September 20 - 22, 2024 - Irving Convention Center


Teachers

Nicole Ball

What are your areas of expertise?
Crochet
Where have you taught?
Colorful Yarns yarn store, Catalyst Creative Arts studio.
Online presence
Facebook: Texas Stitch Chicks, Instagram: @TexasStitchChicks Ravely: Texas Stitch Chicks
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • Nicole loves to knit and crochet, and design crocheted stuffed animals, and sweaters, and knit sweaters.
  • In a previous life, Nicole was a beekeeper and had chickens.
  • Now Nicole spends most of her time working with fiber arts and creating classes to share her love of knitting and crochet with others
Nicole will be teaching

Dawn Barker

What are your areas of expertise?
Knitting, Dyeing
Where have you taught?
Hill Country Weavers Knitting In The Hills Retreat for six years. Jimmy Beans Wool Biggest Little Getaway retreat for two years. Knit Stars Season 8. Knitty Natty's Yarn Love community on Zoom. Assorted knitting guilds and yarn shops.
Online presence
Website: BarkerWool.com Instagram: @Barker.Wool
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • My grandmother tells me that I demanded that she teach me to knit when I was five. She made me wait until I was seven
  • As an artist I'm passionate about color dynamics and repetitive pattern. I made the jump from full-time fine artist to dyer and knitwear designer nearly eight years ago.
  • I love being part of the creative chain. It's quite gratifying to make yarns and patterns that other folks can use to express their own creativity.
Dawn will be teaching

Alissa Barton

What are your areas of expertise?
Knitting, Crocheting, Spinning, Tatting
Where have you taught?
DFW Fiber Fest and Various fiber fests, events and guilds around the country as well as on knitting cruises.
Online presence
Patreon: Knitting Fairy, Ravelry: KnittingFairy, Facebook: Knitting Fairy, Twitter: @KnittingFairy, Instagram: @theknittingfairy
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • Alissa learned to drop spin using a stick and half a potato as the whorl.
  • Alissa likes the color purple (the color, not the movie- though the movie is cool)
  • Alissa is the past president of the Arlington Knitter’s Guild and the Dallas Lace Society.
  • Alissa learned to knit and spin as a child and took up lacemaking and tatting as a young adult over 30 years ago.
Alissa will be teaching

Diana Beard

What are your areas of expertise?
Knitting, sewing, designing
Where have you taught?
Local fabric shops, and I taught fashion design courses at UNT for 7 years.
Online presence
Website: Diana Couture Studio , Instagram:@dianacouturestudio, Etsy: DianaCoutureStudio Ravelry: Diana Couture
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
  • Diana combined her love for knitting and sewing into a business making fabulously functional bags and accessories for yarn enthusiasts.
  • Diana has designed over 35 bags and items for knitters and crocheters.
  • Diana designed her first knitting bag, the Yarn Owl yarn holder, after she taught her daughter to knit and couldn’t find a good skein holder.
  • Diana has a BFA in fashion design and loves creating wearable art. You can see some of her work here.
Diana will be teaching

Denise Bell

What are your areas of expertise?
Knitting, designing
Where have you taught?
DFW Fiber Fest and other fiber festivals
Online presence
Website: www.lostcityknits.com, Facebook:lostcityknits Instagram: @lostcityknits, Ravelry: LostCityKnits
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
  • Denise Bell is the designer behind two books, each of which draws inspiration from a specific region and its culture.
  • Her first book, Ultima Thule, is set in the Shetland Islands off the north coast of mainland Scotland, and features incredible lacework inspired by life on the islands.
  • Her Kailyard shawl draws gasps when it is unfurled
  • Her second book, Deep Roots, considers the landscape and personalities of the Flint Hills of Chase County, Kansas, a unique tallgrass prairie uninterrupted by mechanized agriculture.
  • Along with these two books, Denise has designed lace shawls, skirts, colorwork vests, sweaters, and other interesting garments.
  • Her teaching experience includes events from coast to coast and border to border at large conventions, small retreats, guilds, yarn shops, and an online sweater semester series allowing a small group of students to work through all of the intricacies of a chosen sweater over a three month period.
  • Denise’s goal is to encourage students at all levels to be intrepid and eclectic in their knitting adventures.
  • Denise and her husband Chris run Lost City Knits, a small independent company named for the town nearest their Eastern Oklahoma farm.
Denise will be teaching

