Meet the Teachers
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Kate is Knitty.com’s Managing Technical Editor, and a seasoned designer and teacher of all things knitterly. Her most recent book, Knit Mitts! a guide to everything about mittens and gloves sold out its first printing in record time. Her book Beginner’s Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns, is the industry's first guide specifically written to help knit designers of all levels create easy-to-follow, high quality knitting patterns; her Custom Socks book has been hugely popular. Kate is known for her attention to detail in her patterns and her classes, and she regularly teaches at stores and events across the world, including Interweave Yarn Fest and Edinburgh Yarn Festival. She lives in Toronto with her husband and their challenging but adorable rescue dog, Dexter.
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Despite the fact that Sarasota, FL doesn’t have ideal knitwear weather, Barbara loves living and knitting in the South. Self-proclaimed as “a bit silly and a bit nerdy”, this often translates into her designs. When it comes to the art world, her love for the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements shines through with intricate stitch work and swooping shapes. When not knitting, she can frequently be found wielding either a camera, a chef’s knife, or a video game controller (with her son). In March of 2017 she published her first book – Mosaic & Lace Knits: 20 Innovated Patterns Combining Slip-Stitch Colorwork and Lace Techniques. She also has a catalog of independently published patterns as well as has had patterns published in Twist Collective, Knitscene, Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts, Knit Edge, Knit Now, Lace One-Skein Wonders, and Masterpiece Knits. Check out her fun and educational videos on her YouTube channel at Watch Barbara Knit (Youtube.com/c/WatchBarbaraKnit42).
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York Haven, Pennsylvania
Sara is the owner and resident instructor of Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center. Many of Sara’s students praise her ability to guide students through the challenging world of color theory, specifically relating to weaving. Sara has spent many years experimenting with color in weaving focusing her studies on how color relationships are affected by yarn size, luster, sett and weave structure. She loves giving students core principals to follow so they become more confident in their color decisions when designing new pieces.
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Maggie Casey is co-owner of Shuttles, Spindles & Skeins in Boulder, CO. She has been addicted to spinning for more than 30 years. She holds Part 1 of HGA's COE in Handspinning. Maggie has taught spinning at Shuttles, SOAR, Yarn Fest, Estes Park Wool Market, Maryland Sheep & Wool and John C. Campbell.
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Belen, New Mexico
Myra Chang Thompson is a professionally trained educator and hand weaver of more than forty years. She loves the interplay of color, structure and fiber. She maintains an active studio in central New Mexico where she weaves, dyes, teaches, knits, spins and farms.
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Lily M. Chin
New York, New York
Lily M. Chin is an internationally famous knitter and crocheter who has worked in the yarn industry for more than 30 years, as a designer, instructor, and author of books on knitting and crochet. Author of 7 books, including the very popular Tips and Tricks for both Knit and Crochet 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, and 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 U.S., including the 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.
Theresa (Terri) Drouin-Guerette
Broad Brook, Connecticut
Terri began spinning in 2004 and quickly developed a passion for her hobby. From the beginning, she has demonstrated spinning and other fiber arts in a variety of different settings, (from living history events, schools, farm days, and fairs to local yarn shops, guilds [spinning and quilting], etc.) and is always happy to share her knowledge. As a result of her involvement, she was selected to be a SOAR (Interweave Press’ Spin-Off Autumn Retreat) Scholar in 2011. Terri has earned many awards in Skein and Garment Competitions, including, but not limited to, Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Festival, The New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, and the Eastern States Exposition. She has also earned Awards from the Northeast Handspinners’ Association and the Handweavers’ Guild of America. Terri has published articles in Wheel, Ply, and Spin-Off Magazines and blog posts in Spinning Daily.
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Salt Lake City, Utah
Miriam Felton 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 and podcasting at YarnStories Podcast. Miriam's work features textural details and clever techniques, with an emphasis on understanding the internal structure of knitting. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her partner and 2 cats, Ekho & Stormageddon.
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Fort Collins, Colorado
Jeannie Giberson is an avid teacher of stranded colorwork whose classes emphasize knitting techniques such as color dominance, tension, and managing more than two colors contemporaneously. She edited the English translation of Mittens of Latvia (Latviesa Cimdi). During several trips to Latvia, her love of the country’s knitting deepened as she handled hundreds of pairs of mittens (mostly ethnographic), toured museums, and traveled through the district of Kurzeme—the home of the most colorful and complex of Latvian mittens.
Her knitting and knitwear designs are inspired by ethnographic Latvian mittens and how master Latvian knitters use color. She has designed a series of cowls intended to help those new to colorwork improve their tension and overall skills while being quick yet interesting knits for more experienced colorwork knitters.
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El Cerrito, California
Faina Goberstein is a prolific knitwear designer, author, and a professional teacher. She is the coauthor of the bestselling books, The Art of Slip Stitch and The Art of Seamless Knitting, and her designs can be found in Vogue Knitting, Rowan Magazine, Interweave Knits, Knit.Purl, Knitscene, Twist Collective, and various books. Faina is best known for her elegant and well-fitted classic designs that show off textures that use and combine cables, brioche, and slip-stitch patterns. She is fascinated with many knitting and finishing techniques and loves to share her expertise and excitement with her students. Developing new slip-stitch and brioche patterns for her new designs keeps Faina’s love for math and knitting merged. She teaches in person at various venues nationally and abroad as well as on Craftsy.com and Interweave.com.
