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STITCHES West 2013 Teachers


Cookie Apichairuk
Cookie is an avid knitter, teacher, and designer. She teaches workshops throughout North America and is the author of Sock Innovation and Knit Sock Love.

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Lorilee Beltman
This former yarn shop owner's experience providing answers for a steady stream of questioning knitters taught her the value of delivering an honest answer with kindness.
Lorilee's continental knitting video has over a million views on Youtube. While she enjoys teaching continental to those who want to learn it, she appreciates all knitting styles. She urges her students to try projects that introduce new techniques. Since 2009, she has enjoyed her students at national events and looks forward to meeting you in class!

Her articles or designs have been published in The Ultimate Hat Book, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin' Sock Club, Interweave Knits Magazine, Interweave Sockupied eMag, Twist Collective, and Beyond Toes by Judy Becker. She is a Craft Yarn Council certified knitting instructor, a TNNA designer/teacher member, and a member of Cat Bordhi's Visionary Authors group.

Tent-camping with her husband and boys has brought her to over twenty National and Provincial 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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Anne Berk
Anne Berk was certified by TKGA as a Master Knitter in 2003. She has designed for many yarn companies, has written patterns and articles for many publications, including Piecework, Sockupied, ColorKnit and Twist Collective, and her DVDs on intarsia technique, Inside Intarsia and Intarsia InDepth, are published by Interweave.
Anne has taught classes nationally on subjects ranging from Argyle socks to zipper insertion into hand-knits. Anne is also a Craftsy instructor: Next Steps in Intarsia launched in May 2014. Her new book, Annetarsia Knits, is a reference book for learning to knit intarsia flat or in the round, in stockinette or garter stitch. The book includes workshops, a motif library, and 28 patterns for using the new techniques. Content is designed for knitters of all skill levels. 
Anne is an optometrist in private practice in Portland, OR.


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Marly Bird
Marlaina 'Marly' Bird fled the world of financial services to launch her Yarn Thing podcast and hasn't looked back since. To Marly, a bi-craftsy girl who both knits and crochets, the yarn is the star, not how you work with it.
She's creative director for Bijou Basin Ranch Yarns and the co-author of Curvy Crochet. You've seen her designs in Knitter's Magazine, Knit Simple, Interweave Crochet, Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Inside Crochet, Wild Fiber, Crochet Today, Knitting Today and Petite Purls, and in the books: Knitter's Book of Socks, Unexpected Afghans, Simply Crochet, Perfectly Plus, and Knitting Plus.
In her spare time, Marly is a wife to a very understanding husband, raises three kids and teaches at her local yarn store in suburban Denver.

For more about Marly go to www.marlybird.com and www.thepurseworkshop.com.


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Gwen Bortner
Gwen Bortner is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Teacher, teaching at venues throughout the country, is the author of Entree to Entrelac. and is half of the brains behind a new partnership with Kellie Nuss, Two Sides—Two Points.
Gwen's passion is teaching. Whether teaching through the local community education program, at a national knitting convention, or through her new online venture EduKnit, 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 joy is to make the students' toolbox bigger. If all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail! In the process of providing options, more skills are developed, 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 knitability.com


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J C 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 teaching historic knitting workshops nationally and internationally for 25 years. Her book, Knitting Ganseys, has been deemed a classic. She completed her first DVD, Knitting Ganseys with Beth Brown-Reinsel, in 2010 and has

since made two more: Color Stranded Knitting Techniques and Knitting Sanquhar Gloves.
Her articles and designs have

appeared in Threads, Cast-On, Interweave Knits, Piecework, Knitting Traditions, Shuttle, Spindle, and Dyepot, Vogue Knitting, and

Knitter's Magazine as well as The Knitter, a UK magazine. Beth continues to design for her own pattern line Knitting Traditions.

She lives in Vermont and loves winter!
For more about Beth,  go to www.KnittingTraditions.com.


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Laura Bryant
With a degree in fine arts from the University of Michigan, Laura began Prism Yarns in 1984. She continues as Prism's creative force, specializing in color and hand-dyed yarns and has published over 70 pattern booklets for Prism.
Laura has written six books including The Yarn Stash Workbook, The New Knitter's Template (coauthored with Barry Klein), and recently produced the DVD Knitter's Guide to Color with Laura Bryant and Yarn to Fit with Barry Klein. Her newest book is Artful Color, Mindful Knits from XRX Books.
Laura teaches and designs with a 'no rules' approach, and her classes are designed to bring out the creativity within all of us.
For more about Laura, go to prismyarn.com


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Christine Bylsma
Chris retired from a career in marketing communications and advertising to pursue her artistic passion, knitting and texture play, at home in Madison, WI. Instead she is having a wonderful time teaching workshops from coast to coast – and beyond – for TNNA, shops, guilds, and conferences and has her own line of knitting patterns. She has also designed knit garments for the American Girl clothing line.

