2018 LFF – Teachers

Class sign-up begins 1/15/18!

Instructors & Teachers


Pam Ellenberger – Weaving                                            Shoemakersville, PA

Fiber and creativity have been a part of my life almost as long as I can remember. Learning to knit at the age of 9 and completing my first sweater at 16 started this amazing journey.

Alpacas and farming joined my travels in 2009. Having access to alpaca’s luxurious fiber led to spinning and weaving. While working on a floor loom can be fun, the rigid heddle is my “go-to” tool when a quick project calls to me (usually because of an incredible yarn.)

Sharing my love of yarn and the different crafts with students pushes both of us to inspired creativity. All of my classes are low-key and geared to exploration.

I live in Shoemakersville with my husband and our 50 alpacas.

Melissa Leapman – Knit                                                  New York, NY

Melissa Leapman is one of the most widely published sweater designers in the world, whose patterns have appeared in every major knitting publication, including Vogue(R) Knitting and Knit Simple. She has worked as a freelance designer for many leading ready-to-wear manufacturers, noted design houses, and major yarn companies. In addition, her knitting, crochet, and design workshops are extremely popular with crafters at all skill levels. She lives in New York, NY.



Mary Beth Temple – Crochet, Knit & Sewing              Wilmington, NC

Mary Beth Temple is an author and designer of sewing, knitting and crochet patterns. Her work appears frequently in knitting and crochet magazines in the US and UK.  Her independently published pattern line is Hooked for Life, which is available online through Ravelry and Patternfish and at local yarn stores. She is also the author of The Secret Language of Knitters, Hooked for Life: Adventures of a Crochet Zealot, and Curvy Girl Crochet: 25 Patterns that Fit and Flatter. She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Mary Beth’s new blog is: Tailor Made Cosplay.  This features creative cosplay ideas from former Broadway, film and television tailor.


Jessie Rayot – Crochet, Knit                                                   Nutley, NJ

Hello! I’m Jessie, and I am a crochet and knit designer, a crafter, a blogger, and a mother of twins.

I have been crocheting since my great grandmother first handed me a hook at the age of 8. I earned my first degree in costume design from The Theatre School at DePaul University, and started off my professional life as a costume designer/creator/pattern maker. While managing the costume department for Adelphi University in Long Island, NY I earned my second degree in studio art/painting/sculpture. While at Adelphi I was set up on a blind date with a Jersey boy. A few years later I found myself married and living in Jersey.

In 2007 I became a stay at home mom to twin girls. Shortly thereafter I started Jessie At Home as a way to share photos and stories of the girls with my family. Eventually I started adding crafty posts in, then patterns, and it just kept evolving until it became the fun crochet, knit, craft and family blog that it is today.

Since then I have earned several awards from the CGOA Design Competition. In 2013 I started designing for others outside of Jessie At Home. I have had patterns published in various on and off line crochet and knit publications, including RedHeart.com, I Like Crochet, MainlyCrochet, and Crochet! Magazine.

Charles Voth – Knit, Crochet – English & Spanish                  Canada

I like to blog about places I knit and crochet, and I enjoy reviewing yarns and tools to help others find materials that will help them be happy with what they stitch. I believe in life-long learning—in all parts of my life, and so I like to share tips on crocheting and knitting, eating gluten free, and other odds and ends.

I design garments and accesories and items for the home. At the moment, I’m in the process of adding my patterns to this site. In the meantime, you can find my designs on Ravelry and Patternfish.com.  I teach both crafts at yarn stores, in schools, and at craft shows and retail events. I am also a technical editor of both crochet and knitting patterns and illustrate the charts and diagrams that make pattern reading accessible to so many. Occasionally I’m a guest blogger over at KnitMuch.com, too.

I have been crocheting for 45 years and knitting for 39. I began to design out of necessity at 15 years of age and haven’t stopped.

I am also an ESL professor at my local college. I’ve been a language teacher for 27 years.

Carlos Voth es un docente del tejido, ha tejido con 2 agujas y a crochet por casi toda su vida pues aprendió a los 4 añitos. Sus padres canadienses trabajaban en Colombia y él nació allí y vivió toda su infancia y adolescencia. Está casado y tiene dos hijos ya adultos. Tiene un canal de Youtube llamado El Tejedor Listo, y es diseñador de muchos diseños publicados en revistas y libros y también tiene diseños publicados en Ravelry. A Carlos le fascina todo lo que es lana, agujas, ganchillos, texturas, y puntadas y está muy emocionado compartir sus conocimientos contigo.


Heather Zoppetti – Knit                                                  Lancaster, PA

Heather Zoppetti is a knitwear designer, teacher, programmer, and all around fiber artist. She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with her husband and yarn collection. Her patterns have been published in many Interweave publications, in Knit magazine, by The Alpaca Yarn Company, by Manos del Uruguay, and by Universal Yarns.

