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.
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.
After developing a life-long passion for color while earning a degree in fine arts from the University of Michigan, Laura began Prism Yarns in 1984. She continues as Prism's creative force, specializing in color, hand-dyed yarns, and develops knit and crochet patterns to use them in exciting and innovative ways.
Laura teaches and designs with a 'no rules' approach, and her classes are designed to bring out the creativity within all of us.
Laura has written seven books including Artful Color, Mindful Knits from XRX Books, The Yarn Stash Workbook, The New Knitter's Template (coauthored with Barry Klein), and produced the DVD Knitter's Guide to Color with Laura Bryant and the video,Yarn to Fit with Barry Klein.
Laura is a nationally recognized weaver with work in many major corporate collections and is a recipient of an NEA individual artist grant in support of her work.
For more about Laura, go to prismyarn.com.
Cecelia Campochiaro appeared on the knitting scene in 2015 with her debut book, Sequence Knitting. She lives in Silicon Valley, where for many years she developed specialized microscopes used in computer chip manufacturing.
Textiles, photography, and the arts have been lifelong passions running in parallel with her technical life. In high school and college, even though her main studies were in the sciences, she studied drawing, printmaking, ceramics, and photography.
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. Today she is fully dedicated to the fiber world and ‘unventing’ new ways to make amazing knit fabrics. Her latest book is Making Marls.
A longtime quiltmaker, as a young woman Pepper started collecting antique quilts and trying to emulate their look. She began teaching quilting, then started designing stencils, and writing instructional books. Her quilting and home dec stencils are manufactured by Quilting Creations.
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.
Outnumbered by a mother and three sisters who knit, James picked up knitting needles almost 40 years ago to see why it was so captivating. His first knit was a self- designed Fair Isle sweater created while in the midst of a successful career as a creative director at major agencies as well as teaching at the Art Center School of Design. (He was a team member of Apple's Mac computer launch, and his work for Northrop is in the Smithsonian's permanent collection.)
At night and on weekends he taught himself how to design sweaters and write patterns. It thankfully provided balance to his hectic life. While shopping in Paris, the owner of a men's designer boutique complimented his sweater and handed him a business card, "When you're ready to launch your line, please call me."
His inspiration comes from street fashion, leading fashion designer collections, and his environs. He focuses mainly on seamless sweater design that requires no sewing BUT with the potential for custom tailoring and a contemporary look that is sophisticated, fun and sometimes sexy.
Find out more at jamescoxknits.com
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 is a popular author, teacher, designer and editor who loves both knitting and crochet. Just don't ask her to choose one over the other!
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 Book, Around the Corner Crochet Borders, and Every Which Way Crochet Borders. For more about Edie, go to www.edieeckman.com
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.
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
Susan Lazear has taught fashion and design workshops around the world.
She is a Professor of Fashion at Mesa College in San Diego where she teaches fashion: Textiles, Pattern Making, Textile Design, Clothing Construction, and Fashion History.
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. Susan’s combined knowledge and skills are evident in the Cochenille Design Studio name: a software line for knitters, sewists, and textile artists.
Phyllis Bell Miller
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. Her lifelong love of design has led to several degrees and certificates in fashion and design. An avid knitwear designer, dyer, and embroiderer, Miller has participated in many juried and invitational design and museum exhibitions.
Love of travel and other cultures is reflected in her designs. Having visited 77 countries and territories, she collects books, traditional costumes, artifacts, yarn, and fabrics in her travels. She has also led design-based study tours to Europe and throughout America.
As a teacher, Phyllis focuses on taking the mystery and guesswork out of the design and construction processes, creating tools to simplify and improve design processes for everyone, regardless of medium.
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. She also developed the ApparelCAD, Instant Designer International, and Display Shop software, for which she holds more than 30 copyrights.
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 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
Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Shannon and Jason are the dynamic DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz, and the creative engine behind Shibaguyz Designz Studio.
Their award-winning crochet and knit designs, and craft, portrait, and fashion photography have been featured in publications in the US and abroad. The Shibaguyz team has published hundreds of patterns and several books including Boro & Sashiko, Harmonious Imperfection: the Art of Japanese Mending & Stitching with C&T Publishing.
Enthusiasm, a quirky sense of humor, and a relatable teaching style have made them sought-after teachers in both local and national venues for over 30 years. They also have a wide range classes online where Shibaguyz Virtual is their newest teaching platform.
Shannon and Jason live in Seattle, Washington with their three Shiba Inu who, more or less, support their ventures so long as enough time is taken for walks and treats.
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Cal Patch has been making, designing, and teaching all things textile-related since 1991. She sews, crochets, embroiders, spins, prints, knits, dyes, and more.
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.
In 2009 Cal relocated to upstate New York to become a crafty farmer and grow her handmade wardrobe. She offers classes in the Hudson Valley, and teaches at Squam Art Workshops, the Makerie, is the author of Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified. 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'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.
Connie, aka yellowcosmo, 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 original motifs of her own. Her first love is designing with colorwork, but she also enjoys designing with unique combinations of cables and lace. Born in Taipei, she moved with her family to San Francisco when she was 12. The experience of learning a new language and living in a new culture in a vibrant city built her deep curiosity.
She studied art at University of California at Santa Cruz and later earned an MFA in painting at American University in Washington, DC. After moving to Lake Tahoe for snowboarding, she found a job teaching art at a local college; meanwhile, she started designing knit patterns. She brings a sense of adventure and artistic sensibility to her knitwear design.
Xandy Peters is a knitting designer and teacher, best known as the innovator of the stacked stitch technique and for the Fox Paws pattern. Starting out as a footwear and product designer, Xandy turned to knitting as a way to explore textiles and surfaces without using factory production and has since made a career out of publishing new patterns and teaching workshops. Xandy has been published in magazines such as Vogue Knitting, Twist Collective, Knitscene, Knitty, and Pom Pom Quarterly.
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.
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, 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
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.
Harry is a retired university professor who has pursued knitting and teaching the craft professionally since 2010. He managed the Northcoast Knittery, a destination yarn shop, from 2010-2017.
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.
Harry enjoys designing knitwear for men and accessories for both men and women. His aesthetic emphasizes texture and linear flow. 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