Marly Bird and Robyn Chachula

What are your areas of expertise?
Knitting and Crochet
Where have you taught?
Stitches West, Stitches Expo at Home, Interweave Yarnfest, Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, New York Sheep and Wool Festival/Rhinebeck (virtual), Madrona Fiberarts Winter Retreat, Red Alder Fiberarts Retreat, Black Sheep Gathering, John C Campbell Folk School, Fiberworld (Virtual), Madison Knitters Guild, Salt Lake Knitters Guild
Online presence
Website: marlybird.com,
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • Published more than 1000 patterns
  • Published patterns in a variety of knit and crochet magazines
  • Authored over 20 published books
  • Featured as experts on Knit and Crochet Now PBS Show
  • Taught on Interweave, Craftsy, Creativebug, and Annie’s
  • Held the position of Creative Director at Bijou Basin Ranch
  • Is an ambassador for Yarnspirations Yarn
  • Taught at fiber festivals and events around the country
  • Hosted the Yarn Thing Podcast
  • Acquired 300 thousand YouTube subscribers
  • Built a 40 thousand Instagram following
  • Collaborated with Destination Lane for special event boxes
  • Hosts 6 annual knit and crochet make-along events online
  • Created and Taught BiCrafty Bootcamp
  • Contributed to the MarlyBirdHouse.com instructional portal
Marly and Robyn will be teaching

Jenny Brown

What are your areas of expertise?
Dyeing
Where have you taught?
This will be my first year teaching classes outside my studio, but I'm hoping to have a few smaller fiber festivals under my belt before DFW. (Midwest Fiber Fest & Fiber U)
Online presence
316dyestudio.com, Instagram: @316dyestudio, Facebook: 316dyestudio, Ravelry: 316dyestudio
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • DFW Fiber Fest 2023 I did a demonstration in Fiberatory! Now it's a class!
  • I'm the owner of 316 Dye Studio & have been dyeing for nearly a decade. I started my dye garden in 2023, and have been down the rabbit hole of eco-printing since.
Jenny will be teaching:

Carissa Browning

What are your areas of expertise?
Knitting, Crochet
Where have you taught?
DFW Fiber Fest, McKinney Knittery, Jennings Street Yarns, virtually through Stitches Events, Longmont Yarn Shoppe (Colorado), River City Yarns (Alberta), numerous guilds across North America
Online presence
Facebook: carissaknits, Instagram: @carissabrowning, Ravelry: Carissa Browning, Website: carissaknits.com
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • Carissa has been knitting and crocheting for nearly 20 years, and sharing her love of fiber with friends and family for almost as long.
  • I picked up weaving in 2020 and spinning in 2023.
  • I often design patterns with both a knit version and a crochet version.
  • My favorite things to design utilize simple stitches, bold geometric lines, and unusual construction methods.
  • I typically knit continental style, but can demonstrate techniques in English style as well.
  • I have a deep and abiding love of rainbows, particularly in fiber form.
Carissa will be teaching

Henry Clemes

What are your areas of expertise?
Fiber preparation
Where have you taught?
DFW Fiber Fest, Madrona/Red Alder, Stitches West, PLY Away, Maryland Sheep and Wool, Black Sheep Gathering, Estes Park Wool Market, Wisconsin Sheep and Wool, Lambtown Festival, New York Sheep and Wool, SAFF.
Online presence
Website: clemes.com, Instagram: @clemesandclemes Facebook:clemesandclemes
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • Henry has been building fiber art equipment for over 45 years and drum carders for 38 years.
  • Henry has never met a Wensleydale fleece he didn't like.
  • He washes over 300 fleece a year.
  • Their equipment is known for being not only thoughtfully engineered but also visually pleasing and durable.
Henry will be teaching

Alyssa Compton

What are your areas of expertise?
Knitting
Where have you taught?
JuJu Knits, Leaves Book and Tea
Online presence
Instagram: Multicraftual, ravelry:Lilbosslady
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • I love listening to audiobooks while I knit.
  • My next big goal is to pet an alpaca!
Alyssa will be teaching

