NEWS 2017 Instructors

 Anastasia Azure  Sarah Jackson  Sarah Saulson
 Carol Birtwistle  Tom Knisely  Judith Shangold
 Lucienne Coifman  Daryl Lancaster  Margaret (Meg) Stump
 Inge Dam  Dena Gartenstein Moses  Marjie Thompson
 Sarah Fortin  Barbara Teller Ornelas  Kathe Todd-Hooker
 Wendy Garrity  Lynda Teller Pete  Barbara J. Walker
 Connie Gray  Marilyn Romatka  Marcia Weiss
 Chris Hammel  Mary Ann Sanborn



Anastasia Azure combines ancient weaving, traditional metal-smithing and contemporary materials to create sculpture and jewelry. She received her MFA in Textiles from Rhode Island School of Design and BFA in Metals from California College of the Arts. She has taught a variety of weaving workshops at the Appalachian Center for Craft, Umass Dartmouth, RISD Continuing Education, and the Fuller Craft Museum.  Teaching at NEWS 2017: Woven Metal Jewelry, Woven Metal Pendant/Pin



Carol Birtwistle began weaving in 1968 with classes in design and weaving at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She has also studied at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and continues studies of fiber structure and color theory through workshops, conferences and independent study. She has been presenting workshops and lectures to guilds and conferences and has been teaching at Webs for the past 30 years. Her classes focus on weaving skills, drafting structures and developing designs supporting the use of the textile.  Teaching at NEWS 2017: Weaving for Beginners on the 4-Harness Floor Loom



Lucienne Coifman has taught weaving for the past 30 years at the Guilford Art Center, The Creative Art workshop and in her own studio. She also conducted workshops throughout the Northeast and the Midwest. For more than 30 years Lucienne has been studying Rep Weave, experimenting with the use of different fibers in the process. Her main interest has centered on color interactions and patterns, using up to 8 harnesses and using pick-up techniques when needed. Her weavings have appeared in Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, Handwoven, and has been included in many juried exhibits. Her book, REP- RIPS -REPS Weaves (2015), is a complete workshop for both beginning and advanced weavers.  Teaching at NEWS 2017: Rep Weave and Books, Bags, Boxes and Beyond; Rep Weave 101



Inge Dam is the author of Tablet-Woven Accents for Designer Fabrics: Contemporary Uses for Ancient Techniques. She has taught workshops in the US, Canada, and England, and taught for Convergence and Complex Weavers. She has won many awards for her work and her work has appeared in Weaver’s, Handwoven, Shuttle, Spindle & Depot, and Fibre Focus. She weaves on a 32-shaft Louet Megado dobby loom and specializes in weaving unique garments. In most of her garments, she incorporates tablet weaving and other embellishments.  Teaching at NEWS 2017: Tablet Band Incorporated into Fabric



Sarah Fortin became enthralled with hand weaving as a student of Clothing and Textiles at Washington State University. After graduating and coming to the East Coast in the early 70’s, she continued to pursue weaving as a craft while working as an Extension Educator. She became a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen in 1985, weaving and sewing women’s clothing, throws and blankets. Sarah has taught weaving extensively in the Northeast and across the country. Her work has been awarded many times at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair, New England Weavers Seminar, NH Weavers’ Guild Exhibits, HGA’s Convergence and The Blue Ridge Handweaving Show in NC with several of her pieces receiving recognition for excellence in craftsmanship and creativity. Work appeared in Convergence’10 exhibits (2nd place in the Fashion Show) and ‘12. Her coat,” Wine Country” received 3rd place at the recent HGA Convergence Fashion Show, and yardage “Shuttered Reflections” was Best In Fiber in the Living With Crafts Exhibit at the 2014 League of NH Craftsmen Fair. Other work has been published in Handwoven magazine. Sarah continues to explore and expand in her art with new techniques as she teaches and exhibits in the area and around the country.  Teaching at NEWS 2017: Exploring the Fashion Show, Weaving in 3-D



