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Pamela Leggett assists a student during the 2018 Expo.Experts from around the country present more than 100 fun, informative seminars, and hands-on projects daily for sewists of all levels.

In addition, try out the latest machines from BabyLock, Bernina, Brother, Janome, Pfaff, Viking, and more!

Interested in teaching at the 2020 Sewing & Stitchery Expo? View our selection criteria.

2019 Teacher Biographies

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Darrelle AndersonDarrelle AndersonSVP WorldwideDarrelle Anderson is a Husqvarna Viking/Pfaff National Educator who loves putting the fun back into sewing.
Being a recovering "Perfectionist" herself, she can help you sew well while encouraging you to be creative and have fun. Traveling around the country Darrelle is always looking for ways to incorporate new ideas and trends into easy-to-make projects to share with others.
As a company trained Service Technician for over 14 years, Darrelle has serviced thousands of sewing/embroidery machines. She has learned not all problems are machine malfunctions. Her mission is to educate and help people understand how their machines work, and which problems the operator can take care of themselves.
Empowering sewists with knowledge means more time for sewing fun and less time spent waiting for their sewing machines to come back from the service shop.
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Winn Archambeau-MunozWinn Archambeau-MunozFibers EtcWinn Archambeau-Muñoz combines her passions for knitting and teaching, by designing and teaching classes & clinics at Fibers Etc. in Tacoma, WA. With over 20 years of teaching adolescents and 50 of knitting, she learned long ago that there are many ways to arrive at the same result. Winn loves learning new techniques and sharing them with her students, helping them to achieve their best in whatever project they undertake. Her enthusiasm is contagious and her joy obvious to all.Email
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Amelia BeiderwellAmelia BeiderwellSew SteadyAmelia Beiderwell is the Sew Steady and Westalee Design Education Lead at Sew Steady in Eugene, OR. Amelia travels the nation teaching & demoing Sew Steady and Westalee Design product lines in sewing shops, at Quilt Shows and at internationally recognized Sewing Conventions. Amelia is an accomplished Fiber Artist, Professional Costumer and Sewing Educator with over 30 years of sewing experience. She earned a BFA in Fiber from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. Students of Amelia's greatly appreciate her enthusiasm and patient teaching style.Email
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Sylvain BergeronSylvain BergeronBERNINA of AmericaSylvain Bergeron is an Educator with BERNINA of America. He has been teaching sewing, embroidery and software classes for over 20 years. He is an award winning quilter, specializing in abstract embroidered art quilts. He is a firm believer is using the right tools to obtain the best results. He is known for his engaging and humorous teaching style. After all, sewing is a rewarding craft and should be enjoyed every stitch of the way.Email
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Dana BontragerDana BontragerDana Marie Design Co.I've made a career of "thinking outside the fashion box", constantly stretching design and sewing conventions to develop new skills and creativity. I create unique, eye-catching garments that are both casually simple and wonderfully imaginative. Always an enthusiast for the unusual, I design pieces that are often whimsical, using a variety of 'materials' to create a certain expression. Since 1985, I've created custom designs and pattern making for individual clients to small manufacturers.

Today my business as a web-based retailer, pattern designer, author, speaker and educator, keep me pretty busy. I work predominantly with clothing, but dabble here and there with wall pieces and accessories. My forte is in fabric manipulation and coming up with creative ways to change how fabrics (or other mediums) are used. I love challenges and encourage creative sewing and design with easy to master techniques.
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Stacy BrisbeePendleton Woolen MillsA perennial favorite of Sew Expo students, Stacy Brisbee is back to teach in 2019. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Stacy has been designing, teaching and crafting for her entire life. In addition to her position at Pendleton Woolen Mills, Stacy is the proud mother of three children and one horse.Email
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Dee BrownDee BrownThe Quilted TrilliumAfter many years of fashion, craft and home dec sewing, Dee ventured into the world of quilting. Never comfortable with the restrictions and precision of pieced quilts, she was drawn to the freedom of landscape art quilts. In 2008 Dee started her "Deezines" Pattern company which allows her to turn an idea into a drawing to become a pattern for others to create small wall hangings.
When she discovered a technique that completely eliminates the tiresome and time consuming tracing process, she knew that others would love to hear about it. Dee teaches her technique in her booth at quilt shows, in classes around the Northwest and at yearly retreats that are hosted through thequiltetrillium.com.
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Carisa BrunnerMade Sewing StudioCarisa is the owner of Made Sewing Studios, a Seattle based sewing space which specializes in teaching sewing and wearable art classes to both children and adults. Since opening her studio in 2011, she has opened a second studio in 2016 to accommodate Made's mobile after-school sewing program that travels to schools and teaches sewing to over 25 schools in the Seattle Metro Area.

Carisa began sewing at age 6 when her mother and grandmother taught her sewing and pattern making in a last ditch effort to keep her from taking things apart, including door knobs. Although she still loves to take things apart, she's been sewing ever since.

