Our Teachers

Yumiko Alexander

When Yumiko Alexander moved from Japan to Arizona, her knitting changed. On the process-project scale, Yumiko identifies as a product knitter. She knits and crochets the garments she wants to wear. So, w When she moved to a climate where the wool and alpaca yarns she had always worked with can be worn only a few months of the year, she switched to cottons and linens for warm-weather comfort .?

For her designs to work with these non-elastic fibers, what else needed to change? First, she discovered that a swatch did not predict what would happen when she wore the full-size garment. So, from yarn weight, to type of needles (?and hooks?), to her swatching and washing processes— she has changed it all. Now she exclusively works with cotton, linen, and silk, and her swatches accurately predict the fit and drape of her garments. Learn the process she uses to avoid surprises.

Whether you live in a warm climate or cool, when you understand how to work with the characteristics of non-elastic fibers (what Yumiko calls their personalities), you will be able to work with use them for year-round comfort.

Janine Bajus

The gift of a yoke cardigan from Shetland in 1964 made playing with color the theme of Janine Bajus' fiber life. Now she loves introducing the joys of modern Fair Isle knitting to others though her classes and book, The Joy of Color: Fair Isle Knitting Your Way.

Janine, also known as The Feral Knitter, lives in Berkeley, California, where she spends her days surrounded by books and fiber. For more about Janine, go to feralknitter.com.

Laura Bellows

Trained as an anthropologist, Laura Bellows left academia and launched JUL Designs after spending time in Indonesia doing research. Whether teaching or developing closure designs, her mission is to enhance the style and wearability of knitted, crocheted, woven, and sewn garments and accessories.

She met Agus Astradhi, her full-time creative partner launched JUL Designs in 2008.

Lorilee Beltman  

Lorilee loves to help knitters make new discoveries and sees no end to where knitting curiosity can take you. For more than ten years, she has packed her classes with content and tips a knitter can really use. Lorilee grew up in Pittsburgh, spent thirty years in west Michigan and now calls Seattle home.

Lorilee happily sees no end to where knitting curiosity can take you, and 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 packs her classes with content and lots of extra tips a knitter can really use. She is patient with every student.

Her articles and designs have been published in books, magazines, and online mags. She is a Knit Star teacher, the former techniques columnist at Knitty, and an online instructor at Interweave and at Craftsy.

Tent-camping with her husband and boys has taken 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.

Jill Bigelow Suttell

Jill learned to knit at the age of 10. After a teen-years break, she re-learned and began knitting passionately. Five years as a yarn shop owner honed her design and teaching skills. She is co-author of A Knitter's Gallery of Mitered Squares: 45 Unique Designs in Color, Texture and Lace.

Five years as a yarn shop owner honed her passion for designing and teaching. 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 http://www.thebeanknits.com/ .

Beth Brown-Reinsel

Beth Brown-Reinsel is passionate about traditional knitted garments and the techniques used to make them. She has taught workshops nationally, as well as internationally, for over 25 years. Her classes use tiny sampler sweater projects to teach technique within garment context.

Beth’s book Knitting Ganseys is a classic, and she has three DVDs: Knitting Ganseys with Beth Brown-Reinsel, Color Stranded Knitting Techniques, and Sanquhar. She continues to design for Knitting Traditions, her own pattern line, and loves to prowl the storage sections of museums around the world to look for inspiration. Beth’s articles and designs have appeared in Threads, Cast On, Interweave Knits, Knitting Traditions, Piecework, Shuttle, Spindle and Dye Pot, Vogue Knitting, and Knitter's magazines. She lives in Vermont and loves New England winters! For more, go to www.knittingtraditions.com.

Cecelia Campochiaro 

Cecelia Campochiaro appeared on the knitting scene in 2015 with her debut book, Sequence Knitting.  Textiles, photography, and the arts have been lifelong passions running in parallel with her technical life. Today she is fully dedicated to the fiber world and ‘unventing’ new ways to make amazing knit fabrics. Her latest book is Making Marls.

In high school and college, even though her main studies were in the sciences, she studied drawing, printmaking, ceramics, and photography. And and in her career she developed specialized microscopes used in computer chip manufacturing.

Knitting was a casual 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.

Sandra Chandler

Hand sewing with her grandmother taught Sandra Chandler the magic of transforming fabric into art. Recycled denim is her favorite material. Her handsome quilts feature myriad tones of well-worn jeans in simple patchwork shapes.

I love to hand stitch using the traditional Japanese Sashiko and Boro embroidery styles and incorporating them as a decorative feature into my designs. The concrete, repetitive nature of this work frees my imagination provides many opportunities for happy accidents and grace to influence the finished product.

