Our carefully selected teachers will arrive with a large backpack full of knowledge, tips and tricks. It is always nice to learn more about the teachers. Therefore we would like to give you some details about them.
“I am Terri Malcolmson, a Shetlander through and through who loves colour and traditional Shetland knitting. I have combined these to create my business and I am loving every minute.
Although I have designed a few, I have direct links to many of the motifs I use, some are from Shetland or were designed by my grandmother, however it is the colourwork I like to have the most fun. My colourways become very personal to me as they have been infused with my time and passion for what I do.
Currently I am designing, producing and teaching. I really enjoy working with people as well, customising Fair Isle to suit the tastes and needs of someone else is becoming more and more enjoyable for me and a growing part of my business.”
You can attend these courses of Terri at the festival
Marja de Haan and Hilly van der Sluis are both knitting designers from the Netherlands. Marja also owns Trollenwol, the wool shop in the Netherlands specialising in Nordic yarns and knitting techniques. Both have written several knitting books and have worked closely together for many years.
You can attend these courses of Marja and Hilly at the festival
“Fascinated by yarn production? From wool processing? Interested in dyeing, spinning, knitting and crocheting from time to time? Want to produce something yourself? That’s exactly what drives me.
Since my youth I have always made something, be it knitted or sewn. During my stay in Norway at the end of the 90s, knitting fever definitely gripped me again. After my return to Switzerland, I had difficulties to find the right yarn for the nice warm two-coloured gloves. This led to an intense interest in yarn production, until finally a spinning wheel was drawn to me and I made my own yarn. At the same time I also experimented with plant dyes. In 2012 I completed a 2.5 year apprenticeship in yarn design with Zürcher and Stalder.
I am looking forward to many textile adventures wherever the journey takes me – according to the new motto: “share.learn.craft”.
Susanne Sommer is a passionate knitter and knitwear designer from Austria.
She loves quick and easy projects as much as super sized shawls and garments in lightweight yarns. Susanne likes combining colors and textures with unusual construction methods to create colorful, practical and fun knitwear.
Brioche, short-rows and i-cords are some of her favorite techniques and she thinks that no hand-knit wardrobe is complete without knit jewelry.
You can attend these courses of Susanne at the festival
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You can attend these courses of Sheethal at the festival
“I’m a designer helping you to improve your knitting skills. Since 2008 I am a passionate knitter. Later I started to write my own knitting instructions. My design style focuses primarily on texture, colour and geometric patterns. I find inspiration in things like nature or architecture. My instructions are usually named after a place I know from my other hobbies (kitesurfing and paragliding).
Knitting is not only fun. It is also very suitable for recreation. So that you stay in the flow, it is helpful to know certain tricks. I pass on my joy and my knowledge in my courses, so that you are also infected by the knitting fever – and stay.”
“Hello, my name is Nadine, I am 42 years young and grew up in Glattfelden. At school I didn’t like handicrafts so much. But since my childhood I have been wearing my mum’s knitwear. The knitting and crocheting is the absolute passion of my mum. I always liked wool, during school time I knotted for all my friends. My mum and I share the same hobby, we like to go as visitors to medieval markets, where I got to know the two techniques needlebinding and tablet weaving. I have been practicing these techniques for more than 10 years now and today we are also represented with a stand at a few medieval markets. Needlebinding has totally gripped me, it has become an addiction to try out new types of stitches and textiles have increased from caps to sweaters. Just consider that there are over 100 different stitch types and I can do their 15. Furthermore, there is the problem that there are no instructions, everything comes out of the feeling. But it is and remains my hobby, because my first passion is the animals. As an animal keeper EFZ and qualified dog physiotherapist I made my first hobby my profession.”
You can attend these courses of Nadine at the festival
“I grew up in a house full of knitters and learned to knit at the same time as reading and writing. For the last 10 years I’ve delved deep into garment design, shaping and fit.
I write patterns for my own designs and publish them on Ravelry.
It’s my mission to encourage other women to work confidently with their individual measurements and style preferences, in line with the motto: Create your own fashion!”
