Interweave Yarn Fest 2018 Instructors
Advance your skills and fine-tune your techniques with guidance from a network of highly-skilled, proficient and professional fiber artists. Our Instructors have a deep passion for sharing their knowledge with eager-to-learn students. In the classroom, you will take your understanding of fiber art to new heights by trying out new methods and approaches. Your instructors want you to succeed, so don’t be afraid to raise your hand in class! Meet Interweave Yarn Fest 2018’s fantastic lineup of instructors!
- Kate Atherley
- Barbara Benson
- Sara Bixler
- JC Briar
- Beth Brown-Reinsel
- Maggie Casey
- Robyn Chachula
- Deb Essen
- Kate Gagnon Osborn
- Faina Goberstein
- Elizabeth Johnston
- Courtney Kelley
- Galina Khmeleva
- Kate Larson
- Susan Lowman
- Rebecca Mezoff
- Annie Modesitt
- Daniella Nii
- Deb Robson
- Nancy Shroyer
- Sarah Solomon
- Margit Tritt
Susan Lowman is a well-known crochet designer, technical editor and teacher. She enjoys experimenting with new crochet techniques and sharing her enthusiasm for crochet with her students. Susan is a patient, encouraging teacher with 11+ years of experience and in-depth, detailed class handouts. She is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Teacher/Instructor and loves seeing the light bulb go off in her students’ heads when they “get it”! Susan has been crocheting for 40+ years and has over 200 published crochet designs in various crochet techniques. She also enjoys the challenge of technical editing for various books and magazines. Susan owns and operates her website, TheCrochetArchitect.com, where she shares her crochet knowledge through blogging, crochet tutorials and her self-published crochet patterns. Susan has been a professional member of CGOA (Crochet Guild of America) since 2002.
Sarah Solomon is a knitwear designer, writer and teacher based in New York City. Her patterns and articles have appeared in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, knit.wear, Wool Studio and Vogue Knitting, and with collections by Manos del Uruguay, Woolfolk, mYak and Gauge + Tension. As someone who learned to knit as an adult, she still remembers the frustrations of the learning process, but loves helping people to improve their knitting skills and explore new techniques. Her interests include everything from traditional techniques, to colorwork, to fine finishing with a particular emphasis on garment construction. She is also an avid sewer and spinner and loves handwork in many forms. In her design work, Sarah focuses on creating garments and accessories from exceptional yarns that are knittable, wearable and designed to last.
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 on 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.
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, and more. She is an online instructor for a number of crochet workshops at both AnniesCatalog.com and Interweave.com. All of 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.
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 leaves the studio to teach weavers in the real world about color and technique in tapestry. Her current work focuses on human perception and the long scale of geologic time. Her studio is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. You can find out more about her on her website and blog at rebeccamezoff.com.
Nancy Shroyer knits, spins, weaves, dyes, designs, teaches and invents in Cary, NC. As the founder and President of Nancy’s Knit Knacks LLC, Nancy, along with a select team, designs and develops a line of tools and winding equipment for yarn shops, fiber artists and producers. Nancy personally invented 15+ tools for knitters and spinners. Nancy is a freelance book writer and designer. She has 2 published books as well as over 30 patterns published by a variety of magazines. Nancy is also a co-host for a retreat for 60 fiber enthusiasts. But Nancy’s favorite job is teaching. Nancy has been teaching fiber arts classes for 40 years. She has 23 different workshops in knitting, spinning, dyeing and weaving. Nancy’s philosophy is to make working with fiber easier for everyone. She has found many shortcuts, techniques and formulas that can save time and anxiety. Her students love her kind easy going manner.
I started raising alpacas on our property in 2009. These animals have gorgeous fiber that yields amazing yarn. My repeated attempts at hand knitting were increasingly frustrating and I don’t have patience to complete even a small scarf. What should I do with all this yarn? After significant research on currently available knitting machines, I purchased my first Silver Reed knitting machine in 2012. My passion and number of machines have grown exponentially. I can’t wait to share with you the art and magic of machine knitting. Women and men alike have learned the valuable tool to highly productive and creative knitting. I teach the basics of knitting machine operation, matching knitting interests and goals with types of machines, yarn selection and preparation, cast on, bind off, shaping, working with colors, stitch design and techniques plus where to find more ideas and patterns. Open the door to wonderful new possibilities! In my spare time, I’m a product engineer at a high-tech firm, active volunteer in the Boulder Handweavers Guild, scuba diver and alpaca farmer. My husband of many years patiently encourages me.
