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MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS

Lead Instructor

Mary Egbert

Mary's passion for all things fiber began when she and her husband had a herd of 25 alpacas. Her interests quickly expanded to wools and silks. Her passion for research led her to create a tool to help spinners spin a balanced yarn and delve deep into the world of scouring wool.

Mary has been a physical therapist since 1995 and uses her vast knowledge on body mechanics throughout her courses to prevent overuse injuries. She feels it's important to continue this craft for a very long time which gives us joy and do it pain free.

Mary is owner of Camaj Fiber Arts, the author of the best selling book on scouring fibers, The Art of Washing Wool, Mohair and Alpaca. She is the creator of the Eszee Twist Tool and runs the monthly fiber box called The Spinning Box.

Mary has also traveled the country teaching fiber prep and scouring to many fiber loving folk. Her articles on fiber prep, spinning, small business success secrets and scouring can be seen in magazines such as Spin Off, Ply Away, TinyStudio and has had her photography published in Alpaca Magazine.

Mary lives in Sunny Florida with her husband, has three outstanding daughters and seven amazing grandchildren.

GUEST INSTRUCTOR

Guest Instructor

Reena Harwood

Reena Lee Harwood is an accomplished professional Australian fibre artist. Her favourite medium is needle felting. Originally trained as a costume designer, Reena shows a natural artistic ability, especially working with fibre. Her eye for detail and shape is highly tuned, which is why the freedom of needle felting resonates with her. She has a unique way with wool and finds each fleece has its own magic. Reena loves teaching her style of needle felting to others across Australia via workshops, through social media and the Reena Lee Creations website. Her quest is to share her experiences and encourage, inspire and empower others to find freedom through creation. She would also like to raise awareness to the mental health benefits of the art form, dubbing it acupuncture of the soul. Australian animals are Reena’s passion. She has created a beginner needle felting tutorial series based on endangered and extinct species. By donating to local wildlife refuge ventures and supporting Australian wool suppliers the felted sculptures not only contribute to the creativity and wellbeing of the creator but also to the local community.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

We have the answers

  • HOW MANY TIMES CAN I WATCH MY NEW COURSE?

    All our classes are available as soon as you sign up. Take your time taking your class, it completely self-paced – you decide when you start and when you finish. Work at your own pace. Our classes are set up to watch on your cell, laptop, ipad or computer. Watch them anywhere and anytime.

  • HOW LONG DO I HAVE ACCESS TO MY CLASSES?

    As long as Camaj School of Fiber arts is alive and well you have access. You have complete access to all your classes and can watch them over and over again.

  • CAN I SHARE MY PAID CLASS WITH MY FRIENDS?

    We prefer you did not share your paid classes with your friends. However, we would be tickled pink if you told your friends about our school and they joined a class of their own.

  • HOW SOON CAN I WATCH A COURSE THAT I JOINTED ON A PAYMENT PLAN?

    Immediately! You can start watching as soon as you join the class. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

TAKE US WITH YOU

Device & Browser-Friendly Courses

Join people from all over the world that are taking part in the Camaj School of Fiber Arts.

Use your favorite device to complete your course in the comfort of your home or on-the-go. Computer, laptop, tablet, and mobile phone friendly.

Watch at home, on a train, on a plane or at the beach, anywhere.

STUDENTS ARE LOVING THEIR CLASSES!

Self-Paced Learning on Your Schedule

MASTER SCOURING COURSE


Deborah L.

I'm really glad I opted to take the scouring class in addition to the book. I am seeing/hearing things I missed in the reading.

Thank you for sharing your tips and secrets. I'm not afraid to scour now.

MASTER GRADIENT CARDING CLASS


Chris

This class was GREAT! I am now confident in expanding my carder use.

For example, I have stared at this yummy fiber, lovingly packed but unused, since 2008. I have wanted to blend it, but had no idea where to start and worried I would damage it.

Oh, what a difference a day makes! I am now confident in my abilities. Thank you so much!

BLENDING THE COLOR WHEEL ON A DRUM CARDER


Maria M.

I had NO idea you could blend so many colors on a drum carding starting with only three colors!

You have opened my eyes and the ability to make amazing things!

Thank you for teaching this class. It is exactly what I needed to spark my carding imagination. Off to card!

EASILY REMOVE VEGETABLE MATTER FROM LOCKS TO CARD A PRISTINE BATT


Lana P.

This class changed my world! I tried and tried to remove VM, but could not until I took this class!

The techniques are sooooo simple and cheap! Me and my VM free batt thank you.

WASHING DIFFICULT FIBERS


Sheri O.

Oh my gosh!!! I thought I would never get some of my dirty fibers clean until I took this course!

The techniques are just what I needed. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

NEW TO SCOURING OR HAVING ISSUES?

I teach you ALL my tips, trick and secrets

Never before has there been a more inclusive course on scouring fiber. You will learn how to test for soundness and what, during the scouring process, can harm protein fiber. Learn why pH, water and time matter and how it affects your outcome.

I show you my personal favorite ways to scour really challenging wools and even mohair with deeply embedded dirt in the locks.

Get your scouring certification today and never ruin another fleece again.

CREATE COLOR!

Get that drum carder out of the closet

Learn how to blend custom colors on your drum carder staring with only three colors.

You will see how to blend red, blue and yellow and cyan, magenta and yellow for a huge range of colors

Not only will you learn to blend colors, but I will show you two different ways to blend dreamy pastels. Also learn how to blend tints, tones and shades.

And as a bonus, you will see how I built a custom colored batt. Now you have no excuses to use that drum carder armed with great technqiues and fun!

NO WOOL IS TOO DIRTY!

Accept the scour challenge

In the Washing Difficult Fibers course you CAN scour like this! Learn my tried and true techniques and fundementals to make really dirty mohair like this shine!

I also tackle amazing dirty lincoln and I show you how I succeed in making it whte and glowing.

DID YOUR SHEEP ROLL IN THE HAY

and giving you ANXIETY?

Relax. I show you how to remove 99% of vegetable matter in wool locks so you can drum card a pristine, smooth batt

And get this! I use four tools that are $20 or less. That is the best part!

GLORIOUS GRADIENTS

Have you only dreamed about carding gradients where the lines are so blurred they seem to be one fluid movement from one color to the next? Your dream is now a reality! By the way, the batt to the left started with only three initial color.

I teach you how to blend gradients that make the most beautiful gradient yarns. I will also show you how to split a batt in four different ways to spin four very different yarns. Talk about choices!

SOME OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS

You will see the soaps or tools from these kind businesses used in the videos.

You can also read my many articles published in these superior magazines