Fascinated by all things fiber since childhood, Sarah Anderson is the author of The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs. She has contributed to The All New Homespun Handknit book and Spin Off, Handwoven, and Ply magazines. Sarah’s enthusiasm for spinning techniques and constructions has driven her to create an extensive library of different yarn constructions that she loves to share with other spinners. She has filmed a few videos with Interweave Press including The Building Blocks of Spinning, Power Spinning, and Spinning Exotic Fiber Blends. Sarah lives, spins, knits, and weaves in the Pacific Northwest with her husband in a small house FULL of fiber, wheels and spindles.
Janine Bajus, also known as the Feral Knitter, has been obsessed with Fair Isle color work since 1998, when she learned to knit. Her background as a technical writer gave her the tools to develop a step-by-step method for designing complex, personal Fair Isle designs. She has been sharing this method across the country for 18 years. Her book, The Joy of Color: Fair Isle Knitting Your Way, grew out of her years of teaching.
When she’s not on the road teaching or leading knitters’ tours overseas, Janine loves to spin, garden, and dye at her home in Berkeley, California. You can find out more at her website www.feralknitter.com.
Anne Berk was certified by TKGA as a Master Knitter in 2003. Anne has designed for many yarn companies. DVDs on intarsia technique, Inside Intarsia and Intarsia In Depth are published by Interweave. She has written patterns and articles for many publications, including Piecework, Sockupied, ColorKnit and Twist Collective. She has taught classes nationally on subjects ranging from Argyle socks to Zipper insertion into hand-knits.
Annetarsia Knits is a reference book for learning to knit intarsia flat or in the round, in stockinette or garter stitch. The book includes workshops, a motif library, and 28 patterns for using the new techniques. Content is designed for knitters of all skill levels
Anne is also an optometrist in private practice in Happy Valley, Oregon.
Thursday: Argyle Socks
Friday AM: Annetarsia: Intarsia “in the round” (ITR)
Saturday PM: Lucet Braiding
Michele Lee Bernstein
I’m Michele Lee Bernstein, PDXKnitterati. I love designing accessories, especially if they use one or two skeins of very special yarn. I’m fond of texture (brioche, lace, entrelac, elongated stitches) and how techniques can be used to make small objects sing. My patterns are available through Ravelry.com.
I love teaching knitters to be the boss of their knitting! I teach at local yarn shops (Twisted in Portland, Oregon and For Yarn’s Sake in Beaverton, Oregon), fiber festivals (Madrona Fiber Arts Festival, Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival), and retreats.
I blog about knitting, food, and music at PDXKnitterati.com. You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook, Ravelry, and Twitter; I’m PDXKnitterati on all platforms.
A self-confessed “technique freak” and “skill junkie,” JC dabbles in all kinds of knitting, but has a special fondness for textured knitting and novel construction techniques. If it involves lace, cables, or seamless construction, it’s sure to catch her eye. She shares her enthusiasm by teaching at shops and fiber festivals, and through her book, Charts Made Simple. Regardless of the topic, she aims to build confidence by expressing concepts clearly and concisely, and by presenting skills and ideas in a digestible progression. Her latest venture is Stitch-Maps.com, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts of unparalleled fluidity, authenticity, and beauty.
Henry and Roy Clemes
A lifelong woodworker and small business owner, 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 started by sweeping floors at the age of 5. Together they have introduced many innovations to the fiber arts community and their equipment is known for being not only thoughtfully engineered but visually pleasing and durable as well. They regularly consult and instruct spinners, felters, fiber growers, and professional fiber artists in the use of drum carders for fiber prep.
Friday: Exploring Drum Carding
By day, Carson is a physical therapist who runs an ergonomics program for a San Francisco Bay Area medical center. Every other moment, he’s knitting, spinning, designing, teaching, writing, or otherwise up to some fiber fun with a watchful eye toward ergonomics. His passion and experience in fiber arts combine with his expertise in physical therapy and ergonomics to create a unique skill set that he eagerly shares with the fiber community at local yarn shops, guilds, and major knitting events across the country. He is a regular contributor to Ply magazine. His aim is to keep us all creating healthfully and comfortably ever after.
Designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008). His new 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.
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, 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.
You can follow him online as @franklinhabit on Twitter, @franklin.habit on Instagram, or through his Facebook page.
Thursday AM: Knitting to Fit Your Pampered Pet.
Saturday AM: History, Methods, and Styles of Lace Knitting
Sivia Harding has worked with fiber and art since she can remember. Obsessed since youth, by adulthood she had dabbled in weaving, spinning, and dyeing among other activities, and came to knitting in the year 2000. Almost immediately, she began to design. She is known mainly for her exceptional lace and bead designs. Her patterns also include accessories, garments, and imaginative Moebius creations. She has been widely published in books and collections, including Jared Flood’s Wool People series, online magazines such as Twist Collective and Knitty, and on Ravelry as Sivia Harding Knit Design.
Ilisha Helfman is a graduate of Smith College and the Yale University School of Design. She has been knitting quietly and creatively for over 40 years, has shown her knitted work in galleries in NY and Portland and had her collages in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Great Britain. Ilisha has a chapter in Knitting Art by Karen Searle (Voyageur Press, 2008) and has a book called Jazzknitting: An Introduction, and a Butterfly Knitting book. She has worked as a Graphic Designer, Textile Designer, and Toy Maker and currently is involved in making miniatures. For a more in-depth look at Ilisha’s range of creative work, especially those using her JazzKnitting technique check followthethread.com, on Instagram @ilishahelfman, and leafpdx.com.
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. He has a passion for spindles and everyday textiles and blogs, intermittently, at www.afewgreenfigs.blogspot.com.
Mary Scott Huff
Mary Scott Huff is the author of five knitting books: The New Stranded Colorwork, Teach Yourself Visually Color Knitting, Fun and Fantastical Hats to Knit, Fun and Fantastical Slippers to Knit, and The Creative Kids Photo Guide to Knitting. An Information Technology refugee, Mary now leads a yarn-centered life. The many friends she’s found along the way have helped her become a nationally-recognized designer, teacher, and author. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Mary shares a wee little house there with her husband, two children, some Scottish Terriers and more yarn than is strictly necessary. Join Mary and her adventures playing with string at maryscotthuff.com.
Galina A. Khmeleva, owner of Skaska Designs and author of Gossamer Webs, The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls and Gossamer Webs, The Design Collection, has earned the reputation as one of the most respected and knowledgeable lace knitting instructors in the country. As a former clothing and costume designer who worked with the ‘aristocracy’ of St. Petersburg’s 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 knitting 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. And as an extra bonus, Galina’s classes are an awesome, unforgettable cultural experience.
Sunday PM: Russian-Style Continental Knitting
Kate Larson loves using fiber arts as a bridge between art and agriculture. She is the editor of Spin Off and the author of The Practical Spinner’s Guide: Wool (Interweave, 2015) and several videos, including How to Spin Yarn to Knit. Her work has appeared in Spin Off, Jane Austen Knits, and more. Follow her woolly adventures at KateLarsonTextiles.com.
Catherine is known for elegant design that pairs her original and unique construction techniques with knitted fabric that is manipulated to produce characteristics akin to those found in woven textiles. By rethinking traditional technical and design vocabularies, she has developed a couture method for handknitting, a body of techniques that offers the means to realize in a handknit garment a level of craftsmanship and refined detail analogous to couture dressmaking.
Catherine teaches widely and her designs have appeared in Vogue Knitting, in Interweave Knits, and in knit.wear. She is the author of The Ravell’d Sleeve; her articles on couture knitting technique have been featured in Vogue Knitting; and she has been profiled in Interweave Knits, in Knitting Lessons by Lela Nargi, in KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects from Knitting’s New Wave by Sabrina Gschwandtner, and in knit.wear. For more information, visit http://www.catherine-lowe.com and http://www.knittingwithcompany.com.
