Our Teachers

Molly Andries

Molly Andries is a crochet enthusiast.  Her passion for crochet is confirmed by her actions.  She was one of the original founders of DFW Fiber Fest, past president of the Crochet Texas Guild, and a certified crochet instructor.  Her mission is to make sure local crocheters have all the resources available to them and, most importantly, have fun crocheting.

Denise Bell

When she was growing up, Denise always performed some kind of handwork.  When she learned to knit she was instantly addicted.  Wherever she looks, Denise sees patterns, so it’s no surprise that her knitting emphasis is lace.

Traveling and spending time in the natural world provide her with inspiration.  She recently visited Shetland and Scotland to delve further into the history of fine lace knitting.  Her business, Lost City Knits, named for the community nearest her Oklahoma farm, offers fine hand-dyed yarns and original designs.  Denise is a nationally recognized teacher and member of The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA).  When not knitting, teaching, dyeing, or designing, Denise puts her pattern-seeking abilities to work solving cryptic crossword puzzles, and because no one can do just one thing, she also kayaks on lakes and streams near her eastern Oklahoma home.  Along with her husband, she is the author of the book Ultima Thule:  Patterns Inspired by the Shetland Islands.

Mary Berry

Mary Berry owns the Fancy Fibers Farm, and Fancy Fibers Store.  At the Farm, she raises spinning fiber on the hoof.  At the Store, she teaches spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing, and rug hooking and sells all the fun stuff you need for those crafts.  Her life goal is to entangle everyone she meets in the world wide web that is fiber arts.

Robyn Chachula

Robyn Chachula is the author of Modern Vintage Crochet, Blueprint Crochet Sweaters, Unexpected Afghans and Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia.  Her work has been featured in Interweave Crochet, Crochet!, Love of Crochet, Vogue Crochet and more.  She is one of the crochet experts on the PBS show Knit and Crochet Now!  All her crochet inspiration comes from her little “office assistants” while out and about in Pittsburgh, PA.  Stop by crochetbyfaye.com to see what she has cooked up recently.

Joi Chupp

Joi has become obsessed with all that can be done with fibers.  Her fiber pursuits include knitting, crocheting, felting, and weaving.  Her philosophy is, if it can be made, it can probably be made out of fiber.  Joi raises her own fiber animals and does a lot of the processing.  If she is not obsessed, then she is possessed.

Henry and Roy Clemes

This class will be taught by the tag team of Henry and Roy Clemes.  Henry has been building fiber arts equipment for over 45 years and drum carders for 38 years.  Roy has worked with his dad for 22 years, taking time out to go to college.  Together they have introduced many interesting innovations to the fiber arts community.  They regularly instruct spinners in the use of drum carders for carding specific fibers and work closely with animal growers to get a better return on their investment.

Sony Hartley

Sony is half of the Knitting Lagniappe team.  She is a wife, mother and grandmother of ten.  She is a potter, knitter, spinner and painter, often teaching at fiber festivals and her LYS.

Jill Holbrook

Jill loves spinning, knitting, crochet and weaving.  Her love of these arts has created a passion to learn and perfect her techniques.  She is known for her fine and beautiful yarns as well as her knowledgeable style of teaching.  She has taught knitting and spinning throughout her home state of Arizona as well as in New Mexico, California, Maine and Canada.  Currently she is a student in the Master Spinners program working toward completion of Level 6 in order to graduate in 2017.

Galina Khmeleva

Galina A. Khmeleva has earned a reputation as one of the most respected and knowledgeable lace knitting instructors in the world.  As a former clothing and costume designer who worked with the 'aristocracy' of St. Petersburg 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 techniques of Russian lace to her classes.  Her unique, inspiring and fun-loving teaching style has made her the guru of lace enthusiasts across the US.

Yohannah Klingensmith

Yohannah Klingensmith began weaving on a rigid heddle loom when she was ten.  At thirteen, she apprenticed with Ann Chase, on Martha’s Vineyard where she was living at the time.  Using the techniques she learned, Yohannah began weaving and selling placemats, coasters, and runners to neighbors and at craft fairs on the island.  Over the next five years, she saved enough to buy her first floor loom and three Corriedale sheep.  She continues this business to this day, selling custom weaving through the Homestead online store, Homestead Gift Barn and Homestead Fiber Crafts.  Yohannah has taken classes with Jason Collingwood, Becky Ashendon, Joanne Hall, Su Buttler and Jette Vandermeiden.

Kelli Ladwig

Kelli is the owner of McKnittey.com, a growing online yarn shop.  Her consciously crafting outlook leads her to find the most environmentally friendly packaging and low impact yarn processes.  As an empty-nester she has the extra time, and space, to pursue her dream of offering fabulous fibers to knitters of all skill levels.  She has a passion for all things fiber and has always been an avid and adventurous knitter and crocheter.  She has been crocheting for about 20 years and knitting for 15 years.  She enjoys the variety each technique provides and always has multiple works in progress.

