New Offering - Fiber Arts Classes

For the first time, Shepherds Market will be offering classes to attendees. Our classes feature fiber artists from Iowa and neighboring states with a selection of more basic and enrichment skills and projects. Classes are scheduled from 8-11 and 12:30 - 3:30 giving you time to get lunch with a food vendor and shop in between if you choose to attend both morning and afternoon classes. Fees for the classes include your general admission to the event. 


Our Teachers! Bios to Follow

Rhonda Berman is a fiber artist showing as Zipply Art, Rhonda has taught at many fiber festivals and other settings throughout the Midwest. She is well known for her creative use of materials. 

Jean Gross has had an interest in all things fiber since, at the age of 5, her mother gave her fabric scraps to keep her occupied. She is fluent in knitting, crocheting, tatting, embroidery, sewing, quilting and spinning, thanks to her mother, Janice, and grand mother, Clara. But Jean’s favorite thing to do with fiber is help others to explore its possibilities. She has taught at the Iowa State Fair, Des Moines Library, Freedom for Youth, the Des Moines Knitting Guild, local yarn shops and also teaches privately. Jean lives in central Iowa with her husband, Dave, and faithful canines, Gusto and Rolo. She has published several knitting patterns and can be found on Ravelry as Jean Gross Designs and jtgross.

Sherry  Murtle has been a long time thread artist ,with lots of compassion for fiber and people.  Including Crochet, Tatting, knitting, spinning, weaving and 3D needle work.   Sherry has been showing in the Iowa State Fair since 2003, entering in different categories in the Fabric and Thread division, awarded with placement ribbons.   Sherry has taught over the years at multiple yarn stores including FiberPalooza in Winterset, IA., and teaches primarily at Yarn Junction, in West Des Moines, where she teaches beginning weaving and crochet to students.   Sherry lives in Des Moines.

Regina Riley has vended and taught at fiber festivals in Iowa for many years. She is a basket weaver, weaver, spinner, and a lover of all things fiber. She and her partner Sandy are frequently seen with the most beautiful baskets you can find anywhere.

Donald Waalen-Radzevicius is on IG @minnesotasticks and on Ravelry @ Minnesota Sticks. Don learned to crochet on his Grandmother’s lap at the age of five.  Fast forward 58 years and he has taught himself to knit, perfected his crochet skills, collaborated with LYS, yarn manufacturers and Indie dyers, designed numerous patterns and teaches both knitting and crochet several days a week.  Don considers himself successful when the lightbulb goes on above his students heads.