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Beverly Johnson - Hamilton, Ontario

What would ever possess a woman with over 25 years experience designing everything from royal furnishings to belly dance costumes, and sewing everything from slipcovers to swimwear, to focus on “just” bra making?  The answer lies in Beverley’s appreciation of good design, a love of precision sewing and a need for supportive undergarments.  Since 1995, she has taught bra making to over 5000 women all over North America using her own carefully engineered bra pattern system. 

Beverly has been instrumental in producing ready-to wear bras for private label companies and her manufacturing company is one of the few in Canada to cater to the small designer wishing to bring their great ideas to market.

 As if that weren’t enough, she also teaches a program for professional bra-makers at their school in Hamilton using The Bra Makers Manual – a complete reference to bra design, draft, fit and construction, which Beverly wrote and published.

A frequent contributor to Threads and other sewing magazines, Beverly is in demand.  However, she now teaches only at a few select venues (one of which is the Saskatchewan Stitches Conference!).  She likes to ease students out of their comfort zone by teaching specialty sewing techniques with enthusiasm and clarity, mixed with humour.  Visit Beverly’s web site at www.bramakers.ca.

 

Ron Collins – Saskatoon, SK

Designer, speaker and teacher, Ron is Canada’s best-known sewing personality.  He has inspired audiences with appearances on HGTV, SewPerfect, Life Network, CTV, Sew Much Fun, Eyes on Toronto, as well as being a guest instructor at the Helen Lefeaux School of Fashion Design in Vancouver.  He will amaze you with his vast collection of creative and unique shirts, jeans, ties, vests, jackets and outerwear.  Together Ron and Sandra Betzina (Power Sewing) have produced five DVD’s along with an on-line TV show that debuted in January, 2009.  Sandra proclaims that Ron is the most promising star in the field.  He is talented, hardworking and handsome – an absolute natural!  Lucky for us, he also loves to teach.

 

Jackie Van Fossen – Edmonton, Alberta

Jackie, a painter at heart, has been working in the fibre and design field for a number of years.  She is a member of the Edmonton Needlecraft Guild and the Edmonton Weavers Guild to offset her specialty of quilting.  Her passion is working with design and colour, especially colour application of fabric painting, shibori and other surface techniques.  Her work has evolved into a collage of multi-media works including felting, embroidery, papermaking, quilting, weaving and surface embellishment.  Jackie has studied with such well-known fibre artists as Nancy Crow, Yvonne Procella, Bill Morton, Pam Godderis and Mary Sustrik.  Her work has been exhibited in a number of venues throughout Western Canada and she has won numerous awards.

 

Bonny Voice – Saskatoon, SK

Bonny is a self described fabricoholic and she loves to quilt and sew. A well spent day for her is one spent in her sewing room designing and making her next quilted project. Bonny's been teaching sewing and quilting, for most of her adult life. She's taught across Western Canada and at four Quilt Canada conferences. She's also exhibited her work in numerous shows and galleries. Bonny returns each summer to her home province of Saskatchewan for an extended visit so that she can spend time with her family and friends.

 

 

Liz Thompson – Vancouver, BC

Liz Thompson has been actively involved in the sewing industry since 1992.  She started sewing at the age of nine and has been passionate about it since.  Before immigrating to Canada, Liz founded her own sewing school and retail store specializing in heirloom sewing and smocking.  For the past 10 years, Liz has been travelling and teaching sewing across Canada.  Her favorite form of sewing is quilting, but she calls herself a “bag lady” as she loves to try out new ideas for bags.  She could not manage without her elna serger and loves to embellish projects with decorative stitching and machine embroidery.  She currently is the Western Canada Educator for Janome and elna sewing machines.

 

 Jan Bones – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Jan Bones is an accomplished teacher, author, designer and pattern maker.  She travels across Canada and United States teaching sewing seminars and hands on workshops.  Jan has designed a successful line of sewing patterns called “Lingerie Secrets”.  “Threads” magazine has published nine of Jan’s informative and educational articles and the “What’s New” publication has printed one as well.  Excellent reviews of Jan’s work have appeared in “The Creative Machine”, “Vogue Patterns Magazine” and the “Western Producer”.  She is a contributing author to a collection of stores entitled “Women Artists”.  Jan designs elegant ballroom dancing costumes, costumes for theatre productions and a wide range of outer wear designs for winter sports.  Jan has been hired as a consultant in different sectors of the garment industry and has been retained by other areas of manufacturing that required her unique technical construction skills.