Wendy Garrity has a lifelong involvement with crafts and textiles, and a fascination with the traditional textiles of Asia. In 2010-2013 she took a career break from music education to pursue her interest in textiles, women’s empowerment and grassroots development, combining volunteering and travel in Asia and South and Central America. Living in Bhutan for a year, she had the privilege of learning to weave kushutara, the intricate supplementary weft brocade used for women’s festival dress, as well as traveling across the country to explore other Bhutanese textile traditions. Returning to Australia, she adapted the kushutara techniques to western looms in order to share them with western weavers. She documents traditional textile techniques at and promotes the sustainability of textile traditions at every opportunity.  Teaching at NEWS 2017: Bhutanese Kushutara Weaving, Lecture: Weaving in Bhutan



Connie Gray states “Teaching is my craft and my passion.” Having learned many crafts at her mother’s knee, Connie enjoys sharing with others. Special favorites are fiber arts, weaving, polymer clay (fimo, etc.), and lately, book arts.

Connie has been fortunate to teach at Sharon Arts Center in Sharon/Peterborough,NH (now affiliated with NH Institute of Art in Manchester) for 30+ years, also at NEWS, and NH Weavers Guild, Harrisville Designs, former Fiber Arts Center, Amherst, MA, and locally in Hancock, NH. Local schools and retirement communities often ask for demonstrations for their students and residents. Recently she helped set up a fiber arts program at a farm for developmentally disabled adults in Hillsboro, NH.

Exhibits of her work include: Sharon Arts Center/NHIA, and NEWS, and HHWG, Monadnock Community Hospitals Healing Arts Gallery, local Peterborough galleries, among others.

Studies include learning from Randy Darwell, Neil Znamieroski, Zaiga Upitis, Lisa Grey and Jason Pollen, Daryl Lancaster, Sarah Fortin, Norma Smayda, Madelyn van der Hoogt, Robyn Spady, and other fiber artists. Also from the polymer greats – Kathleen Dustin, Donna Kato, Sarah Schreiver, Sandra McCaw, Elise Winters, Jana Roberts Benson, Lindly Haunani, among others.

Probably, Connie is known as a “workshop junkie”! She feels very fortunate to have learned and shared with the best.  Teaching at NEWS 2017: Button, Button, Who’s got the… Polymer Clay Buttons and more; Inkle Weaving – more than red tape! ; Round & Round: Weave a Tubular Necklace



Chris Hammel learned to weave over twenty-five years ago while attending graduate school in Iowa City. In 1998, she completed the six-year Master Weaver Program at Hill Institute in Florence, MA. Her work has been published in Handwoven and Complex Weavers Journal. She has taught classes at Webs in Northampton, MA, Fiber Arts Center in Amherst, MA, Snow Farm in Williamsburg, MA and The New England Weavers Seminar 2005, 2007, 2013 and 2015. In 2004, Chris became the Director of Weaving at Hill Institute. In an earlier part of her life, she taught high school Latin and Art. She holds BA and MA degrees in Latin Language and Literature from Smith College and University of Iowa, respectively.  Teaching at NEWS 2017: Beyond Beginning



Sarah Jackson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, concentration in textile design, from the University of Kansas. She owns a business dedicated to designing and marketing textiles and is the weaving editor for Handwoven magazine as well as a member of the technical editing team. An experienced teacher, she conducts workshops for guilds and regional conferences that explore garment design and color composition.  Teaching at NEWS 2017: The First Cut is the Deepest; Treasures From the Loom: introduction to sewing with handwoven fabric; Understanding the Design Process, Fabric to Wear



Tom Knisely is the resident weaving and spinning instructor for Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center (717-212-9022). Tom has been weaving and spinning for more than four decades. Tom is a regular contributor to Handwoven magazine and has done several instructional videos for FW media on many aspects of weaving. He has written two books, Weaving Rag Rugs and Weaving Baby Blankets. A third book is to be released in 2017 and gives ideas and patterns for weaving table toppers.

