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Yarn Cupboard's Fiber Arts Retreat 2018

Slate of Teachers


Kirsten Kapur

Kirsten Kapur is a New York City based designer who grew up in a family of knitters, sewers, and crafters. It was only natural that she pursue a career as an apparel and textile designer in the ready-to-wear industry, where she honed her skills in garment construction and surface design.  Years later, this knowledge proved invaluable when she began to experiment  with the interplay between colors and textures in her original knitwear designs and patterns. Kirsten's independently published designs can be found online on Ravelry and her website www.kirstenkapurdesigns.com.

Kirsten's designs have been published in many books and magazines. Her most recent book is Drop Dead Easy Knits which she co-authored with Gale Zucker and Mary Lou Egan. She is also the author of Kirsten Kapur Shawl Book One.

Sarah Solomon

Sarah Solomon is a knitwear designer, writer and teacher based in New York City. Her patterns and articles have appeared in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Knit.wear, Wool Studio and Vogue Knitting, and with collections by Manos del Uruguay, Woolfolk, mYak and Gauge and Tension. As someone wo learned to knit as an adult, she still remembers the frustrations of the learning process and loves helping people to improve their knitting skills and explore new techniques. Her interests include everything from traditional techniques, to colorwork, to fine finishing, with a particular emphasis on garment construction. She is also an avid sewer and spinner and loves handwork in many forms. In her design work, Sarah focuses on creating garments and accessories from exceptional yarns that are knittable, wearable, and designed to last.

Cal Patch

Cal Patch has been making, design and teaching all things textile related since 1991. She sews, crochets, embroiders, spins, prints, knits, dyes and more! She designed clothes for Urban Outfitters, Free People, Gap, and Old Navy before developing her own line of one off-pieces called "Hodge Podge", which she currently sells in her Etsy shop and sometimes at craft fairs. After owning a boutique for four years which showcased her own and other local Indie designers work, she opened one of the nations first craft schools in 2002. She contributes to books and magazines such as Stitch N' Bitch: The Happy Hooker, Mend it Better, Applique Your Way, Made by Hand, Crochet Today and Sew Stylish. In 2009 Cal relocated to Upstate New York where she is becoming a crafty farmer and growing her handmade wardrobe.She offers classes in the Hudson Valley, and travels to retreats and events like Squam Art Workshops, the Makerie, and Lucky Star Art Camp.Her first book is published by Potters Craft , Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified. We LOVE Cal. She is a Yarn Cupboard favorite. If you have not taken one of her classes, you are in for a treat. Register as soon as you can.


Beth Coye


Beth has been spinning for ten years, teaching for eight.  She is a prolific knitter, spinner, designer, and crochet artist.  She is the favorite spinning and lace teacher at the Yarn Cupboard.  Beth has appeared on Uncommon Threads on the DIY network in Los Angeles.  You can find out more about Beth at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/big-geek-knitblog

Jennifer VanCalcar

Claude Monet once said, “Color is my day-long obsession, joy. and torment.” Color fascinates Jennifer!  She has been dyeing yarn and fibers for more than ten years now.  It is her career, hobby and her life!  Founding owner of Holiday Yarns, Jennifer has built her life around yarn, fiber and weaving.Holiday yarns is our local hand dyed yarn and the Yarn Cupboard has sold these yarns since we opened. Find out more about Jennifer on her blog at http://holidayyarns.com/blog/

Lisa Merian

 Fiber artist, shepherdess, dyer, teacher, artist, Lisa has made these things her life’s work.  Inspiration for color in her hand dyed woolens, fibers, felting come from the landscape and its’ changing seasons.  Lisa is the owner of the Spinners Hill Shop located on her Chenango County farm and can be found at www.spinnershill.com

Lisa Myers

  Lisa was at our very first retreat 8 years ago!  Lisa R. Myers is the author of The Joy of Knitting, and the Joy of Knitting Companion and the co-author of Knit so Fine. She owned a local yarn shop, Rosie's Yarn Cellar for nearly 20 years. Through Fairmount Fibers, she is the US distributor for Mans del Uruguay, an artisan-owned, fair-trade-certified cooperative producing hand-dyed yarns since 1968.

David Codling

 As most of you know, David has been a friend and mentor to the Yarn Cupboard since we opened. David and his partner Greg, are distributors of the fine yarn lines, Isager, Geilsk and Ito. David has been in the yarn business too many years too mention and is a wealth of knowledge and information. David was at our retreat in 2016 vendin,  he taught last year and will be back to teach this year. Make sure you try and take one of his classes this year-it is guaranteed to be a great one.

Emily Giraudin

 Emily has taught basket making at the Yarn Cupboard and at the Yarn Cupboard retreat for 7 years now. Emily has studied basketmaking for 20 years and has many gorgeous baskets in her own collection. Emily is also an avid knitter and crocheter. She does beautiful work and is a joy to be with. You  will love Emily's class if you are lucky enough to secure a spot!

Niio Perkins


What a treat for all of us! Niio Perkins from Niio Perkins designs will be teaching for a second year at our retreat. Niio armed  knowledge and understanding of her Haudenosaunee culture, she brings her designs to us today. She is inspired by her Mohawk heritage and she will be with us teach us more about her culture and handwork techniques. I for one am in awe of her designs. This is a great opportunity for our broader hand crafting community to get involved at our retreat. Those who sew, embroider and bead-what an opportunity. Don't miss out.