Janine, 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.
Phyllis Bell Miller
As a child, Phyllis first 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. Being an avid knitwear designer, dyer, and embroiderer, Miller has won numerous design awards and has participated in many juried and invitational design and museum exhibitions. Her love of travel and other cultures is reflected in her designs. Having visited 77 countries and territories, she has books, traditional costumes, artifacts, yarn, and fabrics in her collection. 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. She provides information in easy-to-digest formats and creates 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 (Fairchild, 1994), 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.
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 you can really use and 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.
Heavenly is an award-winning handspinner, author, and the proud owner of Heavenly Knitchet. After spending many years designing custom knit and crochet accessories for clients, she 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 became 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 near and far to experience the fiber craft together and to think outside the box. When not teaching, vending, or playing in 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.
A self-confessed ‘technique freak’ and ‘skill junkie,’ JC dabbles in all kinds of knitting, but has a special fondness for textured knitting and novel construction techniques. If it involves lace, cables, or seamless construction, it’s sure to catch her eye.
JC shares her enthusiasm by teaching at shops and fiber festivals and through her book, Charts Made Simple. Her latest venture is Stitch-Maps.com, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts of unparalleled fluidity, authenticity, and beauty.
For more about JC, go to jcbriar.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 developing designs and knit and crochet patterns that 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.
Beth 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 the context of a garment.
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 section 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 Knitters magazines. She lives in Vermont in the US and loves New England winters! For more, go to www.knittingtraditions.com.
Robyn 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.
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
After many years of teaching knitting 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, making weaving accessible to as many people as possible. She travels extensively to share her weaving enthusiasm and expertise.
Deborah loves helping knitters discover the joy of weaving.
For more about Deborah, go to deborahjarchow.com
Hand sewing with my grandmother started it all. From the beginning, the process of transforming fabric into art struck me as magical. Sewing was the foundation that led me into quilting. What started as a hobby turned my passion into an artistic reality.
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.
Toni, the designer and instructor behind TL Yarn Crafts, strives to inspire other’s creativity through online tutorials and modern, approachable crochet patterns.
Toni learned to crochet from her mother as a teenager and has been exploring the possibilities of yarn ever since. Her current design obsessions are delicate shawls and cozy sweaters. When she’s not crocheting, you can find Toni cuddling with her 2 kittens and husband in her Ohio home while binge-watching the latest true-crime thriller on Netflix. Follow her daily crochet journey on Instagram and find her 100+ crochet patterns and maker gifts on tlyarncraft.
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 have published 10 books of crochet and knitwear patterns, among them are Complete Crochet Course – the Ultimate Reference Guide, Designer Crochet, and Crochet Geometry.
For more than 20 years, they have been teaching subjects ranging from crochet and knitting to photography, spinning, sewing, and quilting. Their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style make them sought-after teachers in both local and national venues. They also have a wide range of online classes. The ‘edutainment’ experience of a Shibaguyz class will leave you informed, empowered, and…in stitches.
Shannon and Jason live in Seattle, Washington with their three Shiba Inu who, more or less, support their ventures as long as enough time is taken for walks and treats.
For more, go to ShibaguyzDesignz.com.
Cal 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”, which she currently sells 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
Xandy 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.
Anne is an indie dyer and knitting designer whose patterns have been featured in Interweave Knits, knit.wear, Spin-Off, Twist Collective, Jane Austen Knits and the Harry Potter Knits collections. She is the author of Free Spirit Knits, a collection of 20 knitting designs inspired by the Southwest. She loves bringing a new and modern twist to classic techniques and helping crafters find ways to incorporate more color into their work. For more about Anne, go to woolywonkafiber.com.
Alasdair is a computer technician in the Boston area who spends much of his spare time as a knitting designer. He focuses on double-knitting, which creates a fabric with no wrong side. Until recently, a typical double-knit fabric was either tubular or reversible with the opposite side showing a mirror image design in opposite colors. Over the past few years, people here and there have expanded to more complex color and structure variations.
While Alasdair does not claim to be the only one pushing these boundaries, he is among those on the forefront of double-knitting innovation . His books, Extreme Double-Knitting and Double or Nothing, document his repertoire of esoteric double-knitting techniques, but he continues to develop techniques and apply them to new designs.
Alasdair has been teaching double-knitting around North America since 2005 and regularly adds new techniques and refinements to his workshops so that even experienced double-knitters or his previous workshop veterans will have something new to learn.
For more about Alasdair, go to double-knitting.com.
English-born Catherine 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 in 1998 and discovered 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.
For more about Catherine, go to catherineredford.com.
Jane, author of ‘Swing, Swagger, Drape: Knit the Colors of Australia, joins STITCHES from her Signatur Handknits studio in Sydney Australia. Jane has a flair for style with garment shaping and colors and creates classes themed around her design range. Jane generously shares hints, tips, and techniques which she applies to her-ready-to wear collections and knitting kit designs each year. For more, go to www.sigknit.com.
Julie learned to knit in Europe and ran a small sweater company that sold to boutiques across the United States. Now, as Cocoknits, her main focus is on designing for hand-knitters of all shapes and sizes using many of the techniques she learned in Europe and the ready-to-wear industry.
Julie has perfected the top-down, seamless method using English tailoring, which creates a flattering and perfectly fitted set-in sleeve sweater. Her simple silhouettes combined with fine yarns result in elegant, wearable designs for knitters of all abilities. In addition to designing, she develops knitting tools based on real-life experience.