Our Teachers

Laura Barker

Laura is a life-long knitter and former engineer and math teacher. She enjoys combining all the best of her experience 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, Knit Edge Magazine and on Ravelry. Her work may also be found at www.CathedralKnits.com and on Ravelry and FB as Cathedral Knits. She is a founder of the Capitol Hill Knitting Guild.For more about Laura, got to CathedralKnits.com

Jill Bigelow Suttell

Jill learned to knit at the age of 10. After a 'teen years' break, she re-learned and has been knitting passionately ever since. The first sweater she knit, she modified, and the next was her own design.

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/ .

Beth Brown-Reinsel

Beth Brown-Reinsel 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 garment context.

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 sections 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 Knitter's magazines. She lives in Vermont and loves New England winters! For more, go to www.knittingtraditions.com.

Robyn Chachula  

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 Chin  

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.

Jim Cox

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

Alexandra Davidoff

Artist and designer, Alexandra Davidoff blends textures, colors, cultures and techniques to create unique pieces of wearable and decorative art. Her knitwear designs appear in Vogue Knitting, Noro, Malabrigo, Knitter’s, Creative Knitting and 60 Quick Knit books and magazines, plus she is working with a number of yarn companies and online websites, including CascadeYarns, Knitting Fever, Lion Brand Yarn Co., Knitty, Annie’s Crafts and Simplicity.

Alexandra has been teaching knitting classes in United States, Israel and Rwanda, Africa. Since 2017, she is working closely with non-profit organization True Vineyard Ministries, creating original designs for their yarn Handspun Hope and in September of 2017 she traveled to Rwanda to teach women there new knitting techniques.

Before becoming Indie Knitwear Designer, she was designing garments and accessories for Cold Water Creek and Soft Surrounding. She got her Fashion Designer degree from The Art Institute of Dallas. Alexandra leaves and works in Dallas,Texas.

You can find Alexandra’s design portfolio on Ravelry at StudioDavidoff and on her website www.alexandradavidoff.com

André de Castro

André de Castro is knitwear designer and instructor based in Porto, Portugal.

His first training is as classical violinist, but later and because of his love about textiles and clothes in general he studied Fashion Design and Illustration.

At this moment his focus is the Portuguese Style of Knitting and the way to spread this tradition abroad using the techniques from Portugal as a source of inspiration.

Other of André’s passions history and the knitting traditions 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.

Edie Eckman

Edie Eckman is a popular author, teacher, designer and editor who loves both knitting and crochet. Just don't ask her to choose one over the other!

Her comfortable and encouraging teaching style empowers students to gain the skills they need to confidently and enthusiastically take on any crochet or knitting challenge.

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

Jean Elizabeth Glass

Jean Elizabeth Glass has been playing with beads and fiber in one way or another for 30 years. She loves to share her passion with anyone who is interested and has generously shared her knowledge during demonstrations and teaching classes at SAFF, the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival, Stitches, The Fiber Festival of New England, DFW, and many other shows.

Tanis Gray

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.

Deborah Jarchow

After many years teaching knit 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, 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

Barry Klein 

Trendsetter Group owner/designer Barry Klein has been knitting for 40 years. He started by working in his family's knitting store, where all patterns were customized for the knitter's body. His passion for yarn and everything that can be done with it is evident. For the past 25 years he has worked as an industry teacher, holding knitting classes all over the world. Learn why 'Let the yarn do the work' is Barry's favorite motto.

Barry has designed knitwear for magazines, television shows, ice skaters, and movie stars; authored 5 knitting books; and worked as a spokesman on Knitting Daily and other television knitting shows. Barry was voted one of the Top 10 Men who Knit/Design throughout history. For more about Barry, go to trendsetteryarns.com

Susan Lazear

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.

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.

Kim McBrien Evans

Curiosity and exploration and an ever expanding plan for world domination are the name of the game for fibre artist, Kim McBrien Evans. Her lifelong love of colour, texture, and pattern prompted Kim to transition from working artist to textile maven.

Her knitwear designs are known for bringing abstract ideas into textile realities that simultaneously fit and flatter every body. Her 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.

Phyllis Bell Miller

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. 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.

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 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 platform.

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.

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.

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.

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

Sarah Peasley

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 

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.

Alasdair Post-Quinn

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.

 

Catherine Redford

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.

Jennifer Stern

Jennifer Stern, owner and designer at J Stern Designs, has a solid background in pattern design and drafting, fit, and construction. Her fashion pattern line focuses on original and 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 (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

Yvonne Tate

Yvonne Tate of Vonne's Crochet & Beading learned to both knit and crochet from her Mom at an early age, and picked up crochet again upon her mother's passing. In her honor, she continues to share her love of crochet through teaching.

She became a Craft Yarn Council Certified Crochet Teacher in 2003 as part of the inaugural class from The New York City Crochet Guild and is a current member of the Crochet Guild of America. She has written articles featured in their Chain Link newsletter.

She has recently taught at Vogue Knitting Live's 10th Anniversary event, as well as online for Fiberworld 2020, and previously for DC37's Saturday Activity Program for the Municipal Worker's Union on multiple occasions in the past decade. She has also demonstrated and designed for local groups and yarn shops, including NYCCG, Bead Biz, The Yarn Tree, Slip Stitch Needlecraft, Alex Creates, Neighborhood Fiber Co., and Birch Hollow Fibers.

She supports The Special Olympics, Operation Gratitude, the Hyperbolic Coral Crochet Reef Project, Hats4theHomeless (now Care For TheHomeless), and has even designed a crochet block featured on Warm Up America!

She loves working with and designing for indie yarn dyers and is looking forward to a variety of opportunities to come!

Katrina Walker

Katrina Walker is a designer, educator, and author known for her expertise in textiles, construction techniques, machine embroidery, and Modern American Pojagi piecework.

Her work is regularly featured in many magazines including Threads, Creative Machine Embroidery, SewStylish, Stitch, SewNews, and SewItAll.

She is a popular instructor both at national sewing shows and online, where her classes for Craftsy, Taunton Workshops, BurdaStyle, and Craft Daily have enrolled thousands of students worldwide. She is a Brand Ambassador for PFAFF sewing machines and a Sulky Sewcialite, and she also is raising her own natural colored wool from her Spoiled Sheep yarn (spoiledsheep.com). You can find her online at www.katrinawalker.com.

Harry Wells

Harry is a retired university professor who has pursued knitting and teaching the craft professionally since 2010. He managed the Northcoast Knittery, a destination yarn shop, from 2010-2017.

He teaches 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

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