Carisa holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle University in Seattle, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Management from Columbia College in Chicago, and a Graduate Diploma in Costume Design from the London College of Fashion in London, England.
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Kandi ChristianKandi ChristianSew TimelessKandi L. Christian, MBA is a well-known instructor of classes both in the US and England. She is a author of 17 books on sewing and the business of sewing and teaching. She frequently writes articles for major sewing and embroidery magazines. She had been a featured speaker and many sewing events throughout the US. She was also tapped by the BBC to be their expert seamstress for their TV show "While You Were Out." In addition to owning Sew Timeless, she is a licensed Martha Pullen instructor and has been a free lance educator for various sewing machine companies.Email
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Teresa CoatesTeresa CoatesShannon FabricsTeresa Coates is the Event and Education Coordinator for Shannon Fabrics. For the last decade she has been teaching at local stores, regional conferences and national events, sharing insight on the best tools and techniques for sewing with a wide range of fabric. These days, she specializes in teaching others how to easily work with Cuddle, Luxe Cuddle, Embrace double gauze and other fabrics that can be intimidating to those not yet in-the-know.Email
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Mary CollenMary CollenMary CollenMary is a garment specialist with interests in tailoring and design. She has won many national awards for her designs and has been published in numerous sewing and textile magazines. She enjoys mentoring young sewists and sharing the joy of creating beautiful clothing, bags and fiber arts.Email
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Nick ComanNick ComanDragonfly DyeworksNick has a degree in Fashion Design from FIDM in Los Angeles California
and is the owner of Dragonfly Threads, a private studio for custom
clothing. He also keeps a busy schedule traveling to shows, teaching
pattern making, fitting and surface design along with business partner,
Chase Wong for Dragonfly Dyeworks.
Nick has been published in Sew News, Threads Magazine, Machine Quilting
unlimited, and a special article in Brides Magazine. Nick is also the coauthor
of "Fabric Colour Magic"
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Carol CruiseCarol CruiseCarol's ZooCarol's mom started teaching her to sew at age 5 and she's been sewing ever since. A friend gave Carol a Teddy Bear kit with many pieces and Carol felt challenged to simplify it. The rest is history. Carol's Zoo now includes 20 simple animal patterns with more coming. She has clothing and accessories created out of her love of faux fur. Her line of Spirit Dolls, made with discontinued decorator fabric is growing in popularity. Carol has appeared on HGTV's "Sew Perfect" with Sandra Betzina as well as "Linda MacPhee's Workshop" on PBS. She has taught at the annual conventions of major sewing machine companies. Carol exhibits at Sewing and Quilt shows and is a proponent of teaching kids to sew. She encourages beginning sewers of any age who come into her booth.Email
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Louise CuttingLouise CuttingCutting CornersA contributing editor for Thread's Magazine, the designer of 'Cutting Line Designs' patterns, 'One Seam Pant'© sold over 74,000 patterns. DVDs created...'Industry Insider Techniques' plus 'Pants', 'Jackets', & 'Fitting the Changing Figure'. The 'best instructions in the pattern industry'. Fashion Design Department Head at Prospect Hall College, The Art Institute. Appeared on'Sew Much More', 'America Sews' and 'Sewing with Martha Pullen'. Written for Threads, Sew News, Sewing Today. She received 'The Outstanding Teacher Award' and the ASG Guild?The Sewing Hall of Fame.Email
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Pam DamourThe Decorating DivaKnown as the "Decorating Diva" Pam learned early in life, while spending time on her grandparents' farm, that making something from "scratch" was not only a way of life but it was the better way of doing things. She's the author of Pillow Talk, Cheaper by the Dozen, Got Quilts?, The Tangled Home, Hold Everything, Power Serge, and has designed many patterns, notions and rulers. A designer by profession and a quilter by passion, Pam lives on the shore of Lake Champlain.Email
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John DeerJohn DeerJohn Deer's Embroidery LegacyJohn Deer is one of North America's leading experts on digitizing and embroidery with over 3 decades in the industry. John is a fourth-generation embroiderer born into the Schiffli industry. This gave him the unique opportunity to begin his career apprenticing as a manual pantograph puncher at the age of 17, digitizing for Schiffli looms. Over the years he's continually adapted this old-school theory with today's modern software programs, creating designs that are both beautiful and machine friendly. John also authored the book "Digitizing Made Easy" and has produced numerous educational resources for embroidery and digitizing enthusiasts.Email
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Christina DolinarChristina DolinarPineapple FabricsChris has been teaching sewing throughout the country for over 20 years. You'll always learn a lot, make a great project and have fun in any class taught by Chris.Email
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Michele DrovdahlKing County Library SystemMichele is a Librarian with a specialty in Readers' Advisory. She has been sewing for years and has been reading for even longer. It is a toss-up which she loves more.
She especially enjoys reading and then sharing the stories with anyone who will listen.
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Keri DukeKeri DukeKeri DesignsMy goal in teaching is to always give students "take away" value for their experience. I want to encourage their own creativity and perhaps inspire them to try different ways of expressing themselves in their quilting, needlepointing, cross-stitching and embroidery.

