2019 Teachers

Leigh Abernathy

Areas of Expertise
 Wet-felting
Tenure in the Fiber Arts
 20 years
Where She's Taught
 Arkansas, Oklahoma
Fun Facts
 
  • Addicted to fiber since she first plunged her hands into a bag of wool
  • Inveterate tinkerer, and developed a different, faster method of wet-felting that doesn't require rolling — she uses this method to make fun, fantastical felted hats, puppets and other items
Online
 
  • FB: @twiningvinedesigns
  • IG: @twiningvinedesigns
  • Rav: twiningvines
  • Web: www.twiningvinedesigns.com
Leigh will be teaching

Molly Andries

Areas of Expertise
 Crochet
Mission
 Ensure local crocheters have all the resources they need available to them and for everyone to have fun crocheting
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • One of the founders of DFW Fiber Fest
  • Past president of the Crochet Texas! Guild
  • Certified crochet instructor
Molly will be teaching

Kate Atherley

Areas of Expertise
 All things knitterly, knitting designer with detailed patterns
Where She's Taught
 Interweave YarnFest, Edinburgh Yarn Festival
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Knitty.com's Managing Technical Editor
  • Experts have declared that her latest book, The Knitter's Dictionary, belongs in every knitter's bag.
  • Her 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 and Knit Mitts! books have been hugely popular.
  • She lives in Toronto with her husband and their challenging but adorable rescue dog, Dexter.
Online
 
  • IG: @kateatherleyknits
  • Rav: kateatherly
  • Twitter: @kateatherley
  • Web: kateatherley.com
Kate will be teaching

Janine Bajus

Areas of Expertise
 Fair Isle knitting, designing
Tenure in the Fiber Arts
 16 years
Where She's Taught
 Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat, Stitches, Yarnover, Taos Wool Festival, yarn shops, guilds, private workshops
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Fascinated by the interplay of color in Fair Isle knitting
  • Loves to teach others how to design their own colorful garments that fit well through a step-by-step process
  • Comprehensive handouts are professionally printed
  • Will bring the full range of Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift (212 colors) for students to work with
  • Author of The Joy of Color:  Fair Isle Knitting Your Way
Online
 
  • IG: @janinebajus
  • Rav: feralknitter
  • Blog: feralknitter.typepad.com
  • Web: www.feralknitter.com
Janine 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.

Areas of Expertise
 Knitting, designing
Tenure in the Fiber Arts
 30 years
Where She's Taught
 Retreats, guilds, workshops in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Michigan and Mexico
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Learned to knit at age 4
  • Began teaching knitting while still in high school
  • Loves to find a new technique or stitch
  • Desire to understand HOW things work and why led her to designing her own patterns
  • Possesses a wealth of knowledge, with tips and tricks for everything from cast on to bind off for accessories to sweaters
  • One of the original instructors for DFW Fiber Fest
  • Designer for Brooks Farm Yarns, Buffalo Wool Company, Knitting Rose, Erin Lane, as well as design editor for Spirit of Knitting (2004-2008)
  • Author of Knitting with Bamboo Yarn
Online
 
  • FB: @knittingfairy
  • IG: @theknittingfairy
  • Rav: knittingfairy
  • Web: www.knittingfairy.com
Alissa will be teaching

Denise Bell

Areas of Expertise
 Knitting, designing
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Always performed some kind of handwork when growing up
  • Instantly addicted when she learned to knit
  • Knitting emphasis is lace
  • Sees patterns wherever she looks
  • Spent time in Shetland and Scotland to delve further into the history of fine lace knitting
  • Traveling and nature provide her with design inspiration
  • Nationally-recognized teacher, member of The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA)
  • Enjoys solving cryptic crossword puzzles, kayaking when not designing
  • Her business, Lost City Knits, named for the community nearest her Oklahoma farm, offers fine hand-dyed yarns and original designs
  • Along with husband Chris, author of Ultima Thule:  Patterns Inspired by the Shetland Islands and Deep Roots:  Patterns inspired by the Tallgrass Prairie
Online
 
  • FB: @lostcityknits
  • IG: @lostcityknits
  • Rav: lostcityknits
  • Web: www.lostcityknits.com
Denise will be teaching

