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STITCHES Midwest 2020 Teachers


Denise Bell
Denise is the designer behind two books, each of which draws inspiration from a specific region and its culture. Her first book, Ultima Thule, is set in the Shetland Islands off the north coast of mainland Scotland, and features incredible lacework inspired by life on the islands. Her Kailyard shawl draws gasps when it is unfurled. Her second book, Deep Roots, considers the landscape and personalities of the Flint Hills of Chase County, Kansas, a unique tallgrass prairie uninterrupted by mechanized agriculture. Along with these two books, Denise has designed lace shawls, skirts, colorwork vests, sweaters, and other interesting garments.

Her teaching experience includes events from coast to coast and border to border at large conventions, small retreats, guilds, and yarn shops. Denise's goal is to encourage students at all levels to be intrepid and eclectic in their knitting adventures.


Denise and her husband Chris run Lost City Knits, a small independent company named for the town nearest their Eastern Oklahoma farm.


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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 has led to several degrees and certificates in fashion and design. Being an avid knitwear designer, dyer, and embroiderer, 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 reflected in her designs. Having visited 77 countries and territories, she has books, traditional costumes, artifacts, yarn, and fabrics in her collection. She has also led design-based study tours to Europe and throughout America.

As a teacher, Phyllis focuses on taking the mystery and guesswork out of the design and construction processes. She provides information in easy-to-digest formats and creates tools to simplify and improve design processes for everyone, regardless of medium.

Recently retired as professor and head of Mississippi State University Fashion Design and Merchandising program, Phyllis is a former Singer Sewing Teacher and also taught as a Fulbright Scholar at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria and the University of Mauritius in Port Louis. 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. 


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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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Heavenly Bresser
Heavenly Bresser is an award-winning handspinner, published author, and proud owner of Heavenly Knitchet. After spending many years designing custom knit and crochet accessories for clients, she became well-known for her attention to detail and expert finishing. The TGKA recognizes Heavenly as a Level One Master Knitter, currently enrolled in Level Two. Her love for knitting and crocheting eventually became a gateway for her to try her hand at spinning when a yarn shop owner urged her to give it a try.

 After discovering a love for spinning yarn, Heavenly became determined to learn something new every day from spinning wheel to spindle. Taking a project from raw fleece to finished product is one her favorite things. She teaches classes for a local spinning guild and also at fiber festivals. Heavenly has written articles for major publications including Spin Off magazine as well as tinyStudio Creative Life magazine.


 Part of her mission is to unite spinners, knitters, and crocheters near and far to experience the fiber craft together. As a teacher, she continually encourages fiber artists to think outside the box. When Heavenly isn't teaching, vending, or playing in fibers and yarn, she repairs antique spinning wheels and has her own herd of 18. Her husband is her greatest enabler, and her two sons enjoy her handspun yarn


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JC 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 Bluprint 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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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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Robyn Chachula
Robyn Chachula is the author of Modern Vintage Crochet, Blueprint Crochet Sweaters, Unexpected Afghans, and Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia. Her work has been featured in Interweave Crochet, Crochet!, Love of Crochet, Vogue Crochet and more. She was one of the crochet experts on the PBS show Knit and Crochet Now! She teaches crochet online at both AnniesCataog.com and Interweave.com. All her crochet inspiration comes from her little "office assistants" while out and about in Pittsburgh, PA. Stop by crochetbyfaye.com to see what she has cooked up recently.

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Karida Collins
Karida Collins learned how to knit immediately after finishing college and fell in love. Hard. Enamored with knitting, Karida set out to create her own hand-dyed yarn business. She taught herself how to dye yarn and thus, in 2006, Neighborhood Fiber Co. was born. Karida's love of bright and vibrant colors has become part of the company's signature style.

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Michele Costa
Michele Costa is the dreamer, maker & lead designer for 144 Stitches and founder of the Stitch & Hustle blog, for the maker community.

Born and raised in NYC, Michele has loved all things yarn since she was a child.

After a successful career in television production, Michele turned her attention to fiber and launched 144 Stitches. Designing and creating modern crochet & knitwear, she's worked extensively in the fiber industry for nearly ten years.

Before working with Stunning String to develop an exclusive Learn To Knit & Learn To Crochet Class Program, Michele worked with  Red Heart, Manos del Uruguay, Knitter's Pride, We Are Knitters, Universal Yarn, Lion Brand Yarn, Wool And The Gang, and many others. Besides designing for them, her designs have appeared in well-known industry magazines.


