Interweave Yarn Fest 2017 Instructors

Experience an inspirational jolt as you learn from passionate, highly skilled instructors who offer workshops at Interweave Yarn Fest for one reason—they love teaching you! Yarn Fest’s creative instructors make mastering a new skill enjoyable with their vast knowledge of specialty fiber techniques and their willingness to guide you through a workshop one step at a time. So go ahead; raise your hand in class! Yarn Fest instructors are passionate about helping you learn.





Crochet

Salena Baca

Salena Baca

Salena Baca learned to crochet before grade school and has been wildly obsessed ever since! After crocheting “in the closet” most of her life, Salena burst out after finding Ravelry in 2009. Learning that an entire world of crocheters were available to connect with was life-changing, and it determined her next career move; crochet design and networking. She began designing patterns that appealed to her style, and has formed platforms such as Salena Baca Crochet, the Design Wars Challenge, Happily Hooked Magazine, The Pattern Pack, and the American Crochet Association. She’s published over 200 patterns, has very strong ties in the crochet and fiber arts community, and is the author of Crochet for Christmas. Salena currently lives with her family in Oregon.

  • Crochet Slipper Clogs (3 hours): Thursday
  • Crochet Home Dec with Unusual Materials (3 hours): Friday
  • Crochet a Dreamcatcher (3 hours): Friday
  • Join as you Go Grannies (3 hours): Saturday
  • Crochet a Dreamcatcher (3 hours): Sunday

Instructor Website

Lily M. Chin

Lily M. Chin

Lily M. Chin is an internationally famous knitter and crocheter who has worked in the yarn industry for more than thirty years, as a designer, instructor, and author of books on knitting and crochet. Author of seven books, including the very popular Crochet Tips and Tricks and Knitting Tips and Tricks from Potter Craft and Power Cables from Interweave Press. Lily teaches extensively around the world. She now has instructional DVD’s out, distributed by Interweave Press, on Reversible Cables, Mosaic Crochet, Knitting Tips and Tricks, and Crochet Tips and Tricks. Her online classes (Knitted Short Rows, Crochet Stitch Sampler) are available at anniescatalog.com.

She has created looks for the New York Fashion Week runway collections of designers Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and Isaac Mizrahi - her work has been on the backs of celebrities and super models. She was named a “Master Knitter” by Vogue Knitting. She is regularly cited in media across the US, including Late Show with David Letterman, Martha, CBS Morning News, CNN, HGTV, and more. Lily Chin has lived in New York City all her life and has been involved in some aspect of the fashion industry since age 13.

Crochet Workshops
  • Easy Effective Edgings (3 hours): Thursday

Knitting Workshops
  • Join as you Go (3 hours): Thursday
  • Phony Cables (3 hours): Thursday
  • Bias Knitting (6 hours): Friday
  • Tips Tricks & Hints (3 hours): Saturday
  • Reversible Cables (3 hours): Saturday
  • Alternative Closures (3 hours): Sunday
Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby

Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby

Shannon and Jason are the DIY design team known as the Shibaguyz.

Shannon's award winning crochet & knit designs have been featured in and on the covers of both US and international publications and he currently has over 300 published patterns credited to his name since his first design was featured on a magazine cover in 2010.

Jason is a professional fashion and portrait photographer whose work can be seen in four of the Shibaguyz’ own pattern books and Jason is a freelance book-packaging designer for knitwear designers and major publishing companies like Sterling Publishing, Leisure Arts, and Creative Publishing.

The Shibaguyz have been teaching adults for 20+ years and their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style have made them sought after teachers in both local and national venues. They also have a wide range of online classes available from Craftsy, Craft University, and Interweave.

Shannon and Jason live in Seattle, Washington with their three Shiba Inu who, more or less, support their ventures as long as enough time is taken for walks and treats.

  • Non-Stick Lace (3 hours): Thursday
  • Crochet Chart Reading (3 hours): Thursday
  • OH of Math (3 hours): Thursday
  • Design It! (6 hours): Friday
  • FAB Foundations (3 hours): Saturday
  • iCan Click (3 hours): Saturday
  • Couture Finishing (3 hours): Sunday

Instructor Website

Daniela Nii

Daniela Nii

Daniela Nii learned to knit, crochet, and sew in elementary school in Switzerland. With every project she tries to learn something new and uses a diverse range of techniques to produce designs that highlight simplicity and elegance. She is a freelance designer with her designs appearing in major magazines, for yarn companies, indie dyers, and online at Ravelry.com (nikkisstudio). She is also a regular freelance technical editor for Interweave, Craftsy, and indie designers, a national workshop instructor, and the founder of LocalFibers.com. You can follow her crafting adventures at her sporadically updated blog at Nikkis-Studio.com.