Leef Bloomenstiel

Areas of Expertise
 Knitting, spinning, weaving, designing
Tenure in the Fiber Arts
 40 years
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Finds the fiber arts as intellectually stimulating and "Zen-fully" satisfying today as in the beginning because she always finds something new to learn
  • Approaches her classes from a practical, ergonomic, and functional point of view
  • Enjoys writing new knitting and felting patterns
  • Runs workshops at her farm (Apple Leef Farm), located in Van Alstyne, TX.
Online
 
  • Rav: leef
  • Web: www.appleleeffarm.com
Leef will be teaching

Joi Chupp

Areas of Expertise
 Knitting, crochet, felting
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Her mother taught her to knit, crochet and sew
  • Nearly 25 years ago, she bought a farm.
  • Next, she inherited a few sheep from a neighbor and the rest is history.
  • Teacher in her previous life and loves sharing the knowledge she has gained.
Online
 IG: @suitsusfarms
Joi will be teaching

Henry and Roy Clemes

Areas of Expertise
 Fiber preparation
Tenure in the Fiber Arts
 45/25 years
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Henry has been building fiber art equipment for over 45 years and drum carders for 38 years.
  • Roy grew up in his family's woodshop and is one of the few 30-year-olds with 25 years of experience in his field.
  • Introduced many innovations to the fiber arts community
  • Their equipment is known for being not only thoughtfully engineered but also visually pleasing and durable.
Online
 
  • FB: @clemesandclemes
  • IG: @clemesandclemes
  • Web: www.clemes.com
Henry and Roy will be teaching
Roy will be teaching

Ana Clerc

Areas of Expertise
 Knitting, crochet, dying, color theory
Tenure in the Fiber Arts
 8 years
Where She's Taught
 Hill Country Weavers (Austin), other venues across Texas
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Ana is the dyer and co-owner of Yarn Carnival, a Texas-based hand-dyed yarn company
  • Has taught knitting, crochet and color theory at all levels
Online
 
  • FB: @yarncarnival
  • IG: @yarncarnival
  • Rav: ana-clerc
  • Web: www.yarncarnival.com
Ana will be teaching

Judy Crouch

Areas of Expertise
 Spinning, weaving, felting, crochet
Tenure in the Fiber Arts
 20 years
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Partner in a Twist In Time and has taught fiber arts for about 20 years.
  • Beginning classes are her favorite to teach.
  • She has experience teaching spinning, weaving, felting (both dry and wet) and crochet.
Online
 FB: @atwistintime
Judy will be teaching

Sarah Dauro

Areas of Expertise
 Weaving, spinning, knitting
Tenure in the Fiber Arts
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Involved with fiber arts for most of her life
  • Finding Saori was a game-changer
  • Before Saori, life was about spinning the perfect laceweight yarn and knitting the most beautiful lace gray shawl
  • Since Saori, Sarah's eyes have been opened to:
    • Wonders of art yarn
    • Beautiful colors of the rainbow and beyond
    • Imperfect perfection of weaving your heart
  • Has been a Saori instructor since 2014
Online
 
  • FB: @sarah.g.dauro
  • Web: https://handmadesaori.com
Sarah will be teaching

Linda Dean

Areas of Expertise
 Crochet
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Self-taught crocheter
  • Enjoys creating and designing new ways to put stitches together
  • Crochet is her relaxation and rejuvenation time
  • Believes 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!)
  • Passed the Crochet Guild of America Master's Program in 2010 and began teaching
  • Has been designing for publishing since 2012
  • Active with the Crochet Guild of America, currently serving on the Board of Directors
  • Craft Yarn Council Certified Instructor
  • Lives with her husband and kids in the home her great-grandfather built
Online
 
  • FB: @lindadeancrochet
  • IG: @lindadeancrochet
  • Rav: lindadeancrochet
  • Web: www.lindadeancrochet.com
Linda will be teaching

Carson Demers

Areas of Expertise
 Knitting, spinning
Where He's Taught
 Knitting, spinning and other fiber events through the US, as well as at local yarn shops and guilds
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • By day, runs an award-winning ergonomics program as a physical therapist for a San Francisco medical center
  • Has combined his passion and experience in fiber arts, with his expertise in physical therapy and ergonomics, to create a unique skill set that he eagerly shares with the fiber community to keep us all creating healthfully — and comfortably — ever after
  • When not working or teaching, he's knitting, spinning, designing, or otherwise up to some fiber fun — always with a watchful eye toward ergonomics
  • Has written articles for TNNA
  • Is a regular contributor to Ply Magazine
  • Is the author of Knitting Comfortably:  The Ergonomics of HandKnitting
Online
 
