2024 Teachers

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Evette AllerdingsEvette AllerdingsE/M AllerdingsEvette was taught to sew by her mother when she was 8 years old and would participate in her neighborhood fashion show for many summers in grade school. She has a BS degree in fashion design and was a multiple award winning costumer for many years.

Not being able to find the perfect fabric for costumes, lead her to silk painting. She won 1st prize for "Solace" in the 2D division, 2021 Silk Painter's International competition and won Honorable Mention for People's Choice Award in 2022 for "Goodbye Dad". She is currently continuing on her fiber art journey as well as teaching introductory silk painting classes at Northwind Art School in Port Townsend, WA
Darrelle AndersonDarrelle AndersonSVP Worldwide Global Sewing BrandsDarrelle’s first love of sewing was in garment construction, she jumped into the quilting world and then embraced machine embroidery. She loves to incorporate a mixture of techniques and embellishments to create unique pieces.
Being a recovering self-proclaimed “Perfectionist”, Darrelle distills her own expertise and ability into simplified techniques consumers can learn to inspire them to create their own fun projects, whetting their appetites for more. Darrelle looks at the sewing machine specialty feet as shoes…”a girl can’t have too many”. Whether it’s sewing or creating in embroidery software Darrelle encourages people to express their own style. Let’s keep the fun going in sewing.
Starlit BearStarlit BearStarlit QuiltsStarlit Bear is an award winning quilter who is also now a Laura Heine certified instructor, she'd like to teach and walk a class through the full start to finish design of a Laura Heine project, Each attendee will leave with their fully designed project completed.Website
Geniveve BelmakerGenevieve BelmakerBelmaker BlanketsGenevieve Belmaker is the founder and owner of Belmaker Blankets, a small business in Olympia, Washington that she runs with her two young children. Her blankets celebrate the use of cotton and other natural materials, and incorporate sewing techniques handed down through generations of seamstresses in her family.Website
Sylvain BergeronSylvain BergeronBERNINA of AmericaSylvain Bergeron is an Educator with BERNINA of America. He has been teaching sewing, embroidery and software classes for over 25 years. He is an award winning quilter, specializing in abstract embroidered art quilts. He is a firm believer in 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.Website
Debbie Bone-HarrisDebbie Bone-HarrisDeb's ThreadsDebbie Bone-Harris, Designer and Textile Artist, is known for her unequaled and exquisite craftsmanship, utilizing vintage and modern techniques to create unique wearable art. She applies these principles to produce avant-garde designs – whether in wearable art, vintage ribbonwork, or other creations using the finest materials throughout. Embellishment, her strength, is the essential element in all her wok and sets it apart from others. Her lifelong love of sewing and textiles stems from her passion for juxtaposing embroidery with quilting and encrusted surfaces. The sewing machine is her tool of choice, while ribbons, fabrics, glorious threads and fibers create the palette she works with.Website
Annick Bouvier-SelwynAnnick Bouvier-SelwynSelf taught and demonstrator.
Charlotte BowensCharlotte BowensConscious GearCharlotte Young Bowens, founder of Conscious Gear began making outdoor gear and backpacks when she fell in love with running on the trails in ultramarathons but was unable to find products that fit her taller, curvier and bigger body. As part of her business, she offers sewing instructions, gear repair and gear adjustments to ensure product longevity and practice sustainability.WebsiteFacebookInstagramPinterest
Nadine-BozemanNadine BozemanSecrets of a Bridal SeamstressNadine Bozeman is the owner of Sweet Francis Sewing Co, a boutique service bridal alterations boutique in Tumwater, WA. She is passionate about helping women conquer business insecurities and curate a 6-figure business in the bridal sewing industry. Nadine is the host of Secrets of a Bridal Seamstress Podcast and Online Membership Community.Website
Carisa BrunnerCarisa BrunnerMade Sewing StudioCarisa is the owner of Made Sewing Studios, a Seattle based sewing space stablished in 2010 that provides creative arts to both children and adults. Made has a variety of classes both online, in-studio, in schools and at other local community organizations. Carisa began sewing at age 6 and specialized in garment sewing. 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.WebsiteFacebookInstagramPinterest
Steve ButlerSteve ButlerColonial NeedleAs a previous quilt shop owner and sewing machine dealer, Steve Butler has an uncommon depth of expertise in the sewing and needlecraft industry and welcomes all questions dealing with notions, threads, needles and sewing machines. He has taught at all major sewing machine conventions.
