Michele Lee Bernstein – Knitting

I’m Michele Lee Bernstein, PDXKnitterati. I love designing accessories, especially if they use just one or two skeins of very special yarn. I’m fond of texture (cables, lace, entrelac, elongated stitches), and how interesting techniques can be used to make small projects sing.

I’ve been knitting since my favorite aunt taught me when I was 14, and designing for about 10 years. In 2014, I designed Rosaria, the first ever Mystery Knit Along shawlette for Portland, Oregon’s Rose City Yarn Crawl. I teach at local yarn shops, retreats, and festivals; I love teaching knitters to be the boss of their knitting!

I blog about knitting, food, and music at PDXKnitterati.com.

Tylar Merrill – Felting

Tylar Merrill is the owner of Thimbleberry Felt Designs Studio & Gallery and has been creating felt art and teaching fashion design for over 30 years. She was first introduced to felting in 1984 and has become entranced by this rich and ancient textile. Learning the process of felting was a very natural and perhaps inevitable transition for her art. Tylar enjoys and values working with wool because it is a renewable resource and a healthy component of a sustainable ecology.

Tylar uses her background in painting, quilting, dyeing, and design to create each unique art object. Mixing colored fibers with abstract hand strokes bring together these loves in exciting and satisfying ways. Tylar has always loved color and fiber. Felting has given her the opportunity to combine and explore color, texturing, 3-dimensional form, folk art and fashion design.

Tylar teaches both groups and private classes to aspiring beginners and experienced felt artists. Her textural felts have inspired other felt artists and students for years. She has vast experience of teaching every age group and every ability.

Thimbleberry Felt Designs has won many awards creativity and workmanship. Tylar’s fashions have been featured on numerous runway shows, and can be found at fine galleries, exhibitions, fiber fairs, and other events throughout the year.

Laurinda Reddig – Crochet

Laurinda Reddig is a crochet designer and author who loves sharing her passions through teaching. She especially enjoys experimenting with unusual techniques and working with handdyed yarns. When she is not crocheting, Laurinda enjoys spinning, needle felting, and sharing her love of all fiber arts with her children.

Diane McKinnon – Weaving

Diane McKinnon is an avid weaver and spinner who especially enjoys seeing her students discover their own potential as they have fun with fibers. Her first loom was a rigid heddle loom that she bought while she was still in high school. Diane studied weaving in college. She did additional color, textile, and weaving studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Attending conference classes, working in a weaving shop, and doing production weaving have increased her skills and knowledge over the years. She teaches at The Black Sheep Gathering, NwRSA’s Annual Conference, Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival, and holds regular fiber classes in the Thistle Patch Fiber Studio at her home. Diane is an enthusiastic spinner as well and she uses her collection of looms to weave her special yarns into unique hand-woven items. She especially enjoys sharing the wonders of weaving with beginning weavers.

Barb Quinn – Handspun Skeins

Barbara Quinn is a string slinger. She has been slinging string for over 50 years and has been a member of NwRSA for 25 of those years. She spins, knits, tats, crochets, beads (both off loom and on), works on leather and has tried her hand at weaving. In the process of pursuing her past time, she has been known to design a sweater or two. Hand spinning (both with wheel and spindling) has opened new doors for creation finding that handspun yarns didn’t have the same properties as commercial yarns. This brought her to explore yarn structure, fibre properties and knitting original garments. She willingly shares her knowledge with anyone who will listen. She lives in Vancouver, WA, retired, and gives her time to teaching, travel and enjoying the company of her Springer Spaniel, Zoë and Hannah Belle, her mini-dachshund. She has been teaching needle arts for 30 years.