  • IG: @ergoiknit
  • Rav: ergoiknit
  • Web: www.ergoiknit.com
Carson will be teaching

Peggy Doney

Areas of Expertise
 Spinning, Dyeing, Knitting, Silk Fusion
Tenure in the Fiber Arts
Where She's Taught
 Taos Wool Festival, guilds, annual fiber arts gathering in her backyard
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Fascinated with color since her first box of crayons
  • Took a spinning class with a neighbor and realized how she could repurpose 20 years of accumulated homeschooling chemistry equipment
  • Enjoys spinning, knitting, silk fusion, and dyeing
  • Has been discovering color recipes using triad studies for many years
    • These studies allow exploration in hue as well as value and support her special interest in making accurate recipes that are starting points for matching colors in nature.
  • The yarns she 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
  • Regular dyer for Treenway Silks because of her skill with the dye pot
  • Enjoys sharing her passion for creating with fiber and color with others
Online
 
  • FB: @the100thsheep
  • IG: @the100thsheep
  • Rav: the-100th-sheep
  • Web: www.the100thsheep.com
Peggy will be teaching

Abby Franquemont

Areas of Expertise
 Spinning
Tenure in the Fiber Arts
 12 years
Where She's Taught
 Festivals, retreats, shops around the world
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Steeped in the fiber arts since birth
  • Technical, passionate, inquisitive, and informed
  • Author of Respect the Spindle
Online
 
  • FB: @abbysyarns
  • IG: @abbysyarns
  • Rav: abbysyarns
  • Web: www.abbysyarns.com
Abby will be teaching

Franklin Habit

Areas of Expertise
 Knitting, crochet, spinning, designing
Where He's Taught
 Vogue Knitting Live!, STITCHES Events, Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat, Squam Arts Workshops, Sock Summit, Taos Wool Festival
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Designer, teacher, author and illustrator
  • First became known as the writer of The Panopticon (presently on hiatus), one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet
  • Lives in Chicago, IL, cohabiting shamelessly with 15,000 books, a Schacht spinning wheel, three looms, and a colony of yarn that multiplies whenever his back is turned
  • His independently-published designs are available on Ravelry
  • Contributor to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, and Twist Collective
  • Provides regular columns and cartoons for Knitty.com, PLY Magazine, and Lion Brand Yarns
  • Writes a popular "Fridays with Franklin" feature for Skacel Collection
  • Author of It Itches:  A Stash of Knitting Cartoons and I Dream of Yarn:  A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book
Online
 
  • FB: @fhabit
  • IG: @franklin.habit
  • Rav: franklin
  • Web: www.franklinhabit.com
Franklin will be teaching

Kristin Hansen

Areas of Expertise
 Knitting, designing
Tenure in the Fiber Arts
 10 years
Where She's Taught
 TNNA, yarn shops across Arizona
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Has been working with fiber since early childhood
  • Has been designing knitwear for more than 10 years
  • Her patterns are available on Ravelry and Craftsy.
Online
 
  • Rav: kehmaple
  • Web: www.knittingnanny.com
Kristin will be teaching

Sony Hartley

Areas of Expertise
 Pottery, spinning, knitting
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Co-owner of the Knitting Lagniappe team
  • Has written for PLY Magazine
  • Some of her products have been featured in knitting and crochet magazines
Online
 
  • FB: @knittinglagniappe
  • IG: @knittinglagniappe
  • Rav: knitting-lagniappe
  • Web: www.knittinglagniappe.com
Sony will be teaching

Joyce Hazlerig

Areas of Expertise
 Felting
Tenure in the Fiber Arts
 10 years
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Award-winning fiber artist
  • Won Living Felt's International Alice in Wonderland Contest in 2010 with her innovative glow-under-black light Psychedelic Cheshire Cat
  • Her whimsical characters and adorable creatures are inspired by myth, fairy tales, and the natural world
  • Works Renaissance festivals in Texas and Oklahoma
  • Sells her art at indie craft shows throughout the year
  • Often processes and dyes her own fiber, buying fleeces and fiber from small family farms
  • Lives with her Hypnotist/Bard husband with a cadre of furry animal children in the rural outskirts of charming Bastrop, TX
Online
 