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Sara Goldenberg White
Sara is an avid weaver and sewer. She co authored Simple Woven Garments with Jane Patrick and contributed to the Weaver Idea Book. It was during her time working on the Weavers Idea Book that she developed a strong passion for rigid heddle weaving. Sara has displayed her works at the Denver Art Museum as well as many other galleries and museums, you will also find her works in a variety of weaving publications. She teaches weaving and creates her own fine art in Boulder. She received her MFA in Fibers from CSU and loves being a part of the the Fiber Community in Colorado.
St Louis Park, Minnesota
Cubicle Monkey by day, Fiber Fanatic by night, Devin Helmen has been feeding his fiber obsession since he taught himself to spin at age 8. He spins, knits, and weaves in beautiful Minnesota. His writing has been featured in Spin Off and Ply and he teaches at the Weaver’s Guild of Minnesota. He has a passion for spindles and everyday textiles and blogs, intermittently.
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Galina A. Khmeleva
Fort Collins, Colorado
Galina A. Khmeleva, lace knitter/spinner extraordinaire, is the author of Gossamer Webs, The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls and Gossamer Webs, The Design Collection. She has mentored classes all over the globe, including Great Britain, Italy, Australia, and Craft Cruises' Baltic Cruise.
Kate Larson, the new editor of Spin Off, loves using fiber arts as a bridge between her passions for art and agriculture. Her fiber journey has led her to a degree in soil chemistry, travels through northern Europe in search of textile traditions, and back to the farm where her family has lived for six generations. She keeps an ever-growing flock of Border Leicester sheep and teaches handspinning and knitting regularly in central Indiana and around the country. Kate is the author of The Practical Spinner's Guide: Wool (Interweave, 2015) and several videos, including How to Spin Yarn to Knit (Interweave, 2016). Her articles and designs have appeared in Spin-Off Magazine, Jane Austen Knits, Enchanted Knits, Knitting Sweaters from Around the World, and more. Follow her woolly adventures at KateLarsonTextiles.com.
Rebecca Martin and Cheri Whiton
Once Upon a Time – two fiber artists found each other in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains. Cheri and Rebecca share a mutual love of Punch Needle Rug Hooking and all things wool. Together they formed the creative collaboration that is StoryTeller Wool LLC. Cheri and Rebecca, both certified Oxford Punch Needle Rug Hooking instructors, teach beginning and advanced classes in Northern Colorado and the greater Denver area. In addition to education, StoryTeller Wool LLC has its own line of hand dyed rug wool and carries a variety of rug hooking supplies.
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Annie's been teaching and designing both hand knit and crochet pieces for over 20 years, traveling across the US and Europe connecting with students and expressing herself through fiber. She enjoys teaching technique classes to encourage students to believe that there is NO WRONG WAY to knit, and that the most important thing we make when we knit is happiness within ourselves.
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Internationally-recognized teacher John Mullarkey has been tablet weaving for over a decade. His work has been displayed in the Missouri History Museum, and garments using his card woven bands have been featured in international fashion shows. His designs are featured frequently in Handwoven. John is the primary author of A Tablet Weaver's Pattern Book, and has produced two DVDs for Interweave Press: "Tablet Weaving Made Easy" and "Double-Faced Tablet Weaving". He is the developer of the Schacht Zoom Loom.
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Daniela Nii is a long-time multi-crafter and learned to knit, crochet, and sew in elementary school in Switzerland over 30 years ago. Today she tries to learn something new with every project, and uses a diverse range of techniques to produce designs that highlight simplicity and elegance. You can find her designs in major magazines as well as for yarn companies and online at Ravelry (nikkisstudio). She is also a freelance technical editor for knitting and crochet, the founder of the Mile High Knitting Guild, and LocalFibers.com–an online US and Canadian fiber resource directory connecting fiber providers with fiber enthusiasts. You can find more about Daniela at nikkis-studio.com. Feel free to contact Daniela at NikkisStudio@gmail.com
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Alasdair Post-Quinn is the author of the critically-acclaimed books Extreme Double-Knitting and Double or Nothing, as well as a smattering of other patterns, mostly also double-knitted. He has been working to push the boundaries of double-knitting since 2003, and has been teaching nationally since 2012. Alasdair lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife and a growing population of freshwater fish. In his time outside of knitting, he fixes computers for a nearby university, enjoys cooking and eating good food, listens to esoteric music, audiobooks, and NPR, and tries to spend as much time outdoors as possible.
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First a professional teacher and then a spinner, Joan Ruane has been teaching spinning classes throughout the U.S., Canada, UK and New Zealand since 1980. Active in local and regional Guilds, she has also owned and operated fiber shops in both Florida and Arizona. Joan has published cotton newsletters, written articles for fiber magazines and has published two DVD: Cotton Spinning Made Easy and Cotton Spinning With A Takli. She has republished Hand Spinning Cotton by Harry and Olive Linder, bringing it up to date with modern techniques. In 2015 Joan published the much needed Beginning Cotton Spinning on the Wheel workbook. Her DVD’s can be streamed through Taperootvideo.com.
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Karen Whooley is an award winning, internationally known crochet designer, author, and instructor. She develops patterns and teaches classes for crocheters who want simplicity and elegance wrapped up in adventure. Karen is the author of A Garden of Shawls, Crochet Rocks Socks and 18 other books as well as many patterns published in books and magazines. Her classes both online and live are some of the most sought after in the crochet genre. Crochet is her passion and she wants to take that passion and inspire her students in any way she can. Most importantly, Karen wants to bring each student self-confidence and enable her students to take what they have learned so that they can happily create whatever spurs their own crochet passion.
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