The Hawaiian Quilt Pillow patterns and kits I have developed over years have brought Maui's "Aloha" into homes around the world. By combining the traditional Hawaiian Quilting Style and the Baltimore Album Quilting Style, I have tried to take Hawaiian Quilting to a whole new level with these designs. My designs fit well within the style recently labeled Contemporary Hawaiian Quilting, as Hawaiian quilting evolves and nudges its former rigid boundaries have expanded my Hawaiian designs into needlepoint and cross stitch.
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Shinae FarrarRNK DistributingShinae Farrar of Southbridge, Massachusetts, National Educational Coordinator for RNK Distributing Floriani Division. She began her love of sewing as a young girl playing with her mother's sewing machine at the age of 9. Eventually she began working in a quilt shop and that was when her passion for sewing truly flourished. Almost instantly Shinae advanced from making clothes to quilting, but when she was introduced to embroidery, she knew she had found her passion in life! Soon she had a home based embroidery business, where she could challenge her creative ability almost daily. This is where she discovered Floriani Products, and fell in love with Floriani Quality. Today, Shinae travels coast to coast helping people who love to sew, quilt, and embroider make their hobby more fun and with less stress.Email
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Keli FawDrygoods DesignCatch the sensation that is sweeping the interwebs and bringing back the texture of past decades. In this introductory class, you'll learn the basics of punch needle and either can use a template design or create your own to start on your own piece of punch needle art. It's a great way to release some creative steam and also easy to start and stop, making it a perfect craft to learn before the sunny days of being near the water and road trips!Email
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Chey FerrisChey FerrisSo Sew English FabricsI am currently an administrator for So Sew English Fabrics. We specialize in apparel fabrics and help all of our customers by building a community for them to share their creations and get help through our Facebook group and sew-a-long group. I have done our YouTube fabric videos and run our sew-a-longsEmail
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Annie GajadharAnnie GajadharCity Vacuum & SewingAnnie has been in the sewing industry for the past 12 years. As a quilt shop owner she's taught numerous classes in piecing, quilting, free motion quilting, applique and much more. A trusted resource for many customers, she is constantly striving to learn new techniques to teach and pass along to fellow quilters.Email
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Diane GloysteinSulky of AmericaDiane Gloystein teaches at sewing expos and stores throughout the country where her high energy presentations, incredible array of whimsically creative samples and infectious enthusiasm are met with rave reviews. Her position as a National Educator representing Sulky of America is the fulfillment of a dream which offers her the extraordinary opportunity to inspire students with a myriad of sewing techniques, surface design and embellishment possibilities. Diane was a designer in the 2008 BERNINA Fashion show and has recently won several awards for her wearable art. She co-authored the book Embellish Your Life with Sulky, along with Joyce Drexler.Email
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Nancy GoldsworthyNancy GoldsworthyThe Batty Lady / Perfect BordersNancy is an internationally recognized teacher and author. Her love of fabric and sewing began at a very early age and continues to color her life today. Her career spans 45+ years in the textile industry. 25 years in apparel production covered everything from fabric development to garment construction.

She has continued her love of fabric by joining the quilting movement that has covered the country in warmth. Piecing quilt tops opened the door to a world of design and color that still drives her work.

The addition of threads and embellishments has taken her to a new level. But, under it all is a solid foundation of the basics. Nancy's knowledge of the technical side of quilting is unmatched. An award winning quilter and longarmer, she has 4 books published that will help build your skills and bring your quilts to life.

You can contact Nancy at ninepatchquilting@comcast.net.
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Geri GrasvikGeri GrasvikThe Pine NeedleGeri successfully owned The Pine Needle in Lake Oswego Oregon where she maintained a strong foothold in the quilting community both locally and nationally.
Geri loved the industry so much she has returned with On The Go Quilting Adventures in exciting locations.
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Desiree HabichtDesiree HabichtDesiree's DesignsDesiree Habicht is a professional artist and designer. Desiree began designing and selling her own quilt patterns and embroidery designs in 2003 as well as designing and showing art quilts along with her fine art. Her art quilts allowed her the opportunity to tell her personal stories that others can also relate too. She loves bringing art into fiber and creating beautiful unique pieces. Her love for fiber and art opened the doors to design fabric for a company in New York, which has also lead to further licensing opportunities. Desiree's art and fiber art has been featured in magazines, books and on TV. All of Desiree's art and designs are available on the web. You can find her fabric, quilt patterns and embroidery websites, Desiree's Designs at www.desireesdesigns.com and her fine art and fiber art on her art website www.desireehabicht.com.Email
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Robin HallidayRobin HallidayThe Quilted TrilliumRobin has been in love with all kinds of fiber artistry since she was a little girl.
She hooked yarn rugs, crocheted and knit.
About 10 years ago she became interested in primitive rug hooking, for its simplicity, functionality and repurposed nature. She has designed a number of her own rugs based on experiences and scenes she loves.
Robin creates wool appliqué hand embroidery and has studied stitch work embellishment from Sue Spargo and Lisa Bongean.
Robin has designed a number of knitted/felted project patterns as well as rug patterns for The Quilted Trillium and she regularly travels and assists Dee at quilt shows. She teaches rug hooking for several yarn/fiber arts businesses in Bellingham.
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Lois HallockLois HallockClearview DesignsLois Hallock is a quilter, Professional Engineer, and a Professional Organizer. She is author of the book "Creating Your Perfection Quilting Space" published by That Patchwork Place. She has a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering and has worked almost 30 years for the Boeing Company. She has been a quilter for 25 years and now lectures, teaches and consults individually with quilters on quilt studio design and organizing. She currently resides in Snohomish, Washington with her husband Don, dog Kona and two cats.Email
Anna HeAnna HeSeattle CosplayI have an extensive background in the apparel industry as a professional
fashion designer and a technical designer. With a passion for sewing and
anime, I have decided to merge my dream job and my love of all things
anime and high fantasy. I have a wide array of experience working with
garment grade leather, woven fabric, knit fabric, brocade, silk, lace, mesh,
feather as well as beading, embroidery and painting.
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Lorraine HenryLorraine HenryLH Enterprises/Two Easy Tape CompanyLorraine is the Fitting and Pattern Alteration specialist for Conselle Institute Of Image Management. She is a custom dressmaker with 40+ years of experience and has been a university instructor holding a degree in Clothing and Textiles. Her wealth of knowledge in this field is what she loves to share with others to enable them to become more accomplished sewers.Email
Stephanie KleinmanStephanie KleinmanFabric StudioTThe Fabric Studio was designed and created by Stephanie Kleinman, owner of Easymade Publications and creator of "Simply Quilts", the long-running TV series on HGTV. My motto has always been, follow your passion and you will succeed! I have combined my love of textile designs with my fast and easy methods of block construction; simple techniques for making personalized fabric and the love of Inkjet Printing. Recently I redesigned our software and made it simpler for the end user. It's completely downloadable and runs both on MAC and Windows.Email
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Cheryl KuczekCheryl KuczekParadiso DesignsCheryl LOVES to sew and founded the indie sewing pattern line "Paradiso Designs". Think handbags, clothing, and home accessories with a fusion of modern eclectic plus a vintage twist.
Paradiso's focus is unique sewing techniques to pair pleather and hardware details into designer like handbags and inventive clothing patterns that work for all sizes from petite to plus sizes based on one's measurements.

