2020 Instructors

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Laura Barker

Laura is a life-long knitter and former engineer and math teacher. She enjoys combining all the best of her experience in her favorite career, knitting design and education. Her designs feature innovative construction with clear instruction. She is the author of Mitered Entrelac, Knitting Entrelac Around the Corner, and has published patterns in Knitter's Magazine, Knitty, Knit Edge Magazine and on Ravelry. Her work may also be found at www.CathedralKnits.com and on Ravelry and FB as Cathedral Knits. She was founding VP of the Capitol Hill Knitting Guild.

Katie Clark

Katie Clark has been crocheting and knitting for 30 years. For many years, she taught friends and family and anyone who would sit still long enough how to stitch. It finally occurred to her in 2009 to teach professionally and began offering classes at the Knit Studio in Jackson, Mississippi and the Bill Waller Craft Center in Ridgeland, Mississippi. She now teaches regionally and writes patterns as Katie Clark Crochet which are available on her website at www.katieclarkcrochet.com. Her first published pattern is available in the Spring 2019 issue of Interweave Crochet magazine. She is a proud member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, Chimneyville Weavers and Spinners Guild, and the National Needlearts Association. She lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband, daughter, two cats, and a ridiculous stash of yarn. Learn more at: www.katieclarkcrochet.com


Jolie Elder

Jolie has explored a wide range of needle arts after learning to cross stitch at age four. She designs, teaches, spins, and stunt knits in the Atlanta area where she demystifies the obscure. She has served on the boards of Atlanta Knitting Guild, North Georgia Knitting Guild, Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance, and Center for Knit and Crochet. She has published in PLY, Spin-Off, and Cast On. Her cleverest unvention is a method for working stockinette-based laces reversibly.

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Leslie Grabowski

Leslie is a knitting, crochet and French teacher from Alexandria, Va (this past year, she has journeyed into teaching knitting in French!). Knitting and crocheting since age five, Leslie fondly recalls bonding with her mom as she shared her craft and feels incredibly fortunate to connect with amazing people from all over the world in teaching fiber crafts. Her creative journey has included beading, embroidery, sewing and more recently, weaving. She’s also an avid gardener and loves to redo furniture. “Knitting is like an old friend to me; always there to celebrate a creative whim and comforting in times of stress. When admiring a FO, I'm always amazed that it started with a string of yarn!”


Heather Storta

Heather is a TKGA certified Master Knitter, Tech Editor and Knitting Instructor. She is the Vice President of Education on the board of directors of TKGA, the editor of TKGA’s monthly K2TOG newsletter, and a Co-Chair of the TKGA Master Hand Knitting committee, as well as a member of the Cast On magazine editorial committee. She has been designing knitwear and teaching knitting for well over 10 years. Her designs have been published in Cast On magazine and Knitscene, as well as Knitty and elsewhere. Heather resides in the Charlotte, NC area and is a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom of 2 boys. When she is not knitting, designing, editing, or teaching (her boys or knitters!), she can be found spinning yarn, reading, or in the outdoors camping and hiking with her family. She can be found online at www.heatherstorta.com.