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Rachel Alford

Rachel is the designer, blogger and crochet teacher behind the Cozy Nooks Designs blog. She loves to design home décor crochet patterns. Her favorite crochet projects are Christmas tree skirts because they are what initially propelled her designing career. A true creator at heart, she always has numerous crochet designs and home renovation projects in the works, and she loves to find ways to merge those two hobbies. Follow along with her on Instagram and check out her designs at
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Debra Arch

Debra Arch has published hundreds of crochet, knitting, hand-applique, machine sewing, quilting and needlepoint on plastic canvas designs in various publications over the past 15 years. She has authored 10 pattern books for Annie's, she crochets and knits designs for Annie's Hook and Needle Club, and she is a frequent contributor to Crochet World magazines. Debra has a talent for developing new tips and tricks, which she shares with her students to simplify techniques, making their crafting experiences easier and more fun!
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Kate Atherley

Kate is a professional technical editor and a seasoned designer and teacher. Her first book, Beyond Knit & Purl, has been praised as the 21st century "Knitting for Anarchists" book, and her second book, Knit Accessories: Essentials & Variations, was published in late 2012 to great acclaim. Kate regularly teaches at stores and events across North America, including Vogue Knitting Live and Interweave Knitting Lab. Her work has appeared in Creative Knitting magazine, Knitty, Interweave's Sockupied, the U.K. magazine Let's Knit and a wide range of books.
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Linda Augsburg

Surrounded by fabric and farmland, Linda Augsburg loves playing with patterns and prints, and she dreams of a day when she can finish a sewing project at the same moment that the bobbin empties.

Most of Linda's adult life has been spent behind the editorial desk at various quilting and craft publications. While she learned to sew as a 4-H'er, she traded garment sewing for quilting when she landed a job in the editorial department of a needlework magazine after college.

Linda's favorite part of the creative process might be choosing the fabrics for her latest quilt project, but designing quilts and other projects runs a close second. She's slowly making friends with her longarm quilting machine (yet unnamed) and has a small collection of the Fisher Price Little People sewing machines. She has a passion for all types of creative endeavors: quilting, embroidery, jewelry making, papercrafts, home decorating and whatever else catches her eye.

Video is her favorite medium with which to share new skills, and she's working on building a website of her own. If you want to get a sneak preview, visit her on Instagram (@cutsewquiltrepeat) or Facebook (Cut, Sew, Quilt, Repeat.).
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Janette Baker

Always partial to the delicate beauty of tatting, Janette has a passion for sharing her love of tatting with others. Her desire is to elevate tatting to the true art form she believes it deserves. From her own experience of learning to tat, she realized the need for clear, precise instructions. In addition to having taught hundreds of private students, she has also taught classes at her local college, quilting shop and Michael's Arts & Crafts store.
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Marci Baker

Recognized internationally for her expertise in quilting, Marci enjoys sharing ideas that simplify the quilting process. She began teaching quilting in 1989 for her local quilting guild and shops. Marci has invented several tools to help make quilting easier for all. She spends much of the year traveling and teaching classes for quilting guilds and trade shows. She has been featured in Redbook, on HGTV's Simply Quilts, Quilters News Network, NBC's The Jane Pauley Show and has been published in American Quilter Magazine and Traditional Quiltworks. See more of her work at
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Alli Bartkowski

Alli discovered quilling when she saw a co-worker's beautifully quilled wedding invitation in a frame. She taught herself how to quill and even cut her own strips of paper. When she became a stay-at-home mom in 2002, she and her husband turned her unique quilled designs into an online business, Quilled Creations Quilled Creations has become the world's leading supplier of paper quilling products. Alli has been published in many magazines and is the author of numerous quilling books including Paper Quilling Kit for Dummies (2009), Quilled Flowers: A Garden of 35 Paper Projects (2012) and Quilled Jewelry (2013).
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Molly Beals

Molly Beals is an advertising account manager at Annie's Publishing. She manages print and digital media marketing opportunities.

Her love of handcrafting started at the young age of six when her aunt taught her how to embroider, knit and crochet. Later in life she picked it back up when she had two children. Inspired to make items for her kids, family and friends, she picked up the needle and thread again and hasn't looked back! Creating heirlooms and preserving memories for others has become a passion, and she loves to share her journey!
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Peggy Benjamin

Peggy Benjamin was a hobby quilter at one time with a career in corporate marketing and brand management. Today she owns and operates a small quilting supplies online shop.

Peggy and fiance Rex Moreland created the Easy Binding Winder to meet Peggy's need for better binding management. Peggy understood the problem and Rex designed the prototype. When her quilting friends saw the winder, they wanted one too, and that's the beginning of the story of the Easy Binding Winder.
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Marly Bird

Marly Bird is the national spokesperson for Red Heart Yarns and a published crochet and knitting designer. She is also an author, teacher, podcaster and blogger. Throughout the year, Marly travels the country teaching at national craft consumer shows and shares the love of Red Heart (including her new line called Chic Sheep by Marly Bird™) with her followers.

Marly's grandmother taught her to crochet in 1999, and a close friend taught her to knit in 2004. Marly found her calling in the yarn industry and had her first designs published in fall 2008, and she has not looked back.

