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STITCHES West 2017 Teachers


Denise Bell
When she was growing up, Denise always performed some kind of handwork. When she learned to knit she was instantly addicted. Wherever she looks, Denise sees patterns, so it’s no surprise that her knitting emphasis is lace. What is surprising to many knitters is that Denise is also a quilter who loves needle-turn appliqué.

Travel and spending time in the natural world provide inspiration. She recently visited Shetland and Scotland to delve further into the history of fine lace knitting. Her business, Lost City Knits, named for the community nearest her Oklahoma farm, offers fine hand-dyed yarns and original designs. When not knitting, teaching, dyeing, or designing, Denise puts her pattern-seeking abilities to work solving cryptic crossword puzzles, and because no one can do just one thing, she also kayaks on lakes and streams near her eastern Oklahoma home. Along with her husband, she is the author of the book Ultima Thule: Patterns Inspired by the Shetland Islands.

For more about Denise, go to lostcityknits.com


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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. Since 2009, she has enjoyed her students at national events and looks forward to meeting you in class! She urges her students to try projects that introduce new techniques.

Lorilee is the Techniques columnist for Knitty.com, a Craft Yarn Council certified knitting instructor, a TNNA designer/teacher member, and an instructor at Craftsy.com and Interweave.


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.

Her articles and designs have been published in The Ultimate Hat Book, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin' Sock Club, Vogue Knitting Magazine, Interweave Knits Magazine, Interweave Sockupied eMag, Twist Collective, and Beyond Toes by Judy Becker.

Tent-camping with her husband and boys has brought Lorilee to over twenty National and Provincial Parks. Lorilee grew up in Pittsburgh, spent 30 years in west Michigan, and now calls Seattle home.
For more about Lorilee, go to lorileebeltman.com.


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Steven Berg
Steven Berg is a whirlwind of color and texture and every encounter with him will leave you irrevocably changed—awed, inspired, and ready to tackle a new challenge. Steven's adventurous and fashion-filled life has taken him around the world and back home to Minneapolis where he holds court in his 6,000 square foot firehouse-turned-fiberhouse, StevenBe.

Steven is known for his cavalier attitude toward the rules of the fiber arts, often heard to be pronouncing that "there are no mistakes, only variations." His chunky funky style has made Hollywood and runway knitwear fashions accessible to all knitters and his belief in the transformative power of creativity will have you under his spell and ready to cast on anything you can imagine. With Steven anything is possible!


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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 and has written patterns and articles for publications including Piecework, Sockupied, ColorKnit, and Twist Collective. Her DVDs, Inside Intarsia and Intarsia InDepth, are produced by Interweave.

Anne has taught classes nationally on subjects ranging from argyle socks to zipper insertion. Next Steps in Intarsia is her Craftsy class. Annetarsia Knits is a reference book for working intarsia flat or in the round, in stockinette or garter stitch. 
And all of this is after-hours! Anne is an optometrist in Portland, OR.

For more about Anne, go to
annetarsia.com


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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 events, 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 A Knitter's Gallery of Mitered Squares: 45 Unique Designs in Color, Texture and Lace.

For more about Jill, go to b-ewe-tiful.com


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Marly Bird
Marlaina 'Marly' Bird fled the world of financial services to launch a career in the yarn industry and she hasn't looked back since. To Marly, a bi-crafty girl who both knits and crochets, the yarn is the star, not how you work with it.

She is the national spokesperson for Red Heart Yarns, hosts the YarnThing podcast, is the author of Cold Weather Crochet and I Can't Believe I'm Entrelac Knitting, and co-author of Knitting for Dummies, 3rd ed. You've seen her designs in Knitter's Magazine, Interweave Crochet, Knitscene, Love of Crochet, Love of Knitting, and in the books Knitter's Book of Socks, Unexpected Afghans, Simply Crochet, Lace Yarn Studio, Blueprint Crochet Sweaters, and Knitting Plus.

Along with her designing and podcast, Marly has a successful YouTube channel where she teaches both knitting and crochet. On top of all that, Marly also has several online classes available with Creativebug and Craftsy.com.

