Jeff has been creating things his whole life. From helping his family build their house when he was 12 to his current obsession, dyeing up bold, bright yarns, he is always working on something. In fact, his high school classmates saw his creative potential and predicted that he would be living in New York City and selling his own brand of T-Shirts. He much prefers living in Richmond and dyeing up yarn though.
For those that don’t know, Jeff is one of the dyers behind the Dances with Wool shop yarn, Rich Hill Yarn. His wife Abbie, Storied Fiber Art, was his inspiration for joining the yarn dyeing community. They remain happily married even though they have very different styles when it comes to color combinations.
An elementary teacher by trade, he enjoys helping others learn new things and has an uncanny amount of patience for all of his students. He cannot wait to show you how much fun it is to dye yarn.
Chris learned to knit after seeing a picture of his grandfather in a photo knitting his own socks in WW2. After seeing the picture his mom and aunt sat down and taught him to knit. Chris grew up in Richmond and attended James River High School and Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2016 he moved to Washington DC and received his Masters Degree in Arts Management and worked as the Patron Services Manager at the Washington Ballet. During the Covid shutdown he moved back to Richmond and started his own company, The Ursidae Workshop, selling hand poured soy wax candles and knit/crochet goods. He currently has a studio space at ArtWorks in Richmond’s Manchester district. When not knitting or crocheting, he is an AVID roller coaster enthusiast!