2018 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.

Molly will be teaching

Alissa Barton

Alissa learned to knit at the age of 4 and has rarely been seen without needles since.  She began teaching knitting in high school in Michigan to interested friends and in local yarn shops in 1989.

A curious knitter, Alissa's drive to understand HOW things work and why led to designing her own patterns to make sweaters and other things for herself.  Nothing thrills her more than to find a new technique or stitch.  When her students wanted to be able to make the same patterns she began publishing these designs in 1994 under the name Knitting Fairy.  Her scores of designs and articles have been published across the globe and she served as the Design Editor of Spirit of Knitting from 2004-2008.  In 2007 she was invited to design for Brooks Farm Yarns and Buffalo Wool Company.  Since then, Alissa has continued to publish designs on her own as well as being the designer for several "Of the Month" clubs such as Knitting Rose and Erin Lane.

Her passion for HOW makes Alissa a very in-demand teacher, locally and abroad.  She was one of the original teachers for DFW Fiber Fest in 2005 and continues to be active with that show as both as teacher and a vendor.  She has become the go-to person to fill in for national teachers when needed.  Most recently, Alissa was called in at the last moment to fill in for the Yarn Harlot at DFW Fiber Fest when Stephanie was called home for the birth of her first grandchild in April of 2017.  Alissa has taught classes at guilds, workshops, retreats and stores all around Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Michigan and Mexico since 1990.

She also owns Knitting Fairy Yarn Studio, a full service yarn shop in Grand Prairie, Texas, with her husband Brad.  You can find her on Ravelry, Facebook and Twitter as @KnittingFairy and as @TheKnittingFairy on Instagram.

Alissa will be teaching

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.

Denise will be teaching

Mary Berry

Mary Berry owns the Fancy Fibers Store in north Texas where she teaches spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing, and rug hooking and sells all the tools, supplies, and equipment that one might want for those arts.  She also co-owns the Fancy Fibers Farm where she keeps Shetland sheep, Angora goats, and Suri alpacas.  In her spare time, she writes articles for Ply magazine about spinning and weaving, and travels the countryside to share what she's learned from her 20+ years of hands-on experience, successes, and failures!  Her goal in life is to entangle everyone she meets in the web of fiber arts.

Mary will be teaching

Leef Bloomenstiel

Leef has been knitting, spinning and weaving for over 30 years, and still finds them just as intellectually stimulating and "Zen-fully" satisfying as in the beginning because she always finds something new to learn.  Leef has been teaching for over twenty-five years and approaches her classes from a practical, ergonomic, and functional point of view.  She also enjoys writing new knitting and felting patterns.  Leef runs workshops at her farm in Van Alstyne, TX, Apple Leef Farm.

Leef will be teaching

Henry and Roy Clemes

These classes 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 39 years.  Roy has worked with his dad for 23 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.

Henry and Roy will be teaching

Judy Crouch

Judy is a retired paramedic and has raised Lincoln Sheep for 20+ years.  She loves teaching about the fiber arts and watching the excitement on the students faces.  She is a spinner, weaver, and felter of both wet and needle felting.  She loves learning new techniques and becoming proficient in them so she can teach others.

Judy will be teaching

Sarah Dauro

Sarah Dauro originally opened her Handmade Saori Weaving Studio in Huntsville, AL in 2013.  In 2017, she returned to her home in the great state of Texas and opened her studio in Belton.  Sarah has been involved with arts and crafts for most of her life and has done everything from needlework to stained glass, but she focuses predominately on fiber arts including spinning, knitting, and of course, weaving.

Finding Saori was a game changer for Sarah.  Before Saori, life was about spinning the perfect lace weight yarn and knitting the most beautiful lacy gray shawl.  Since Saori, Sarah's eyes have been opened to the wonders of art yarn, the beautiful colors of the rainbow and beyond, and the imperfect perfection of weaving your heart.

Along with Kathleen Utts, Sarah will be teaching

Peggy Doney

Peggy Doney has been fascinated with color since her first box of crayons.  After 20 years of homeschooling, she wondered what to do with all of the left-over chemistry equipment.  The answer came after taking a spinning class with a neighbor.  Now she enjoys spinning, knitting, silk fusion, and dyeing.  For many years, she has been discovering color recipes using triad studies.  These studies allow exploration in hue as well as value and support Peggy's special interest in making accurate recipes that are starting points for matching colors in nature.  The yarns Peggy creates celebrate the texture and luster of a wide variety of natural and synthetic fibers and give a medium to combine those textures with the color she loves.  Peggy's skill with the dye pot has led her into the Treenway Silks team as one of their regular dyers.

