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STITCHES United 2020 Teachers


Lorilee Beltman
Lorilee happily sees no end to where knitting curiosity can take you, so she loves to help knitters make new discoveries. For the past ten years she has enjoyed her students at national events, and she looks forward to meeting you in class! Lorilee is patient with every student and packs her classes with content and lots of extra tips you can really use.

Her articles and designs have been published in books, magazines, and online mags. She is a 2018 Knit Star teacher, the former techniques columnist at Knitty, and an online instructor at Interweave and at Craftsy where her classes are consistent best-sellers.

Tent-camping with her husband and boys has brought Lorilee to over twenty National Parks. Lorilee grew up in Pittsburgh, spent thirty years in west Michigan, and now calls Seattle home.

For more about Lorilee, go to lorileebeltman.com.


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Louis Boria
After going viral for knitting during his daily subway commute from Brooklyn to Manhattan late 2017, Knitwear Designer/Philanthropist Louis Boria aka "Brooklyn Boy Knits", has turned his passion for fiber arts into a platform where he now works with the community. Louis has been involved with the Fiber Arts for over 10 years, when he was first introduced by his late grandmother. In 2018, Boria joined the "Hat Not Hate" anti-bully campaign, to help bring awareness to children across the country. Boria has been featured on media as varied as The New York Times, NY1, CBS News and Telemundo. He uses his platform to break down gender norms and tackle issues related to diversity and inclusion within the fiber arts community. Throughout his journey from novice knitter to designer to Tedx speaker and influencer, he has focused on helping others. He believes that creativity can help heal wounds, both our own and society's. Boria has collaborated with fiber artists, fiber industry leaders, community partners, and schools districts to provide an interactive, engaging and fun program that teaches young students to value differences.

Louis Boria, aka Brooklyn Boy Knits, is helping students create a new mindset on acceptance - one stitch at a time.


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Gwen Bortner
Gwen Bortner is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Teacher teaching at venues throughout the country, the author of Entree to Entrelac and the past Interim Executive Director of The National Needlearts Association.

Gwen's passion is teaching. Whether teaching through the local community education program, at a national knitting convention, or at the local yarn shop, meeting new people and sharing the love of knitting is one of her greatest joys.

Gwen's teaching philosophy can be summed up in the following quote, "My job is to make the students' toolbox bigger. If all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail! I believe there are lots of 'right' answers. The more options you have, the more skills you develop, and a better knitter is the result. My mantra is 'knitting is fun'. If you add something to your knitting toolbox and have fun doing it, then I consider that a successful class."

For more about Gwen, go to confidentknitter.com


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Claudette Brady
Claudette learned to knit, sew, and crochet as a child. Since then she has made and designed garments and accessories.

She views sewing, knitting and crocheting as inter-related disciplines and is obsessed with translating knitting techniques to crochet and vice versa. This obsession lead her to the creation of her crochet brioche technique. 

Claudette has taught knitting and crochet for over 10 years including at her former yarn shop Slip Stitch Needlecraft. She currently teaches knitting to firs- through-fifth graders in a Brooklyn public school after-school program and to adults at various venues throughout New York City.


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Heavenly Bresser
Heavenly Bresser is an award-winning handspinner, and the owner and founder of Heavenly Knitchet with passion and zeal for expressing creativity through fiber arts. Heavenly is a TKGA Level One Master Knitter, currently enrolled in Level Two. She designs custom knit and crochet accessories and is well-known for her attention to detail and expert finishing. Her love for knitting and crocheting became a gateway for her to try her hand at spinning. Now taking a project from raw fleece to finished product is one her favorite things. She teaches classes for a local spinning guild and also at fiber festivals.

Excited to be a positive voice that awakens the creativity in others, Heavenly can be found doing demos at local farms, recording weekly live videos on social media, and crafting at local yarn shops. Encouraging spinners, knitters, and crocheters near and far to experience the fiber craft together and try new things is part of her mission. When Heavenly isn't teaching, vending, or playing in fibers and yarn, she repairs antique spinning wheels and has her own herd of 14. Her husband is her greatest enabler, and her two sons enjoy her handspun yarn.

