Meet our instructors!
Fiberworld 2021 Instructors List
ASH ALBERG is a queer femme and fibre witch. their goal is to help fellow fibre witches connect, build their confidence and do what they love, whether that’s learning the alchemy of local-to-them natural dyes, knitting with ash’s patterns and small-batch yarns, or running their own knitwear design biz that supports them in every way. when not hanging out with their dye pots and knitting projects, you can find ash on adventures around treaty one territory in central canada with the resident coven pooch, willow, sewing a self-made wardrobe, and foraging for local dye plants to supplement their not-so-green-thumb’s gardening results. you can find them online at ashalberg.com and fromfieldtoskin.com, and on instagram @sunflowerknit @fromfieldtoskin and @snortandcackle.
KATE ATHERLEY has been teaching knitting professionally for more than 15 years at stores and events all over Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Her latest book, Custom-Fit Hats is her ninth, and the fourth in a series on customizing projects for perfect fit and style; it joins works on shawls, socks, and mittens. Her focus in all her work is the empowerment of knitters, illuminating both the methods and mechanics of the craft. The combination of her university degree in mathematics, professional experience in software development and usability, and training in garment and fashion design give her a unique perspective. She also works as a technical editor, helping other designers and authors bring their work into the world. She lives in Toronto with her husband and the family of skunks under their porch.
Hilma holds an M.Sc. Degree in Biotechnology and has operated her own company HHH – knitting & design since 2017. Her primary focus is applying different techniques in knitwear production and the making of bioactive yarn. Last year she taught two classes at FiberWorld last year about knitting two things at a time.
Phyllis Bell Miller
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. She is a frequent speaker at Stitches and at local knitting guilds.
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.
As an avid knitwear designer, dyer, and embroider, Miller has won numerous design awards and has participated in many juried and invitational design and museum exhibitions. Recent awards include several Editor’s Choice awards from Stitches; Best of Show, 1st Place, and 2nd Place in the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences’ (AAFCS) Design Competition; and the Design Creativity Award from the International Textile and Apparel Association. Her work has also been selected for several juried exhibitions of the Costume Society of America. Miller’s work with cross-cultural design, merchandising, and marketing earned her the 2010 Faculty Diversity Award from MSU. As a professional writer, Miller has published numerous articles in national magazines, for many of which she did the photography. She has also won several photography awards.
Miller’s interest in the symbiotic relationships among fashion, history, culture, and commerce has led to many presentations for historical societies and other groups, including the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames of America.
Miller’s love of travel and other cultures is reflected in most her designs. She has visited 76 countries and territories, from which she has collected books, traditional costumes, artifacts, yarn, and fabrics. She has also led design-based study tours to Europe and throughout America.
Jill is a knitting teacher and knitwear designer and author of A Knitter’s Gallery of Mitered Squares. When she is not knitting, she enjoys kayaking, hiking and reading a good book. Jill is married to a man who doesn’t mind a lot of yarn and projects lying all around the house. She also has one very energetic dog. Follow her knitting journey on Instagram/Faebook @thebeanknits or sign up for her newsletter at www.thebeanknits.com
Varian Brandon started knitting at age eight. A trip to the islands of Great Britain rekindled a love of color and created an interest in the traditions of Fair Isle design and construction. She is currently designing stranded colorwork patterns for several yarn companies, international magazines, and her own website. Currently living in Saluda, North Carolina, Varian has been teaching stranded colorwork and related knitting techniques at national and regional fiber festivals and retreats, in local yarn shops, and for the past 15 years at the Kanuga Knitting and Quilting Retreat in Hendersonville, North Carolina which she coordinates. Online, she can be found at www.brandonknittingdesigns.com, on Ravelry at varianbrandon, and on her YouTube channel, Varian Brandon.
Karen has a masters in art education, a professional teaching license, as well as a certification in art therapy and mindfulness training. Her interest in working with students of all ages and capabilities has come into play with every design she makes. That is why she has tools in many sizes to accommodate all different hand sizes and metric capabilities. Numbers and markings are enlarged on bigger tools, and allow for larger fibers to be used. Many physical therapists have purchased her tools for work with their patients.
Having taught for over 30 years with all ages, skill levels and capabilities including special education students. Karen was struck specifically with how the nature of working with fiber and old textile practices can have a transformative effect on her students.
