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STITCHES West 2019 Teachers


Grace Akhrem
Grace Akhrem is a design​er inspired by color, texture, and fashion who loves working with vibrant and saturated colors​. Grace’s main goal as a designer is to ​create patterns that ​are wearable and fashionable while maintaining a focus on construction and technique​. Although she does stress short-row technique​s,​ her designs can range from beginner to advanced and everything in-between.​ Her designs can be found in various magazine publications, books, and her own line of self-published patterns on Ravelry.​

Grace, a Los Angeles native, has been working in the industry since 2004, so when she was asked by Barry Klein to join the Trendsetter Yarn Group team as the company's Creative Director, it was a no-brainer!​


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Laura Barker
Laura is a life-long knitter and former engineer and math teacher. She enjoys combining 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 a founder 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.

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 and Deep Roots: Patterns Inspired by the Tallgrass Prairie.


For more about Denise, go to lostcityknits.com


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Lorilee Beltman
Lorilee happily sees no end to where knitting curiosity can take you, so she loves to help knitters make new discoveries. For the past ten years she has enjoyed her students at national events, and she looks forward to meeting you in class! Lorilee is patient with every student and packs her classes with content and lots of extra tips you can really use.

Her articles and designs have been published in books, magazines, and online mags. She is a 2018 Knit Star teacher, the former techniques columnist at Knitty, and an online instructor at Interweave and at Craftsy where her classes are consistent best-sellers.

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 available from Interweave Press.

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 complete reference book for working intarsia flat or in the round, in stockinette or garter stitch, available from www.annetarsia.com and Ravelry.

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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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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Beth Brown-Reinsel
Beth Brown-Reinsel has been passionately teaching historic knitting workshops nationally, as well as internationally, for 30 years. Her book, Knitting Ganseys, has been deemed a classic and the new, revised, and expanded edition was released in July 2018. She has completed three DVDs: Knitting Ganseys with Beth Brown-Reinsel, Color Stranded Knitting Techniques, and Sanquhar Gloves and a Craftsy class on Swedish Twined Knitting. She loves to prowl the storage section of museums around the world to look at old knitted things for inspiration for her patterns and classes which are well known for the tiny sampler sweater projects which teach technique within the context of a garment. Her articles and designs have appeared in all the major magazines. She continues to design for her own pattern line. She lives in Vermont and loves New England winters!

For more about Beth, go to www.KnittingTraditions.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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Cecelia Campochiaro
Cecelia Campochiaro appeared on the knitting scene in 2015 with her debut book, Sequence Knitting. She lives in Silicon Valley, where for many years she developed specialized microscopes used in computer chip manufacturing. Textiles, photography, and the arts have been a lifelong passion running in parallel with her technical life. In high school and college even though her main studies were in the sciences, she studied drawing, printmaking, ceramics, and photography. Knitting was a causal pastime until she had an ah-ha moment in 2010, and realized that textured fabrics could be created by the simple repetition of a sequence of stitches. This idea evolved into sequence knitting, which is a mindful approach to knitting that leads to textured reversible fabrics. Today she is fully dedicated to the fiber world and “unventing” new ways to make amazing knit fabrics.

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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.


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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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Jeane deCoster
Long-retired model, fashion designer, and never-retired yarn and knitting junky, Jeane deCoster started her yarn company (Elemental Affects) over a decade ago. She tells people that she just wanted to make a better yarn, but she secretly wants to convert every sock knitter to a garment knitter and loves sharing her experience of how a sweater that fits properly can flatter any figure. She has developed several techniques that make it easy to be confident that you CAN knit (and assemble) a sweater that fits and flatters.


For more about Jeane, go to elementalaffects.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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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 BookAround the Corner Crochet Borders, and Every Which Way Crochet Borders.

For more about Edie, go to www.edieeckman.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 Interweave Knits, Knitscene, and Sockupied magazines. In her free time, she enjoys spinning yarn, cycling, and playing her trumpet.


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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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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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Susan Lazear
Susan Lazear is a Professor of Fashion at Mesa College in San Diego where she teachers various fashion courses including Textiles, Patternmaking, Textile Design, Clothing Construction and Fashion History. Susan designs wearable art, mixed media clothing (e.g. sewing and knitting) and is a computer graphic artist. In addition to her teaching she combines her skills in the creation of a line of software for knitters, sewers and textile artists under the Cochenille Design Studio name. She has taught fashion and design workshops around the world.

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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 knitting skills articles have been published by various yarn companies and in Knitter's, Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Cast On, Knit 'n StyleCreative Knitting and Twist Collective 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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Carol Mesimer
Working from her home in Virginia, Carol loves to travel and teach. As a small child, she learned needlework from her mother and taught her first knitting class at the age of 17. She believes students should have fun in class, while gaining a strong foundation in technique. Her teaching interests now include knitting, crochet, bead work, tatting, applique, embroidery, and quilting.



An award winning quilter, her quilts have hung in national shows and museums in the US and the Netherlands. Her knit and stitched miniature animals were recently featured in an exhibit at the International Quilt Festival shows in Houston and Chicago.




