When Yumiko Alexander moved from Japan to Arizona, her knitting changed. On the process-project scale, Yumiko identifies as a product knitter. She knits and crochets the garments she wants to wear. So, w When she moved to a climate where the wool and alpaca yarns she had always worked with can be worn only a few months of the year, she switched to cottons and linens for warm-weather comfort .?
For her designs to work with these non-elastic fibers, what else needed to change? First, she discovered that a swatch did not predict what would happen when she wore the full-size garment. So, from yarn weight, to type of needles (?and hooks?), to her swatching and washing processes— she has changed it all. Now she exclusively works with cotton, linen, and silk, and her swatches accurately predict the fit and drape of her garments. Learn the process she uses to avoid surprises.
Whether you live in a warm climate or cool, when you understand how to work with the characteristics of non-elastic fibers (what Yumiko calls their personalities), you will be able to work with use them for year-round comfort.
The gift of a yoke cardigan from Shetland in 1964 made playing with color the theme of Janine Bajus' fiber life. Now she loves introducing the joys of modern Fair Isle knitting to others though her classes and book, The Joy of Color: Fair Isle Knitting Your Way.
Janine, also known as The Feral Knitter, lives in Berkeley, California, where she spends her days surrounded by books and fiber. For more about Janine, go to feralknitter.com.
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.
Cecelia Campochiaro appeared on the knitting scene in 2015 with her debut book, Sequence Knitting. Textiles, photography, and the arts have been lifelong passions running in parallel with her technical life. Today she is fully dedicated to the fiber world and ‘unventing’ new ways to make amazing knit fabrics. Her latest book is Making Marls.
In high school and college, even though her main studies were in the sciences, she studied drawing, printmaking, ceramics, and photography. And and in her career she developed specialized microscopes used in computer chip manufacturing.
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.
Roy and Henry 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.
By day, Carson Demers is a physical therapist who runs an ergonomics program for a 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 aim is to use his unique skill set to keep us all creating healthfully and comfortably ever after.
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.
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.
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.
Franklin Habit is an author, teacher, illustrator, and writer whose entire life is tangled up in yarn.
As one of the most sought-after teachers and lecturers on the international circuit, he travels frequently to teach knitters across the country and around the world; and has been a popular member of the faculties of such festivals as Vogue Knitting Live!, STITCHES Events, Red Alder Fiber Arts Retreat, the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat,, and Squam Arts Workshops.
He is the author of two very silly books, It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008) and I Dream of Yarn: A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book (Soho Publishing, 2016) and is in the process of preparing At Home with Foxe and Boxe (www.foxeandboxe.com). His wildly popular stories about Dolores Van Hoofen, the high-living sheep, led to the ongoing Dolores Project with WEBS (yarn.com/dolores).
Among his other, varied experiences in the fiber world are contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, PieceWork, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, and Interweave Crochet; and regular columns and cartoons for Modern Daily Knitting, Knitty.com, PLY Magazine, Lion Brand Yarns, Skacel Collection/Makers’ Mercantile.
Many of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com and his fabric designs at Spoonflower.com.
Franklin lives in Paris, France, where most of the knitters prefer the ridiculously complicated word maille to the very sensible English noun stitch. But the food is good.
You can follow him online through his Patreon campaign at patreon.com/franklinhabit, as @franklinhabit on Twitter, or @franklin.habit on Instagram.
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
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
Toni Lipsey, the designer and instructor behind TL Yarn Crafts, strives to inspire other's creativity through online tutorials and modern, approachable crochet patterns.
Toni learned to crochet from her mother as a teenager and has been exploring the possibilities of yarn ever since. Her current design obsessions are delicate shawls and cozy sweaters. When she’s not crocheting, you can find Toni cuddling with her 2 kittens and husband in her Ohio home while binge-watching the latest true-crime thriller on Netflix. Follow her daily crochet journey on Instagram and find her 100+ crochet patterns and maker gifts on tlyarncraft.
Known as “The Volcano Knitter”, Lisa Louie is a long time knitter who started making display art and unique wearables to continue knitting in Hawaii’s weather.
Her previous work included teaching and tutoring, including spending several years teaching GED. As she usually says, “I made adults do math.”
Lisa’s knitted art has been in juried art shows, displayed in museums, and she is a member of Hawaii based artist societies. Her unique work often features the mountains and oceans she sees every day around her, both as wearable and display art.
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.
Yoriko Oki — dyer, weaver, knitter, and overall fiber art enthusiast — comes to us from Vancouver, BC, Canada. Her mission is to inspire and empower fellow fiber artists through her work so they can continue to create and have fun.
A self-described “forever work in progress,” Yoriko admits to being a slow learner. Although she enjoyed working with yarn and fiber as a small child growing up in Japan, surrounded by the rich history of textiles, her path to get to where she is today was not straightforward. After training and practicing in architecture, she was a freelance translator. Later, she rediscovered her love of textiles while earning a degree in Fashion design. Now she looks forward to finding out what will unroll in front of her eyes next!
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
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.
Sonya Philip is an artist, designer, and teacher. Four years ago, Sonya started 100 Acts of Sewing, making dresses while documenting the process. Since then she has made it her mission to convince people to sew their own clothes.
When not covered in bits of thread, she can be found baking or knitting another cardigan. Sonya lives in San Francisco with her family and two naughty terriers. Her book, The Act of Sewing: How to Make and Modify Clothes to Wear Every Day, will be available the end of April.
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 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.
Born in the Indian sub-continent and educated in Asia, Europe and the United States, I currently live in California. My work is informed by all these cultures. Passionate about bringing together elements of classic design from a variety of sources to create something new and original, I bring a modern sensibility and love of construction tothe art of knitting. In the past three years, I have published a full wardrobe of garments from fingerless mittens, cowls, hats, scarves, shawls, sweaters, and more. I conduct knitting workshops seasonally, regularly contribute promotional designs for some of California’s favorite local yarn shops, and have collaborated with several independent dyers across the country.
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
Una Walker is a fiber artist and sought-after teacher who grew up in her parents' craft supply store where she gained experience in a wide range of crafts, an example being her appearance on HGTV's 'That's Clever' in 2009, making a pair of shoes! From raw wool, to sewing the finishing stitch, she is always looking ahead to new and creative approaches.
She got started punching over a decade ago at a craft show "make and take" where she first worked with the Oxford Punch Needle. In 2014 she gained her Oxford Teaching Certificate from the Oxford Rug Hooking School.Una teaches rug punching with both patience and an attention to detail, and she loves working with beginners. Una has taught at Estes Park Wool Market, Black Sheep Gathering, Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, and Madrona Fiber Arts. Una lives in Claremont, CA with her husband of 32 years, two rescue cats, Poose and Kitty and their adorable puppy Gidget. Together they have raised two beautiful women. For more about Una, go to woolywalkers.com
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.
Taught by her mother to knit and crochet at the age of nine, Joyce says, "God has blessed me with the gift to knit and crochet. She has designed for yarn companies, and have seen her designs and articles published in national publications. She has taught at Stitches Events, Crochet Guild of America, The Knitting Guild of America, and for other guilds on the West Coast and Craft Cruises. She is a certified Knit and Crochet instructor with the Craft Yarn Council of Ametica (CYCA).