Meet Our Teachers

Sarah AndersonJanine BajusAnne BerkJacey BoggsBeth Brown-ReinselNancy BushLisa ChanEveyln ClarkY’vonne Cutright • Carson Demers • Amelia GarripoliLinda GettmanFranklin HabitSusanna HanssonSivia HardingSarah HauschkaIlisha HelfmanDaniel HerreraMary Scott HuffWilliam Stewart JonesGalina KhmelevaBrian KohlerCatherine LoweJudith MacKenzieAnita Luvera MayerSally MelvilleMary Jane MucklestoneJohn MullarkeySusan Newhall • Stephanie Pearl-McPheeMargaret Radcliffe • Debbi Stone
Stephannie TallentGladys We • Jean Wong


Sarah Anderson has been fascinated by all things fiber since childhood and is the author of The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs published by Storey Publications which has become the “go-to resource” for spinners. She has contributed to the All New Homespun Handknit book published by Interweave and Spin Off, Handwoven, and PLY magazines. With a fascination for spinning techniques and constructions, Sarah’s enthusiasm for spinning techniques and constructions has driven her to create an extensive library of different yarn constructions that she loves to share with other spinners.  She has taught at SOAR, Madrona, NWRSA’s Spinner’s conference and for many guilds and shops. She has also filmed a new video about “The Building Blocks of Spinning” with Interweave Press.  Sarah lives, spins, knits and weaves in the Pacific Northwest with her husband in a small house FULL of fiber, wheels and spindles.

Janine Bajus, known as Feral Knitter, has been intrigued by the mysterious effects of Fair Isle knitting for years and she loves sharing her obsession by teaching the secrets of color knitting. Her designs have appeared in Color in Knitting (an Interweave eMag) and Sweaters from Camp. You can read about her current projects at feralknitter.com.

Anne Berk was certified by The Knitting Guild of America as a Master Knitter in 2003. Her DVDs, “Inside Intarsia” and “Intarsia InDepth” are available from Interweave.  She has written patterns and articles for many publications, including Piecework, Sockupied, Colorknit and Twist Collective. Anne has been a knitting instructor since 1998. She has taught at Sock Summit, Madrona Fiber Arts, and Interweave Knitting Lab and local yarn shops.  Annetarsia Knits, to be published in Spring 2014, is a reference book for learning to knit intarsia flat or in the round, in stockinette or garter stitch. The book includes workshops, a motif library and 28 patterns for using the new techniques. Content is designed for knitters of all levels. Anne is also an optometrist in private practice in Portland, Oregon.  Check out Anne’s website at annetarsia.com .

Jacey Boggs is a spinner, a teacher, a writer and a lover of wool.  Her passions have come together the last decade via her website www.insubordiknit.com, her book, Spin Art: Mastering the Craft of Textured Spinning, her entertaining and instructive DVD Sit & Spin, fiber writing for various fiber and spinning magazines and for her monthly workshops around the world. She now spends most of her time encouraging every other spinner she meets to write for her new project — PLY Magazine (www.plymagazine.com).  She lives in Missouri where she loves a handsome man named Levi, plays with their 6 children, looks after 17 chickens, a chinchilla, a rat, a snake and 2 fish. She also eats way too many eggs to be considered respectable.

Beth Brown-Reinsel has been teaching knitting workshops nationally, as well as internationally, for over 20 years. Her book Knitting Ganseys is a classic. Beth was a teacher the first year of Madrona and we are excited to welcome her back for our 15th anniversary. She completed her first DVD Knitting Ganseys with Beth Brown-Reinsel in 2010 and is just completing a new DVD on color knitting.  Her articles and designs have appeared in Threads, Cast On, Interweave Knits, Shuttle, Spindle and Dye Pot, Vogue Knitting, and Knitters magazines. She continues to design her own pattern line Knitting Traditions. Beth’s website, blog and more can be found at www.knittingtraditions.com.

Nancy Bush found her way to traditional knitting techniques and uses of ethnic patterns via a degree in Art History and post-graduate studies in color design and weaving in San Francisco and Sweden.  Her passion is the wonderful knitting of Estonia.  She has published articles and designs in numerous magazines and is currently a member of PieceWork’s editorial advisory panel.  She teaches workshops in the United States and abroad.  Nancy is the author of Folk Socks (1994), Folk Knitting in Estonia (1999), Knitting on the Road-Socks for the traveling knitter (2001), Knitting Vintage Socks (2005) and Knitted lace of Estonia (2008), all published by Interweave Press. Find more info at Nancy’s website at www.woolywest.com.