Michael Cook

What are your areas of expertise?
Weaving, silk
Where have you taught?
DFW Fiber Fest
Online presence
Website: wormspit.com, Ravelry: WormSpit
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • Michael Cook grew up in the woods north of Houston, dividing his time between learning obscure old handcrafts like quilling and embroidery and tramping through the woods picking berries and turning over logs to find interesting bugs.
  • Now, he lives by a creek in south Dallas with his husband Chris, three dogs, and a cat, plus a revolving cast of neighborhood wildlife.
  • His day job is working for a performing arts center, and he divides his free time between practicing and teaching obscure old handcrafts like weaving and silk reeling, and photographing and studying things he finds on trees and under logs.
  • A fascination with silk has led him down many twisty and interesting paths, including work with museums, published articles, and speaking engagements.
Michael will be teaching

Francoise Danoy

What are your areas of expertise?
Knitting, Designing, Punch Needle
Where have you taught?
Vogue Knitting Live, DFW Fiber Fest, Perth Yarn Festival (Scotland), Fiber X (Australia), SSK Knitting Retreat, Hill Country Weavers Retreat, Knit Stars
Online presence
Website: www.francoisedanoy.com, Instagram: @francoise.danoy
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • I have yet to learn how to knit brioche. But I can bake a mean brioche!
Francoise will be teaching

Alexandra Davidoff

What are your areas of expertise?
Knitting, crochet, designing
Where have you taught?
DFW Fiber Fest, Guilds across Texas, Stitches, Vogue Knitting Live
Online presence
Facebook: StudioDavidoff, Instagram: @alexandra.davidoff.studio, Ravelry: Alexandra Davidoff, Website: www.alexandradavidoff.com
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • Blends textures, colors, cultures and techniques to create unique pieces of wearable and decorative art
  • Her knitwear designs appear in Vogue Knitting, Noro book, Malabrigo book, Creative Knitting, Knitter’s and Knitty magazines
  • Has worked with yarn companies and online websites, including Lion Brand Yarn Co., Annie’s Crafts and Simplicity
  • Before becoming an indie knitwear designer, she designed garments and accessories for Coldwater Creek and Soft Surrounding
  • Has a Fashion Design degree from The Art Institute of Dallas
  • Alexandra lives and works in North Texas, together with her husband, two daughters and adorable cocker spaniel
Alexandra will be teaching

Peggy Doney

What are your areas of expertise?
Dyeing and spinning
Where have you taught?
DFW Fiber Fest, Pikes Peak Weavers Guild (CO), Pueblo Weavers Guild (CO), Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild (CO), Fiber Daze (MO), Missouri Fiber Retreat, Estes Park Wool Market (CO), Taos Wool Festival (NM), Copper K Fiber Fest (MT), Homestead Heritage (TX), Contemporary Handweavers of Texas, Verde Valley Spinners & Weavers Guild (AZ), PLYAway (MO)
Online presence
Website: www.the100thsheep.com, Ravelry: The100thSheep, Facebook: The 100th Sheep, Instagram: @the100thsheep
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • I haven’t dyed my 2 white German Shepherd/Husky mixes yet!
  • I work out 3 to 4 times a week so I can be strong enough to dye.
  • I’ve scared people at my front door when I’m wearing my NIOSH respirator, apron, and gloves (I look like an alien bug)!
  • I’ve learned to love yellow, orange, and olive green.
  • I share my studio with carnivorous plants and haven’t been eaten yet.
Peggy will be teaching

Ami Esterly

What are your areas of expertise?
Macrame
Where have you taught?
DFW Fiber Fest will be my first official fiber event to teach a class at. I am very excited to bring the fiber art of macrame to Fiber Fest!
Online presence
Instagram: @amicakerly
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • I have been making macrame projects for a few years now, while I love a traditional wall hanging, it's fun to experiment with new ideas and techniques.
  • My new venture is incorporating weaving into wall hangings.
  • I started crocheting this past year, and love finding ways to use the scrap yarn in my macrame art!
Ami will be teaching

Jean Elizabeth Glass

What are your areas of expertise?
Knitting, beading
Where have you taught?
DFW Fiber Fest, Southern Animal Fiber Festival, Fiber Festival of New England, Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival, Blizzard Yarn and Fiber
Online presence
Facebook: Bead Biz, Instagram: @beadbiz, Website: beadbiz.org
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • Jean Elizabeth Glass has been playing with beads and fiber in one way or another for 30 years.
  • Jean was brought to knitting by friends who told her that she could knit with beads thus marrying two wonderful crafts and making her smile.
Jean Elizabeth will be teaching