Cheryl also runs a children's sewing program that runs out of her Seattle studio in addition to teaching many adults to sew, painting fabric, jewelry making, and taking her dog Jackx for walks!
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Debbi LashbrookBERNINA of AmericaDebbi has been a BERNINA educator for the past thirteen years and enjoys traveling to BERNINA dealerships throughout the country to share her love and enthusiasm for BERNINA software and machines. She began sewing at an early age and loves many types of sewing and embroidery; but her passion is with garment sewing and fitting. She received a Masters degree in Textiles from the University of Illinois and taught a variety of classes at the university prior to moving to Texas. She began teaching classes at the BERNINA Sewing Center in Plano, TX after relocating to the Dallas, Texas area. Prior to joining the staff of BERNINA of America, she managed the store for five years and taught at the store for 21 years. Her specialties include garment construction, pattern drafting and fitting, and BERNINA Embroidery software and BERNINA DesignWorks software.Email
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Pamela LeggettPamela LeggettPamela's PatternsSpecializing in pattern fitting and garment skills, Pamela Leggett has developed a fun and informative teaching style that's available in her patterns and DVD's.

Her desire to help women make flattering garments led her to create Pamela's Patterns, which have fitting solutions and adjustments built-in.
Pamela is the instructor for Palmer/Pletsch Workshops in PA and CT. She is the author of two DVD's and a book, Sewing Essentials - Serger Techniques with Taunton Press and an online Craftsy class. Pamela has guested on Sewing With Nancy and Canada's The Shopping Channel. She is a frequent speaker for ASG groups around the country.
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Karen LePageKaren LePageGentle ClothingKaren has written books about sewing for children and adults. She is the indie designer's patternmaking secret weapon, and has taught video and in-person classes to anyone who would listen since 2008. She believes that sewing clothes is a radical act of self-love. She is basically your sewing fairy godmother.Email
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Amy Loh KupserAmy Loh Kupseri-bead.comCreating, learning, exploring art in any form has been a part of my life forever. I love experimenting in any medium I can get my hands on. Sharing my experience and creative adventures with others has now become a part of my life as I travel around the country to shows, teaching at stores and guilds. I also organize retreats on cruises and in the Tetons to join my love of beading and quilting and travel!Email
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Robin LongRobin LongRobin Ruth DesignWhat started as a quest to make a Mariner's Compass quilt for her submarine officer husband, Robin Long took an idea she had in 1992 and launched Robin Ruth Design in January, 2015. She has developed a new line of revolutionary rulers, books, patterns and technique for making STRIP PIECED mariner's compass blocks in 16 sizes - that's right, NO PAPER PIECING!
When she isn't on the road teaching and giving workshops, she is working on many new projects that are in the design queue. Her products are sold in quilt shops across the country and in Europe, Australia and South America.
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Ellie LumEllie LumKlum House WorkshopHi! I'm Ellie. I'm a bag maker & sewing instructor. I started Klum House because I love inspiring people by teaching sewing tips & tricks through fun, hands-on workshops and patterns. I've been a professional bag maker for 20 years through RE Load Bags, a messenger bag brand I co­founded in 1998. I carry that love for quality handcrafted goods forward to Klum House Workshop, a bag pattern & kit line, collaborative sewing studio & creative education space in Portland, Or. Keep in touch with me on instagram @klumhouseEmail
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Julie LuomaJulie LuomaOff the Wall QuiltJulie has been sewing on and off for 50 years but just began quilting 8 years ago. Her motto is, "Keep it easy but make it look complex!" Her classes are relaxed and filled with laughter.
With 2 books published along with many patterns and several magazine articles, she is known for her fun and easy AnglePlay quilts. She and her husband spend most of their time on the road as vendors at quilt shows around the United States and call Florida home in between.
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Sheila McKaySheila McKayMcKay Manor MusersMy love of designing started when I took a fashion design class in high school and I proceeded to make most of my own clothes - when my girls came along I loved making matching outfits for them. We started a design company back in 2010 and really enjoy creating patterns that make people smile. The mission of our company is to inspire creativity in others! In my spare time I love to travel the world, take photos and make memories.Email
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Carol MesimerClover-USACarol is a teacher and demonstrator for Clover. After teaching her first knitting class at 17, she was hooked on teaching. She believes that classes should be a fun learning experience. She's worked at a variety of conventions for 20 years and been with Clover for 2 years. She hasn't lost her love of travel, teaching, and spending time passing along her 60 years of needlework experience to show attendees. Quilting, knitting, crochet, tatting, embroidery, sewing and beadwork keep her busy when not on the road.Email
Marti MichellMarti MichellMichell MarketingMarti Michell is a popular patchwork teacher having taught in 49 states and 24 countries. Since 1995, Marti is best known for the From Marti Michell acrylic tools for rotary cutting and her passion for teaching easy, accurate patchwork. Marti is also a prolific author (close to 2 million books sold), fabric designer (currently Maywood Studio), quilt collector and quilt maker. Marti and her husband Richard started their first patchwork kit company (Your Truly, Inc.) in 1972. When you take a class with Marti you will share quilting knowledge
