Fiber Judges

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

Maris Cavanaugh – Felting

My life as a fiber artist began at an early age. I remember as a young girl how much I loved to work with fabrics and yarns. I was mesmerized by bright colors and different textures. One of my favorite places was walking through aisles of fabric and yarn. Although I do not have formal training in the fiber arts, my work encompasses quilting, wearable art, embellishments and beading, and most recently felting. I love the unpredictability and spontaneity of creating a felted piece. The outcome is always a surprise.

Nancy Newcomb – Crochet

Suzie Liles – Weaving

Jane McLean – Handspun Skeins