Lisa Chan is a master of all kinds of support spindles. As a 3rd generation fiber and wood artist, she has turned more than 2,000 support spindles of all kinds on her lathe. Whether a zippy Russian lace spindle or one of the long Tibetan spindles, Lisa knows how to make them and teach you to spin on them. She has fostered a community of spindlers that regularly meet together in Seattle and you can learn more about Lisa’s community and her spindles at grippingyarn.com.

Evelyn A. Clark is a designer who lives in the Pacific Northwest. She left a marketing career to live a simpler life and developed a passion for putting holes in her knitting. Her designs have been published by Fiber Trends, Interweave Press, Knitter’s Magazine, Vogue Knitting, and Leisure Arts. Evelyn is the author of Knitting Lace Triangles and of Icelandic Lace Collection e-books. Her designs, patterns, and e-books are available at www.evelynclarkdesigns.com.

Y’vonne Cutright is a Master Knitter with TNNA and a member of the Professional Designers Guild.  She has been knitting since elementary school and developed a love of teaching as a school teacher.  Y’vonne lives in Portland and has taught all over the Pacific Northwest.  Currently she is retired and devoting her time to making custom garments for clients and designing and teaching classes in Portland.

Carson Demers is a physical therapist and ergonomics specialist by day for a San Francisco Bay area medical center. Every other moment, he’s knitting, spinning, designing, or otherwise up to some fiber fun with a watchful eye toward ergonomics. His passion and experience in fiber arts combine with his expertise in physical therapy and ergonomics to create a unique skill set that he eagerly shares with the fiber community to keep us all creating healthfully ever after.

Amelia Garripoli “fell” into spinning when she purchased a house that came with two llamas. Since then, her spindle collection has taken over the book case! Amelia runs The Bellwether, a specialty spindle and fiber shop online and at local shows. She is the author of Spindling: The Basics, and is an active mentor in several online spinning groups including Spindlers and Spindlitis. Amelia teaches workshops, private classes, classes at local yarn shops. Visit her website at thebellwether.biz.

Linda Gettmann is a veteran crafts person who escaped from her corporate office in the financial services industry to have more time for her favorite hobbies: kumihimo jewelry, weaving, knitting, scuba diving, and photography. An avid fiber nut, Linda teaches kumihimo and rigid heddle weaving at many festivals and events in the Pacific Northwest and belongs to several weaving and knitting guilds in Southwest Washington and Oregon. Her kumihimo necklaces, felted hats and handwoven scarves are now for sale at several Made in Oregon stores. She also sells her creations at local art fairs and boutiques under the name “Fiber Art Designs”.  You can see her winning rigid heddle scarf and kumihimo necklace combination, “Golden Sunset”, in the Sept./Oct. 2013 issue of Handwoven Magazine. She is always on the lookout for new ideas, and enjoys teaching others and experimenting in the realm of fiber arts.

Franklin Habit is a writer, illustrator, photographer and author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008). He is the proprietor of The Panopticon, one of the most popular knitting blogs on Internet, the-panopticon.blogspot.com. On an average day, upwards of 2,500 readers worldwide drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the continuing adventures of Dolores the Sheep. He recently founded Yarn Shaming (yarnshaming.tumblr.com), because while he loves yarn, yarn does not always love him. Franklin’s other publishing experience in the fiber world includes contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Twist Collective, and regular columns for Knitty.com, PLY Magazine and Lion Brand Yarns.  Several of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com.

Franklin travels constantly to teach knitters at shops and guilds across the country and internationally; and has been a popular member of the faculties of such festivals as Vogue Knitting Live!, Stitches Midwest and East and the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat. These days, Franklin knits and spins in Chicago, Illinois, sharing a small city apartment with an Ashford spinning wheel and colony of sock yarn that multiplies alarmingly whenever his back is turned.

