Presenter List

Fiberworld 2021 Presenters List

Sara Bauer

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Sara Bauer has been hosting the Yarns at Yin Hoo podcast for seven years. Knitting and sewing her way to a mostly handmade wardrobe, she shares stories to inspire others and foster a community of thoughtful fiber friends. She is a champion of local fiber production and processing, hosting retreats in Washington County, NY and promoting the efforts of the Hudson Valley Textile Project. Sara also designs knitting patterns, most recently a collection of accessories based on Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ Women Who Run with the Wolves.

Presentations
  • Knitting History 101: Elizabeth Zimmermann and the Arc of Knitting History with Dr. Lilly Marsh and Sara Bauer
  • Knitting History 102: Elizabeth Zimmermann and the Arc of Knitting History with Dr. Lilly Marsh and Sara Bauer

Phyllis Bell Miller

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Phyllis Bell Miller first learned to sew, embroider, and crochet from her mother, who was assistant to one of Washington, D.C.‘s leading designers. Her lifelong love of design and knowledge led her to earn a Certificate in Couture from the Academy Nvart in Oak Park, MI; a B.A. in Clothing and Textiles from Mundelein College in Chicago; an M.A. in Human Environment and Design and Rehabilitation from Michigan State University; and a PhD in Human Ecology/Design and Communications from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She has also studied at the Arrowmont Art and Craft School; the Royal School of Needlework and the Hand and Lock Embroidery Institute in England; and the John C. Campbell Folk School.

As a teacher, Miller focuses on taking the mystery and guesswork out of the design and construction processes. She likes to provide information in an easy-to-digest format and creates tools that everyone can use to improve their designs, regardless of medium.

Miller is a recently retired professor and department head of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Mississippi State University, where she taught fashion and computer-aided design (CAD); portfolio development; creative design techniques (knitting, crochet, dyeing, and embroidery); and cross-cultural design, merchandising, and marketing. The former Singer Sewing Teacher has also taught computer-aided fashion and fabric design and cross-cultural design as a Fulbright Scholar at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria (2005-2006) and the University of Mauritius in Port Louis (2012). Miller also won a Fulbright-Hays grant to Ibdia in 2006. She has taight CAD as a visiting professor at Cornell University, the University of Michigan, and Eastern Michigan University.

Miller frequently combines her love of design and technology by using CAD to create patterns, dyeing templates, and embroidery and knitting charts. She is author of AutoCAD™ for the Apparel Industry (Fairchild, 1994), the world’s first book on applying generic CAD software to the fashion industry. She also developed ApparelCAD™, Instant Designer International™, and Display Shop™ software, for which she holds more than 30 copyrights. The software has been used throughout the world for fashion, costume, and uniform design and by numerous businesses, schools, and universities, including the U.S. Navy.

Presentations
  • The Perfect Match: Selecting the Right Needles, Beads, & Other Supplies for Every Project
  • Shades of Culture: How the World Uses Color in Dress

Karen Bochinski

Bag Maker and Cotton Spinner

Presentations
  • My Cotton Journey

Meg Larned Croft

Meg Larned Croft is the owner of Woven Art Yarn Shop in East Lansing, Michigan, and is a knitter, crocheter, weaver, and spinner. She has worked in contemporary art in both New York City and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has her Master’s degree in Islamic and Medieval Art History from the Institute of Fine Art, New York University.

Presentations
  • A Short History of Knitting

Valerie Doebley

Welcome to Wild Earth Lab! My name is Valerie and I’m a scientist, artist, and avid outdoorswoman currently in Colorado, USA. My curiosity about the natural world started at a young age, exploring the prairies and woods of Wisconsin where I grew up. This curiosity blossomed into a love of backpacking and hiking as a teenager, which inspired me to embark on what I saw as the ultimate outdoor adventure – a thru-hike of the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail – and to later pursue a degree in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology.

In the past few years, I have worked as a scientist in both the field and in the laboratory. I’ve measured the flow of headwater streams, counted new seedlings in beetle-kill forests, evaluated the health of insect communities in a national park, and studied soils following forest fires and chemical spills. As a scientist, I’ve had the opportunity to intimately understand our relationship as humans with nature: what we are doing right, what we are doing wrong, and how we can do better.

My goal in creating Wild Earth Lab is to create resources for you, your family, and your students to learn about the Earth and our relationship with it. By combining my background in science with my passions for nature and art, I aim to create unique and beautiful educational resources covering a range of topics related to science, sustainability, and the natural world. I use my colored pencil, pen, and mixed media artwork to create printable diagrams and educational materials to help students notice both the science and natural beauty of the world around them. I hope my resources help make science feel engaging and approachable while also increasing connection to nature.