  • FB: @gypsyhartearts
  • IG: @gypsyharte
  • Rav: gypsyharte
  • Web: www.gypsyharte.com
Joyce will be teaching

Amy Herzog

Areas of Expertise
 Knitting, designing, knitting tech
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Has been knitting since she was a wee thing
  • Tech-crazed since she created her first Lego/LOGO robot in 7th grade
  • Super passionate about helping knitters make sweaters they love to wear
  • Worked in computer security for 15 years before leaving the corporate life to start a knitting tech start-up
  • Creator of the CustomFit sweater pattern generator and knitting calculators
    • Little known fact:  CustomFit was almost a giant Lego robot that knit the sweaters for you.
  • Sweater designs featured in Rowan, Knitscene, Interweave Knits, Twist Collective
  • Has been on TV
  • Lives in Connecticut with a bunch of boys, cats, and wool
  • Author of Knit to Flatter, Knit Wear Love and You Can Knit That
Online
 
  • FB: @amyherzogdesigns
  • IG: @amyherzogdesign
  • Rav: amyherzog
  • Web: www.amyherzogdesigns.com
Amy will be teaching

Deborah Jarchow

Areas of Expertise
 Weaving, knitting, crochet
Tenure in the Fiber Arts
 22 years
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • After many years of teaching knitting and crochet, discovered weaving in 1996, and her love of fiber, texture, and color came together
  • Loves helping knitters discover the joy of weaving
  • Works 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 galleries and museums across the country
  • Has won numerous awards and written articles for national publications
  • Work has been commissioned by churches and is in many private collections
  • Has been an artist-in-residence, teacher, and weaver at Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo, CA since 2004
Online
 
  • IG: @djweaves
  • Web: www.deborahjarchow.com
Deborah will be teaching

Kelly Jones

Areas of Expertise
 Loom knitting
Tenure in the Fiber Arts
 11 years
Where She's Taught
 Various fiber festivals across the Midwest, online Yahoo! groups
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Began loom knitting in 2007 shortly after her son was born, because she wanted to make him a baby blanket
  • Soon fell in love with loom knitting and now has a beautiful daughter to loom for
  • Owner of Kiss Looms, home of the adjustable gauge loom
  • Loves teaching first-time knitters and believes that anyone can learn no matter their experience or skill level
  • Author of Tiny Dots for Tiny Tots
Online
 
  • FB: @kiss knitting and weaving looms
  • IG: @kissknittinglooms
  • Web: www.kisslooms.com
Kelly will be teaching

Galina A. Khmeleva

Areas of Expertise
 Lace knitting, spinning, designing
Where She's Taught
 All over the globe, including Great Britain, Italy and Australia, and Craft Cruises' Baltic Cruise
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Designs have appeared in Piecework, Interweave Knits, Spin-Off, Knitting Traditions, Knitter's Magazine, Cast On, Wild Fibers and Verena and have been printed in Italian, Russian, German, Dutch and English
  • Author of Gossamer Webs:  The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls and Gossamer Webs:  The Design Collection
  • Has also produced 4 DVDs:
    • Orenburg Knitting - Knitting Gossamer Webs
    • Spinning Gossamer Threads - The Yarns of Orenburg
    • Knitting Old World Lace - from Shetland to Orenburg
    • Knitting Lace in Intarsia - The Secrets of Olga Fedoraova
Online
 
  • Rav: galina-khmeleva
  • Web: www.skaska.com
Galina will be teaching

Judith MacKenzie

Areas of Expertise
 Spinning, weaving
Where She's Taught
 Strung-Along Retreats, Columbia Gorge Festival, Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat, John C. Campbell Folk School, Black Sheep Gathering
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Judith is the ultimate textile artist and teacher.
  • Has been spinning and weaving most of her life
  • In-depth understanding of every aspect of spinning, weaving, knitting and dyeing
  • Teaching career spans the globe from such fascinating places as above the Arctic Circle all the way to Turkey
  • Author of Teach Yourself Visually:  Handspinning and The Intentional Spinner, as well as other books and DVDs
Online
 Rav: judith-mackenzie-mccuin
Judith will be teaching

