Gwen Blakley Kinsler
Teaching, designing, blogging, and writing ... if it has to do with crochet, this passionate founder of CGOA embraces it. Author of The Fine Art of Crochet (2013), Gwen approaches her class samples with an eye toward artfulness and assists her students to do the same. Patience and sense of humor in the classroom allows her students to learn technical skills at their own pace as she encourages them to add personal creativity to the finished product. A Certified CYC crochet instructor, Gwen has taught widely for over 30 years in venues as diverse as park districts, hospitals and trade and consumer shows.
Classes Gwen Blakley Kinsler is teaching at the Summer 2013 Knit & Crochet Show:
Gwen Bortner has been teaching since 1986 and a recognized name at national venues such as TNNA, Stitches and TKGA since 2003. Beginning early in childhood, Gwen has dabbled in all of the various needle arts with knitting finally taking center stage during her college years. Prior to opening Knitability, LLC (www.knitability.com), Gwen spent nearly 20 years as a business consultant, trainer and executive in the computer technology arena. She is the author of Entrée to Entrelac. Gwen's passion is the company's motto, "Taking knitters to the next level". http://www.knitability.com
Classes Gwen Bortner is teaching at the Summer 2013 Knit & Crochet Show:
Beth Brown-Reinsel has been teaching knitting workshops nationally, as well as internationally, for over 20 years. Her book Knitting Ganseys has been deemed a classic. She completed her first DVD Knitting Ganseys with Beth Brown-Reinsel in 2010 and is working on a new DVD on color knitting. Her articles and designs have appeared in Threads, Cast On, Knitting Traditions, Interweave Knits, Shuttle, Spindle, and Dye Pot, Vogue Knitting, and Knitters magazines. She continues to design for her own pattern line Knitting Traditions. Beth's website, newsletter, and blog can be found at www.knittingtraditions.com. http://www.knittingtraditions.com
Classes Beth Brown-Reinsel is teaching at the Summer 2013 Knit & Crochet Show:
Suzanne is a TKGA Master Knitter and currently serves on the TKGA Master Hand Knitting Committee. Suzanne loves to share the art of knitting in her classes.
Classes Suzanne Bryan is teaching at the Summer 2013 Knit & Crochet Show:
Lily M. Chin is an internationally famous knitter and crocheter who has worked in the yarn industry for nearly 25 years, as a designer, instructor, and author of 8 books on knitting and crochet. She has looks for the New York Fashion Week runway collections of designers Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and Isaac Mizrahi, and her work has been on the backs of celebrities and super models. She was named a "Master Knitter" by Vogue Knitting. She is regularly cited in media across the U.S., including the Late Show with David Letterman, Martha, CBS Morning News, CNN, HGTV, and more. Lily Chin has lived in New York City all her life and has been involved in some aspect of the fashion industry since age 13. http://www.lilychinsignaturecollection.com
Classes Lily Chin is teaching at the Summer 2013 Knit & Crochet Show:
Joan A. Davis is a certified crochet instructor with the Craft Yarn Council of America and Crochet Design of England - Part 1. Joan is the author of the popular book: 336 CROCHET TIPS ! THE SOLUTIONS BOOK FOR CROCHETERS. She has been crocheting professionally since 1987. Founding member of the Crochet Guild of America and taught classes at the First CGOA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL at DePauw University. In 2002, Joan was the Chairperson of the Tropical Crochet Guild of the Palm Beaches and spearheaded the Chapter's hosting of the national CGOA Chain Link Conference in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Joan has traveled extensively teaching crochet techniques for The Knit and Crochet Shows produced by Offinger Management.
Classes Joan Davis is teaching at the Summer 2013 Knit & Crochet Show:
Edie Eckman is the author of a number of best-selling crochet and knitting titles including the new *Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs*, as well as *Around the Corner Crochet Borders*, *Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs*, and *Socks to Knit for Those You Love*. As a teacher, designer and technical editor, she is on a mission to educate knitters, crocheters and designers to ensure that patterns are as clear as possible to the greatest number of consumers. And she love to learn from her students! http://www.edieeckman.com
Classes Edie Eckman is teaching at the Summer 2013 Knit & Crochet Show:
A Teacher and Designer for more than twenty-five years, Darla J. Fanton derives great joy in giving obscure crochet techniques new life for today's fiber fanatics to experience. She is constantly experimenting to discover what new spin she can put on traditional crochet stitches. Her credits include designs for yarn manufacturers, numerous magazine articles, leaflets, and contributions to multi-author books. Darla was honored to be included in the book, Crochet Master Class, published in 2010. Certified by the Craft Yarn Council of America, Darla is a popular teacher at national conferences and her local yarn shop where she is known for her patience and detailed instructions.