In her spare time, Marly is a wife to a very understanding husband, raises three kids, and because life was not crazy enough—has three dogs.

For more about Marly, go to www.marlybird.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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Laura Bryant
After developing a life-long passion for color while earning 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, hand-dyed yarns, and developing designs and patterns that use them in exciting and innovative ways.
 
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 the video, Yarn to Fit with Barry Klein. Artful Color, Mindful Knits from XRX Books is her latest book.

Laura is a nationally recognized weaver with work in many major corporate collections and is a recipient of an NEA individual artist grant in support of her work. 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 over 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.

For more about Lily, go to lilychinsignaturecollection.com.


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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 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 at 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, teaching, writing, or otherwise up to some fiber fun with a watchful eye toward ergonomics. His passion and experience in fiber arts combine with his expertise in physical therapy and ergonomics to create a unique skill set that he eagerly shares with the fiber community at local yarn shops, guilds, and major knitting events across the country. He is a regular contributor to Ply magazine. His aim is to keep us all creating healthfully and comfortably ever after.

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Judith Durant
Judith Durant is a knitter and beadworker (who has recently added crochet to her repertoire) as well as author, editor, and teacher of both subjects. Trained as a theatrical costume designer, she took a circuitous route through various New York City costume shops, then on to a theatrical book publishing house where she was managing editor, and later she landed at Interweave Press where she was book editor. She is editor of the best-selling One-Skein Wonders series and author of several books including Cable Left, Cable Right; Increase, Decrease; and Knit One, Bead Too, and is co-author of Knitting Know-How and The Beader’s Companion. Judith writes about, edits, and teaches knitting (and crochet) with and without beads wherever there’s interest.

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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 popular author, teacher, designer and editor who loves both knitting and crochet. Just don't ask her to choose one over the other!

Her comfortable and encouraging teaching style empowers students to gain the skills they need to confidently and enthusiastically take on any crochet or knitting challenge.

Edie teaches online at Craftsy.com and Creativebug.com and she serves as a Master Teacher for the Craft Yarn Council's Certified Instructors Program, helping train others to become knitting and crochet teachers. She has written a number of best-selling crochet books including The Crochet Answer Book and Around the Corner Crochet Borders. Her next book, Every Which Way Crochet Borders, comes out in January 2017.

For more about Edie, go to www.edieeckman.com


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Candace Eisner Strick
Learning both music and knitting at the age of three, Candace Eisner Strick has followed these two loves all her life. A former cellist, she now devotes her time to all aspects of knitwear. She is the author of eight books, her most recent being Knit My Skirt (XRX, Inc., 2016).

She lives in rural Connecticut with her pianist/knitting husband Ken, rescue wonder-bunny Abraham, and a parrot who owns her. Her designs can be found at the Ravelry store and at Love Knitting website. Appropriately, 'strick' means 'to knit'.

For more about Candace, go to strickwear.com


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Margaret Fisher
A TKGA Master Knitter and past co-chair of the Master Hand Knitting Committee, Margaret Fisher is a nationally known knitting instructor and a designer of one-of-a-kind garments and accessories.



She learned to knit at the age of ten and was self-taught for many years, driven by her teenage enthusiasm for knitting colorful, stylish, and trendy clothing. She is still passionate about knitting garments, focusing on well-made, well-fitting, contemporary clothing that has a timeless appeal. Many of Margaret’s classes give students practical skills and techniques used in garment knitting. She believes that when knitters understand the 'how' and the 'why' of techniques, it allows them to make choices in their own projects. Her classes focus on teaching techniques that empower knitters and increase their confidence.

She is the author of Seven Things that can “Make or Break” a Sweater,® a knitting technique book.


For more information on Margaret, go to margaretfisher.com.


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Karen Frisa
Karen has worked as a knitting instructor since 1998, teaching for local guilds and shops as well as at regional and national knitting conferences. She worked as the Knit Doctor at STITCHES events for several years and especially enjoys working one-on-one with students, helping them with specific questions about their knitting. Her day job as a knitting technical editor, working mostly for Interweave, exposes her to a wide range of knitting techniques, methods of garment construction, and pattern-writing styles, which in turn informs her teaching. She likes to explain the "why" of what's happening, not just the "how." Her articles have been published in Knitscene and Sockupied magazines. In her free time, she enjoys spinning, sewing, and playing with beads.

