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STITCHES South 2014 Teachers


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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Jill Bigelow Suttell
Jill learned to knit at 10 years of age. After a 'teen years' break, she re-learned and has been knitting with a passion ever since. The first sweater she knit, she modified, and the next was her own design.

Five years as a yarn shop owner gave her a passion for teaching as well as designing. Jill has been an instructor at Stitches East, Knitter's Day Out, Knitter's Connection, Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet
Show, and many shops. Her designs can be found in Knitter's Magazine, Cast On, and Knitty. She is co-author of An Archive of Squares; 45 mitered squares with color, texture and lace.


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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."


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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.


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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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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.


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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, and stunt knits in the Atlanta area where she demystifies the obscure. Her published patterns include "Serpentine Short-Round Scarf" and "Tetra Stadium Blanket." She blogs her knitting experiments at jolieaelder.blogspot.com.

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Laura Farson
Laura loves to teach new versions of traditional Scandinavian knitting techniques using two yarns worked independantly. As a designer for Cascade Yarns, she develops new patterns for nifty accessories. On the side, she makes checked bags which are purses and totes made from recycled seat belts. She is the author of New Twists on Twined Knitting from Martingale 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®.


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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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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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Amy Herzog
Amy Herzog is passionate about sweaters people love to wear. She is the author of Knit to Flatter and designs sweaters that flatter the figure and are easy to modify. She is also a knitting expert on American Public Television’s “Knit and Crochet Now”. She teaches classes across the country and on craftsy.com, and her figure-flattering pattern designs have been published in Twist Collective, Knitscene, Interweave Knits, Knitty, and more.



After several years of teaching knitting classes, she realized that knitters will skip modification math if they can but would really like to wear sweaters that fit them well. So she created CustomFit, a website that produces custom sweater patterns. It can be found at customfit.makewearlove.com.



To learn more about Amy, visit www.amyherzogdesigns.com.


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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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Patty Lyons
PATTY LYONS (http://pattylyons.com/) 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.

After deciding to leave her previous life as a Broadway stage manager to follow her passion and work in the knitting world, Patty managed a New York yarn store, and then in 2008 she joined Lion Brand Yarn to create the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City, where she served as the Studio Director for five years.

Patty now teaches nationally at guilds & knitting shows around the country such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, STITCHES, and the Knit and Crochet Show, Patty’s popular classes can also be found online at Knitting Daily and Craftsy, and her Improve Your Knitting class was named Craftsy’s most popular class of 2013!

Patty designs for yarn companies like Cascade and Takhi Stacy Charles, and her designs and knitting skill articles have been published in Vogue Knitting, Creative Knitting, Knit 1,2,3, and Knit 'n Style magazines


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Marty Miller
Marty Miller is a crochet designer, teacher, and award winning tech editor. Her designs have been featured in Crochet Today, Interweave Crochet, and Crochet! magazines, numerous books, and used by various yarn companies including Plymouth, Caron, Red Heart, Tahki, Classic Elite, and Brown Sheep in their lines. She has her own book of tote bag patterns, Totes for All Reasons.  Marty has served as President of the Crochet Guild of America and teaches at their national conferences, as well as the TNNA conferences. She also writes the Crochet Doctor column for Crochet Today! Magazine.

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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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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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Esther Rodgers
Esther is a full-time fiber artist from Mebane, North Carolina. She is known as a creative art yarn hand spinner and for her unique fiber preparation. Esther is also a felter, weaver, and knitter which gives her the perspective of how her yarns are going to be used. She is constantly innovating in her spinning techniques to create new textures and is on the cutting edge in terms of yarn design. Esther is an enthusiastic and patient teacher possessing both national and international teaching experience.

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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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Stacey Trock
Stacey has been bringing cuteness into the crochet-world with her adorable stuffed animals since 2008. She is the author of Cuddly Crochet and Crocheted Softies and has self-published over 100 irresistibly cute animal patterns through her website, FreshStitches.

Stacey firmly believes that there's no 'right way' to crochet and enthusiastically experiments with a variety of techniques (even less-popular ones!) to achieve the desired finished product. This philosophy spills over into her teaching style: she encourages students to discover what works best for their own crocheting style for maximum crochet enjoyment!


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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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Vithard Villumsen
Vithard is a Danish knitwear designer and textile artist. He started knitting at the age of 10 and has worked professionally as a knitwear designer for the past 8 years. Heavily inspired by traditional Scandinavian knitwear patterns, Vithard loves the way that simple geometric shapes accentuated by different colors or different knitting techniques evoke incredible beauty and tell so many stories.

He has recently started spinning and is creating both traditional and art yarns.
As an experienced teacher, Vithard approaches his students with respect, patience and enthusiasm. Vithard is constantly writing up new patterns, that he sells via Ravelry while he's working on upcoming books and brainstorming new ideas.


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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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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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