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


April 6, 7, 8, 2018
David L. Lawrence Convention Center


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 […]

Jennifer Ferrence

Jennifer is a knitter, weaver and spinner living in Meadville, PA. She guides students of all levels through the sometimes complex world of knitting by using various teaching styles to suit everyone in the class. Hands-on experience, lots of handouts, plenty of in-depth discussions of the topics and fun facts and humor are always parts […]

Juliane Gorman

Juliane Gorman graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in textiles. Afterwards, she took Millinery classes at Fashion Institute of Technology. However, like many graduates, her creative interests hibernated while she pursued jobs and family. A few years ago, she serendipitously saw a felted bracelet at a craft fair. Looking for […]

Amanda Hancock

Amanda began quilting in 2013 after discovering a love of sewing clothing for her newborn daughter. She taught herself how to quilt after being inspired by the graphic elements and bright colors of modern quilting. Amanda joined the Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild in 2014. She served as president of the guild from 2016-2018. In addition […]

Lyn Harris

Lyn Harris lives in Bemus Point, New York, a western New York town located on Lake Chautauqua. Her felting career is a second career for her. She has been a NY licensed therapist for 30 years and taught for 25 years at a small college in Jamestown NY. She has studied felting from many of the […]

Cheryl Hopper

I learned how to crochet from my grandmother when I was nine. When I retired two years ago I found free form crochet. I fell in love with freeform and would like to share this art with others. I have taught traditional crochet in the past but I think freeform would be an incredible enhancement […]

Debbie Maier Jacknin

Debbie Maier Jacknin has been teaching clay, jewelry making, knitting, crocheting, and stained glass mosaic classes for over 10 years. Debbie’s husband, Larry, passed away from ALS in February, 2016. A few months after he passed, Debbie opened a shop in Lawrenceville with her daughters Jennifer and Jacklyn Orefice.  Inspiration for the store name, Songbird […]