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Franklin Habit
Designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons and proprietor of The Panopticon (the-panopticon.blogspot.com), one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet. On an average day, upwards of 2,500 readers worldwide drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the continuing adventures of Dolores the Sheep.

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 Skacel Collection. Many of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com.

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, Squam Arts Workshops, Sock Summit, and the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat.


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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 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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Cecilia Ho
Cecilia Ho ​was born into a family of designers in Hong Kong but was first introduced to felting after moving to Nova Scotia, Canada in 2007. The local and plentiful sheep farms influenced her passion and direction into felting and fiber arts. She has held felting demonstrations and workshops at museums, galleries, art and fiber festivals, and local businesses across the United States and Canada. Cecilia has taken part in exhibitions, fashion shows, and wool campaigns worldwide. FELTasticFashion is the business created by Cecilia in 2011 which provides all-inclusive felting DIY kits for beginners.

Learn more about Cecelia at www.facebook.com/FELTasticFashion


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Michelle Hunter
Best known as the creator of the knitting education website, Knit Purl Hunter, Michelle’s videos have been viewed by millions of knitters. Her books, Building Blocks and Building in Color, are skill building series designed to progress the knitter through the major knitting principles. Michelle divides her time between teaching classes nationwide and online instruction. Her designs have been featured in various publications and are all supported with video tutorials. She considers herself the luckiest person alive to be able to combine her passion for teaching with her love of knitting.

For more about Michelle, go to
http://knitpurlhunter.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.

For more about Deborah, go to www.deborahjarchow.com


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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, 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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Patty Lyons
Patty 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 and knitting shows around the country, and her popular classes can also be found online and on DVD at Interweave, Annie's, and Craftsy where one of her classes was named most popular class of 2013!

Patty's designs and articles have been published by various yarn companies and in Knitter’s, Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Cast On, Knit 'n Style, and Creative Knitting magazines, where she also writes a knitter’s advice column called “Patty’s Purls of Wisdom”.

For more about Patty, go to pattylyons.com


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Jennifer Miller
Jennifer brings her background in marketing, psychology, counseling, art history, science, and metaphysics to the knitting classroom. A yarn and color designer, Jennifer is the creator of Theodora’s Pearls, nationally-known handpainted and hand-dyed yarns, featuring unusual and luxury fibers. Jennifer is dedicated to promoting creative confidence in every knitter, enhancing knitting skills, and encouraging new and innovative experimentation in yarn! A self-taught artist, sourcing inspiration from the natural world, folk art, and historical textiles, she shares her own creative journey as an example of how you can express yourself through fiber, creating beauty, harmony, and functionality.



Jennifer’s popular classes include basic and advanced technique, knitwear design, creativity, lacework, texture, and color design. Jennifer is known for her content-rich classes, chock-full of tips, tricks, shortcuts, and easy tools to enhance the creative process.


For more about Jennifer go to theodoraspearls.com.


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John Mullarkey
Nationally-recognized teacher John Mullarkey has been tablet weaving for nearly a decade. His work has been displayed in the Missouri History Museum, and garments using his card woven bands have been featured in international fashion shows. His designs are featured frequently in weaving magazines. John is the primary author of A Tablet Weaver's Pattern Book and has produced two DVDs: Tablet Weaving Made Easy and Double-Faced Tablet Weaving. He is the developer of the Schacht Zoom Loom. featured frequently in weaving magazines. For more about John, go to malarkycrafts.com.

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Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Shannon and Jason are the DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz behind the design studio of Shibaguyz Designz and Shibaguyz Photography.

Shannon's award winning crochet & knit designs have been featured in and on the covers of both US and international publications, and he currently has over 300 published patterns credited to his name. Shannon has been teaching adults for 20+ years and is a Craft Yarn Council certified instructor. His quirky sense of humor and relatable teaching style have made him a sought after teacher in both local and national venues.