Tricia CamanchoTricia CamanchoCreative Costume AcademyTricia Camacho, with over two decades of expertise in crafting patterns and sewing for live entertainment costumes, shares her wealth of expertise as a pattern making teacher. With a mission to simplify pattern making for aspiring designers, Tricia's Creative Costume Academy equips creatives with foundational principles to kickstart their design ventures. Tricia infuses her classes with practical sewing insights learned from her illustrious career. Her focus is not just on teaching pattern making and advanced sewing techniques, but also on making it accessible and enjoyable for all.FacebookInstagram
Mendie CannonMendie CannonI have been stitching for over 40 years and a member of two embroidery guilds. I have attended many seminars and taken classes in a variety of techniques. While I have tried many stitch techniques, I have found myself drawn to Brazilian Embroidery. I have also taken several finishing classes and does much of my own finishing in a variety of forms such as pin keeps, ornaments, biscornus, pincushions, stand-ups, boxes, pyramid/triangles, needle books and more. I am a member of the Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery International Guild and have been since 2005. I attained my teacher certification in Brazilian Embroidery in 2007. I am retired from corporate work and spend much of my time teaching Brazilian Embroidery. I have regular classes locally and have taught at EGA chapters and seminars, BDEIG seminars, International Quilt Show in Houston, TX, National Academy of Needle Arts.
Amanda CaritaAmanda CaritaAmanda's BundlesAmanda Carita is the owner and founder of Amanda's Bundles. She has a passion for sewing and sharing her love and knowledge of fabric. She founded her business on the dream of making beautiful, affordable fabric available to everyone.
Kandi ChristianKandi ChristianSew TimelessKandi L. Christian, MBA is a well-known instructor of classes both in the US and England. She is an 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 at 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.WebsiteFacebookX (Twitter)LinkedIn
Teresa CoatesTeresa CoatesCrinkle Dreams Based in Kansas City, Teresa Coates is an avid maker and educator, dedicated to sharing projects that allow even the most novice sewist to feel confident in their sewing journey. As the designer and author behind the Crinkle Dreams patterns, as well as her role as the host of “Sew Together Tuesday” for Shannon Fabrics, Teresa is no stranger to tackling intimidating projects and sharing her knowledge. Her sewing and quilting projects have been featured and published in quilting magazines and podcasts such as Quiltfolk, Sew and So, A Quilter’s Life and more. When Teresa is not in her KC studio, she can be found teaching and sharing her passion for sewing at quilt shops and guilds across the United States.
Jamie ColacecchiJamie ColacecchiNeedle CrossedIntroducing Jamie Colacecchi, a whimsical fiber artist whose creative spirit is deeply interwoven with the rich tapestry of family traditions. From the earliest memory of a crochet hook placed in her hand by her mother to the cherished sewing secrets (and an old Pfaff machine) passed down by her grandmother, every thread of creativity has been lovingly embraced. Armed with paintbrushes and bags of clay, her artistic odyssey has evolved into a captivating symphony of colors and textures. Within the realm of needle arts, Jamie stands as a proud bearer of the Evergreen State Grand Champion of Needle Arts accolade, skillfully infusing narratives and aspirations into each intricate creation. Jamie has taken flight as an educator and demonstrator, beguiling eager minds across fairs, farms, festivals and educational institutions with her spinning wheel at the ready. Her ability to sow the seeds of inspiration in the most enchanting corners is a hallmark of her endeavors. Whether weaving dreams with yarn and floss or sculpting them to life in clay, the melody of Jamie's heart is an amalgamation of love, creativity and a profound sense of enjoyment!