Susanna Hansson grew up in Sweden and learned to knit in the fifth grade, as did all young Swedish girls in the early 1960′s. She has been an instrumental influence in the renaissance of interest in the unique patterned colorwork Bohus Stickning sweaters and her collection of vintage garments was the centerpiece of a highly successful exhibit at the American Swedish Institute in 2009.  Susanna takes her workshops all over the United States and has taught in Japan, UK, and Scandinavia. Her work is grounded in her love of technique, detail, history, and culture.  She loves to teach as much as she loves to knit! For more information about Susanna, please visit her website at www.oneofsusannas.com.

Sivia Harding is known for her exceptional beaded knits. Her work can be seen online on Ravelry, Patternfish, Twist Collective, Knitty, and her website at siviaharding.com . Her published work can be found in many books, print magazines, subscription clubs, and self-published patterns. She has been designing professionally since 2003.

Sarah Hauschka began knitting about 60 years ago and has never really stopped.  Over the years she has knit mostly garments, accessories and blankets but recently branched out to tessellations, hyperbolic planes and art pieces. She spent 4 years in Nihon Vogue study with Jean Wong. Sarah says, “I have a mind that on rare occasions works sideways.  This led to The Magic Loop, published in 2002 by Fiber Trends. I also invented the round Moebius cast-on for a lace cowl pattern also published by Fiber Trends. Now my sideways mind has led me to a scarf which I will be teaching in a Mini class at Madrona.”  You can find out what Sarah is up to by viewing her blog at www.sarahknits.net.

Ilisha Helfman is a graduate of Smith College and the Yale University School of Design. She has been knitting quietly and creatively for over 40 years, has shown her knitted work in galleries in NY and Portland and had her collages in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Great Britain. Ilisha has a chapter in Knitting Art by Karen Searle (Voyageur Press, 2008) and has a book called Jazzknitting: An Introduction. She has worked as a Graphic Designer, Textile Designer and Toy Maker and currently is involved in making miniatures. For a more indepth look at Ilisha’s range of creative work, especially those using her JazzKnitting technique check followthethread.com.

Daniel Herrera is amazingly versed in all forms of knitting, crochet and needlework. He first learned needlepoint in Mexico when his grandmother took him to a coffee circle. Later, at age 7, Daniel picked up a pair of knitting needles with a scarf remnant on them, taught himself to knit and never stopped. He pursued all sorts of fiber arts as a teen and while traveling the globe for 6 years with the US Navy fixing computers. Daniel thrives on puzzles and clarifying instructions to help find the key to move you forward. He is the best-kept secret in Seattle. Knitting and designing for 30 years, he was discovered by Lily Chin in 2001 and became one of her “Urban Knitters”. Daniel teaches, designs and solves knitting and crochet problems at the shop “Stitches” on Capital Hill and spinning yarn and playing the French Horn. Daniel will be our resident expert at the “Just-in-time Answers and Solutions Clinic” at the Winter Retreat and available to consult on any of your knitting or crochet problems that have you stumped. Find Daniel in the Rotunda near the Market on Saturday and Sunday.

Mary Scott Huff lives in Fairview, Oregon, and teaches knitting all over the USA. Mary designs knitwear, writes books, blogs and generally pursues a yarn-centered existence. She lives in a little red house with her husband, two children, some Scottish Terriers, and more yarn than is strictly necessary. Her books are The New Stranded Colorwork, Teach Yourself Visually color Knitting, Fun & Fantastical Hats to Knit (to be out Spring, 2014) and Fun & Fantastical Slippers to Knit (to be out Winter, 2014).  Join Mary and her adventures playing with string at maryscotthuff.com.

William Stewart Jones is a retired professor of Theatre Design at San Francisco State University. He was the costumer for “Beach Blanket Babylon” for twenty years and did the costumes for the opening number of the 1969 Academy Awards. He is an experience tailor and pattern maker. Bill has been knitting for about fifty years, and enjoys cutting up his knitting to sew garments and teddy bears.

Galina Khmeleva, owner of Skaska Designs and author of Gossamer Webs – The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls and Gossamer Webs – The Design Collection, has earned the reputation as one of the most respected and knowledgable lace knitting instructors in the country.  As a former clothing and costume designer who worked with the “aristrocracy” of St. Petersburg’s music and theater society, Galina was a pioneer in breaking down barriers in the “new” Russia that allowed Russian women the opportunity to achieve ownership status in private companies. As the principal student to Orenburg’s lace knitting elite, Galina brings the classic style and revered traditional knitting techniques of Russian lace to her classes.  Her unique, inspiring and fun-loving teaching style has made her a favorite of lace students across the US and an unforgettable cultural experience. To find out more about Galina and her work visit www.skaska.com.

