Guest Speaker Lineup
Andrea Rangel is an experienced knitter, designer, and educator. Her design work has been published in Brooklyn Tweed Wool People, Twist Collective, Interweave Knits, and Knit Scene, as well as independenlty. She’s currently working on a book of knitting patterns with Interweave due out spring 2016. She’s a trained educator, having taught elementary, middle, and high school for several years before becoming a full-time knitwear designer. Her classes are organized and clear, with a strong understanding of learners and class planning, and always include useful, beautiful workshop handbooks for students to take home.
Barb Brown is a designer and lifelong knitter, living in Alberta, Canada. Her book, Knitting Knee-highs: Sock Styles from Classic to Contemporary was released in February 2011 by Krause Publications. Her designs have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Koigu Magazine, and The Knitter (UK). Barb is the Design Coordinator for Ancient Arts Fibres, and also designs for the company.
She is the great-granddaughter of Jeremina Colvin, the Shetlander who, with her friends Mary Edwards and Sopia Percy of the Cowichan band, strived to make the Cowichan Sweaters a quality product that would provide an income for the women of that community
She is very interested the knitting traditions of all countries, and in teaching these techniques to others. Many of her designs incorporate the unique stitches of these traditions.
Barb also teaches at fibre events including Vogue Live and Sock Summit, retreats and yarn shops.
Bristol Ivy is a knitting designer and teacher from Portland, Maine. Her work focuses on the intersection of classic tailoring and innovative technique, and has been published with Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People, Quince & Co., PomPom Quarterly, Interweave Knits, amirisu, and many more. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram as @bristolivy.
Caitlin is a textile artist working in East Vancouver. She regularly teaches natural dye workshops, is a knitwear designer, and tries to spend as much time as she can outside. Caitlin received a BFA from the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) and she attended the Kootenay School of the Arts for their textile program.
Diana is an experienced fibre arts instructor with a background in adult education and fine art. Passionate about fibre, fabric, colour and texture, she has introduced many beginners to the wonders of making yarn and has helped experienced spinners experiment with technique, colour, and fibre to take their spinning to a new level. She especially loves spindles because of their simplicity, beauty and portability.
Living in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Diana is a regular fibre arts instructor for the Langley Weavers and Spinners guild as well as at Fibres West in Cloverdale, Knit City in Vancouver, and Valley Yarns in Surrey. Since 2010 she has travelled to Haida Gwaii on three occasions to teach 2-day workshops in spindle spinning for the Haida Gwaii Arts Council. Diana taught 4 full-day spinning classes at Old’s College Fibre Week in 2016. She is on the roster to teach again at Olds College Fibre Week 2017, at ANWG 2017 in Victoria BC and the Vancouver Island Fibre Festival in May 2017 in Campbell River, BC.
Felicia is a designer and entrepreneur, born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. Her lifelong passion for knitting, colour, and design led her to starting a blog in 2004. A year later, SweetGeorgia was founded at her dining room table with nothing more than three skeins of sock yarn for sale on Etsy. Since then, SweetGeorgia has become a way of life where work and play are inseparable. When she’s not playing with yarn, she’s chasing her two littles around with her Oranje-loving husband.
Vancouver-born, Victoria-based textile artist Lucy Poskitt is a contemporary weaver walking the line between traditional image-based tapestry and yardage weaving. Working with a looser and more experimental hand, Lucy draws inspiration from local landscapes and lore – especially the ambiguous stories and symbols we use to explain our place in this world.
Lucy studied within the Interdisciplinary Program of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and the New York Studio Program, focusing on several disciplines: weaving, art history, printmaking and installation art – all which inform her tapestry work and teaching philosophy today.
Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally and she has taught tapestry workshops across Canada to hundreds of students with her relaxed, patient and exploratory teaching style.
Knitwear designer Rosemary (Romi) Hill lives on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern Nevada, where the high desert nights are cool and the air is clear and crisp. A lifelong crafter and knitter, she is inspired by the natural surroundings in her corner of the world, and her designs have an organic flow. Her work has appeared in publications such as Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knitscene and Twist Collective, and in numerous books. Romi’s book New Lace Knitting from Interweave Press was published in September 2015 and features timeless patterns for garments and accessories. She loves dark chocolate with chili peppers, and she’s a sucker for a great pair of cowboy boots.
Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @RomiDesigns, and on Facebook at Designs by Romi.
Sivia Harding has worked with fiber and art since she can remember. Obsessed since youth, by adulthood she had dabbled in weaving, spinning, and dyeing among other activities, and came to knitting in the year 2000. Almost immediately, she began to design. She is known mainly for her exceptional lace and bead designs. Her patterns also include accessories, garments, and imaginative Moebius creations. She has been widely published in books and collections, including Jared Flood’s Wool People series, online magazines such as Twist Collective and Knitty, and on Ravelry as Sivia Harding Knit Design. She has been teaching at larger venues since 2009.
Stephanie Pearl McPhee
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is a writer, mother, blogger, knitting humorist, philosopher and the author of seven funny books about knitting (and other stuff) two of which spent glorious weeks at the very bottom of the New York Times bestseller’s list. Stephanie lives in Toronto, Canada, where she writes, knits, weaves, spins and rides her bike very long distances. She keeps the award winning blog yarnharlot.ca in her inestimable spare time.
Stephen West was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He studied dance at the University of Illinois where he encountered his first yarn store, Klose Knit in Urbana, IL. The creative atmosphere of that local shop spurred Stephen to start designing knitting patterns and he was quickly featured in Knitty’s fall 2009 issue with his Colonnade Shawl. Soon after, he began publishing more patterns and launched a series of pattern books under the brand Westknits.
He continues to produce pattern books and hosts several online knit alongs each year like the Mystery Shawl Knit Along, Yarn a Long and Westknits Shawl Club. His simple clean designs have now been knitted by thousands of knitters all around the World.
Stephen West’s shawl designs and innovative colorwork have helped him become a widely recognized and respected designer around the world. Stephen’s designs have been published in Knitty.com, Malabrigo Book 3 and in Jared Flood’s Wool People. He also self-publishes his own series of popular knitting books including his new collection of 13 popular Westknits designs ‘Westknits Bestknits’.
Stephen has taught highly popular workshops at yarn shops throughout the United States as well as internationally in Iceland, Scandinavia, Italy, France, Germany, The Netherlands and The UK.
Sylvia is a photographer, knitwear designer, nerdy book-maker and self-publisher from East Vancouver. She loves all things rustic, tweedy and her favourite colour to work with is grey (it’s a magical shade!). She does all her designing in coffee shops, and she lives in a lovely little garden suite with her partner Thomas and their orange cat Bean.