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.

Yumiko Alexander

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.

Janine Bajus

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.

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.

Cecelia Campochiaro 

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.

Lily Chin  

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

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.

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

Carson Demers

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.

Rosanna Diggs

Rosanna Diggs is a Washington based fiber artist who loves teaching others how to embroider. With over two decades of needle arts experience, she now teaches and offers a full line of embroidery kits. Rosanna is also a mother of three and loves adventuring with her family.

Kristin Drysdale

Kristin Drysdale's knitting adventure began on a study-abroad trip to Norway. Inspired by all the beautiful sweaters of the region, she bought patterns, then learned to knit when she returned home to Salt Lake City and was introduced to sweater design by Nancy Bush. Inspired by additional trips to Austria and Norway and her Scandinavian heritage, she began designing and teaching. Her recently released The Nordic Knitting Primer reminds us, “Knit something you love!”

Her passion continues to be Scandinavian knitting — all the techniques, especially stranded colorwork. Her goal is to foster independence and confidence in knitters. Most of all, she tells her students, even her beginners, "Knit something you love!"

Kira Dulaney

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.

Deborah Jarchow

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

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.

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. 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

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.

Sonya Philip

Sonya Philip is an artist, designer, and teacher. Sonya started 100 Acts of Sewing as a challenge to make 100 dresses in a year 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.

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 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.

Una Walker

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

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