Brian Kohler is a free-lance artist from the Puget Sound. He has created knitting patterns for major yarn companies and is published in industry magazines and a book by Vogue Knitting. Brian’s artistic abilities are multi-faceted as he is a singer, emcee, actor, magician, and, with his sewing machine, creates garments, costumes, quilts and evening gowns. His passion for creative arts is huge but his ultimate love is helping others to find and develop their own creative abilities.

Catherine Lowe is known for her original and unique construction techniques and her pairing of luxury fiber with elegant design. She has developed an approach to hand-knitting that rethinks the traditional technical and design vocabularies of the hand-knitter and translates the distinctive elements of haute couture dressmaking into refined techniques. Her designs have appeared in Vogue Knitting and in Interweave Knits. Her articles on couture knitting technique have been featured in Vogue Knitting, and she has been profiled in Interweave Knits, Knitting Lessons by Lela Nargi, and in KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects from Knitting’s New Wave by Sabrina Gschwandtner. See all that Catherine has to offer at catherine-lowe.com.

Judith MacKenzie is a nationally known teacher, master weaver, spinner, dyer and fiber artist now living in the State of Washington. Judith teaches as only she can— with depth of knowledge honed by years of practice, scientific and historical knowledge, patience, creative informality, personal perspective, great humor, and hands-on expertise that demystifies any process. Classes with Judith are an experience in learning the story behind every fiber and process. Judith is a regularly featured author in Spin-Off Magazine and she has published a book, Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning. Her second book The Intentional Spinner published in 2009 by Interweave Press became an instant best seller. You can now experience a Judith workshop in your own home with one or more of Judith’s best selling spinning DVDs released by Interweave Press. You will experience the history of each process as it has been performed through the ages and come away with a depth of knowledge that raises your skill towards excellence.

Anita Luvera Mayer is an internationally recognized weaver and versatile fiber artist, designer and author.  She was first introduced to weaving in 1955 when her mother-in-law gave her a floor loom as a wedding gift. Her focus on weaving contemporary garments began in 1972 and she has focused the last 15 years on women’s stories. Although she still weaves, her creative fiber work has evolved to include may types of innovative suface design techniques as well as incredible beadwork, embroidery, freeform knitting and crochet. Anita is also a Madrona “original” having taught the very first year of the Winter Retreat 15 years ago.  We have welcomed her back many times and are delighted to have her with us for our 15 year celebration.

Sally Melville loves all aspects of life as a ‘professional’ knitter: teaching, writing, designing, and explaining what this all means! Her work takes her around the world teaching and speaking to people who want to be more intuitive about their craft.  Sally’s first book Sally Melville Styles, now a classic, continues to inspire. Sally next embarked on a series of three books The Knitting Experience which continues to be the best introduction to knitting a new knitter can have. The Einstein Coat, a signature pattern from the series, has been declared the most-knit garment of all time! Sally continues to write and design this time with her daughter - Mother/Daughter Knits – 30 designs to flatter and fit (spring 2009), Warm Knits, Cool Gifts (fall 2010) and her latest book, Knitting Pattern Essentials, is just out this year. See all that Sally is into at www.sallymelvilleknits.com.

Mary Jane Mucklestone loves to knit, especially with color. She’s the author of two new books featuring stranded colorwork: The Stitch Dictionary – 150 Scandinavian Motifs and Fair Isle Style, a contemporary take on colorwork featuring 20 projects from 10 popular designers. Her first book 200 Fair Isle Motifs was an instant classic and has been translated into many languages.  Mary Jane travels the world to study traditional knitting techniques and feels lucky to be invited to teach in so many different countries. She is eager to share knitting knowledge with her students and give them the courage to try something new!  You can see Mary Jane’s inventive designs and learn more at her website www.maryjanemucklestone.com.

John Mullarkey has been spinning and tablet weaving for nearly a decade. He has had works displayed in the Missouri History Museum and won awards from Interweave for garments featured in Handwoven magazine.  He has developed software (freely available on his website at www.malarkycrafts.com ) that enables one to easily design tablet weaving patterns.

