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 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.
Claudette learned to knit, sew, and crochet as a child. Since then she has made and designed garments and accessories. For over 10 years she has taught knitting and crochet, first at her now-closed yarn shop, Slip Stitch Needlecraft, then in after-school programs in Brooklyn and to adults through NYC.
Claudette views sewing, knitting, and crochet as interrelated disciplines, and her obsession is translating knitting techniques to crochet and vice versa. This led to creating her crochet brioche technique.
A self-confessed 'technique freak' and 'skill junkie,' JC dabbles in all kinds of knitting, but has a special fondness for textured knitting and novel construction techniques. If it involves lace, cables, or seamless construction, it's sure to catch her eye.
JC shares her enthusiasm by teaching at shops and fiber festivals and through her book, Charts Made Simple. Her latest venture is Stitch-Maps.com, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts of unparalleled fluidity, authenticity, and beauty.
For more about JC, go to jcbriar.com
Cecelia Campochiaro 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. Her latest book is Making Marls.
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.
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
By day, Carson is a physical therapist who runs an ergonomics program for a San Francisco Bay Area medical center. Every other moment, he's knitting, spinning, designing, teaching, writing, or otherwise up to some fiber fun with a watchful eye toward ergonomics. His passion and experience in fiber arts combine with his expertise in physical therapy and ergonomics to create a unique skill set that he eagerly shares with the fiber community at local yarn shops, guilds, and major knitting events across the country. He is a regular contributor to Ply magazine. His aim is to keep us all creating healthfully and comfortably ever after.
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 Book, Around the Corner Crochet Borders, and Every Which Way Crochet Borders. For more about Edie, go to www.edieeckman.com
After many years of teaching knitting 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, making weaving accessible to as many people as possible. She travels extensively to share her weaving enthusiasm and expertise.
Deborah loves helping knitters discover the joy of weaving.
For more about Deborah, go to deborahjarchow.com
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. He loves to share his passion for yarn and everything that can be done with it. 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 has been voted one of the Top 10 Men who Knit/Design throughout history. For more about Barry, go to trendsetteryarns.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 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.
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.
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", which she currently sells 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 is a designer, teacher, and technical editor. She teaches at local yarn shops and guilds, for regional and national conferences, and on Craftsy.Sarah's passion is making knitting accessible to everyone. She is known for the patience and humor with which she teaches, for the relevance and detail of her class notes, and for her ability to instill confidence and provide her students with a wide range of lasting skills. 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.
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 opposite colors. Over the past few years, people here and there have expanded to more complex color and structure variations.
While Alasdair does not claim to be the only one 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, but 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 his 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 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.
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.
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, jeans, a cup-sized fitted shirt, and a unique tee, focus on flattering designs with easy-to-follow instructions and fit techniques. She loves to work with knit fabric and has designed an Easy-to-Fit-and-Sew Collection of patterns specially designed for knits.
She shares a wide variety of sewing, serging, fitting, and construction techniques via her J Stern Designs 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 of Vonne's Crochet & Beading + Maille learned to both knit and crochet from her Mom at an early age, and picked crochet back up again upon her 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, for which she has written articles featured in their newsletter, Chain Link.
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 over the course of a decade. She has also done demos 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.
In addition, some of the charities she has supported are 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!
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 explore thrift stores and estate sales, Ann lives 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.
Teaching and knitting are passions for Harry. In 2010, he retired from being a university professor to pursue knitting fulltime, including teaching a myriad of classes at knitting conferences and fiber festivals. He managed the Northcoast Knittery, a destination yarn shop, from 2010-2017. His extensive experience in classroom presentation and course preparation makes for an organized and engaging learning experience. He enjoys designing knitwear for men and accessories for both men and women, with an aesthetic that 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
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.