Chrysteen Borja: I’ve been creating art since I can remember! I love learning anything from, woodcarving, crocheting, weaving, painting, and anything else I can get my hands on. I started macramé about 3.5 years ago and have been teaching for the past year and a half. At the same time, I created my little side business, Waverly Knots, when I decided to leave my full time job and stay at home with my son. I live in Seattle with my husband, 2 year old son, and my two dogs. When I’m not cleaning the house of fibers, toddler messes, and dog hair, I’m in my art studio/second floor of my house, making my own ideas come to life.
A self-confessed “technique freak” and “skill junkie,” JC Briar 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. Her latest venture is Stitch-Maps.com, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts of unparalleled fluidity, authenticity, and beauty.
Marie Greene has been knitting since the age of ten, and not just knitting – but addicted to knitting. She loves wool, independent dyers and sweaters. She has a ridiculous number of projects on her needles at all times and she wakes up every day excited to be alive because, knitting. She has taught workshops and private lessons for the last fifteen years, and has been an independent designer since 2013. Before her life in knitwear design, she was a hospital finance project manager, freelance writer and business coach. Her job as an instructor is to not just educate and inspire, but to ensure that her students find the process as engaging as it is enlightening. When she’s not designing knitwear, she is traveling (with knitting), reading (and knitting) or throwing dinner parties (with other knitters).
Allison Harding (aka Fleebers) still remembers the pattern for her first knitting project at age 7; an orange acrylic scarf! Then her mom gave her a treadle sewing machine, which launched Allison into a lifetime love of all fibers. She is an award winning fiber artist who knits, crochets, weaves, felts, dyes, cards, spins, sews, and more. If it’s fiber related she’s either tried it or it’s on her bucket list. While working as a costume designer for Studio East School for Performing Arts, Allison fell in love with teaching. Allison shares those skills and love of design in her knit and crochet patterns published by KnitPicks, Cascade Yarns, Skacel, Knit Circus and Loose Threads magazines and the book “Simple Hip Knit Scarves”. She strives to explain not only the how, but the why, of everything she does in fun and innovative ways. Allison loves ALL the colors and playing with pointy sticks.
Michael Kelson is the coordinator for the annual Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat and the Seattle Men Who Knit meet-up, and teaches Spinning classes at Weaving Works in Seattle. He is passionate about sharing his love of spinning with students of all levels. By day he is a software engineering professional, but on weekends he’s usually out and about with his miniSpinner in tow!
Patty Lyons is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the “why” not just the “how” in her pursuit of training the “mindful knitter”. She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much-maligned subjects of gauge and blocking. Patty teaches nationally at guilds, shops & knitting shows around the country such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, and STITCHES. Her popular classes can also be found on DVD and online at Interweave, Annie’s and Craftsy where her “Improve Your Knitting Class” was named Craftsy’s most popular class of 2013! Patty designs and knitting skill articles have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitter’s Magazine, Cast On, Knit Style, Creative Knitting, and Twist Collective where she writes a knitter’s advice column: “Patty’s Purls of Wisdom”. Patty’s designs have also been included in pattern collections from Classic Elite, Noro, Cascade, Tahki Stacy Charles, Sugar Bush and Willow Yarns.
Judith MacKenzie is the ultimate textile artist and teacher. She has an in-depth understanding of every aspect of spinning, weaving, knitting and dyeing. Her teaching career spans the globe from such fascinating places as above the Arctic Circle all the way to Turkey. Judith is the author of Teach Yourself Visually: Handspinning and The International Spinner. She also writes for Spin-Off, Knits, and Handwoven.
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is the author of Yarn Harlot, At Knit’s End, Knitting Rules!, and Casts Off. She maintains a popular blog at www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/. She lives with her family in an untidy, wool-filled house in Toronto, where she avoids doing the laundry and knits whenever she gets a minute.
Andrea Rangel is an experienced knitter, designer, and educator. She’s the author of AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary and Rugged Knits, and her design work has been published in Brooklyn Tweed Wool People, Twist Collective, Interweave Knits, and KnitScene, as well as independently. She’s a trained educator, having taught elementary, middle, and high school for several years before becoming a full-time knitwear designer. Her classes are organized and clear, with a strong understanding of learners and class planning, and always include useful, beautiful workshop handbooks for students to take home.