gained in her 40+ year quilting career. Marti graduated from Iowa State University in
Textiles & Clothing and Journalism. The Michells live in Atlanta, GA.
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Annette MillardAnnette MillardThe Sewful LifeAnnette Allison Millard made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Her past work life includes managing a fabric store, teaching knits, swimwear, lingerie and basic sewing and over ten years as the newsletter and web site manager for Pacific Fabrics. Currently, Annette enjoys freelance blogging for Coats & Clark and other sewing blogs as well as managing the Indygo Junction Sewing Pattern Group Facebook page. You can follow Annette and her sewing adventures on her own blog, The Sewful Life, www.sewfullife.com, on Facebook or Instagram.Email
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SANDRA MILLERSandra MillerCutting Line DesignsSandra Miller is the first sample maker for Cutting Line Designs, where she also writes the instructions for this independent pattern company. She teaches at sewing expos and for guilds across the U.S. One of her favorite activities is teaching at Cutting Line Designs retreats in Orlando, FL, where she has the opportunity to work with fellow sewers personally, helping with fitting issues and perfecting sewing skills. Sandra also writes for Threads Magazine and has filmed two DVD's for Taunton Press.Email
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Valerie MizzoniWonderfil Specialty Threads Valerie has been sewing since she was seven years old. Through the years she has had her own custom sewing business, worked for an independent designer and spent several years as the alterations manager for a major bridal retailer. She has a degree in fashion marketing and also spent three years as a visual display technician and window dresser. She has a passion for creating: she is accomplished at knitting, crocheting and sewing, and has dabbled in jewelry making and even shoe making! She has appeared on the UK crafting channel, Hochanda, has taught at various shows, including Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK, and is the face of the WonderFil YouTube videos.Email
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Krista MoserKrista MoserKrista Moser The Quilted Life/Keepsake QuiltingKrista Moser is the creative force and inspiration behind Krista Moser, The Quilted Life. She has published fifteen patterns since 2016 with more in development. She is the creator of the Creative Grids 60 Degree Diamond Ruler. A quilting and fiber arts enthusiast, she started sewing at 8 years old. She began her professional sewing and machine quilting career at the spunky age of fourteen, adding the texture and dimension machine quilting brings to every project. She has been teaching sewing and quilting lessons for more than twenty years. Her work has been featured in quilting magazines, published in books, and hung in prominent quilt shops around the country.Email
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Shannon & Jason Mullett-BowlsbyShannon & Jason Mullett-BowlsbyShibaguyz Designz/Shibaguyz PhotographyShannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby are the dynamic DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz, and the creative geniuses behind Shibaguyz Designz Studio. Their award winning crochet & knit designs have been featured in and on the covers of 13 magazines and appeared in articles in industry magazines in the US and abroad. The duo have released over 300 patterns since their first cover design in 2010. The Shibaguyz have published 10 books of crochet and knitwear patterns with their newest book, Complete Crochet Course - the Ultimate Reference Guide just released in March of 2018 from Sterling/Lark Publishing.
With their mastery of subjects from crochet and knitting to photography, spinning, sewing, and quilting, their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style have made them sought after teachers in both local and national venues.
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Laura NashLaura NashSew Chic PatternsWith a love for all things vintage, designer and patternmaker Laura Nash creates, teaches, and makes fabulous sewing patterns with a stylish mix of modern vintage glamour at Sew Chic Pattern Company. You can find Laura at many ASG sewing events across the country, see her teaching on Craftsy.com, discover her articles in Threads magazine, and find many additional patterns with the Sew Chic logo on a special collection of patterns with Simplicity, but mostly you will see her caring for her customers and followers on facebook and at sewchicpatterns.com.Email
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Andrew NgaiAndrew NgaiWonderfil Specialty ThreadsAndrew Ngai, president of WonderFil Specialty Threads?, established the company in 1988 in Calgary, Canada, to produce innovative and high-quality threads for the craft and quilting industry. With nearly 30 years of experience in the development of specialty threads, Andrew oversees the division of 9 needlecraft markets around the globe, including Canada, USA, Australia, UK, and Netherlands. Andrew devotes his time to the manufacturing of products and displays and conducting seminars and classes at events, ensuring WonderFil? is always at the forefront of new strategies, thread technology, and proudly providing successful business relationships with its customers.Email
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Mary Lou NicholsMary Lou NicholsSewing Wild FlowersMary Lou started sewing at 10.  Creating her wardrobe with an emphasis on fit, incorporating industry standards of details to make her clothes look professional.  She holds a Degree from Cal State Polytechnic with an emphasis in Textile Science, and Theater Design background.

