All the events listed below will be included with each class, lecture, package, or Virtual Marketplace ticket registration!
There is no need to register for individual events: All events will be available to you in your Event Hub.
Replays will be available 2–4 hours after the event has completed in your Event Hub.
All Marketplace Extras will be held in Eastern Time
Additional Marketplace Extras will be announced soon!
Friday, June 9, 9:15–9:45 AM Eastern
Start Your Day with Peace and Focus with @suzanacolon. Before diving into our three-day virtual event, join us for a calming Meditation class. Suzan Colon will guide you through a 30-minute meditation session designed to help you find inner peace and focus. This meditation class is the perfect way to start your day and set the tone for the weekend! Take a moment to connect with your inner self and prepare for three days of creativity and connection. Don't miss the opportunity to begin your virtual knitting journey with a clear and relaxed mind.
PRISM: LGBTQI+ Voices in the Fiber Arts: hosted by Louis Boria and Ana Campos in conversation with ash alberg, Zoe Desborough and Megan Samms
Friday, June 9, 12:00–1:00 PM Eastern
ash alberg is a queer, non-binary femme and fibre witch who creates beautiful and practical products using sustainable methods. equally importantly, they seek to nurture the skills, knowledge, and creativity of fellow fibre witches to achieve their goals. ash is a full-time knitwear designer, natural dyer, and parent to the resident coven pooch, willow. they live on treaty one territory in central canada. you can find ash on instagram @sunflowerknit and , and at ashalberg.com and fromfieldtoskin.com.
Zoe Desborough: Owner of Crochet & Co., a now-online boutique, and Woolerton Estate Yarns, and slowly renovating an almost 200-year-old house into a fibre retreat and bed & breakfast, Zoe has actively participated in multiple spheres of the fibre arts world. Their academic background in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and their activism for the LGBTQIAAP community has allowed them to work with several organizations and businesses to better their D.E.I. practices and policies, and they have been a guest speaker on a variety panels in the fibre community. They have also taken on a new role and working behind the scenes as Nine Ten Publications and Digits & Threads, both Canadian fibre and textile arts publications, as their Sales & Marketing Coordinator.
Megan Samms is an interdisciplinary artist and farmer cultivating an ancestral and place focused practice. Megan lives and works in (t)he(i)r home community Katalisk, Ktaqmkuk (Codroy Valley, newfoundland). As an internationally Indigenous person of Mi’kmaq, Nlaka’pamux and mixed settler descent, Megan reclaims the acts of cloth making, dye work and farming in (t)he(i)r own traditional territory and home community in Ktaqmkuk.
By thinking intergenerationally, Megan hopes to create tactile works that simultaneously serve then, now, and yet-to-be relations. Megan explores decolonial values, perspective, care, and love by exploring story-in-place and relationship, by questioning sufficiency while troubling traditionalism. Working with a diversity of media including fibre and handweaving, natural dyes, paint, words, growing food, and tending to bees, Megan has shared work in exhibitions, residences, videos and interviews, talks, panels, books, and artful publications.
Lunchtime with Nara Takeda: Paula Pereira, author of Textured Knits
In this panel, Nara will interview Paula Pereira, a talented designer from Brazil who now resides in Luanda. She's well-known for her beautiful knitting patterns and has built a successful career. Her travels to different countries inspire her designs, and she incorporates cultural elements into her practices. Paula's creativity and attention to detail are evident in her work, and she is always looking for new ways to push the boundaries of knitting. In this panel, we will learn more about her newly released book by Laine Publishers: Textured Knits.
Fridays with Felicia Eve from String Thing Studio Featuring Sarah of The Lamb & Kid, Bainbridge Island
Pre-Recorded - Available All Weekend Long!
This weekend with your marketplace ticket, you'll have access to a pre-recorded session of "Fridays with Felicia" @stringthingstudio with Sarah of the Lamb & Kid @thelambandkid
Sarah Dimond, of The Lamb & Kid, started dyeing and creating unique yarns in 2007. It’s been a long, colorful, and creative road with a few twists and turns along the way.
For Sarah, creating in the space of the fiber world has always been a labor of love. In July 2021 she and her husband Bob opened The Lamb & Kid, a local shop on beautiful Bainbridge Island that offers a stunning selection of exquisite artisan yarn. The shop perfectly embodies Sarah Dimond’s philosophies on color, style, yarn, and community. It’s a space where everyone is welcome to indulge their creative whims, knit, and stay awhile.
thelambandkid.com and @thelambandkid
Vivi Basile from Casa Da Vivi Interviews Rosa Pomar, Owner of Retrosaria Rosa Pomar
Pre-Recorded - Available All Weekend Long!
Rosa Pomar is a Portuguese researcher-artisan-designer with a background in medieval history. Raised between Lisbon and the countryside, she has been in close contact with both artisans and artists since childhood. For over fifteen years, Rosa has devoted herself to Portuguese wool. Her work in textiles started
as a personal calling to research, document, and share Portugal’s wool-related and evolved into a multifaceted project focused on designing and developing traceable sheep-to-skein yarn from Portuguese native sheep breeds and bringing awareness to the imminent extinction of many of these unique animals and the cultures (both material and intangible) that depend on their existence.
Rosa’s yarns and designs convey the message that #softnessisoverrated and value qualities such as durability, traceability and an ecological footprint that is as small as possible, as they are entirely sourced and manufactured locally. Their success proves it is possible to create high-quality products from native/not-so-soft wools and has inspired sister projects in other European countries. Find her online IG at @rosapomar and @retrosariarosapomar and on at vimeo.com/laemtemporeal
Swatch What Happens LIVE!: Josh Bennett
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1:00–1:30 PM Eastern
New knitterati interviews! Daily hangout -- knit, crochet and chat with our teachers!
