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/ .

Irene Blanck

Irene Blanck designed her first applique quilt in 2007. More than 100 designs later, she brings a love of color and streamlined techniques to classes in handpiecing and all aspects of applique.
You'll find Irene's designs in her book Focus on Applique (Quiltmania) and quilt magazines in the UK and US. Irene joins us from Melbourne, Australia.

I have been quilting for the last 30 years and enjoyed and learned all techniques, from machine piecing, English Paper Piecing, Foundation Piecing and Needleturn Applique. I started designing my own applique quilts in 2007 and was asked to teach my first quilt. I haven't looked back since then.

I try and run my classes as sit and sew sessions where we have a fun and relaxing day, chatting with friends as well as learning new techniques or perfecting on learned techniques. I am now expanding into prepared edge applique as well as my version of "template" applique. I teach all the shortcuts that I've learnt over the years - mostly from making mistakes along the way and having to re-do sewing over and over.

I have taught extensively in the USA, Europe and Australia. During the last year, with the restriction of travel, I decided to try my hand at Zoom classes. After spending a LOT of time learning how to do this I started offering lectures and workshops via zoom. Most of the workshops are 3 hours long and have turned out to be just as much fun as "live" workshops. I teach hand sewing, needleturn, prepared edge and "template" applique, foundation piecing and machine piecing workshops.

Florencia Campos Correa

Florencia Campos Correa, an industrial designer from Chile, founded Ullvuna with the purpose of inspiring and promoting creativity. Her teaching focuses on crochet and pin-loom weaving

Florencia is, an industrial designer from Chile, founded Ullvuna with the purpose of inspiring and promoting creativity. Her teaching focuses on crochet and pin loom weaving.

She designs patterns, books, kits and video tutorials Her book "100 pin loom squares" has been translated to 7 languages.

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.

Cynthia Dorrough

Cynthia is the owner and designer behind High Contrast Knits & Design. When not teaching classes, actively designing, or tech editing knit and crochet patterns, she tries to balance the other aspects of life. Cynthia is an amateur historian, gardener, and baker and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She loves to knit socks and shawls.

Kristin Drysdale

Kristin's knitting adventure began on a study-abroad trip to Norway. She did not know how to knit but, inspired by all the beautiful sweaters, she bought patterns. Back home in Salt Lake, she was introduced to continental knitting and sweater design by Nancy Bush. Inspired by more trips — to Austria and another to Norway — and her Scandinavian heritage, she kept knitting and soon began designing and teaching. Now, hundreds of sweaters and students later, she has released The Nordic Knitting Primer.

Her passion continues to be Scandinavian knitting — all the techniques, especially stranded colorwork. Her goal is to foster independence and confidence in knitters. Most of all, she tells her students, even her beginners, "Knit something you love!"

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.

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

Barry Klein 

Trendsetter Group owner/designer Barry Klein began knitting in his family's store, where all patterns were customized His passion for yarn and everything that can be done with it is evident in the classes he holds all over the world. Learn why 'Let the yarn do the work' is Barry's motto.

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. Barry was voted one of the Top 10 Men who Knit/Design throughout history. For more about Barry, go to trendsetteryarns.com

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

Louisa Owen Sonstroem

Louisa Owen Sonstroem believes there is little more powerful than working with one's hands, because manual skills are enduring, egalitarian, and slow.
She is a maker, illustrator, educator, and technical designer and author of Hand Sewing Clothing: A Guide.

By day, Louisa works in the garment industry as a technical designer, helping to engineer the fit and construction of the clothes for brands such as Macy's and now Eileen Fisher. By night and on weekends, she cherishes the opportunity to teach, draw, and write about the wonders of making clothes. Louisa is also founder of Patternmaking in Public Places (PIPP), a project seeking to democratize access to patternmaking by removing barriers of geography, economics, age, language, intimidation, and more. PIPP declares that patterns are the shapes of our bodies and our dreams, and they should belong to all of us.

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.

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.

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

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.