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
an all-around fiber-art fanatic with skills ranging
from knitting and crochet to spinning and weaving.
He picked up knitting as a kid for fun and later he
taught himself crochet to combat test-anxiety in college
while receiving his B.A.s in Evolutionary and Ecological
Biology and Studio Arts. Benjamin’s designs
and patterns can be seen in publications of Spin-Off,
Handwoven, The Twist Collective, and other industry
magazines. You can follow along with his other design
ventures on his blog at BenjaminKrudwig.com.
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..
- 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
- 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 ell smiling characters for big and small. She
has been published in WEE FELT WORLDS, by Lark Publishing
and her business is All Good Wishes.
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.
- 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..
wrote Start Spinning—Everything You Need
To Know To Make Great Yarn. A spinner since 1973,
she holds part 1 of the Handweavers Guild of America
Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning. Look for
her workshops at Estes Park, Ply Away, Yarn
Fest and John C. Campbell. Her DVDs are: 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
a BFA with concentration in Weaving from CSU. She
has been weaving for over 40 years. Known also as
the “Weaving Lady” Robin specializes in
doing programs about weaving and spinning to schools
and events. Robin has taught Inkle Weaving for shops
and weaving guilds throughout the Front Range for
- 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.
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