Illiana Fiber Festival

May 20th and 21st 2023

Lake County Fairground Crown Point IN
Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday:10am to 4pm

We at Illiana Fiber Festival are a group of knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers and dyers who started talking about the lack of fiber festivals in our area.

After some discussion, this fiber festival was born. Our goal is to bring together fiber artists from all over the region.

We represent people from all walks of life; different religions, traditions, nationalities, cultures, and beliefs. We all have one thing in common, a love of all thing's fiber related.

We are thrilled to have you with us.

Susan Olthoff
Aleta Stoler

Susan Atwell


Susan has a bachelor's degree of fine arts in textiles. She has been working in textiles since she was a child learning from her Grandmothers. Her goal is to bring out the creative spark that lives in everyone. She has taught at the Lubeznik Center and has worked with Hook-to- Hanger fiber mill in Michigan.

Tracy Burns


Tracy is an Indiana Artisan whose work has been displayed in 12 galleries across Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. She has been rug hooking for 23 years and teaching for 22 years.

Jennifer Davies


Jennifer has been knitting on and off since age 8. She began making jewelry as a supplement to her public school educator salary 15 years ago, starting Bur Oak Studio. Inspired by her love of fiber arts and recycling she began using the old aluminum needles & hooks for her materials in all their awesome colors! Retired from teaching in 2022 Jennifer is expanding her class offerings and fiber-focused adventures- come join in to use basic techniques and unusual parts to make unique, whimsical creations!

Amy Hurd


Amy has been knitting for 18 years and crocheting for 41 years.She has been teaching both for 16 years. She has taught everything from beginner knitting and crochet to socks, two on one magic loop, lace knitting, entrelac, intarsia, fair isle, chart reading, and cables. She likes to make a lot of lace shawls among many other items. She knits and crochets left or right handed as well as throwing and continental style knitting.

Renee Love


Renee has given one on one instruction and done demos of her spindles. She teaches at festivals and in yarn shops.

Christina Drennen Coghill


I am an all over fibery addict! I started my adventures into the fibery world as a young girl. My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was 3 or 4 years old. I loved crocheting blankets and scarves, hats, and wash clothes as a youngster. As a teenager in the 80's I feel in love with neon colors. To this day I am still in love with bright, vibrant, intense colors! As a young mother I started back into crocheting, but then discovered spinning as a festival. I adored spinning! After several years of spinning I decided I had to do something with all of my hand spun yarns. So I taught myself to knit. Then I decided I wanted to learn to process my spinning fibers. So I started buying fleeces. I loved the natural earthy tones of the fibers I was scouring, but longed for my Neon Days. I then discovered Redding Method Dyeing. I enrolled in the courses and was taught to dye in an unconventional way that produced the bright vibrant colors that I longed for. I then decided to teach others my love of all things fibery. I find that my students teach me as much as I am teaching them. I live in Northwest Indiana with my husband and two crazy Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. I have been blessed to have taught classes at Michigan Fiber Festival, Wisconsin Sheep and Wool, Jay County Fiber Arts Festival, Hoosier Hills, The Blue Mountain fiber Festival, along with the Green Castle Fiber Fest.

  • Lake County Fairgrounds, Crown Point IN