Meet the Teachers
West Hills, California
Color. Yarn. Texture. Fashion. These are the four pillars of every pattern designed by Grace Akhrem. Colors so vibrant and saturated, you can’t help but smile. Yarn that tells you what it wants to be, seeing if you’ll listen. Texture that looks as good as it feels. And fashion that turns your needles into paintbrushes. Grace focuses on construction and technique in all of her designs. Most of her patterns are designed for the adventurous beginner or the intermediate knitter. In addition to her career as a designer, she also teaches locally in Los Angeles and nationally around the US.
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"Home is Where I Park It"
Krista Ann has been knitting nearly non-stop since she first learned to knit. She holds the title for LA’s Fastest Knitter and has built a solid reputation as the knitter to go to when a piece is needed “yesterday.” She launched her KnitsyKnits brand and website in October 2014 and has been enjoying working with so many creative people. Lately, she has been knitting for fashion designers and stylists, as well as working on tight deadlines to create custom pieces for costume designers (most recently, she has designed and knit many pieces for Mindy Kaling to wear on Hulu’s The Mindy Project and she has a sweater featured in the movie Annabelle Coming Home). Krista’s first book, Knits That Rock: Volume 1, is out now! She loves a challenge and enjoys sharing her skills and knowledge with others!
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Bonnie Barker is a crochet designer, and author who has published more than 100 patterns in books and magazines and for major yarn companies. She is best known for her Aran Isle crochet techniques and is hopelessly in love with crocheted cables and discovering new ways to crochet them! She is also the host of her growing Bonnie Bay Crochet YouTube channel where she teaches thousands the joy of crochet from beginner level to advanced. She is a happy wife to her wonderful husband, Craig, and a thankful, retired homeschool mom of five graduates. Life is full, God is amazing!
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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 splits her free time between sailing and playing video games with her son. She is the author of two knitting books - Mosaic & Lace Knits and Big Yarn, Beautiful Lace Knits. She also has a catalog of independently published patterns as well as having patterns published in various magazines and books. More information about Barbara and her designs can be found on her website at https://www.tumpedduck.com/. If video is more your thing check out her knittertaining videos on her YouTube channel 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 in 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.Sara also strives to create new and different approaches to looking at plain weave fabrics through surface embellishments. Working primarily on a plain weave background Sara enjoys the challenge of investigating everything from ancient techniques for decorating fabrics to the use of more modern day yarns produced for novelty type applications. It never ceases to amaze Sara the endless possibilities using as little as 2 harnesses.Sara attended both Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, GA as well as Edinboro University in Edinboro, PA where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science in K-12 Art Education with minor in Art History and Anthropology. She has been teaching for nearly 10 years and prides herself in a having broad knowledge spectrum that she attributes to her fine arts and crafts degree. Sara's ability to communicate well to students who also create works in mediums such as ceramics, glass, printmaking, and painting helps them to integrate those art forms into their fiber arts studies.
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Sheron Buchele Rowland
With a background in chemistry and cooking, coaxing vibrant, non-toxic colors from plants has been a life-long passion for Sheron. First introduced to natural dyeing as a docent for a living history farm in the Midwest, the learning was all inclusive: farm sheep were sheared, wool spun on a antique great wheel, and colors created from plants gathered in the woods and fields simmered over a wood fire in a giant iron kettle produced a range of rich earthy colors. Researching the color recipes from the medieval times expanded her color pallet as well as exploring the ranges of modern natural color extracts, her true love remains making colors from things she grows and gathers. The intermingling of science and art is endlessly fascinating. Now the Fiber Arts instructor for the School of Enduring Arts in Loveland, Colorado, Sheron continues to teach the magic of color from sticks and flowers. Her artwork featuring her naturally dyed wool has been exhibited all over United States.
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High Point, North Carolina
The love of handcrafts started at a very early age for Wendi. To keep her hands (and mind) busy, her mother, grandmothers and great-aunt taught her the basics of crochet, knitting, and various other crafts. In 2007, she followed her heart to the USA (from South Africa) and while waiting for her Green Card, picked up her crochet hook. A new career began... She started working with a local designer, and to date has written and edited more than a thousand crochet patterns. Since 2016, she works with an international publisher and has tech-edited eleven crochet books.Her passion for crochet, prompted her to get certified as a Teacher and Instructor (through Craft Yarn Council) and she has regular classes at a local yarn shop. She also responds to pattern queries for an online crochet business and helps customers with their crochet problems.She is a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) and a Reviewer for their Masters programs.
