My Classes

I'm currently teaching Fiber Arts related courses through Fiberygoodness.com These courses are always available, are completely go at your own pace, and students can contact me for further assistance concerning their courses. My first course is Outstanding Images for the Fiber Artist and the second course is Spinning with Turkish Spindles: Singles to Plying. To purchase one of my courses check out this link to FiberyGoodness Courses.

Creating Outstanding Images, For the Fiber Artist

Presenting your work at its very best online for sale or inspiration.
Tutors: Evanita Montalvo and Suzy Brown

Why is photographing yarn and fiber different from other kinds of product photography? What are the unique challenges we face when photographing our work? How do you solve these challenges and bring exciting and beautiful representations of your fiber creations to the online environment? We hope you will join us in this supported course, we will work together to answer these questions and help you do justice to your amazing fiber artistry in your images, whether they be for the purpose of selling your work online, sharing for mutual inspirations with your fiber groups, or for your own records!

In this course we will walk you through all the photography basics for setting up and making that perfect shot, we will start with the technicalities' of setting up your 'stage' and getting good lighting for sharp accurate images. Then we will move on to how to wow your audience with stunning images of your fiber art and develop your own 'branding' to make your work really stand out and reflect the uniqueness that is 'YOU' while telling your story in pictures.

We have exercises and practice tasks for you throughout the very practical Course Book, almost 100 pages of example images, step by step 'how to's' and inspirational examples.

You will receive ongoing support from Evanita and Suzy via our dedicated (Private) Facebook group for this course, including feedback on your images and your questions answered!. This will also be a great place for you to try out your photo ideas within a supportive environment, share the inspiration and mutual support with your fellow classmates!

By the end of this course you will have created a portfolio that really tells your fiber story in your own unique style. You will know what makes a great photo and how to create, edit, and select images of your fiber art to show it as its best. You will have a solid understanding of how to get the best from your phone camera or DSLR and the confidence to post your work on social media and for sale.

The course is delivered via a stunning and inspirational course-book, filled with information, examples, and inspirational images, as well as practical exercises. Downloadable as both PDF (viewable on all platforms) and EPUB (installs to your ibook App)

We hope you will love this course, knowing it is tailored to the needs of the fiber artist and specific to making wonderful expressive images of your fiber, spun yarns, and projects. Please also check out our little promotional video for an overview of content!

Spinning with Turkish Spindles: Singles to Plying

Tutor: Evanita Montalvo

In this Fiberygoodness short course, Evanita will take you through the process of successful spindle spinning with the Turkish Spindle. This is the kind of spindle that allows you to create a beautiful center pull ball ('turtle') of yarn right on the spindle, removing the spinning 'arms' to free your spun yarn when done.

You have probably seen the beautiful results of Evanita's spindle spinning! You will see how she winds on her yarn and tidies up the threads to get these beautiful 'turtles'. Make your own stunning singles by following the video demonstrations and working through the course notes and text that Evanita has carefully put together.

Spin on all the Things 2

This self paced course can be started at any time, and has three sections: Singles, Plying, and Nplying, plus Troubleshooting and an FAQ for tips and tricks. You will have both a written text with plenty of detail to work from, as well as almost an hour in total of video examples and demonstrations.

Evanita has really made an art of Turkish Spindle spinning and shares her process and expertise in a very clear and easy to follow way.

You can enroll and begin this course whenever you like, take your time and work though the materials at your own pace. All you need is a Turkish Spindle and your choice of fiber to practice! Commercial top (braids) or roving (carded batts of sliver) are ideal for spinning this way. If you don't have your own Turkish Spindle yet we can also supply these to you via our Majacraft webstore, where you will find a beautiful set that gives you three different weight spindles to play with, made of lovely New Zealand Rimu.