Aaronica ColeAaronica ColeThe Needle and The Belle
Aaronica B. Cole is the maker behind TheNeedleAndTheBelle.com. After getting her start in sewing at 13 and hating it, Aaronica picked it back up after having her second child and hasn't looked back since. She is now known as being a body positive, plus size sewist who inspires others to make the things that make them feel beautiful. She is a BERNINA Brand Ambassador, KnowMe Pattern Designer, OG Projector Sewist, and lover of all things that she can use her serger to create. In addition to being an accomplished sewist, she is an award-winning blogger and content creator. When she's not sewing, you can find her coaching creative business owner on how to be successful, running carpool for her kids, or enjoying a date with her husband.Website
Sherrie CorkSherrie CorkSew VintagelySherrie Cork is an artist and sewing enthusiast from California. She learned to sew when she was a little girl and is proud to be a fourth-generation seamstress. Sherrie founded Sew Vintagely, an online specialty sewing supply shop, with a goal to share her passion for timeless sewing.Website
Brittan CummingsBrittan CummingsBy Hand Studio LLC
Brittan is an educator who loves to share her knowledge of fabric, patterns, fitting, sewing, machine embroidery, alterations and sewing machines. Britt is the owner of By Hand Studio located in Riverton, Utah since 2019. Her love of sewing and all things fabric began at an early age, too young to remember, and has lead her to doing alterations, custom sewing, costuming, machine embroidery, fabric retail, sewing machine retail and now entrepreneur.
Ashley DellAshley DellQuality Sewing & VacuumAshley learned to sew from her mother and grandmother at a young age, making her first quilt from double-knit squares in sixth grade. As an adult she started a custom costuming business featuring costumes and accessories from a midnight cult film after she became involved with a local production. This has allowed Ashley to share her talents and knowledge with individuals all over the world. Visit with Ashley at the Quality Sewing & Vacuum booth!Website
Ed DonahueEd DonahueEd returned to garment sewing a couple years ago after learning to sew from her mother. She is a slow-sewing friend; low on output, high on enjoyment! She loves to seamlessly blend digital tools and technology in her sewing practice. Even when she’s not in her sewing space, she can do something sewing related on her phone or laptop. Ed is known for purchasing fabric at an alarmingly higher rate than she is able to sew it.WebsiteInstagramFacebookYouTube
Saremy DuffySaremy DuffySew Sew LiveSaremy Duffy has worked in the garment industry as a designer and pattern drafter for companies ranging from children’s and adult clothing to technical outer wear. She then went on to create her own company making accessories for knitters and crocheters called Chicken Boots. Currently she is a YouTube content creator sewing live and uploading videos all about sewing your own clothes, drafting patterns, and fitting yourself. She particularly loves a good experiment, making sewing approachable in different ways, and always providing context- why and how and what are the consequences of any sewing step. You’re sure to enjoy sewing with her and she’ll definitely enjoy sewing with you!Website
Emily DunlapEmily DunlapQuality Sewing & VacuumEmily Dunlap is an expert in pressing and ironing technology and enjoys sharing her knowledge with sewists around the world. Visit with Emily at the Quality Sewing & Vacuum booth!Website
Reva FloodReva FloodQuality Sewing & VacuumReva started sewing at a young age and pursued her love of sewing and design through college where she earned a BA in Apparel Design. Since then, she has been immersed in the sewing industry as an educator, event manager with Quality Sewing & Vacuum, and entrepreneur.Website
Thomas FosterThomas FosterStrapworks LLCTom has been making "straps" since 1975. In 2000, he started Strapworks.com. Soon after, he started MoosePetGear.com specializing in pet products like leashes, collars and harnesses. Tom is considered an expert in strap fabrication and his business occupies 58,000 square feet of factory space with 50 employees in Eugene, Oregon.Website 1Website 2
