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STITCHES Midwest 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 applique.

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
Lorilee happily sees no end to where your knitting curiosity can take you, so she loves to help knitters make new discoveries. Since 2009, this former yarn shop owner has enjoyed her students at national events, and she looks forward to meeting you in class! Her articles and designs have been published in books, magazines, and online mags. She is a Craft Yarn Council certified knitting instructor, former techniques columnist at Knitty, and an online instructor at Interweave and Craftsy.



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



For more about Lorilee, go to lorileebeltman.com.


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

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

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

For more about Gwen, go to gwenbortner.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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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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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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Mickey Depre
Mickey Depre was introduced to fiber arts by her own personal “grand masters” at the age of four. Grandmothers, great aunts, aunts, and her mother filled her days with cloth, needles, yarn. Then in 1997, she discovered quilting.

As she made a name for herself as an art quilter—with a flair for the whimsical—she made traditional quilts for her family, Paul Sr., Paul Jr., and Emily.

English Paper Piecing has become a slight obsession for Mickey and has lead to the publication of Pieced Hexies. Via English Paper Piecing and Beyond, she has put her own spin on this quilting tradition. 

And now she has traveled “a full circle in her quilting life” with her latest book, Half-Scrap Quilts. It features patterns for traditionally pieced bed quilts that show off her favorite half-scrap palette.


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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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Karen Grover
Karen's life-long love of textiles is evident! From her youth, she has made her own clothing, incorporating sewing, embroidery, and knitting. For over thirty years she has been dyeing everything she can get her hands on. She is a former owner of a yarn shop and now Karen's yarn is available through Seven Sisters Arts, her company based in Maine.
Recently, Karen's biggest fiber passion is shibori indigo dyeing and she has had the privilege of learning from some of the foremost shibori artists in the world.
For more about Karen, go to sevensistersarts.com


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

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

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

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

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

For more about Franklin go to franklinhabit.com, @franklinhabit on Twitter, @franklin.habit on Instagram, or through his Facebook page at facebook.com/fhabit


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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 Group owner/designer Barry Klein has been knitting for 40 years. He started 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; 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 Barry's 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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Rick Mondragon
Rick Mondragon, Knitter's Magazine editor, has been knitting for over 40 years. His passion for color is obvious in his work, but underlying all his designs are technique and fit. He has been teaching for 25 years, offering ideas and insight to perfecting skills with needles, hooks, yarn, fiber, fabric, and thread. Rick loves the challenge of garment design and deconstructing and translating a pattern into words.

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

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

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

For more about Jennifer go to
jsterndesigns.com


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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 experiments with a variety of techniques to achieve her 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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Katrina Walker
Katrina Walker is a designer, educator, and author known for her expertise in textiles, construction techniques, and modern American pojagi piecework. Her work is featured in many magazines including Threads, SewStylish, Stitch, SewNews, and Creative Machine Embroidery. She is a popular instructor both at national sewing shows and online, where her classes for Craftsy, Taunton Workshops, BurdaStyle, Craft University, and Craft Daily have enrolled thousands of students worldwide.

When she is not creating in her studio, Katrina travels to spread her love of sewing with Pfaff and Husqvarna Viking sewing machines.


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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 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, what Beth 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!
She can be found online at Annie’s Attic and Craftsy.

For more about Beth, go to www.bethwhitesidedesign.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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