My core materials for quilting are thread and fabric, however, I often employ recycled denim, yarns, dyed fabrics and stamps to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. I hold a B.S. in Clothing, Textiles and Design from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Recently, I discovered modern quilting: simple, crayoned patchworks that resonate deeply with my fiber work. Inspired and invigorated by a renewed sense of continuity, and awed by the mystery of how creation occurs, my process allows me to explore visions to enable my creative work to evolve and grow.

Denim is my thing! So, if you didn’t know I am in love with all thing’s denim. So if you look through my portfolio you can see a collection of my work in denim. I am featured in an international magazines, Simply Moderne’ which is published in Paris. I have a dress and articles featured in Altered Couture which is published by Stampington and I am featured in Quiltfolk, a quarterly magazine.

Lily Chin  

Lily Chin has been involved in some aspect of the fashion industry since age 13. Both a knitter and crocheter, she has worked in the yarn industry designing, instructing, and authoring 8 books. 

She has created looks for the New York Fashion Week runway collections, was named a Master Knitter by Vogue Knitting, and has been cited in media across the U.S.

Lily has lived in New York City all her life.

Roy and Henry Clemes

Roy Clemes grew up in his family’s fiber-art-equipment business, Clemes & Clemes. He and his father, Henry, also regularly consult with and instruct spinners, felters, fiber growers, and professional fiber artists in the use of drum carders and blending boards for fiber prep.

Clemes & Clemes has introduced many innovations to the fiber arts community and their equipment is known for being not only thoughtfully engineered but visually pleasing and durable.

Molly Conroy

Molly is a founding partner of Hands on Knitting Center in Redlands, CA. In the 11 years, Molly has become the in-store expert on helping students fix mistakes, adjust patterns, and learn to let go of the pattern and make what the knitter wants. She loves sharing her passion of all fiber arts but nothing makes her happier than teaching how to simplify complicated techniques.

People claim that she is patient but she just believes anyone can learn anything as long as they want to. Living in the Inland Empire of SoCal, where it is over 90 degrees much of the year, Molly has also chosen to become a plant based yarn enthusiast and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge with anyone who will listen! Like most people, Molly was warned against knitting with cotton or other plant based yarns when she first began to knit. But realizing that we cannot wear wool most of the year in SoCal, she decided to learn about how to be successful with plant based yarns - after all, people have been working with cotton over 6,000 years and linen over 9,000 so it had to be possible... Molly is also a designer and has had designs published in Love of Knitting and on Ravelry. She teaches in-store and at local guilds and schools.

Prior to opening HOKC, Molly worked in the retail industry as VP of Sales for Le Creuset running the retail chain of more than 40 stores. As VP of the Friedman Group she taught sales and management all over the world for big and small retailers. And just prior to opening HOKC, Molly was a Leasing Agent with Craig Realty Group learning skills that came in handy for negotiating a lease! Molly lives in SoCal with her very patient husband and very silly dog.

Carson Demers

By day, Carson Demers is a physical therapist who runs an ergonomics program for a 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 aim is to use his unique skill set to keep us all creating healthfully and comfortably ever after.

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.

Rosanna Diggs

Rosanna Diggs is a Washington based fiber artist who loves teaching others how to embroider. With over two decades of needle arts experience, she now teaches and offers a full line of embroidery kits. Rosanna is also a mother of three and loves adventuring with her family.

Kira Dulaney

Kira Dulaney, the designer behind Kira K Designs, has been teaching fiber arts classes and hosting crafty events in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond since 2002.

As a teacher, her focus is on providing valuable information in a stress-free environment, and supporting students through the learning process.Kira K Designs are original knitting and crochet patterns featuring clean lines and intriguing details that are both interesting to make and easy to wear.

Franklin Habit

Franklin Habit is an author, teacher, illustrator, and writer whose entire life is tangled up in yarn.

As one of the most sought-after teachers and lecturers on the international circuit, he travels frequently to teach knitters across the country and around the world; and has been a popular member of the faculties of such festivals as Vogue Knitting Live!, STITCHES Events, Red Alder Fiber Arts Retreat, the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat,, and Squam Arts Workshops.

He is the author of two very silly books,  It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008) and I Dream of Yarn: A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book (Soho Publishing, 2016) and is in the process of preparing At Home with Foxe and Boxe (www.foxeandboxe.com). His wildly popular stories about Dolores Van Hoofen, the high-living sheep, led to the ongoing Dolores Project with WEBS (yarn.com/dolores).

Among his other, varied experiences in the fiber world are contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, PieceWork, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, and Interweave Crochet; and regular columns and cartoons for Modern Daily Knitting, Knitty.com, PLY Magazine, Lion Brand Yarns, Skacel Collection/Makers’ Mercantile. Many of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com and his fabric designs at Spoonflower.com.

