Meet Our Experts

Jamie Anthony – Jamie has been a life-long craft and photography enthusiast. She was first taught how to knit and crochet by her Grandma Pontius when she was elementary school age. Her love of knitting was renewed shortly after the birth of her son, tucker, by a close friend and she has had a knitting project, or several, in her bag ever since.

Jamie considers herself a fearless knitter who relies on friends, multiple internet videos, and local yarn shops to enhance her yarn skills and encourage her curiosity and love of fiber art.

Jamie’s love of gnomes started with a wee little travel gnome knitted and gifted to her by her niece, Alexandria, whom jamie taught to knit. Gnomey has traveled to Ireland, Italy, and all over the US, and records his travels on his Facebook and Instagram pages @The Adventures of Gnomey. Jamie lives in South Bend with her husband and their Shih Tzu, Mabel, who loves grabbing any ball of yarn that might come her way.

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Becky Fenton – Becky began her passion for the Stripology ruler and techniques in 2020 during Covid. Since then, she has made over 40 quilts using this methodology. She uses her Stripology ruler for every quilt she makes and enjoys opportunities to show others how to get themes out of their ruler. She calls herself a Stripologist and as you will see, she’s a huge fan of the methodology.

Becky started quilting in 2007 in Kansas City and started her long arm quilting business in 2011. She now resides in northern Indiana with her husband Scott and her Yorkies, Sammie and Coco Joe.

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Annie Fuller – Annie is our Featured Artisan for 2024!

Annie’s given name is Woodice Ann, but she prefers being called Annie. She and her husband, Dan, reside outside of Angola, IN.

Annie has been stitching samplers for 59 years. She first found inspiration from a chart in Good Housekeeping Magazine when she was 23 years old. 

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Carol Kauffman – Carol started sewing in high school home economics class, and spent years sewing for herself and her children. Most recently she has spent three years sewing in the RV arena. Carol began quilting 8-10 years ago and hasn’t looked back.

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Claudia Lash – Claudia is a pattern designer, teacher, and maker of many sewing projects from small items to quilts. Her company is Presto Avenue Designs.

www.prestoavenuedesigns.com

Claudia teaches around the Indianapolis area and can be found on YouTube.

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Lynn Gerard – Lynn has been sewing for many years and has discovered her love for creating and making bags and purses out of cork material and leather. She couldn’t find a local source to buy all the matching hardware and zippers so she started selling that as well thus LsG Creations was born.

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Mary Ann Lienhart Cross – Mary Ann learned to sew as a child making pillowcases with her grandmother. She continued to sew through 10 years of 4-H and earned a degree in Consumer & Family Sciences and also a Masters Degree in Instructional Development both from Purdue University.

Mary Ann enjoys working with fiber, knitting, needle felting, weaving, and sewing. Sometimes what she enjoys most of all is collecting all of the supplies. She is a lifelong learner and enjoys learning and sharing with others.

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Sharon Martin – Sharon is a life time sewer and began learning and improving her skills at a young age. For 20 years, she designed and created furniture for the van conversion industry, then transitioned to pontoon and fiberglass deck boats, doing all the padding and seating.

Sharon then went to the RV industry to create sofas, recliner, and other seating in the Class A Motorhomes.

She enjoys making quilts, table runners, and wall hangings, whether it’s a piecing, appliqué, or embroidery (hand or machine). Sharon especially gets excited when she is piecing a quilt and can find ways to use Deb Tucker’s rulers for accurate piecing. She finds the end results are so exciting!

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Sue Martin – Sue learned to stitch as a child, and has continued her needlework education throughout her life. She has been an active member of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America for nearly 40 years, and has learned many different techniques and styles of needlework.

Sue has been employed at fabric stores, which led to the opportunity to teach sewing and quilt making for more than 30 years. In addition to EGA, she has been active with Indiana Extension Homemakers Assocation and in her church. 

Sue lives in Warsaw, IN, and has three grown children, seven grandchildren, and a special dog.

Maggie Schnaars – Maggie is a fiber artist living on a small alpaca hobby farm in Elkhart County. She specializes in knitting, crocheting, weaving on a rigid heddle loom, and spinning lessons for all age groups.

She knits continually, experimenting in traditional methods of knitted garment construction and color work in fair isle, twined, entrelac and intarsia.

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Saloma Slabaugh – Saloma was given the gift of being taught needlework at a very young age. She has pleasure in passing this gift on to others who would like to enjoy this amazing hobby.

Soloma Slabaugh Project

Pat Rathbum

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Jackie Watkins

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Teresa Wells

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Diane Wise

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