Meet Interweave Yarn Fest’s Luminaries

Instructor Spotlight

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Happy Thursday, fiber artists! We hope you’re ready for a burst of inspiration because we’re about to dive into a Q&A session with a few of Interweave Yarn Fest’s top luminaries. Our instructors are the foundation of Interweave Yarn Fest. They provide an endless source of encouragement, knowledge and creative support for each of their Workshop attendees. By the time you reach the bottom of this post, you will be even more excited for Interweave Yarn Fest’s arrival!                          

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Grace Gulley

Specialty: Hand-Knotting

What can students learn from your workshops that they can’t learn anywhere else? 

“I like to give them the foundational tools and encourage creativity. Like many things, once you have the basic knots down, there is so much room to explore! I want students to feel confident exploring that space, as opposed to just giving them pattern work.”

Out of all the fiber arts creations you’ve made, which one is your favorite and why is it your favorite? 

“My personal favorite is a piece I just made for a show. I get asked a lot in classes why the square knot, why is that the knot we learn first. I made this series entirely out of square knots to show just how versatile and interesting it can be. It takes base knowledge and your own unique brain, but you can do amazing things with just one knot!”

How long have you been a fiber arts fanatic and what sparked your passion for the craft?

“The obsession started only last summer. I run a female arts collective and one of the ladies I spoke to used the most beautiful analogy for macrame, comparing it to sailing and meditation. Within two hours I had my clothesline and stick and was looking at crude google tutorials. I felt what she felt when I started knotting. And I was in love. My appreciation and love for tactile things has only grown since then. I’m more excited about rope selections and shopping than anything else!”

What are you most excited about for Yarn Fest 2017?

“I am so excited to attend and be around other people who are just as passionate about fibers as myself!”

Kate Atherley 

Specialty: Knitting

Out of all the fiber arts creations you’ve made, which one is your favorite and why is it your favorite?

“I have a pair of socks I knitted twenty years ago. They were the amongst the first fully successful, well-fitted pairs I made, and I love them dearly. I still wear them every so often – I luckily made a good yarn choice, and so they’re still going strong. They kicked off an obsession and a career for me!”

Do you remember the first fiber arts piece you made?

“I used to knit blankets for my dolls with leftovers from my grandmother’s projects.”

How long have you been a fiber arts fanatic and what sparked your passion for the craft?

“My beloved grandmother taught me to knit when I was a small child, and I’ve always derived great joy from the tactile nature of the craft. And after moving to cold and snowy Toronto, I have very much appreciated the ability to keep myself warm with the work of my hands.”

What’s the best piece of advice you ever got from a fellow fiber artist?

“It’s at least as important – maybe even more so – to enjoy the process as well as the final result. You’ll spend a fair number of hours on your project: make sure they are pleasurable by using materials and tools that you enjoy. Work in colors that you love!  Choose yarns that make you happy! And make sure that you’re enjoying the effort.”

 

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 Jillian Moreno

Specialty: Spinning

What will students gain short and long term from taking your workshops?

“In the short term we’ll break down all the pieces that make up any yarn they want to spin. In the long run it will make them a better spinner who can make any type of yarn they want.”

Out of all the fiber arts creations you’ve made, which one is your favorite and why is it your favorite?

“My book Yarnitecture: A Knitter’s Guide to Spinning: Building Exactly the Yarn You Want.”

How long have you been a fiber arts fanatic and what sparked your passion for the craft?

“I’ve always loved the feel of fiber, yarn and fabric. I used to keep a cigar box of fabric pieces under my bed when I was a kid.”

What is your favorite tool, accessory or yarn in your studio right now- the go-to product that you most frequently turn to?

“My Schacht Flatiron and my Clemes blending board.”

 

Benjamin Krudwig 

Specialty: Weaving & Knitting

Are there any current fiber arts trends you are obsessed with?

“I have just started playing with free-form wall hangings, and I must say I enjoy it quite a bit!”

What can students learn from your workshops that they can’t learn anywhere else?

“My classes will unlock a student’s inner designer, while also teaching them new techniques.”

Out of all the fiber arts creations you’ve made, which one is your favorite and why is it your favorite?

“My handwoven vest and cap. They’re my very first pieces that I made with my woven fabric.”

What’s the best piece of advice you ever got from a fellow fiber artist?

“I would say the best piece of advice that I’ve gotten is ‘be yourself'”

 

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Let’s give a big round of applause to the wonderful artists who took the time to share their inspirations and insights, and stay tuned for future Q&A’s featuring more of your favorite instructors! Interweave Yarn Fest is just around the corner. Have you registered for your favorite Workshops yet? If not, you still have time to get the best pricing on your top picks! Reserve a seat in your favorite Workshops today, and we’ll see you March 30 – April 02, 2017 in Loveland, Colorado!


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