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.
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 a knitter can really use. She 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 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 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.
Robyn Chachula 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.
Lily M Chin 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.
Tanis Gray believes that we are stronger together. When we respect each other, listen, learn, and educate, we can lift each other up and thrive as humans. All are welcome here, regardless of gender identity, race, age, belief system, or crafting style.
A graduate of RISD, Tanis lives in Fairfax, VA with her Mechanical Engineer husband and two children. She has been in the creative field for many years, including roles at Martha Stewart, HBO, Focus Features, Hungryman Productions, and as the Yarn Editor at Vogue Knitting/Sixth & Spring and co-editor of Knit.1.
With over 550 published knitting designs in her portfolio, her work has been featured in many major publications and books worldwide. She also edits and photographs other knitting books, plans and executes social media for numerous yarn companies and teaches advanced knitting in the Metro DC area. Tanis had her own regularly-featured TV spot on PBS' Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell and has taught multiple online Fair Isle classes for Craftsy/Bluprint. It is her goal to help anyone who wants to learn how to knit accomplish their fiber goals.
She is the author of Knit Local: Celebrating America’s Homegrown Yarns (2011, Sixth & Spring), the winner of a gold IPPY Award; Capitol Knits, (2012, Self-Published) a knitting and history book inspired by Washington, DC and national winner of the DAR American Heritage Women in the Arts Award; Knitting Architecture (2013, F&W/Interweave), a collection of designs inspired by well-known architecture; Cozy Knits (2013, F&W/Interweave); From Mama, with Love, (Self-Published) an ebook collection from designer friends and mothers; 3 Skeins or Less – Fresh Knitted Accessories (2014, F&W/Interweave), a modern collection of garments and accessories all knit in 3 or fewer skeins of yarn; Wanderlust – 47 Modern Knits for Bohemian Style, (2015, F&W/Interweave); Modern Baby Knits (2016, F&W/Interweave), a collection of knits for babies and children on the go with fuss-free designs; Gradient Knits (2017, Barron's) a complete course of beautifully and profusely illustrated instruction under one cover using gradient yarns, Knitting Magic: The Official Harry Potter Knitting Pattern Book (2020, Insight Editions), the first and only official knitting book based on the Harry Potter films by Warner Brothers, and Knitting the Galaxy: The Official Star Wars Knitting Pattern Book (2021, Insight Editions), the first and only official knitting book based on the original 9 Star Wars films by Lucasfilm.
Tanis is a proud member of the Martha Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and the Washington DC Chapter of the Mayflower Society. She volunteers at Sanctuary for Families, Project Knitwell, local Boy Scouts troops, her local prayer shawl ministry, and in her son’s school, teaching crafts and knitting. Certain pattern proceeds are donated to The National Center for Transgender Equality, NAACP, The Union of Concerned Scientists, Doctors Without Borders, Friends of Notre Dame, and Project Semicolon.
She has won first place nationally for the American Heritage Award and the National Women in the Arts Award numerous times for Fiber Arts.
After many years of teaching knit and crochet classes, 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.
Kim McBrien Evans
Curiosity and exploration and an ever expanding plan for world domination are the name of the game for fibreartist, Kim McBrien Evans. A lifelong love of colour, texture, and pattern prompted Kim to transition from working artist to textile maven. Her knitwear designs are known for their ability to turn an abstract idea into a textile reality while simultaneously fitting and flattering every body. This design work has lead her to explore how home sewers and knitters can create clothing that fits, while showing professional designers the beauty of inclusive design. She lives and works in the woods of Central Ontario, Canada.
Like so many of us, Sunne learned to knit and sew at an early age from her grandmother. Her love of making never subsided. After finding Alabama Chanin through Natalie’s books, she was gifted the first School of Making Studio Week, to “find her people”; those passionate about craft. This led to the realization that her mission is to spread skills and love for knitting and hand stitching. Keeping it fun and accessible while creating a diverse, inspiring community.
Sunne taught for 13 years at Fancy Tiger Crafts, has classes with Craftsy, created knitting and stitching groups and has taught at local and national retreats. Her instruction meets every student where they are and elevates skills and supplies to the highest level. Classes include lots of celebration!! We make beautiful things and collectively have inspiring ideas.
In her off time, you can find Sunne and her husband exploring the outdoors and eating good food in Reno, where they recently moved. Watching her black lab chase wildlife in the yard is a new pastime. She knits, hand stitches and is the Director of Yarn Development for Madelinetosh.
Phyllis Bell Miller
As a child, Phyllis Bell Miller 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 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. 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.
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 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
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
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.
For more, go to ShibaguyzDesignz.com.
Dora Ohrenstein 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.
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.
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.
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 the opposite colors. Over the past few years, knitters here and there have expanded to more complex variations in color and structure.
While Alasdair does not claim to be the only designer 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, yet 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 previous workshop veterans will have something new to learn.
For more about Alasdair, go to double-knitting.com.
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.
Gayle Roehm is a former management consultant who now devotes herself to knitting and other fiber arts. She teaches nationally for knitting events, guilds and yarn shops. Her designs have been featured in Knitter's, Interweave Knits, A Gathering of Lace, and other publications. She also sells her work at a fiber arts gallery.
Gayle has traveled throughout the world, lived in Japan, speaks Japanese and has knitted with Japanese designs for many years. She is the translator of the "Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible" and "250 Japanese Knitting Stitches" by Hitomi Shida, "Japanese Knitting" by michiyo, and two more upcoming books. She published the first information in English about Japanese patterns in 1997, she prepared the Japanese section for the book Knitting Languages, and she has translated patterns for Diakeito Yarns/Sunrise Fibers.
Jane Slicer-Smith, author of Swing, Swagger, Drape: Knit the Colors of Australia, joins STITCHES at Home 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.
Jane sells her finished Garments a major craft venues in Australia under her label of Signatur Handknits. you'll find more information at Sigknit.com
Jennifer Stern-Hasemann, owner and designer at J Stern Designs, has a solid background in pattern design and drafting, fit, and construction. Her original line of fashion patterns focus on 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 fabric and has designed her Easy-to-Fit-and-Sew Collection of patterns specifically for knits.
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 perused knitting and teaching the craft full-time since 2010. He managed the Northcoast Knittery, a destination yarn shop, from 2010-2017.
His passion of teaching and the craft have resulted in 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