If there is anything that Peggy enjoys as much as creating with fiber and color it's sharing that passion with others.  From an annual fiber arts gathering in her back yard to teaching workshops for guilds and at festivals like the Taos Wool Festival to one-on-one sharing, Peggy likes to pass on her excitement for fiber and color.

Peggy will be teaching

Abby Franquemont

Abby Franquemont, author of bestselling spinning book Respect the Spindle, has been steeped in the fiber arts since birth.  She is technical, passionate, inquisitive, and informed; she has taught individuals and groups of all ages, skill levels, and combinations thereof, at festivals, retreats, and shops around the world since 2006.

Abby will be teaching

Franklin Habit

Designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit is the author of It Itches:  A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008).  His newest book, I Dream of Yarn:  A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book was brought out by Soho Publishing in May, 2016 and is in its second printing.

He travels constantly to teach knitters at shops and guilds across the country and internationally, and has been a popular member of the faculties of such festivals as Vogue Knitting Live!, STITCHES Events, the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat, Squam Arts Workshops, Sock Summit, and the Taos Wool Festival.

Franklin's varied experience in the fiber world includes contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Twist Collective; and regular columns and cartoons for Knitty.com, PLY Magazine, Lion Brand Yarns, and his popular "Fridays with Franklin" feature for Skacel Collection.  Many of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com.

He first became known as the writer of The Panopticon (presently on hiatus), one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet.  Readers worldwide continue to drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the adventures of Dolores the Sheep.

Franklin lives in Chicago, Illinois, cohabiting shamelessly with 15,000 books, a Schacht spinning wheel, three looms, and a colony of yarn that multiplies whenever his back is turned.

You can follow him online via his Web site (franklinhabit.com), as @franklinhabit on Twitter, @franklin.habit on Instagram, or through his Facebook page at facebook.com/fhabit.

Franklin will be teaching

Sony Hartley

Sony is the co-owner of Knitting Lagniappe, a retired art teacher, potter, knitter, spinner and painter.  She's a wife, mother and grandmother of ten who loves clay and fiber, and is the author of several articles in PLYmagazine.

Sony will be teaching

Joyce Hazlerig

Joyce has been making art all her life; she started needle felting in 2008.  After winning Living Felt's Alice in Wonderland contest in 2010 with her Psychedelic Cheshire Cat she began exploring deeper into the world of fiber arts.  This has led her to create many whimsical and fantastic characters and animals.  She is inspired by myths, fairy tales and the beauty of nature.  Joyce especially enjoys teaching and demonstrating her craft for others.  She can be seen on Youtube "Gypsyfelting" and at various Renaissance Faires in Texas.

Joyce will be teaching

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.

Jill will be teaching

Kelly Jones

Kelly Jones began loom knitting in 2007 shortly after her son was born.  She started by wanting to make him a baby blanket and soon fell in love with loom knitting.  Kelly now has a beautiful daughter to loom for and has published her first book, "Tiny Dots for Tiny Tots."  She has taught in many online Yahoo groups as well as some local classes in Illinois and various fiber fests across the Midwest.  She loves teaching first time knitters and believes that anyone can learn no matter their experience or skill level.  Kelly is the owner of Kiss Looms, home of the adjustable gauge loom.

Kelly will be teaching

Galina A. Khmeleva

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 Tasmania, and Craft Cruises' Baltic Cruise.

Galina will be teaching

Jenny King

Jenny King is Australia's most innovative and amazingly diverse crochet designer.  Crochet is her passion.  She has been extremely lucky to have made her obsession her profession.  Specializing in crochet only, Jenny is a passionate teacher with 30 years' experience in both Australia & the USA.  Jenny majored in Textiles when she graduated as a teacher in 1981.  Jenny was also a brick-and-mortar yarn store owner for nearly 10 years but has moved her business online so that she can continue to focus on designing and teaching internationally.

Jenny is also Australia's most-published international designer with 20 pattern books to her name.  She has had designs in major magazines in the UK, USA and Australia since 2001.  Her beaded crochet work traveled in a crochet exhibition called "Hooked" for more than 2 years throughout Australian and then the USA.

Jenny is the only crochet designer to have designs published in Vogue Knitting Special Crochet edition, Interweave Crochet magazine and Crochet! three years in a row.  Jenny is a featured presenter on TV's Knit and Crochet Now, season 8.  All her CGOA classes were sold out this year in Chicago.

