Teachers

Denise Bell

Denise Bell and her husband Chris run Lost City Knits. She is the designer behind two books: Ultima Thule: Knitting Patterns Inspired by the Shetland Islands and Deep Roots: Patterns Inspired by the Tallgrass Prairie in Kansas. Denise designs and teaches primarily in the lace and colorwork traditions

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.

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/ .

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.

Pepper Cory

Long-time quiltmaker Pepper Cory started by collecting and emulating antique quilts. Now, she designs fabric lines and teaches quilting, especially traditional, hand-piecing techniques. Pepper enjoys life in the coastal village of Beaufort, North Carolina.

Pepper teaches quilting all over the US and overseas and designs fabric lines for StudioE Fabrics. In 2002 she was the winner of the Jewel Pearce Patterson scholarship for quilt teachers and in 2003 curated an exhibition of her own and students’ work at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX. She is past-president of the International Quilt Association. She has a Craftsy class about scrap quilting, called Waste Not, Want Not, and a video, Learn to Hand Quilt, for Annies.

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.

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.

Ramalakshmi Pasumarthy

Ramalakshmi Pasumarthy is a knit and crochet Indie Designer who is self- taught through YouTube videos and other online sources. Intrigued by the possibility of designing with countless combinations of stitches, her instincts led to explore thread-art designs. You'll find her 30+ designs on Ravelry, 2 in the HANDY HANDS Tatting and Crochet Calendar 2021 and 2022. Her crochet doily was the CGOA pattern of the day for May 22,2018.

Rama collaborated with Indian artists across the globe, "to create the world’s largest crocheted blanket, and, together, in 2016 they won a Guinness World Record for our achievement. I was presented with a certificate by the Guinness World Records."

Her other hobbies include, Needle Tatting, Macrame, Embroidery and Sewing.
Find her designs on
Ravelry: Designs by Ramalakshmi Pasumarthy @VerveKnitCro
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Sarah Peasley

At her LYS, Sarah Peasley is the expert: pairing a project with the right yarn, color selection, tool choice, pattern reading, error recovery, and general skill building. Her passion is making knitting and crocheting accessible to everyone. Her ultimate goal? Ensuring a stress-free, error-free journey to a beautiful, finished crocheted or hand-knit project.

Sarah is known for the patience and humor with which she teaches and for her ability to instill confidence and provide her students with a wide range of lasting skills. She has taught at yarn shops and guilds, for regional and national conferences, and on Craftsy, and is now very excited to be available to a wider student audience via Zoom.

Sarah's math and computer background and her attention to detail are apparent in her freelance work as a technical editor of both knitting and crochet patterns.

For more about Sarah, go to sarahpeasley.com.

Sonya Philip

Sonya Philip is an artist, designer, and teacher. Sonya started 100 Acts of Sewing as a challenge to make 100 dresses in a year 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.

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 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.

Jennifer Stern

Jennifer Stern has a background in pattern design and drafting, fit, and construction. She loves to teach, especially fitting and sewing techniques for knit and woven fabrics.

Her pattern line focuses on designs with easy-to-follow instructions and fitting options.

You'll find jeans, a cup-sized fitted shirt, a unique tee, and more in her collection. She loves to work with commercial knit (tricot-type) fabrics and has designed her Easy-to-Fit-and-Sew Collection of patterns specifically for them.

She shares a wide variety of sewing, serging, fitting, and construction techniques via her J Stern Designs site 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

Karen Stevens

For the last 25 years, Karen has been a freelance CAD instructor, training textile and fashion designers to create knits, prints, and wovens for the garment industry. But these days you are more likely to find her in her creatively cluttered studio than on her computer, adding one more vintage patch to a favorite pair of jeans or double gauze shirt. Her love of visible mending, natural fibers, hand-dyed fabrics and all kinds of slow-stitching has recently turned into a small side business, creating one of a kind stitched curiosities. Karen has recently relocated to the NC coast with her terrier sidekick and a perfect backyard for an indigo vat.

"I am an artist, sewer, quilter, and educator. I learned to knit at a young age, drawn to the feeling of fiber running through my fingers, and the slow meditative quality of one stitch at a time making up a larger garment. I have also always been a fabric collector, but always on the small scale, preferent a bag of scraps or vintage napkins to new yardage. Mending was my first venture into hand stitching. As an avid denim wearer and terrible shopper, it became a necessity, and a perfect way to use up favorite pieces of fabric. My jeans are now more patch than denim, each piece holding meaning and memory.
My hand stitched works became an extension of my mending, another way to move thread through fabric with intention, to create something not only beautiful but useful. Mindful of how much waste goes into fashion, a simple shirt pattern was born out of just one yard of a coveted piece of linen. A drawstring bag created from remnants of other projects. A story told in stitches and small cast off patches.
Teaching others these sewing skills has become a new passion, empowering new sewers to do something they might have thought they couldn’t do. I steer away from the idea of perfection or any “right” way to stitch or mend, opening the process to be more freeing and explorative, to remember to stay curious and play. There is no singular way to do anything, it is all personalized to the maker."