Because of her professional training and experience working she decided to design a curriculum using her tools that incorporates mindfulness, and therapeutic practices called Mindful Weaving™.
Mindful weaving is for everyone, both the intermittent or serious crafter, the adult or child who has focusing issues , people with anxiety , stress, or businesses wanting to work on team building and mindfulness for their employees.
What hasn’t Lily done? She was named to the Crochet Hall of Fame in 2015, named a Master Knitter by Vogue Knitting, and has been involved in some aspect of the fashion industry since age 13. A NYC native, Lily has lived part-time in Los Angeles as well. She’s designed for magazines and yarn companies since 1982. She’s worked for designers from Ralph Lauren to Diane von Furstenberg, from Isaac Mizrahi to Vera Wang. Her work has been on the backs of supermodels and celebrities. Lily was officially made fastest crocheter in the world in 2002 international competition. She has authored books in knitting and crochet since 1999 and has online classes and several DVD’s. She writes articles and has been teaching since 1989. Her workshops, lectures and seminars in hand and machine knitting and crochet are conducted worldwide. She’s even had her own line of yarns and patterns from 2005-2008. Lily has made over hundreds of appearances on television and in print media, from the Late Show with David Letterman to CNN, from the NY Times to the Washington Post. She is most proud of her teaching skills, using state-of-the-art tech equipment in class so that all can see.
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.”
Abby Franquemont lives in Ollantaytambo, Peru, where she works in bridging distances between traditional Andean communities like the one where she grew up spinning and weaving, and the industrialized world where she worked in tech and then as a fiber arts educator. The author of Respect the Spindle, she believes in making fiber pursuits accessible and approachable, and is dedicated to fostering equitable relationships between textile makers and sustainable practices integrating the traditional and the innovative.
Jean Elizabeth Glass has been playing with beads and fiber in one way or another for 30 years. She loves to share her passion with anyone who is interested and has generously shared her knowledge during demonstrations and teaching classes at SAFF, the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival, Stitches, The Fiber Festival of New England, DFW, and many other shows.
When I was 12, my mother taught my sister and I how to knit. I have very fond memories of traveling to the yarn store to pick out our projects. I still remember the first time I saw Noro yarns on the “specialty” yarns table and just ogling it. My first sweaters were knit with Candide and Lopi. Options were few back in the day. My love for knitting has stayed with me through the years and if you’ll pardon the pun, has been a constant thread throughout my life. I love to share my passion for knitting and crochet through teaching and designing. My designs have been published in Vogue Knitting, Knitting Socks with Hand-painted Yarn, Tahki Stacy Charles, Crochet One-Skein Wonders, and independently as Pam Grushkin Designs. In 2004 I began to work at Knit Together in Stamford, CT. It was there that I created Stitch and Chat. A class dedicated to supporting knitters and crocheters. Since then I have continued to work and teach at yarn stores. Through the years I’ve built a rich curriculum of classes that range from beginner to intermediate. During the pandemic I have been collaborating with yarn stores to offer virtual knitting classes. Knitting together while apart has been a lifeline.
Cynthia Dianne Haney makes spindles and is passionate about teaching people how to spin. She designs spindles and turns them on the lathe to aid the spinner with high quality performance. She has taught beginners for over eight years at festivals. From individual lessons on her spindles to groups of people in festival midways, she teaches all ages and abilities. A Virginia native her woodshop and Cynthia Wood Spinner business is in Nelson County.
Jennie Hawkey is a weaver, weaving teacher and the owner of Hopewell Weaving. She has woven for over 30 years and specializes in accessories that incorporate intricate weaves, natural fibers and vivid colors. Although weaving has been a long-time craft, teaching is Jennie’s passion. She is an educator and teacher of children and adults and loves to pass on the skills of weaving. She finds weaving to be endlessly fascinating and a wonderful creative outlet. More information about classes can be found at www.HopewellWeaving.com
Romi Hill lives on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern Nevada, where the high desert nights are cool and the air is clear and crisp. A lifelong crafter and knitter, she is inspired by the natural surroundings in her corner of the world, and her designs have an organic flow. She specializes in lace of all weights, and her patterns are known for their knitterly details. Romi’s lace book from Interweave Press: “New Lace Knitting” features timeless patterns for garments and accessories. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and books, and knit by thousands of knitters. Check out her eBook collections and subscriptions on Ravelry where you can see her full pattern collection. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @RomiDesigns, and find her under “Romi” on Ravelry.