Her professional experience includes positions as a Designer, pattern maker, grader, marker maker to workroom manager.  

In 2000 Mary Lou started her Disney career. In Character Development and Production she began working with the teams that design and create costumes, back to her first love.

When not working with Disney, Mary Lou enjoys teaching.  Currently she teaches as an adjunct professor at LATTEC. 

Her passion is everything beautiful.  Whether it be colors in fusion plates of food, or perfect fitting designers gowns, to wild crazy costumes.  She enjoys volunteering making costumes for high school and college performances.
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Nancy Nix-RiceNancy Nix-RiceNancy Nix-Rice Style ConsultingNancy Nix-Rice is a veteran wardrobe and color consultant with a lifelong sewing background and passion for helping sewists look fabulous in garments they create. Nancy's book "LOOKING GOOD ? Every Day" is a consumer favorite and the text for wardrobe consulting at F.I.T. in New York. And students describe her new Craftsy class as "inspiring" "brilliant" and "life-changing". Her approach employs figure-flattering, quick-to-sew styles in coordinated (and flattering!) colors and fabrics to build coordinated wardrobes that showcase her students' most attractive characteristics ? every day? regardless of age, weight, budget or lifestyle.Email
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Monica O'Rourke BravoMonica O'Rourke BravoBravoBellaMonica Bravo learned to sew on her grandmother's knee at age five. By the time she was fourteen, she was an accomplished seamstress, having designed and sewn a variety of garments, swimsuits, and bras. She also designed and published her first bra pattern while in high school. Since that time she has increased her knowledge of bra fit, engineering, and construction. She has taught at numerous conferences, workshops, and retreats, having fit thousands of women. Her passion is to see women's health and self-esteem improve through beautiful, well-fitting, supportive bras.Email
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Michelle PaganiniMichelle PaganiniPaganoonooMichelle Paganini is passionate about upcycle sewing. She is a professionally trained fashion designer and the owner, designer, and upcycle sewing instruction maker for Paganoonoo. She is also an upcycle sewing educator; check out her video tips on YouTube. Michelle's work has been published in Threads Magazine and she has appeared on multiple episodes of It's Sew Easy. Michelle designs for baby boomers & curvy women. The Paganoonoo line is full of flattering, arty and wearable pieces that are easily tailored to a custom fit.Email
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Rhonda PierceRhonda PierceSCHMETZneedles.comRhonda Pierce has a dream job. . . teaching sewing enthusiasts about the most important 2" piece of steel in the sewing machine - the SCHMETZ needle. During Rhonda's classes students respond with "a ha" moments and giggles as they learn needle facts. Rhonda enjoys sharing needle knowledge in classrooms and sewing shows throughout North America. She travels with the SCHMETZ "Super" Needle - it's 17" tall - and always asks "What's Your Favorite SCHMETZ Needle?" She is delighted with the ingenuity and remarkable creations that sewing enthusiasts share. She publishes the monthly SCHMETZ newsletter and the inspirational e-zine, SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW. Rhonda is Marketing Director of Euro-notions and Spokesperson for SCHMETZneedles.com North America.Email
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Vaune PierceVaune PierceVaune PierceVaune Pierce lives with her husband, John, in Moorpark, California. Although trained as an engineer, she started smocking over 28 years ago, for her 4 children. She has attended classes at the Imperial Bordados Embroidery Factory in Madeira, Portugal, and through The Royal School of Needlework. A nationally known teacher/designer for not only smocking, but Heirloom sewing, embroidery and construction, she teaches for American Sewing Guild groups, Smocking Arts of America guilds, and seminars around the country. Vaune has had articles and designs published in Creative Smocking, Sew Beautiful, Classic Sewing, and Threads Magazine. She is the owner/designer of the Classic Couture Pattern line, as well as Vaune, which carries Petite Piping Cord, fine fabrics, laces and Swiss embroideriesEmail
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Susan PurdySusan PurdySue's SparklersMy interest has always been in embellishment, from my years in 4-H using colored snaps to starting Sue's Sparklers using iron on metal and crystal transfers. In between, a degree in textiles and my foray in to fabric painting, where I discovered you needed real talent. So, I started spray painting using tape and stickers - not exciting. Years later - the advent of art stencils - back to spray painting. Paint and iron ons were made to go together.Email
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Melanie RansomAmerican Sewing GuildThis is the 9th Annual American Sewing Guild (ASG) Style Show. Members from the many Neighborhood Groups that make up the local ASG Chapters participate in showing their creations. The ASG is open to all and is the only national organization dedicated to Advancing Sewing as an Art and Life Skill.Email
Carol RinehimerCarol RinehimerEdMar CompanyCarol Rinehimer has been teaching Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery for over 30 years. Her first class was at the age of 15 when she had to fill in at a tradeshow class due to the teacher becoming sick. Since then she has taught privately, in local shops, at the BDEIG yearly seminar and internationally in shops in Brazil. She also works for EdMar in the manufacturing, writing, designing, stitching, and attending tradeshows for their products.Website
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Sheila RolferSheila RolferSheila RolferSheila Rolfer is the knitting and crochet educator for Clover. Previously associated with Renaissance Ribbons, she was responsible for original design development by working with noted fabric designers such as Tula Pink and Amy Butler. Leveraging that level of creative insight, Sheila adds over 50 years of knitting experience originating from her English grandmother. Using a variety of tools, textiles and techniques, she is particularly adept at creating unique and fun weaving, knitting and crochet projects. Sheila is at home teaching everything from beginning steps to the more advanced techniques that have applications to current knitting and crochet trends.Email
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Marilyn RomatkaMarilyn RomatkaTaproot Folk ArtsMarilyn Romatka has a passion for Folk Art. She has been teaching students to spin, weave, and make many other ethnic crafts - both children and adults - for many years throughout the nation.  She has a strong drive to see that traditional skills are passed on to the next generation; she loves to create weavers everywhere she goes!  Her educational background in science gives her a clear, sequential teaching style; her passion for fiber-arts gives the class zing! Students in her classes laugh and learn in a relaxed  atmosphere. She is has published an instructional  book for those who want to teach Folk Arts to kids of all ages: Creative Crafts of the World.Email
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Cindy RowellCindy RowellWonderfil Speciality ThreadsCindy has taught a variety of classes for over 30 years combining her extensive background in sewing and crafts into her presentations. She is has written three books and was the author of a special feature article in Threads Magazine on embellishment. Her unique ideas and professional teaching style have taken her throughout Canada, the USA and Europe providing inspiration for students everywhere. Cindy loves to create with fabric and considers herself a surface design enthusiast who loves to play with thread, beads and almost any other embellishment. Her motto is "If it is not embellished, it is not finished!" Cindy loves to share her "FUN"damental creative ideas. Her informative seminars will introduce you to exciting new techniques, invaluable information, as well as practical time saving tips.Email
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Kathy Ruddykathyruddy.comKathy Ruddy is an international sewing celebrity, educator, pattern designer, Serger and fitting expert. 2019 marks the 57th year that Kathy has earned a paycheck in this industry that she loves.. Kathy is the star of 10 Serger and sewing videos and author of 12 Serger and sewing booklets and twelve 3 ways to Learn CD's that add audio to your educational lesson Her specialty is to show how to sew and serge fast and easy without sacrificing quality, fit or fashion details. Her fresh, fun classes are brimming with surprises and ideas. For more details go to www/kathyruddy.comEmail
Darlene SaboDarlene SaboOlympic Wool WorksI am a fiber folk artist who specializes in wool applique, rug hooking and punch needle embroidery. I design patterns which are unique and original. These designs are interesting enough for the experienced crafter and doable enough for the beginner. Some of my patterns have been published in Simply Vintage and Primitive Quilts and Projects magazines.
My husband and I are owners of Olympic Wool Works where we offer my patterns and kits, rug hooking and punch needle embroidery supplies and a vast array of our hand dyed wool. We have dedicated our energy towards creating a complete palette of high quality felted wool fabric for rug hooking, wool applique and many other fiber arts crafts.
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Peggy SagersPeggy SagersSilhouette Patterns, IncEmail
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Nancy SapinNancy SapinSulky of AmericaNancy has been a National Freelance Educator and designer for Sulky of America since 2007. She has presented countless Sew Exciting Seminars, Quilt Guild presentations & sit 'n sew workshops, co-taught Sulky Teacher Certification Training classes, taught and lectured at various AQS, ASE & OSQE events besides many Freelance teaching events. Her designed projects have been published in Sulky's book "Sew, Craft, Quilt & Embroider Confidently with Sulky Stabilizers" (#900-B19), "Fun with Sulky Blendables and Solid Color Cotton Threads" (#900-B21), and Sulky's latest book "Embellish your Life with Sulky" (#900-B22). Nancy's positive "can do" attitude allows her to accomplish the goals she sets before herself and brings fun and enthusiasm into the classroom.Email
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Becky ScellatoBecky ScellatoShibori DragonMy love for Japanese textiles and crafts began in the 1960's when my father was stationed in the Air Force in Okinawa.
I learned sashiko from a Japanese woman over 25 years ago, and fell in love with the craft. It quickly became an all-consuming passion. Sashiko, an easy embroidery technique using a running stitch, is relaxing and fun, and creates a sense of peace while stitching. Sashiko is elegance in simplicity.

