• Doris DeGenova Blue Thread on Wooden Spool
    As we all probably did, in the 8th grade, I took my first sewing class (my teacher’s name was Doris Cleary) and fell in love with the craft.  Previously, as a little girl, my mother taught me to knit, crochet and embroider.  I remember being in awe of my mother’s neat and even stitches –  wondering if I’d ever be as good as she.  I love all aspects of fabric and design and took classes in pattern design and tailoring in the 80’s.  In the 90’s, I had a Home Dec business until 2003 when I started quilting.  Mostly self taught, I took a few classes at Fabric Expressions with Karla Esh and Juanita.  Once I started quilting, all other form of sewing were left behind & I have designed and made many, many quilts ever since.
    My passion is focused on traditional patchwork – using basic construction techniques and using ... Read full bio
  • Jackie Vujcich of Colorado Creations Quilting

    Living near the foothills to the Rocky Mountains, Jackie’s surrounded by nature in all its glory. Inspiration “blooms” right outside her studio door. She loves to travel and always keep a camera in her pocket to capture the awesomeness of the great outdoors in her landscape quilts. Quilting for 20+ years and started teaching pieced (patchwork) quilting 13 years ago, Jackie realized that this limited her creative expression. She now immerses herself in pictorial art quilts and teaching this style. She started on online quilt shop to supply nature-themed fabric and her patterns for her students.

    Learn more about Jackie at: https://coloradocreationsquilting.com/

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  • Jane Dumler

    Jane started teaching for Y-Wives in 1971!  She taught for Great American Quilt Factory from 1982 to 2011 when they closed. We are so thrilled to have Jane teaching quilting classes here at Wooden Spools!

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  • Joan Pluess
    At the age of eight Joan Pluess’ mother taught her how to sew which started her on the path of becoming has been a lifelong crafter. At the age of 14, she taught herself how to crochet and her love affair with yarn began. Eventually her interest in sewing expanded into fashion design. She even graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design in Los Angeles! For many years she made her living as a custom seamstress and designer. Through the years when she was raising her children, Joan expanded her interest in crafting by cross stitching, sewing and crocheting for friends and family.
    In 2004, in honor of a friend’s life who was an avid knitter, she taught herself how to knit and a new passion was born.  In 2013, she earned a teacher’s certification in both knit and crochet through the Yarn Council and began teaching at two Michael’s stores. The first time Joan walked into Wooden Spools, the ... Read full bio
  • Michelle Bowman

    Michelle Bowman is a Colorado native, and she’s been involved in textile arts of one kind or another for over 40 years. On any particular day, you might find her knitting, spinning, dyeing, felting, or sewing. Don’t ask her to pick a favorite from this list (although, she will say that textiles in all of those crafts must be adorned with glorious color). She is @ChelleColoradoFiberArt on Facebook, chellecolorado on Instagram, and www.chellecolorado.com on the Web.

    Michelle learned to sew clothes and crochet in grade school, and continued crafting throughout high school and subsequent work years. She returned to school in her thirties to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Communication (Writing and Editing emphasis), where she learned to write instructions and create presentations for many types of processes—a skill that comes in quite handy for teaching fiber arts.

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  • Pat Syta

    Pat Syta started sewing when she was about twelve years old. In 1991 she began quilting when a friend she worked with talked her into taking her first quilting class. Pat was to make an eight-block sampler, but eight blocks weren’t enough of a challenge, so Pat made an eighteen block queen sized quilt, which she still sleeps under.

    The quilt bug hit hard. Two years after her first class, Pat began teaching at a local shop in Anchorage, Alaska. Teaching beginners is her specialty, but she loves traveling, teaching to all levels of students and taking challenging classes herself.

    Pat promptly became active in three guilds when moving to Colorado. Along with some friends Pat started Parker Piecekeepers Quilt guild in Parker, became director of Quilt Colorado in 2012, and was Program Chair of Arapahoe County Quilters.

    Pat has authored two books: Bear’s Paw Plus, published by Martingale, and Red at Night under ... Read full bio

  • Peggy Supplee

    Like so many quilters, my first experience sewing was learning garment construction from my Mom, who happened to be a fashion designer in New York. She also taught me do make quite a few home dec projects (I much prefer window treatments to upholstery).   Sewing took a backseat to college, career, marriage and family though somewhere along the line I became interested in quilts. In 1997 I needed something to do at 2 AM, that was quiet, and would divert my attention away from back pain – learning to quilt was the answer.  As every quilter knows somewhere, somehow quilting takes on a life of its own and sweeps you along with it. Since then I have enjoyed taking classes, learning new techniques, making quilts for family and friends and best of all teaching. I have been fortunate to be able to teach classes both in Denver and Virginia, and ... Read full bio

  • Saundra Fowler

    I learned to knit when I was eight years old. My mother taught me the absolute basics and I took my first real knitting class when I was 10 or 11 while I was in 4-H. Our group got to go take lessons from a sweet lady who had a knit shop. She was brave enough to take on teaching all of us how to knit. Our first project was, of all things, a pair of mittens made on straight needles for the 4-H fair that summer.   Mine were light purple and what a mess I made out of that skein of yarn! I had never seen yarn packaged like that before.   There was lots of untangling to do before I could even think of starting to knit!

    In the many years since then I have knitted off and on. I picked it up again about twelve years ago and is ... Read full bio