Classes Darla Fanton is teaching at the Summer 2013 Knit & Crochet Show:
Charles Gandy, a TKGA Master Knitter, learned to knit at the age of four and designed his first sweater three years later. A two-time winner in Knitter's Magazine "Think Outside the Sox" contest, three of his designs are featured in the book of the same name: "Dread Sox", "Snake in the Grass" and "Pedicure Polka Socks". His own book, The Embellished Sock: Knitted Art for the Foot" features eighteen creative socks and numerous techniques. His work is often featured in numerous magazines including Interweave, Knit.Wear and Cast On. He is a popular lecturer and instructor at conferences and workshops nationwide.
Classes Charles Gandy is teaching at the Summer 2013 Knit & Crochet Show:
Leslie Gonzalez is a TKGA Master Knitter and a current Co-chair of the Master Hand Knitting Review Committee. She has been teaching knitting to students at all levels for the past 10 years and is a regular contributor of designs, lessons and technical articles to Cast On Magazine. Leslie has a special love for traditional color and lace knitting and is always exploring new methods and techniques.
Her blog White Horse Knitting is dedicated to knitting and her second passion, Lipizzan Horses. http://whitehorsedesigns.blogspot.com
Classes Leslie Gonzalez is teaching at the Summer 2013 Knit & Crochet Show:
Arenda Holladay is currently the advisor to the Master Hand Knitting Committee. She is the instructor of the Basics, Basics, Basics, Swatch to Sweater and Understanding Gauge correspondence courses. She is a consulting editor to Cast On Magazine and is a frequent contributor of designs and technical articles. http://www.arendaholladay.com
Classes Arenda Holladay is teaching at the Summer 2013 Knit & Crochet Show:
Skaska Designs, Ltd.
Galina A. Khmeleva, owner of Skaska Designs and author of Gossamer Webs, The History & Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls and Gossamer Webs, The Design Collection, has earned the repu-tation as one of the most respected and knowledgable lace knitting instructors in the country. As a former clothing and costume designer who worked with the 'aristocracy' of St. Petersburg's music and theater society, Galina was a pioneer in breaking down barriers in the 'new' Russia that allowed Russian women the opportunity to achieve ownership status in private companies. As the principal student to Orenburg's knitting elite, Galina brings the classic style and revered traditional knitting techniques of Russian lace to her classes. http://www.skaska.com
Classes Galina Khmeleva is teaching at the Summer 2013 Knit & Crochet Show:
Jenny King is Australia's most published international designer with 17 books to her name. She has designs in major magazines in the UK, USA and Australia. She is a passionate teacher with 30 years experience Jenny is also a yarn store owner.
Her latest books are Fashions to Flaunt using Noro yarns, Learn to do Bavarian stitch &Bavarian to go and she is a featured artist Crochet Master Class. Jenny is the only Australian to have a design published in Vogue knitting special Crochet edition in May 2012 and Interweave Crochet has published her Coogee Bay dress in June 2012 . Jenny has been working successfully with Annie's Attic to present up to the minute crochet fashions since 2000. http://www.jennykingdesigns.com
Classes Jenny King is teaching at the Summer 2013 Knit & Crochet Show:
Karen Klemp is a crochet and jewelry designer whose creations have been featured in numerous books and magazines, in the CGOA pattern line, and in her own pattern collection -- Almost Amy Designs. Karen was president of the Crochet Guild of America from 1999-2001, served on the CGOA Board of Directors from 2001-2003, and continues to serve on the organization's Nominating Committee. A Craft Yarn Council of America Certified Instructor since 1997, she has taught workshops for the past 14 years at CGOA/TKGA conferences, The National Needlearts Association trade shows, the Dallas-Ft. Worth Fiber Festival, and at yarn shops and regional retreats. http://www.almostamy.com
Classes Karen Klemp is teaching at the Summer 2013 Knit & Crochet Show:
A popular teacher and prolific designer, Melissa Leapman is the author of several bestselling knitting and crocheting books. Her most recent titles are STASHBUSTER KNITS and KNITTING THE PERFECT FIT (Potter Craft, 2011 and 2012), as well as numerous publications and DVD's from Leisure Arts.