Melissa GalbraithMelissa GalbraithMCreativeJMelissa Galbraith is the fiber artist behind MCreativeJ. She was born and raised in the desert of Washington state where her mother instilled a love of making things by hand at an early age. Melissa shares her love of nature through whimsical and modern hand embroidery kits, patterns, workshops, and her book, How to Embroider Texture and Pattern. Melissa was reintroduced to hand embroidery after finding her desk job monotonous and needing a creative outlet. She loves that embroidery is like coloring with a needle and thread. Melissa found that many craft enthusiasts also wanted to learn how to embroider but were daunted by where to start. Thanks to this and a love of teaching, Melissa began to share her hand embroidery knowledge. Melissa's embroidery kits, patterns, workshops, and book make it easy to learn a new craft for makers of all skill levels. She enjoys seeing makers fall in love with the needle arts, especially that magical ah-ha moment of learning something new.Website
Darlene GirtonDarlene GirtonFeatherweight DoctorDarlene Girton, Founder of Featherweight Doctor, is a Master Quilter and National Educator for Vintage Sewing Machines and their modern uses in Quilting.Website
Nancy GoldsworthyNancy GoldsworthyNine Patch QuiltingNancy 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 and 20 years in quilting education gives her a broad range of skills. Contact her at www.ninepatchquilting.com
Jacqui HenryHomespun Quilts and Yarn
I am a seamstress turned quilter. I love hand sewing, knitting crocheting, cross stitch. I've done a little bit of everything. I love to teach and pass on the knowledge that I've gained to others so that others can enjoy these wonderful crafts.
Lorraine HenryLorraine HenryLorraine Henry for Conselle and Two Easy Tape Co.
Erin Hubner & Kristi OwensErin Hubner & Kristi OwensPacific FabricsErin learned to sew as a kid and was always crafty but didn't really get fully into sewing until after college. After making a few rather involved Halloween costumes she realized she could make clothes to wear every day, not just at the end of October. Eventually this led to her going back to school for fashion design and construction and teaching classes for over 8 years. Her main focus may be garment sewing, but she has also worked on accessories, home decor and quilting. Basically, if it involves fabric, thread, yarn, or other similar craft supplies she probably does it on a semi regular basis. Except projects involving hot glue, she does try to stay away from those.

Kristi started sewing as a child. She hasn't encountered a craft she wasn't up to try. She enjoys sewing clothes but her ultimate passion is for quilting. When Kristi isn't quilting she's designing bags.
Dorothy HuffmanDorothy HuffmanSister QuiltersDorothy Huffman is the founder of the non profit Sister Quilters. Their main focus is on charity projects. They have provided assistance and taught basic sewing skills in Ghana West Africa, Mazatlan, Mexico and Jamaica West Indies. Ms. Huffman has personally completed and donated over 300 quilts to Project Linus and over 200 to Homeless shelters, Foster Care, Homeless Veterans and Children’s Homes in Upstate New York. She has also worked with Days for Girls producing packets for personal hygiene in third world countries and shelters. Ms. Huffman is an indigo dyer and enjoys teaching beginning quilting skills.Website
Candice JewettCandice JewettSerger CafeCandice was taught to sew at an early age and began making her own clothes at age 11. By high school she was sewing so well that the head of the Home Ec Department hired her to help students after school. Years later, while working as a Marketing Manager, Candice continued to sew professionally until 1990 when she was given the opportunity to work in the sewing industry at a national level… and her passion for sergers began. She worked as a District Manager for Elna, Babylock and Viking and 30 years later Candice believes that serging should be easy and fun, and is still teaching. As a result she has developed shortcuts that she loves to share with her students. Her goal is to teach people how to use the words 'fun' and 'serger' in the same sentence.
