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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, in Brasstown, North Carolina in 1978. Since 1980 her extended family has included sheep and French 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, crochet, felt making, surface design and dyeing, and was 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 35 now!

Past Courses Offered by Martha Owen

Beginning Spinning: Spindle and Wheel

How Can I Spin it, What Can I Make? Yarn Design and Color

Wool: The (Really) Full Experience--Dyeing, Felting, Spinning & Warp-Weighted Looms