Interweave Yarn Fest Sneak Peek: Get to Know Miriam Felton

We are gearing up for Interweave Yarn Fest 2017, and are picking the brains of some of our instructors about their craft. In this installment, Miriam Felton gives us a little sneak peek into her passion.

You can meet Miriam at Interweave Yarn Fest – check out her instructor profile and the classes she will be teaching here!

Are there any current fiber arts trends you are obsessed with?

Cross Crafting (mixing crafts like knitting, crochet, sewing, etc…), short rows, and mixing yarn bases.

What can students learn from your workshops that they can’t learn anywhere else?

My emphasis is on understanding how the yarn and needles interact to make the stitches. Not just how to do the technique, but why it works the way it does.

What will students gain short and long term from taking your workshops?

Short term, learn some new techniques. Long term, deepen your knowledge of knitting and become fearless in the face of any technique.

Out of all the fiber arts creations you’ve made, which one is your favorite and why is it your favorite?

My favorites are the ones that challenged me the most. Like the matching turned hems on the Chromaticity Cowl.

Do you remember the first fiber arts piece you made?

I’m sure it was a doll dress when I was a small girl.

How long have you been a fiber arts fanatic and what sparked your passion for the craft?

I’ve been sewing since I was 2 or 3, I added crochet in when I was 8, then cross stitch, and eventually knitting.

What is your favorite tool, accessory or yarn in your studio right now- the go-to product that you most frequently turn to?

I love triangular stitch markers. They pop right up when you get to them and are easy to transfer from one needle to the next.

If there is another instructor at IYF whose workshop you’d like to take, who’s would it be and why?

I would love to take Inkle Weaving with Myra Chang Thompson, or Bohus Knitting with Courtney Kelley

What’s the best piece of advice you ever got from a fellow crafter?

Cat Bordhi told me that you don’t have to pull the end through your final stitch on a bind-off. You just have to lift that final stitch up after you cut the yarn and it fastens off just fine without that little dog-ear.

What are you most excited about for Yarn Fest 2017?

I’m excited to teach Cross-Craftual. I’m very passionate about mixing crafts and I can’t wait to share that with everyone else.

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