Classes Melissa Leapman is teaching at the Summer 2013 Knit & Crochet Show:
A Craft Yarn Council Certified Teacher and Instructor, Susan Lowman has over 7 years of experience teaching crochet classes in her community and at national CGOA Conferences. Susan has been crocheting for more than 35 years and has over 150 published crochet designs in magazines, books, leaflets and on her website, www.TheCrochetArchitect.com. She has been tech editing crochet patterns since 2004. As a designer and technical editor, Susan has also hired contract crocheters to stitch models for publication. She loves to experiment with new crochet techniques and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for crochet with others through her classes. http://www.thecrochetarchitect.com
Classes Susan Lowman is teaching at the Summer 2013 Knit & Crochet Show:
Lion Brand Yarn Studio
Patty (pattylyons.com) decided to leave her previous life as a Broadway stage manager eight years ago to follow her passion and work in the knitting world. After managing a local yarn store, in 2008 she joined Lion Brand as the Studio Director to help create the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City. A certified knitting instructor, Patty focuses on helping her students see the 'why to' not just the 'how to'. She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much-maligned subjects of gauge and blocking.
Patty currently teaches more than 30 of the Studio's 150 workshops and also enjoys teaching at guilds around the country and shows such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, Knit and Crochet Show (the official show of TKGA and CGOA), and Knit1 Crochet2. She runs the Studio's education department, overseeing eight staff teachers and a full lineup of master class teachers.
Patty recently launched her first video class, Knitting Doctor: Mistakes and How to Fix Them on Lionbrand.com: http://www.lionbrand.com/6030/PictPage/1922259251.html
Classes Patty Lyons is teaching at the Summer 2013 Knit & Crochet Show:
Marty has been crocheting since she was 5 years old. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for crochet by teaching others in her local yarn shop in Greensboro, NC, and nationally at the CGOA conferences and TNNA trade shows. Her designs have been published in magazines, books, and yarn companies' publications, as well as her own pattern line. Her book, Totes for All Reasons, is a best seller. In addition to teaching and designing, she is an award winning tech editor, and is a past president (2010) of CGOA. Check out her blogs: http;//thecrochetdoctor.blogspot.com, and http://notyourgrannyscrochet-marty.blogspot.com. http://thecrochetdoctor.blogspot.com
Classes Marty Miller is teaching at the Summer 2013 Knit & Crochet Show:
Nancy Nehring is a nationally recognized author, designer and teacher in the needle arts field. She is the author of several books including The Lacy Knitting of Mary Schiffmann, 50 Heirloom Buttons to Make, and Embellishing with Beads. Numerous needle art magazines including Threads, PieceWork, and Crochet! have carried her work. She has designed for DMC, Coats and Clark, and Dynamic Resources Group among others. Her Irish Crochet Doll Dress was awarded first place in crochet in the 2003 PieceWork Needleworker of the Year contest. http://lacebuttons.com/
Classes Nancy Nehring is teaching at the Summer 2013 Knit & Crochet Show:
Nancie was a Registered Nurse when she opened her yarn store Nancie Knits in Sacramento, CA in the '80's. This began her long career of teaching and writing books. To date she has written 9 books on knitting and crochet and 2 on quilting. She has just finished her 9th DVD. She has taught knitting in the U.S. and Canada for over 30 years. She has written for Martha Stewart Living and most of the major knitting magazine and many of the notable yarn companies. Nancie now volunteers her time teaching in a woman's jail every week as well as teaching weekly in her home town.
Classes Nancie Wiseman is teaching at the Summer 2013 Knit & Crochet Show:
"She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands". Prov. 31:13.
Joyce learned how to knit and crochet at the age of nine. She is a CYCA Certified Instructor in both knit and crochet. Joyce designs for numerous yarn companies and publications. Her most current designs can be found in "Donna Kooler's Crocheted Afghans", "100 Hats to Knit and Crochet", "100 Crochet Projects", "Great Garter Stitch, and "Master in Crochet", published by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss. She has taught since 1999 for CGOA, TKGA, TNNA, Craft Cruises, Stitches Expos, local knitting/crochet guilds, and similar venues. Joyce loves to adapt knitting techniques into crochet. Her motto, "Why should knitters have all the fun? If I can knit it, I will figure out a way to crochet it!" Joyce says, "God has blessed me with the gifts of knitting and crochet, gifts I enjoy sharing with others."
Classes Joyce Wyatt is teaching at the Summer 2013 Knit & Crochet Show: