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 set in the Shetland Islands off the north coast of mainland Scotland and Deep Root inspired by 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 fun and colorful applique, streamlined techniques, and keeping it all portable to classes in handpiecing and all aspects of applique: needleturn, prepared edge, and her version of 'template' and handpiecing. 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 live in 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 enjoy teaching all aspects of needleturn applique and instilling in quilters the love for needleturn applique. I try and run my classes as sit and sew sessions where we have a fun and relaxing day, chatting to 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 been extremely fortunate to have had a book published by Quiltmania in 2015 - called "Focus on Applique". This helped launch my international career.

I have also had some quilts published in magazines, recently in Today's Quilter, a magazine from the UK.

I have taught extensively in the USA, Europe and here in 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.

Heavenly Bresser 

Heavenly Bresser is an award-winning handspinner, author, and the proud owner of Heavenly Knitchet. She spent many years designing custom knit and crochet accessories for clients and is known for her attention to detail and expert finishing. Heavenly has successfully completed Level One in the TKGA Master Knitter program. Her love for knitting and crocheting eventually became a gateway for trying her hand at spinning.

Heavenly was determined to learn something new every day from spinning wheel to spindle. Taking a project from raw fleece to finished product is one her favorite things. She teaches, and has written articles for major publications including Spin Off as well as tiny Studio Creative Life.

Part of her mission is to unite spinners, knitters, and crocheters, from near and far, to experience the fiber craft together and to think outside the box. When not teaching, vending, or playing with fibers and yarn, Heavenly repairs antique spinning wheels and tends her own herd of 18. Her husband is her greatest enabler, and her two sons enjoy her handspun yarn.

Laura Bryant

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.

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.

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.

Tara Faughnan

I am a professional freelance textile designer and quilter living and working in Oakland, CA.  I started to quilt around 2001 or so, using as my guide a reprint of the 1931 edition of 101 Patchwork Patterns by Ruby Short McKim.  I had no idea such things existed as rotary cutters, plastic templates, freezer paper etc.  I spent many happy weeks tracing around cardboard templates and cutting out my pieces with a pair of scissors.  When I told a woman at my local quilt shop how my first quilt was going, she promptly introduced me to the wall of rulers, cutting mats and gadgets.  Thus began a long love affair with my faithful rotary cutter.  I still have her, she's worn down and a bit squeaky, but she fits my hand like we were made for each other.

Somewhere along the way, my love of quilting led me to school and on to a career in textile design, with clients including Michael Miller Fabrics and Pottery Barn Kids. I find inspiration in forms, shapes and the place where 2 seams meet. Color interaction is the key inspiration that drives me. It's that intuitive moment when you put two colors together, and then two more, and two more after that that I focus on. The explorations are endless and  I strive to try to walk the line of discomfort and still make everything work together as a whole.

I draw a lot of inspiration from the simple bold geometry of antique quilts, the gorgeous bright colors from textiles around the world, and freedom and spontaneity found in unconventional and improvisational quilts.  When I look at my current work, I see all 3 of these aspects represented.  I like to use simple geometry, complex color interaction and find the line the exists somewhere between harmony and discord.

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

Hi, my name is Yoriko Oki. I am a Japanese immigrant in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I am a dyer, weaver, knitter, and overall fibre art enthusiast. My mission is to inspire and empower my fellow fibre artists through my work so that you can keep creating and having fun.
I admit that I am a slow learner. Although I enjoyed working with yarn and fibre since I was small and grew up surrounded by rich history of textile, my path to get where I am now was not straightforward. I always describe myself as a “forever work in progress.” I am looking forward to finding out what unrolls in front of my eyes next!

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.

Linda Pietz

Linda Pietz's medium of choice is fiber. With a BFA and teaching credentials in both Fine Arts and Arts & Crafts, she has extensive experience designing needlework, writing articles, and teaching, even designing rug-hooked portraits of 44 of the presidents!

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 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.

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