Melissa Leapman

With over 1000 designs in print, Melissa Leapman is one of the most widely-published American crochet and knit designers at work today.  She's worked with leading ready-to-wear design houses, is the author of several bestselling knit and crochet books including The Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook, Mastering Color Knitting, and Knitting the Perfect Fit, and is a sought-out speaker at national and international knitting events, including Vogue Knitting Live and her popular annual knitting cruises.  Her next book, 6000+ Pullover Possibilities, will be released in February of 2017.  Leapman lives in New York City.

Judith MacKenzie

Judith is the ultimate textile artist and teacher.  She has an in-depth understanding of every aspect of spinning, weaving, knitting and dyeing.  Her teaching career spans the globe from such fascinating places as above the Arctic Circle all the way to Turkey.  In the US, Judith teaches at Strung-Along Retreats, the Columbia Gorge Festival, Madronna, the John C. Campbell Folk School, and Black Sheep Gathering.  Judith is the author of Teach Yourself Visually:  Handspinning and The Intentional Spinner, and others books and DVDs.

Darlene Megli

Darlene has been involved in the fiber arts for more than 25 years.  She is co-owner of A Twist In Time and vends and teaches at shows in the Midwest.  She lives on a farm in southwest Missouri with several fiber animals.  She has been retired from nursing for 7 years and enjoys gardening, reading and taking classes from other fiber arts teachers to improve her teaching and practical skills.

Clara Parkes

Almost two decades ago, Clara Parkes abandoned San Francisco’s high-tech hubbub to build a quieter creative life on the coast of Maine.  In 2000, she turned passion to profession when she launched Knitter’s Review, the first comprehensive online knitting magazine and community.

Since then, through her writings, workshops, bestselling books, television and radio appearances, and small-batch artisan yarns, Parkes has carried knitters into the 21st century.  She is a passionate proponent of breed awareness, slow knitting, slow stashing, and knitting locally.

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is the New York Times Bestselling author of eight books, seven of which have a lot to do with knitting.  (The eighth is lighter in the yarn department, but is still funny.)  She's been knitting for more than forty years, and is also the author of the popular and long lived blog "Yarn Harlot” and part of the magic at the Strung Along Retreats for knitters.  Stephanie love to teach about knitting and thinks that most people would be surprised how important she thinks it is.  She's the mother of three, wife of one, can drive a standard, and has owned two cats in a row that don't care much for her.  Stephanie lives in an untidy, wool filled house in Toronto, Canada.

Lesley Anne Robinson

Lesley is a work-at-home-mom in Corpus Christi, Texas.  She spends her time doing freelance interior design, taking care of two adorable boys, and knitting whenever she gets the chance.  She graduated with a degree in Interior Design and a minor in Fiber Design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI.  After graduation, she moved to New York City, where she spent several years working as a commercial Interior Designer.  She continues to work for NYC clients remotely.  She started knitting in college, and started publishing her own knitting designs under the name Knit Graffiti Designs in 2015.  She loves everything about the incredible knitting community!  She is currently working on learning new knitting techniques, having a diverse handmade wardrobe, and being conscious of the materials in which she invests.  She strives to focus her designs on modern style with a flare for something different, using both interesting and simple methods.  She is in love with color and use it to express her inner voice.  Her goals are to create fun, innovative designs using a diverse selection of yarn, incorporating indie dyers, local mills, and eco-friendly options.

Lisa Smith

A self-titled ‘risky knitter’ Lisa’s goal is to use carefully crafted lessons to encourage beginner and rusty knitters to challenge themselves.  She also wants to save discouraged knitters one dropped stitch at a time.  Lisa is a mother to three young men and a full-time junior high educator.  She heads event planning for McKnittey.com with owner and longtime fiber friend Kelli.  She is currently working on many UFO’s, and completing the Level 1 Master Knitting program.  She is also in search of the perfect knitting chair.

Carol Sulcoski

Carol J. Sulcoski is an attorney by day, and a knitting author/handdyer/designer the rest of the time.  Her book Knitting Ephemera, a volume of facts, anecdotes, historical tidbits, and other fun information about knitting and the fiber world was published in February, followed by Self-Striping Yarn Studio in August.  Her previous books are Lace Yarn Studio (Lark Crafts 2015); Sock Yarn Studio (Lark Crafts 2012); Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarns (Interweave 2009) and Knit So Fine (Interweave 2008).  In addition to writing about knitting and the yarn industry for magazines like Vogue Knitting and Yarn Market News, she teaches at national shows and local yarn shops; sells unique handdyed yarns as Black Bunny Fibers; and has many published pattern designs.  (She doesn’t sleep very much.)  She lives outside Philadelphia with her family.  Visit her at www.blackbunnyfibers.com

Lise Wilson

Lise is a knitter, crocheter, podcaster, indie dyer and designer.  She has been a knitter and crocheter all her life.  After serving as a president and vice-president of the Bluebonnet Knitting Guild of North Texas, she decided to branch out and teach knitting in her spare time.  A multi-ribbon winner at the Texas State Fair for knitting, she dropped out of the corporate world in order to pursue her passion of knitting, crocheting and yarns.  After a brief hiatus from teaching to work on her business, she has returned to teaching private lessons and is looking forward to teaching again at DFW Fiber Fest.  Her Knitting Rose Podcast is available on iTunes and her hand dyed yarn is available at her online yarn store Knitting Rose Yarns.