Budd - Is the author of THE KNITTER’S
HANDY BOOK OF PATTERNS,
THE KNITTER’S HANDY BOOK OF SWEATER PATTERNS
and co-author of WRAP STYLE, LACE STYLE and BAG STYLE.
When she isn’t writing about knitting, she is
- Received her MFA at Indiana University,
owned a shop (Yarns Unlimited) and taught at Indiana
University in the Fine Arts Department. She has taught
all over the U.S. including Convergence. Besides her
articles and work in Handwoven and Weaver’s
magazines, she co-authored HANDS ON DYEING.
- Spends her days knitting, designing and teaching.
Besides being the founder of KNITAWAY IN THE ROCKIES,
she is the author of FOLK SHAWLS, FOLK VESTS and KNITTED
JACKETS: 20 DESIGNS FROM CLASSIC TO CONTEMPORARY.
Her work has been featured in HANDPAINT COUNTRY, A
GATHERING OF LACE and the ONE SKEIN WONDER series
and she has designed for major knitting magazines
and yarn companies. Cheryl also has her own line of
self-published designs and kits featuring her hand-dyed
Chris Switzer -is a weaver and spinner,
has raised alpacas in Estes Park for 35 years. Alpaca
fleece is soft and warm and comes in many natural
colors. It is a joy to spin and then knit/crochet/weave/or
felt. Chris has a BFA in Weaving plus a double major
in Anthropology from CSU. She began weaving and spinning
in 1971 and has been a HGB member that long too. Her
book, Spinning Alpaca, Camel andPaco Vicuña
is now in the 4th edition and available at Shuttles..
Connie Kephart - Is addicted to spindle
spinning. Her handspun yarns have won prizes and ribbons
at Estes Park Wool Market, Maryland Sheep and Wool
and the Taos Wool Festival. Come find out what delights
her so much about this simple tool.
- Holds degrees in weaving from Colorado State University
and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. His teaching experience
includes positions at the Oregon College of Arts and
Crafts, the Appalacian Center for Craft and Front
Range Community College. In addition, David has taught
workshops at Penland and Arrowmont.
Debi Dodge -Was the Superintendent
of the Handspun Yarn Show at the Boulder
County Fair for 10 years. She has been the judge at
the Estes Park Wool
Festival and is a 3 time Medallion winner for her
designer yarns at the Taos
- Loves to share knitting knowledge and will happily
talk knitting for hours. Her designs have been featured
in several magazines and books and her first book
THE STITCH COLLECTION will be available from Lark
in 2010. You can find her as DebbieO on Ravelry and
her patterns under Nutty Creations.
Grace - Works at Schacht Spindle Company,
troubleshooting customer’s equipment problems,
taking orders and assisting in creative projects.
She has an art degree with an emphasis in weaving
and quilting, so the Zoom Loom is the perfect tool
for her and she enjoys spreading her enthusiasm about
this little tool.
- Is a fiber artist with degrees in Textile Chemistry
and Clothing and Textiles. A natural dye expert and
teacher, she has taught classes across the U.S. including
Penland School for Craft and the 2002 Color Congress.
She loves to share her knowledge and passion for natural
Druchanas - Learned to knit before she could
read. Her designs and articles have been featured
in Family Circle, Knitters, Interweave Knits and Inknitters.
She is the author of THE KNITTED RUG, ARCTIC LACE,
ETHNIC KNITTING DISCOVERY, ETHNIC KNITTING EXPLORATION,
KITTY KNITS and SUCCESSFUL LACE KNITTING.
- Has worked with yarns and fabrics since childhood.
An accomplished craftsperson, she combined her interest
in fabrics with weaving when she took her first rag
weaving class. She has been weaving, dyeing and teaching
about rags ever since. Look for her designs in Handwoven.
Murray - Has been needlefelting since 2001
when she joined the Handweavers Guild of Boulder happy
to learn a fiber art that was slightly less complicated
than most. She has been designing her own characters
since that very Fall and loves teaching felting to
others to see what they can create. She loves to make
and sell smiling characters for big and small. She
has been published in WEE FELT WORLDS, by Lark Publishing
and her business is All Good Wishes.
- Jane Patrick - As a past editor of Handwoven
magazine and with her involvement with Schacht Spindle
Company, Jane is very knowledgeable about many areas
of weaving. Teaching rigid heddle is one of her many
loves. Her book TIME TO WEAVE is a must read as is
her new book THE WEAVERS IDEA BOOK.