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Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby are the dynamic DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz, and the creative geniuses behind Shibaguyz Designz Studio. Their award winning crochet & knit designs have been featured in and on the covers of 13 magazines and appeared in articles in industry magazines in the US and abroad. Their craft, portrait, and fashion photography has appeared in six books and numerous magazines around the globe and the duo have released over 300 patterns since their first cover design in 2010. The Shibaguyz have published 10 books of crochet and knitwear patterns with their newest book, Complete Crochet Course – the Ultimate Reference Guide just released in March of 2018 from Sterling/Lark Publishing. Their other books Designer Crochet and Crochet Geometry are also available online and at retailers worldwide.

The Shibaguyz have been teaching adults for 20+ years. With their mastery of subjects from crochet and knitting to photography, spinning, sewing, and quilting, their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style have made them sought after teachers in both local and national venues such as STITCHES Events and DFW Fiber Fest. They also have a wide range of online classes available from Craftsy and Interweave. The “edu-tainment” experience of a class with the Shibaguyz will leave you informed, empowered, and in stitches (see what we did there?).

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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Anne Podlesak
Anne Podlesak is an indie knitting designer whose patterns have been featured in Interweave Knits, knit.wear, Spin-Off, Twist Collective, Jane Austen Knits and the Harry Potter Knits collections. She is the author of Free Spirit Knits, a collection of 20 knitting designs inspired by the Southwest. She loves bringing a new and modern twist to classic techniques, and loves helping crafters find ways to incorporate more color into their work.

For more about Anne, go to woolywonkafiber.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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Tracy Purtscher
Tracy Purtscher is the author of Dimensional Tuck Knitting An Innovative Technique For Creating Surface Design. She has been a finalist in The Fiber Factor knitwear competition sponsored by Skacel and the winner of Vogue Knitting design competition; her designs have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Simply Knitting, knit.purl, and Noro Knitting. Tracy honed her teaching skills in her past life experience as a Jr. High Math and Science teacher.

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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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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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Sheila Rolfer
Sheila Rolfer is the knitting and crochet educator for Clover. Previously associated with Renaissance Ribbon, she was responsible for original design development by working with noted fabric designers such as Tula Pink and Amy Butler. Leveraging that level of creative insight, Sheila adds over 50 years of knitting experience originating from her English grandmother. Using a variety of tools, textiles and techniques, she is particularly adept at creating unique and fun weaving, knitting and crochet projects. Sheila is at home teaching everything from beginning steps to the more advanced techniques that have applications to current knitting and crochet trends.

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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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Eloise Wagers
Eloise is a former home economics teacher. She’s spent many years employed with various companies in the craft/sewing/fashion industries in sales management. She loves sharing knowledge and inspiring others to enjoy the benefits of developing creative and technical skills. Garment Sewing and knitting are her favorite pastime activities along with a pursuit of fashion forward trends.

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Una Walker

Una Walker is a fiber artist and sought-after teacher who grew up in her parents’ craft supply store where she gained experience in a wide range of crafts, an example being her appearance on HGTV’s ‘That’s Clever’ in 2009, making a pair of shoes! From raw wool, to sewing the finishing stitch, she is always looking ahead to new and creative approaches. She got started punching over a decade ago at a craft show “make and take” where she first worked with the Oxford Punch Needle. In 2014 she gained her Oxford Teaching Certificate from the Oxford Rug Hooking School. 

Una teaches rug punching with both patience and an attention to detail, and she loves working with beginners. Una has taught at Estes Park Wool Market, Black Sheep Gathering, Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival, and Madrona Fiber Arts.

Una lives in Claremont, CA with her husband of 32 years, two rescue cats, Poose & Kitty and their adorable puppy Gidget. Together they have raised two beautiful women. 
 
For more about Una, go to woolywalkers.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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Harry Wells
Teaching and knitting are passions for Harry. In 2010, he retired from being a university professor to pursue knitting fulltime. His extensive experience in classroom presentation and course preparation makes for an organized and engaging learning experience. He managed the Northcoast Knittery in Eureka, CA from 2010-2017 and enjoys designing, including publishing patterns in magazines and on Ravelry. His design aesthetic emphasizes texture and linear flow. He designs mainly with men in mind, but his accessories almost always end up being unisex in appeal.

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Beth Whiteside
A former software professional, Beth now mixes her enthusiasm for words and numbers, yarn and fiber, teaching and learning, and design of all kinds into Beth Whiteside Design. She’s taught classes locally in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2003, nationally at events like STITCHES since 2005, and online at Annie’s Craft Store and Craftsy. Her goal in creating and teaching classes is to further each student’s knowledge and skills, opening their mind to new creative possibilities in the world of things made with string. Her instructional style takes into account the many ways we learn, and breaks class content down into manageable chunks that build on each other. Beth’s love of teaching is driven by a search for the “aha!” moment, and she revels in finding new ways to make those light bulbs go on in her students’ heads.

When she isn’t teaching, Beth works in the fiber arts as a technical editor, writer, designer, and graphic designer. She loves trying new crafts and techniques and has recently become obsessed by knot-tying and weaving on little looms. You can find her designs in publications such as Creative Knitting and Knitter’s, Magazine, by yarn companies such as Red Heart, Cascade, and Blue Sky Fibers, and in her own indie pattern line.

For more about Beth go to 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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