Crochet Workshops
  • Tapestry Crochet (3 hours): Thursday
  • Ins & Outs of Tunisian Crochet (3 hours): Friday
  • Crochet Cables (3 hours): Friday
  • Crochet with Beads (3 hours): Saturday

Knitting Workshops
  • Cables with Color (3 hours): Thursday
  • Knitting with Wire and Beads (3 hours): Thursday
  • Infinity Cables (3 hours): Sunday

More Workshops
  • Shuttle Tatting (3 hours): Saturday

Instructor Website



Knitting

Kate Atherley

Kate Atherley

Kate is Knitty.com’s Managing Technical Editor, and a seasoned designer and teacher of all things knitterly. Her book, Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet, was released summer 2015 by Interweave Press, to great acclaim, and her latest book, Beginner’s Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns, is proving very popular among both new and experienced designers. She’s known for her attention to detail in her patterns and her classes, and she regularly teaches at stores and events across North America, including Interweave YarnFest and Vogue Knitting Live. Her work has appeared in many books and magazines.

  • The Pi Shawl (3 hours): Thursday
  • Two Socks at Once SBS (3 hours): Thursday
  • Fiber Care & Blocking (3 hours): Friday
  • Math for Knitters (3 hours): Friday
  • 2 Socks War & Peace (3 hours): Saturday
  • Pattern Writing (3 hours): Saturday
  • Custom Fit Socks (3 hours): Sunday

Instructor Website

Lily M. Chin

Lily M. Chin

Lily M. Chin is an internationally famous knitter and crocheter who has worked in the yarn industry for more than thirty years, as a designer, instructor, and author of books on knitting and crochet. Author of seven books, including the very popular Crochet Tips and Tricks and Knitting Tips and Tricks from Potter Craft and Power Cables from Interweave Press. Lily teaches extensively around the world. She now has instructional DVD’s out, distributed by Interweave Press, on Reversible Cables, Mosaic Crochet, Knitting Tips and Tricks, and Crochet Tips and Tricks. Her online classes (Knitted Short Rows, Crochet Stitch Sampler) are available at anniescatalogue.com.

She has created looks for the New York Fashion Week runway collections of designers Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and Isaac Mizrahi - her work has been on the backs of celebrities and super models. She was named a “Master Knitter” by Vogue Knitting. She is regularly cited in media across the US, including Late Show with David Letterman, Martha, CBS Morning News, CNN, HGTV, and more. Lily Chin has lived in New York City all her life and has been involved in some aspect of the fashion industry since age 13.

Crochet Workshops
  • Easy Effective Edgings (3 hours): Thursday

Knitting Workshops
  • Join as you Go (3 hours): Thursday
  • Phony Cables (3 hours): Thursday
  • Bias Knitting (6 hours): Friday
  • Tips Tricks & Hints (3 hours): Saturday
  • Reversible Cables (3 hours): Saturday
  • Alternative Closures (3 hours): Sunday
Miriam Felton

Miriam Felton

Miriam began knitting as a teenager, as a natural next step from sewing, crochet, and needlepoint. She's been designing and publishing since 2005, including her first book, Twist & Knit: A Dozen Patterns for Handspun, Hand-dyed and One-of-a-Kind Yarns. Her current love is combining all crafting in her curated email newsletter called CrossCraftual. Miriam's work features textural details and clever techniques, with positive/negative space playing a prominent roll. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her partner and two cats, Ekho & Stormageddon.

  • Fearless Lace (3 hours): Thursday
  • Short-Row Exploration (3 hours): Thursday
  • Deconstructing a Cast On (3 hours): Friday
  • Cross Craftual Skills (3 hours): Friday
  • Footie Socks (3 hours): Saturday
  • Just Three Sides (3 hours): Sunday

Instructor Website

Faina Goberstein

Faina Goberstein

Faina Goberstein is a prolific knitwear designer, author, and a professional teacher. She is the co-author of best-selling books The Art of Slip Stitch Knitting and The Art of Seamless Knitting and her designs can be found in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitscene, Twist Collective, Interweave Crochet, and various books. Faina is best known for her elegant and well-fitted classic designs showing off textures, cables, brioche, and slip stitch techniques. She teaches in person at various venues nationally and abroad as well as on Craftsy.com. She is fascinated with many knitting techniques and loves to pass her excitement to her students. Unusual slip-stitch techniques is Faina’s latest obsession.