Since 1978, Jan has taught pattern design, garment construction, tailoring, draping and fitting in the Clothing and Textiles Department at the University of Manitoba.  Jan also teaches the “Apparel Design” Certificate Program, an evening class taught through Continuing Education Division, also at the University of Manitoba.  Visit her website at www.sewinglingerie.com.

 

Heather Grover – Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Heather Grover (McDermid) and raised in Renfrew, Ontario.  She grew up loving art, she studied Art Illustration (textiles as well as weaving silk painting paper making, print making, and pottery) at Sheridan College in Toronto, Ontario for four years.  At this point in her life she married Michael Grover and moved to Europe and studied for three years.  Once she was back in Canada she did a lot of art work for the military, of which many of her pieces are in Museums.  When she moved from Petawawa, Ontario to Moose Jaw, Heather dabbled a bit with quilts but once settled in Moose Jaw she took it up full time.  In 2004 Heather incorporated her art work into quilting.  Heather worked in traditional style of quilting (Square in a Square, Piecing, etc.)  She now does a lot of work with the fiber arts and also felting.  She is always trying something new which she incorporates both styles of quilting.

 

Dianne Jansson – Pritchard, BC

After attaining an Australian degree in Home Economics and Teaching dressmaking for many years in Australia and Canada, the last 25 years have seen Dianne’s focus change to quilting.  Technique, rather than artistic design, is the basis for most of her machine piecing workshops, with colours playing a strong role.  Dianne believes that quilting is meant to be a pleasurable activity and encourages students to adapt designs to suit their own needs.

 

 


Michelle Miller – Bienfait, Saskatchewan

Inspired by nature she is renowned for creating works of art out of recycled wood, fabric, metal, glass and more, unafraid to try something out of the ordinary.  Her unique creations are always in demand.  Once exposed to rug hooking she quickly developed a love for primitive designs and enjoys sharing her talent and passion. Two of her designs have been recently featured in A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine.

 

 

Glenda Hudson - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Glenda has owned The Wool Emporium in Saskatoon for nearly twenty years.  Before purchasing the store in 1995, she worked for two knitting machine companies as an educator and rep.  Since then she has spent her time in the store during the day and teaching in the evenings.

It seems like a bit of a backwards progression, learning to knit and crochet then moving on to spinning and dying yarn but it is the path that many of us follow.  Needing a new challenge is usually the push that takes us in new directions.   The Wool Emporium Inc now offers over twenty-five different classes - all but three are taught by Glenda.  These include four different textured spinning classes, making your own winter boots, beginners to advanced knitting and crochet workshops and making your own designer knitting needles.

 

Lucy Neatby - Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Lucy is an internationally recognized teacher, designer, and writer, who thrills knitters around the world with her inimitable charm, knowledge, and uniquely coloured designs. Her passion for nurturing and empowering knitters is legendary. She is the author of Cool Socks Warm Feet and Cool Knitters Finish In Style, as well as, the Learn with Lucy DVD series (16 titles available) www.lucyneatby.com

 

Melissa Marginet - Beausejour, Manitoba

Melissa grew up next door to her wonderful grandmother, whom she credits for her creative life. She caught the quilting bug in 2001 when she took a Log Cabin class to get rid of some fabric she had laying around. Needless to say she has way more fabric laying around now than she did back then. She loves to teach and enjoys sharing her knowledge and inspiring others. She learns something from every class she teaches is inspired by her students. She believes there is no right or wrong, just different ways. She is a DIY quilter from beginning to end and encourages her students to do the same. She has just published her first book "Walking Foot Quilting Designs".

 

Marci Baker - Fort Collins, Colorado

Recognized internationally for her expertise in quilting, Marci enjoys sharing ideas that simplify the process of quilting. She began teaching quilting in 1989 for her local quilting guild and shops. In 1993, she started Alicia's Attic with the concepts that combine her love of math with her love of quilting. Marci has authored a series of books on "Not Your Grandmothers" quilts and has invented several tools to make quilting easier.