Our fab teachers help make the fibre space community what it is. Get to know them here and browse their classes.
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.
Beth learned to knit and crochet as a kid, because she comes from a multi-generation crafty family where everyone (including her uncles) learned to love the fiber arts. What started as one of several crafty hobbies quickly turned to a passion when she moved abroad and discovered that in every country she visited, she could find yarn and connect to people through knitting. She loves helping others discover their passion for the fiber arts, and empowering people to indulge in fiber arts for creative expression, self care, or just plain old fun!
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
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.
Jennifer learned to knit in Girl Scouts around the age of nine. Growing up learning sewing and pattern making from her mother and fiber arts from her grandmother, Jennifer earned her BFA in Fashion Design and MFA in Costume Design & Technology. Jennifer loves to connect with others via Instagram (username: stitchamiss), designs patterns her spare time, and uses knitting as a tool to manage her anxiety.
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 15 years, knitting for over 10 years, and loves to investigate new crafts all the time. Recently she has taken up sewing clothes and even soap-making! It was recently suggested that her hobby might be “hobbies”. She loves working with bright colors and learning new skills with every new project. When Lesley is not knitting or at the shop, she manages the certification department for CFRE International and is a regular on the board game podcast Dragon’s Demize.
Maiah taught herself how to knit on two Tunisian crochet hooks in high school. She’s since switched to knitting needles and has not stopped knitting since that moment. She enjoys making socks for everyone around her and spinning yarn in every spare moment. Maiah has been shopping at fibre space since the very first month and is excited to join the team and community!
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.