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STITCHES United 2019 Teachers


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 books 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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Phyllis Bell Miller
As a child, Phyllis Bell Miller first learned to sew, embroider, and crochet from her mother, who
was assistant to one of Washington, D.C.‘s leading designers. Her lifelong love of design and
knowledge led her to earn a Certificate in Couture from the Academy Nvart in Oak Park, MI; a
B.A. in Clothing and Textiles from Mundelein College; an M.A. in Human Environment and
Design and Rehabilitation from Michigan State University; and a PhD in Human Ecology/Design
and Communications from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She has also studied at the
Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City; Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in
Tennessee; the Royal School of Needlework and the Hand and Lock Embroidery Institute in
England; and the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina.
As a teacher, Miller focuses on taking the mystery and guesswork out of the design and
construction processes. She likes to provide information in an easy-to-digest format and to
create tools that everyone can use to improve their creations, regardless of medium.
Miller is a recently retired professor and the head of the Fashion Design and Merchandisng
program at Mississippi State University. She taught fashion and computer-aided design;
portfolio development; creative design techniques, including knitting, crochet, dyeing, and
embroidery; and cross-cultural design, merchandising, and marketing. The former Singer
Sewing Teacher has also taught computer-aided fashion and fabric design as a Fulbright
Scholar at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria and the University of Mauritius in Port
Louis.
Miller frequently combines her love of design and technology by using CAD (computer-aided
design) to create patterns, dyeing templates, and charts for embroidery and knitting. She is
author of AutoCAD™ for the Apparel Industry (Fairchild, 1994), the world’s first book on
applying generic CAD software to the fashion industry. She also developed the ApparelCAD™,
Instant Designer International™, and Display Shop™ software, for which she holds more than
30 copyrights. The software has been used throughout the world for fashion, costume, and
uniform design by numerous schools, businesses, and agencies, including the U.S. Navy.
Being an avid knitwear designer, dyer, and embroider, Miller has won numerous design awards
and has participated in many juried and invitational design and museum exhibitions. Her love of
travel and other cultures is refelected in most her designs. She has visited 71 countries and
territories, from which she has collected books, traditional costumes, artifacts, yarn, and fabrics.
She has also led design-based study tours to Europe and throughout America.


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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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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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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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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. To do this, 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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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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Jolie A. Elder
Jolie has explored a wide range of needle arts after learning to cross stitch at age four. She designs, teaches, spins, and stunt knits in the Atlanta area where she demystifies the obscure. She has served on the boards of Atlanta Knitting Guild, North Georgia Knitting Guild, Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance, and Center for Knit and Crochet. She has been published in PLY, Spin-Off, and Cast-On. Her cleverest unvention is a method for working stockinette-based laces reversibly. You can view her experiments at jolieaelder.blogspot.com and YouTube channel “Jolie knits.”

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Cindy Grisdela

Cindy Grisdela, from Reston, VA, is an award-winning fiber artist with over 30 years' experience creating eye-catching quilts. She specializes in improvisational quilt designs and dense free motion quilting, and she travels extensively showing and selling her work at well-known fine art and fine craft shows all over the country, as well as teaching and lecturing to guilds and groups. 

 

Cindy is the author of Artful Improv: Explore Color Recipes, Building Blocks & Free Motion Quilting, published by C&T Publishing. Her quilt designs have also been published in numerous books and magazines.

 

For more information, please visit Cindy's website and blog at www.cindygrisdela.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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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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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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Rick Mondragon
Rick Mondragon, Knitter's Magazine editor 2000–2017, has been knitting and sewing for over 45 years. His passion for color is obvious in his work, but underlying all his designs are technique, fit, and construction. He has been teaching for 30 years, offering ideas and insight for 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. With STITCHES uniting, he now has time and reason to explore deep into the fiber arts.

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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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Cal Patch
Cal Patch has been making, designing, and teaching all things textile-related since 1991. She sews, crochets, embroiders, spins, prints, knits, dyes, and more. She designed clothing for Urban Outfitters, Free People, Gap, and Old Navy before developing her own line of one-off pieces called "hodge podge", which she currently sells in her Etsy shop and sometimes at craft fairs. In 2009 Cal relocated to upstate New York where she is becoming a crafty farmer and growing her handmade wardrobe. She offers classes in the Hudson Valley, and teachs at retreats and events like Squam Art Workshops, the Makerie, and Lucky Star Art Camp. Her first book, Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified, was published by Potter Craft. She contributes to books and magazines such as Stitch N' Bitch: The Happy Hooker, Mend It Better, Applique Your Way, Made by Hand, Crochet Today and Sew Stylish. 

For more about Cal, go to calpatch.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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Karen Pharr
Growing up surrounded by quilting, Karen didn't begin practicing the craft until after a high-tech career. Although she started by taking a class so she could hand-quilt like her grandmother, it took less than a week to realize machine quilting was her future! Now Karen is an award-winning quilter with quilts shown internationally in quilt shows and art galleries.

As a teacher, pattern designer, author, and quilter, Karen loves to coach students through new fun approaches and creative techniques—which they can then apply to their own quilting styles. A yes-you-can attitude flows throughout her classroom, helping everyone become the quilter they want to be.


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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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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 is a former management consultant who now devotes herself to
knitting and other fiber arts. She teaches nationally for knitting events, guilds and
yarn shops. Her designs have been featured in Knitter’s, Interweave Knits, A
Gathering of Lace, and other publications. She also sells her work at a fiber arts
gallery. Gayle has traveled throughout the world, lived in Japan, speaks
Japanese and has knitted with Japanese designs for many years. She is the
translator of the "Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible" and “250 Japanese Knitting
Stitches” by Hitomi Shida, "Japanese Knitting" by michiyo, and two more
upcoming books. She published the first information in English about Japanese
patterns in 1997, she prepared the Japanese section for the book Knitting
Languages, and she has translated patterns for Diakeito Yarns/Sunrise Fibers.


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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 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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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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