Our instructors are a diverse bunch! These fab teachers help make the fibre space community what it is. Get to know them here and browse their classes.
Anne learned to spin in 2000. Her mother taught her to knit and crochet as a teenager, so spinning her own yarn seemed to be a logical next step in the fiber journey. Her first spinning experience was on a drop spindle purchased a few years earlier at an outdoor museum. Frustrated with trying to following the instructions on her own and having no luck, she decided to find a teacher. She was immediately hooked on spinning on a drop spindle and quickly progressed to a spinning wheel. While a wheel is faster, Anne loves the portability of a spindle and continues to use her spindles frequently. Her greatest spinning experience was the privilege to spin on a glass spinning wheel, the only one of its kind in the world, at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian. She demonstrated on the wheel for a recent exhibition. Anne loves to teach spinning and spread the joy of creating handspun yarn!
Arthella is the shop manager and learned to knit and crochet at age nine. She is a native Washingtonian who continued knitting and crocheting on and off along the way. Feeling led to pick up the needles, she took a class at a LYS the summer of 2008 and the rest is history – she found her passion.
In 2010, the opportunity arose for her to leave “the workplace” after more than 20 years providing IT support to the Federal Government as a contractor. Shortly thereafter, she began working at a LYS and teaching knitting classes at the shop and in the community. Arthella joined fibre space™ in 2012. She has many drop spindles but finds spinning on her Hansen espinner most soothing. Arthella loves to knit toe up socks, top down seamless sweaters and enjoys learning and sharing techniques and tips.
Barry is a homegrown knitter who sprouted up from fibre space. He is an avid knitter who uses his experience in hair design to fuse together his love of design work and color selection. He loves the brioche stitch and entrelac and has designed patterns that incorporate both of these fascinating techniques. He excels in sharing information and his ability to explain the subject being taught always makes the learner feel comfortable and confident with the newly discovered technique.
Danielle is the owner of the fibre space shop and has been knitting since the age of six or so, when she completed her first project – a Cabbage Patch doll scarf. A Pittsburgh native with a degree in international development, she moved to the DC area to find a job and quickly established a career in non profit management and fundraising. For extra cash, she decided to turn her hobby into a job and taught knitting classes in the evening at area shops. With a heavy dose of sarcasm and a tough love style of teaching, Danielle quickly developed a following of students – busy DC professionals looking for a creative outlet.
In October 2006, she struck out on her own with Knit-a-Gogo, Inc. – offering knitting classes and events all over the DC metro area. Before she knew it, Knit-a-Gogo had grown out of control and Danielle moved to the next natural step – a full service yarn shop. In July 2009 fibre space was born and has been rockin’ ever since. When she isn’t behind the counter with a mocha in hand or her baby Madeline in her arms, Danielle is watching a Steeler game with her hubby or hanging with her Italian Greyhound.
Dee began her obsession with color and fiber as a 6-year-old who spent countless hours making plaid, color-coordinated squares on a little loom. She then learned to knit and crochet from the nice retired lady across the street. Thirty afghans later, Dee swapped her needles for a guitar pick and became a professional guitarist and music teacher. Dee rediscovered her love of knitting in 2007; when she knitted her first lace shawl a year later, she was hopelessly smitten. Dee began publishing her own tutorial-style lace patterns in 2011 and now knits full time. Her life’s mission is to encourage every single lace knitter on earth to love lace charts. Dee’s designs have been knitted by thousands of lace enthusiasts worldwide.
Holly taught herself to knit 8 years ago; part of an experiment to occupy her hands and mind and cure her of her workaholic tendencies. Her experiment turned into a true passion for knitting, which has led her to crochet and to dabble in spinning. Holly loves to spread her love of the fiber arts to brand new knitters and sock enthusiasts and can almost always be found with a sweater, shawl, and sock on the needles. She designed a pair of socks for Pints and Purls and is trying her hand at designing more socks. When she’s not teaching or working, she can be usually be found traveling or, during hockey season, watching a Caps game.
Katherine was introduced to knitting as a child, but didn’t really pick up until she decided she needed a distraction in college. A largely self-taught knitter, she never learned to be wary of large projects (nine afghans and counting…) and loves to encourage other knitters to take on projects that might be outside of their comfort zone. A former cubicle jockey and high school coach, Katherine is a writer and performer, who can be found most nights trying to make strangers laugh.
Jennifer Raymond is a knit and crochet designer who teaches up and down the east coast. Her family is still baffled that her hobby has become her career. When teaching, her classes feature a high energy style and ready sense of humor. With a long career working with children, Jennifer loves to feature interactive elements in her classes.
When not knitting or crochet, she can be often seen zipping around DC and the surrounding area on her bike.
Lesley has been crocheting for over 8 years, knitting for over 5 years, and just bought a spinning wheel this year. She loves working with bright colors and learning new skills with every new project. When Lesley is not knitting or at the shop, she works as the Manager of Customer Relations for the National Apartment Association Education Institute. Lesley has a passion for languages–particularly Russian (ask her about her Russian watch!)–and hopes to someday turn that passion into a career.
Growing up in Belarus, Olga has learned knitting from her mother at a very young age. She has created her own brand of knitwear patterns olgajazzy that are sold via her website and authored several publications. But you can also see her designs in numerous publications in print as well as online. Make sure to check her recent book, Capsule, published by Brooklyn Tweed. Currently residing in Alexandria, Virginia she continues work on her brand and numerous collaborations while teaching classes and workshops nationwide as well as internationally.
Sarah caught the fiber bug as a child when she learned to make miles of crochet chain with her thumb. On a whim at a sleepover with her best friend, she learned the long tail cast on and knit stitch and has never looked back! With a decade of knitting under her belt she enjoys learning everything about the craft and has added spindle spinning to her skills. Now a recent college graduate, she is a firm believer of the forgiveness of knitting (it is just yarn after all) and strives to pass on the enjoyment of knitting to others. Chances are she can be found knitting socks or shawls at any given time.
A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Tanis is a resident of Alexandria. She has been a creative professional for many years, working at Martha Stewart, in art departments in the film and television industry, and most recently, a 4-year stint as the Yarn Editor of Vogue Knitting and Co-Editor of knit.1 magazine. A knitter for 25 years and a crocheter for 15, Tanis loves teaching knitting to all skill levels, especially those ready to move to more advanced techniques. With over 300 published knitting designs and 4 award-winning knitting books, her work has been featured in major knitting books and publications worldwide. You can see her on PBS as the “Tools of the Trade” host on Knitting Daily TV.