Alexis Agbay

Alexis has been sewing since high school and since graduating from Massachusetts College of Art and Design she has stitched for several different companies including costume shops and customized clothing stores.  She is now sewing for a tailor and works on her own projects in her free time and believes sewing is one of the best ways to express yourself.

Amanda Chaloupka

Since learning crochet from her grandmother at the age of nine, Amanda has been a devoted crafter and crocheter. Her crochet background includes a stint as a sample maker for a NYC fashion designer, a few original patterns published in print and online craft magazines, and experience teaching crochet to adults and children. For her day job, Amanda teaches at a Boston public high school.

Amy Blake-Baldwin

Amy learned the knitting basics when little from her grandmother. Around 2005 her father’s ex-wife encouraged her to pick up the needles in earnest. She taught herself using the book Basic Knitting and it was all downhill from there … She also crochets and spins. You can find her on Ravelry as aimless. To earn her fiber money, by day she’s an architect.

Ashley Rao

Ashley Rao is a knitwear designer and architect with an insatiable interest in texture, geometry, and construction.  She studied and taught architecture at Yale, and now applies her design urge to needles and yarn.  She lives and works in JP.

Ashley’s knitwear designs have been published in many publications including Interweave  and 60 Quick Baby Blankets.  You can find her as arao on Ravelry, or on any local playground knitting and toddler-chasing.

Crista Jaeckel

I learned to sew by seeing my Mom sew clothes for herself and for us girls. I remember being dragged to the fabric store many a Saturday! I studied Costume Design, which taught me even more about color choice and detail. I had a small business creating hats, scarves and small accessories from 2003-2011, some of which sold on Newbury Street. This was a great opportunity to express my love for period costumes and vintage trim, but using them in a contemporary way. These days I teach art classes for pre-school kids and love passing on creativity.

Diane Ivey

Diane Ivey is the Founder and CEO of Lady Dye Fiber Arts & Design, LLC, an eco-friendly street-art inspired yarn business. As a brand, Lady Dye is continuing to establish a presence in the street art culture in Boston. As a member of Boston’s fiber arts community, Diane spends time promoting her work at various art venues and teaches fiber arts classes at the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, JP Knit & Stitch in Jamaica Plain, and elsewhere. A knitter for the last ten years, dyer, spinner and crocheter for six years, Diane looks forward to expanding her business.

Dylan Uscher

Dylan Uscher is the owner and designer for DYLANIUM knits, a Boston-based knitwear design company specializing in hand-knit accessories and couture knit designs. Dylan’s mission in life is to unite the worlds of craft and fashion. His work has been featured in numerous publications including The Boston Globe, The Toronto Star, and FASHION Magazine, Canada. He’s been teaching knitting classes for the last 5 years and strives to make new knitters confident and excited about their new skills.

Jeanne Po

As a child, Jeanne learned to crochet from her mother.  Her older sister taught her how to sew and do needle point when she was in her teens. In the midst of her doctoral pursuits, she started knitting and quickly became thoroughly addicted. By day, she works in higher ed, and by night, she sews and knits like a mad woman. Her passion for sewing led her to become a pattern tester and sample sewer for Oliver + S.  Jeanne also authors the blog, nightknitter (, which highlights her adventures in knitting and sewing.

Jess Pease

Jess Pease comes from a line of talented knitters on both sides of her family. Her mother taught her to knit in high school, but she only really started knitting in earnest when her kids were old enough to occasionally entertain themselves. Her yarnbombing work with the South End Knitters has been featured in the deCordova Museum’s 2012 Biennial exhibition, and in the book Urban Knits by Simone Werle, as well as on trees, posts and fences around Boston. Jess Pease currently lives in Roxbury with her husband, two kids, two cats, and one dog.

Jin Parker

Jin’s creative mind turned her onto knitting five years ago unexpectedly and she wanted to learn as much as possible.  She enrolled in the renowned Nihon Amimono Culture Association, Vogue Knitting Japan Program.  Fibers, mathematics, technique, and therapeutic benefits are what keep her attached to her needles.  Jin joined The Third Piece in 2014, and has recently transitioned to a key role where she oversees the knitwear brand’s production process, training program and collection designs.

Judy Tucker

Judy has been hand sewing since 2nd grade and machine sewing since middle school.   When she went to college in Minnesota, everyone–except her–had a homemade quilt on their bed!  She immediately set about remedying that.  She learned to hand quilt from her roommate’s grandmother in South Dakota.  Judy has been quilting on and off since then, but restarted seriously quilting about 5 years ago when she got a new sewing machine and discovered the rotary cutter!  She is a member of the Proper Bostonian Quilt Guild and the Boston Modern Quilt Guild.  Judy blogs about color, design and quilting at   When she isn’t sewing, she’s often out training her two English Springer Spaniels and Black Lab mix.

Kate Herron Gendreau

Kate teaches sewing and embroidery and has a passion for combining traditional handwork techniques with contemporary design. She first learned to stitch from her grandmother at a young age and, inspired by the creative process behind objects and the stories they tell, went on to earn a B.A. in studio arts and art history as well as a master’s in museum studies. She is the creator of the The Story of Kat embroidery patterns and her work has been featured in a variety of print and digital publications. When she’s not stitching, she enjoys cooking, thrifting, hiking, and reading. You can see more of Kate’s work on her website

Kelly Corbett

Kelly Corbett is an Artist/Shepherdess. Each and every day is filled with the creativity that she needs to feed her soul. And her soul is always hungry! On her farm in Woolwich, Maine, Kelly produces beautiful hand-dyed yarns from her own sheep and Angora goats, as well as several lines of seasonal yarns from wools she purchases from her fellow New England sheep farms.  In addition, her line of Needle Felting Kits are popular with all ages for classes and make the perfect introduction to the fun world of needle felting.

Kelly Knight

Kelly Knight grew up in a family of knitters, crocheters, stitchers, and generally crafty people. As a child she wore handmade sweaters and dresses, and she still has a menagerie of dolls and animals made for her by her mother and her aunts. Kelly majored in textiles in college, where she learned handweaving and a myriad of dying techniques, including silkscreening, ikat and Shibori. She is an active weaver, knitter and a future sewer. She works at J.P. Knit & Stitch, the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, and teaches visual arts and fiber arts in Boston Public Schools.

Rachel Rodrigues

Rachel was inspired to start quilting in high school by her grandmother and a close family friend. Her first quilt took her 5 years to complete, mostly because she was distracted by college. Now Rachel works as a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School, and spends her time away from the lab bench quilting, baking, and running. She loves the creative and artistic process of quilting from beginning to end, and has been commissioned to create several personalized children’s quilts. Her husband is eternally patient with her frequent fabric shop visits. She blogs (mostly about baking) at

Stan Davis

Stan Davis has been needlepointing for 25 years and has done almost 100 pieces during that time. These include framed pictures, pillows, belts, bags and shoes. Typical pieces can be 20,000 – 40,000 stitches. While many are quite complex, over 90% of them use just one basic stitch. “I think needlepoint chose me, rather than vice versa; not to do more but to be more.”

Taylor McVay

Taylor McVay is a teacher, artist and activist living outside Boston, MA. She is the designer behind Blueprints For Sewing, a sewing pattern company that features designs inspired by domestic architecture. Taylor has created custom clothing for a range of clientele, worked as a pattern maker and consultant for fashion designers, and is a member of the craftivist art collective New Craft Artists in Action. She believes that learning to design and sew your own clothing can be an informative, liberating, and empowering creative experience.