Karen Long, a charter member of the LOCO Spinners and Weavers Guild, has been weaving, spinning and dyeing for over 50 years. Karen learned to weave in 1971 with her mother. They bought a loom which has turned into a lifelong journey. In the 70’s and 80’s she taught EXCO Spinning and Weaving classes for Oberlin College, at the YMCA, and other places in the area. Over the years she has given numerous grade school classroom demonstrations. Natural dyeing is her passion, and she is considered Lorain County’s expert. For over 30 years she participated in the Mill Hollow Pioneer Days demonstrating natural dyeing which later evolved into a Pioneer Craftsmen Experience for students. She has given numerous workshops on natural dyeing and currently co-hosts a multiple day natural dye event every October. She also has created other art work such as glass blowing, bobbin lace, pottery, silversmithing, stained glass, batik and beading. Karen recently showed her creations at Ginko Gallery and Kendal in Oberlin. Her advice to novice fiber artists, “Just Dive In”. Karen lives in Oberlin, Ohio.
You can contact Karen through the guild.