Contributors

Holli feels strongly about fine craftsmanship, believing that while there’s more than one right way to do things, it’s important to do it right! To this end, she teaches skills that enable knitters to feel justified pride in their finished projects, while accommodating different knitting styles and preferences. Students leave…
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Michelle Woodvine is a Toronto-based freelance writer and editor on a quest to never stop learning and making. When she’s not wordsmithing for others, Michelle can usually be found working on her trilogy of speculative fiction novels, learning a new skill, or goofing around with family (including her very own…
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Catherine Winter is a freelance writer, herbalist, and fibre enthusiast based in Quebec's Laurentian mountains. When Catherine isn't tending her permaculture garden or working on her Farm the World website, she can be found working on various knitting projects, or experimenting with natural plant dyes.
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Magan Wilson is a potter turned fibre artist with a love of plants, experimentation, cats, and the hidden beauty of the natural world. Her love of glaze chemistry and form transformed into a love of dyes, fibre, felt, and knitwear. Her work catches the wholeness of existing in the present.…
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Amy Vervoort is the owner of Olives and Bananas Fibre Art / Wool Shop in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Horticulture and fibre arts come together in her work, with a lifelong passion for gardening influencing this past decade’s concentration in the fibre arts. She crafts with wool roving, yarn, and threads…
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Janna Maria Vallee is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily within the media of botanical dyeing and tapestry weaving. In 2008 Janna attended Capilano University’s Textile Art diploma program and in 2013 graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University’s Fibres and Material Practices program (Montreal, Quebec.)…
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Elizabeth Thrasher is chair of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. She is an artist, writer, and photographer whose skills range from puppet-building to policy-writing. She learned to sew and knit as a child, and has expanded her skills in the fibre arts to include dyeing…
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Sarah Thornton is a connector - she loves bringing people and ideas together, especially over local fibres and foods. When not teaching college Biology labs, she knits, spins, designs, teaches, and occasionally weaves in her new studio space on Vancouver Island. She's also a cyclist, skier, hiker, and gardener! Find…
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Kathleen designs knitting patterns under the moniker "WIP Insanity," but by day she's a business analyst for her employer's website content management system. She's spent the past several years learning more and more about accessibility on the web, increasingly incorporating it into her daily work life. As a result, accessibility…
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After a career of producing large scale municipal festivals and events, Lynne now splits her time between designing knitwear, teaching knitting classes that specialize in “knit literacy”, and producing stand-up comedy festivals and live shows. She’s funny for a regular person.
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Joanne Seiff’s the author of Three Ply, Fiber Gathering and Knit Green. She writes, edits, spins, knits, designs and teaches in Winnipeg. Joanne lives in an old house with her absentminded professor husband, twins, and a bird dog. You can see her knitting designs on Payhip, Ravelry and Lovecrafts.com. Read…
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Brye Robertson: "I am an Inuk, more specifically I am Inuvialuk. I grew up in Fort Smith NWT. I am currently a visitor on Treaty 7 territory. I am a student at Mount Royal University in the Social Work Diploma program, which will turn into the Social Work degree soon.…
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Text and textile are the main threads that have run throughout Josiane Richer dit Laflèche's life. She spins those threads herself, and she knits, weaves and sews them into the unique fabric that best fits her life with ME/CFS. After studying anthropology and specializing in ethnolinguistics where, again, texts and…
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Michale Raske learned how to crochet from her talented Romanian grandmother at the age of ten. Forty-five years later she picked up knitting needles and revived her passion for all things craft and fibre. A veteran of the film and television industry, Michale now takes time away from her many…
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Leanne Prain is the author of Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles; Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti co-authored with Mandy Moore; and Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery. Her fourth book, on the theme of creative troublemaking, will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in Spring 2022.
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Ikshaa (she/her) is an aspiring writer and budding embroiderer who has recently gotten back into the writing scene since the start of the pandemic. She graduated from University of Western Ontario with a master’s in English Literature. Ikshaa lives in Toronto with her family and their yellow lab. She is…
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Coleen's love of spinning and dyeing, which she teaches throughout North America, has taken her on interesting adventures. Her work as a labourer on a silk farm in northern Laos led her to develop a passion for silk reeling to produce the fine yarns she uses in her knitted lace…
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Marichka Melnyk is a Toronto-based radio producer and broadcaster, photographer and compulsive traveller, who became an avid distance walker after completing the Camino de Santiago de Compostela across Spain in 2013. She hikes nature trails both inside and outside the Toronto city limits, including the entire Pan Am Path, and…
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Curiosity and exploration are the name of the game for Canadian knitwear designer and indie hand dyer, Kim McBrien Evans. A lifelong love of colour, texture, and pattern prompted Kim to transition from working artist to textile maven. Her knitwear designs are known for their ability to turn an abstract…
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Helen Mawdsley is located in Winnipeg, Canada. She is an avid fibre artist and woodturner. Helen believes that while it is valuable to develop mastery in specific elements of the fibre arts, it is important to explore the context and continuum of fibre arts; from creating tools to working with…
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Mary has recently been obsessed with reversible fabrics. She finds herself sneaking a peak at the wrong side of fabrics everywhere she goes. She has found various ways to make knitted fabrics reversible with the use of slipped-stiches and believes that there is much more to explore with this technique.