Jenny will be teaching

Darlene Megli

Darlene lives in Southwest Missouri, raises a few sheep and travels thru the Mid-West teaching and vending for her business, A Twist In Time.  She is the past president of her fiber guild that has grown from about 30 members to over 80 over the past four years.  She loves to see the Ah-Ha moment when a beginner realizes "yes I can do this!"

Darlene will be teaching

Jillian Moreno

Jillian Moreno, author of Yarnitecture — A Knitter's Guide to Spinning:  Building Exactly the Yarn You Want, loves to spin yarn and knit, weave and stitch with it.  She enthusiastically encourages her students and readers to feel confidence and joy making and using their handspun.  She can't stop writing and teaching about spinning, wool, yarn and making things.  If you can't find her in person you can find her in her best-selling Craftsy class, Ply to Knit and several Interweave spinning videos.  Jillian is the editor of Knittyspin, writes and designs regularly for PLY Magazine and Spin Off Magazine.  When she isn't traveling to teach, she can be found wantonly basking in her stash in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Jillian will be teaching

John Mullarkey

Internationally recognized teacher John Mullarkey has been tablet weaving for more than 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.

John will be teaching

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 loves 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.

Stephanie will be teaching

NOTE:  Admission to Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's classes on Saturday and Sunday are limited to persons who were registered in her classes at the 2017 Event.  Once those individuals have made their decisions whether to claim their spot in the class, spaces may open up at a later date.  All other sessions conducted by Stephanie will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lesley Anne Robinson

Lesley Anne says, "Knitting is my release, my getaway, the place where I go to breathe and meditate."  As a work-at-home-mom, she does freelance Interior Design and takes care of her two young boys.  In her free time, she enjoys knitting and designing knitwear, and knits for the home.  For her formal training, she has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Interior Design with a Minor in Fiber Design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan.  This is where her love of knitting and everything fiber related truly began.  She has been designing knitwear and knits for the home since 2015, and enjoys creating modern pieces with a flair for something different.

Lesley Anne will be teaching

Mary Beth Temple

Author, designer and podcaster Mary Beth Temple offers classes for the knitter or crocheter — or sometimes both at the same time! — to fit any schedule or budget.  After successful careers as both a costumer in the entertainment arena in NYC, and an antiques dealer specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century textiles and decoratives, Mary Beth Temple is now a full-time author/designer of both knitting and crochet patterns.  Her work appears frequently in knitting and crochet magazines including Knit Simple, Vogue Knitting Crochet, Interweave Crochet, The Knitter (UK) and Inside Crochet (UK).  She is the owner and lead designer for the pattern line Hooked for Life.

Mary Beth will be teaching

The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA)

Celia McAdam Cahill has been knitting as long as she can remember.  As a teacher, Celia has led intermediate and advanced technique classes at her local yarn shop, as well as to Master Knitters during TKGA events.&nsp; Her knitwear designs are regularly featured in Cast On magazine, and is a frequent contributor of articles on techniques and book reviews.

Donna Estin is one of the most recent Master Knitter Graduates.  She is a prolific designer who loves designing heirloom sweaters with traditional design elements.

Arenda Holladay is the Executive Director of TKGA.  She is a well known for both her designs and her blog on knitting techniques.  She teaches two of TKGA's most popular classes:  Basics, Basics, Basics and Professional Finishing.

Joyce Jones is a Co-Chair for the Master Knitting program.  She is a frequent contributor of technical articles about knitting in Cast On magazine.  She is well known as an extremely patient and skilled teacher.

Nancy Simet is a Co-Chair for the Master Knitting program.  She is a teacher, knitter, and designer with a love for socks and shawls.

Heather Storta has been designing knitwear and teaching knitting for over 8 years.  Her designs have been published in Cast On magazine and Knitscene, as well as Knitty and elsewhere.

These six teachers will be teaching

The Crochet Guild of America (CGOA)

"The purpose of the Crochet Guild of America is to be a community that promotes the education, art and heritage of crochet while setting the standard for skill and quality."  This is the mission of the Crochet Guild of America, CGOA, a non-profit organization solely focused on crochet and the crocheter.  CGOA is comprised of over 3000 individuals and 125 chapters from around the world, including hobbyist, professionals, and industry leaders that seek to enhance the voice and the experience of everyone that crochets.  For instance CGOA offers the only crochet focused show in the United States with its Chainlink Conference, which rotates annually around the US.  It also offers certification as a Crochet Master through its Masters Program, having graduated more than 200 candidates and recognized them with the skills and practice necessary to be a Master.  When you Think Crochet-Think CGOA!