Cheryl KuczekCheryl KuczekParadiso DesignsCheryl is the founder and creative director of indie sewing pattern line Paradiso Designs. Paradiso is a collection of eclectic bohemian style patterns that focus on unique sizing and construction techniques for handbags, clothing, and home accessories. Cheryl LOVES to create, garden, paint murals on her walls, & beach walks with her pup Jackx.  Website
Carmen LaPonteCarmen LaPonteQuality Sewing & VacuumCarmen is one of the owners of Quality Sewing & Vacuum. She is passionate about all things sewing and loves introducing people to the latest sewing, quilting and embroidery innovations.Website
Zena LaRosaZena LaRosaBZee Bee Adventures in Sewing
I starting sewing my own clothing while in grade school, following my mother’s example. My projects included doll clothes, purses and school outfits. After marriage I made more complicated mens tailored suits, underwear, wedding dresses and children’s clothing. With all this sewing came boxes of remnants! Natural progression is to make quilts, so I dove into quilting in 1998. I love using color and fun prints as well as making unique designs. Sharing my knowledge is the next step.
Debbi LashbrookDebbi LashbrookBERNINA of AmericaDebbi has been a BERNINA educator for the past eighteen years and enjoys sharing her love, knowledge, and enthusiasm for BERNINA software and machines. She began sewing at an early age and began with garment sewing, but her sewing interests have expanded over the years to include all types of sewing.Website
Susan LazearSusan LazearCochenille Design StudioSusan Lazear is an Emeritus Professor of Fashion at San Diego Mesa College. She is a recognized author and wearable artist, and she excels in design and pattern making. Susan owns Cochenille Design Studio which develops software and design aids for knitters, sewers, and textile artists.WebsiteInstagramPinterest Facebook
Christine LindebakChristine LindebakSewing and the City
Hi, I'm Christine! I started sewing when I was just 6 years old and turned the skill into a 15 year career in luxury fashion. Today, sewing is my creative outlet and a way to make clothes I love in a stylish and sustainable way. I love sharing my love of sewing and inspiring others to learn and advance their own skills while making stylish clothes you're proud to wear.WebsiteFacebookPinterestInstagram
Ellie LumEllie LumKlum HouseKlum House founder Ellie Lum has over twenty years of professional bag making experience. Ellie's super power is teaching makers to achieve professional-quality results on a home sewing machine - and have a hell of a lot of fun while doing it. She's passionate about empowering folks through sharing her craft.Website
Linda McGeheeLinda McGeheeGhee'sWith a diverse sewing background & experience with garments-handbags, piecing-heirloom, threadwork—combining numerous methods into a sampler of a variety of techniques, Linda has traveled the globe demonstrating & lecturing from her books & patterns. Much sought after at trade & machine conventions, her style is easy & fun with a flair for detail.Website
Sheila McKaySheila McKayMcKay Manor MusersMy love of designing started when I took a fashion design class in high school and started designing all my own clothes. I started a pattern design company with my two incredible daughters Kira and Kayla in 2010. They are definitely the wind between my creative wings. Our family home in Vancouver was affectionately called the McKay Manor – and a Muse is someone who inspires creativity in artisans – so that’s how we came up with the name for our business – McKay Manor Musers. We enjoy creating patterns, and now fabrics, that make people smile. The mission for our company is to inspire creativity in others.WebsiteInstagramFacebookPinterest
Jennefer MarkerJennefer MarkerCompass Moon CreationsBeing a homeschooling mom, Jennefer Marker loves to incorporate experiential learning, and community involvement, in all her family do. A simple excursion to a 'small little fiber fest' in NY in the early 2000s, catapulted everyone in her family into the wild ride of running a fiber business focused on supporting as many local farms as possible. Since then, Jennefer has taught fiber and textile enthusiasts from coast to coast, excited to see how artisans and crafters are using animal fiber in their creations. She is excited to be returning for her 5th year teaching and vending at the Sew Expo!Website
Holly MarshHolly MarshEcommerce ArcadeHolly is the founder of Ecommerce Arcade, where you can level up your ecommerce game with strategy, design, and heart. She specializes in the Shopify ecommerce platform, as well as Klaviyo for ecommerce email marketing. She is an illustrator and branding designer, and has a decade of experience selling products online and in-person. Holly's love for fabric and sewing was infused in her work-- from the business she ran for over 10 years selling handmade accessories for babies and kids using colorful and quirky fabrics, to a three-year stint as the quilting cottons buyer at Fabric Depot in Portland, Oregon.WebsiteInstagram Facebook
Laura MendozaLaura MendozaLaura has been a certified 4-H volunteer for nearly 20 years. She is the Club Leader of a 4-H sewing club and is the Superintendent of the State 4-H Fashion Revue Contest.
