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STITCHES United 2018 Teachers


Stephanie Allen-Krauss
Green Mountain Hooked Rugs is a five-generation family-owned business. With more then thirty years of teaching experience, we specialize in traditional and contemporary Rug Hooking techniques.

For more about Stephanie and Green Mountain Hooded Rugs, go to greenmountainhookedrugs.com


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Janine Bajus
Janine Bajus, also known as The Feral Knitter, has been intrigued by Fair Isle knitting since she received a colorful yoke cardigan from Shetland in 1964. Playing with color has remained the theme of her fiber life ever since. She teaches knitting workshops around the country and loves introducing others to the joys of modern Fair Isle knitting. Her book, The Joy of Color: Fair Isle Knitting Your Way, was published in 2016. Janine lives in Berkeley, California, where she spends her days surrounded by books and fiber.

For more about Janine, go to feralknitter.com.


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Laura Barker
Laura is a life-long knitter and former engineer and math teacher. She enjoys combining the all the best of her experience in her favorite career, knitting design and education. Her designs feature innovative construction with clear instruction. She is the author of Mitered Entrelac, Knitting Entrelac Around the Corner, and has published patterns in Knitter's Magazine, Knitty, Knit Edge Magazine and on Ravelry. Her work may also be found at www.CathedralKnits.com and on Ravelry and FB as Cathedral Knits. She is VP of the Capitol Hill Knitting Guild.

For more about Laura, got to CathedralKnits.com


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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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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 marlybird.com.


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Debby Brown
A seamstress from her youth, Debby transitioned into quilting while expecting her first child. Thirty years and thousands of quilts later, she is an award-winning quilter who has published quilts, patterns, articles, and columns in major quilting magazines and authored 2 books. She teaches at national and international quilting shows, has filmed Handi Quilter instructional DVDs, and has taught multiple machine quilting classes on Craftsy.

When not traveling to spread her fun brand of quilting, Debby alternates between creating in her studio in New York's beautiful Hudson Valley and plotting with her husband how best to spoil their grandchildren.

For more about Debby, go to www.debbybrownquilts.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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Melinda Byrd
Melinda Byrd was born into a rya rug family. Her grandparents, Angie and Bill Lundgren, imported Scandinavian rya yarn, backings, and kits at the beginning of the 'mid-century modern' era when Scandinavian design was the rage in the USA.

After learning this centuries-old craft from her grandparents, she continued to develop her skills in designing ryas and has taught off-loom rya classes since 1981.

Through the years, Melinda worked in parks and environmental education centers as a Naturalist, so nature-inspired abstract images are abundant among her designs.

The worldwide resurgence of interest in the off-loom rya craft is reflected in the nearly half million viewers who have watched the YouTube video of her rya work.
Her homebased Byrdcall Studio provides rya supplies.

For more about Melinda, go to byrdcallstudio.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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Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill
Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill is a designer, pattern writer and award-winning quilter. With the help of books and the Internet, she taught herself how to sew and discovered her love of designing and making quilts. As a trained and practicing graphic designer, her quilts start with a concept and research shapes the design. Her work is inspired by her everyday life and experiences. Sheri strives to make beautiful objects that inspire others to make and learn by providing clear instruction and encouragement. In 2016, she was awarded the first annual Craftsy Quilt Designer Fellowship. Sheri is an active member of quilting community. She is an Aurifil Artisan and a guest blogger for Craftsy.

Learn more about Sheri at wholecirclestudio.com and on Instagram at @wholecirclestudio.


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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'.


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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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Sivia Harding
Sivia Harding has been designing knitwear since 2003. Since then, hundreds of her patterns have appeared in publication under her own name and in magazines, books and collections such as Brooklyn Tweed's Wool People, Twist Collective, and Knitty. Sivia is known for her work with exceptional beaded knits. She is also known as an enthusiastic, warm instructor. Her designs are found on Ravelry.
 
For more about Sivia, go to siviaharding.com.


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Michelle Renee Hiatt
Michelle Renee Hiatt is an award-winning quilter, designer and national instructor. Michelle has been sewing since before she can remember, and fell in love with quilting over 20 years ago.
Michelle Renee is a certified Professional Process Expert (LSSMBB); she uses her process improvement techniques and applies them to her quilting and teaching others how to simplify their piecing while improving the quality of their quilt making. Michelle Renee teaches throughout the United States at National Quilt Shows and Retreats!
Michelle Renee is the designer for her own pattern line Sew On The Go and her designs have appeared in several international quilting magazines. Additionally, she is a certified instructor for Studio 180 Design and many of her patterns have been published in their Modern 180 pattern line.
Michelle Renee is known for her humor, enthusiasm and encouragement!

Michelle can be reached through her website at Sewonthego.net.


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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 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.

For more about Barry, go to trendsetteryarns.com


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

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

Pamela's Patterns have been reviewed and featured in magazines and on-line review sites. Pamela is a contributing writer, book author, and DVD personality for Threads Magazine, an instructor for Craftsy online classes, director of the Palmer/Pletsch Philadelphia and Connecticut Sewing Workshops, and a national sewing/serging educator. She has also appeared on PBS's Sewing With Nancy and Canada's The Shopping Channel.

Pamela lives in Connecticut and has a teaching studio in Vernon CT.

For more about Pamela, go to pamelaspatterns.com


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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 45 years. His passion for color is obvious in his work, but underlying all his designs are technique and fit. He has been teaching for 30 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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Xandy Peters
Xandy Peters is a knitting designer and teacher, best known as the innovator of the stacked stitch technique and for her Fox Paws pattern. Starting out as a footwear and product designer, Xandy turned to knitting as a way to explore textiles and surfaces without using factory production. She has since made a career out of knitting, publishing new patterns monthly and teaching workshops across the country.

For more about Xandy, go to xandypeters.com.


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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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Natalie Redding
Natalie Redding is a well known artist, public figure, and Socal shepherdess. Natalie teaches her proprietary dyeing methodology and techniques, Redding Method, to people around the globe in both workshops and in live online classes. Natalie has been the subject of editorials in publications such as Vogue Knitting, Knit N Style, LA Times, Huffington Post, and more. She is also a contributing author in the industry's most prestigious publication, PLY Magazine. Beyond this, Natalie has had her own television series on Nat Geo Wild (Shear Madness) in addition to holding a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science/Agriculture.

For more about Natalie, go to namastefarms.com.


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

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

For more about Catherine, go to catherineredford.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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Jennifer Vancalcar
Jennifer Vancalcar has been dyeing yarn as Holiday Yarns for the past 15 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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Jeffrey Wall
Jeffrey Wall is co-owner of Wall of Yarn, a LYS in Freeport, IL. Jeffrey and his husband also import and distribute Rauma yarns from Norway. He translates Rauma's knitting and crochet patterns from Norwegian into English. Jeffrey specializes in Scandinavian knitting and teaches classes throughout the Midwest.

For more about Jeffrey, go to theyarnguys.com.


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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. Originally from New England she currently lives in San Francisco, where mountains, ocean, and Haight Street are 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 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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