For more about Heavenly, go toheavenlyknitchet.com


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JC Briar
A self-confessed 'technique freak' and 'skill junkie,' JC dabbles in all kinds of knitting, but has a special fondness for textured knitting and novel construction techniques. If it involves lace, cables, or seamless construction, it's sure to catch her eye.

JC shares her enthusiasm by teaching at shops and fiber festivals and through her book, Charts Made Simple. Her latest venture is Stitch-Maps.com, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts of unparalleled fluidity, authenticity, and beauty.

For more about JC, go to jcbriar.com


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Beth Brown-Reinsel
Beth Brown-Reinsel has been passionately teaching historic knitting workshops nationally, as well as internationally, for 30 years. Her book,Knitting Ganseys, has been deemed a classic and the new, revised, and expanded edition was released in July 2018. She has completed three DVDs: Knitting Ganseys with Beth Brown-Reinsel, Color Stranded Knitting Techniques, and Sanquhar Gloves and a Bluprint class on Swedish Twined Knitting. She loves to prowl the storage section of museums around the world to look at old knitted things for inspiration for her patterns and classes which are well known for the tiny sampler sweater projects which teach technique within the context of a garment. Her articles and designs have appeared in all the major magazines. She continues to design for her own pattern line. She lives in Vermont and loves New England winters!

For more about Beth, go to www.KnittingTraditions.com.


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Robyn Chachula
Robyn Chachula is the author of Modern Vintage Crochet, Blueprint Crochet Sweaters, Unexpected Afghans, and Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia. Her work has been featured in Interweave Crochet, Crochet!, Love of Crochet, Vogue Crochet and more. She was one of the crochet experts on the PBS show Knit and Crochet Now! She teaches crochet online at both AnniesCataog.com and Interweave.com. All her crochet inspiration comes from her little "office assistants" while out and about in Pittsburgh, PA. Stop by crochetbyfaye.com to see what she has cooked up recently.

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Michele Costa
Michele Costa is the dreamer, maker & lead designer for 144 Stitches and founder of the blog Stitch & Hustle, for the maker community.

Born and raised in NYC, Michele has loved all things yarn since she was a child. After a successful career in television production, Michele turned her attention to her fiber love and launched 144 Stitches, designing and creating modern crochet & knitwear and has worked extensively in the fiber industry for nearly ten years. Before working with Stunning String to develop an exclusive Learn To Knit & Learn To Crochet Class Program, Michele has worked with fiber companies such as Red Heart, Manos del Uruguay, Knitter's Pride, We Are Knitters, Universal Yarn, Lion Brand Yarn, Wool And The Gang, and many others to design works for them as well as had her designs in well known industry magazines.

Her grandparents who, as immigrants, instilled in her a love for working hard and bringing dreams to reality mostly inspire Michele. Her designs are inspired by her love of travel and architecture and the names of her designs often give those sources away as she pays homage to the places she has been and people she has met on this journey.

In 2017, Michele launched Stitch Up Events promoting diversity and inclusion in the fiber arts community. Michele believes it is her true calling to be a community builder and share her love for fiber arts. As she says, fiber arts is our common thread. She spends her time working hard to build safe spaces for fiber enthusiasts to gather and create together, building a diverse community one stitch at a time.

Visit Michele's website at www.michelecosta.com.


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Jolie A. Elder
Jolie has explored a wide range of needle arts after learning to cross stitch at age four. She designs, teaches, spins, and stunt knits in the Atlanta area where she demystifies the obscure. She has served on the boards of Atlanta Knitting Guild, North Georgia Knitting Guild, Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance, and Center for Knit and Crochet. She has been published in PLY, Spin-Off, and Cast On. Her cleverest un-vention is a method for working stockinette-based laces reversibly. You can view her experiments at jolieaelder.blogspot.com and YouTube channel "Jolie knits."

