Pittsburgh's Knit, Crochet, Quilt & Creative Arts Festival!


March 15, 16, 17, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton, Green Tree, PA 15205


Michele Barratt

A lover of learning, Michele attended USMA at West Point before transferring to Youngstown State University where she graduated with honors with a degree in Engineering. Michele has also taken MBA classes at Case Western University and Kettering University. After working as a Manufacturing Engineer at Diebold and a Quality Engineer at General Motors, Michele […]

Juliette Bezold

Juliette’s life-long passion for design, especially textile and fiber arts, began in her youth. Though her mother taught her to knit at age 7, it was teaching herself to crochet from a book the following year that truly opened her eyes to the joys of yarn and stitching. In her designs, Juliette’s focus is on […]

Beverly A. Bortner

I taught knitting and crochet at two local yarn stores outside of Reading, PA for several years until I moved to Grove City, PA. I also taught knitting for some adult education classes held in several schools in that area. Since moving to the Grove City, PA area I have taught knit and crochet classes […]

Barbara “B” Cain

Barbara “B” Cain learned how to sew in the 1960’s when she was a young girl. She made toys, clothing and occasionally, home décor items. In the ‘80s, B was bitten by the quilt bug, and never turned back! Today, she continues to be a prolific quilter, writer, pattern maker and, is a busy member […]

Marge Connelly

Marge has been teaching knitting and crochet for years. She teaches a free class at Coraopolis Memorial Library on most Saturdays from 10 am to noon. She teaches knitting and crochet at the Lifespan Senior Center in Imperial, Pennsylvania on Mondays and Wednesdays. She is a member of the Knitwits, the Knotty Knitters and the […]

Amber Coppings

Textile arts are my driving passion. All my creations have roots in a journey to Japan where I learned about shibori fabric dyeing and hands-on surface pattern for textiles. Now, I’m exploring digital surface pattern using collage, digital drawing and photography with a goal of releasing a full line of fabrics and gift wrap. I’ve […]

Kristi Jo Eckert

Kristi Jo Eckert has been crocheting for over 25 years. Originally taught by her mom, Janie, who prefers to knit and sew, Kristi expanded her talents on her own, using books and videos to learn new stitches and patterns. Kristi, aka “Miladys Wish Crochet” publishes her patterns and has regular posts on Instagram and Facebook. […]

Raven Fagelson

Raven learned to stitch at her parent’s knee. Thirty years later, she is an accomplished embroider in many styles. She loves teaching, especially that “Ah ha!” moment when a student grasps a new skill. A member of the Embroiders’ Guild of America, Raven is currently pursuing a certificate in Technical Hand Embroidery from the Royal […]

Gretchen Fancher

Gretchen Fancher teaches knitting and weaving as well as directing the education programming for Lion Brand’s two locations, Lion Brand Yarn Studio in NYC – one of the country’s largest knit & crochet programs – and Lion Brand Outlet in Carlstadt NJ. Gretchen believes that “mistakes are the portals of discovery” and encourages her students […]

Kathy Farra

Kathy Farra, aka Machine Lady, is a certified sewing machine repair technician.  Kathy is a graduate from Grove City College with a dual degree in Computer Systems and Accounting.  She has been sewing since she was in 3rd grade and has grown up doing crafts and enjoys sewing and quilting as well as many other […]