 Her immigrant grandparents instilled and inspired her love for working hard and bringing dreams to reality.

 Her designs are inspired by her love of travel and architecture and and named thusly.  

In 2017, Michele launched Stitch Up Events promoting diversity and inclusion in the fiber arts community. Michele believes, "Fiber arts is our common thread", and feels her true calling is to share her love for fiber arts. She works hard to build safe gathering and creative spaces for fiber enthusiasts, building a diverse community one stitch at a time.

Visit Michele's website at www.michelecosta.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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Doris Deutmeyer
Doris is a lifelong artist, teacher, and designer loving all things art, fabric and landscape. She has a B A in Art Education and is a former Elementary Art teacher having taught all age levels.


In 1997 Doris began creating original fused fabric landscapes and mini quilts, which she matted and framed; selling hundreds of these originals at fine art and craft shows in the Midwest. After catching the attention of quilters she was encouraged to share her expertise by giving workshops and lectures.


Her home based business, Fabrications by Doris, has evolved into a line of self published fused raw edge landscapes and mini quilt patterns. Her newest addition to her online store and booths at sewing/quilt expos is landscape quilting fabric offering hard to find landscape elements.


Always wanting to share her love of quilting and landscape Doris offers a variety of demos, workshops and lectures to quilters at quilt expos and to quilt guilds. Her busy life includes sharing a farming business with her husband, Don, 4 grown sons, 8 grandchildren. For more information about Doris, her workshops, patterns, kits and landscape quilting fabric visit www.FabricationsByDoris.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 new book, I Dream of Yarn: A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book was brought out by Soho Publishing in May, 2016 and is in it's 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, the Red Alder Fiber Arts Retreat, and the Maryland Sheep and 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, 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.



You can follow him online as @franklinhabit on Twitter, @franklin.habit on Instagram, or through his Facebook page.


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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. During the last several years, Deborah has focused her teaching mainly on rigid heddle looms, making weaving accessible to as many people as possible. She travels extensively to share her weaving enthusiasm and expertise.

Deborah loves helping knitters discover the joy of weaving.

For more about Deborah, go to deborahjarchow.com


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Tamara Kelly
I have been designing at Mooglyblog.com since 2011, have filmed 4 Craftsy/Bluprint classes, and have a successful YouTube Channel with over 150,000 subscribers. Moogly has been named A Top Crochet Blog for Beginners, one of the Best Craft Blogs of 2018, and was shortlisted for the 2019 Crafties Dedicated Indie Designer Blog. I have written one book, Quick Crochet for the Home.

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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 teaches fashion. Courses include Textiles, Pattern making, Textile Design, Clothing Construction, and Fashion History.

Susan designs wearable art which combines sewing and knitting for mixed-media apparel.

In addition to her teaching she is a computer graphic artist. Her combined knowledge and skills are evident in the Cochenille Design Studio name:a software line for knitters, sewers, and textile artists. She has taught fashion and design workshops around the world.


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Patty Lyons
Patty Lyons 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, shops and knitting shows around the country such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, and STITCHES. Her popular classes can also be found on DVD and online at Interweave, Annie's and Craftsy. She also runs wildly popular video sweater classes in her Ravelry group.

Patty designs and knitting skill articles have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitter's Magazine, Cast On, Knit Style, Creative Knitting, Twist Collective and Mason Dixon Knitting where she writes a monthly knitter's advice column: "Ask Patty". Patty's designs have also been included in pattern collections from Classic Elite, Noro, Cascade, Tahki Stacy Charles, Sugar Bush and Willow Yarns.

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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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 engine behind Shibaguyz Designz Studio.

Their award-winning crochet and knit designs have been featured in publications in the US and abroad; their craft, portrait, and fashion photography has appeared in books and numerous magazines around the globe. The Shibaguyz have published 10 books of crochet and knitwear patterns, among them are Complete Crochet Course - the Ultimate Reference Guidereleased in March of 2018 from Sterling/Lark Publishing, Designer Crochet, and Crochet Geometry.

For more than 20 years, they have been teaching varied subjects from crochet and knitting to photography, spinning, sewing, and quilting. Their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style make them sought-after teachers in both local and national venues. They also have a wide range of online classes. The "edu-tainment" experience of a Shibaguyz class will leave you informed, empowered, and...in stitches.