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I am a self-taught crocheter that enjoys creating and designing new ways to put stitches together. I enjoy crocheting, finding it as my relaxation and rejuvenation time. I believe that the work through of a piece is just as important as the finished product; if you don’t enjoy the journey the destination isn’t as wonderful as it could be (and it may never get finished!). I have been teaching since passing the CGOA Master’s Program in 2010, and designing for publishing since 2012, and have been active with the Crochet Guild of America currently serving as President on the Board of Directors. I am a Craft Yarn Council Certified Instructor, teaching nationally at such events as the CGOA Chainlink Conference, and DFW Fiber Fest, as well as teaching regularly at my local yarn shop in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains just east of Sacramento, while restoring the home that my great-grandfather built with my husband and kids.
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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 also been published in Wheel (Ashford), Spin-Off, and Ply Magazines and in the Spinning Daily Blog.
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Fort Collins, Colorado
Shirley Ellsworth is the proprietor of Lambspun of Colorado, a fiber arts store in Fort Collins, Co. She has been working closely with Schacht Looms of Boulder, CO, and instructing weaving for over 30 years. Shirley is a true fiber artist and is always excited to share her knowledge with budding weavers.
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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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Charles Gandy, a TKGA Master Knitter, learned to knit at the young age of four from his mother, a designer and shop owner. He designed his first sweater three years later and continues to create today. A two-time winner in Knitter's Magazine "Think Outside the Sox" contest, three of his designs are featured in the book of the same name: "Dread Sox", "Snake in the Grass" and "Pedicure Polka Socks". His own book, The Embellished Sock: Knitted Art for the Foot features eighteen creative sock patterns and numerous techniques and is available in yarn shops nationwide. REGIA Yarns commissioned two collections: “Crazy Socks” and “More Crazy Socks” which were published in six languages worldwide. His other designs are widely published in leading magazines and on ravelry.com. The Bascom: A Center for the Arts in Highlands, NC recently hosted his one-person exhibit of 25 knitted sculptural pieces: “Beyond the Sock”. Gandy, a popular speaker and workshop leader, is frequently featured at seminars and conferences worldwide, most recently in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand for KAN (Knit August Nights).
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Andee Graves is a crochet designer, writer, teacher and artist living in the mountains of Colorado with her family and an evolving menagerie of 4-legged friends. She combines a life-long passion for crocheting, sewing, and crafting with a strong interest in mathematics and medical science. She is endlessly intrigued by the "magic" of creating fabric or an object from nothing but hook and string, and invites you to join her in a class to expand your own crochet and crafting journey.
Andee has taught crochet, needle felting and injury prevention classes to students of all ages. She is certified by the Craft Yarn Council as a Crochet Instructor. Her teaching has included classes and private lessons at her local yarn shop and schools, as well as at national festivals and conferences. She loves the versatility of crochet and enjoys designing projects that are entertaining to work up. She is passionate about passing on the crochet techniques that she has learned and teaching others the love of working with yarn and hook. She has been a member of the Crochet Guild of America since 2008 and is currently serving on the National Board of Directors.
Andee has been writing about crochet techniques, designing, and healthy crafting practices for her blog “Mamas2Hands.com” and other publications since 2009. Her articles and designs have been published in Interweave Crochet, Crochet World, Crochet! Magazine, ILikeCrochet.com, and RedHeart.com. Her independent pattern line M2H Designs was launched in Fall 2010.
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Deer Trail, Colorado
Sara Greer has been dabbling in the fiber arts since 2002, that's when she learned to crochet. She has since learned to knit, dye, and spin. She does some designing as well. She has been published multiple times in Spin Off magazine and has also done work for Ply magazine. In 2016 she earned her certificate as a Master of Crochet. She has taught professionally since 2007 at rec centers, private homes and fiber festivals. Her latest work can be found on her blog and on Ravelry as Azariah.