Heather is frequently sought after for her gifted teaching skills by well-known fiber art institutions such as the The Mannings Handweaving School in East Berlin, PA, the annual Knitters’ Day Out held in Summerdale, PA, and has also taught children from the York and Adams County, PA, homeschool group.


Linda Ballard – Quilt                                                    Palo Cedro, CA

Being an avid seamstress all her life, Linda has taken her skills from dressmaking to creating wonderful traditional quilts using today’s faster techniques and tools.  She believes there’s always something for everyone when it comes to quilting, and that quilters have a strong bond unlike anything else.

She lives in northern CA outside Redding in a country community called Palo Cedro, where she raised her 2 children and still resides with husband Dave.  Linda was a quilt shop owner in Redding and now travels throughout the country teaching both on land and sea.  She has a fondness for quilt shops, but loves to teach at Quilt Festival, conferences, cruises, quilt guilds and camps.  She says ‘anyplace and anytime, she’s ready’!

Linda has been featured in a variety of quilting magazines with her quilts, her patterns and as ‘ad’ quilts for a specific line of fabrics.  She’s also had the privilege of being on Simply Quilts for two different seasons which means plenty of reruns.   Linda will tell you constantly ‘to be flexible and go with the possibilities that are presented’.

She always finishes with one simple word …. ENJOY!  That’s how it should be for all quilters.


Reeze Hanson – Quilt, EQ8                                               Ottawa, KS

Reeze Hanson is a prolific designer, entertaining speaker, and an award- winning teacher whose company, Morning Glory Designs, features an eclectic variety of whimsical florals and bold geometrics. Reeze teaches and lectures widely on one-patch quilt techniques, offering both traditional and modern methods geared toward the busy/working quilter. Her floral appliqué work features machine applique shortcuts and tips to make beautiful quilts in less time, without sacrificing accuracy. Reeze also teaches all levels of EQ7, quilt design software. A sewer, quilter, and custom dressmaker for more than 50 years, and a retired college professor, Reeze has lots of experience, wisdom, and humor to share.

prHurst – Crazy Quilt

Carol C. Porter – Quilt, Appliqué                                        Seattle, WA

Carol is an accomplished quilter, sewist, knitter, designer, author, teacher and consultant.  She began her quilting journey in the late 70’s.

Carol is a disciplined and thoughtful teacher whose encouragement and patience regularly inspires student creativity and success.

She is well known for her luminous “colorwash” designs many of which have been released under the Heatherworks label.

Most recently Carol served as Education Director for Clover Needlecraft Inc. a Japanese company which produces precision tools for sewing and knitting.

She now has plenty time to focus on sharing her craft with energetic students and exploring myriad design issues and options.


Mary Beth Temple – Sewing


Please see above, under Yarn!





Robbin Vizzone  – Primitive                                     Locust Grove, VA

Unfortunately, Robin Vizzone is not able to join us at the Lancaster Fiber Festival this year. We apologize for any inconvenience.

I’m a teacher by trade and I love to connect with fellow needlworkers.  I believe that learning should always be fun and I conduct my classes with that in mind.  If you want to practice a new technique or advance your primitive style stitching skills.  I offer fun and informative classes and lectures.



Alice Wilhoit – Appliqué, Quilting                                   McKinney, TX

Alice doesn’t remember a time when she was not doing something creative, learning and adopting new hobbies.  Sewing, needle work, painting and drawing, making her home lovely with color and pattern, she has always had an eye for beauty and aesthetic.  Some hobbies have come and gone as the excitement of “new” wore off, leaving projects in closets and inciting the search for “next!”  That search ended some 30 years ago when she took a class at a local quilt shop and found herself immersed in a world of infinite possibilities with fabric!  She has never looked back.  Alice has produced over 250 quilts, many of her own design.  She designs and publishes piecing, applique, and embroidery patterns; she has won competitions with these patterns and celebrated with students and customers, as they win ribbons with those patterns. Alice teachers throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, across the country, in Canada and on cruises. Class curriculum includes a wide range of quilting techniques from Beginner’s through Expert, with a special focus on a dozen different applique techniques – her true love (other than her family!) Through years of experience, she has developed many labor and time saving techniques.  Her joy is in watching students develop a love for and dedication to quilting, regardless of the style or method.



Kathy Glynn – Calligraphy                               West Palm Gardens. FL

Kathy Glynn is an artist, author and teacher residing in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She is a mixed-media artist who loves to explore various mediums and techniques. Best known for her abstract art in watercolor and acrylics, her art prints are sold nationally in West Elm, and online at Domino Magazine (Domino.com), and Minted.com. Her calligraphy has been featured on popular wedding blogs, Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake and Wedding Sparrow. She teaches calligraphy locally and online. She works with a small number of brides each season to create custom wedding invitation suites.  Kathy’s first book, Hand Lettering Step by Step: Techniques and Projects to Express Yourself Creatively will be available in February, 2018.


