Our fab teachers help make the fibre space community what it is. Get to know them here and browse their classes.
Alex first learned to knit at 14 from a workshop at the public library and immediately fell in love with the way such beautiful fabric could blossom from two simple stitches. After a hiatus in college, she found her way back to knitting as a way of coping with cancer treatment. From there it’s been a full on fiber addiction, getting into pattern design, crochet, punch needle, and embroidery! When she’s not up to her elbows in yarn, Alex can usually be found paddling on the Potomac river or exploring a new trail with her furry sidekick Zima.
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.
Carol Brobst is a fiber artist with a passion for rigid heddle and small loom weaving. She loves the simplicity of warping the small looms and weaving with her knitting stash yarns. She is a member of Potomac Fiber Arts Guild and for 20 years, has been displaying and selling her work in the Guild’s gallery space in the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Born in Alexandria, raised in Springfield and settled in Woodbridge, Carol is a true local. She is a musician and when not weaving, spinning, knitting or beading, she teaches violin in her home and in Lorton and Manassas. You can find her work on her website here or on Instagram.
Christina Mursa is a lifelong maker. As a child, she was active in 4-H and her mother taught her to sew. Christina credits the gift of an iPad as the push to teach herself to knit and crochet. She enjoys making wool socks, hats and sweaters to donate. She loves to mend garments, finish handmade sweaters and weave in ends. When she isn’t teaching, Christina works as part of a team that provides knitting and crochet pattern support for a leading yarn retailer.
Janelle is a fiber artist originally from Omaha, NE. Five years ago she was looking for a creative outlet outside of her career as a nurse, which lead her to tapestry weaving! She fell in love with the different textures of yarn and how she could use them to create a wall hanging for people’s homes. When she’s not weaving she can be found reading or playing with her sweet cat Nala.
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.
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.
Katie taught herself how to knit 17 years ago and hasn’t stopped since. Although she always has a sock on the needles, she prefers to knit lots of hats, mittens, and shawls. She loves anything with cables or color work. Also a yoga teacher, Katie teaches workshops on knitting and yoga around the DMV area. After shopping at fibre space for many years, she is excited to be joining the team!
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.
Lesley has been knitting and crocheting for most of her adult life, and loves to investigate new crafts all the time. Recently she has taken up sewing clothes and has even contemplated making her own shoes! It was suggested by one of her knitting students 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 works for a nonprofit in certification examination management.
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 be a part of the team and community!