Chris finds inspiration in nature's colors and combinations, and her knitting designs reflect her pleasure in combining fibers, textures, gauges, and colors in ways that create fun, yet always wearable, knits.
For more about Chris, go to www.chrisbylsmadesigns.com.


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Lily Chin
Lily M Chin is an internationally famous knitter and crocheter who has worked in the yarn industry for nearly 25 years, as a designer, instructor and author of 8 books on knitting and crochet.  She has created looks for the New York Fashion Week runway collections of designers Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and Isaac Mizrahi; and her work has been on the backs of celebrities and supermodels.
Lily was named a Master Knitter by Vogue Knitting and is regularly cited in media across the U.S., including the Late Show with David Letterman, Martha, CBS Morning News, CNN, HGTV and more.
Lily Chin has lived in New York City all her life and has been involved in some aspect of the fashion industry since age 13.


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Sharon Costello
Sharon started as a fiber artist in the mid 1980's with a small flock of sheep and a love of creative experimentation. Feltmaking soon became her passion. She has been a professional feltmaker and instructor since 1995 and travels throughout the USA, Canada and Europe sharing her felting skills and enthusiasm. Her work is featured in numerous fiber art and doll art books and magazines including; 1000 Textile Artists, 500 Felt Objects, Uniquely Felt, How We Felt, 500 Handmade Dolls, Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot Magazine, Spin-Off Magazine, Echos Magazine, and Fiber Arts Magazine.
She has produced two teaching DVD's and been featured on DYI (Home and Garden Television Network).
Her business, Black Sheep Designs, features her unique feltmaking kits, DVD's and supplies.


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Cindy Craig
Cindy learned to knit while chaperoning Girl Scouts in Norway. As a self-professed knitting geek, she enjoys exploring the technical side of knitting and tinkering with new skills, stitch patterns, knitting patterns, and concepts. Cindy has been teaching professionally in yarn shops, guild events, and knitting shows for more than 10 years. She is the author of The Kids Knitting Notebook and has designs published in Knitter's Magazine, Knitting Today, and Red Heart, in addition to many self-published patterns.



Cindy is the manager of The Studio Knitting & Needlepoint since 2002 where she loves helping students learn to knit or crochet and is very skilled at getting students unstuck. She knits everywhere she goes and frequently answers knitting questions on the sidelines of the soccer field, at PTA meetings, or Scouting events.


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Carson Demers
By day, Carson is a physical therapist who runs an ergonomics program for a San Francisco Bay Area medical center. Every other moment, he's knitting, spinning, designing, or teaching with a watchful eye toward ergonomics. Carson's passion and his professional knowledge can help you knit and spin better and safer.

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Elise Duvekot
Elise Duvekot is a knitwear designer whose enthusiasm for novel techniques led to the stitch patterns presented in her book Knit One Below — One Stitch, Many Fabrics. Her inspiration comes from geometrical patterns and from the many beautiful colors and yarns that are available. The style of her work can best be described as traditional in workmanship, while modern in color and design.

Elise also divides her time between the Old World (The Netherlands) and the New World (Canada). In addition to knitting strands of various yarns together as a designer, she knits words of various languages together as a translator. Knitting and translating both provide ideal environments in which to be creative and productive.


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Edie Eckman
Edie Eckman is a designer, author and popular teacher who loves both knitting and crochet. She teaches around the country and is the author of a number of best-selling crochet and knitting titles including The Crochet Answer Book, Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs, and most recently, Christmas Crochet.
As a teacher, designer and technical editor, Edie is on a mission to ensure that patterns are as clear as possible to the greatest number of knitters and crocheters as possible. She is a lifelong learner and considers her students the best teachers.