Our business, Shibori Dragon, specializes in Asian fabrics and other related Japanese textiles. Sashiko is one of our specialties. I have been collecting historical sashiko textiles for the past 20 years and have samples dating from the 1800's to modern day.
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Denise SchoberDenise SchoberQuality SewingDenise Schober travels around the United States teaching quilting, sewing and design. When she's not working at her full time job, she is constantly creating art with her sewing machine, weaving looms and quilting frames. Denise has been sewing for over 40 years, and she loves to share her knowledge, passion and excitement of sewing and quilting with others.
Lisa ShawLisa ShawBubbles MenagerieLisa Shaw is a full time independent machine embroidery software specialist with over 20 years of experience. She continues to teach classes and workshops around the world. She has 2 Craftsy classes on machine embroidery, writes articles and projects for Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine, has appeared on Its Sew Easy on PBS and is continuing to grow her online presence via her blog, website, and future webinars. You can find her online at www.Sew-Bubbles.comEmail
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Susan SkalakSusan SkalakEsther's FabricsSusan Skalak started sewing in her 20s. She then was too busy working as a design engineer to sew, but returned to it after her children were born. She continued to sew and once moving to Bainbridge Island from Virginia, she started selling her clothing designs at the Bainbridge Island Studio Art Tour. She bought Esther's Fabrics in November of 2016 and has continued to design and sew garments and quilts as the owner of this island institution.Email
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Cheryl SlebodaCheryl SlebodaSew Much CosplayCheryl Sleboda has been sewing and creating costumes for over 25+ years, and brings 20 years of pop culture industry experience to the table. She is working hard to create content, tutorials, and better products for your cosplay arsenal, as well as bringing cosplay products and classes to your local sewing stores. Cheryl has partnered with RNK Distributing to create the perfect cosplay products, made for you, by a cosplayer herself! We at Sew Much Cosplay? want to give you the tools and techniques you need to create the costumes of your dreams.Email
Connie SpurlockConnie SpurlockSew Wonderful DreamsBio ~ Connie is owner and designer for Sew Wonderful Dreams in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, a pattern company founded in 1989 . Teaching across the country in many sewing venues, she presents hundreds of workshops and seminars to students annually on applique, paper piecing, binding and business courses.
Michelle StoffelStyle Maker FabricsCo-founder of Style Maker Fabrics, fabric lover and all around seamstress; she is passionate about color, fabric and fashion! After growing up in the fabric industry she launched a retail fashion fabrics website in late 2014, with the help of her mom, Sharon. Their site combines all of her interests and lets her share her inspiration and passion with other seamstresses from all over the world. Plus, she gets to play with incredible fabrics every day! When she isn’t sewing, Michelle is an avid gardener and reader and loves to travel or dream of traveling!Email
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Joyce TengJoyce TengTSC DesignsJoyce Teng started her career as a pharmacist, but she always dreamt of being an artist. Over the past 30 years, she has worked in a variety of mixed media arts, including rubber stamping and paper crafts. Since retirement, she has created an outlet through which she can share her enthusiasm and passion with fellow fiber artists. Her company designs its own line of fun and sophisticated stencils and carries a wide range of innovative products that quilters and sewists can use to customize their fabrics. Joyce also distributes Tsukineko inks and has developed many easy-to-master techniques that have helped thousands of creative minds "color" their world! Not only does she love teaching students in her hands-on workshops, she also is busy planning new products, creating instructional workbooks, and developing her DVD series. www.teacherstamp.comEmail
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Michelle UmlaufMichelle UmlaufSulkyMichelle Umlauf is a National Educator representing Sulky of America, founder and host of Sewing Online with Sulky webinars. As a freelance educator, Michelle is also a Certified Ambassador of Educator for Baby Lock and a Demonstrator for Clover Needlecraft, Inc. Michelle really enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge with others. She enjoys all types of sewing and likes to challenge herself with incorporating new techniques in her projects. She particularly enjoys free-motion sewing and machine embroidery. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two dogs and two rescue cats. You can visit her website at www.SewingMachineArtistry.com and look for her on Facebook under the same name.Email
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Annie UnreinAnnie UnreinByAnnie.com LLCA creative lifetime quilter, Annie Unrein of Patterns by Annie and ByAnnie.com has been designing patterns and teaching since 2000. With a focus on practical and useful projects, Annie's patterns appeal to a sewists of all ages and levels.

