Our Teachers

Jody Alexander

Jody Alexander is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Santa Cruz and Penn Valley, California. She combines textiles, paper, found items and imagery to create books, objects, wall pieces, garments, and installations. Her current work is inspired by the art of repair, reuse, and imagery and stories encountered in her travels and everyday.

Her work appears in a number of publications including Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artist, 500 Handmade Books, and 1000 Artists' Books: Exploring the Book as Art. Jody was an artist in residence at the Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility in 2019, and is the 2015 recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from U.C.L.A., and a Master’s degree in Library Science from Simmons College, Boston, MA.

Jody teaches and exhibits nationally and internationally.

Denise Bell

Denise Bell and her husband Chris run Lost City Knits. She is the designer behind two books: Ultima Thule: Knitting Patterns Inspired by the Shetland Islands and Deep Roots: Patterns Inspired by the 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

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

Florencia is, 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.

Lily Chin  

Lily Chin has been involved in some aspect of the fashion industry since age 13. Both a knitter and crocheter, she has worked in the yarn industry 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.

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

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.

Ramalakshmi Pasumarthy

Ramalakshmi Pasumarthy is a knit and crochet Indie Designer who is self- taught through YouTube videos and other online sources. Intrigued by the possibility of designing with countless combinations of stitches, her instincts led to explore thread-art designs. You'll find her 30+ designs on Ravelry, 2 in the HANDY HANDS Tatting and Crochet Calendar 2021 and 2022. Her crochet doily was the CGOA pattern of the day for May 22,2018.

Rama collaborated with Indian artists across the globe, "to create the world’s largest crocheted blanket, and, together, in 2016 they won a Guinness World Record for our achievement. I was presented with a certificate by the Guinness World Records."

Her other hobbies include, Needle Tatting, Macrame, Embroidery and Sewing.
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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.

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.

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

Karen Stevens

For the last 25 years, Karen has been a freelance CAD instructor, training textile and fashion designers to create knits, prints, and wovens for the garment industry. But these days you are more likely to find her in her creatively cluttered studio than on her computer, adding one more vintage patch to a favorite pair of jeans or double gauze shirt. Her love of visible mending, natural fibers, hand-dyed fabrics and all kinds of slow-stitching has recently turned into a small side business, creating one of a kind stitched curiosities. Karen has recently relocated to the NC coast with her terrier sidekick and a perfect backyard for an indigo vat.

"I am an artist, sewer, quilter, and educator. I learned to knit at a young age, drawn to the feeling of fiber running through my fingers, and the slow meditative quality of one stitch at a time making up a larger garment. I have also always been a fabric collector, but always on the small scale, preferent a bag of scraps or vintage napkins to new yardage. Mending was my first venture into hand stitching. As an avid denim wearer and terrible shopper, it became a necessity, and a perfect way to use up favorite pieces of fabric. My jeans are now more patch than denim, each piece holding meaning and memory.
My hand stitched works became an extension of my mending, another way to move thread through fabric with intention, to create something not only beautiful but useful. Mindful of how much waste goes into fashion, a simple shirt pattern was born out of just one yard of a coveted piece of linen. A drawstring bag created from remnants of other projects. A story told in stitches and small cast off patches.
Teaching others these sewing skills has become a new passion, empowering new sewers to do something they might have thought they couldn’t do. I steer away from the idea of perfection or any “right” way to stitch or mend, opening the process to be more freeing and explorative, to remember to stay curious and play. There is no singular way to do anything, it is all personalized to the maker."

Heather Storta

Heather is a TKGA-certified Master Knitter, Tech Editor, and Knitting Instructor. She is the VP of Education on TKGA board, the editor of TKGA’s monthly K2TOG newsletter, and a Co-Chair Emeritus of the TKGA Master Hand Knitting committee, as well as a member of the Cast On magazine editorial committee. She has been designing knitwear and teaching knitting for well over 10 years. Her designs have been published in Cast On magazine and Knitscene, as well as Knitty and elsewhere. Heather resides in the Charlotte, NC area and is a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom of 2 boys. When she is not knitting, designing, editing, or teaching (her boys or knitters!), she can be found spinning yarn, reading, or in the outdoors camping and hiking with her family. She can be found online at www.heatherstorta.com.

Kennita Tully

Kennita is a teacher, author, and freelance knitwear designer, whose work has appeared in every leading US knitting publication. She has also designed for numerous yarn companies. She currently self-publishes her own pattern line under the name of Wildflower Knits and teaches both across the country and internationally. After breaking her wrist in 2017 and unable to knit, she reconnected with tapestry weaving, her first love, and is eager to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for this wonderfully creative medium.

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