Teachers, in alphabetical order:
Mary Bird — Needle Felting
Mary has been braiding for over 12 years and needle felting for 2 years. Mary is a skilled and adventurous craftsperson who enjoys making anything with wool. She currently has a rug, “Kaleidoscope,” on display with the traveling exhibit, Contemporary Braided Art Rugs. She lives with her husband in Connecticut and fits in an amazing amount of braiding around her work schedule as an sonographer.
Delsie Hoyt — Pinwheel
Delsie has a long history of innovative rug braiding in her family: her great-grandmother braided a pinwheel rug that now resides in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum at Colonial Williamsburg. She continues this tradition of artistic rug braiding with her art rug business: Kingdom Moon Rugs. A recipient of the Vermont Governor’s Heritage Award, her rugs have been on display at many exhibitions, and currently she has rugs in the Schwenkfelder Museum exhibit of Contemporary Braided Art Rugs, as well as in a display in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. She generously shares her signature technique for creating images in braids with us in her Pinwheel class.
Marjorie Kauffman — Left Opening Butting, Butting in Small Spaces (LO), Wrapped Fringe Strip Rug.
Marjorie Kauffman is a life-long resident of Lancaster County, PA, and has enjoyed rug braiding for a dozen years or so. She is a member of the Valley Forge Rug Braiding guild, and has a number of braiding tutorials on her website: BraidBuddi.com, and her YouTube channel, Marjorie K. She has won several awards for her rugs, and has exhibited rugs at Sauder Village, the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild Show, and the Schwenkfelder Museum. When not braiding or sewing or working as a lab tech, she enjoys playing piano and cello.
Robin Kershaw — Beginner Braiding.
A longtime member of the Valley Forge Rug Braiding Guild, 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. Currently she works in the airline industry.
Jenn Kiarsis — Braided Kitties/Creative Lacing
Jennifer lives and braids in Plaistow, New Hampshire. She initially took an Adult Education class in Newburyport, Massachusetts, to learn how to braid, and she has continued to learn and explore the art of braiding by taking classes at braid in events and experimenting on her own. She has been braiding for about 15 years. Jennifer is a member of the Baystate Braiding Guild, and is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen. Two of her braided kitties will be on display at the Schwenkfelder Museum during the braid in.
Christine Manges — Greek Key Border; 5-Diamond Stars
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. In 2018 she co-curated the Contemporary Braided Art Rug show currently on display at the Schwenkfelder Museum. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family and a great wool stash.
Kris McDermet — BraidBowls
Kris has been teaching rug braiding and rug hooking for over 30 years. She was a Featured Artist at the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild’s October 2018 show, “Hooked in the Mountains.” She is the co-curator of the exhibit, Contemporary Braided Art Rugs, on display now at Schwenkfelder Museum. She is the recent recipient of the Founders Cup award from TIGHR, The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers. Artist, Author, Curator, and Instructor, Kris has won many awards for her signature braided-and-hooked rugs.
Pam Rowan — Greek Key Border; 5-Diamond Stars
Pam been braiding for 13 years. She has taught at many braid ins, at Cape Elizabeth, Alfred, Methuen, and Valley Forge. She started and runs the yearly Franciscan Retreat. She has taught weekly braiding lessons in her home for 7 years. She owns the business,
“Braid A Rug” through which she sells braiding supplies and wool as well as instruction in braiding. She has a rug on display with the Contemporary Braided Art Rug exhibit. Pam is a Right Opening Braider but can switch to Left Opening as needed — an invaluable skill for an instructor! Pam says she enjoys “solving all kinds of problems” in braiding.
Peggyann Watts — Memory Mat of Braided Ties
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. One of her rugs is currently traveling with the “Contemporary Braided Art Rug” show. 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 Butting, and American Star Chair Pad
As a rug braider for over 11 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. Her work is currently on display at the Schwenkfelder Museum. She and Marjorie Kauffman started and manage the Lancaster Braiders’ Guild. She lives with her family in Stevens, Pennsylvania.