Presentations
  • Wild Earth Lab: connecting to science and nature through art

Jolie Elder

Jolie has explored a wide range of needle arts after learning to cross stitch at age four. She designs, teaches, spins, and stunt knits in the Atlanta area where she demystifies the obscure. She has served on the boards of Atlanta Knitting Guild, North Georgia Knitting Guild, Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance, and Center for Knit and Crochet. She has published in PLY, Spin-Off, and Cast On. Her cleverest unvention is a method for working stockinette-based laces reversibly. You can view her experiments at jolieaelder.blogspot.com and YouTube channel “Jolie knits.”

Presentations
  • Stunt Knitting with Vertical Lifelines

Anne Frost

Anne Frost is the host of the I Thought I Knew How, a podcast about knitting and life and all sorts. She has been crocheting for over 30 years and knitting for over 20. Her love of fiber arts is equal only to her love of travel. She is at her happiest when she’s combining the two. At the start of the lockdowns, Anne launched the Online International Fiber Festival, a fiber-art-travel alternative for those who can’t travel. The eight day event includes all the elements of a fiber tour, taking crafters to eight different regions of the world through the comfort of their home wifi.

Presentations
  • Travel with a Side of Knitting

Michele Grim

Michele is an indie dyer based in Toledo, OH and Chicago, IL. She learned how to knit when her grandmother would watch her and her brother before school while her parents went to work. She would learn how to knit while her brother washed the breakfast dishes. After she taught herself to spin in 2007, she was interested in creating her own colorways. Thus, Misfit Yarns was born. She is excited to share this yarn dyeing passion with her customers!

Presentations
  • Yarn and Wine Pairings!

Cecilia Ho

2020 “Fiber Art Now” Teacher Grant award winner, Cecilia Ho of Greenville, SC, was born into a family of designers in Hong Kong. During her last residence in Nova Scotia, Canada, the local sheep farms influenced her passion and direction into felting and fiber arts. Since 2013, Cecilia relocated to South Carolina & became fiber art instructor at local art centers. She has taught event workshops at Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair in Asheville NC since 2015, & STITCHES Expo in Santa Clara CA in 2017. She often holds felting demonstrations at museums & festivals across the USA ie High Museum of Art in Atlanta, & Smithsonian affiliations museums. Cecilia enjoys taking part in juried art exhibitions & fashion shows. Cecilia is a South Carolina Arts Commission Certified Teaching Artist running fiber arts integration (STEAM) units to k4-12 students from local & regional public & private schools. FELTasticFashion is a business created in 2011 to offer Ashford NZ wool fibers, Clover felting supplies, all-inclusive felting DIY kits, private workshops, group events, as well as customized wool felt commissions. Daily Inspiration on FB/IG @FELTasticFashion www.FELTasticFashion.com

Presentations
  • Decorative yet Functional Wool Felt Making
  • “Etretat, France” Landscape Wool Painting | Wet Felting Demo

Kristen Howard

Kristen C. Howard is a historian, librarian-in-training, and avid knitter born in Alaska and currently living in Montreal. After knitting for over twelve years, she’s turned to rare books and historic manuscripts for design inspiration.

Presentations
  • The Ravelry Database
  • Ex Libris Knitting

Deborah Jarchow

Deborah Jarchow is a full time weaver and artist who teaches and lectures on fiber arts, creates and sells wearable art, and exhibits her work at galleries and museums across the United States. Her commissioned pieces are held by churches as well as in many private collections. Deborah loves helping people discover the joy of weaving and during the past several years, has focused her teaching mainly on rigid heddle looms. Until recently, she traveled extensively to share her weaving enthusiasm and expertise. She is known as a generous teacher who makes weaving accessible and exciting to students of all levels.

Deborah is the co-author of The Weaving Explorer: Ingenious Techniques, Accessible Tools & Creative Projects with Yarn, Paper, Wire & More and has a new book coming out in 2021 that focuses on rigid heddle weaving.

