I am from the north of India where I spent my childhood and formative years growing up on a farm. My mom was the matriarch of a farming family. She spent her time raising the children while spinning, weaving, dyeing and knitting. These are the special memories I carry from my childhood.
Kathy Naumann teaches a variety of classes for us. Originally from New York, she moved to Novi, Michigan in 2012. Her first experience with wool and needles wasn’t until her 30s when she passed by a local yarn shop window and saw a pair of knit socks. She asked for lessons to knit a pair and that’s where her love of knitting and fiber was born. Within two years she began teaching at the same lys until it closed its doors.
The passion remained strong. Kathy brings a giant level of enthusiasm and motivation to her classes helping to build the confidence level of all students she comes in contact with. She has a talented skill set that she enjoys sharing with others. Her favorite skills to teach are socks, mitered square construction and stranded/fair isle knitting.
Kathy teaches four continuing education classes each week, as well as weekend workshops and small group beginner classes. Kathy also makes sure our Facebook page is fun and informative and manages the emails we send out to all of you. When she’s not in the shop she enjoys time with her husband Gary and dog Bailey, visits with her three daughters and their families and traveling to interesting places around the world.
Lisa, also known as the Finnknitter, learned to knit and crochet as a young girl growing up in Finland. She has been teaching at Michigan Fine Yarns for over 10 years. She is a retired grandmother of 4 and works a few days a week at the shop, mostly dyeing yarn. She has loved fiber arts her whole life, from sewing to needlepoint, cross point to crochet, macramé to knitting and has even dabbled in weaving. Her favorite classes to teach are lace knitting, knitting with beads and yarn dyeing.
Rachel Dobson joined our teaching team in September 2019. She brings with her a passion for both knit and crochet. Rachel is self taught and has been obsessed with the fiber arts for the last twenty years. She enjoys working on a full range of projects from simple to complex. She is passionate about teaching and currently facilitates our Thursday and Friday Continuing Education Classes. She is excited to be a part of our dynamic teaching team and have the opportunity to meet our students and fiber friends.
When Rachel puts down her hook and needles she enjoys spending time with her 3 children and husband of 17 years. As a family the Dobsons love to travel and play board games.
Denise is here with us on Saturday mornings sharing her love of crochet. She enjoys teaching all levels. Her classes are available weekly and she is open to working with you on the project or skill of your choosing. Denise not only teaches crochet as most of us know it, but Tunisian crochet as well.
Nancy is our go to person for everything weaving. She earned her BS in Textiles and Related Arts from Michigan State. She first learned to weave at Greenfield Village in Dearborn and found herself teaching there for the next 10 years.
Life took Nancy overseas where she had to opportunity to lecture, teach and exhibit in weaving.
At MFY Nancy’s emphasis is on the rigid heddle loom as it offers an affordable and portable opportunity, and can bring students from beginning to complex fiber adventures.
Nancy has enjoyed her relationship with weaving as it offers her the mental challenge to stimulate her toward her personal goals and an opportunity to pass on to others what she has learned through her lifetime in the arts.
Tarry Bhullar serves a multifaceted role in the Michigan Fine Yarn Family. That role begins with a true family connection. While Tarry is relied upon for his technology expertise, he is also the youngest brother of Swaran. Tarry was the first in the family to immigrate to North America from India. Arriving in 1991, he provided inspiration to the rest of the family.
An engineer by trade, Tarry is now self employed, running his own management company. The relationship shared by Swaran and Tarry is one that is rooted in love of family but as Swaran puts it, he is still the younger brother.
Formerly turned in by a breeder to be euthanized, Bruno found himself adopted into the Dhaliwal family and our shop family as well. His role is the most important one of all - Bruno greets friends new and old and provides joyful inspiration with just a wag of his tail.