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Denise Bayron is a designer and patternmaker whose work spans the fiber arts to include knitting, sewing, crochet, and macrame. She is currently writing a book under the working title, “Handmade Wardrobe” which will be published by Laine Publishing in 2021. Her work has been written about in The New Yorker, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Seamwork Magazine. Receiving international recognition, her sweater patterns have been published in Laine Magazine (Finland) and Making (USA). In 2020, after a public vote, Denise was named Designer of the Year by Knit Now Magazine (UK). She was nominated in the Modern Daily Knitting Bracket in 2019 and 2020 for her sweater patterns. Most recently, in April 2020, BeLatina News published an article dubbing her “The Afro-Latina DIY Queen Who Will Inspire You to Revamp Your Life.”
Denise Bayron designs modern garments that are practical, minimal, and most often geometric. After 15 years of working as an executive in the fast fashion industry in NYC, she transitioned to patternmaking as a means of reconciling her love of fashion with a desire to live more sustainably. Making a wardrobe by hand enables one to source materials more sustainably and control the waste that is produced in the process. By designing patterns, Denise hopes to empower the home knitter and sewist with the tools, knowledge, and autonomy to create the handmade wardrobe of their dreams. She hopes that makers will use her patterns as the basic infrastructure for a garment, but then customize the fiber selection, fit, and color. In the end, each garment is a collaboration between designer and maker, and therefore a piece of handmade art.
As an Afro Latina, Denise also strives to make the slow fashion industry a more inclusive space through representation and education. She travels the world teaching knitting and sewing classes.
Kristin Drysdale (@Scandiwork) is an internationally renowned expert in Scandinavian colorwork. Inspired by her Scandinavian heritage, she is a master of Norwegian, Swedish, and Icelandic knitting design, technique, history, and symbolism. She was mentored by Randi Bjorge, former National Folk Artist for Norway and designer for Husfliden. She also spent many years abroad gathering techniques in knitting circles from Norway to Austria.
Kristin has taught and designed for over 25 years with patterns published in Laine Magazine, Brown Sheep Wool Company, and Knitters Magazine. Her lovely vintage cardigan, Marit, in Laine Magazine issue 7, is currently on the needles of knitters all over the world. Kristin specializes in continental knitting, colorwork, and how to make sweaters that fit. Her goal is to help knitters everywhere become independent and confident makers. She believes anyone can learn to create heirloom garments that are beautiful both inside and out.
Kristin is a special teacher with the gift of being able to transfer her knowledge to others. She loves to share tips and tricks gleaned from a lifetime of Scandinavian knitting.
Gaye Glasspie a.k.a GGmadeit b.k.a GG is a 50 something year-old who fell in love with knitting late in life - in just the last 9 or 10 years.
She is self-taught via YouTube, some wonderfully friendly yarn stores and she is obsessed with all things orange. GG discovered knitting during a very challenging time in her life -knitting is her ride or die, her BFF, her kind of therapy. Knitting has also become a beautiful bridge into a world of wonderful people and a way to universally connect with others through knitting.