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 and has taught thousands of students through one-one-one private & group felting workshops. Currently, Cecilia is a SC Arts Commission certified Teaching Artist running full-time fiber arts integration programs for K-12 & SPED in the Greenville County School District & senior adults at OLLI Furman University. Throughout the year, Cecilia acts as fiber art instructor at Greenville Center for Creative Arts, Spartanburg Art Museum & guest instructor in Fiberworld, Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance & many communities. She often holds felting demonstrations at museum, gallery & festival (ie High Museum of Art, Smithsonian affiliations museums, Artisphere) across the United States & Canada. Cecilia has taken part in multiple juried contemporary & fine art exhibitions, as well as fashion shows. FELTasticFashion is the business created in 2011 which Cecilia designs & packages all-inclusive felting DIY kits as well as felting supplies. DIY kits are carried by museum, gift & hobby shops across North America. Daily inspirations can be found on Instagram FELTasticFashion. Workshop calendar & felting supplies available from www.FELTasticFashion.com
Mieka John, the designer behind Salt & Stone Knits, enjoys the many facets of being a knitwear designer and teacher. On an average day she’s connecting and collaborating with other makers, swatching designs, and preparing classes. Originally from New York, she now lives in beautiful Amsterdam where she spends her days uncovering her creativity and biking to her next appointment with a basket full of WIPs. When Mieka teaches knitting classes she enjoys connecting with students from around the world both virtually and at festivals. Often the techniques featured in her lessons become the central focus of her designs. She delights in finding new applications for familiar techniques and building them into wearable and versatile items. From the moment you join her class, Mieka works to make sure your time together is valuable and fun! You’ll leave feeling not only accomplished and armed with new skills but that you’ve connected with your crafting community.
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!
Artist, author, instructor and sheperdess Pat Pawlowicz makes learning fun and easy with her fibery workshops. A whole lot of knowledge and whimsy is packed into a 2 hour class, giving you the opportunity to learn a new skill or pick up tips, tricks and techniques you may never have seen before. Pat explains the technology behind the craft and the correct terminology–not just “how to”, so that her students have a clear understanding of how needle felting works. Pat teaches all over the country and in Europe, spreading her fibery fun far and wide!
Paula is a knitter, designer and teacher who believes that inspiration comes from People, Art and Nature. She is passionate about working with yarn and needles as tools to transform daily life inspirations into garments and accessories. Her work focuses on textures, great fit, smart details, and interesting constructions in handmade knitwear.
Hayley Perry is a rug hooking teacher, designer, and owner of Loop by Loop Studio since 2013. Hayley has been rug hooking all her life but began her business as a means to generate income throughout art school. Once graduated, you could say Hayley was “hooked” and now she works full time at Loop by Loop Studio while also teaching and making art.
Sarah’s passion is making knitting and crocheting accessible to everyone. She is known for the patience and humor with which she teaches, and for her ability to instill confidence and provide her students with a wide range of lasting skills. She has taught at yarn shops and guilds, for regional and national conferences, and on Craftsy, and is now very excited to be available to a wider student audience via Zoom. Sarah’s math and computer background and her attention to detail are apparent in her freelance work as a technical editor of both knitting and crochet patterns. At Woven Art Yarn Shop in East Lansing, MI, where Sarah works part time, she is a trusted and sought-after expert on pairing a project with just the right yarn. She provides help with color selection, tool recommendations, pattern reading, error recovery, and general skill building, with a healthy dose of (virtual) hand holding and empowering pep talks thrown in. Her ultimate goal? Ensuring a stress-free, error-free journey on the path to a beautiful, finished crocheted or hand-knit project.
Amy Snell is a knitter, instructor, and designer with an eye for the unusual or unusually captivating. Her designs focus on color, contrast, and texture — often exploring unusual stitch patterns and clever construction in ways that are interesting but accessible.
Amy loves to help other knitters explore new techniques and expand the way they think about their knitting. Her goal is to make complex concepts accessible and approachable for all knitters, while sharing tips that simplify and improve your process, whether you’ve been knitting for several weeks or several decades! Amy has taught national events such as Vogue Knitting Live, Fiberworld, and Rhinebeck, and frequently shares tips and tricks on her website, DeviousKnitter.com.