Sheryl Means

Areas of Expertise
 Spinning, crochet
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Passion for wool, making yarn, crochet and all the magic that happens when these things meet
  • Has been published in Interweave Crochet and Crochet! Magazine
  • Author of Crochet Textures for Home and Baby
Online
 
  • IG: @twistedspindler and @thewoolenhook
  • Rav: sheryluvsyarn
  • Web: www.thewoolenhook.com
Sheryl will be teaching

Darlene Megli

Areas of Expertise
 Spinning, weaving, dyeing
Tenure in the Fiber Arts
 30 years
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • She loves to see the Ah-Ha moment when a beginner realizes, "Yes, I can do this!"
  • Past president of her fiber guild
  • Lives in southwest Missouri on a farm with her sheep and other animals
Darlene will be teaching

Bex Oliger

Areas of Expertise
 Weaving, spinning, knitting, natural dyeing
Tenure in the Fiber Arts
 35 years
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Grew up in her mother's weaving and dyeing studio
  • Knitwear designer and owner of Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe in Columbia, MO
Online
 
  • FB: @hillcreekyarn
  • Rav: bextra
  • Web: www.hillcreekyarn.com
Bex will be teaching

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Areas of Expertise
 Knitting
Tenure in the Fiber Arts
 40 years
Where She's Taught
 Various fiber festivals and yarn stores across North America
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Has been knitting for more than 40 years
  • Loves to teach about knitting and thinks that most people would be surprised how important she thinks it is
  • Author of the popular and long-lived blog "Yarn Harlot"
  • Part of the magic at the Strung Along Retreats for knitters
  • 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.)
  • 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
  • Lives in an untidy, wool-filled house in Toronto, Canada.
Online
 
  • IG: @yarnharlot
  • Rav: yarnharlot
  • Web: www.yarnharlot.com
Stephanie will be teaching

Lesley Anne Robinson

Areas of Expertise
 Knitting, designing
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Says, "Knitting is my release, my getaway, the place where I go to breathe and meditate."
  • Enjoys knitting and designing knitwear, and knits for the home
  • 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, MI.  This is where her love of knitting and everything fiber related truly began.
  • Has been designing knitwear and knits for the home since 2015 and enjoys creating modern pieces with a flair for something different
Online
 
  • FB: @knitgraffitidesigns
  • IG: @knitgraffiti
  • Rav: knitgraffiti
  • Web: www.knitgraffiti.com
Lesley Anne will be teaching

Shibaguyz

Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Areas of Expertise
 Crochet, knitting, designing
Where He's Taught
 New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, across the Pacific Northwest
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Co-founder of Shibaguyz Designz and The Shibaguyz
  • Award-winning designer
  • A skilled instructor, classes are often sold out and are highly recommended by his students
  • Has published hundreds of patterns for magazines, yarn companies, and the Shibaguyz Designz Pattern Line
  • Work has appeared on the covers of US and international magazines, including Interweave, Crochet! Crochet Today, Inside Crochet, and Knitting Today
  • Co-author of seven books
  • When not in the studio, can be found hiking in the Pacific Northwest wilderness with his husband Jason and their 3 shiba inu — The Shibakidz

Jason Mullett-Bowlsby

Areas of Expertise
 Photography
Where He's Taught
 New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, across the Pacific Northwest
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Co-founder of Shibaguyz Photography and The Shibaguyz
  • Skills in photography, graphic design, and layout can be seen in numerous published books and pattern lines including The Shibaguyz' own pattern line, which includes the books Urban Edge, Moonstruck, and Designer Crochet.
  • A highly skilled photographer, Jason specializes in portrait, fashion and fiber arts photography.
  • Worked as an event photographer for such prestigious events as the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City and the James Beard Foundation Taste America dinners
  • Also skilled in the kitchen and enjoys hiking with his husband, Shannon, gardening and rollerblading with the Shibakidz
Online
 
  • FB: @shibaguyz / @shibaguyzdesignz
  • IG: @shibaguyz
  • Rav: shibaguyz
  • Web: www.shibaguyz.com
Shibaguyz will be teaching