Tom enjoys collecting antique textiles as well as ethnic textiles to use in his classes as inspiration for project ideas. Tom lives in York County, PA and just a few minutes away from the studio. Red Stone Glen is owned and operated by his daughter Sara Bixler and her husband Destin.  Teaching at NEWS 2017: Boundweave



Daryl Lancaster received her BA cum laude degree in Fine Arts in 1977 from Montclair State College, Montclair, NJ and has been actively working since then as a weaver/fiber artist.  Comfortable with the sewing machine for more than fifty years, she spent 10 years as a production craftswoman, selling her handwoven clothing in craft markets and galleries throughout the United States.  She teaches garment construction and related topics to weavers and other fiber enthusiasts across North America.  In addition, Daryl exhibits her artwork in galleries across the country. She was the Contributing Features Editor for six years at Handwoven Magazine from Interweave Press and wrote the Fashion and Color Forecast column. She continues to write for various weaving and sewing publications. A breast cancer survivor, she uses her work as a vehicle to express who she is and the path that she has traveled.  Daryl lives in northern New Jersey.  Teaching at NEWS 2017: Jumpstart Vest



Dena Gartenstein Moses has been weaving for thirty years and sells her line of glorious scarves, shawls and hats at highly juried craft shows around New England.  She started Vermont Weaving School, and teaches there and at conferences and guild meetings around the country. Dena is passionate about weaving and delights in training weavers to make fabulous cloth with joy and ease.  More information about Vermont Weaving School is at:  More information about Dena is at:  Teaching at NEWS 2017: Explorations in Color in Weaving, Moving Beyond the Published Pattern:Designing for Weaving, Tricks & Tips



Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete are fifth-generation Navajo weavers from the Newcomb and Two Grey Hills area on the Navajo Nation. They started teaching Navajo weaving 17 years ago; they have taught together in various places across the country and individually in their respective home cities. Barbara and Lynda present workshops for beginning to advanced weavers, and teach classes at museums, art centers, and at Canyon de Chelly, in Arizona. They give lectures, demonstrations and presentations. They grew up weaving Two Grey Hills tapestries, learning from their mother Ruth Teller, and sister Rosann Teller Lee. Barbara Ornelas is well-known and highly regarded for her Two Grey Hills tapestries and has won two Best of Show awards at the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market held annually in August in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Likewise, Lynda has won several textile awards; most recently the Best of Division and Best of Classification at the 2011 and Best of Division again in 2013 Santa Fe Indian Market. (Barbara’s two children, Sierra and Michael Ornelas, are sixth generation Navajo weavers and both have their weavings in private collections and in museums.) Barbara and Lynda teach these workshops because they want to elevate the art of Navajo Weaving and share the Navajo culture.  Teaching at NEWS 2017: Navajo Lap Spindling, Weaving the Navajo Way



Marilyn Romatka’s focus is living folk art crafts. She teaches a wide variety, from painting techniques to weaving, the common thread being the techniques that are all deep-rooted in a culture from around the world. You might say the techniques she teaches have all survived the ‘test of time’. She has the best job in the world; traveling to various countries gathering folk art techniques, then returning to the US to teach enthusiastic students!  Teaching at NEWS 2017: Chinese Dragon Boat, European Paper Stars, Card Trick: The Magic of Tablet Weaving



Mary Ann Sanborn is a member of the NHWG, the Weavers Guild of Boston, and HGA. Mary Ann has taught classes and given lectures on basic weaving, drafting, weave structures, tablet weaving, and Shaker textiles at guilds and at NEWS.  She worked at Canterbury Shaker Village as a volunteer, as Industries Coordinator, archivist, and as Master Weaver. An educator and former Board member of the HGA, she is co-chair of HGA’s COE program.   Teaching at NEWS 2017: 200 Years of Textile Traditions at Canterbury Shaker Village; Drafting: Basic & Color & Weave



Sarah Saulson has been weaving since childhood, but became serious about it when living in the Boston area during the 1980s. Today she lives in Syracuse, New York where she teaches Textiles and Weaving at Syracuse University and the Montessori School of Syracuse. Her current studio practice focuses on designing and weaving heirloom-quality Jewish prayer shawls on commission. Sarah is a graduate of Wellesley College. She has long ties to NEWS and is delighted to be returning.  Teaching at NEWS 2017: Resists are Irresistible: Shibori & Indigo Dyeing; Painting Warps Off-Loom; Understanding Summer & Winter



