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Ron Collins - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Ron Collins is Canada’s best known sewing personality and is adored as a designer, speaker and teacher. He is the first male Canadian Designer to have his own line of patterns with Vogue, which premiered in March 2017. Sandra Betzina, Power Sewing icon, and Ron have produced 12 DVD’s including an tailoring for both men and women. Since 2009 they have filmed over 240 on-line web shows called Power Sewing which has received great reviews. He is talented, hardworking and handsome - an absolute natural! Lucky for us he also loves to teach. 

 

 

 

Liz Thompson - Vancouver,  B.C

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 15 years Liz has been travelling and teaching sewing across Canada.  Her favourite 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 National Education mange for Janome and Elna sewing machines   

 

Beverly Johnson - Hamilton, Ontario

Since 1995 Beverly Johnson has taught bra-making, underwear, swimwear and corsetry to over 50,000 women! Whether they have taken classes from her here at the Stitches Conference, an online class at Craftsy or in her store in Hamilton her students call her the "Fairy Bra Mother" Beverly has written many books on intimate appeal as well as developed her own line of patterns, called Pin-up girls.  Let Beverly share the magic of Bra making with you! 

 

 

Jeanette Spornitz - Grand Prairie, Alberta

Jeanette has been sewing since she can remember and began sewing bras in 2011.  In 2013 she completed the Professional Bra Making  with Bra Makers Supply.  Since then she has been assisting Beverly Johnson with a number of classes including the Saskatchewan Stitches Conference.  2018 She began teaching the Beginner bra classes at the conference.  Having Beverly as a mentor has greatly increased her bra making techniques & fitting skills. She teaches bra making, swimwear and lingerie drafting, fitting and sewing techniques to students in Saskatchewan, Edmonton and Northern Alberta.  There is nothing better than seeing a student's eyes light up with a great fitting bra they made themselves.

 

 

Jan Bones - Winnipeg, Manitoba

Jan is a teacher, author & designer.  Teaching is an inspiring & amazing part of her life.  Jan knows The Saskatchewan Stitches Conference is the place for all to share ideas, meet new friends & have fun working hard!

For 31 years Jan taught pattern design, garment construction, pattern drafting, tailoring, draping & fitting at the University of Manitoba.  She continues to enjoy educating classes of enthusiastic clothing design students at Rev Rive College, located in Winnipeg.

In 1994 Jan started her sewing pattern company "Linger Secrets & there are over 40 designs to fit ladies in all shapes & sizes! Jan travels across Canada & the United States, to have the joy of teaching sewing enthusiasts in seminars, hands on workshops & weekend retreats.  Family(including happy perfect grandchildren, aged 5, 11 & 18), volunteer work and summer time at the cottage keep her busy and joy filled.  

Kate Atherley - Toronto, Ontario

Kate is Knitty.com's Managing Technical Editor and seasoned designer and teacher of all things "knitterly".  An expert instructor, Kate has over a decade of experience teach at events.  Technique classes are a lively mix of discussion, demonstration and hands on practice with individual attention and guidance provided.  Her work has appeared in many books and magaznes. 

 

 

 

Wendy van der Walt - Swan River, Manitoba

For over 22 years, Wendy has been in the business of making colorful dreams come true!  For the first 15, Wendy was the Creator and Faerie Godmother of Faeries from the Prairies, a costume and clothing manufacturer you might have seen at a Canadian Craft sale near you.. Currently, Wendy is the Chief Creative Shenanigator and Hand Holder at Fabriculous Fresh Modern Fabrics in Manitoba.  Opening in early 2012, Fabriculous has expanded and evolved to include two location, shows and teaching engagements across western Canada, as well as legendary retreat hosting!   Wendy and her husband George have also developed their own line of Collage, Bag Making and Quilting designs and patterns under the Fabriculous banner.  The heart of the business, as well as the energy behind the growth has been Wendy's enthusiasm and excitement for taking projects that seem intimidating and dauting, and making them fun, fast and accessible to everyone.  "you can do this!" is her favorite thing to say! 

Roberta Wynnyk - Edmonton, Alberta

Roberta comes to us from BERNINA of Canada where she has worked since 2004.  She has always loved creating at the machine and started by sewing clothing for her dolls and then herself.  Her hobby lead her to the University of Alberta where she graduated with a B.Sc. in Clothing and Textiles.  As life progressed, her sewing focused on home decor, children's wear and then teaching other what they could do.  She is an accomplished seamstress and loves using digitizing software and embroidery on all her projects.  Her newest venture is into quilting with rulers and she has written a Ruler Work technique book.   

