Anne Podlesak

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.

Beth Brown-Reinsel

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.

Catherine Redford

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, coming out soon.

For more about Catherine, go to catherineredford.com.

Cecelia Campochiaro

Cecelia 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 a lifelong passion 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. 

Dora Ohrenstein

Dora is a leading crochet designer whose work has been published in books and magazines both nationally and internationally. She is known especially for her work in fashion crochet and for her in-depth books. Her most recent, Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary, is the first stitch dictionary to include shaping for every single stitch pattern.

Dora enjoys breaking down technical skills and construction principals into step-by-step methods that are easy for the student to grasp and master. She aims to empower the crocheter to be more creative, have more fun, and to meet new challenges (like making garments) fearlessly!

Dora also has a special interest in crochet history. She has carried out research in European museums and in Central Asia, and has written numerous articles on the topic. Dora was a professional singer and she teaches singing at AMDA in New York City.

Heavenly Bresser

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.

Jane Slicer-Smith

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.

Janine Bajus

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.

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 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.

Lily Chin

Lily 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.

Lorilee Beltman

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.

Robyn Chachula

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.

 

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.

Susan Lazear

Susan 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 for mixed-media apparel. Susan’s combined knowledge and skills are evident in the Cochenille Design Studio name: a software line for knitters, sewers, and textile artists.

Xandy Peters

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.