Judith Shangold owned a yarn shop in Brooklyn, was the New England sales rep for several yarn companies, and then the importer and distributor of Manos yarns. She was a weaver before she became the knitwear designer behind Designs by Judith, A Bear in Sheep’s Clothing and many Manos del Uruguay patterns. She now enjoys combining knitting and weaving and bringing her design skills to the woven garment. Her book Weave • Knit • Wear was published by XRX Books in 2014, and her designs have appeared in Handwoven. She has taught at Stitches conferences and through guilds, adult ed programs, and yarn shops.  Teaching at NEWS 2017: Weave, Knit, Wear – Using Knitting to Add Shape and Style to Woven Garments; Kumihimo: 8 strand half round/half flat braid; Kumihimo: Basic 8 strand Round Braid



Margaret Stump, a.k.a Meg, is the author of Pin Loom Weaving; 40 Projects for Tiny Hand Looms. She has a second pin loom weaving book coming out in 2017 that, she hopes, will continue to expand pin loom ideas and techniques. Margaret has been happily involved with pin loom weaving for more than 40 years. She can be found at Teaching at NEWS 2017: From Pin Loom to Eternity (scarf): how to make those squares adorn your neck; Weave a custom pin loom tablet bag; Black Faced Sheep (and Lambs) come to Smith; Pooch in a Pouch: Pin Loom Weaving 202



Marjie Thompson enjoys being “stuck’ in the pre-20th century weaving world. Her focus is the textiles produced both at home and by the professional weavers. Marjie enjoys adapting these weaves to contemporary colors and uses. She is the coordinator of the Complex Weavers “Early Weaving Books and Manuscripts” study group, past president of NEWS, a past Dean of the Weavers’ Guild of Boston, past president of Complex Weavers, an active guild member Weavers’ Guild of Boston, vice-president of the New Hampshire Weavers’ Guild, and a member of many study groups including Cross Country Weavers. Her woven pieces have received the HGA award, Handwoven’s Weaving for the Home Award, and Marjie is one of a handful of weavers awarded the “Weaver of Distinction” title from NEWS in both the gallery and fashion shows. She is the co-author of Forgotten Pennsylvania Textiles of the 18th and 19th Centuries, The Huck Pattern Collection, Miniature Patterns for Weaving by Josephine Estes, and the editor of The Gartner Manuscript. Her articles have appeared in Weavers, Handwoven, Complex Weavers Journal, Shuttle, Spindle, & Dyepot, and The Spinning Wheel Sleuth’s Loom Supplement.  Teaching at NEWS 2017: Atwater-Bronson Lace; Buttons, Buttons-Dorset & Deathheads; From Mainstream to Obscurity: weaving from the 17th Century to 2017; Gebrochen; Textile Analysis



Kathe Todd-Hooker is a tapestry weaver, writer and instructor since 1979, tapestry list mistress, sometimes historian, owner of Between & Etc (formally Fine Fiber press) , blogger-Tapestry Compendium, Tapestry list mistress.  She is the author of the book Shaped Tapestry, Lines in Tapestry, Tapestry 101, So Warped, and soon to be published Tapestry, Soumak, and Friends and numerous articles on textiles.  Teaching at NEWS 2017: Tapestry: Beyond 101 and Beyond



Barbara J. Walker is an active member of Northwest Designer Craftsmen, has taught at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, holds HGA’s Master Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving, and has conducted workshops and seminars in the US, England, and Canada. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and two of her pieces are the only examples of ply-splitting in Lark Books’ 500 Baskets.  She is an enthusiastic educator and has had numerous articles published in major weaving publications. She published Ply-Splitting from Drawdowns: Interpreting Weave Structures in Ply-Split Braiding (2012) and Supplementary Warp Patterning: Turned Drafts, Embellishments & Motifs (2016).  Teaching at NEWS 2017: Design Tricks: Moving Beyond the Recipe, Guided Tour of the Gallery Show, Ply-Splitting from Drawdowns, Putting It All Together: Mixed Media and Collaborations (cancelled)



Marcia Weiss is an Associate Professor of Textile Design and the Director of the Fashion & Textiles Futures Center at Philadelphia University. A specialist in woven design, Marcia teaches advanced studio courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as invited workshops and webinars. She is an internationally exhibited artist, with fiber-based work exhibited in solo shows, juried shows and invitationals. Her current body of work involves double cloth warp ikats, inspired by artisanal textiles of Central Asia and West Africa, and a rich heritage of Pennsylvania German quilting.  Teaching at NEWS 2017: Double Cloth