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Franklin Habit
Designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008). His new book, I Dream of Yarn: A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book was brought out by Soho Publishing in May, 2016 and is in it's second printing.

He travels constantly to teach knitters at shops and guilds across the country and internationally; and has been a popular member of the faculties of such festivals as Vogue Knitting Live!, STITCHES Events, the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat, Squam Arts Workshops, Sock Summit, and the Taos Wool Festival.

Franklin's varied experience in the fiber world includes contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Twist Collective; and regular columns and cartoons for Knitty.com, PLY Magazine, Lion Brand Yarns, and his popular "Fridays with Franklin" feature for Skacel Collection. Many of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com.

He first became known as the writer of The Panopticon, one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet. Readers worldwide continue to drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the adventures of Dolores the Sheep.

Franklin lives in Chicago, Illinois, cohabiting shamelessly with 15,000 books, a Schacht spinning wheel, three looms, and a colony of yarn that multiplies whenever his back is turned.

You can follow him online as @franklinhabit on Twitter, @franklin.habit on Instagram, or through his Facebook page.


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Kothy Hafersat
Kothy has a passion for sewing and quilting. She started sewing at age 5 and never stopped! Her extensive background in pattern designing, writing, and producing quilt patterns has given her the experience to teach a multitude of unique programs. Kothy's creative expertise extends to sewing, quilting, machine embroidery, drawing, painting, digitizing embroidery designs, and machine training. She is a national educator for Husqvarna/Viking and Pfaff as well as for Sew Steady. She is co-owner of "Simply Everything" software training videos and quilt patterns.

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Deborah Jarchow
After many years of teaching knitting and crochet, Deborah discovered weaving in 1996, and her love of fiber, texture, and color came together. Since then she has worked full time as a weaver and artist, including teaching fiber arts, creating and selling wearable art, giving lectures, and showing in local, regional, and national exhibits. Deborah's work has been exhibited at galleries and museums across the country, and she has won numerous awards and written articles for national publications. Her work has been commissioned by churches and is in many private collections. Since 2004 she has been an artist-in-residence, teacher, and weaver at Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo, CA. 

Deborah loves helping knitters discover the joy of weaving. During the last several years, Deborah has focused her teaching mainly on rigid heddle looms, making weaving accessible to as many people as possible. She travels extensively to share her weaving enthusiasm and expertise.

Deborah loves helping knitters discover the joy of weaving.

For more about Deborah, go to deborahjarchow.com


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Olgalyn Jolly
Olgalyn Jolly is a knit designer, living and working in New York City. After fashion and textile studies at Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), she gained years of experience in the fashion industry leading her own knitwear line and developing knit stitch designs for leading fashion companies and retailers.


Currently, Olgalyn produces a small collection of luxurious sweater-knit fabrics and is the creator of the online course How to Cut and Sew a Sweater. She teaches Introduction to Knitwear Design to fashion design majors at FIT and machine knitting at Parsons School of Design and the Textile Arts Center. Olgalyn enjoys teaching people of all ages and skill levels the intricacies and the joy of working with sweater knits. You can find her at ​ojolly.net​.


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Susan Lazear
Susan Lazear is a Professor of Fashion at Mesa College in San Diego where she teaches fashion. Courses include Textiles, Pattern making, Textile Design, Clothing Construction, and Fashion History.

Susan designs wearable art which combines sewing and knitting for mixed-media apparel.

In addition to her teaching she is a computer graphic artist. Her combined knowledge and skills are evident in the Cochenille Design Studio name:a software line for knitters, sewers, and textile artists. She has taught fashion and design workshops around the world.


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Vivian Lazich
Viv has been sewing for over 40 years and has extensive experience creating garments, traditional quilts and art quilts using a variety of techniques from felting to free motion quilting. Her background is in graphic design and marketing communications. In 2005, she left a career in the corporate world to open Sew Inspired Quilt Shop Studio in Simsbury, Connecticut. There, Viv leads a team of sales staff, teachers, and long arm quilters focused on creating community. Her passion is sharing techniques and tools with quilters and sewists of all abilities.