Joyce Hazlerig

What are your areas of expertise?
Needle felting and wet felting
Where have you taught?
Texas Fleece and Fiber Festival, Houston Fiber Festival, DFW Fiber Fest, Juju Knits, Quixotic Fiber
Online presence
Etsy: Joyharte, Instagram: @Joycehazlerig
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • I get super animated talking about lamb tips on fleece.
  • I have an embarrassingly large collection of drop spindles.
  • Sometimes my sculptures name themselves before they are finished and start making demands on hair color and costume choices.
Joyce will be teaching

Allison Hoffman

What are your areas of expertise?
Crochet, Amigurumi
Where have you taught?
DFW Fiber Fest, I’ve taught at local yarn stores and for private parties
Online presence
Website: craftyiscool.com, Instagram: @craftyiscool, Facebook: Craftyiscool
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • I’m an identical twin. My twin sister only knits and doesn’t know how to crochet!
  • I once made a huge order of dolls for a famous rapper. He sold them at a British department store and they sold out in one day!
  • I have a huge rainbow wall of yarn in my office. I use it every single day and every time I buy new yarn I wind it and put it on my wall. I always know exactly what I have!
Allison will be teaching

Kelly Jones

What are your areas of expertise?
Loom knitting, triangle, hexagon and square loom weaving
Where have you taught?
DFW Fiber Fest, Fiber U, continuing ed classes at a local college
Online presence
Website: www.kisslooms.com, Facebook group: Kiss Looms Knitting and Weaving Club
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • I love all the fiber arts and I’m not afraid to try something new or different.
  • My business is a family business together with my parents and husband and kids.
  • I hope to have land enough for sheep or goats someday.
  • I’m learning to turn bowls on a lathe this year and really enjoying the process.
Kelly will be teaching

Marla Senter Morris

What are your areas of expertise?
Knitting, Designing
Where have you taught?
DFW Fiber Fest, Houston Fiber Fest, Fiber Fun in the Sip, Yellow Rose, Fiber Christmas in July [Kellyville OK], Winter Fiber Fun Retreat, various local retreats, local yarn/craft stores: Yarn Store Boutique [Houston], JoAnns, The Lamb Shoppe [Denver].
Online presence
Instagram: @MarlaSM
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • Marla picked up a needle and started sewing at 5. Marla was weaving then, too.
  • In October 2023, Marla got to sit and stitch at the Betsy Ross home in Philadelphia!
Marla will be teaching

Melissa Oswald

What are your areas of expertise?
Crochet
Where have you taught?
Colorful Yarns yarn store, Catalyst Creative Arts studio.
Online presence
Facebook: Texas Stitch Chicks, Instagram: @TexasStitchChicks Ravely: Texas Stitch Chicks
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • Melissa learned to crochet spending summers with her grandmother when she was in elementary school.
  • In college, Melissa taught herself to knit. Now, she has a yarn project with her everywhere she goes.
  • Outside of yarn crafts, Melissa also loves to garden, make bread, and is a foster mom to many dogs and cats.
Melissa will be teaching

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

What are your areas of expertise?
Knitting
Where have you taught?
DFW Fiber Fest, Various fiber festivals and yarn stores across North America
Online presence
Website: yarnharlot.ca, Instagram: @yarnharlot, Ravelry: YarnHarlot
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • Has been knitting for more than 40 years
  • Loves to teach about knitting and thinks that most people would be surprised how important she thinks it is
  • Author of the popular and long-lived blog "Yarn Harlot"
  • Part of the magic at the Strung Along Retreats for knitters
  • The New York Times Bestselling author of eight books, seven of which have a lot to do with knitting.  (The eighth is lighter in the yarn department but is still funny.)
  • Mother of three, wife of one, can drive a standard, and has owned two cats in a row that don't care much for her
  • Lives in an untidy, wool-filled house in Toronto, Canada.
Stephanie will be teaching

Xandy Peters

What are your areas of expertise?
Knitting, spinning, weaving
Where have you taught?
Vogue Knitting Live, Stitches Events, Rowan Connect, Red Alder Fiber Arts, Yarn Over/MKG, Madison Knitter's Guild, Melissa & Friends events, and various shops and guilds all over the world.
Online presence
Website: xandypeters.com/shop Instagram: @xandypeters TickTock: @xandy.peters
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • I learned to spin yarn from medieval manuscripts.
  • My favorite place to knit is on the train, any train.
  • Most people know my work because of the Fox Paws pattern and I love to experiment with new techniques and stitches.
Xandy will be teaching

