Musa Macenyane is the primary artist with Chisiko Artistic Endeavors. Musa specializes in gift items from recycled and repurposed materials in an innovative way. Musa crafts bags and baskets from recycled grocery bags, bowls from paper sources and jewelry from paper rolled into beads.
Jen Lucas has been designing just about as long as she has been knitting. She has produced many accessory patterns over the years, but is most well-known for her shawl designs. She is the author of the books Sock-Yarn Shawls and Sock-Yarn Shawls II. Jen’s patterns can be found on Ravelry, as well as in several magazines, including Knit Simple, Love of Knitting and Knitscene. She lives in a yarn-filled house in the NW suburbs of Chicago with her husband, Alex.
Emily Wohlscheid hails from Battle Creek, MI and is a teaching multimedia artist. She travels around the midwest (and sometimes beyond!) to share her wares and the knowledge she has accumulated on her creative journey.
Chicago native Karen Boykin has been crocheting and knitting since she was 7 years old. She is mostly self-taught but has made it a point to add new techniques to her arsenal of craftiness over time. Karen collects buttons, books, yarn, patterns, and more yarn. She is a writer, knitwear designer, teacher, and abstract artist who has been active on the Chicago fiber scene since 2003.
Crochet ambassador, teacher, designer, fiber artist
Chicagoan Kathy Kelly has been teaching crochet privately since 2011 and has taught at Knit 1, Mosaic Yarn Studio and Yarncon. Kathy is a Crochet Guild of America member and is active in the Crochet Connection of Chicago chapter of the CGOA.
Kathy shares her love of crochet while blogging about crochet techniques, tools and patterns on her crochetbird blog (http://crochetbird.wordpress.com/).
A budding crochet designer, Kathy has published original patterns that are available through Ravelry. Known as “vibeskat” on Ravelry, you can see her many finished crochet projects there (Ravelry.com/people/vibeskat).
Inna Voltchkova was born and raised in Kiev, the oldest city in Eastern Europe, started knitting when she was ten years old and is a graduate of the Kiev National University of Technology and Design.
Until a trip in 1991 to Chicago introduced her to the love of her life. She moved to the Chicago area and for the past 20 years Inna’s passion has been lace knitting, especially Russian Style Lace.
For many years Inna has worked with Galina Khmeleva Skaska Designs Inc. The Russian folklore theme is a common motif in Inna’s lace design, a well-thought out use of Orenburg knitting traditions with modern lace create interesting designs with bright ethnic character.
Winner of the 2010 TKGA Design Contest in 2010, Inna’s beautiful lace designs have been featured frequently in the pages of Piecework Magazine since 2009.
Inna’s page on Facebook: Russian Knitting Design.
Samantha Lynn is the president, dyemaster, CFO, secretary and garbage-taker-outer of Halftone Artisan Handpainted Yarns, which means that yes, this is her Day Job. She is currently dyeing laceweight and superwash Merino sock-yarn in project-sized skeins.
Theresa’s first published sweater pattern appeared in the Spring 2006 issue of Interweave Knits. Since then her designs have been featured in major knitting magazines and books, including the covers of Interweave Knits, Knitter’s Magazine (twice) and Knit Noro. She recently began self-publishing patterns and blogging under the name Woolly-Wits. Her patterns are available on Ravelry and Craftsy. A comprehensive list of her designs is available under her designer profile on Ravelry. Theresa’s specialties include plaid patterns, modular design, entrelac, and skirts. Her focus is on patterns which flatter the even-less- than-perfect figure.
As a teacher, Theresa has been affiliated with Knitche in Downer’s Grove, Illinois for ten years. She has also led programs at knitting guilds, including the Fox Valley Knitter’s Guild (St. Charles, IL), Old Pueblo Knitter’s Guild (Tucson, AZ) and West Suburban Knitting Guild (Hinsdale, IL). Knitting event teaching gigs include YarnCon 2014 (Chicago, IL) and Stitches Midwest 2010. She also volunteered her time leading an elementary school knitting class for seven years.