Arne & Carlos
Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison are highly regarded designers, textile artists and authors. They are best known for their craft books and their original, colourful and visually striking designs, which draw on their Scandinavian influences and their natural environment in rural Norway, where they live. They work under their artist name ARNE & CARLOS, which they established in 2002.
Arne & Carlos’ creative base is located 170 kilometres north of Oslo in the Valdres region of Norway, in a disused railway station that has been converted into their eclectic design studio and home.
Photo credit: Ragnar Hartvig
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Chief Janice George and Buddy Joseph
Skwetsimeltxw Willard ‘Buddy’ Joseph and Chepximiya Siyam’ Janice George are accomplished weavers and teachers from the Squamish Nation. They have co-founded L’hen Awtxw Weaving House to share the teachings and practice of traditional Coast Salish wool weaving.
Chief Janice George is a hereditary chief, trained museum curator and educator. George also co-organized the 1st Canada Northwest Coast Weavers Gathering, with other Squamish Nation Weavers. George and Joseph are from prominent Squamish families and have numerous ceremonial and cultural responsibilities in their community. Joseph is the former director of the Squamish Housing and Capital Projects and currently consults on capital projects for First Nations communities.
Recognized for her minimal aesthetic and attention to fine detail, Julie designs knitwear that is simultaneously casual and elegant. Her signature style evolved over many years of work as a visual merchandiser, art director, and freelance designer. A lifelong passion for fiber led her to receive a BA in Clothing & Textiles, but it took her nearly two more decades to discover—and focus entirely on—hand knitting. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Julie spends her time designing for her independent label as well as for other brands such as Purl Soho and Brooklyn Tweed.
Arounna Khounnoraj is a Canadian artist and maker working in Toronto where she immigrated with her family from Laos at the age of four. While her education includes a master’s degree in fine arts in sculpture and ceramics, her current focus is now in fibre arts. In 2002 she started bookhou, a multi-disciplinary studio with her husband John Booth.
In addition, Arounna’s passion for creating and belief in the importance of the handmade has allowed her to become one of Canada’s most sought-after mentors and educators working with colleges, workshops and social media projects.
By day, Carson is a physical therapist who manages an ergonomics program for a San Francisco Bay Area medical center. Every other moment, he’s knitting, spinning, designing, teaching, writing, or otherwise up to some fiber fun, always with a watchful eye toward ergonomics.
Carson is the author and publisher of, Knitting Comfortably: The Ergonomics of Handknitting, and a regular contributor to Ply magazine, and several other fiber publications.
Kristine Vejar & Adrienne Rodriguez
Kristine Vejar and Adrienne Rodriguez own A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland, California, a retail textile store and natural dye studio. They love to travel and to meet people from around the world who share a love for textiles. They also love to teach people how to use natural dyes. Adrienne is especially interested in dyeing with mushrooms. Kristine is the author of The Modern Natural Dyer, Abrams 2015.Workshops:
Andrea is an experienced knitter, designer, and educator. She’s the author of AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary and Rugged Knits (Interweave/F+W), and her design work has been published in Brooklyn Tweed Wool People, Twist Collective, Interweave Knits, and Knit Scene, as well as independenlty. She’s a trained educator, having taught elementary, middle, and high school for several years before becoming a full-time knitwear designer.
Jenn Steingass is a Maine-based knitwear designer in love with all things knitting, color, wool and circular yoke sweaters. She started knitting for her son when he was a baby and hasn’t been able to put the needles down ever since. She strives for her designs to be simple yet beautiful while being easy to make and wear. Jenn believes that knitting is empowering and a must-have life skill. You can follow her design adventures on Instagram: @knit.love.wool
After leaving her life as a pastry chef to start a family with her husband, Andrea's hands began creating with fiber instead of flour. She focuses on designing knits to fit the modern wardrobe – fun to knit and easy to wear. Andrea's goal is to leave knitters feeling empowered, inspired, and wrapped up in their own beautiful knits!
Felicia is a designer and entrepreneur, born and raised in Vancouver, Canada.
In 2017, she published her first book “Dyeing to Spin & Knit” with Interweave Press and currently, she is developing the School of SweetGeorgia to offer online fibre arts education to colour-obsessed crafters.
Abbye of Abbyeknits is a knitwear designer and photographer in Vancouver, Canada. She has a dipolma in Professional Photo-Imaging as has been working as a commercial photographer for 10 years. She loves working with bright colours and rich textures. The combo of knitting and photography is perfect for anyone searching to create dynamic images with lots of depth.
Alexa is one half of the design duo Tin Can Knits. She lives in her hometown of Port Moody, with her husband Gary and three kids: Hunter, Jones and Bodhi. With a background in teaching and photography, she brings a discerning eye and a creative flair to her designs. Tin Can Knits strives to create accessible and clearly written patterns, with beautiful photography and heartfelt stories. We design knits that we think you will love as much as we do!
Anna Hunter is a first generation sheep farmer and wool mill owner in Eastern Manitoba, Treaty One Territory. Anna, her husband Luke, and their two sons moved to Manitoba from Vancouver BC where she owned a community-based yarn store in 2015 with the desire for a deeper connection to the source of her food and clothing. She started a small sheep farm, raising Shetland sheep for their beautiful wool, along with chickens and pigs. In 2018 they established a small-scale wool processing mill- the only one of its kind in Manitoba- to process wool and fibre for themselves and other farmers. Anna is passionate about building community and connecting rural fibre farmers with urban consumers, fibre artists and crafters. Anna believes that regenerative agriculture and climate beneficial food and clothing is integral to moving forward as farmers, fibre artists and Manitobans. To learn more about Anna and her farm/wool mill check out www.longwayhomestead.com