Franklin lives in Paris, France, where most of the knitters prefer the ridiculously complicated word maille to the very sensible English noun stitch. But the food is good.

You can follow him online through his Patreon campaign at patreon.com/franklinhabit,  as @franklinhabit on Twitter, or @franklin.habit on Instagram.

Deborah Jarchow

After many years teaching knit and crochet, Deborah Jarchow discovered weaving and her love of fiber, texture, and color came together. Since then, she has worked full time as a weaver and artist. Now, Deborah focuses on teaching on rigid-heddle looms and making weaving accessible to as many people as possible.

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.

She travels extensively to share her weaving enthusiasm and expertise and  loves helping Makers discover the joy of weaving.

For more about Deborah, go to deborahjarchow.com

Megan Kreiner

Megan Kreiner grew up in in Garden City, New York, in a household where art and art projects were a daily part of life and learned to knit at an early age from her grandmother, aunt, and mother. As of 2012, her whimsical and unique toy designs from her MK Crochet and Knits pattern lines have been published and featured in over a dozen books as well as various crochet and knitting magazines.

In addition to her extensive work as a pattern designer and author, Megan is an animator and artist within the feature animation industry in Los Angeles, California, and has worked at various, world-renowned studios such as Sony Pictures Imageworks, DreamWorks Animation, and Walt Disney Animation Studios on films such as How to Train your Dragon, Trolls, Kung Fu Panda, Raya and the last Dragon, and Encanto.

When not animating or designing toy patterns, Megan enjoys baking and decorating elaborate cakes and cookies, going to theme parks, sewing costumes for her kids, and boba tea.

View her work at www.mkcrochetandknits.com.

Victoria Light

Victoria Light ("Tory") came to the fiber world after three decades working in recreation programming. A long time knitter and crocheter, she started teaching in 2016, earning a Craft Yarn Council certification along the way. Her first knitting pattern was published in 2017. Since then, she has had numerous designs published in major craft magazines and websites. Some of her work has appeared in juried shows and competitions. Originally from the Midwest, she lives in northern California.

Phyllis Bell Miller

An avid knitwear designer, dyer, and embroiderer, Phyllis Bell Miller's travels (77 countries and counting!) are reflected in her designs. As a teacher with degrees in fashion and design, Phyllis creates tools that simplify and improve the design process for everyone, regardless of medium.

As a child, Phyllis Bell Miller learned to sew, embroider, and crochet from her mother, who was assistant to one of Washington, D.C.'s leading designers.

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, the world's first book on applying generic CAD software to the fashion industry. In addition, she developed the ApparelCAD, Instant Designer International, and Display Shop software, for which she holds more than 30 copyrights.

Lisa R. Myers

After almost 20 years as an LYS owner, Lisa is now the US distributor of Manos del Uruguay yarns, which is a great gig but doesn’t offer nearly as much teaching opportunity as she’d like. Author of The Joy of Knitting and The Joy of Knitting Companion and co-author of Knit So Fine, she has published designs through various national magazines and yarn companies. She lives in Philadelphia, travels the country promoting Manos yarns, and leads trips to Uruguay for knitters to meet the Manos artisans and see how the yarns are made.

Yoriko Oki

Yoriko Oki — dyer, weaver, knitter, and overall fiber art enthusiast — comes to us from Vancouver, BC, Canada. Her mission is to inspire and empower fellow fiber artists through her work so they can continue to create and have fun.
A self-described “forever work in progress,” Yoriko admits to being a slow learner. Although she enjoyed working with yarn and fiber as a small child growing up in Japan, surrounded by the rich history of textiles, her path to get to where she is today was not straightforward. After training and practicing in architecture, she was a freelance translator. Later, she rediscovered her love of textiles while earning a degree in Fashion design. Now she looks forward to finding out what will unroll in front of her eyes next!

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. In 2009 Cal relocated to upstate New York to become a crafty farmer and grow her handmade wardrobe. She is the author of Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified.

She designed clothing for Urban Outfitters, Free People, Gap, and Old Navy before developing her own line of one-off pieces called "hodge podge", currently sold in her Etsy shop and at craft fairs.

She offers classes in the Hudson Valley, and teaches at Squam Art Workshops, and the Makerie. 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

Xandy Peters 

Best-known as the innovator of the stacked-stitch technique, especially the Fox Paws pattern, Xandy Peters began by designing footwear, then turned to knitting to explore textiles and surfaces without the limitations of factory production. Xandy continues to challenge our ideas of hand-knit fabric, sharing the results in patterns and workshops.