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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 Goldenberg White has been teaching weaving along the Front Range for over a decade. Her passion for weaving and teaching started during her graduate study at CSU. She teaches a variety of fiber techniques but sharing her love of weaving with others is one of her greatest joys. Sara co authored Simple Woven Garments 20+ Projects to Weave and Wear with Jane Patrick. Other projects Sara has woven can be found in The Weaver’s Idea Book, Woven Scarves 26 Inspired Ideas for the Rigid Heddle Loom, Easy Weaving With Little Looms and Handwoven Magazine. Sara also has a lively fine arts practice and has exhibited her work at museums and galleries throughout the country. Sara enjoys the balance of creating her own work and sharing her love of weaving in the classroom, she looks forward to seeing you there!
Kristin Hansen has been designing knitwear for over 10 years. But she has been working with fiber since early childhood. In addition to designing, she teaches regularly at Fiber Creek in Prescott, AZ. She has also taught at TNNA and DFW Fiber Fest. Her patterns can be found on Ravelry.
Susan (Sue) Helmken
Clover, South Carolina
Sue Helmken is a textile artist with over 30 years experience in weaving, dyeing and teaching. She earned a B.A. in Design at East Carolina University and has continued learning new techniques by experimenting and by studying with fiber artists such as Madelyn Van der Hoogt, Alice Schlein, Barbara Cooper, Donna Sullivan, Jozef Bajus, Laura Sims, and Holly Brackmann. She also studied at the Penland School of Crafts and the Corcoran College of Art and Design.
Sue has been teaching and weaving for over 20 years. She was a juried member of Gallery 209 in Savannah, GA, Fiberworks Gallery and The Potomac Fiberarts Gallery in the Torpedo Factory of Alexandria, VA, and Studio Fiberarts at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA. Her work has been accepted in juried shows throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, most recently at The Blackrock Arts Center, the Creative Crafts Council, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, The Art League of Alexandria, VA, and The Workhouse Center for the Arts. She worked with the staff at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on the Hyperbolic Crocheted Coral Reef project.
She taught weaving and dyeing at Armstrong Atlantic State University and also for The Blue Ridge Fiber Guild, The Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore, The Piedmont Fiber Guild, and other groups throughout the southeast. She offers a variety of workshops as well as private & small group lessons.
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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.
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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Bex Oliger grew up in her mother's (Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser) Hillcreek Fiber Studio. She learned knitting, weaving and natural dyeing at a young age and has traveled the country for 38 years with the family business vending and teaching at Fiber, Weaving and Knitting Shows. She helped design and weave several projects and assisted with many workshops highlighted in Carol Leigh's books, The Continuous Strand Weaving Method and Nature Provides: Dyes for Rainbows. Bex is now a knitwear designer; knitting, weaving, and natural dyeing instructor and consultant; owns Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe in Columbia, MO and continues to travel the country teaching and vending.
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Bobbi Pendell has been teaching knitting, spinning, hand dyeing and weaving for over 20 years. She also owns Rave Frog Fibers, a hand dyed yarn manufacture company she started by accident when she moved to Alaska and there was no yarn shop there. She specializes in hand painted and handspun yarns, particularly angora. She raises angora rabbits and creates spinning fiber blends and handspun yarns with their fiber. She teaches angora workshops all over the country.
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Sue Perez learned to crochet as a child, and has always loved to design her own projects. In 2011 she started a blog, and within a few months posted the first of many free crochet patterns and tutorials. In 2012 she began designing professionally; her patterns and articles have since been featured in Interweave Crochet, Love of Crochet, Crochetscene, Vintage Crochet, and several other publications. Sue is known for her innovative crochet techniques and detailed tutorials. When she's not crocheting, she enjoys cycling, writing, and photographing the changing Wisconsin seasons. She works in a bead store to support her yarn habit.
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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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 last year 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.
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Teaching and knitting are passions for Harry. In 2010, he retired from being a university professor to pursue his passion for knitting full-time, including managing the Northcoast Knittery yarn shop (from 2010-2017) and teaching a myriad of classes at knitting conference and fiber festivals. His extensive experience in classroom presentation and course preparation makes for an organized and engaging learning experience. He enjoys designing knitwear and accessories for both men and women, with an aesthetic that emphasizes texture and linear flow. Check out his designs and knitting blog on his website, Good For A Boy Knitting and on Ravelry as Knitteryninja.
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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 Pineapple Passion
, Coastal Crochet
, and 20 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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