Jason is a professional fashion and portrait photographer whose fashion photography can be seen in many of the Shibaguyz’ pattern books. Jason also works as a freelance book-packaging designer and photographer for indie knitwear designers as well as major publishing companies like Sterling Publishing, Leisure Arts, Quayside, and Creative Publishing. Jason is known for his candid style of photography in his portrait work and is sought after in the fiber arts community for his insights into what it takes to show an artist's work at its best.

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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Sarah Peasley
Sarah is a Michigan-based 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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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. He also teaches on Craftsy, but for many there’s no substitute for face-to-face learning.

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


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

Leslye owns Woolstock Yarn Shop in Glyndon, Maryland. She shares her experience and knowledge in instructional videos, DVDs and books. Subjects covered include sweater finishing, making socks using double points and a single circular needle, techniques in buttonholes and bands, a wonderful method of continental knitting, bead knitting, and machine knitting, including a book entitled The Uncomplicated Knitting Machine. Leslye has also created KnitSpeaker, an iPhone, iPad, iPod 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!

For more about Lesyle, go to woolstock.com.


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Stacey Trock
Stacey has been bringing fun into the craft world with her successful designs and blog, FreshStitches, since 2008. She is the author of multiple books and the instructor of several Craftsy courses. Stacey firmly believes there is no 'right way' to knit, crochet or craft and enthusiastically experiments with a variety of techniques to achieve the desired finished product. This philosophy spills over into her teaching style; she enthusiastically guides students in the way that works best for them…crafting should be fun, of course!

For more about Stacey, go to freshstitches.com.


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Kennita Tully
Kennita is a teacher, author, and freelance designer with a fine art background, whose work has appeared in every leading US knitting publication. She has also designed for numerous yarn companies. Her first published hand knit designs appeared in Knitter’s Magazine, Spring 2000.

Since closing her yarn shop of 12 years, she currently self-publishes her own pattern line under the name of Wildflower Knits and teaches both across the country and internationally. For the past several years, she has been teaming up with Tahki Stacy Charles and producing new collections each season. In addition, she designs for Knitting Monthly, a membership site featuring a new pattern, videos, and articles each month.


Learn more about Kennita at wildflowerknits.com or following her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wildflowerknitwear.


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Jennifer Vancalcar
Jennifer Vancalcar has been dyeing yarn as Holiday Yarns for the past 13 years and knitting even longer. Her yarns have been featured in magazines such as Spin-off and Interweave as well as on the popular show Knitting Daily. Holiday Yarns was the “Yarn of the Month”
for Yarnbox in December 2013 and January 2016. Among other places, you can find Holiday Yarns on The Yarn Harlot (Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee) Blog and on Debbie Macomber’s needles when her book Starry Night was released. Jennifer has produced over 100 fun and eye catching colors over the years and continues to come up with more everyday!



For more about Jennifer go to: holidayyarns.com/


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Beth Whiteside
A former software professional, Beth now mixes her enthusiasm for yarn and fiber, teaching and learning, design of all kinds, and words and numbers into her own business, Beth Whiteside Design. She is originally from New England but currently lives in San Francisco, where mountains, ocean, and Haight Street are always good sources of inspiration. A STITCHES Expo teacher since 2005, she can now also be found online at Annie’s Attic and Craftsy. What she loves most about teaching is making light bulbs pop on in her students’ heads and giving them the confidence to continue forward on their own!

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


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Andrea Wong
Andrea Wong was raised in South America. For the last 13 years she has taught thousands of knitters to use the Portuguese Style of Knitting, either personally, through her publishings, or her class online. Her experience allows her to transmit in-depth knowledge of this style, into clear, concise instructions making the technique attainable for any knitter who is interested in learning this effective method.

Andrea has published three technical DVDs on the subject: Learn how to Knit Portuguese Style, All about Socks – Portuguese Style, Portuguese Style of Knitting II.

In 2010 she self published her first book: Portuguese Style of Knitting: History, Traditions and Technique.

For more about Andrea, go to andreawongknits.com.


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