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.
Artemis 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, Artemis 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. Artemis loves to teach spinning and spread the joy of creating handspun yarn!
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.
Connie learned to weave 17 years ago and has expanded her knowledge of traditional weaving techniques through classes and experimentation. Several years ago, she was introduced to SAORI style free style weaving which allows creativity to flow through the colors and textures of the yarn. Spreading the word of free style weaving is a passion for her. Adding tapestry and rigid heddle weaving rounds out her weaving repertoire. Connie spins some of the art yarns she includes in her weaving work and knits up a storm, especially during the 162 Nationals baseball games on TV.
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, she’s walking town with her kiddo Madeline or hanging with her husband and Italian Greyhound on the sofa.
Dawn was introduced to knitting and tatting as a child, but music became her main artistic focus through university. She picked it back up in the 90s and it became a great way to pass the time on public transit, and a form of calming meditation. A largely self-taught knitter, she relishes learning new techniques and fibre skills. In the past five years, she has picked up crochet, and recently, added spinning to her list of fibre addictions. She loves to share her enthusiasm for fibre craft with others, especially those who might use it to soothe anxiety and depression.
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 in 2004 in an attempt to occupy her hands and mind. This experiment turned into a passion for the craft and has led to a love of spinning and dabbling in crochet. Holly’s passion for all things fibery is evident in her love for teaching brand new knitters and sock enthusiasts; she can always be found with a pair of socks on the needles (along with the occasional sweater or shawl). She has designed socks for the book Pints and Purls, as well as for fibre space, and her own Ravelry shop, sheepish creations. Holly loves to research and try new techniques to help others make their sock knitting experiences easier, with better fitting socks as the result. When she’s not teaching or working, she can be found planning her next trip, or, during hockey season, cheering on the Caps.
Jill started knitting for the second time late 2004 and hasn’t looked back. She started weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom in April 2014 and quickly became immersed in weaving on the the Rigid Heddle and multi shaft looms. She has been teaching family and friends how to weave and has gradually been building Jill Mabelina Creations (named for her two grandmothers who gave her a love for hand crafting). She volunteers at Montessori School of Northern Virginia with the upper elementary children helping them fall in love with knitting and weaving. She taught High School Vocational Foods and Child Development in the beginning of her career and is excited about sharing her love for weaving with the fibre space™ community. She loves to listen to audio books while weaving and knitting, watching good British TV Series and travel to foreign lands…the more sheep they have the better!
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.
Kerry started knitting as a child in the pursuit of every fibre craft merit badge the Girl Scouts offered, and picked up her needles again in college to join the ranks of proud public knitters. She is constantly on the lookout for bright colors and interesting patterns, and loves to dive into historical knitting and other needlecraft patterns and practices.
Jillian taught herself to knit while in college in 2004. For her, knitting has been a source of friendship, entertainment, and sanity. After joining the fibre space™ community in 2013, she began teaching through private lessons and classes. She looks forward to sharing her love of knitting and helping her students reach new crafting heights.
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.
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.