In 2018, Viv attended the Gem Affiliate inaugural workshop and retreat, to learn to teach textile artist MJ Kinman's technique. She has taught classes for the Birthstone Series, and the Elizabeth Diamond quilt and has incorporated gems in multiple projects from quilts, pillows, and jackets to a silk wall hanging. When not sewing, you'll find Viv knitting, reading, or cooking in Simsbury, CT.


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Pamela Leggett

Pamela has been teaching sewing since 1981. Specializing in pattern fitting, fine garment sewing skills, knits and serging, she has developed a fun and informative teaching style that is available in her patterns and instructional DVD's.

One of Pamela's passions is creating garments that flatter and fit the wearer. Her desire to teach others to achieve the perfect fit led her to the Palmer/Pletsch pattern fitting method, which she has used to help hundreds of women successfully achieve good fit and a renewed love of garment sewing. It is with this knowledge that she created Pamela's Patterns, which have many fitting solutions and adjustments built into the patterns.

Pamela is a contributing writer, book author, and DVD personality for Threads Magazine, an instructor for Craftsy/Bluprint online classes, director of the Palmer/Pletsch Philadelphia and Connecticut Sewing Workshops and a national sewing/serging educator. She has also appeared on PBS’s Sewing With Nancy and Canada’s The Shopping Channel.

Pamela lives in Connecticut where she operates her business and has a teaching program at The Studio at Pamela’s Patterns in Vernon CT.



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Patty Lyons
Patty Lyons is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the "why" not just the "how" in her pursuit of training the "mindful knitter". She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much-maligned subjects of gauge and blocking.

Patty teaches nationally at guilds, shops and knitting shows around the country such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, and STITCHES. Her popular classes can also be found on DVD and online at Interweave, Annie's and Craftsy. She also runs wildly popular video sweater classes in her Ravelry group.

Patty designs and knitting skill articles have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitter's Magazine, Cast On, Knit Style, Creative Knitting, Twist Collective and Mason Dixon Knitting where she writes a monthly knitter's advice column: "Ask Patty". Patty's designs have also been included in pattern collections from Classic Elite, Noro, Cascade, Tahki Stacy Charles, Sugar Bush and Willow Yarns.

For more about Patty go to PattyLyons.com


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Ellen Minard
Ellen Minard, of Ellen's 1/2 Pint Farm has been dying yarn for over 30 years. She has been featured in two books, Sweaters from New England Sheep Farms, by Candace Eisner Strick, and Handpaint Country narrated by Cheryl Potter, and Illustrated by Alexis Xenakis. Her yarn has also been featured in other books and magazines throughout the years. Ellen has taught, and continues to teach, workshops all over the United States for guilds, fiber festivals, and yarn shops. Ellen's classes are low-key with an emphasis on not only learning, but enjoying the dyeing process and having fun!

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Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby are the dynamic DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz, and the creative engine behind Shibaguyz Designz Studio.

Their award-winning crochet and knit designs have been featured in publications in the US and abroad; their craft, portrait, and fashion photography has appeared in books and numerous magazines around the globe. The Shibaguyz have published 10 books of crochet and knitwear patterns, among them are Complete Crochet Course - the Ultimate Reference Guidereleased in March of 2018 from Sterling/Lark Publishing, Designer Crochet, and Crochet Geometry.

For more than 20 years, they have been teaching varied subjects from crochet and knitting to photography, spinning, sewing, and quilting. Their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style make them sought-after teachers in both local and national venues. They also have a wide range of online classes. The "edu-tainment" experience of a Shibaguyz class will leave you informed, empowered, and...in stitches.

Shannon and Jason live in Seattle, Washington with their three Shiba Inu who, more or less, support their ventures as long as enough time is taken for walks and treats.