Presentations
  • What can you make on a Rigid Heddle Loom??
  • Weaving Tips and Tricks

Erica Kempf

After a late start at learning to knit and crochet (I didn’t really learn until I was in college), I jumped in with both feet and opened my own Local Yarn Shop (Nomad Yarns) at 25. 10 years later, I’m still running it, but it’s changed a lot! I developed my skills as a knitting pattern writer from helping customers with their projects and teaching classes, and now have over 100 of my original patterns up on Ravelry, many of them having gotten into the top spot in the Hot Right Now section – which I consider one of my biggest accomplishments (I love designing things people enjoy and want to make!). Two years in to running my shop, I got married and my husband became part of Nomad Yarns too as our in-store indie dyer. Having input and first hand observations of watching yarn being dyed, colorways designed, and dye classes being taught has shaped a lot about my own pattern designing and teaching. Our shop added our only other 2 employees, our 2 kiddos, in 2016 and 2017 and then underwent another huge change, moving from a brick and mortar shop for 9 years, into a mobile yarn truck (like an ice cream truck, but better) in 2019 when our physical location was sold to a developer. It’s been great to bring our love of yarn all over our state and surrounding states, and now with virtual events even farther!

Presentations
  • No knead, 5 minute sourdough bread
  • Fermenting Foods, quick and easy yogurt making and pickled veggies
  • Minimalist closet – how it works for me, how I got here and how I fit my handmade garments into it

Arnetta Kenney

Adjunct prof at FIT since 1988, Craft Yarn Council Instructor, International Teacher and Lecturer

Presentations
  • Rehabilitation knitting/beadwork – Knitting or BeadingAfter An Injury

Vicki Leopold

Vicki Leopold is a life-long fiber and craft lover. She learned to crochet, knit, sew, and embroider as a child. Somewhere in the middle of a long and prosperous corporate IT career, she pursued her passion for all things fiber. She owned a LYS for over 7 years where she taught hundreds of customers how to knit, crochet, felt, and delve into the wonder world of fiber.

Presentations
  • Make Your Own Fabulous Fiber Fabric

Dr. Lilly Marsh

Lilly Marsh has covered a lot of ground in 35 years. Beginning as knitter looking for good wool yarn, Lilly ended up raising natural colored Corriedales and teaching spinning while selling fleeces and roving. She became a production weaver, and was invited to become a member of Artists’ Own, a juried cooperative gallery in Lafayette, IN. She also began knitting wire for sculptural work and exhibited in galleries across the US and in Canada.
In 2009, needing a deeper understanding of the context of American fiber artists, Lilly Marsh was accepted into the American Studies PhD Program, Purdue University, and began work researching the role of Elizabeth Zimmermann in contemporary American knitting. Her work blended social, cultural and craft history, anthropology with original research. Completed in 2016, her dissertation was published (2020) as a book chapter in the Bloomsbury Visual Arts publication Stitching the Self: Identity and the Needle Arts.
Dr Marsh has since returned to full time studio work, specializing in locally sourced and processed wool and alpaca fibers. She works closely with fiber farmers and Battenkill Fiber Mill in Greenwich NY, to produce home décor and wearables for resale, and is a founding board member of the Hudson Valley Textile Project, a consortium of farmers, processors, vendors, and artisans working to strengthen the supply chain for fiber in the Hudson Valley.

Presentations
  • Knitting History 101: Elizabeth Zimmermann and the Arc of Knitting History with Dr. Lilly Marsh and Sara Bauer
  • Knitting History 102: Elizabeth Zimmermann and the Arc of Knitting History with Dr. Lilly Marsh and Sara Bauer

Monica Mulligan

Monica Mulligan is a knitting and crochet pattern tester and designer who specializes in helping designers make sure their patterns fit on different bodies. She spends most of her time studying how humans effect wildlife populations but has spent the last 10 years her knitting and crocheting skills.

Presentations
  • Pattern Testing 101: introduction to the art of testing a pattern

Kathleen Pfeiffer

Kathleen Pfeiffer is an essayist, memoirist, and literary critic living in Rochester Hills, Michigan. A 2012 Kresge Artist Fellow, she won the 2018 Michigan Writers Chapbook Contest with her memoir Ink. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Oakland University.

Presentations
  • Creative Writing for the Fiber Artist

Marsha Polk

Best known for unique wearable art designs. Marsha Polk is the lead designer and Proprietress of M.A.P. Fiber Creations. She is the author of Crochet Squared, (a contemporary approach to the art of crochet, for which she received the Ohioana Author’s Award). She has her own line of fashionable knit and crochet wearables and patterns, and specializes in designing simple shawls and wraps that stylishly adorn the body.