Quayln Stark

Areas of Expertise
 Crochet, knitting, designing, spinning
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • As a child, you could find Quayln cutting up his grandmother's old skirts and fashioning them into dresses for his little sister.
  • Passion for the fiber arts has only grown stronger
  • Now involved in every aspect of fiber
  • Born and raised Texan who dyes, spins, crochets, knits, designs, and hosts a bimonthly fiber podcast
  • Most recently, at the age of 19, he became one of the youngest pattern designers to work as a designer for Red Heart
Online
 
  • FB: @portquoelio
  • IG: @portquoelio
  • Rav: QUOE
  • Web: www.QUOE.us
Quayln will be teaching

Heather Storta

Areas of Expertise
 Knitting, designing
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • TKGA certified Master Knitter and a certified Tech Editor
  • Has been teaching knitting as well as designing knitwear for over 10 years
  • Knitting is her passion, and she enjoys learning all the hows and whys of knitting, from the history of the craft to the technical aspects of construction and design.
  • As much as she loves expanding her personal knowledge of this craft, she gets more enjoyment out of teaching other knitters ways to improve their knitting.
Online
 
  • FB: @hstorta
  • IG: @heatherstorta
  • Rav: heatherstorta
  • Web: heatherstorta.com
Heather will be teaching

Stacey Trock

Areas of Expertise
 Knitting, crochet
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Passion for teaching beginners in a fun, light-hearted way that boosts confidence and sets the student up for success
  • Believes there is no "right way" to knit, crochet or craft
  • Experiments with a variety of techniques to achieve her desired finished product
Online
 
  • IG: @staceytrock
  • Rav: freshstitches
Stacey will be teaching
 Free "Learn to Knit" and "Learn to Crochet" classes

Misty Urech

Areas of Expertise
 Knitting, spinning
Tenure in the Fiber Arts
 20 years
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Part of the mother/daughter team of Knitting Lagniappe and mom to 4 girls
  • On occasion you may see her with her massage chair!
  • Originally from New Orleans, she now lives in the DFW area.
Online
 
  • IG: @knittinglagniappe
  • Web: www.knittinglagniappe.com
Misty will be teaching

Kathleen Utts

Areas of Expertise
 Knitting, spinning, weaving
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • As a girl, fashioning distinctive apparel for her dolls soon led Kathleen to designing artistic 'dog-wear' and then later her own clothing
  • This interest led her to earn a bachelor's degree in Home Economics
  • After a second degree and a 20-year career as a registered dietitian, Kathleen and her family moved to a 40-acre ranch in Wimberley, TX, when she began a love affair with nature, beautiful sunsets, organic gardening, and 18 alpaca.
  • Turning the alpacas' luscious fiber made into yarn and then crafting it into beautiful garments returned her to her original passion for clothing construction.
  • As a weaver, spinner and knitter, the concept of "Free-Form" resonates because it fosters the artist within her.
  • Upon discovering Saori style weaving, she knew that would be her next creative direction, as the creation of artistic clothing is a perfect match for her interests and skills.
  • Her commitment to learning the Saori way has taken her to Saori teachers in Atlanta, GA, Worcester, MA, and Japan (twice in 2017) to study with Kenzo Jo, son of Saori Founder, Misao Jo.
  • After selling her yarn store in 2017, Kathleen created Wimberley Valley Saori, a weaving studio where she offer classes and workshops for those who want to 'weave out of the box.'
Online
 
  • FB: @kathleenuttssaori
  • IG: @kathleenuttssaori
  • Web: https://www.wimberleyvalleysaori.com/
Kathleen will be teaching

The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA)

Celia McAdam Cahill

Areas of Expertise
  Knitting
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
  • One of her early childhood memories is of first grade recess, sitting on the steps attempting to practice her knitting with aluminum needles and pink acrylic.
  • Passion has never stopped, though she's moved on to higher-end needles and hand-dyed merinos
  • Became a TKGA Master Hand Knitter in 2011 and joined the Master Hand Knitter Committee
  • Served as a member of the Cast On magazine editorial board
  • Joined the TKGA Board of Directors, serving as Vice President of Off Site Education
  • A fifth generation Californian, Celia is a semi-retired transportation planning executive, with diverse experience in highways, transit, rail, and bikeways.
  • Semi-retirement has provided her with more time to focus on knitting.
  • Has ramped up her portfolio of published pattern designs and articles
  • Teaches advanced knitting techniques and judges the knitting entries at the California State Fair