For more about Shannon and Jason go to ShibaguyzDesignz.com


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Cal Patch
Cal Patch has been making, designing, and teaching all things textile-related since 1991. She sews, crochets, embroiders, spins, prints, knits, dyes, and more. She designed clothing for Urban Outfitters, Free People, Gap, and Old Navy before developing her own line of one-off pieces called "hodge podge", which she currently sells in her Etsy shop and sometimes at craft fairs. In 2009 Cal relocated to upstate New York where she is becoming a crafty farmer and growing her handmade wardrobe. She offers classes in the Hudson Valley, and teachs at retreats and events like Squam Art Workshops, the Makerie, and Lucky Star Art Camp. Her first book, Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified, was published by Potter Craft. She contributes to books and magazines such as Stitch N' Bitch: The Happy Hooker, Mend It Better, Applique Your Way, Made by Hand, Crochet Today, and Sew Stylish

For more about Cal, go to http://calpatch.com


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Sarah Peasley
Sarah is a designer, teacher, and technical editor. She teaches at local yarn shops and guilds, for regional and national conferences, and on Craftsy.

Sarah's passion is making knitting accessible to everyone. She is known for the patience and humor with which she teaches, for the relevance and detail of her class notes, and for her ability to instill confidence and provide her students with a wide range of lasting skills.

For more about Sarah, go to sarahpeasley.com.


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Xandy Peters
Xandy Peters is a knitting designer and teacher, best known as the innovator of the stacked stitch technique and for her Fox Paws pattern. Starting out as a footwear and product designer, Xandy turned to knitting as a way to explore textiles and surfaces without using factory production. She has since made a career out of knitting, publishing new patterns monthly and teaching workshops across the country.

For more about Xandy, go to xandypeters.com.


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Anne Podlesak
Anne Podlesak is an indie knitting designer whose patterns have been featured in Interweave Knits, knit.wear, Spin-Off, Twist Collective, Jane Austen Knits and the Harry Potter Knits collections. She is the author of Free Spirit Knits, a collection of 20 knitting designs inspired by the Southwest. She loves bringing a new and modern twist to classic techniques, and loves helping crafters find ways to incorporate more color into their work.

For more about Anne, go to woolywonkafiber.com.


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Alasdair Post-Quinn
Alasdair is a computer technician in the Boston area who spends much of his spare time as a knitting designer. He focuses on double-knitting, which is a knitting technique that creates a fabric with no wrong side. Until recently, a typical double-knit fabric was either tubular or reversible with the opposite side showing a mirror image design in opposite colors. Over the past few years, people here and there have been expanding the definition of double-knitting to include more complex color and structure variations.

While Alasdair cannot claim to be the only one pushing these boundaries, he is among those on the forefront of innovation in double-knitting. His books, Extreme Double-Knitting and Double or Nothing, document his repertoire of esoteric double-knitting techniques, but he is continuing to develop techniques and apply them to new designs.

Alasdair has been teaching double-knitting around North America since 2005 and adds new techniques to his workshops regularly so that even experienced double-knitters or veterans of his previous workshops will have something new to learn. 

For more about Alasdair, go to double-knitting.com.


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Catherine Redford
English-born Catherine Redford learned to knit and sew at an early age, keeping her family's Barbie dolls and action men well dressed. After relocating from London to Naperville, Illinois, she started quilting in 1998 and discovered a new passion in her life. Five years after taking her first quilting class, she began to teach. An award-winning quilter, active member of her local guilds,  and popular teacher at local and national levels, Catherine also co-founded the Naperville Modern Quilters Guild.

An author, frequent magazine contributor, and guest on Quilting Arts TV, Catherine has two DVDs on modern machine quilting techniques and a book, Modern Machine Quilting: Make a Perfectly Finished Quilt on Your Home Machine, published in March 2017.

For more about Catherine, go to catherineredford.com.