One of the CGOA teachers will be Linda Dean (top).  Linda has been crocheting for years, and is now a designer and instructor.  She is a proud professional member of CGOA and a Craft Yarn Counsel certified Instructor/Teacher.  Her patterns can be found in Ravelry at:  http://www.ravelry.com/designers/linda-dean.

Another will be Michelle Stauffenberg (bottom).  Michele learned to crochet from her mother when she was a young girl, and has crocheted intermittently since then.  She likes to make afghans, but in the last few years, she's tackled several garment projects.  She likes challenging stitch work and beautiful yarns.  Her crochet goal is to make things that knitters will admire.  She earned her Master of Advanced Crochet Stitches and Techniques certificate from CGOA in 2014, and has been a junior reviewer since 2015.  She is now a senior reviewer.

CGOA Masters Co-Chairs and Portfolio Reviewers will be teaching

Stacey Trock

Stacey has been bringing fun into the craft world with her successful designs and blog, FreshStitches, since 2008.  She is the author of multiple books and the instructor of several Craftsy courses.  Stacey firmly believes there is no 'right way' to knit, crochet, or craft, and experiments with a variety of techniques to achieve her desired finished product.  This philosophy spills over into her teaching style; she enthusiastically guides students in the way that works best for them ... crafting should be fun, of course!

Stacey will be teaching

Misty Urech

Misty has been a knitter for 20 years and a spinner for 13.  She is part of the mother/daughter team of Knitting Lagniappe and mom to 4 girls.  And on occasion you may see her with her massage chair!

Misty will be teaching

Kathleen Utts

Kathleen began her love for clothing construction while in high school, and earned a college degree in Home Economics to pursue her goal of teaching sewing and tailoring.  Job hunting after graduation took her in a different path, however, and she spent the next twenty years teaching Nutrition and Dietetics in both a hospital setting in Austin, Texas and in her private nutrition consulting business.  After raising her two children, she again returned to her original passion for clothing construction, but this time through the fiber arts, and with the opening of her own Yarn and Textiles shop in Wimberley, Texas.

As a weaver, spinner and knitter, Kathleen resonates with the concept of 'free form', and Saori style weaving and the creation of artistic clothing is a perfect match for her interests and skills.  In recent years her commitment to learning Saori has frequently taken her to Saori teachers in Atlanta, GA, Worcester, MA, and JAPAN (twice in 2017!) to learn from Kenzo Jo, son of Saori founder Misao Jo.

Along with Sarah Dauro, Kathleen will be teaching

Lise Wilson

Lise is a knitter, crocheter, podcaster, teacher and Independent Yarn Dyer.  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 dyeing yarns.

Lise will be teaching

Myra Wood

Myra Wood is an internationally known fiber artist, designer, author and teacher.  She teaches a wide range of classes in knitting, crochet, embroidery and beading specializing in all things creative.  Myra is the author of Knit in New Directions, Creative Crochet Lace and Crazy Lace along with numerous published patterns in books and magazines.  Myra has been a guest instructor on numerous episodes of Knit and Crochet Now, Knitty Gritty and Uncommon Threads and Knitting Daily on PBS, HGTV and DIY Network, and has classes available on Craftsy.  Myra has been crafting, sewing, knitting and crocheting since she was young and studied fine art painting and drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Philadelphia College of Art.  There is nothing she loves more than inspiring people creatively through teaching needlearts.  She truly believes everyone is creative and she wants to help them rediscover joy and freedom while creating through needlework.  More than just teaching techniques, she tries to inspire people.  She has an incredibly optimistic attitude and can't help but encourage anyone brave enough to take the creative plunge.  She sees knitting, crochet and other handwork as an opportunity for self-expression, a way to discovery and personal growth.

Myra will be teaching

In Memoriam

Our dear friend and teacher, Jacki Shuttleworth, passed away on February 22, 2018.  She will be greatly missed by the DFW Fiber Fest community.  Rest in Peace, sweet Jacki.

Jacki Shuttleworth

Jacki has been knitting since she was a child and loves to knit and crochet.  She organized a knitting meetup group that grew very quickly.  Through this group, Jacki discovered that she has the ability to help others understand knitting techniques and principles, so she started teaching classes in response to requests from the ladies in that group.