Teachers

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

André de Castro

André de Castro is a knitwear designer and instructor based in Porto, Portugal. His first training was as a classical violinist, but love of textiles and clothes led him to study Fashion Design and Illustration. His focus is the Portuguese Style of Knitting and applying its methods to making other traditions more effective, simple, and quick to execute.

At this moment his focus is the Portuguese Style of Knitting and spreading this tradition abroad using the techniques from Portugal as a source of inspiration.

André’s other passions include history and knitting traditions from around the world... so he decided to develop a way of using the Portuguese Style and apply it to all kinds of knitting techniques to make them more effective, simple, and quick to execute. André also designs knitwear under the brand ANDREKNITS, and he teaches regularly in international knitting festivals and events.

Judy Gelzinis Donovan

Judy Gelzinis Donovan is an award-winning wearable art designer and quilter who has been practicing her craft for over 35 years. Awards include 1st and 2nd prizes in the Jacket Division at the 2019 Pacific International Wearable Art Competition, Best of Show at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Wearable Art Competition, 2nd prize in the 2018 Stitches Student Fashion show, Excellence in Surface Design in the Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers’ Celebration of Fibers exhibition, Most Innovative Design at the 2016 Pacific International Quilt Festival and Viewers’ Choice 2016 and Honorable Mention 2017 in the SewBatik! Fashion competitions. She designed for 3 invitational Bernina Fashion shows and 4 Fairfield Fashion shows. Judy is also a weaver, spinner, dyer and beadwork artist, who knits every day of her life. A former art & museum librarian, she lives in Philadelphia with her husband and Siamese twin cats.

Sandra Gutierrez

Sandra Gutierrez is a knitwear designer from Mexico whose real passion is crochet color work, as well as garment construction and design. Her number-one goal is to elevate crochet beyond the basics and into fashionable modern garments. Sandra lives with her family in the UK and is working on her first crochet book.

Sandra studied psychology in university in the US, but upon graduating ended up teaching English to students of other languages, which gave her the opportunity to travel the world and live in 9 other countries. Her experiences abroad greatly influence her designs.

Sandra currently lives with her family in the UK and is working on her first crochet book.

Susan Lazear

Susan Lazear, a retired Professor of Fashion, teaches workshops in sustainable fashion, surface design, dyeing, garment design, and more. She also designs multi-media wearables that combine sewing and knitting. Her combined knowledge is evident in Cochenille Design Studio's line of software for knitters, sewists, and textile artists.

In addition to her teaching, she is a computer graphic artist and designs wearable art that combines sewing and knitting skills in mixed-media apparel.

Susan teaches sustainable fashion, surface design, dyeing, garment design and more.

Kim McBrien Evans

Curiosity, exploration, and an ever-expanding plan for world domination are the name of fiber-artist Kim McBrien Evans' game. Her knitwear is designed to fit and flatter every body. This has led her to explore how home sewists and knitters can create clothing that fits, celebrating the beauty of inclusive design.

Her lifelong love of color, texture, and pattern prompted Kim to transition from working artist to textile maven. She lives and works in the woods of Central Ontario, Canada.

Jillian Moreno

Jillian Moreno is the author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture: A Knitter’s Guide to Spinning: Building Exactly the Yarn You Want. She is passionate about exploring the structure of yarn, the joy of color, and using her discoveries in an intentional way in knitting, stitching, and weaving.

She is passionate about exploring the structure of yarn, the joy of color, and using her discoveries in an intentional way in knitting, stitching, and weaving. She enthusiastically encourages her students and readers to feel confidence and wonder in making and using their handspun yarn. She regularly writes for PLY Magazine, Knitty, and Modern Daily Knitting. She has online classes on Craftsy and Long Thread Media. You can keep up with her fiber exploits at jillianmoreno.com

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

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.

Connie Peng

Connie Peng, aka yellowcosmo, brings a sense of adventure and artistic sensibility to her knitwear designs. Born in Taipei, she moved with her family to San Francisco when she was 12. The experience of learning a new language and culture formed her deep curiosity. After moving to Lake Tahoe for snowboarding, she also went from studio art to teaching at a local college.

Connie creates a wide range of sweaters and accessories designs using colorwork, cables, and lace. Coming from a studio art background, she often starts her designs with her own original motifs. Her first love is designing with colorwork, but she also enjoys designing with unique combinations of cables and lace. She studied art at University of California at Santa Cruz and later earned an MFA in painting at American University in Washington, DC.

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.

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.

Jane Slicer-Smith 

Jane Slicer-Smith, author of Swing, Swagger, Drape: Knit the Colors of Australia, joins STITCHES at Home from her Signatur Handknits studio in Sydney Australia. Jane has a flair for style with garment shaping and colors; and in her classes she shares hints, tips, and techniques which she applies to her ready-to-wear Sigknits collections.

Jane sells her finished garments a major craft venues in Australia. You'll find more information at Sigknit.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

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

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