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June 11-13, 2016 (Education starts June 9)

Walter E. Washington Convention Center | Washington, DC


Gwen Bortner
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Gwen Bortner

Two Sides - Two Points
Gwen has been teaching since 1986 and is a recognized name at many national venues since 2003. Beginning early in childhood, Gwen has dabbled in all of the various needle arts with knitting finally taking center stage during her college years. Gwen has nearly 30 years of experience as a business consultant, trainer and executive working in a variety of business arenas. Her "super power" is the ability to share new and valuable information in accessible, easy-to-process, bite-size pieces. Gwen can be found virtually on her blog at www.gwenbortner.com and www.2sides2points.com.

Classes Gwen Bortner is teaching:

Laura Bryant
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Laura Bryant

Prism Arts, Inc.

Laura discovered her passion for fibers at an early age, both knitting and weaving as a child, and went on to receive a BFA from the University of Michigan in 1978. She founded Prism Yarns in 1984. Laura's latest book, Artful Color, Mindful Knits is the definitive guide for working with hand dyed yarns. She is a frequent guest on Knitting Daily TV, and her designs are often featured in magazines. Laura is well known for her energetic teaching of color and design, and is currently having a great deal of fun exploring Magic Number knitting.

Classes Laura Bryant is teaching:

Kelly Clark
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Kelly Clark

Kelly Clark Studio, LLC
Handpainted canvas designer and national teacher, Kelly has taught classes and workshops from coast-to-coast and points in between. Her special area of interest is Needlepoint Stumpwork and Needleweaving. She is passionate about her work and truly enjoys teaching others her exciting new techniques!

Classes Kelly Clark is teaching:

Kira Dulaney
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Kira Dulaney

Kira K Designs

Kira Dulaney has been teaching knitting and crochet classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond for ten years. As a teacher, her focus is on providing valuable information in a stress-free environment, and supporting students through the learning process. She is also the designer behind K Designs, a line of original knitting and crochet patterns featuring clean lines and intriguing details that are both interesting to make and easy to wear.

Classes Kira Dulaney is teaching:

Edie Eckman
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Edie Eckman

Edie is a best-selling author, teacher, designer and editor who loves both knitting and crochet. She teaches around the country and online at Craftsy.com and Creativebug.com. Her books include The Crochet Answer Book, Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs, Around the Corner Crochet Borders, and others. She is on a mission to ensure that pattern instructions are as clear as possible to the greatest number of knitters and crocheters possible. She is a lifelong learner, and considers her students the best teachers ever.

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Lamora Haidar
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Lamora Haidar

Access Commodities, Inc.
Lamora Lucia Haidar is one of the owners of Access Commodities, Inc. She has a long abiding interest in the material culture of cmbroidery throughout history. As a needleworker herself, she brings an enthusiasm and a drive for excellence with the goal to enable customers "Stitch Beautifully"!

Classes Lamora Haidar is teaching:

Larry Hart
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Larry Hart

Artisan Knitworks
Larry combines decades of customer service and training consultation with 8 years of experience (6-days a week) running the daily operations of Artisan Knitworks in Farmington, Michigan (owned with his wife Sandra VanBurkleo). Frankly, he’s not best knitter around. However, he does understand why customers buy, how they select stores and what creates loyalty. His perspective is clear: it’s not just the yarn, it’s the customer’s entire buying experience that leads to success. Larry is a skilled facilitator and his workshops are informative, motivating and just plain fun. You will not be taught; rather, you discover and learn.

Classes Larry Hart is teaching:

Jackie Huang
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Jackie Huang

Woolbuddy
Jackie was born and raised in Taiwan, and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area USA. He works in the Animation industry as an animator and story artist. In 2009, Jackie started the WoolBuddy project, creating unique needle felted wool characters. They are so creative, cute, and hilarious all at the same time.

Classes Jackie Huang is teaching:

Deborah Jarchow
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Deborah Jarchow

Deborah Jarchow Handwovens, Etc.
Deborah is a full-time weaver and artist-in-residence at Studio Channel Island Arts Center in Camarillo, California. She is a popular teacher at Stitches and Vogue Knitting Live and exhibits her work nationally. She has rigid heddle classes on both Crafts.com and interweavestore.com.

Classes Deborah Jarchow is teaching:

Jenny King
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Jenny King

Jenny King Designs Pty. Ltd.
Jenny King is Australia’s most published international crochet designer with 20 pattern books to her name and 30years teaching experience. She designs with Trendsetter, Prism , Knitting Fever Inc, Tahki Stacey Charles , Creative Yarn Source, Louet, Koigu ,Annies & Coats and Clark. Her work has been featured Vogue Knitting, Knitters ,Interweave Crochet, Crochet!, Crochet 1,2,3, Inside Crochet UK and Crochet Red and in all Austrlalian craft magazines. Most importantly Jenny has owned and operated a LYS for over 6 years. She knows about the speed of crochet and how to utilize that to sell yarn.

