lacey, WA, 2009
  • Moonspinners Guild, Edgewood, WA 2010, 2012
  • Arachne Guild, Edgewood, WA 2010, 2012
  • Wasatch Woolpack Handspinners, Salt Lake City, UT, 2011
  • Lincoln Alternative School, Port Angeles, WA, 2011
  • Valley Spinners Guild, Everett, WA, 2010
  • North Olympic Library, Port Angeles, WA, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • East Side Spinners, North Bend, WA, 2008

Would you like to be on this list? Contact me to have me come and teach at your event, group or yarn shop. I'm happy to travel!

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