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.

Lorilee Beltman  

Lorilee loves to help knitters make new discoveries and sees no end to where knitting curiosity can take you. For more than ten years, she has packed her classes with content and tips a knitter can really use. Lorilee grew up in Pittsburgh, spent thirty years in west Michigan, and now calls Seattle home.

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.

Jill Bigelow Suttell

Jill learned to knit at the age of 10. After a teen-years break, she re-learned and began knitting passionately. Five years as a yarn shop owner honed her design and teaching skills. She is co-author of A Knitter's Gallery of Mitered Squares: 45 Unique Designs in Color, Texture and Lace.

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/ .

Irene Blanck

Irene Blanck designed her first applique quilt in 2007. More than 100 designs later, she brings a love of fun and colorful applique, streamlined techniques, and keeping it all portable to classes in handpiecing and all aspects of applique: needleturn, prepared edge, and her version of 'template' and handpiecing. You'll find Irene's designs in her book Focus on Applique (Quiltmania) and quilt magazines in the UK and US. Irene joins us from Melbourne, Australia.

I live in Melbourne, Australia. I have been quilting for the last 30 years and enjoyed and learned all techniques, from machine piecing, English Paper Piecing, Foundation Piecing and Needleturn Applique. I started designing my own applique quilts in 2007 and was asked to teach my first quilt. I haven't looked back since then.

I enjoy teaching all aspects of needleturn applique and instilling in quilters the love for needleturn applique. I try and run my classes as sit and sew sessions where we have a fun and relaxing day, chatting to friends as well as learning new techniques or perfecting on learned techniques. I am now expanding into prepared edge applique as well as my version of "template" applique. I teach all the shortcuts that I've learnt over the years - mostly from making mistakes along the way and having to re-do sewing over and over.

I have been extremely fortunate to have had a book published by Quiltmania in 2015 - called "Focus on Applique". This helped launch my international career.

I have also had some quilts published in magazines, recently in Today's Quilter, a magazine from the UK.

I have taught extensively in the USA, Europe and here in Australia. During the last year, with the restriction of travel, I decided to try my hand at zoom classes. After spending a LOT of time learning how to do this I started offering lectures and workshops via zoom. Most of the workshops are 3 hours long and have turned out to be just as much fun as "live" workshops. I teach hand sewing, needleturn, prepared edge and "template" applique, foundation piecing and machine piecing workshops.

Heavenly Bresser 

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, from 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  

Often our teachers have interesting career paths. Before moving to crochet, Robyn Chachula began as a structural engineer. Now as a designer, author, and teacher, she helps students visualize intricate patterns, work with a range of materials, and build structures that work!

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.

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.

Pepper Cory

Long-time quiltmaker Pepper Cory started by collecting and emulating antique quilts. Now, she designs fabric lines and teaches quilting, especially traditional, hand-piecing techniques. Pepper enjoys life in the coastal village of Beaufort, North Carolina.

Pepper teaches quilting all over the US and overseas and designs fabric lines for StudioE Fabrics. In 2002 she was the winner of the Jewel Pearce Patterson scholarship for quilt teachers and in 2003 curated an exhibition of her own and students’ work at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX. She is past-president of the International Quilt Association. She has a Craftsy class about scrap quilting, called Waste Not, Want Not, and a video, Learn to Hand Quilt, for Annies.

Alexandra Davidoff

Artist and designer Alexandra Davidoff blends textures, colors, cultures, and techniques to create unique pieces of wearable and decorative art. Alexandra has been teaching knitting classes and workshops in the United States, Israel, and Rwanda, Africa.

Her knitwear designs appear in Vogue Knitting, Noro magazines and books, Malabrigo books, Knitter’s Magazine, Creative Knitting , Designer Knitting, and 60 Quick Knits. She also works with a number of yarn companies and online websites.

Since 2017, she has worked closely with the non-profit organization True Vineyard Ministries creating original designs for their Handspun Hope yarn and traveled to Rwanda to teach women there new knitting techniques.

Before becoming a knitwear designer, she designed garments and accessories for Cold Water Creek and Soft Surrounding. She got her Fashion Designer degree from The Art Institute of Dallas. Alexandra lives 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 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.

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

Jean Elizabeth Glass

Jean Elizabeth Glass of Bead Biz has been playing with beads and fiber in one way or another for 30 years. She loves to share her passion and extensive knowledge during demonstrations and classes at STITCHES and other shows.

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

Barry Klein 

Trendsetter Group owner/designer Barry Klein began knitting in his family's store, where all patterns were customized His passion for yarn and everything that can be done with it is evident in the classes he holds all over the world. Learn why 'Let the yarn do the work' is Barry's 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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Katrina Walker

Katrina Walker is a designer, educator, and author known for her expertise in textiles (especially dyeing and sewing silk), construction techniques, machine embroidery, and Modern American Pojagi piecework. At home in Montana, she also raises natural-colored sheep.

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. You can find her online at www.katrinawalker.com.

Harry Wells

Harry Wells is a retired university professor who has pursued knitting and teaching the craft professionally since 2010. He enjoys designing knitwear for men and accessories for both men and women. His aesthetic emphasizes texture and linear flow.

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.

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

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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