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Kyle Kunnecke
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Kyle Kunnecke

Kyle William
San Francisco designer Kyle Kunnecke has a not-so-secret passion for colorwork. Tirelessly creative, he puts himself to sleep at night dreaming of new design concepts, collaborations and outreach projects. Through his fiber workshops he provides inspiration to his students; exploring the skills necessary to continue their personal knitting journeys. His patterns are published in numerous knitting books and magazines, by yarn companies, and under his label, Kyle William. His first book with Interweave is scheduled for release August, 2016.

Classes Kyle Kunnecke is teaching:

Patty Lyons
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Patty Lyons

Patty is a nationally recognized knitting teacher who is known for teaching the "why" not just the "how" in her pursuit of training the "mindful knitter". Patty teaches nationally at guilds & knitting shows such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, STITCHES, and Knit and Crochet Show. Patty's popular classes can also be found online at Interweave, and Craftsy ("Improve Your Knitting" was named Craftsy's most popular class of 2013!) Patty's designs have been published in Vogue Knitting, Creative Knitting, Knitter's, Cast On and Knit Style magazine, where she also writes a knitter's advice column called Patty's Purls of Wisdom.

Classes Patty Lyons is teaching:

Rick Mondragon
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Rick Mondragon

Knitters Magazine (XRX, Inc.)
Editor of Knitters Magazine for 15 years, Rick has been designing and teaching knitting and crochet for over 30 years. Capitalizing on his past experience on garment making and design, he emphasized fit and proper finishing in his designs.

Classes Rick Mondragon is teaching:

Kellie Nuss
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Kellie Nuss

Kellie is a self-taught knitter with a keen interest in the success of her students. A proud knitting geek, she loves to teach the principles and practices that are the foundation to every knitting technique and that allow any knitter to become confident enough to try anything they want. She is from Maryland and has been teaching professionally for 18 years. Kellie goes by kellamina on Ravelry.com and blogs at 2sides2points.com.

Classes Kellie Nuss is teaching:

Jane Patrick
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Jane Patrick

Schacht Spindle Co.
Jane Patrick, creative director of Schacht Spindle Co., is a seasoned weaver and teacher. She is the author of 4 books and has been featured in videos, HGTV, and Craftsy. Jane is a past editor of Handwoven magazine and she has taught extensively at shops, guilds, and conferences throughout the country. Her work with helping shops develop classes has given her a wealth of information about what works. Jane's passion for weaving and spinning, as well as her understanding of the market with over 30 years of experience, give her a deep understanding of this niche market.

Classes Jane Patrick is teaching:

Nancy Shroyer
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Nancy Shroyer

Nancy's Knit Knacks

Nancy Shroyer knits, spins, weaves, dyes, designs, teaches, and invents in Cary, NC. Nancy’s philosophy is to make working with fiber easier for everyone. She has found many shortcuts, techniques and formulas that can save time and anxiety. This has led to her to develop Nancy’s Knit Knacks, whose products are sold worldwide.

Classes Nancy Shroyer is teaching:

Janeann Sleeman

Janeann Sleeman

Janeann specializes in teaching needlepoint and creating stitch guides for commercial canvas designers, shops, and for those desiring custom projects. She has needlepointed for more than 40 years. Upon retiring five years ago from full time employment Janeann began teaching in shops, ANG, and EGA local guilds. She fosters a relaxed yet enthusiastic approach in her classes while encouraging students to apply what they have learned. Before retiring Janeann held Executive leadership positions for the nation's largest defense contractor. She graduated from Radford College with a BS in Business Administration. She is from Charleston, WV and resides in Florida.

Classes Janeann Sleeman is teaching:

Heidi Sunday
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Heidi Sunday

Heidi is a Certified Knitting Companion Instructor. She is a lifelong crafter and former yarnshop owner who also worked many years as software trainer for a large oil & gas company. Currently a yarn sales rep in the SE US.

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Cynthia Thomas

Cynthia Thomas

Cindy has over 30 years of teaching experience in the needlework industry. Her award winning work (ribbons at both ANG and Woodlawn Plantation) has appeared in needlework magazines. She has written hundreds of custom stitch guides for shops individuals and has over 300 commercially available guides. She lives and works in the Texas Hill Country.

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Jill Wolcott
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Jill Wolcott

Jill is trained as a fashion designer and turned her hand to knits to create both the fabric and the shape. Also an award-winnning teacher at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising; she currently teaches line development and portfolio classes. All Jill’s classes blend her wealth of knowledge with a sense of humor and fun. Fit is critical to Jill’s view of garment design; she teaches grading to knitwear designers and has developed sizing guidelines for industry companies. Jill designs for magazines and has her own line of knitting patterns and eBooks. She is co-author, and illustrator, of YNotKnit.

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