Maggie Casey spends her days working and teaching at Shuttles Spindles & Skeins in Boulder, CO. She holds Part 1 of HGA’s COE in Handspinning and is the author of Start Spinning, a book that contains everything you need to know on how to make great yarn (an Interweave Press Book).
Kate Larson loves using fiber arts as a bridge between her passions for art and agriculture. Her fiber journey has led her to a degree in soil chemistry, travels through northern Europe in search of textile traditions, and back to the farm where her family has lived for six generations. She keeps an ever-growing flock of Border Leicester sheep, and teaches handspinning and knitting regularly in central Indiana and around the country. Kate is the author of The Practical Spinner’s Guide: Wool (Interweave, 2015) and several videos, including How to Spin Yarn to Knit (Interweave, 2016). Her articles and designs have appeared in Spin-Off, Jane Austen Knits, Enchanted Knits, Knitting Sweaters from Around the World, and more. Follow her woolly adventures at KateLarsonTextiles.com.
Kate Gagnon Osborn
Kate Gagnon Osborn is co-owner of Kelbourne Woolens, a yarn distribution company and publisher of patterns and craft accessories. She has co-authored six books and multiple collections of knitting patterns, and her designs have appeared in magazines such as Interweave Knits, Knit.wear, KnitScene, Wool Studio, and Vogue Knitting, and books such as Weekend Wraps, Free Spirit Shawls, Fair Isle Style, November Knits, Weekend Hats, and Knit Local. Her experiences in fine art, textiles, retail, knitwear design, and many years of knitting experience have all informed her role as a teacher, designer, and business owner. When not working, Kate can be found hanging with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets in their old Victorian and scheming about which room to renovate next.
Kate is Knitty.com’s Managing Technical Editor, a seasoned designer and teacher of all things knitterly. Her most recent book, Knit Mitts – Your Hand-y Guide to Knitting Mittens and Gloves has just been released, and it’s already helping knitters keep their hands warm. Her book 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. Kate’s Custom Socks book has been hugely popular as well. Kate is known for her attention to detail in her patterns and her classes, and she regularly teaches at stores and events across the world, including Interweave Yarn Fest and Edinburgh Yarn Festival. She lives in Toronto with her husband and their challenging, but adorable, rescue dog named Dexter.
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, online at Craftsy, and through her book Charts Made Simple. Her latest venture is Stitch-Maps.com, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts of unparalleled fluidity, authenticity, and beauty.
Galina A. Khmeleva, owner of Skaska Designs and author of Gossamer Webs: The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls and The Gossamer Webs Design Collection: Three Orenburg Shawls to Knit, has earned her 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 a guru of lace enthusiasts across the US. And as an added bonus, Galina’s classes are an unforgettable cultural experience.
Faina Goberstein is a prolific knitwear designer, author, and professional teacher. She is the co-author of The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting and The Art of Seamless Knitting, and her designs can be found in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit.Purl, Knitscene, Twist Collective, Interweave Crochet, Cast On, and other various books. Faina is best known for her elegant and well-fitted classic designs showing off textures, cables, brioche, and slip stitch techniques. She teaches in person at various venues nationally and abroad as well as on Craftsy.com. She is fascinated by many knitting techniques including developing unusual slip-stitch patterns paired with other textures and loves to pass her excitement to her students.
Elizabeth Johnston is a Shetland spinner, knitter and weaver. She learned much of her craft as a child, before she could read or write, by observing and learning from family and friends. She uses these age-old skills, handed down through generations, to turn Shetland fleece into beautiful soft yarns for her knitted Fair Isle and lace items in her business, Shetland Handspun. Elizabeth demonstrates, lectures and tutors workshops in spinning, lace, Fair Isle knitting and warp weighted loom weaving. She is a tutor and program co-coordinator for “Hoswick Wool Week”, part of the internationally popular event – “Shetland Wool Week”, an annual event held throughout Shetland in late September. Interest in the long history of Shetland textiles led to research into historic fabrics and the warp-weighted loom; learning how to weave on this ancient loom in the process. She is the author of two chapters in Shetland Textiles 800 BC to the Present, and co-authored The Warp Weighted Loom with friends from Iceland and Norway.