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 hobby.
Heather is a TKGA certified Master Knitter, Tech Editor and Knitting Instructor. She is the Vice President of Education on the board of directors of TKGA, the editor of TKGA’s monthly K2TOG newsletter, and a Co-Chair of the TKGA Master Hand Knitting committee, as well as a member of the Cast On magazine editorial committee. She has been designing knitwear and teaching knitting for well over 10 years. Her designs have been published in Cast On magazine and Knitscene, as well as Knitty and elsewhere. Heather resides in the Charlotte, NC area and is a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom of 2 boys. When she is not knitting, designing, editing, or teaching (her boys or knitters!), she can be found spinning yarn, reading, or in the outdoors camping and hiking with her family.
My name is Joshua Sullivan-Bradley. I am a knitter, crocheter, instructor, and indie-dyer in Shreveport, LA. I am the co-founder of Shreveport Fiber Fanatics, a sit & stitch group, and the co-owner of Louisiana Yarn Guys. I have been knitting and crocheting since the early 90’s. My favorite thing to knit is intricate lace.
Mary Beth Temple is a long time designer of knit, crochet and sewing patterns, and lover of any other type of craft that comes across her path! She can often be found crafting by the beach near her home in Wilmington, North Carolina, and makes no guarantees that there won’t be sand in her samples. With more than a dozen books to her name, Mary Beth is a prolific designer whose independent work can be found under her brand name Hooked for Life. You can check out her doings at www.HookedforLifePublishing.com/blog, and from there visit her various social media outlets. Mary Beth is particularly fond of making videos for her blog and her YouTube channel, www.YouTube.com/c/HookedforLifewithMaryBethTemple .
Teaching and knitting are passions for Harry. In 2010, he retired from being a university professor to pursue his passion for knitting professionally, including managing the Northcoast Knittery yarn shop (from 2010-2017) and teaching a myriad of classes at knitting conferences and fiber festivals on the regional and national circuit. His extensive experience in classroom presentation and course preparation makes for an organized and engaging learning experience, whether virtually or in-person. He enjoys designing knitwear and accessories 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, @harrywellsknits on Instagram, and Good for a Boy Knitting on Facebook.
Katie Weston has been running the fibre business Hilltop Cloud for the past 10 years, and has been teaching at Guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers all around the UK for the past 7 years. Her workshops cover all aspects of spinning, and dyeing fibre using acid dyes. She has a practical, hands-on approach to learning. Drawing on her training as a secondary science teacher to present information in a variety of ways, in workshops that are structured to ensure all participants get the most from their day. She’s written articles for Spin-Off, Ply, Yarnmaker and The Journal, and also taught at the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers Summer School 2019. In 2020 she developed new online workshops, and has been loving teaching people who would never be able to take an in-person class.
Karie Westermann is a Scottish/Scandinavian knitwear designer, teacher, and writer with over 15 years of expertise. Her portfolio includes clients such as Rowan Yarns and Malabrigo, whilst her teaching has taken her across Europe to places such as Edinburgh Yarn Festival, Woollinn Ireland, Yarnporium London, Oslo Strikkefestival, and Copenhagen Knitworks. She’s also led knitting cruises to Iceland and Ireland. Karie regularly appears in UK knitting magazines and podcasts, and most recently contributed to the official Outlander knitting book published by Random House.
Emily Wohlscheid is the artist behind Bricolage Studios. After earning a BFA in studio art with a focus on metals and fiber in 2007, she continued to explore both media through traditional metalsmithing and textile techniques. Emily works out of a cooperative studio in West Michigan and teaches online and in person around the country.
Andrea learned to knit from her mother when she was 7 years old, not knowing that their style of knitting was different from the one used in the United States, and different from the European styles as well. When she came to the USA in 1991 knitters were constantly intrigued by the way she knit and she then, after researching the subject, named the style Portuguese Style of Knitting. For the last 18 years she has taught this method in the US and abroad: how to knit with the yarn tensioned around a knitting pin on their shoulder (or around their neck), among other classes. She has self published three technical DVDs on the subject, one book, has three online classes with Craftsy (Bluprint), and was featured in Knit Stars 4.0 last November.