  • Slip Stitch Knitting (3 hours): Thursday
  • Invisible Shaping (3 hours): Thursday
  • Seamless Construction (3 hours): Friday
  • Intro to Brioche (3 hours): Friday
  • Bold & Beautiful Brioche (3 hours): Saturday
  • Designing with Slip Stitch (3 hours): Sunday

Instructor Website

Courtney Kelley

Courtney Kelley

Courtney Kelley is the co-owner of Kelbourne Woolens, distributor of The Fibre Co. yarns. In addition to running a yarn company, she is a designer and teacher, and the current Yarn Group chair for The National NeedleArts Association.

  • Tyrolean Stitches (6 hours): Thursday
  • Roositud (3 hours): Thursday
  • Bohus Knitting (3 hours): Friday
  • Beyond Stripes (6 hours): Saturday
  • Demystifying (3 hours): Sunday

Instructor Website

Galina A. Khmeleva

Galina A. Khmeleva

Galina A. Khmeleva, owner of Skaska Designs and author of Gossamer Webs: The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls and The Gossamer Webs Design Collection: Three Orenburg Shawls to Knit, has earned the reputation as one of the most respected and knowledgeable lace knitting instructors in the country. As a former clothing and costume designer who worked with the aristocracy of St. Petersburg's music and theater society, Galina was a pioneer in breaking down barriers in the new Russia that allowed Russian women the opportunity to achieve ownership status in private companies. As the principal student to Orenburg's lace knitting elite, Galina brings the classic style and revered traditional knitting techniques of Russian lace to her classes. Her unique, inspiring and fun-loving teaching style has made her a guru of lace enthusiasts across the US. And as an added bonus, Galina's classes are an unforgettable cultural experience.

Knitting Workshops
  • Language of Lace (6 hours): Friday

Spinning Workshops
  • Plying Orenburg-Style (3 hours): Saturday

Instructor Website

Annie Modesitt

Annie Modesitt

A native of Ohio, Annie taught herself to knit at age twenty-five and now knits for other designers and designs for major knitting magazines. Annie knits, as well as, crochets, writes, designs and dyes yarn in Minnesota. When she's not working with fiber, well, then she's probably not doing anything important.

  • Love Your Lace (3 hours): Thursday
  • Knitting with Beads (3 hours): Thursday
  • Cable Mania (3 hours): Friday
  • Combination Knitting (3 hours): Saturday
  • Introduction to Double Knitting (3 hours): Saturday
  • Embellishments (3 hours): Sunday

Instructor Website

Daniela Nii

Daniela Nii

Daniela Nii learned to knit, crochet, and sew in elementary school in Switzerland. With every project she tries to learn something new and uses a diverse range of techniques to produce designs that highlight simplicity and elegance. She is a freelance designer with her designs appearing in major magazines, for yarn companies, indie dyers, and online at Ravelry.com (nikkisstudio). She is also a regular freelance technical editor for Interweave, Craftsy, and indie designers, a national workshop instructor, and the founder of LocalFibers.com. You can follow her crafting adventures at her sporadically updated blog at Nikkis-Studio.com.

Crochet Workshops
  • Tapestry Crochet (3 hours): Thursday
  • Ins & Outs of Tunisian Crochet (3 hours): Friday
  • Crochet Cables (3 hours): Friday
  • Crochet with Beads (3 hours): Saturday

Knitting Workshops
  • Cables with Color (3 hours): Thursday
  • Knitting with Wire and Beads (3 hours): Thursday
  • Infinity Cables (3 hours): Sunday

More Workshops
  • Shuttle Tatting (3 hours): Saturday

Instructor Website

Nancy Shroyer

Nancy Shroyer

Nancy Shroyer knits, spins, weaves, dyes, designs, teaches, and invents in Cary, NC. As the founder of Nancy’s Knit Knacks, Nancy, has developed a line of tools and winding equipment. She has 2 published books as well as over 30 patterns published by a variety of magazines and books. Nancy is also a co-host for a retreat for 60 fiber enthusiasts.

  • Fair Isle 101 (3 hours): Friday
  • Continental Knitting (3 hours): Friday
  • Choosing Color Palettes (6 hours): Saturday

Instructor Website



Spinning

Maggie Casey

Maggie Casey

Maggie Casey spends her days working and teaching at Shuttles Spindles & Skeins in Boulder, CO. She holds Part 1 of HGA's COE in Handspinning and is the author of Start Spinning, everything you need to know to make great yarn, an Interweave Press Book.