Friday: Julie Ann Lebouthillier and Mary Martin
Saturday: Cristiane Bertoluci and Julie Rosvall
Sunday: Michele Lee Bernstein and Amy Snell
Yarn Tarot with Ana Campos and Emily of Kitty With A Cupcake
Friday, June 9, 1:30–2:15 PM Eastern
Curious about tarot? Come learn about tarot and how it works, and get to know our new tarot deck for fiber artists, the Yarn Tarot with VKL instructor and tarot teacher Ana Campos from Circle of Stitches and and Emily of Kitty with a Cupcake
Emily O’Brien of Kitty With A Cupcake is an artist, pin designer, illustrator, knitting pattern designer, and a Craft Witch. She creates cute witchy-inspired enamel pins, stickers, charms, and accessories featuring a nostalgic color palette. Emily tries to make her designs appealing for practicing witches (like herself) and people who enjoy the witchy aesthetic.
Emily also hosts the Fiber Coven Podcast with her good friend Lauren of Valkryie Fibers. Fiber Coven is a weekly witchy themed fiber arts podcast! A coven of two yarn witches trying to craft fiber magic through knitting, dyeing, spinning, and whatever they can get their witchy hands on.
Emily lives in Louisville, KY with her husband, and a menagerie of 1 dog, 3 cats, 1 rabbit, 6 chickens, and about 20,000 honeybees. She loves kitties, cupcakes, crystals, all things cute, and, of course, yarn!
Honoring Our Past, Celebrating Our Future: Juneteenth and Windrush with DAC Members Brittany Garber, Cecilia Nelson-Hurt and Natalie Warner
Friday, June 9, 3:00–4:00 PM Eastern
Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion that shines a spotlight on two significant historical milestones - Juneteenth and Windrush - as we explore their recognition and profound importance. Our panelists will delve into the historical significance, cultural impact, and ongoing relevance of these two events, fostering a deeper understanding of their shared narratives and the lessons they hold for our collective future.
We invite you to join us in this enlightening conversation as we honor the past, celebrate the present, and envision a more inclusive future that values and uplifts all voices.
Brittany Garber: Britt has been a crochet designer since 2019. She specializes in advanced beginner designs that are easy to memorize and exemplify the joy of crochet. Her goal is to amplify the beauty of crochet in the craft world while uplifting BIPOC members of the fiber industry. When she isn't designing, Britt is a stay-at-home mother, raising her three children in the Pacific Northwest.
Cecilia Nelson-Hurt: As a Diversity & Inclusion practitioner, Cecilia Nelson-Hurt has more than 15 years of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion experience. Currently, Cecilia serves as the Assistant Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion at L’Oréal USA, where she is responsible for shaping diversity efforts through innovative initiatives that underscore the company’s commitment to creating an equal opportunity workplace. Cecilia is also responsible for the curriculum development and facilitation of all L’Oréal USA Diversity & Inclusion trainings, having trained more than 15,000 employees to date. Cecilia was introduced to the fiber arts by her maternal grandmother, who taught her how to crochet when she was very young. Cecilia later taught herself to knit and has been an avid knitter for more than 20 years. Combining her love for knitting and travel, Cecilia travels the world and visits yarn shops wherever she goes. To date, she and her “Yarn Husband” Jerome have visited more than 100 shops in the United States and abroad.
Natalie Warner comes from a family involved with tailoring and needlecrafts, started sewing and knitting as a child, and has been making clothes since her early teens. In the decades since, she has built on her family knowledge and formative influences by studying fashion design and pattern cutting and learning on the job, working alongside colleagues trained in textile design, tailoring, theater costume, and bridal couture. At present, Natalie’s designs can be found in Knitting magazine, and she teaches clothes making and pattern cutting at Morley College, London.
As a designer, Natalie is often drawn to early to mid-twentieth-century fashion details and aims to create a strong, feminine, and classic look that complements the wardrobes of contemporary women, is flattering to wear, and easy to style. The slow process of knitting and the relative lack of time modern people have available for knitting prompts her to design clothing and accessories that strike a balance for those who enjoy the process of making, like a bit of technique to keep themselves stimulated, but do not necessarily want to labor over a project for too long. Color, stitch patterning, and “resting rows” that allow for breaks in concentration are typical of Natalie’s designs.
Marcelo Martins: Spinning Today
Saturday, June 10, 11:00–11:30 AM Eastern
Join Marcelo as he interviews Jacey Boggs Faulkner
Jacey Boggs Faulkner is the woman behind PLY Magazine and PLY Away. Word on the street is that she loves spinning, talking about spinning, teaching spinning, writing about spinning, and publishing what others write about spinning. She lives in Bend, Oregon where she spins, weaves, and climbs mountains. @plymagazine
Betz White Make N Take: Pom-pom Ice Cream Cone Ornament
Sunday, June 11 1:30PM—2:15PM
Pom-pom Ice Cream Cone Ornament
Learn how to make the perfect pom-pom, add a felt cone and you’ve got a fast and fun gift for summer or the holidays. Use your scrap yarns to create your own “flavor”!
Stash yarn (any weight)
6” x 6” felt scraps for cone in tan, white or any color
White craft glue
Optional: Baker’s twine, jingle bell, tapestry needle