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Denyse Schmidt
A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and former graphic designer, Denyse Schmidt has been sewing since she was a young girl. As a professional seamstress, she worked on everything from tutus and bishop’s mitres to fine clothing. Today, she brings these eclectic influences together in patchwork quilts characterized by simple graphics, rich color and quality workmanship. Firmly rooted in the techniques of American quilt-making, Denyse Schmidt reinterprets tradition to make modern, functional quilts that are fresh, lively, and offbeat. 

Denyse teaches improvisational patchwork piecing workshops in her studio, located in a historic factory building in Bridgeport CT.
 
For more information, visit www.dsquilts.com


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Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Jennifer Stern-Hasemann, owner and designer at J Stern Designs, has a solid background in pattern design and drafting, fit, and construction.

Her original line of fashion patterns, jeans, a cup-sized fitted shirt, and a unique tee, focus on flattering designs with easy-to-follow instructions and fit techniques. She loves to work with knit fabric and has designed an Easy-to-Fit-and-Sew Collection of patterns specially designed for knits.

She shares a wide variety of sewing, serging, fitting, and construction techniques via her J Stern Designs on the YouTube Channel, with over 100 video tutorials. Additionally, she teaches for the Master Seamstress Program at URI and online at craftsy.com and patternreview.com.

For more about Jennifer go to jsterndesigns.com


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Debbie Stoller
Debbie is the author of the New York Times–bestselling Stitch 'n Bitch series of knitting and crocheting books. She is also the Editor in Chief of BUST Magazine. Debbie began knitting when she was only six years old, but it took thirty years before she actually learned to enjoy it. Once she became obsessed, in 1999, she started a Stitch 'n Bitch group in a cafe in NYC's Lower East Side, and it became the inspiration for thousands of Stitch 'n Bitch groups that have formed all across the country in the years since. She has written five books in the Stitch 'n Bitch series, and lives in Brooklyn with one crazy cat, 3 weird dogs, and way too much yarn.

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Timna Tarr
Timna Tarr comes from a long line of quilters but did not make her first quilt until after studying art history in college. She is known for her use of color as she creates contemporary pieces, set in this time and place, which reference the rich tradition of quiltmaking. Timna’s nationally award-winning quilts are in private and corporate collections and have been seen in numerous exhibits, magazines, and books. She is an in-demand speaker and teacher and lives in South Hadley, Massachusetts with her husband, teenage daughter, and two cats.

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Yvonne Tate
Yvonne Tate of Vonne's Crochet & Beading + Maille is from Brooklyn, NY, and in honor of her mother, continues to share her love of crochet through teaching. After learned to knit and crochet as a child, she started crocheting again in 1998. As a member of the New York City Crochet Guild, she participated in the Craft Yarn Council's inaugural Certified Instructors Program and became a certified teacher in 2003. 

For the past 15 years she has taught, done demos, and designed for local groups and yarn shops including The New York City Crochet Guild, Bead Biz, The Yarn Tree, Tess Designer Yarns, Twisted Sistah Beads & Fibers, Creative Yarn Source, Slip Stitch Needlecraft, and String Thing Studio. 

She has supported and participated in various charities and activities including Hats4TheHomeless. In addition, she has designed exclusive hat patterns for Halos of Hope and currently has a block design featured at Warm Up America!


Her creative process stems from curiosity for combining stitches and techniques. She loves taking crochet designs outside the box!


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Jeffrey Wall
Jeffrey Wall is co-owner of Wall of Yarn, a LYS in Freeport, IL. Jeffrey and his husband also import and distribute Rauma yarns from Norway. He translates Rauma's knitting and crochet patterns from Norwegian into English. Jeffrey specializes in Scandinavian knitting and teaches classes throughout the Midwest.

For more about Jeffrey, go to theyarnguys.com.


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Anna Zilboorg
Now an Anglican Solitary living in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Anna shares her knowledge on embroidering your knits with Splendid Apparel (XRX Books). Her other books include Magnificent Mittens and Socks, Fancy Feet, 45 Fine & Fanciful Hats to Knit, Knitting for Anarchists, and Socks for Sandals and Clogs. 

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