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Candace Eisner Strick
Candace Eisner Strick has immersed herself in music and knitting most of her life. Now retired from 16 years of teaching cello, she concentrates on designing, writing, and teaching knitting.
Her book, Strick-ly Socks, features a revolutionary and amazingly simple way of knitting socks. Candace is the author of 6 other books, has been published in numerous magazines, and has taught nationally and internationally since 1998. She is the creator of her own line of yarn, Merging Colors, and her own line of patterns under the name of Strickwear (www.strickwear.com).
Candace's students say they not only love learning from her classes, but thoroughly enjoy her sense of humor as well. Appropriately, strick means to knit.
For more information about Candace, go to strickwear.com


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Brigitte Elliott
Brigitte Elliott has been knitting since age 9. She has a degree in fine art and spent much of her adult life raising three children and supporting her husband'€™s business. Five years ago, when her kids were grown and her husband nearly retired, she fell in love with alpacas and their yarns, acquired several, and her passion for knitting was resurrected.

She began teaching in knitting stores in both Colorado and Florida. In 2010, she found an opportunity to learn a '€œnew'€ and exciting technique. It was so innovative that she went to Germany to learn Swing-Knitting from its creator and secured the rights to teach the technique in the U.S.A. After presenting the technique at TNNA Phoenix 2012, a surge of interest has launched invitations from yarn shops all over the U.S. Brigitte has also written several of her own patterns. She continues to create new works of art for her own Swing Knits®, as well as Skacel Collection, Inc and Knitter's Magazine.


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Drew Emborsky
Drew Emborsky, aka The Crochet Dude, is an award-winning master crocheter on the cutting edge of the industry. He has 10 books published, a wildly popular blog, a line of crochet hooks and tools available nationwide and is the crochet expert on the hit PBS show Knit & Crochet Now! His latest books Use Up That Yarn and Hug It Out were released in January 2012.

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Laura Farson
Laura loves to teach new versions of traditional Scandinavian knitting techniques using two yarns worked independently. She's taken twined knitting into the modern age with bulky yarns and multiple color effects. As a designer for fiber related magazines, she develops new patterns and techniques for nifty accessories. She's been a bag-maker, a weaver, and a quilter. Her most recent publications with Martingale are: New Twists on Twined Knitting and Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks. For more about Scandinavian knitting, see her website www.theentwinedknitter.com.

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Margaret Fisher
Margaret Fisher is a TKGA Master Knitter and nationally known knitting instructor who teaches across the country at conventions, shops and guilds. She loves colorful, textured fabric, and well-fitting sweaters with contemporary style. She designs and makes one-of-a-kind garments and accessories.

Margaret is a former co-chair of the Master Hand Knitting Committee of The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA) and has written magazine articles on knitting and knitting techniques. She is the author of Seven Things that can "Make or Break" a Sweater®.
For more information on Margaret, go to margaretfisher.com


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Jean Frost
Years of working in the garment industry sharpened Jean's skills in knits and designs. Her attention to designer fit details and to knitted fabric textures and color delivers garments that have high interest and style. Jean now teaches, knits and designs. She is the author of Jean Frost Jackets, Custom Knit Jackets and her new book, Stitches for Tailored Knits.

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Antje Gillingham
Antje Gillingham grew up in Germany and learned to knit at the age of eight. In 1982 she moved to the central coast of California, where she lived for the next 17 years. When her husband's job relocated the family to Tennessee, she rediscovered her infatuation with fiber and all that is knitting.
 
Antje is the author of three best-selling books and has published patterns in several knitting magazines.
Over the years, her travels have taken her all over the country, and along the way she has made many new friends who all share the same passion for knitting. It is these wonderful, like-minded souls who continue to inspire her to design, write and teach.
When she isn't traveling or teaching at a variety of knitting workshops, she can be found relaxing at home...with knitting in hand.


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Faina Goberstein
Fiana is a designer, author, and a professional and dynamite teacher. She is the co-author of the best-selling book,The Art of Seamless Knitting. Fiana began to teach knitting 40 years ago in Russia and never stopped. She shares her expertise and passion for knitwear design and knitting and crochet in general as she teaches at many different venues including STITCHES, Knitting Lab, knitting guilds and local yarn shops around the country and abroad. Her designs appear in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Wear, Knitscene, Twist Collective, Interweave Crochet, Crochetscene, Love of Knitting, and various books including Knit Noro, Cozy Knits, 60 More Quick Knits. Faina is best known for her elegant and well-fitted classic designs showing off textures, cables, brioche, and slip stitch techniques.