 

Melissa Marginet - Beausejour, MB.

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 is a DIY quilter from beginning to end and encourages her students to do the same.  She has published two books "Walking Foot Quilting Designs" and "Edge to Edge Walking Foot Quilting Designs". 

 

 

Shelley Tobisch - Saskatoon, SK

Shelley Scott-Tobisch discovered her love of quilting after immigrating to Canada from the United States in 1986.  The desire to share her passion for quilting led her to begin a teaching career soon after.  Shelley's love of scrap quilts, pursuit of precision and desire to make it more easily attainable led to the development of the techniques and tools used in the Easy Precision Piecing System.  Shelley is the author of Easy Precision Piecing and with her husband, Bernie cofounded Little Oak Pattern Co. Ltd. in 2011.  Together they have deve4loped Acorn Precision Piecing products for the Easy Precision Piecing System.  

 

 

Bernie Tobisch - Saskatoon, Sk.

Bernie was born in Germany and moved to Canada as a young boy.  He grew up in Saskatchewan and moved to Alberta in his early twenties, where he began his career as a sewing machine technician with Singer.  He became a dealer after a few years and continued to service machines.  In the late 1980's he moved to the Vancouver region, opened up shop where he remained until he recently moved back to Saskatchewan.   Together with his wife, Shelley, they have worked together for the last twenty years teaching classes.   

 

 

 

 

Gloria Loughman - Bellarine Peninsula, Australia

After completing studies in art, she began to make her large vivid landscape quilts, that have won many major awards, both in Australia and internationally.  She has been teaching quilting classes for many years and loves sharing her knowledge and skills.  She likes to challenge her students to design their own quilts but is also happy to provide patterns.  Gloria is the author of four books.  

 

 

 

Ana Buzzalino - Calgary, Alberta

Ana Buzzalino is an award winning textile artist and quilt maker.  Her art has won awards at national and international shows.  She grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where sewing was part of her life at an early age.  She studied dressmaking and art while in school.  In early 1982 Ana moved to Calgary.  A couple years later, while walking down the street, she saw a "blanket" on a window and went into the store to ask about purchasing it.  She was told that it wasn't for sale, but that she could learn to make her own.  She signed up for a beginner's quilting class that same day, and she never looked back.  The rest, as they say, is history.   Ana loves traditional quilting techniques but started using innovative machine techniques and surface design in 2002. She is a frequent contributor to Quilting Arts magazine and her work has graced the cover of four issues.  She has appeared in Quilting Arts TV, American Quilter's Society magazine, A Needle Pulling Thread, and Modern patchwork.  She has also produced two workshop DVD's with Interweave/F&W. 

 

Susan Madu - Calgary, Alberta

Susan Madu is a CPA by day and a passionate creator and quilter by night.  Susan has been quilting for over 25 years and garment sewing since she could reach up to a sewing machine.  Susan is never without a sketchbook or some project in her hands.  Her quilting has evolved from making quilts from commercial patterns to designing her own patterns under the Modern Blended Quilts banner.  Susan's patterns appeal to both traditional and modern quilters alike.  A central theme of Susan's patterns is blending together elements of traditional and modern quilting.  Susan teaches regularly and has been described as a knowledgeable teacher that takes great joy in sharing techniques and tips to help class participants be successful in their quilting projects.  Susan shares her insights with humor from the perspective of having learned the hard way what not to do - "ask me how I know"!  For the last 6 months, Susan has been teaching workshops and presenting Trunk shows via Zoom. 

 

 

 

 

Gail Heller - Calgary, Alberta

Gail is the owner of Erie Quilt Art Inc, a distributor of quilting products located in Calgary Alberta.  Erie Quilt Art serves quilt shops and registered quilting businesses across Canada.  Gail and her team love to source the best quilting products available for their customers. Gail is an avid quilter herself and also provides classes on thread as a certified instructor for both Aurifil and Superior Threads and has been trained as a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design (Deb Tucker) products to allow her to provide in-store demos and classes on those products, in keeping with Erie Quilt Art’s mission to assist customers in growing their own successful businesses. 

 

Gail was inspired to start quilting by her Babci (Polish Grandma) and has been quilting since 1991. Gail was the guest International Master teacher at the Russian International Quilt Festival in 2016 and has designed two of her own Hunter Star patterns which have been published in Studio 180 Design books. Gail loves to explore the worlds of modern and art quilting and one of her pieces, “Failure is Not an Option” is touring the world as part of the Fly Me To The Moon exhibit commemorating NASA’s race to the moon.