  • Drop Spindle Spinning (6 hours): Thursday
  • Teach Your Old Wheel (3 hours): Thursday
  • Start Spinning (6 hours): Saturday
  • Twist (3 hours): Sunday

Instructor Website

Stephenie Gaustad

Stephenie Gaustad

For better than 40 years Stephenie Gaustad has taught classes in textile arts: spinning, weaving, dyeing. Her articles have appeared in the pages of Handwoven, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot, Spin Off , Jane Austen Knits, Knitwear and Ply magazines. Her replicate textiles hang in Pueblo Grande Museum, in Phoenix, Arizona. She illustrated The Alden Amos Big Book of Hand Spinning. Her most recent book, The Practical Spinners Guide to Cotton, Flax and Hemp, was released in the spring of 2014.

  • Productive Spinning (6 hours): Saturday
  • Small Spindles (3 hours): Sunday

Instructor Website

Galina A. Khmeleva

Galina A. Khmeleva

Galina A. Khmeleva, owner of Skaska Designs and author of Gossamer Webs: The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls and The Gossamer Webs Design Collection: Three Orenburg Shawls to Knit, has earned the reputation as one of the most respected and knowledgeable lace knitting instructors in the country. As a former clothing and costume designer who worked with the aristocracy of St. Petersburg's music and theater society, Galina was a pioneer in breaking down barriers in the new Russia that allowed Russian women the opportunity to achieve ownership status in private companies. As the principal student to Orenburg's lace knitting elite, Galina brings the classic style and revered traditional knitting techniques of Russian lace to her classes. Her unique, inspiring and fun-loving teaching style has made her a guru of lace enthusiasts across the US. And as an added bonus, Galina's classes are an unforgettable cultural experience.

  • Plying Orenburg-Style (3 hours): Saturday

Instructor Website

Kate Larson

Kate Larson

Kate Larson loves using fiber arts as a bridge between art and agriculture. She is the author of The Practical Spinner's Guide: Wool (Interweave, 2015) and several videos, including "How to Spin Yarn to Knit". Her work has appeared in Spin-Off, Jane Austen Knits, and more. Follow her at KateLarsonTextiles.com.

  • Longwool Love (6 hours): Thursday
  • Chain-Plying (3 hours): Thursday
  • Knitting Yarn (6 hours): Friday
  • Gradient Yarns: A Spinner's Study in Shifting Shades (3 hours): Saturday
  • Finishing (3 hours): Saturday
  • Creativity Notebook (3 hours): Sunday

Instructor Website

Jillian Moreno

Jillian Moreno

Jillian Moreno is passionate about handspun yarn. She loves to inspire other spinners to think a little differently. Her book, Yarnitecture was published by Storey Publishing in 2016. She is the Editor of KnittySpin.com, the spinning little sister of Knitty.com. She is a regular contributor to Spin Off and Ply magazines.

  • Fractal Frolic (3 hours): Thursday
  • Cheaper by the Dozen (3 hours): Thursday
  • Adventures in Plying (6 hours): Friday
  • Yarnitecture (6 hours): Saturday
  • Fractal Frolic (3 hours): Sunday

Instructor Website

Nancy Shroyer

Nancy Shroyer

Nancy Shroyer knits, spins, weaves, dyes, designs, teaches, and invents in Cary, NC. As the founder of Nancy’s Knit Knacks, Nancy, has developed a line of tools and winding equipment. She has two published books as well as over thirty patterns published by a variety of magazines and books. Nancy is also a co-host for a retreat for sixty fiber enthusiasts.

Spinning Workshops
  • Spinning for a Purpose (6 hours): Thursday

Weaving Workshops
  • Bandweaving (3 hours): Sunday

Instructor Website

Beth Smith

Beth Smith

Beth Smith is so obsessed with fiber that she has fleece in every room of her house, including her bathroom.

She teaches the whys and how-tos of preparing and spinning as many breeds as a spinner can in her classes taught all over the world and in articles written for Spin Off, Knittyspin, and Entangled magazines. She also writes for Ply Magazine and serves as a member of the editorial advisory board.

She is the previous owner of the world famous online shop The Spinning Loft - renowned for its selection of raw wool, including rare breeds of sheep, available by the ounce (or more) for studying, sampling or just stashing. Almost everything she knows is in her two books, The Spinner’s Book of Fleece: A Breed-by-Breed Guide to Choosing and Spinning the Perfect Fiber for Every Purpose and How to Spin. Both are published by Storey Books.

  • Spin So Fine (3 hours): Thursday
  • Going Steady (3 hours): Thursday
  • Who's the Fairest (6 hours): Friday

Instructor Website



Weaving

Myra Chang Thompson

Myra Chang Thompson

Myra Chang Thompson is a professionally trained educator. She has been a weaver for over 40 years. She loves to make things which includes dyeing, spinning, weaving, knitting and playing with rusty wire. She lives on a farm and lives in beauty.

