Teachers

Janine Bajus

Janine Bajus, also known as The Feral Knitter, has been intrigued by Fair Isle knitting since she received a colorful yoke cardigan from Shetland in 1964. Playing with color has remained the theme of her fiber life ever since. She teaches knitting workshops around the country and loves introducing others to the joys of modern Fair Isle knitting though her classes and book, The Joy of Color: Fair Isle Knitting Your Way.

Janine 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 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.

http://lostcityknits.com/

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.

Lily Chin  

Lily M Chin is an internationally famous knitter and crocheter who has worked in the yarn industry for over 25 years, as a designer, instructor and author of 8 books on knitting and crochet. 

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 been involved in some aspect of the fashion industry since age 13 and has lived in New York City all her life.

Pepper Cory

Longtime quiltmaker Pepper started collecting antique quilts and trying to emulate their look as a young woman. She began teaching quilting, then designing stencils, and writing instructional books.

Now, 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.

Pepper and her husband Rod live in the coastal village of Beaufort, North Carolina, and enjoy life with their furry quilt-testers, Joey and Memo.

André de Castro

André de Castro is knitwear designer and instructor based in Porto, Portugal.

His first training is as classical violinist, but later and because of his love about textiles and clothes in general he studied Fashion Design and Illustration.

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

Other of André’s passions history and the knitting traditions 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.

Edie Eckman

Edie Eckman is a popular author, teacher, designer and editor who loves both knitting and crochet. Don't ask her to choose!

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

Sandra Gutierrez

Sandra is a knitwear designer from Mexico. She loves all kinds of arts, but her real passion lies with crochet.

She 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 influence her designs greatly.

Crochet color work is passion of hers, as well as garment construction and design. Her number one goal is to elevate crochet beyond the basics and into fashionable modern garments.

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

Deborah Jarchow

After many years teaching knit 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.

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

Deborah loves helping Makers discover the joy of weaving.

For more about Deborah, go to deborahjarchow.com

Kim McBrien Evans

Curiosity and exploration and an ever expanding plan for world domination are the name of the game for fibre artist, Kim McBrien Evans. Her lifelong love of colour, texture, and pattern prompted Kim to transition from working artist to textile maven.

Her knitwear designs are known for bringing abstract ideas into textile realities that simultaneously fit and flatter every body. Her design work has lead her to explore how home sewers and knitters can create clothing that fits, while showing professional designers the beauty of inclusive design. She lives and works in the woods of Central Ontario, Canada.

Sarah Peasley

Sarah's passion is making knitting and crocheting accessible to everyone. She 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.

At Woven Art Yarn Shop in East Lansing, MI, where Sarah works part time, she is a trusted and sought-after expert on pairing a project with just the right yarn. She provides help with color selection, tool recommendations, pattern reading, error recovery, and general skill building, with a healthy dose of (virtual) hand holding and empowering pep talks thrown in.

Her ultimate goal? Ensuring a stress-free, error-free journey on the path to a beautiful, finished crocheted or hand-knit project.

For more about Sarah, go to sarahpeasley.com.

Linda Pietz

Having grown up in a family of artists, Linda's medium of choice is fiber. It all started when taught by a great aunt to knit at the age of four, and she has never looked back.

With a BFA and California teaching credentials in both Fine Arts and Arts and Crafts, she has extensive experience designing needlework, writing articles for craft magazines, and co-authoring five books with her sister Nola Heidbreder who also hooked all the portraits of the presidents (at the time, 44) that Linda designed!

Linda teaches at various venues across the country including Sauder Village’s Rug Hooking Week and the Shelburne in Vermont.

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. In 1998 after relocating from London to Naperville, Illinois, she started quilting and it became 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 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.

Jennifer Stern

Jennifer Stern, owner and designer at J Stern Designs, has a solid background in pattern design and drafting, fit, and construction. Her fashion pattern line focuses on original and flattering designs with easy-to-follow instructions and fit techniques. 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

Katrina Walker

Katrina Walker is a designer, educator, and author known for her expertise in textiles, construction techniques, machine embroidery, and Modern American Pojagi piecework.

Her work is regularly featured in many magazines including Threads, Creative Machine Embroidery, SewStylish, Stitch, SewNews, and SewItAll.

She is a popular instructor both at national sewing shows and online, where her classes for Craftsy, Taunton Workshops, BurdaStyle, and Craft Daily have enrolled thousands of students worldwide. She is a Brand Ambassador for PFAFF sewing machines and a Sulky Sewcialite, and she also is raising her own natural colored wool from her Spoiled Sheep yarn (spoiledsheep.com). You can find her online at www.katrinawalker.com.

Ann Weaver

Ann Weaver sees knitting patterns in container ships, Tom Waits lyrics, Moby-Dick, classic cocktails, and the work of artists like Josef Albers and Mark Rothko.

When she is not traveling to teach knitting workshops or exploring thrift stores and estate sales; you will find Ann in West Baltimore, where she works as a freelance editor and writer and runs Plied Yarns, a yarn company she started in 2019 with her best friend, Karida Collins. You can follow Ann on Instagram and find her designs on Ravelry, where her username is weaverknits.

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