March 2018 – Stay Tuned!
Prior years’ Spring Workshop instructors:
2017 – Patty Lyons
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.
Classes Presented: Secrets of Sweater Success, Patty’s Bag of Knitting Tricks, Design Your Own Top-Down Raglan
2016 – Nancy Bush
Nancy is a renowned expert on Estonian knitting traditions, especially Haapsalu lace. In addition to her research, she has authored the books Folk Socks, Knitting Vintage Socks, Knitting on the Road, Folk Knitting in Estonia, and Knitted Lace of Estonia. Her work has also appeared in Interweave Knits, Piecework, Knitting.
Classes Presented: Knitting Estonian Lace, Nordic Color — Roositud, Three-Sided Scarf from Haapsalu
2015 – Sally Melville
Renowned teacher and author of The Knit Stitch, The Purl Stitch, and many others!
Classes Presented: Stripes and Stripes that Aren’t, Borders & Buttonholes, Emergency Measures, Why We Do What We Do: The Importance of Working with Our Hands
2014 – Joan McGowan Michael
An industry veteran in clothing and knitwear design, Joan McGowan Michael of White Lies Designs specializes in unique, vintage-inspired romantic knits that flatter a wide range of sizes, with an eye to pretty detailing and fit. Joan has previously taught at such venues as Vogue Knitting Live and Interweave Knit Lab.
Classes Presented: Crochet for Knits, Whip Your Knits into Shape!, My Fair-Isle!, Vintage Knitting, Beading for Knits
2013 – Shirley Paden
An internationally recognized hand knitwear designer, Shirley Paden’s designs and articles have appeared in the leading magazines in the hand knitting industry as well as in the collections of leading yarn companies. Her book, Knitwear Design Workshop, was the best selling knitting book on Amazon.com in 2010 and remains a key industry reference. She is also the owner of Shirley Paden Custom Knits located in New York City where Shirley designs an exclusive line of custom knit clothing.
Classes Presented: Design Master Class, Finishing Techniques Class
2012 – Melissa Leapman
A widely-published designer, Melissa Leapman has published patterns in every premier needle crafts publication in the country. Melissa is the author of several bestselling knitting and crocheting books, including Cables Untangled, Color Knitting the Easy Way, Mastering Color Knitting, and Stashbuster Knits. As a freelance designer, she has worked with leading ready-to-wear manufacturers and design houses in New York city. In addition, most American yarn companies commission Melissa to create designs to promote their new and existing yarns each season.
Classes Presented: Basic Pattern Drafting, Celtic Cables, Two-Color Double Knitting, Mosaic Knitting
2011 – Lorna Miser
Founded Lorna’s Laces in the 1980’s, and went on to write four books, including The Knitter’s Guide to Hand-dyed and Variegated Yarn. Lorna’s designs can be found in many magazines, on web sites and through dozens of yarn companies.
Classes Presented: Knitting With Hand-dyed Yarns, Knitting Random On Purpose, Knitting With Fabric Strips, Silver Linings – No-sew lining for knitted items
2010 – Anne Carroll Gilmour
Anne has been layering and combining unusual and unexpected combinations of color, pattern, texture, technique & fiber since I was a small child. A gifted teacher and original designer, Anne has published articles and patterns in most major American fiber arts periodicals.
Classes Presented: Glorious Colour Stash-sharing Scrap Socks, The Magical Entrelac Envelope Pouch