  • Kumihimo (3 hours): Thursday
  • Inkle (3 hours): Thursday
  • (More) Joys of Tapestry Weaving (6 hours): Friday
  • Painting Cotton Warps (6 hours): Saturday
  • Painting with Fiber Reactive Dyes (3 hours): Sunday
Stephanie Flynn Sokolov

Stephanie Flynn Sokolov

Stephanie Flynn Sokolov has a diverse expert background including spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, and dyeing. She instructs weaving on craftsy.com and is the co-author of Woven Scarves: 26 Inspired Designs for the Rigid Heddle Loom. Her other projects can be found in Spin-Off Magazine, The Weaver’s Idea Book by Jane Patrick and on the Schacht Spindle website. All students are sure to find inspiration in any class she teaches.

  • Lattice Lace Scarf (6 hours): Thursday
  • Pattern Weaving on a RH Loom (6 hours): Saturday

Instructor Website

Deborah Jarchow

Deborah Jarchow

After many years of teaching knitting and crochet, Deborah Jarchow 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. Her work has been exhibited at many galleries and museums across the country including the Gerald R Ford Museum. She won numerous awards and has written articles for national publications. Since 2004 she’s been an artist-in-residence, teacher, and weaver at Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo, CA. She loves traveling the country helping knitters discover the joy of weaving.

  • Log Cabin Scarf (6 hours): Thursday
  • Weave a Wall Hanging (3 hours): Thursday
  • Dishtowels on the Rigid Heddle Loom (6 hours): Friday
  • Zig Zag Scarf (6 hours): Saturday
  • Fringe and Behond (3 hours): Sunday

Instructor Website

Nancy Shroyer

Nancy Shroyer

Nancy Shroyer knits, spins, weaves, dyes, designs, teaches, and invents in Cary, NC. As the founder of Nancy’s Knit Knacks, Nancy, has developed a line of tools and winding equipment. She has two published books as well as over thirty patterns published by a variety of magazines and books. Nancy is also a co-host for a retreat for sixty fiber enthusiasts.

  • Bandweaving (3 hours): Sunday

Instructor Website

Benjamin Krudwig

Benjamin Krudwig

Benjamin Krudwig is a designer living in Colorado. He enjoys bringing elements of nature, texture, and color into everything he creates. He is a weaver, spinner, knitter, and crocheter; and all-around fiber addict. His work has appeared in Spin Off, Handwoven, Little Looms, and Spin + Knit.

  • Embroidery and Joining Techniques on Zoom Loom (3 hours): Thursday
  • Design On the Fly (6 hours): Thursday

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Grace Gulley

Grace Gulley

Grace Gulley of Lark + Arrow is a fiber artist, teacher, feminist, writer, and the founder of CYL Collective. She calls Los Angeles home and spends as much time as she can at her favorite nursery or hiking Griffith Park and taking in panoramic views of her city. She is happiest when working with other people. Her big passions in life are helping others realize their potential through creativity and compassion; sharing her love for fibers and hand-knotting; and advocating for female collaboration and empowerment. Grace has been featured by West Elm, Urban Outfitters, A Beautiful Mess, The Jungalow and more.

  • Macrame Pot Holder (3 hours): Thursday
  • Macrame Wall Hanging (3 hours): Thursday
  • Macrame Pot Hanger (3 hours): Friday
  • Macrame Hanging Lantern(3 hours): Friday

Instructor Website

Daniela Nii

Daniela Nii

Daniela Nii learned to knit, crochet, and sew in elementary school in Switzerland. With every project she tries to learn something new and uses a diverse range of techniques to produce designs that highlight simplicity and elegance. She is a freelance designer with her designs appearing in major magazines, for yarn companies, indie dyers, and online at Ravelry.com (nikkisstudio). She is also a regular freelance technical editor for Interweave, Craftsy, and indie designers, a national workshop instructor, and the founder of LocalFibers.com. You can follow her crafting adventures at her sporadically updated blog at Nikkis-Studio.com.


    Crochet Workshops
    • Tapestry Crochet (3 hours): Thursday
    • Ins & Outs of Tunisian Crochet (3 hours): Friday
    • Crochet Cables (3 hours): Friday
    • Crochet with Beads (3 hours): Saturday

    Knitting Workshops
    • Cables with Color (3 hours): Thursday
    • Knitting with Wire and Beads (3 hours): Thursday
    • Infinity Cables (3 hours): Sunday

    More Workshops
    • Shuttle Tatting (3 hours): Saturday

Instructor Website

 

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