Presentations
  • Make Your Own Fabulous Fiber Fabric

Arica Presinal

ARICA PRESINAL is the human behind Skeinsnsticks Designs. Skeinsnsticks Designs is a ‘bistitchual’ (both knit and crochet) design house passionate about the fashion-forward elevation of yarny garments and accessories. Crocheting ever since she can remember, Arica also loves to instruct others in the yarn crafts especially through modern and unique designing. Skeinsnsticks Designs is based in California where Arica lives with her husband, spoiled pup and wild child toddler. To learn more: http://www.skeinsnsticksdesigns.com or any social media platform with handle Skeinsnsticks.

Presentations
  • Exploring Colorwork Knitting – Stranded vs Intarsia

Ronald Roberts

Ron is a Nationally ranked beer judge with a knitting problem. After getting started in homebrewing in Colorado, he dove into the world of beer competitions and judging. He has judged numerous events in several states including the regional and final rounds of the National Homebrew Competition. He enjoys sharing beer and brewing knowledge with everyone to promote craft beer!

Presentations
  • Beer Snobbery 101 (Tasting Included!)
  • Beer Snobbery 202 (Tasting More Beer!)

Ellen Rosewall

Ellen Rosewall is a textile artist, retired college professor, and writer. She teaches courses and workshops on various aspects of arts management, including marketing, public relations, and fundraising. She is the author of Arts Management: Uniting Arts and Audiences in the 21st Century, a standard text for the field now in its 2nd edition. In her business Sheep Shape Knits, she sells unique hand knit items made with luxury yarns. She loves to tell the stories about how each piece came to be.

Presentations
  • From Penelope to Pussy hats: Making a Difference with Fiber Art

Amy Snell

Amy Snell is a knitting instructor and designer with an eye for the unusual or unusually captivating. Her aesthetic focuses on color, contrast, and texture, especially the exploration unusual stitch patterns and constructions.

Amy has been teaching since almost the moment she learned to knit nearly 20 years ago. Her favorite thing about teaching is the opportunity it gives her to expose knitters to new ideas and help them expand the way they think about the craft.

Presentations
  • Savvier Swatching
  • The Care and Feeding of Handknit Socks
 

 

Robyn Spady

Robyn Spady has been weaving for over 50 years. She is fascinated by the infinite possibilities of crossing threads and loves coming up with new ideas to create fabric and transform it into something new and exciting. She is committed to turning the weaving world on to uncommon and advanced weave structures, passementerie techniques, and figuring out creative ways to use up a yarn stash. Robyn is also the founder and editor of Heddlecraft® magazine.

Presentations
  • Designing a Couture Tweed Fabric
  • The Taming of the Hue
  • Garment Closures without Buttonholes
  • Couture Trimming Techniques

Deborah Stack

Deborah has been knitting for over a decade. After teaching herself to knit during the summer between high school and college, she quickly began pursuing professional fiber craft opportunities. After an internship at Vogue Knitting Magazine, she began working as an acquisitions editor for Lark Crafts, an imprint of Sterling Publishing, editing all manner of DIY and craft books. After 3 years of full-time work in the craft publishing world, she made a shift to teaching, working full-time as an 8th grade ENL teacher in the Bronx, and teaching knitting both in the middle school classroom and to adults. Deborah is a certified yoga instructor, and likes to combine traditional mindfulness techniques with knitting, bringing even more calm to her favorite

Presentations
  • Knitting: A Gendered History
  • Knitting: An American Wartime Tradition
  • Tekhelet: A Sacred and Mysterious Dyestory

Larry Sullivan-Bradley

48 yrs old and living in Shreveport LA. I am a knitter of 7 years, a weaver, and an indie dyer. My husband and I started a local fiber group (Shreveport Fiber Fanatics) and our business Louisiana Yarn Guys, LLC.

Presentations
  • Lace Finishing and Blocking
  • Animal Fiber dying Process
  • How to Make Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Katie Weston

Katie Weston is a dyer based in the hills of southern Snowdonia, Wales. She runs the fibre business Hilltop Cloud, and has been supplying fibre worldwide for the past 10 years. In a previous life she was a science teacher, and regularly applies the skills she learned in that career to her new life in the fibre arts. In the past year she’s been doing lots of online teaching, and loves the way it’s allowed her to communicate with so many groups of people.

Presentations
  • Getting more from your Drum Carder
  • The development of sheep breeds in the UK

Emily Wohlscheid

Emily Wohlscheid is the fiber and jewelry artist behind Bricolage Studios. She works out of a cooperative fiber and dye studio in West Michigan or from her cozy dining room turned jewelry studio at home. Emily shares her craft through articles, lectures, and workshops with virtual and in person options for learning.

Presentations
  • Textiles in Jewelry Making
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