Deborah Robson is a fiber generalist who specializes in spinning, knitting, and weaving, although she experiments with all aspects of textiles. She is the fiber author of The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook and The Field Guide to Fleece, in collaboration with livestock expert Carol Ekarius. For fourteen years she served as an editor at Interweave Press, including twelve years as editor-in-chief of Spin-Off: The Magazine for Handspinners. At Interweave she initiated the “Save The Sheep Project” and the book Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools. She also edited Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, has worked in trade, literary, and scholarly publishing, and has written for many publications, including PieceWork, Interweave Knits, Spin-Off, The Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, as well as several other fiber-related anthologies. Her textile designs have appeared in many magazines and collections. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and of the Colorado Authors’ League, and served two terms on the board of directors of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (now The Livestock Conservancy). Her current research focuses on the millennia of alliances between sheep and humans, emphasizing the fiber perspective and using Shetland sheep as an example of how the relationships have evolved. Websites related to her work can be found at Independentstitch.com, DreamingofShetland.com (a site maintained by friends), and FleeceandFiber.com.
Deb lives, weaves and runs her business, Dje Handwovens, in Bitterroot Valley, which is nestled in the Rocky Mountains of western Montana. In 2004, Deb achieved the Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving-Level 1 through the Handweaver’s Guild of America, and in 2011 was recognized by the Montana Arts Council with an induction to Montana Circle of American Masters in Folk and Traditional Art. Her book, Easy Weaving With Supplemental Warps, as well as several videos on weaving and the business side of art, are available on Interweave Press. She also writes feature articles for Handwoven and Little Looms. Deb is passionate about the wonders of weaving and teaches at shops, guilds, regional and national conferences and festivals.
Daniela Nii 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 like Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Knit.Wear, Love of Knitting, Interweave Crochet, Crochetscene, Love of Crochet, Interweave Piecework and Spin Off, Vogue Knitting, Noro Knitting, Twist Collective, Creative Knitting, and Knitter’s Magazine, as well as for yarn companies like Malabrigo, The Buffalo Wool Co, Kollage Yarns, Shibui Knits, The Yarn Dynamic 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.
Courtney Kelley is the co-owner of Kelbourne Woolens, a distributor of The Fibre Co. yarns. In addition to running a yarn company, she is a designer and teacher, and is the current Yarn Group chair for The National NeedleArts Association.
Beth Brown-Reinsel has been passionately teaching historic knitting workshops nationally, as well as internationally, for almost 30 years. Her book Knitting Ganseys has been deemed a classic; the revised, updated 25th anniversary edition of Knitting Ganseys will be released in July 2018. She has completed three DVDs: Knitting Ganseys with Beth Brown-Reinsel, Color Stranded Knitting Techniques, and Sanquhar Gloves, plus a Craftsy class on Swedish Twined Knitting. She loves to prowl the storage section of museums around the world to look at old knitted things for inspiration for her patterns and classes, which are well known for the tiny sampler sweater projects, and teach techniques within the context of a garment. Her articles and designs have appeared in all the major magazines. She continues to design for her own pattern line Knitting Traditions. Beth’s website, blog, and eNewsletter can be found at Knittingtraditions.com. She lives in Vermont and loves winter!
Despite the fact that Atlanta, GA 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 can frequently be found wielding either a camera, a chef’s knife, or a Minecraft pickaxe (with her son). In March of 2017 she published her first book – Mosaic & Lace Knits: 20 Innovated Patterns Combining Slip-Stitch Colorwork and Lace Techniques. She also has a catalog of independently published patterns as well as has had patterns published in Twist Collective, Knitscene, Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts, Knit Edge, Knit Now, Lace One-Skein Wonders, and Masterpiece Knits. More information about Barbara and her designs can be found on her website at Tumpedduck.com and on Ravelry at Ravelry.com/
A native of Ohio, I taught myself to knit at age 25 before I moved from NYC to Texas. The Texas tenure didn’t last, but knitting did, and upon my return to the NY area I began knitting for other designers and designing for major knitting magazines. My work has appeared in Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Knitters Magazine, Cast On, Family Circle Easy Knitting, McCalls Needlework and many international fiber & yarn oriented publications. I teach worldwide and across the United States. I knit using the “Combination Method”, but I believe that there truly is no wrong way to knit. I live in St Paul, MN with my husband, kids and our assorted pets.