We have lots of experience teachers at Atomic Fibers - Crochet, Knitting, Quilting, Sewing, and Weaving. Get to know them!
Teresa Brittain - Teresa has been a fiber enthusiast for almost two decades--knitting, crocheting, spinning, dyeing, and weaving in her spare time. While she is the proud owner of a floor loom, she prefers the ease and speed with which she can warp a rigid heddle loom and start weaving.
Teresa teachers our weaving classes.
Cheryl LaBagh - Cheryl is a retired high school mathematics teacher and director of technology from a small rural school district in upstate New York. She was also a principal at a Christian School for 5 years. She started sewing as a little girl with her grandmother and has been doing crafts of some sort ever since. She started quilting in 1996 and loved it. She took every class she could and sewed every chance she got – even at the expense of sleep! Quilting became her new hobby/job. She started teaching quilt classes during the summer of 1999 and enjoys teaching beginners through advanced. She loves to analyze a pattern to find easier (and usually more accurate) ways to construct the blocks.
Peg Purdue - I learned to sew by watching Mom make formal gowns for Millikan University gals in Decatur, Illinois. Mom signed me up for sewing lessons when I was 10 years old. In 1975, Mom & I signed up for Quilting classes - a sampler quilt that I have not finished ! Life happened! Carpal Tunnel really hampered my hand piecing & quilting of this beauty. I then had 3 children and my husband traveled internationally so life was crazy. The children are now on their own, we have retired to TN and are enjoying life. In my “previous life”, I was trained as a biologist but always worked as a chemist. The most interesting as well as dangerous was ‘playing’ with Chemical Weapons, specifically VX or Nerve Agent. Oh the stories I can tell. I actually retired from Roche Diagnostics in Indianapolis, IN. I LOVE visiting our kids, being crafty, sewing, spending time on our boat and just enjoying the Wonderful life God has given me.
Peg loves new techniques! She is teaching locker hooking, purse/bag classes and more!
Emily Smartt - Emily Smartt is a Jill of all crafts. She loves to knit, crochet, spin, weave and sew (just to name a few of her favorites). She first learned to knit back in 2002 and has been attending classes and conventions ever since. Emily has 2 years experience in knitting instruction and believes anyone can learn the craft, but must be patient with themselves. Emily has a fun outgoing personality and loves to laugh. She is a wife, a mom, an avid fitness enthusiast and has a "big girl" job in computer programming.
Emily teaches basics knitting techniques, advance knitting techniques and fun sewing projects!
Rachel Venables - Rachel is our first international teacher. She is visiting from England.
Rachel is 49 years of age and married to Mark for just under 20 years, with a 15 ½ year old National Debt! (aka Rowan her daughter). Rachel is a Podiatrist based in the community. At home she owns 2 Maine coon cats, one British Shorthair and 1 dog who is a Schnauzer/poodle cross, 2 crazy Polish Frizzle hens and a tank of fish.
Rachel learned to sew at my maternal Grandmothers and at school although her mother had a Singer in a Horn Cabinet in which her mother hid coconut mushroom sweets (yeuk). Rachel played with buttons and textiles from a very young age and made costumes from long pieces of polyester.
Rachel enjoys teaching and currently is teaching in several local (and not so local) shops in her home country, England.
Best sewing moment: Mother stated that her work was amazing and she was just stunned I did it on a domestic. Teaching her mother and aunt who are both highly skilled dressmakers! Worst sewing moment: Sewing through my left finger and nail and removing the broken needle myself. Ouch!
Rachel also works with a local cat sanctuary and support she daughter’s return to health following a traumatic event.
Rachel WILL RETURN in October 2018 for more Improv Thread Play and Free Motion classes.