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Susanna Hansson
Susanna grew up in Sweden and learned to knit in the fifth grade, as did all young Swedish girls in the early 1960s. She has been an instrumental influence in the renaissance of interest in the unique patterned colorwork Bohus Stickning sweaters, and her collection of vintage garments was the centerpiece of a highly successful exhibit at the American Swedish Institute (ASI) in 2009.
In addition to teaching at all four STITCHES events, Susanna takes her workshops on the road to guilds, retreats, and shops in North America, Scandinavia, Japan, and the UK. Her work is grounded in her love of technique, detail, history, and culture. She loves to teach as much as she loves to knit!

For more information about Susanna, please visit her website at www.oneofsusannas.com.


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Betsy Hershberg
Betsy Hershberg is a life-long knitter whose knitting world was turned upside down and inside out when she learned how to bead knit in 2002. As ideas for combining beads and fiber began to take over her knitting brain, she found herself on a completely unexpected journey which has forever altered the way she thinks about her 'left-brained' self and the creative process. She is thrilled to be sharing some of these discoveries, along with unique bead-knitting techniques, and lots of fabulous projects and patterns in her book Betsy Beads: Confessions of a Left-Brained Knitter. Betsy also takes enormous pleasure in teaching, feeling it is especially rewarding to help knitters reach new levels of technical knowledge, confidence, and independence that will free them to explore their own individual creativity.

You can view her work at www.studiobknits.com.


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Michelle Hunter
As creator of Knit Purl Hunter, over a million knitters have come to rely on Michelle's online video instruction. Her passion for knitting education is evident in her book, Building Blocks, which progresses the beginning knitter through the major knitting principles.
Patience, enthusiasm and clear instructions are the hallmark of Michelle's lessons, whether online or in the classroom. Her designs have been featured in various publications and some are supported with video tutorials.


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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. Her class Rigid Heddle Weaving Beyond the Basics is now available on Craftsy.


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Galina Khmeleva
A former clothing designer from Russia, Galina is the owner of Skaska Designs and co-author of Gossamer Webs. She teaches techniques used in Russian Orenburg lace shawls.

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Barry Klein
Trendsetter Yarns company owner/designer Barry Klein has been knitting for 40 years. He started knitting by working in his family's knitting store, where all patterns were designed for the knitter's body. For the past 25 years he has worked as an industry teacher, doing knitting classes all over the world.
Barry has designed knitwear for magazines, along with knitwear for television shows, ice skaters, and movie stars. He has authored 5 knitting books and worked as a spokesman on Knitting Daily and other television knitting shows. He loves to share his love of yarn and everything that can be done with it. Barry has been voted one of the Top 10 Men who Knit/Design throughout history. Learn why "Let the yarn do the work" is his favorite motto.


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Susan Lazear
Susan is a Professor of Fashion at Mesa College in San Diego with over twenty years experience teaching design, pattern making, textiles, and other design-related courses at a college level. She also designs wearable art and is a computer-graphic artist. A line of software she has created for Cochenille Design Studio combines her skills.

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Melissa Leapman
A popular teacher and prolific designer, Melissa Leapman is the author of several bestselling knitting and crocheting books as well as numerous publications and DVD's from Leisure Arts. Her most recent titles are Knitting the Perfect Fit and The Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook.

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Anne Kuo Lukito
Anne fell into designing shortly after she taught herself to knit. Since then, Anne has been prolific in her designs. her work has appeared in several books and magazines, including Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Twist Collective and Knitting. Aside from teaching
and designing for and publishing her own pattern line, Anne recently started a small company, Crafty Diversions, which distributes other designers' patterns, books and products to yarn shops. Anne loves meeting other crafty people and teaching others the art of knitting.

She is based in sunny southern California. If it weren't for bouts of insomnia, Anne would never find time to knit or use up her abundance of creative energy, or was it the other way around?

Anne's patterns, tutorials and blog can be found on her website, annekuolukito.com


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Ginger Luters
Ginger Luters is a Northern California based designer of knitted wearable art, and a nationally known creative knitting teacher. She has an MA in Fine Art and taught knitting, weaving, and design classes at Saddleback College in southern California for 12 years. Author of the book Module Magic, which focuses on the unusual designs and construction techniques for which she is known, Ginger designs for knitting magazines and yarn companies.