Carol MesimerCarol MesimerClover-USACarol Mesimer is a teacher and demonstrator for Clover-USA, and member of Piece Corps with Quilts, Inc. After teaching her first knitting class at 17, she was hooked on teaching. She believes students should have fun in class, while gaining a strong foundation in technique. Teaching and passing along over 60 years of needlework knowledge to students and show attendees are her passion. An award-winning quilter, her quilts have hung in national shows and museums in the US and The Netherlands. Her knit and stitched miniature animals were featured in an exhibit at the International Quilt Festival shows in Houston and Chicago. When not on the road teaching, Carol stays busy with a wide assortment of needlework projects, and is president and show chairman for her local Mineral & Gem Society.Facebook
Doug MooneyDoug MooneyQuality Sewing & VacuumDoug Mooney has been working with the Daylight company for over 10 years and is considered a lighting expert. He can find a solution for any person who is looking for better lighting in their creative space and/or magnification. We all need better lighting, regardless of age, as our homes were designed to be lived in and not so much for creative endeavors. Visit with Doug at the Quality Sewing & Vacuum booth!Website
Pat MoorePatricia MooreWeWymz"Passionately creative, I have an insatiable desire to share the sheer delight I find in the world of creative arts. There's something truly enchanting about the magical synergy that emerges when sewing enthusiasts gather together. I'm thrilled at the prospect of sharing my experiences and passions with you. I can hardly wait for you to explore the world of hat-making and draft your very own basic hat pattern. It's a journey filled with excitement and endless possibilities. I'm absolutely delighted to be your guide, offering you a glimpse into the fascinating and practical realm of hats. So, let's embark on this creative adventure together, where imagination knows no bounds and the joy of crafting knows no limits!"
Laura NashLaura NashSew Chic PatternsWebsite
Nicole NealesNicole NealesSewGnarNicole is the designer and creator behind SewGnar Sewing Patterns. Her mission is to create versatile sewing patterns that showcase sustainability, durability, and simplistic beauty. Nicole designs with raw edge textiles in mind and she specializes in cork. Shop her entire line at www.sewgnar.coWebsiteInstagramFacebook
Marlene OddieMarlene OddieKISSed QuiltsQuilting for over 20 years, is a published author and pattern designer and is an award winning quilter, Marlene inspires through teaching in Grand Coulee, WA and beyond, one technique at a time.Website
Rhonda PierceRhonda PierceEuro-notions SCHMETZneedlesRhonda Pierce loves to sew and quilt. She represents the hardest working 2" piece of steel in the sewing machine, the SCHMETZ needle. Sew SCHMETZ!Website
Sue PurdySue PurdySue's Sparklers, Stencils & Laser-cutsSue started Sue's Sparklers in 1994 and traveled all over the US vending at sewing and quilt shows. She sold the business in 2007, semi-retired and then tried her hand at blue printing and silk screens. That business was called Sue's Solar and screens because she used the sun to print and burn the screens. Through various circumstances, she got Sue's Sparklers back, in 2015. Then she bought a laser-cutter and added art stencils and appliques. She's still as busy as ever, creating and designing.Website
Jessica RabbittJessica RabbittAmanda's BundlesJessica Rabbitt is a mother of six and loves making handmade garments for herself and her family. She enjoys sharing about fabric and patterns and teaching and encouraging others in making their own custom fit, handmade clothing.Website
Shannon Leigh Roudhan and Jason BowlsbyShannon Roudhán & Jason BowlsbyShannon and JasonShannon Leigh Roudhán and Jason Bowlsby are the dynamic DIY duo from Seattle, Washington. Their award-winning crochet, knit, and sewing designs have been featured in and on the covers of domestic and international publications. Shannon & Jason have published 12 books including the best-selling Complete Crochet Course – the Ultimate Reference Guide, and Boro & Sashiko: Harmonious Imperfection. Their latest book Contemporary Kogin-zashi is now available from C&T Publishing. The duo have been partners in life for 30 years and have been teaching adults for 20+ years. 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 such as Sew Expo, Houston Quilt Festival, Pacific International Quilt Festival, and the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN).Website
Cindy RowellCindy RowellWonderfil Specialty ThreadsCindy has taught a variety of classes for over 35 years, combining her extensive background in sewing and crafts into her presentations and seminars. Cindy is a surface design enthusiast who loves to play with thread, beads and almost any other embellishment. She loves to share her creative ideas, exciting new techniques, and practical time saving tips. Her dynamic personality, and professional teaching style provide creative inspiration for her students. Her informative seminars are always filled with invaluable information, unique creative ideas, practical tips, and exciting new techniques. Her unique ideas and professional teaching style have taken her throughout Canada, the USA & Europe providing inspiration for students everywhere.