Jo-Ellen Mathews, CZT – Mixed Media                                            FL


I am passionate about arts and crafts and have been since my earliest memories. I began teaching classes in various paper subjects in the mid 1990’s as well as contributing to paper arts magazines and books.  When I am not creating, it’s often due to rescuing sea turtles. My passion and enthusiasm is to inspire and cultivate creativity in others.

Jo-Ellen is a Certified Zentangle Teacher.



Barb Mavraganis, CZT – Zentangle                                  Lancaster, PA

I began my Zentangle journey in 2012 when I stumbled upon Zentangle in an article in my newspaper!

I was certified by the founders Rick and Maria and I have enjoyed sharing this rewarding artform with all ages of adventurous people!  Join me for an introduction and learn something new!!!!

I have 4 grown children and 3 grandchildren and love living in beautiful Lancaster County


Susan White Sullivan – Counted Cross Stitch, Mono Printing, Decoupage                         Little Rock, AR

Susan has been creating all her life. It all started with needlepoint and crewel embroidery. Once she found her way to the sewing machine, she joyfully worked her way through learning every technique and creating many types of projects including her wedding gown.

She fell in love with counted cross stitch in 1980. She was fortunate to be able to use her love of all things creative in her employment with Leisure Arts. She spent 26 years there and the last seven as Editorial Director. While there, she was managing editor of For the Love of Cross Stitch magazine and enjoyed planning each issue as well as developing learn-to-cross stitch publications.

In 2015, she formed her consulting firm and now works with clients across the craft industry using her extensive knowledge of the editorial process, product development, video production and publishing. She used her sewing skills to author Weighted Blankets, Vest & Scarves (Spring House Press, 2016). She is a certified instructor in crochet through the Craft Yarn Council and teaches weekly classes locally. She has served on the board of the Crochet Guild of America as president and currently holds the office of treasurer.


PR Hurst – Embroidery, Needle Weaving, Fabric Printing   Fresno, TX

Penny R Hurst is the current EGA Challenge Chair and has a keen interest in all forms of fiber and textile art.  She is a juried member of the EGA Fiber Forum and has been juried into the EGA Mixed Media Complex exhibit.  She enjoys teaching small classes in fiber art and mixed media.  Her work has been featured in several printed formats and local galleries.

Here you will see original designs in many forms of fiber art, including jewelry, wearable art, art quilts, weaving, needle felting and mixed media collage. Penny has always worked in fine detail and this translates into her original fiber art designs. Her creative use of color, line and design makes her art come alive.


 Louise Kulp – Punch Needle (Rug)

Louise Kulp holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in Painting and Drawing and a master’s degree in Art Education with a studio concentration in Fibers, both from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  She received Oxford Punch Needle Rug Hooking Teacher Certification in 2006 and in 2011 was the first Oxford instructor to achieve Advanced Certification.  Louise has been teaching beginning-to-advanced level rug hooking workshops for more than 11 years and is passionate about passing this innovative and creative textile art on to students of all ages.  She has taught at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts in Vermont, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, and in numerous museum education programs.  She also has volunteered her time teaching children and youth at non-profit organizations such as the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild in Vermont, The Point Community Development Center in Bronx, New York, and 4-H of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Her work has been published in Rug Hooking magazine and the book Hooked Rugs Today IV:  Expect the Unexpected, and exhibited at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont.  Louise is based in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and designs and hooks rugs and teaches under the name Eden Village Rug Hooking, a studio she established in 2008.


Linda Poole – Fabric Painting                                         Millford, PA

I was destined from an early age to cut apart things, glue, paste, tape, build,and sew all sorts of little things to keep busy. I lived in a home where sewing was as common as cooking, and in those days, cooking dinner was an important meal where family gathered around the table to talk and enjoy one another’s company.

Mom was never hesitant to hand over a pair of scissors to me at an early age. I was taught to sew quite young in life, so I was shown how to handle scissors properly.

I love teaching, photography, gardening, reading, snuggling with kitties, dancing, writing, painting, journaling, researching history, traveling, putting puzzles together, watching a good thriller on television, learning, learning and endlessly learning from those who know alot of one thing or a bit of everything!


Marinda Stewart – Punch Needle, Fabric Manipulation                              Round Rock, TX

Marinda is a designer, writer, and teacher. As a 13-time Fairfield Fashion Show participant, she has demonstrated uncommon creativity and versatility in wearable art.

Her accomplishments include a line of patterns, countless magazine and book contributions, television appearances, national ads, several embellishment books and videos, and numerous museum and gallery exhibitions. Her work is featured in the art collections of corporations, and in the homes of celebrities.



Susan White Sullivan -Counted Cross Stitch                                               Little Rock, AR



Please see above, under Paper!





Alice Wilhoit – Ribbon Embroidery


Please see above, under Appliqué, Quilting!






There are a few spots till open so more teachers will be added as we go along!