Our Teachers

Laura Barker

Laura Barker is a life-long knitter, former engineer, and math teacher. She combines the best of those experiences in her favorite career, knitting design and education. Her designs feature innovative construction with clear instruction.

She is the author of Mitered Entrelac, Knitting Entrelac Around the Corner, and has published patterns in Knitter’s Magazine, Knitty.com, Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, and Malabrigo. Her work may also be found at www.CathedralKnits.com and on Instagram, Ravelry and FB as Cathedral Knits. She is a founder of the Capitol Hill Knitting Guild.

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.

Florencia Campos Correa

FlorenciaCC, an industrial designer from Chile, founded Ullvuna with the purpose of inspiring and promoting creativity. Her teaching focuses on crochet and pin loom weaving.

She designs patterns, books, kits and video tutorials Her book "100 pin loom squares" has been translated to 7 languages. She designs patterns, books, kits, and video tutorials.

Lily Chin  

Lily Chin has been involved in some aspect of the fashion industry since age 13. As both a knitter and crocheter, she has worked in the yarn industry for over 25 years, designing, instructing, and authoring 8 books. 

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 lived in New York City all her life.

Roy Clemes

Roy Clemes grew up in his family’s fiber-art-equipment business, Clemes & Clemes. He and his father, Henry, also regularly consult with and instruct spinners, felters, fiber growers, and professional fiber artists in the use of drum carders and blending boards for fiber prep.

Clemes & Clemes has introduced many innovations to the fiber arts community and their equipment is known for being not only thoughtfully engineered but visually pleasing and durable.

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.

Edie Eckman

Author, teacher, designer, and editor, Edie Eckman, loves both knitting and crochet. Don't ask her to choose! A comfortable and encouraging teaching style empowers her students to gain the skills they need and take on any crochet or knitting challenge with confidence.

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 BookAround the Corner Crochet Borders, and Every Which Way Crochet Borders. For more about Edie, go to www.edieeckman.com

Jolie Elder

An early start as a cross-stitcher took, and today Jolie Elder designs, teaches, spins, and stunt knits in the Atlanta area. Her process? Experimentation. Her goal? Demystify the obscure.
She designs, teaches, spins, and stunt-knits in the Atlanta area has served on the boards of Atlanta Knitting Guild, North Georgia Knitting Guild, Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance, and Center for Knit and Crochet. She has been published in PLY, Spin-Off, and Cast On. Her cleverest un-vention is a method for working stockinette-based laces reversibly. You can view her experiments at jolieaelder.blogspot.com and YouTube channel "Jolie knits."

Judy Gelzinis Donovan

Judy Gelzinis Donovan is an award-winning wearable art designer and quilter who has been practicing her craft for over 35 years. Awards include 1st and 2nd prizes in the Jacket Division at the 2019 Pacific International Wearable Art Competition, Best of Show at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Wearable Art Competition, 2nd prize in the 2018 Stitches Student Fashion show, Excellence in Surface Design in the Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers’ Celebration of Fibers exhibition, Most Innovative Design at the 2016 Pacific International Quilt Festival and Viewers’ Choice 2016 and Honorable Mention 2017 in the SewBatik! Fashion competitions. She designed for 3 invitational Bernina Fashion shows and 4 Fairfield Fashion shows. Judy is also a weaver, spinner, dyer and beadwork artist, who knits every day of her life. A former art & museum librarian, she lives in Philadelphia with her husband and Siamese twin cats.

Natasja Hornby

Natasja lives and works in Amsterdam. After graduating in fashion and arts, she worked for ten years as a textiles and arts teacher. This knowledge and experience led her to publish her first pattern soon after she became infected with the knitting virus again. She loves to share her passion for knitting (and its infinite possibilities) with anyone who is open to it.

She has worked with Knitty, The Fiber Company, Knit Now, Amirisu, Laine and others and was designer of the month at Stephen & Penelope.

You can find Natasja on Instagram an Ravelry, where her username is Moonstruckmermaid

Deborah Jarchow

After many years teaching knit and crochet, Deborah Jarchow discovered weaving and her love of fiber, texture, and color came together. Since then, she has worked full time as a weaver and artist. Now, Deborah focuses on teaching on rigid-heddle looms and making weaving accessible to as many people as possible.

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.

She travels extensively to share her weaving enthusiasm and expertise and  loves helping Makers discover the joy of weaving.

For more about Deborah, go to deborahjarchow.com

Susan Lazear

Susan Lazear, a retired Professor of Fashion, teaches workshops in sustainable fashion, surface design, dyeing, garment design, and more. She also designs multi-media wearables that combine sewing and knitting. Her combined knowledge is evident in Cochenille Design Studio's line of software for knitters, sewists, and textile artists.

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.

Pamela Leggett

Pamela has been teaching sewing since 1981. Specializing in pattern fitting, fine garment sewing skills, knits and serging she has developed a fun and informative teaching style that is available in her patterns, social media, YouTube channel.

One of Pamela's passions is creating garments that flatter and fit the wearer. Her desire to teach others to achieve the perfect fit led her to the Palmer/Pletsch pattern fitting method, which she has used to help hundreds of women successfully achieve good fit and a renewed love of garment sewing. It is with this knowledge that she created Pamela's Patterns, which have many fitting solutions and adjustments built in the patterns.

Pamela's Patterns have been reviewed and featured in magazines and on-line review sites. Pamela is a contributing writer, book author and video personality for Threads Magazine, an instructor for Craftsy, director of the Palmer/Pletsch Philadelphia and Connecticut Sewing Workshops and a national sewing/serging educator. She has also appeared on PBS’s Sewing With Nancy and Canada’s The Shopping Channel.