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Gillian Martin is a knitting enthusiast and freelance knit-wear photographer who spends a lot of time holding her delightful new baby, and tries to get a row of knitting in here and there. Everyone in her family has at least one handknit sweater and many, many hats. She lives in…
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Amelia began her knitting journey as a child. She learned the basics from her mother and picked up new techniques along the way from aunts, friends of parents, and the owners and staff of her local yarn store in Ottawa. After moving to Toronto, she got her dream job working…
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Originally from Saskatchewan, I grew up surrounded by makers. Mother, grandmothers, aunts, cousins, it was inevitable that I would be a maker too. I loved using my creativity from a young age and I turned this passion into a career. I moved to Toronto to attend design school and have…
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Cynthia Levy is a craft enthusiast and knitting designer living in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories but originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Recently retired from a career in law, she now makes time each day to indulge obsessions for knitting, weaving, quilting, pottery and more. Whenever the weather permits, she’ll be found…
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Catherine Knutsson the owner of the Small Bird Workshop, where she sells hand dyed yarn and fibre. She is a knitter, spinner, weaver, and fibre maven. When she isn’t working with fibre, she can be found hiking, singing, and gardening with her husband, Mikel, and their three cats. Catherine has…
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Nicky is an xray technologist who began designing and tech editing knitting patterns during her maternity leave in 2018. She has enjoyed the opportunity to meet and work with so many wonderful people in the knitting design world from the comfort of her living room in Bowmanville, Ontario, where she…
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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, in 2015. She started a small sheep farm, raising Shetland sheep for their beautiful wool. In 2018 they established…
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Malinda Gray, M.A., is an Indigenous Studies PhD Candidate at Trent University, where she also facilitates beading workshops for the First Peoples House of Learning. She lives in Peterborough, ON with her husband, three sons, and her cat, Hazel.
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Caitlin ffrench is an artist living in East Vancouver. She works with wildcrafted pigments from the land bases she visits and she uses string to make all sorts of magical things.
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Stephanie Erin is an experienced crochet and Tunisian designer. She focuses on modern design elements that make knitters want to pick up a hook. Size inclusivity is not an issue with Stephanie's mathematical magic. She continues to come up with unique designs that are accessible to all levels of experience.
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Fiona Ellis learned to knit from her Grandmother at a very early age. She went onto to study Fashion at DeMontfort University (Leicester UK) where she specialized in knitwear design. She has been designing professionally since graduating in 1993. Her original designs have been sold to major fashion houses in…
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Laurie is the artist behind the Hook, Line & Tinker craft studio in Ketch Harbour, Nova Scotia. "As part of my journey to date, I have been a Jersey Girl, a Yukon Sourdough, and now I'm what some Nova Scotians refer to as a CFA (come-from-away). Like my favourite things,…
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Quitting their PhD due to toxic work environment and relationships, Zoë decided to take on the challenge of becoming a first-time business owner: a yarn shop owner! Obsessed with crochet and fibres, and then knitting, the transition seemed perfectly logical, but somewhat risky. Flash forward to today, and their shop…
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Sandra Clarke, has been untangling skeins of yarn + making useful shiny things for over 30 years. Born in the colourful, celtic, Montreal neighbourhood of Griffintown, + educated in Montreal, New York, Winnipeg, Vancouver + Toronto, helped Sandra develop her eclectic style. Her textile + fibre arts + courses include;…
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Willa Bradshaw has come full circle. Born in Tofino, B.C., Willa grew up in a community of crafters, makers and builders. She left to pursue a career in science and art in the big city. In 2019, Willa returned to her hometown with her husband and cat to care for…
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Michelle Boyd taught herself to spin on a drop spindle 25 years ago and has never stopped spinning since. She is a graduate of the Olds College Master Spinner Program, where she was also an instructor for 12 years. Michelle is a frequent contributor to PLY Magazine and has had…
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Victoria Bingham currently lives in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario with her dog, Molly. She is an avid supporter of arts and culture and can often be found in the audience or on the stage at local events. She loves cooking, baking, embroidery, and knitting, and is attempting to learn…
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Teghan Acres is a storyteller, writer, and environmental communicator. Her writing spans the environmental field with a focus on the circular economy and zero waste. Her blog, Climate Hope Project, shares the stories of local sustainability practitioners with the goal of inspiring readers to act on climate change. She has…
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