You can attend these courses of Mona at the festival
“I am Meret and live with my family in a small village countryside in Switzerland, near Zurich. Even if I am already over the age of 40, I think I didn’t grow up, I love to make silly stuff with my son and hubby and this side of my personality has a big influence of my designs.
I started knitting as so many others, due to my Granny and the older Ladies in our neighborhood. Later we also had crafting in school, we learned knitting, crochet, sewing, embroidery. But after school, I had no time for crafting, also no passion, other stuff was why more important, really addicted I became first 2003.
I am an autodidact and driven by a “shy” addiction to perfectionism, that’s why I started to double face knitting. You get a piece with two perfect sides, what else could I wish?
I am holding several workshops during the year and having a Facebook-Support-Group.”
Jule studied textile and surface design in Berlin. After university she spend some years as a knitting instructor and freelance knitwear designer for theatre, movies and fashion brands. With knitting for her two children the idea of a sustainable and local yarn came into life. Since her own childhood she feels deeply connected to the botanical realm and the healing properties of plants. A friend gave the idea to start dyeing with plant dyeing. It was love on first try. She started her own yarn company Hey Mama Wolf in 2015. Today Jule lives in an old water mill in the north of Germany with her family, chickens, angora rabbits and a lot of friendly plants.
You can attend these courses of Jule at the festival
“As a philosopher, I like to discover the world by hand, more precisely by means of embroidery. Working with the thread is very varied and opens up new perspectives on the world and ourselves. From associative, abstract patterns to classical repertoire based on repetition, to modern techniques and experiments, embroidery is as individual as the person guiding the thread. In my courses I would like to draw the attention of the participants to less noticed aspects such as rhythm or the history of the individual techniques. The targeted guidance of the thread as well as the creation of forms, patterns and colour sequences has a direct effect on us, especially as the heart rhythm extends to the body and the hand. Also the initial incapability and incomprehension are very valuable for the learning process, because resistance is overcome and one learns something new about oneself. The patterns and figures resulting from this process not only bring a change, but enrich our lives in a very special way.”
You can attend these courses of Jana at the festival
“I am a mother, housewife and trained gardener living with my family in Flaach in the Zürcher-Weinland. I got to know the old technique of fillet knotting 6 years ago during the customs week Fiesch (organized by the Swiss Trachtenvereinigung). With my label beasallerlei.ch I have specialized in knotted loop scarves made of various fibres. Meanwhile I can call myself a Button millionaire and fillet knotting has become my great passion. ”
You can attend these courses of Beatrice at the festival
“Hi, I am Annelies. Crochet is my passion! I believe everything is possible in crochet. It can make me spread my wings and fly. I want to inspire you with my crochet designs, so you can all make beautiful items and wear your own selfmade fashion.
My 2 sons, Vic and Arno are my inspiration, that is why I have choosen the name ‘Vicarno’. My husband Bert is always behind me, in front of me and next to me, he gives me lots of ‘crochet vibes’.
For the moment I am specializing in seamless and topdown crocheted garments. I am proving crochet is trendy, beautiful, and very wearable.”
You can attend these courses of Annelies at the festival
“Hi, my name is Anna, and I’m a knitter, spinner, and yarn dyer based in Zurich. I grew up in Austria and moved to Zurich in 2006 to begin my university studies in chemistry. At around the same time I started knitting my first projects. Soon I developed a deep passion for the craft and wanted to have more control over the yarns I was working with. That’s how I started to spin and dye my own yarn in 2012. In the same year, I began working on my dissertation, which involved the synthesis and development of new dyes – not for textiles, but for solar cell applications. And so I spent four years growing a strong relationship with dye molecules, both in the lab and at home in the dye pots.
In 2017, after finishing my PhD in chemistry, I started the dunkelgrün podcast on YouTube, in which I talk about my creative projects and about scientific details behind wool and fiber. So far it has been an amazing experience and I am so thankful for the beautiful community that has formed around the podcast!”
“My name is Alexandra Fischbacher, I am 41 years old, come from Bayern more precisely from the beautiful Hallertau and am a button maker, animal healer and mother of two kids. In every free minute I dedicate myself to the old handicraft, button making. It is a special pleasure for me to conjure up extraordinary pieces of jewellery from the small button works of art”.