Pamela lives in Connecticut where she operates her business and has a teaching program at The Studio at Pamela’s Patterns in Vernon CT. She is a national instructor, teaching in-person and virtual classes for guilds, stores, and shows.

Sunne Meyer

Like so many, Sunne learned to knit and sew from her grandmother. Her love of making never subsided. After finding Natalie Chanin’s books and attending the School of Making, she began to realize her mission: to spread skills and celebrate beautiful handwork. Today she knits and stitches in Reno where she is the Director of Yarn Development for Madelinetosh.

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

An avid knitwear designer, dyer, and embroiderer, Phyllis Bell Miller's travels (77 countries and counting!) are reflected in her designs. As a teacher with degrees in fashion and design, Phyllis creates tools that simplify and improve the design process for everyone, regardless of medium.

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.

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. In addition, she developed the ApparelCAD, Instant Designer International, and Display Shop software, for which she holds more than 30 copyrights.

Cal Patch

Cal Patch has been making, designing, and teaching all things textile-related since 1991. She sews, crochets, embroiders, spins, prints, knits, dyes, and more. In 2009 Cal relocated to upstate New York to become a crafty farmer and grow her handmade wardrobe.She is the author of Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified.

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.

She offers classes in the Hudson Valley, and teaches at Squam Art Workshops, and the Makerie. 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 Peasley

At her LYS, Sarah Peasley is the expert: pairing a project with the right yarn, color selection, tool choice, pattern reading, error recovery, and general skill building. Her passion is making knitting and crocheting accessible to everyone. Her ultimate goal? Ensuring a stress-free, error-free journey to a beautiful, finished crocheted or hand-knit project.

Sarah 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.

For more about Sarah, go to sarahpeasley.com.

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.

Esther Rodgers

Esther Rodgers of Jazzturtle Creations is a fiber artist and teacher who stays on the cutting edge of yarn design, constantly creating new textures with innovative spinning techniques. As a felter, weaver, dyer, and knitter, Esther brings a broad perspective to how her yarns can be used creatively.

Esther heads Woven Heart SAORI Studio. She is known for her creative art yarns and her unique fiber preparation. She loves to design and spin concept yarns from an inspiration and tell stories with her yarns. Esther is also a SAORI weaver and creative knitter which gives her the perspective of how these extra special yarns can be used. She challenges herself by creating garments and other items out of her yarns and woven cloth.

Esther is very conscious of where her fiber comes from, sourcing her wool from local and friendly farms, directly from wonderful shepherds with happy animals.

Esther is an enthusiastic and patient teacher; possessing both national and international teaching experience. She loves to challenge her students to embrace their design elements rather than “mistakes” and to learn from each new spin.

Esther has 2 streaming videos, Expressive Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom and Coloblending the Spectrum, along with 2 downloadable videos, How to Spin Art Yarn and Carding and Combing Wool for Color Progressions. She also has a Craftsy class on Fiber Preparation for Spinning. Esther is a regular contributor to PLY, Spin Off and now Handwoven magazine.

You can find Esther’s workshop schedule, peruse her tutorials and general chatter or make purchases at www.jazzturtle.com.

Jane Slicer-Smith 

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 in her classes she shares hints, tips, and techniques which she applies to her ready-to-wear Sigknits collections.

Jane sells her finished garments a major craft venues in Australia. You'll find more information at Sigknit.com

Amy Snell

Knitter, instructor, designer Amy Snell loves spreading the knitting bug nearly as much as she enjoys knitting. It's a beautiful canvas for connection within and across communities. Her approach is experimental; as she knits, she explores why things work or don't and uncovers tips that can bring your knitting to the next level.

Amy has an eye for the unusual or unusually captivating. Her designs focus on color, contrast, and texture — often exploring unusual stitch patterns and clever construction in ways that are interesting but accessible.

Amy loves to help other knitters explore new techniques and expand the way they think about their knitting. Her goal is to make complex concepts accessible and approachable for all knitters, while sharing tips that simplify and improve your process, whether you’ve been knitting for several weeks or several decades! Amy has taught national events such as Vogue Knitting Live, Fiberworld, and Rhinebeck, and frequently shares tips and tricks on her website, DeviousKnitter.com.

Jennifer Stern

Jennifer Stern has a background in pattern design and drafting, fit, and construction. She loves to teach, especially fitting and sewing techniques for knit and woven fabrics.

Her pattern line focuses on designs with easy-to-follow instructions and fitting options.

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

Myra Wood

Myra is a fiber artist, designer, and author of Knit in New Directions (XRX Books), Crazy Lace, andCreative Crochet Lace. She's appeared on TV shows including Knitty Gritty, Knit and Crochet Now, Uncommon Threads, and on online classes. With a background in fine and graphic arts, Myra teaches a wide range of inspiring classes specializing in all things creative.For more about Myra, go to myrawood.com.

Carol Ziogas

Carol Ziogas of Kimonomomo started sewing by pulling scraps out of her quilter mother's trash. She continues to work with leftovers and forgotten remnants and has studied and travelled in Japan, researching Sashiko, Kogin, and Boro pieces in museums and private collections.

She's always been fascinated by bits and pieces, happy to work with leftovers and forgotten remnants. Carol has demonstrated Sashiko as a guest of the Tulip Needle Co. at the Tokyo International Quilt Festival twice and co-lead a textile tour to Japan. She lives in an old house filled with fabric in Alameda, California.

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