Teachers, in alphabetical order:
Lucinda Harrison-Cox — Braiding with Ties.
Lucinda is a third generation braider who enjoys working with different materials and trying new finishes. She has spent much of her work life teaching and sharing what she knows.
Marjorie Kauffman — Left Opening Braiding, Strawberry Trivet.
Marjorie has been braiding rugs for about 11 years, and is an active member of the Valley Forge Rug Braiding Guild and the Lancaster Braiders. Marjorie has released several instructional videos on braiding on the YouTube channel, “Marjorie K,” and has taught classes several times for the VF Spring Braid in. She has won several awards for her rugs, and has exhibited rugs at the Schwenkfelder Museum. She lives with her family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Robin Kershaw — Beginner Braiding.
Robin Kershaw has been braiding for many years and looks forward to sharing her delight in braiding with new students. She is a retired librarian from Delaware who is an avid hiker and cross country skier.
Christine Manges — Braiding with Wire, Ruffled Candle Mat, Ocean Waves Border, Continuous Multistrand.
Christine started braiding in 2006 and hasn’t stopped since. She is a founding member of the VF Guild and has coordinated the teaching program for several years at the braid in. She has taught at the VF and New England braid ins, as well as teaching braiding at ATHA (Association of Traditional Hooking Artists) conferences and at Pittsburgh Knit, Crochet, and Fiber weekends. She co-authored a book, Combining Rug Hooking and Braiding, with Kris McDermet and Dianne Tobias. She has a blog, “TheBraidingPost.wordpress.com” with Dianne, and also has a quarterly newsletter on rug braiding: The Revolutionary Rug Braider. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family and a great wool stash.
Peggyann Watts — Wool & Leather Purse or Tote.
PeggyAnn is a retired registered nurse of 34 years. She has been both a rug braider and a rug hooker for 30+ years. She is the owner of and teacher for “Belfast Braids,” her business in Belfast, New York. She has taught at both the Valley Forge and New England braid ins. She enjoys expanding the knowledge and skills of braiding of students, and she hopes they will pass it on to others as well.
Debra Weinhold (shown with a handsome alpaca)– Right Opening Braiding, Bone-Shaped Rug.
As a rug braider for over 10 years, Debra calls braiding her “happy place.” She enjoys teaching and demonstrating her craft wherever she can, at historical sites, art galleries, and even retirement communities. Debra has taught several times at past VF braid ins, as well as at New England Braids. She has exhibited her work at the Schwenkfelder Museum. She and Marjorie Kauffman started and manage the Lancaster Braiders’ Guild. She lives with her family in Stevens, Pennsylvania.
Debbie Wykosky — Quillie Christmas Tree.
Debbie first learned to sew at age 11 and continues using her hands in anything “crafty” that interests her. She took her first braiding class in 1992 and has been a member of the VFRBG since it was started, having taught several classes along the way. She now facilitates our annual braid-in. Along with crafts, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, babysitting, and volunteering. Debbie lives in Bethlehem with her Mr. Fix-It husband, Jeff, and dog Ranger.
Carol Young — Locker Hooked Mat.
Carol learned to sew, knit and crochet as a child. As an adult she learned how to braid, hook, quilt, weave, spin, and many other crafts. She’s a warm weather person so in the summer she’s out on the golf course. In the winter, she likes to hibernate inside a warm and cozy house listening to an audio book and doing something — just about anything — with her hands. She is always ready to learn something new!
Nancy Young — Braided Turtle Rug.
“I began to braid rugs as a newly wed when we needed carpet for our home. There were no synthetic fibers then, and wool carpet was very costly. Now, 60 years later I still enjoy braiding and never tire of admiring the hand made rugs on the floor and the memories associated with them. Teaching the craft over the years has filled my life and enabled me to meet many interesting people as well as given me some satisfaction in helping to preserve the craft.”