Christina Hanger

Areas of Expertise
  Knitting, designing
Tenure in the fiber arts
  6 years
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
  • TKGA certified Master Knitter
  • Secretary of TKGA
  • Current member of the TKGA Master Hand Knitting committee
  • Member of the Cast On editorial committee
  • Has designed knitwear and taught knitting for more than six years
  • Her designs have been published in Cast On magazine and Vogue Knitting.
  • Resides in Dallas with her husband and son
  • Runs a local education nonprofit, which keeps her from knitting as much as she would like

Arenda Holladay

Areas of Expertise
  Knitting, crochet
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
  • Learned a variety of crafts, including crocheting and knitting, while growing up in Utah
  • Preferred crocheting to knitting through her teen and college years (and has the acrylic grannie square poncho to prove it!)
  • Current president of The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA) and editor of Cast On magazine
  • Professional life spent in the computer industry as a technical writer and instructional designer, living in Dallas and Atlanta
  • Became reacquainted with knitting during that time and likes to say she was an "enthusiastic" knitter
  • A move to Lexington, KY, in the 1980s gave her time to devote to her children and knitting.  She discovered TKGA and became a Master Hand Knitter.
  • Became more involved with the organization, first as a TKGA Master Hand Knitter Committee member, then a co-chair
  • Was asked to help redesign TKGA's Cast On magazine and act as a consultant for content
  • TKGA reorganized as a non-profit organization in 2017 and she was the obvious choice to continue her longtime leadership as president of the board and editor of Cast On.

Joyce Jones

Areas of Expertise
  Knitting, spinning
Tenure in the fiber arts
  25 years
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
  • A Cleveland, OH, native, she began to take knitting seriously 25 years ago when she began spinning yarn.
  • Now she would rather purchase yarn so as to be able to spend more time knitting with it.
  • Became a Master Knitter in 2010 and joined TKGA's Master Hand Knitter Committee
  • Became a Co-Chair in 2015
  • Joy comes from taking what she has learned from the Master Hand Knitter program and sharing it with others.
  • When not knitting, she runs an innovative program in the public library system that lends not books, but toys.  Yes, that means Joyce gets to purchase, play with, and promote toys for a living!

Heather Storta

Areas of Expertise
  Knitting, designing
Tenure in the fiber arts
  10 years
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
  • TKGA certified Master Knitter, Tech Editor and Knitting Instructor
  • Current co-chair of the TKGA Master Hand Knitting committee
  • Member of the Cast On editorial committee
  • Designs have been published in Cast On magazine, Knitscene, and Knitty.com
  • Resides in the Charlotte, NC, area and is a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom of 2 boys
  • When not knitting, designing or teaching (her boys or knitters!), she can be found spinning yarn, reading or in the outdoors camping and hiking with her family.
These five teachers will be teaching

The Crochet Guild of America (CGOA)

Linda Dean

Areas of Expertise
  Crochet, designing
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
  • Self-taught crocheter
  • Passed the Crochet Guild of America Master's Program in 2010 and began teaching
  • Craft Yarn Council Certified Instructor
  • Active with the Crochet Guild of America, currently serving on the Board of Directors
  • Has been designing for publishing since 2012
  • Enjoys creating and designing new ways to put stitches together

Anna Rominger

Areas of Expertise
 Crochet
Tenure in the Fiber Arts
 A member of CGOA for 7 years
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
  • likes to recycle perfectly good teddy bears by designing sweaters and blankets for them
  • sells and has donated her bears to new owners
  • has crocheted since she was 5
  • was the Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Indiana University Northwest and an Associate Professor of Management at I U Northwest
  • taught business law classes for 25 years until she retired
  • practiced law for 22 years before that
  • worked in the area of organizing businesses including copyright and trademark law
  • is a ballroom dancer

Michelle Stauffenberg

Areas of Expertise
  Crochet
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
  • earned her Master of Advanced Crochet Stitches and Techniques certificate from CGOA in 2014
  • learned to crochet from her mother when she was a young girl
  • likes to make afghans
  • in the last few years, she has tackled several garment projects
  • likes challenging stitch work and beautiful yarns
  • crochet goal is to make things that knitters will admire
  • became a junior reviewer in 2015
  • is now a senior reviewer
These three teachers will be teaching