Mary Jane Mucklestone loves to knit, especially with color. She's the author of 3 books featuring stranded colorwork. Her two popular stitch dictionaries 200 Fair Isle Motifs and 150 Scandinavian Motifs were instant classics and have been translated into many languages.Fair Isle Style is a contemporary take on colorwork featuring 20 projects from 18 popular designers. In the fall of 2016 her new book Geo Knits: 10 Lessons for Knitting Stripes, Triangles,Chevrons, Polka Dots and More will be released. A celebration of geometric shapes and their place in fashion, design and knitting of course! Geo Knits gets back to Mary Jane's knitting roots, exploring many techniques that seemed mysterious when she first learned to knit.
Mary Jane travels the world to study traditional knitting techniques and learn more about the history of the craft. She's a popular teacher specializing in lively, fun and informative classes. She and her good friend and fellow designer Gudrun Johnston lead groups of knitters on an exploration of knitting in the Shetland Islands three times a year. She feels lucky to be invited to teach all over the world, and is eager to share knitting knowledge with her students. She aims to give students the courage to try something new! Mary Jane's inventive handknitting designs are featured in many books and magazines as well as on her maryjanemucklestone.com.Laura Nelkin lives in upstate New York, where the sunny season is short, leaving plenty of time to be indoors knitting. Though she has a degree in apparel design from Cornell University, she took to knitting years ago and hasn’t looked back. Laura is currently enamored with lace, beads and unexpected constructions so most of her designs lean in this direction. She travels often to teach these techniques and more at workshops around the country and on-line with Craftsy. Laura has a line of knitting kits, self-publishes patterns, runs two super fun clubs and holds mystery Knit-Alongs twice a year.
Jane Grogan, from Madison, Wisconsin has been fascinated with small loom weaving since 1999 when she got her first small square and triangle looms. It was when she found diamond and rectangle shaped looms that Jane fell in love with combining shapes to form different geometric pieces. Who would have thought that 10th grade geometry would have a place in everyday life? Jane has held workshops on continuous strand weaving techniques at the Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair, Black Sheep Gathering, Madison Knitters’ Guild Knit-In, the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, and the Great Midwest Alpaca Fest.
Mary Jo Harris lives in the knitting mecca of Madison, WI. She has been a teacher all of her adult life and has formally taught knitting for over 10 years at various Sheep and Wool Festivals, Fiber Festivals, Knit-In's, Madison College, and the Wisconsin Craft Market.
For the past 7 years, she has included Chair Caning classes to her teaching repertoire and has taught local classes in addition to classes at the WI Sheep and Wool Festival, Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival, Shepherd’s Harvest, Missouri Fiber Retreat, and Michigan Fiber Festival.
Under her designer name of Jo Harris, Mary Jo designs knitting patterns and has written a book entitled 'Double Knitting - Inside Out' which is available through Amazon or Ravelry. An active member of the Madison (WI) Knitters’ Guild and an employee of the Wisconsin Craft Market, Mary Jo has an almost constant opportunity to discuss anything and everything knitting-related.
Deb Jones is an enthusiastic spinner, dyer and weaver who has taught workshops throughout the region, including Sievers School of Fiber Arts, The Clearing, the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, as well as at her own studio, The Fiber Garden. For more than 20 years, The Fiber Garden has offered year-round fiber arts workshops and has been featured in American Small Farm, Impressions, and Positive Thinking magazines. Since retiring in 2013 from a full-time career with UW-Extension, her newest fiber venture is as a travel consultant, sponsoring land and sea fiber arts travel tours and retreats. Deb lives in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.
Bev Larson has been weaving since 1988 and teaching since 1999. She loves to share the joy of basket weaving with those around her and has done so by teaching in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and the Caribbean on basket weaving cruises. In 2003, Bev won the Eiteljorg Museums Weavers Challenge. In 2009, she added broom making as an outshoot of weaving and it also became a passion. In 2016, Bev received the honor of being an Indian Artisan. “Making basket weaving fun, relaxing, and inspiring is my goal.”
Ruth Manning teaches and creates art at her studio in Madison, Wisconsin. She specializes in handwoven tapestry with a focus on portraits and personal narrative work. Ruth has taught in public school art rooms, conference and camp settings, and individual classes.
Carol Rhoades moved to Madison from Austin, Texas just in time for the 101”-of-snow winter. She has been knitting and crocheting most of her life and has researched traditional sheep, wools, and garments from the U.K. and Scandinavia. She has published numerous articles inPieceWork and Spin-Off magazines and has taught spinning, knitting, and crochet classes around the U.S. and overseas. Carol has also translated many Scandinavian textile and cook books into English.
As a teacher, Theresa Schabes enjoys the process of creating ‘thinking knitters’ – knitters or crocheters who have a strong base of knowledge of techniques and the insight to choose the best application for their projects. As a designer, her work has appeared in every major knitting magazine, and several crochet publications as well.
Cheryl Stegert has been an avid fiber craftsperson for many decades. She loves to knit, crochet, weave, spin, tat and anything else with fiber and yarn. She taught at Yarns by Design in Neenah, Wisconsin for over 15 years.
She lives with her husband, John and “the boys”, Dexter and Woodrow in Greenville, Wisconsin. Beside fiber Cheryl enjoys kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hiking, biking, a good murder read and genealogy.
After working over 30 years at jobs averaging 60+ hours a week, she has semi-retired to an 8 to 5 job. She can be found enjoying lunch hours happily knitting, crocheting and watching fiber and genealogy webinars and really enjoying getting to all those “wish list” projects done.