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.com


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Laura Murray
Artist, entrepreneur, teacher, and author, Laura began to experiment with color and texture in textiles in 1989. Her work, which appears in books, magazines, quilt calendars, and DVDs, includes wearable art and award-winning quilts.

Laura's passionate response to surface design led to designing her favorite images in a stencil collection, soon followed by a series of stamps, including StarBuilders, and her book, StarBuilder Inspirations. Her recent work led to the development of a technique using stamps, paintstiks, and fusible web to easily create seemingly complex designs without sewing.


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Dora Ohrenstein
Dora Ohrenstein is a leading crochet designer whose work has been published in books and magazines both nationally and internationally. She is known especially for her work in fashion crochet and for her in-depth books, the most recent being Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary publishing in 2019. This is the first stitch dictionary to include shaping for every single stitch.



As a teacher, Dora enjoys breaking down technical skills and construction principals into step-by-step methods that are easy to grasp and master. She aims to empower the crocheter to more fun and creativity and to meet new challenges -like making garments- fearlessly!



Dora has a special interest in crochet history. She has carried out research in European museums and in Central Asia, and has written numerous articles on the topic. Dora was a professional singer and she teaches singing at AMDA in New York City.


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Karla Overland
Karla is the owner of Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics - maker of fine 100% cotton fabric for quilting and garments. She has 40 years of sewing experience, and holds a degree in Graphic Design. She is the Colorist for the business, creating unique gradations of color. Her patterns are designed to show off the incredible texture of Cherrywood. Simple designs let the color do the heavy lifting. It is her goal to have students walk out of class with an almost-finished piece, and a broader understanding of color.

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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 the 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 and has since made a career out of publishing new patterns and teaching workshops. Xandy has been published in magazines such as Vogue Knitting, Twist Collective, Knitscene, Knitty, and Pom Pom Quarterly.

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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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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, and popular teacher at local and national levels, Catherine also co-founded the Naperville Modern Quilters Guild.

An author, frequent magazine contributor, and guest on Quilting Arts TV, Catherine has two DVDs on modern machine quilting techniques and a book,Modern Machine Quilting: Make a Perfectly Finished Quilt on Your Home Machine, 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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Lynn Schmitt
Lynn has worked in a design capacity for all of her professional life. She entered the design world as a Fine Arts student, ultimately graduating with a BFA in Interior Design. She continued as an interior designer specializing in commercial interiors for over 30 years. Since 2010 Lynn colors outside the lines as the owner of A Different Box of Crayons. Through her shop, Lynn designs patterns and kits for the adventurous quilter using new techniques and an eclectic mix of cotton and alternative textiles. Her work has been published in magazines (American Patchwork and Quilting and Quilts and More) and Needl'love quilt books. Lynn is the author of The Art of Mixing Textiles in Quilts as well. Her current focus is on secondary patterning, color, textures, and Eclectic textiles enhanced with wool applique. 

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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 online at craftsy.com and patternreview.com.

For more about Jennifer go to jsterndesigns.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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Julie Weisenberger
Julie learned to knit in Europe and ran a small sweater company that sold to boutiques across the United States. Now, as Cocoknits, her main focus is on designing for hand-knitters of all shapes and sizes using many of the techniques she learned in Europe and the ready-to-wear industry.

Julie has perfected the top-down, seamless method using English tailoring, which creates a flattering and perfectly fitted set-in sleeve sweater. Her simple silhouettes combined with fine yarns result in elegant, wearable designs for knitters of all abilities. In addition to designing, she develops knitting tools based on real-life experience.


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Beth Whiteside
A former software professional, Beth now mixes her enthusiasm for instruction and illustration, writing and editing, and design of all kinds in the world of things made with string as 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/Bluprint. Her goal in creating and teaching classes is to further each student's knowledge and skill, opening their mind to new creative possibilities. Her instructional style takes into account the many ways we learn and breaks class content down into manageable chunks that build on one another. 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 turn on in her student's heads.

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Anna Zilboorg
Anna is an Anglican solitary and an Elder of the knitting community. She devotes her remaining energy to teaching the living craft ( as opposed to just following directions). She has been called the Anarchist Knitter because of her book Knitting for Anarchists, and the Mad Bobbler due to her love of three-dimensional stitches. Other books include Magnificent Mittens and Socks and Splendid Apparel, both available, as well as Fancy Feet (Turkish patterns) and Hats, both out of print.

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