You can find many of Marly's designs at and follow her video tutorials on her YouTube channel at

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Palmer Bixler

Plamer's crafting journey began with an origami kit in elementary school that her big sister had trouble understanding. From there, Palmer developed a love for macrame bracelets and tie dye, enjoying the precision needed for good results. As soon as she bought her first sewing machine, she discovered the boundless world of quilting. Palmer is passionate about quilting for others and designing fun quilts that any confident beginner could tackle.
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Debby Brown

Debby Brown's website summary describes her as a "designer and quilt enabler." Debby has been a Handi Quilter educator since 2005 and has inspired quilters all around the globe. In addition to teaching at retail shop events and guilds, Debby teaches at major quilt shows nationally and internationally, including International Quilt Festival (Houston), Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC), International Quilt Show Dubai, and American Quilters Society (Lancaster, Phoenix). She recently filmed a series of DVDs about sit-down machine quilting featuring the HQ Sweet Sixteen®.

Since Debby began quilting in 1986, she has completed several thousand quilts for herself and others. When not busy teaching, she is constantly creating in her studio in upstate New York. She and her husband were just promoted to "grandma and grandpa" and are very enthusiastic about their new roles!

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Nancy Burke

Nancy believes that anyone can learn to be a creative hand-lettering artist by following a few simple steps and with a little bit of practice. Nancy is a co-author of CardMaker's Hand-Lettering Workbook, published by Annie's. She has also served on many paper-craft product manufacturer design teams and has traveled around the United States teaching her love of all things crafty to students at craft conventions, retail stores and retreats.
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Norrine Burke

Norrine Burke is the owner of Call Clutter Fairy home organizing in California. She also runs the YouTube channel, The Crafty Organizer, where she shares her passion for all things Organizing, Decluttering, Upcycling, and Crafting!

One of the first DIY craft projects Norrine made was a telephone from dixie cups, toilet paper tubes, and a tissue box…. She was 7! This type of creativity has led to many DIY projects throughout her life. She spends off work time enjoying her favorite role as Mom to her two high-school-aged children, and two fur babies. She is so excited to share her passion and knowledge with the Uncluttered Crafter!
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Deborah Cacciamani

By the time that Debbie graduated from college, she had already become an expert craftswoman. She used her paycheck from her first job to buy a brand-new sewing machine. A few years later, she bought a quilt shop and became a local teacher. Her quilting and sewing teaching talent was recognized by Bernina, and she was subsequently hired to teach the teachers and train local store owners and staff how to use all Bernina machines. As a Bernina representative, Debbie demonstrates how to sew, serge, quilt and embroider, and she inspires her students to try their hand at innovative techniques.
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Lisa Carnahan

Lisa Carnahan has been knitting and designing for almost 30 years. In addition to knitting for herself and her family, she has had the opportunity to knit and design for many yarn manufacturers, magazines and book publishers. She has been certified by the Craft Yarn Council as a knitting instructor and has taught all levels of knitters at local yarn shops, knitting guilds and workshops. See more of her work at
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Jennifer Carroll

Jennifer Carroll is a noted entertaining expert, photographer, designer, writer and contributor to special decorating issues of Country Sampler magazine and is also the host of She is passionate about sharing recipes, decorating ideas, DIY projects and easy-to-implement tips to help make life sweeter and less stressful. As an event planner with more than 20 years of experience, Jennifer knows all the insider tricks and tips for turning a party into a celebration. "Beauty is inspiring and my ambition is to create as much of it as I can and share it with the world around me," she notes.

As a young adult, Jennifer worked as a model, and as a result was often invited to glamorous New York City parties, but rather than mingle with the elite, Jennifer often chatted with those behind the scenes to find out what made the parties absolutely sparkle. After modeling, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked at Davidoff of Geneva in Beverly Hills. At Davidoff, she organized and hosted countless celebrity dinners and special events. Missing the South, Jennifer moved back to Virginia and soon opened her own design and planning company, Jennifer Carroll Events. Her work received national attention and was featured in many magazines and websites. When her daughter was born, she stepped away from the event planning world and founded, a blog and online magazine.
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Emily Carter

Emily Carter is Freelance Copy Editor at Annie's Publishing.

She learned to crochet in 2010 and to knit in 2015, thanks to the kindness and generosity of co-workers. Working for a craft publishing company, she's constantly surrounded by creativity and talent, and it inspired her to learn crafting. A yarnie at heart, she favors crochet and knitting but has played around with cross stitching and jewelry making. She wants to try her hand at sewing, too, and is currently in the market for a sewing machine. When she's not crafting, she's planning her next world travel expedition with her friends. In fact, one of the things on her ever-growing bucket list is to cover every page of her passport with stamps!
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Robyn Chachula

Robyn Chachula's path to her successful crochet design career began in architectural engineering. She pursued a career as a structural engineer specializing in historic preservation and renovation. Robyn has been a crochet expert on Annie's Knit and Crochet Now! television program, which appears on many PBS stations. She is also the instructor of Annie's Learn to Crochet Sweaters, Learn Yarn Substitutions for Crochet and Learn to Crochet Jewelry video classes and author of several books. You can find more of her designs at
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