Susan Newhall taught herself to knit many years ago and found it perfectly absorbing. She designs patterns and teaches classes for Belfast Mini-Mills in Prince Edward Island, Canada as well as for local shops in Utah and on Ravelry. Susan invented Blended Intarsia and introduced it to the knitosphere almost two years ago. Since then, she has been teaching students how to knit colored light in classes and with her patterns. Also see Susan’s work at www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vitreous.

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is a writer, mother, blogger, knitting humorist, and philosopher and the author of seven funny books about knitting, one of which spent a glorious week at the very bottom of the New York Times bestseller’s list. Another book will be published soon and on to knitting fame. The real mystery is how Stephanie manages to knit, spin and weave when she is writing so many books. Stephanie has knitters around the world laughing out loud and reveals the real truth about obsessive love of knitting and its culture. Along the way, she imparts her unique perspective that clears up many a knitting mystery and shines light onto some of life’s secrets. Most of all it is important to have fun and in Stephanie’s world there are no mistakes only opportunities to knit more. After all, “Knitting is not defusing a bomb!” Stephanie lives in Toronto, Canada and has dedicated herself to support Doctors without Borders enlisting knitters worldwide into Tricoteuses Sans Frontières/Knitters without Borders. Together they have donated more than 1 million dollars to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders. She keeps the blog yarnharlot.ca in her inestimable spare time.

Debbi Stone having learned to knit and crochet at an early age from both of her grandmothers, fiber arts have always been an important part of her life.  Debbi’s designs can be found on Ravelry at “The Stitches of My Life Designs” and she goes by the name of “cockeyed” for obvious reasons.  She chronicles her family and her designs at www.goddessknitters.blogspot.com and lives in rural northwest Oregon with her husband and her brown dog, Porter.

Margaret Radcliffe has been a knitter for 45 years, a designer for 25, and a teacher for 17.  She is the author of the bestselling Knitting Answer Book, The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques and Circular Knitting Workshop. In 1997, she founded Maggie’s Rags and publishes a line of knitting patterns under that name. She is well known for her ability to help all knitters to become independent and creative.  Like many knitters, Margaret has a varied background. She has degrees in Medieval Studies and English Literature, and has been a teacher, auditor, programmer, business executive, research administrator, dancer and editor.  Margaret’s website is www.maggiesrags.com.

Stephannie Tallent lives in Hermosa Beach, CA and has been knitting on and off for the past 30+ years. Several years ago she began self-publishing her knitting designs and is a tech editor for magazines and indie designers. Her first book is California Revival Knits and she is the editor of Hitch: Inspired by the Films of Alfred Hitchcock, a collection of more than 25 patterns by various designers and just let loose on the knitting world.  When she is not designing, knitting, tech editing or working as a veterinarian, she gardens (native plants and vegetables), hikes, and beachcombs. Stephannie blogs at sunsetcat.com . You can find her on Ravelry as “Stephcat”.

Gladys We loves color and finding ways to showcase the beauty of handpainted yarn.  She been a knitter since her mom taught her for her Brownie badge, a few decades ago. And she became an obsessive knitter since she discovered online knitting communities and blogs.  Gladys can be found on Ravelry as “wenat” and her free pooling patterns are online at http://yarnfloozies.blogspot.com/ .

Jean Wong is a NAC certified knitting instructor trained by the rigorous Japanese Nihon Vogue Knitting Association. The certification took four years and allows the certificate holder the privilege to teach others to become instructors. Her wealth of experience includes over 20 years of teaching, and her patient ways are an encouragement to any knitter. Have you ever seen a pattern that you really liked, but either couldn’t find the yarn the pattern called for or wanted to use a different type of yarn with a different gauge and didn’t know how to make the adjustment? With Jean’s courses, you can now break free and use yarns of your choice. Jean’s Nihon Vogue course offers techniques that also produce a professional finished look. Her step-by-step instruction will enable both beginner and master knitters to customize projects to fit. Currently in Vancouver, Canada Jean teaches 4 levels of instruction courses of varying degrees of difficulty along with a number of year-round certificate courses that, upon graduation, will equip you to teach these techniques. Jean has a DVD, Knitting with Jean: Professional Finishing Techniques, and more information is available on her website knittingwithjean.com.