Xandy has been published in magazines such as Vogue Knitting, Twist Collective, Knitscene, Knitty, and Pom Pom Quarterly.

Sonya Philip

Sonya Philip is an artist, designer, and teacher. Four years ago, Sonya started 100 Acts of Sewing, making dresses while documenting the process. Since then she has made it her mission to convince people to sew their own clothes.

When not covered in bits of thread, she can be found baking or knitting another cardigan. Sonya lives in San Francisco with her family and two naughty terriers. Her book, The Act of Sewing: How to Make and Modify Clothes to Wear Every Day, will be available the end of April.

Catherine Redford

English-born Catherine Redford learned to knit and sew as a child. After moving to Illinois, she found quilting, and it became a passion. An award-winning quilter, Catherine now has two DVDs and two books, Modern Machine Quilting: Make a Perfectly Finished Quilt on Your Home Machine and Butterfly Stitches.

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 and a book on modern machine quilting techniques, Modern Machine Quilting: Make a Perfectly Finished Quilt on Your Home Machine, and new book on, Butterfly Stitches from C&T, coming out soon.

For more about Catherine, go to catherineredford.com.

Esther Rodgers

Esther Rodgers of Jazzturtle Creations is a fiber artist and teacher who stays on the cutting edge of yarn design, constantly creating new textures with innovative spinning techniques. As a felter, weaver, dyer, and knitter, Esther brings a broad perspective to how her yarns can be used creatively.

Esther heads Woven Heart SAORI Studio. She is known for her creative art yarns and her unique fiber preparation. She loves to design and spin concept yarns from an inspiration and tell stories with her yarns. Esther is also a SAORI weaver and creative knitter which gives her the perspective of how these extra special yarns can be used. She challenges herself by creating garments and other items out of her yarns and woven cloth.

Esther is very conscious of where her fiber comes from, sourcing her wool from local and friendly farms, directly from wonderful shepherds with happy animals.

Esther is an enthusiastic and patient teacher; possessing both national and international teaching experience. She loves to challenge her students to embrace their design elements rather than “mistakes” and to learn from each new spin.

Esther has 2 streaming videos, Expressive Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom and Coloblending the Spectrum, along with 2 downloadable videos, How to Spin Art Yarn and Carding and Combing Wool for Color Progressions. She also has a Craftsy class on Fiber Preparation for Spinning. Esther is a regular contributor to PLY, Spin Off and now Handwoven magazine.

You can find Esther’s workshop schedule, peruse her tutorials and general chatter or make purchases at www.jazzturtle.com.

Amy Snell

Knitter, instructor, designer Amy Snell loves spreading the knitting bug nearly as much as she enjoys knitting. It's a beautiful canvas for connection within and across communities. Her approach is experimental; as she knits, she explores why things work or don't and uncovers tips that can bring your knitting to the next level.

Amy has an eye for the unusual or unusually captivating. Her designs focus on color, contrast, and texture — often exploring unusual stitch patterns and clever construction in ways that are interesting but accessible.

Amy loves to help other knitters explore new techniques and expand the way they think about their knitting. Her goal is to make complex concepts accessible and approachable for all knitters, while sharing tips that simplify and improve your process, whether you’ve been knitting for several weeks or several decades! Amy has taught national events such as Vogue Knitting Live, Fiberworld, and Rhinebeck, and frequently shares tips and tricks on her website, DeviousKnitter.com.

Kennita Tully

Kennita is a teacher, author, and freelance knitwear designer, whose work has appeared in every leading US knitting publication. She has also designed for numerous yarn companies. She currently self-publishes her own pattern line under the name of Wildflower Knits and teaches both across the country and internationally. After breaking her wrist in 2017 and unable to knit, she reconnected with tapestry weaving, her first love, and is eager to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for this wonderfully creative medium.

Harry Wells

Harry Wells is a retired university professor who has pursued knitting and teaching the craft professionally since 2010. He enjoys designing knitwear for men and accessories for both men and women. His aesthetic emphasizes texture and linear flow.

He teaches a myriad of classes geared for knitting conferences and fiber festivals. His extensive experience in classroom presentation and course preparation makes for an organized and engaging learning experience.

His designs have been published in knitting magazines and can be found at https://www.ravelry.com/designers/harry-wells. Check out his knitting blog and website at www.goodforaboy.com

Joyce Wyatt

Taught by her mother to knit and crochet at the age of nine, Joyce says, "God has blessed me with the gift to knit and crochet. She has designed for yarn companies, and have seen her designs and articles published in national publications. She has taught at Stitches Events, Crochet Guild of America, The Knitting Guild of America, and for other guilds on the West Coast and Craft Cruises. She is a certified Knit and Crochet instructor with the Craft Yarn Council of Ametica (CYCA).