Annie is the creator of ByAnnie's Soft and Stable, an innovative product she designed to add body, stability and a professional finish to purses, bags, home dec items, and more.

A popular instructor, Annie teaches online and also travels worldwide to teach. She loves sharing techniques for making sewing bags and purses easier while yielding professional results.

Annie is based in St. George, Utah, where she and her energetic team operate the popular website By Annie.com. They are your source for patterns, Soft and Stable, handbag zippers in over 48 colors, purse hardware, mesh, vinyl, and more.
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Cinnamon MilesLeslie UnruhSew PowerfulLeslie started sewing at the age of 9. In 2016, after retiring from her 32 year career as a mechanical engineer, she was looking for a non-profit that encouraged sewing, where she could use her sewing skills. She found Sew Powerful, right in her hometown of Auburn, WA. Since she joined the team at Sew Powerful, she has been sewing purses and teaching classes. She also traveled to Lusaka, Zambia in 2017 to see the donated purses filled with menstrual hygiene management supplies and distributed to the young girls of Ngombe Compound/Lusaka Zambia.Email
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Joe VecchiarelliJoe VecchiarelliFrench European, IncJoe Vecchiarelli has worked in the fashion industry for over 40 years. During his college years, Joe worked in the family business, sharpening scissors for the industry's top designers. He later graduated from USC's business program and began to realize that opportunities in the apparel business were unlimited. Mr. Vecchiarelli's career took another fascinating turn when he made a foray into the entertainment business working in production with shows like Dancing with the Stars and The X Factor. A few years ago he was approached by NBC to help produce the competitive design talent show, Fashion Star. He accepted, with the challenge to create a successful show more professional than even Project Runway. Presently Mr. Vecchiarelli is ever so busy maintaining his business and helping fashion students and enthusiasts grasp their dreams and become successful within the industry.Email
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Eloise WagersEloise WagersClover NeedlecraftI am a former public junior high, high school and adult education teacher. Many years have been spent employed with various companies in the sewing/fashion/and craft industries in sales management. I love sharing my knowledge and the importance of learning skills for our "well-being"...and to inspire others to enjoy the benefits of developing more creative and technical skills. Garment sewing and knitting are my favorite pastime activities along with a pursuit of fashion forward trends.Email
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Nadeen WardNadeen WardDolls R SEW FunNadeen teaches doll clothes classes for adults and kids. She began sewing in Junior High and worked in a fabric store at 15. She is the “Queen of Easy”—especially when sewing doll clothes. Nadeen has written two books on doll clothes construction and designed numerous patterns for doll clothes. Her students love going home with finished projects. Reasons to sew for 18" dolls: 1. They don't change size (too much), 2. They don't mind fittings or complain if it is to tight or loose, 3. They don't wiggle, 4. They don't take up too much fabric, 5. They make children and adults SMILE 🙂Email
Mech WatneMech WatnePerfectBorders.comOwner of PerfectBorders.com and avid teacher of beginners.Email
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Erin WeisbartTuesday StitchesErin Weisbart publishes sewing patterns for Every Day Dress Up as Tuesday Stitches (http://TuesdayStitches.com). Her company believes in inclusivity, representation, self-expression, and self-love through sewing. She is co-owner of Maternity Sewing (http://MaternitySewing.com), your source for maternity, nursing, and postpartum friendly sewing patterns. Erin has been blogging and teaching about sewing for many years, has been published in Seamwork, Sew News, Sew It All, Sewing World, Stitch and Threads Magazines, and has appeared on Sew It All TV.Email
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Anne WhalleyAnne WhalleyAnne Whalley (The Pattern Whisperer)Anne Whalley the red-headed Sewist from the land down under, Australia, is leaving her mark on the fashion world. Anne is not scared to mix bright colors, shapes and patterns to create her wearable works of art. This ace in fabric selection not only sews her own incredible looks, but mentors others in their sewing adventures.Email
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Lynne WilsonLynne Wilson DesignsI am an Australian designer of all things quilting and especially love modern home décor projects. I have owned quilt shops, taught quilting for many years, own a wholesale business, design patterns and work for the Australian distributors of Freespirit Fabrics amongst others. I love to design projects using a mix of contemporary fabrics for a scrappy look. Based in Bowral, NSW I travel all over the state assisting shops with their fabric buying and love to teach my quick and easy machine piecing techniques.Email
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Angela WolfAngela WolfABO APPAREL, LLCAngela Wolf, fashion designer and entrepreneur, from the PBS series It's Sew Easy, host of Behind the Scenes weekly facebook live show, and online instructor on www.Academy.AngelaWolf.com, Craftsy.com, and Patternreview.com, with over 140,000 students from all over the world. Author of How to Start a Home-based Fashion Design Business, has contributed to Threads, SewStylish, and Sew News magazines, and blogger for Brother's Blog Stitching Social. Angela ran a successful custom apparel and alteration business for over 20 years and has since launched the Angela Wolf Patterns Collection. Angela is a spokesperson, brand ambassador, blogger, vlogger, and consultant. She is the winner of 2008 Passion for Fashion, 2012 American Sewing Expo's teacher of year, 2016 Industry Contributor of the year, and spends her time speaking and teaching all over the country.Email
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