Hi, my name is Sultana Charania, which is synonymous with “I hoard lots of spindles, yarn and sweaters from handspun”. After spinning for over 14 years I am the proud owner of only 4 wheels but over 75 spindles. Spindle spinning has always had a strong hold on me. I love how affordable and portable it is. I am also always surprised at how much I can produce while going through my daily activities. I have years of experience adapting sweater patterns to fit my own shape. As a result, I usually make between 15-20 sweaters each year, with about 25% of it from spindle spun. I have also competed in spinning contests against wheel spinners using my spindle and placed. I enjoy sharing my spinning and knitting experiences and learning with others.
Norah Gaughan is a renowned knitwear designer and former design director of Berroco Yarns. Her use of shapes and mathematics in her work is well recognized throughout the knitting world. Norah authored the book Knitting Nature, and has created hundreds of designs for Berroco and other knitwear magazines such as Vogue Knitting and Interweave Knits. She now freelances as a knitwear designer and teacher.
Allison Harding (aka Fleebers) still remembers the pattern for her first knitting project at age 7; an orange acrylic scarf! Not long after, her mom found a treadle sewing machine, which launched Allison into a lifetime love of all fibers. She 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 created and taught student stage makeup and costume classes and fell in love with teaching. Allison shares her 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 & knitting shows around the country such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, Knit and Crochet Show (the official show of TKGA and CGOA), and STITCHES. Patty’s popular classes can also be found online at Knitting Daily (Interweave Press), Annie’s and Craftsy, and her “Improve Your Knitting Class” was named Craftsy’s most popular class of 2013! Patty loves to knit, crochet, spin and has even dabbled on the knitting machine. She is currently attempting not to get sucked into another yarncraft, but weaving is looking pretty interesting.Patty lives in Brooklyn with her husband, a room full of yarn, and her rooftop garden. You can find Patty at pattylyons.com (website) and https://www.facebook.com/pattylyonsknitting/ (Facebook).
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.
Stephanie Flynn Sokolov is a fiber fanatic experienced in teaching and motivating students in many fiber arts. She has a diverse expert background including spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, and dying. Her interest in learning about fiber arts started at a very young age, she trained in Accessory Design at the Fashion Institute Of Technology, and continues expanding her expertise by seeking out the best in the industry. She co-authored Woven Scarves: 26 Inspired Designs on a Rigid Heddle as seen on Knitting Daily TV and Stephanie’s projects can be found in Spin-Off Magazine, The Weaver’s Idea book by Jane Patrick. Patterns also available in the Schacht Spindle Newsletter (a Schacht Spindle publication). All students are sure to find inspiration in any class she teaches. She loves to spread her contagious enthusiasm for spinning and weaving with everyone she meets, and is so fun to be around!
My name is Judy Taylor, and I’ve been very fortunate in that I’ve been able to create a business doing something I love. I learned how to hook rugs in 1993, shortly after I fell in love with handspinning wool from my own flock. With Nantucket Rug Hooking, I discovered the perfect union of the two crafts, spinning yarn and hooking beautiful rugs. Since that time, I have built my business on creating new designs and kits for beginners and experienced rug hookers. I enjoy helping people with their own projects and bringing their ideas to reality.
Ann Weaver sees knitting patterns in container ships, Tom Waits lyrics, Moby-Dick, classic cocktails, and the work of artists like Josef Albers and Mark Rothko. When she is not traveling to teach knitting workshops, Ann lives in Baltimore, where she works as a freelance educational writer and editor and spends her free time bartending, volunteering, and working to bring change to her community. You can follow Ann on Instagram and find her designs on Ravelry, where her username is weaverknits.