Sandy Ferguson – Sandy has done various activities in the fiber arts realm for over 35 years, including crochet, embroidery and cross-stitch. In 2004, she learned how to knit and attended her first spinning retreat in 2005 where she learned how to spin. Since then, both knitting and spinning have become integral parts of Sandy’s life. In fact, Sandy’s maternal great-great grandmother was a spinner and Sandy is happy to carry on the tradition.
While growing up in a military family and stints of living in Hawaii (twice) and Thailand, Sandy developed a love of Japanese silk painting and all things Oriental. These were the inspirations behind her taking a class in silk painting, which launched Sandy into the world of dyeing. Sandy’s color sense has given her a style that is both fun and bold, and she always seizes the opportunity to work her magic with fiber reactive dyes. Many of the fun designs you see here are because of her talent.
Sandy is a past Co-Vice President of the Indianapolis Knitting Guild. Currently, she is a member of the Beautiful and Aspiring Spinners and Knitters (BASK) and SWIFT (Spinners and Weavers of Indiana – Fibers and Textiles).
Sandy shares her home with her 88-year-old mother and her cat, Sam I Am. She is an avid animal lover and is proud of her bird-feeding system that feeds hundreds of birds, squirrels, chipmunks, etc., year-round. Also, Sandy is a football (especially the Indianapolis Colts), basketball and auto racing fan, and is a member of CARA Charities (Championship Auto Racing Auxiliary).
Benita Story – Benita has been involved with fiber and fabric since she was 6 years old when her mother and maternal grandmother taught her how to embroider and sew her doll’s clothes. Since then, she has made her own clothes while in high school and college, made numerous quilts, created over 100 one-of-a-kind dolls, and learned how to knit, spin, weave and dye her own fabrics and fiber with both natural dyes (which she prefers) and fiber reactive dyes. Benita has taught weaving workshops and given lectures, classes and demonstrations in natural dyeing for several years, and she continues to put education first and foremost in her heart and efforts.
Benita is a past Co-Vice President of the Indianapolis Knitting Guild; a past member of both Weaving Indiana and The Indy Spinners, Weavers and Dyers; and she is currently a member of BASK (Beautiful and Aspiring Spinners and Knitters) and SWIFT (Spinners and Weavers of Indiana-Fiber and Textiles) where she edited and produced their newsletter for four years, and now as the SWIFT website manager.
Benita is also the co-creator, co-writer and editor of the award-winning web and print superhero comic series, Johnny Saturn.