Kathy RuddyKathy Ruddykathyruddy.comActive in the sewing industry since 1962, Kathy’s experience scans six decades as a pattern designer, Serger and fitting expert. Her specialty is to sew and serge fast and easy without sacrificing quality, fit or fashion detail. Since the 70's she has measured produced and sent custom fitted patterns to her students.Website
Denise SchoberDenise SchoberBaby LockWebsite
Rhoda SheridanRhoda SheridanI have been sewing and embroidering since I was about 4 years old, according to my grandmother. I have never lost my passion for hand stitching, and I love watching people create their first designs. In addition to my Brazilian embroidery, I also smock, tat, crochet, knit and, of course, regular hand embroidery. My favorite things to sew are children's clothes and I enjoy incorporating hand stitching on all my garments.
Lydia SorensonLydia SorensonHomespun QuiltsAs a lifelong crafter, I love exploring different crafts: punch needle, beading, knitting, quilting, thread painting, fabric dyeing. Now I get to do it professionally as a quilt store owner. Who else gets to solve problems, be creative and help people all at the same time? We love what we do!”Website
Norma StarkNorma StarkNorma's Quilt StudioNorma Stark Norma Stark has loved the art of quilting since 2001 and is a national teacher who taught for the Virtual Quilt Show in 2020 to students all over the world. Her specialty fields include running a successful Long Arm Quilting Business and Teaching Quilt Piecing Classes and Long Arm Statler® classes. As owner and operator of Norma’s Quilt Studio she keeps an active customer base along with teaching 40 piecing/technique classes per year. Norma continually records videos on piecing instructions and Long Arm training for purchase on her website. She has a Business Administration Degree and is a Certified Sew Kind of Wonderful Teacher. Teaching others about Quilting and utilizing the Creative Studio Software in a fun spontaneous environment is “her thing.” She has her own series called “Norma’s Learning Corner” where she gives free tips and suggestions to help others with sewing success (sponsored by Stitchin’ Heaven”) A Common Norma statement—“I LOVE My JOB every day and I’m excited to share with others.” She moved from Texas in February 2022 to the lovely “Evergreen” state of Washington where she currently resides.WebsiteFacebookYouTube
Lynda StonackLynda StonackI started knitting at age nine. I love knitting because it is something that is portable and keeps me focused. Socks are currently my passion. I have spent the entire 2023 year knitting three to four pairs of socks a month. Putting cables down the sides of socks make me very happy and they look amazing.
Janet SzaboJanet SzaboBig Sky Knitting Designs, LLCJanet Szabo is a knitting designer and teacher with experience teaching at Stitches and TKGA events and for yarn stores and guilds around the country. She published Twists and Turns: The Newsletter for Lovers of Cable Knitting from 2000-2010 and has authored books on finishing techniques, Aran sweaters, and cable knitting.Website
Alice TarbyAlice TarbySouth Puget Sound Chapter of the American Sewing GuildAlice Tarby is the secretary and Sew Expo Style Show organiser for the South Puget Sound Chapter of the American Guild.