Friday: The Wow! Factor
Judith is the ultimate textile artist and teacher. With an in-depth understanding of every aspect of spinning, weaving, knitting, and dyeing, her classes and company are highly sought after. Her teaching career spans the globe from the Arctic Circle to Turkey. She is the author of Teach Yourself Visually: Handspinning and The Intentional Spinner, several videos, and countless stories.
When she wasn’t digging in the sand in her backyard in New Mexico, Rebecca Mezoff grew up making dolls out of her dad’s old socks. Now she makes large-format tapestries and is often found weaving in her pajamas which she affectionately calls her “home pants.” She also creates online courses and occasionally she leaves the studio to teach weavers in the real world about color, design, and technique in tapestry. Her current work focuses on human perception and the long scale of geologic time. Her studio is in Fort Collins, Colorado. You can find out more about her on her website and blog at www.tapestryweaving.com.
Jillian Moreno, author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture: A Knitter’s Guide to Spinning: Building Exactly the Yarn You Want, can’t stop writing and teaching about spinning and using handspun to knit, weave and stitch.
She explores, questions and plays with fiber and wants to take as many people as possible along for the ride.
She enthusiastically encourages her students and readers to feel confidence and joy making and using their handspun, even if it means singing and dancing in class.
If you can’t find her teaching in person you can find her on Craftsy and in Knittty.com, PLY Magazine and Spin Off Magazine.
When she’s at home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she can be found wantonly basking in her stash and working on her next book.
Saturday PM: Match Game: Spinning for Knitting
Sarah is a designer, teacher, and technical editor. She teaches at local yarn shops and guilds, for regional and national conferences, and on Craftsy.
Sarah’s passion is making knitting accessible to everyone. She is known for the patience and humor with which she teaches, for the relevance and detail of her class notes, and for her ability to instill confidence and provide her students with a wide range of lasting skills.
Alasdair is a computer technician in the Boston area who spends much of his spare time as a knitting designer, focusing specifically on double-knitting, a technique that creates a fabric with no wrong side.
Alasdair is among those on the forefront of innovation in double-knitting. His books, entitled Extreme Double-Knitting and Double or Nothing, documents his repertoire of esoteric double-knitting techniques.
My focus is living folk art crafts. I teach a wide variety, from painting techniques to weaving, the common thread being the techniques are all deep-rooted in a culture from around the world. You might say the techniques I teach have all survived the ‘test of time’.I have the best job in the world; I travel to various countries gathering folk art techniques, then return to the US to teach enthusiastic students!
Stacy Schlutsmeyer is a weaver, knitter and spinner. In 2016 she discovered tablet weaving and became fascinated by the endless possibilities it offered. She enjoys exploring the many forms of tablet weaving that have been developed all over the world, and is excited to share that knowledge with you.
Thursday: Sulawesi Tablet Weaving
A whirlwind of artistic energy, Janis is always exploring and sharing information about her fibery adventures. She teaches at Eugene Textile Center, guilds, and at festivals in and around the Pacific Northwest.
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 for both men and women, with an aesthetic that emphasizes texture and linear flow. Check out his designs and knitting blog at www.goodforaboy.com. He is Knitteryninja on Ravelry.
Thursday AM: Versatility with Cast-ons
Sunday PM: Addictive Argyle! Hat Project
John started his journey with braiding in 2008. Where his first attempt at learning knitting failed, kumihimo stuck hard. He has studied with Makiko Tada, Rodrick Owen, and Jennie Parry, among others. He owns all the books, and has actually read them. He’s officially demonstrated kumihimo at Madrona Fiber Arts for years, and unofficially for years before that. He designs and builds his own variations on the traditional braiding stands, and is looking forward to starting production in his own shop in 2020.
Thursday: Introduction to Kumihimo on Marudai
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
Find Karen at http://www.KarenWhooley.com
Please note: Due to the uncertain nature of our borders, even for legitimate business, and legitimate visas, no international instructors were considered. We apologize for this, but the current climate of government border agencies allows us no other choice.