Alexis Agbay

Alexis has been sewing since high school. After graduating from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she went on to stitch for several different companies including costume shops as well as high-end tailoring and customized clothing stores.  She is now the lead milliner at Salmagundi in Boston and works on her own projects in her free time. She is a dedicated and joyful part of our sewing team and believes that sewing is one of the best ways to express yourself.

Amy Blake-Baldwin

Amy learned the knitting basics from her grandmother when she was little. 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. By day, Amy is an architect to earn her fiber money.

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.

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. When she’s not stitching, she enjoys cooking, thrifting, hiking, and reading, and being a homebody. You can see Kate’s embroidery patterns and more on her website www.khgarts.com

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.

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.

Elizabeth Kaplan

Elizabeth Kaplan learned many crafts from her grandmother while she was growing up.  She started knitting more seriously a few years ago, and she loves the idea that you can make something so personalized for yourself and others. By day, she directs a kids program at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston. When she takes a break from crafting, she loves to ride her bike, cook, and play piano.

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.

Ashley Laney

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.

Anne van de Minne-Faber

My mother and grandmother taught me how to knit when I was 5 or 6 years
old. With their help, I soon discovered  that with only some yarn (or fabric) you can make something beautiful. My teddy bear, who had been genderless, was now a girl (for the simple reason that dresses are easier to start with than pants!) and by age 14 I took my first pattern making course. After high school I completed an education as a seamstress, which was followed by studies at the art academy and later art history at the University of Amsterdam (which has given me a great internal library to pick from and a firm basis in creating). Then Alex, who would become my husband, knocked on my door (literally) and soon followed our boys Constantijn and Boreas while crafting took a backseat for a time. We moved from Amsterdam in the Netherlands to Boston in 2015 and I picked up my crafting and started designing again–both knitting and crochet patterns. You can see my work at www.snobbycrafter.com

Mckenzie Mullen

A self-identified “grannypunk,” Mckenzie believes that domesticity can be a radical feminist act.  She has been working and teaching in different LYS for 4 years, first in Oakland, California and then here at JP Knit & Stitch. When she’s not knitting, spinning, sewing, or cooking, Mckenzie is working on a dual-Masters degree in Archives and History.  She is writing her thesis on plus-size clothing.

Jess Pease

Jess 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.

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 (nightknitter.wordpress.com), which highlights her adventures in knitting and sewing.

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 www.350sweets.com.

Judy Tucker

Judy has been hand sewing since 2ndgrade 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 www.sleepingdogquilts.com.   When she isn’t sewing, she’s often out training her two English Springer Spaniels and Black Lab mix.

Susan Vose

Patty Wojtowicz

Having retired from a career as a teacher of fourth and fifth graders and then college freshman, Patty is now pursuing her artistic interests: quilting, writing, and stained glass work. Patty made her first quilt top in high school, but she has been sewing since she was eight years old when she joined 4-H at her mom’s insistence. Patty did not always appreciate her time as a 4-H member; however with the wisdom of age, Patty is continually thankful for her mom’s persistence. Patty and her husband recently moved to JP from Chicago.

Alexa Goldin

Alexa is a San Francisco-born 4th generation knitter who has been making fun projects with yarn since 2003 (when she learned to knit between scenes in a musical). She studied theatre at the University of Oregon and elementary school education at Mills College. She has worked at 4 knitting stores in 3 states and is studying to be a doula. Alexa loves dogs, cooking, reading, Halloween, the San Francisco Giants, singing showtunes, and, of course, knitting!