Liz ThompsonLiz ThompsonSew and Learn with Liz ThompsonLiz has been a passionate sewer since the age of 9 when she started making clothes for her dolls. Her dream had been to sew her own wedding and bridesmaids dresses – which she did. Applique/quilting, machine embroidery & garment sewing are among Liz’s favourites but since she started sewing lingerie about 15 years ago. As you can imagine, her lingerie drawer is overflowing! Since she “retired” from a long career in the sewing industry, Liz has been building Sew and Learn with Liz Thompson (www.sewwithliz.com) where she continues to share her sewing skills. She has taught at Quilt Canada and The International Bra Sewing Bee and regularly teaches online and in person classes on Lingerie sewing, quilting and garment sewing. In addition, she offers monthly free sewing clubs: Sew with Liz Club and Sew with Liz Lingerie Support group where fellow sewers can come to share ideas and get assistance with their sewing queries.WebsiteInstagramPinterestFacebook
Joe VecchiarelliJoe VecchiarelliFrench European Inc.Joe 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 helping fashion students and enthusiasts grasp their dreams and become successful within the industry.WebsiteInstagram Facebook
Katrina WalkerKatrina WalkerKatrina Walker is a sewing industry professional whose work is regularly featured in sewing magazines including Threads, Creative Machine Embroidery, SewStylish, Stitch, SewNews, and SewItAll. She is a popular instructor both at national sewing shows and online, where her classes for Craftsy, Creative Spark, Sew Daily TV, Palmer/Pletsch, and Threads are enjoyed by thousands of students worldwide. She also appears regularly on YouTube, Instagram and other media as an instructor for Clover’s Tool School, National Sewing Circle, and Craftsy. She is a national educator for Husqvarna Viking and PFAFF sewing machines, a PFAFF brand ambassador, Clover’s Tool School instructor, and a Sulky Sewcialite. You can find her online at www.katrinawalker.com.Website
Nadeen WardNadeen WardDolls R SEW FunI am a Queen of easy—especially when sewing doll clothes. I have written three books on doll clothes construction and many patterns for the dolls. Currently specializing in repurposing antique linens into doll clothes. REASONS TO SEW FOR 18” DOLLS: They don't change size (too much). They don't mind fittings or complain if it is to tight or loose. They don't wiggle. They don’t take up too much fabric. They make children and adults SMILE 🙂
Cole WhitakerCole WhitakerCole's QuiltsCole Whitaker has been painting, quilting, and drawing since he was a child. He studied art at Cornish in 2010. Since then, he has worked as a graphic designer and photographer as well as a Cosmetology Instructor. Although he learned how to quilt as a child, it was only in 2021 that Cole took up quilting again as an adult. He has won multiple ribbons including Best of Show at the International Quilt Festival Long Beach and teaches classes at Quilting Mayhem in Snohomish WA.
Lillia WhittingtonLillia WhittingtonJust LilliaLillia is a Denton based sewing influencer who is using her love of sewing to educate her followers online. She has been sewing since she was 4 years old, and graduated in 2018 with her BA in Fashion Design. She has worked for Bailey's Blossoms and Haggar Clothing Co. as a technical designer previously, helping develop patterns and fit across both brands. Currently, Lillia develops free projects for Janome America as a Janome Maker, along with creating fun and education sewing videos on Tik Tok and Instagram. She is a TA at Texas Woman’s University in their fashion program, runs a growing sewing school in Denton, TX, and can be found on the weekends sewing or with friends, family, and her husband and blind cat, Toph.WebsiteInstagramPinterestFacebook
Vivian WiseVivien WiseVivien is a fiber artist living in the Pacific Northwest. She received an MFA in Fibers and Material Studies from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 2020, and a BFA in Fibers from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. Originally from Chicago, she is an avid quilter, bicyclist, and lover of breakfast. In her art practice, she centers materiality, community, and environment. Vivien has taught workshops at the Chicago Public Library, Vox Populi Gallery, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Icebox Project Space, Tyler School of Art, and Baltimore County Community College, among others.Website