- Is an experienced corporate computer trainer as
well as an avid knitter. Put that combination together
and you find someone who is passionate about showing
others how to use technology-especially if it applies
to making their knitting more efficient and fun!
Taylor - Has been knitting since childhood,
taught by her mother to keep her occupied. She has
attended various Nordic knitting conferences and retreats;
recently she spent two weeks in Estonia knitting with
Nancy Bush, learning from the mentors and buying yarn...
She is enthusiastic about sharing the knowledge of
Nordic techniques she knows and loves.
- Has been teaching weaving classes since 1983 including
Beginning Weaving at Convergence 2004. You can see
her weavings in Handwoven magazine. This,
plus being a knowledgeable and lively speaker, keeps
her in much demand up and down the Front Range.
- Learned to knit as a Girl Scout Leader and hasn’t
ever stopped. One of our most prolific knitters, she
is always creating new, wonderful pieces.
- Is the author of NEW TWISTS ON TWINED KNITTING
and KNITTING SCANDINAVIAN SLIPPERS AND SOCKS.
She has taught twined knitting techniques across
the country. On the side, she creates purses and totes
made from recycled seat belts.
- Is an expert of hand knitted super fine Russian
lace, continuing a centuries old family fiber art
tradition. She learned to knit lace at an extremely
young age from her family in
Russia. Lily is a lace designer, avid fine lace spinner
- Is the author of START SPINNING - EVERYTHING
YOU NEED TO KNOW TO MAKE GREAT YARN. A spinner
since 1973 she holds the Handweavers Guild of America
Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning. Look for
her workshops at Estes Park, Maryland Sheep and Wool
and Yarn Fest. Don’t miss her DVDs: START
SPINNING, BIG AND LOFTY YARNS and GETTING
STARTED ON A DROP SPINDLE.
- learned to tat and crochet as a child from a sitter
who found she could keep her quiet with a shuttle
or hook and a ball of string. Later, and by then a
weaver and spinner, she couldn’t resist basketry
when the material fell from her Florida trees. She
has produced baskets and craft for mail-order as well
as installations and galleries. She loves to learn
and she loves to share.
- Learned to knit and crochet at an extremely young
age from her mother in Scotland. Knitting has always
been an integral part of her life and the more complicated
the patterns are, the better. Margaret has become
certified as a Knitting Instructor by the Craft Yarn
Council of America. She is also an avid weaver and
Nancy Jencks - Has been sewing for
over fifty years, making everything from tailored
suits to fringed cowboy costumes for Halloween. If
it can fit under a presser foot, she’ll sew
it to something. She is an avid spinner, weaver, dyer,
knitter and crocheter who enjoys combining these crafts
to make something useful and beautiful.
- Is both an artist-quiltmaker and a knitwear designer.
Leading a double life isn’t as difficult as
it sounds, she says, since both reflect an aspect
of her creativity and both are exciting. Her book
SLIP STITCH KNITTING is an Interweave Press
- Worked for yarn during high school and college,
helping with knitting, crochet and needlepoint projects.
An avid weaver since 1994, you can see her woven triple
weave pick-up cougar in the main office of Smiley
Middle School in Denver. Kumihimo and ply split braiding
are also addictions.
- Earned her MFA in Fibers from Colorado
State University. During her time at CSU she created
her own art as well as taught multiple classes in
the Fibers department. Sara assisted Jane Patrick
with her rigid heddle weaving book THE WEAVERS
IDEA BOOK. Sara has shown her artwork throughout
the U. S. and beyond. She is an avid weaver, knitter
and sewer and enjoys working with non traditional
Dalebout - Was born with knitting needles
in her fingers. Sharon is an accomplished quilter,
embroiderer and knitter. Sharing her knowledge is
one of her greatest pleasures. Look for her work in
Handwoven and Interweave Knits.
- spends her days in Northern Colorado breeding sheep
that produce some of the best fleece in the area,
if not the entire country. Look for her prize winning
fleece at the Estes Park Wool Market and Taos.
- Trained in accessory design at the Fashion Institute
and teaches throughout the United States. She is the
coauthor of YEARNING TO WEAVE AND SPIN. Her work can
be found in Spin-Off and THE WEAVER’S IDEA BOOK
by Jane Patrick.
Connolly-Howes - Taught environmental science
and nature crafts to children and families, since
retirement she has devoted time to art. She creates
whimsical animals, birds and insects with felt, paints
silk scarves and creates garden sculptures with clay
Wilson - Received the Handweavers Guild of
America’s Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving,
Master level in 1990. Her work has been published
in Weavers and Handwoven, and she
teaches workshops all over the U.S. including Convergence.