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The Knitterati 
Meet Stephen West 
Stephen West’s shawl designs and innovative use of color have helped him become an internationally recognized and respected designer.

Stephen was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He studied dance at the University of Illinois, where he encountered his first local yarn store, Klose Knit in Urbana. The creative atmosphere of that local shop spurred Stephen to start designing patterns, and he was soon featured in Knitty’s fall 2009 issue with his Colonnade Shawl. Not long after, he moved to Amsterdam, publishing more patterns and launching a series of pattern books under the name Westknits. He continues to produce pattern books and hosts several online knit-alongs each year. His simple, clean, architectural designs have now been knitted by thousands of knitters all around the world. 

Stephen has taught workshops throughout the United States and internationally in Finland, Denmark, Germany, Italy, France, Israel, Iceland, the UK, and Amsterdam, where he co-owns Stephen & Penelope, a yarn boutique in the city center. In 2019 Stephen and his business partner, Malia Mae Joseph, realized a long-held dream by launching their first yarn brand, West Wool.
Meet Ana Hentze
Born in Mexico City, Ana Hentze has always had an eye for bright, lively, and colorful artwork and textiles. Starting small, she sold her first paintings in a local art fair at the age of 16. More than 30 years later, Ana has expanded her artistic horizons with several art shows and a multitude of textile dyeing experiences. While experimenting with self-dyed cloth, she began to fuse fabric, typically used for pillows and scarfs, with her acrylic paintings. These fabric collages depict the vibrant and whimsical land and seascapes of Florida, Ana’s current home. Her paintings/ textiles have recently been added to the collections of the Ryan Licht Sang Foundation and the Schweizer-artspace gallery in Germany and Spain.
In her spare time, Ana loves to travel, knit, and collect yarn.
Meet Marceline Smith
Marceline is a lover of all things handmade, living a life with Gratitude on MAX! She’s the host of the Hey BrownBerry Video Podcast on YouTube, where she talks about knitting, crochet, spinning, design, natural dyeing, and travel. Jamaica-born and Canada-raised, Marceline lives in the southeastern US. She has a passion for community connections in all forms (real and virtual), and fiber, fabric, and flora have given her some of life’s best moments so far.