Alasdair Post-Quinn

Areas of Expertise
 Double knitting
Where have you taught?
So many places in the last decade: all Stitches shows and a couple Retreats, Interweave shows on both coasts and the Colorado ones, Vogue Knitting Live in NYC, Red Alder, Maryland Sheep & Wool, Yarnover, Fiber College, and countless LYS and Guild events as well as virtual workshops in recent years.
Online presence
 
Website: double-knitting.com, Ravelry: Alasdair Post-Quinn, Instagram: @Fallingblox, Facebook: Fallingblox
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
 
  • Has been teaching double-knitting around the country since 2005
  • Double-knitting has been my passion for almost two decades and my contributions to that library of techniques have been many. Aside from my foundation workshops, I am the only person in the world who teaches the vast majority of the workshops I teach.
  • Despite being exposed to a lot of knitting growing up in Vermont, I didn't learn to knit until my senior year of college, at a craft-sharing event.
  • I met my wife (now of 15 years) at a knitting group.
  • My favorite yarn to work in is Kauni, which is Estonian for "beautiful."
  • Author of Extreme Double-Knitting and Double or Nothing
Alasdair will be teaching

Alla Postelnik

What are your areas of expertise?
Knitting, designing
Where have you taught?
I taught at local yarn shops in Austin and DFW Fiber Fest
Online presence
Facebook:Alla Postlenik, Instagram:@rxalla
Fiber Enthusiast Fun Facts
  • Pharmacist by day, knitter by night.
  • I have a list of knitting/crocheting techniques that I want to learn
Alla will be teaching

Abigail Ratliff

What are your areas of expertise?
Crochet
Where have you taught?
DFW Fiber Fest, and Taught children in pre-K and above to crochet
Online presence
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • Abigail Ratliff is teaching our Learn to Crochet classes.
  • In her real life, she is a pre-K teacher with special expertise in pocket rocks, bees, dinosaurs, and pasta sauce.
  • She is the master of Puns and Dad Jokes, and will have you in literal stitches by the time you’re done in her class.
Abigail will be teaching

Lesley Anne Robinson

What are your areas of expertise?
Brioche knitting
Where have you taught?
DFW Fiber Fest, Camp Starlight, Craftsy, Dallas Hand Knitters Guild, Do Ewe Knit?, Fibre Space, Four Purls, Fuzzy Goat, Hill Country Weavers, Houston Fiber Fest, Knitting in the Hills Retreat, Knotty Lamb, Online Courses, San Diego Hand Knitters Guild, The Farmer's Daughter Fibers, The Modern Skein, Vogue Knitting Live
Online presence
Website: knitgraffiti.com, Ravelry: Lesley Anne Robinson, Instagram: @knitgraffiti, Patreon: Knit Graffiti
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • Brioche knitting is kind of my thing, but I also love knitting lots of other stitch patterns...I'm multi-stitchual!!
  • I love to play video games in my spare time, like Animal Crossing New Horizons, Horizon: Forbidden West and Minecraft.
  • I remember knitting a small pink garter stitch swatch when I was around 7 years old, that was my first knitting experience. I didn't pick it up again until I was in college! It felt like starting all over.
  • I was an Interior Designer in my previous career.
Lesley will be teaching

Charan Sachar

What are your areas of expertise?
Knitting, teaching, spinning, throwing clay.
Where have you taught?
Plyaway in Kansas City, Daedalus Flyin retreat in Lexington, KY, Red Alder in Tacoma WA, Majacraft Camp in Australia and New Zealand, Maryland Sheep and Wool in May 2024
Online presence
Instagram: @charansachar
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • Charan Sachar is an artist whose work reflects his passion for the fiber arts, like knitting, spinning, weaving, quilting and he uses it as an inspiration for his clay work.
  • In all the fields that he works in, he loves to accept challenges and approach the making with a “what if..” attitude.
  • Charan specializes in creating art yarns with textures, using traditional spinning techniques and pushing them an extra step to create unique yarns.
  • As a teacher, he shares his preferences and his learnings along his journey, but also encourages his students to try techniques/materials by themselves and then decide for themselves.
Charan will be teaching