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Brooke Nico
Brooke began her designing activities by sewing her own wardrobe, inspired by drape and color. She brought her talents to knitting almost 10 years ago, first exploring modular construction, then lace. In 2006 Brooke became part owner of Kirkwood Knittery. As a dedicated teacher, Brooke guides knitters through the intricacies of techniques to make their projects as polished as possible.

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Kellie Nuss
Kellie is a self-taught knitter with a keen interest in the success of her students. A proud knitting geek, she loves to teach the principles and practices that are the foundation to every knitting technique and that allow any knitter to become confident enough to try anything they want. She is from Maryland and has been teaching professionally for 15 years. Kellie goes by kellamina on Ravelry.com and blogs at thesamestitch.com.

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Shannon Okey
Shannon Okey is a designer, the publisher behind Cooperative Press, and a former knitting magazine editor. She has written more than a dozen fiber arts titles and taught everywhere you can imagine, including drop-spindling on a swaying cruise ship! Her most recent book is The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design.

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Judy Pascale
Judy Pascale, a native of Connecticut and a life-long knitter, launched her career as a professional knitting instructor and designer in the early 1990s. She has professionally sold her unique knitwear under the name The Judith Collection, both privately and at juried shows. For several years she was employed at a yarn shop where she taught knitting classes and assisted numerous customers with their knitting and finishing problems. She is now exclusively teaching knit and design classes with the emphasis on customizing fit.
The second phase of Judy's design career combined knitting with beads. Using a non-prestringing technique and textured stitches, she has designed classes from small projects to garments. The most recent phase is wet felting. This ancient textile process remains vibrant and fascinating today. Either a Nuno scarf to wear or a decorative table runner or a bowl to decorate your home—creativity is endless.
Besides teaching for STITCHES, her experience includes The National Needle Art Association (TNNA), Vogue Knitting Live (VK Live), The Knitting Guild of America (TKGA), and yarn shops and guilds all over the country.

Most importantly, Judy has joined the ranks of other talented members of the knitting community whose explosive interest is creating a renaissance for the ageless art of knitting.


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Sarah Peasley
Sarah is a Michigan-based designer, teacher, and technical editor. She teaches at local yarn shops and guilds and for regional and national conferences.
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. www.sarahpeasley.com


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Wilhelmine Peers
Wilhelmine Peers is an internationally recognized fiber artist, designer, colorist, and stylist. As a teacher she uses all aspects of her education and experience in the fields of mathematics, engineering and fashion design. She teaches at many venues across the country, is leading knitting retreats and designs knitwear using the most current fashion trends for publication and small collections. Her designs have been published in magazines such as Vogue Knitting, Knitter’s, Noro, KnitStyle as well as several collaborative books. She consults as a stylist of a wardrobe or even a fashion show.
Her motto: “Learning is my passion. Teaching is my mission.”


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Gayle Roehm
Gayle Roehm has been teaching knitters across the country how to enjoy Japanese knitting and crochet designs. Gayle majored in Japanese studies, speaks Japanese, and lived in Japan. She began to teach knitting after a long career as a management consultant, focusing on development consulting, and worked in many countries all over the world. An avid knitter throughout her career, she has been using Japanese patterns for many years.

Her own designs have been featured in Knitter’s Magazine, Interweave Knits, A Gathering of Lace, and other publications. She also sells original designs through a local fiber arts gallery. Her article about Japanese patterns appeared in Knitter’s Magazine in 1997, and was one of the first to appear in English on the topic. She also prepared the Japanese section for the book Knitting Languages, and for several years translated Japanese patterns for Dancing Fibers (now Sunrise Yarns/Diakeito).


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Merike Saarniit
Merike Saarniit has been teaching workshops in knitting, spinning, weaving, and dyeing for over 20 years, and at most STITCHES events since 2000. The combination of her traditional Estonian heritage (including serious research of Estonian knitting) and her contemporary degree in Studio Art contribute to her unique designs and workshop presentations.
A more complete bio is available at www.Liisu.com.


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Leslye Solomon
Having taught at STITCHES events for more than 20 years and at a numerous variety of knitting seminars from England to Alaska, Leslye Solomon is an enthusiastic, energetic, and empathetic teacher with extensive knitwear training.

Lesly owns Woolstock Yarn Shop in Glyndon, Maryland. She shares her experience and knowledge in instructional videos, DVD's and books. Subjects covered include sweater finishing, making socks using double points and a single circular needle, and techniques in buttonholes and bands, a wonderful method of continental knitting, bead knitting, machine knitting, including a book entitled, The Uncomplicated Knitting Machine. Leslye has also created KnitSpeaker, a new iPhone, iPad, iPod touch timed audio pattern repeating app for knitters.

A class with Leslye is an experience that will arm students with valuable knowledge. Their only concern is whether they will remember it all!


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Carol Sulcoski
Carol J. Sulcoski is a former attorney turned knitting designer and hand-dyer. Her latest book is Sock Yarn Studio (Lark Crafts, 2012). She is author of Knitting Socks With Handpainted Yarns and co-author of Knit So Fine (both published by Interweave Press). Her work has been published in Vogue Knitting, KnitSimple, St-Denis Magazine, KnitScene, and various other books and magazines. She also founded Black Bunny Fibers (www.blackbunnyfibers.com), an independent dyeing business creating unique handpainted yarns and fibers, and her indie patterns can be found on Ravelry and Patternfish. She lives outside Philadelphia with her family.

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Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton
Since there are painters and crafters on both sides of her family, it is not strange that Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton has applied her talent in combining colors and structure to designing handknits. Hamilton’s artistic endeavors began in her childhood, and she started selling her creations in her mid-teens. A true multi-crafter, she is proficient at embroidery, macramé and crochet but finally settled on handknitting at the age of 22. Her knitting career started in New York where she developed her talent during the early 80’s. There she designed for the knitting magazines and a private clientele as well as sold her handknits to boutiques in Manhattan. The high point of her time in NY was a handknit collection under her own label that was sold to select boutiques in 20 states from Florida to Alaska.

The move over the Atlantic to Mariefred, Sweden gave her the peace and harmony to raise a family and develop her business and artistic creativity even further. Cornelia has written numerous articles on Swedish knitters and knitting for the American market and has 13 pattern books to her name, including Noro: Meet the Man published by Soho Publishing in the fall of 2009. Her latest design collection, Reflections, features the Poems Collection from Universal Yarn.

With her sons grown, she now divides her time between Mariefred and Atlanta designing and developing her own yarn line, Heaven's Hand.


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Beth Whiteside
Beth is a knitting teacher, designer, and technical editor whose curiosity has led her to visit many countries (stranded color, EPS, k1b, lace, ...) on the knitting-world map. Originally from New England, she now lives in San Francisco, where mountains, ocean, and Haight Street are always good sources of inspiration. What she loves most about teaching is finding ways to make light bulbs pop on in her students' heads and helping them grow as knitters. www.bethwhitesidedesign.com.

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Andrea Wong
Andrea was born and raised in South America. She teaches knitting at venues throughout the country, has been published in a variety of knitting magazines and is the lead designer for her business, Andrea Wong Knits.
She first learned to knit when she was 7 years old from her mother and has been knitting since. After receiving many invitations to teach regionally and nationally, she quit her position at the yarn shop and open her own business Andrea Wong Knits in 2003.
In the past 11 years Andrea has been the only teacher to teach thousands of knitters in the USA and abroad to use the Portuguese Style of Knitting. Andrea’s vast experience allows her to transmit her in-depth knowledge of this style, into clear, concise, effective instructions making the technique attainable for any knitter who is interested in learning this effective method.
Andrea is also very proud of her self-published book “Portuguese Style of Knitting - History, Traditions and Techniques” in 2010 and 3 DVDs on the subject.


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Myra Wood
Myra is a fiber artist, designer, and author of Crazy Lace, Creative Crochet Lace, and Knit in New Directions (XRX Books). She's appeared on TV shows including Knitty Gritty, Knit and Crochet Now, Uncommon Threads, and in online classes. Specializing in all things creative with a background in fine and graphic arts, Myra teaches a wide range of inspiring classes.

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Daniel Yuhas
Daniel Yuhas learned to knit as a college kid nearly 20 years ago, and the obsession has grown ever since. He believes that knitting is fundamentally good for the universe — every stitch we knit is an act of creativity, and loves it when his role as a teacher is to encourage that spark of creativity in his students. Daniel's first book, Knitting from the Center Out, came out in the Fall of 2012. Daniel lives and knits in Portland, Oregon.

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Anna Zilboorg
Now an Anglican Solitary living in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Anna has expanded Magnificent Mittens to include Socks. Her other books include Fancy Feet, 45 Fine & Fanciful Hats to Knit, Knitting for Anarchists, and Socks for Sandals and Clogs.

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