Care Sharpin

What are your areas of expertise?
Crochet, Rug Hooking.
Where have you taught?
Texas Fleece & Fiber, Yarn and You, Fancy Fibers, Millhouse McKinney, Joann's, Hobby Lobby.
Online presence
Etsy: Sharpin Designs, Facebook: Sharepin Designs Instagram: @SharpinDesigns, Website: Sharpindesigns.com
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • If it has to do with yarn, fabric, or beads, Care is happy.
  • If it's sparkly, textured, or has eyeballs (hello Amigurumi!), you'll hear her giggle!
  • Care started quilting at a young age and had her own children's boutique clothing line for several years.
  • Care loves to sew, crochet, weave, bead weave (off and on loom), rug hook, dye yarn, and embroider.
  • Care works full-time as an IT program manager, so helping other makers stay organized and maximizing craft time is a passion.
  • When Care's not crafting herself, she's designing items targeted to crochet artists.
  • You can find her adorable patterns and finished items at SharpinDesigns.com, Ravelry.com and Etsy.com
Care will be teaching

Willie Smith

What are your areas of expertise?
Knitting, designing, teaching.
Where have you taught?
Willie has taught many mini sessions via Instagram and TikTok, but this is his first in-person teaching experience.
Online presence
Instagram: @WillieNillieKnits, TikTok: @WillieNillieKnits
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • Willie was a math tutor/teacher
  • Willie loves the lore of Anime.
Willie will be teaching

Timothy Stephens

What are your areas of expertise?
Knitting, Designing, Chemistry.
Where have you taught?
Tim has taught double knitting for the Arlington Hand Knitters Guild and the Dallas Hand Knitters Guild.
Online presence
Instagram: @PediodicKnits
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • Tim has a PhD in chemistry.
  • Tim teaches chemistry at the University of North Texas, where he has combined his love of science and fiber arts to develop experiments in dyeing fabric for his students.
  • Tim's first charted pattern won first place at the State Fair of Texas.
  • Tim has won three first place ribbons, two third place ribbons, and multiple honorable mentions at the State Fair of Texas.
Tim will be teaching

Rita Tobianski

What are your areas of expertise?
Tatting and Embroidery
Where have you taught?
DFW Fiber Fest (esp in the Fiberatory)
Online presence
Instagram: @RitaTobianski
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • Rita is from the Show-Me-State (Missouri)
  • Rita has always been in love with threads: tatting and embroidery.
  • Rita has been tatting since she was 9 years old!
  • Rita is visually impaired, and has been tatting "blind" since the age of 23.
  • Rita has a boyfriend (Bobby) that is with her all the time and is always so helpful!
Rita will be teaching

Mary Toon aka Butterfly Girl

What are your areas of expertise?
Spinning, Weaving, Dyeing and Embroidery
Where have you taught?
DFW Fiber Fest, Local yarn shops, Winter Fiber Fun Retreat
Online presence
Instagram: @butterflygirldesigns Facebook: Butterfly Girl Designs
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • Mary started her fiber arts journey 40 years ago with crochet.
  • Her business Butterfly Girl Designs was born in 2007.
  • After raising her two children she again returned to her original passion for clothing design and construction, but this time through the fiber arts.
  • When Mary remarried in 2020, she adorned her wedding dress with silk ribbon embroidery.
  • Mary loves to combine color and texture to create unique and modern handspun yarn, weaving and embroidery.
Mary will be teaching

Misty Urech

What are your areas of expertise?
Knitting, jewelry making
Where have you taught?
DFW Fiber Fest, Yellow Rose, Kid-n-ewe
Online presence
Instagram: @mistyu
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • My mom taught me to knit while on painkillers (she broke her leg, but she will tell you it was because of teaching me)
  • I am a mom to 17-year-old quadruplet girls.
  • I make the best meatballs.
  • I can spin, knit and crochet (very badly).
  • I love love to knit cables!
Misty will be teaching

Jay Warner

What are your areas of expertise?
Weaving, Dyeing, Spinning
Where have you taught?
Stitches West, Stitches Expo at Home, Interweave Yarnfest, Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, New York Sheep and Wool Festival/Rhinebeck (virtual), Madrona Fiberarts Winter Retreat, Red Alder Fiberarts Retreat, Black Sheep Gathering, John C Campbell Folk School, Fiberworld (Virtual), Madison Knitters Guild, Salt Lake Knitters Guild
Online presence
Website: roguewovens.com, Instagram: @roguewovens
Fiber enthusiast fun facts
  • Fervent dedication to weaving, Jay endeavors to make weaving, spinning, and dyeing approachable for all students.
  • Delving into vibrant colors and intricate weave structures, he embellishes his creations with beading and hand-stitched embroidery, resulting in stunning handwoven fabrics.
Jay will be teaching