JPKS Staff and Teachers - Find out more about us below!
Rebecca Long - Proprietress
Rebecca, owner of JP Knit & Stitch, loves the art of making! She has been creating since learning to sew with her mom at the age of 6, woodworking with her Dad at 10, crocheting at 15, and later fell in love with knitting at 35. Rebecca originally worked in the corporate world — a fifteen-year career focused on wealth management and investment structuring in New Jersey, New York, and Boston — before deciding to stay home with her three sweet children, Cooper, Madyson, and Sydney.
When not at the shop, you can find Rebecca with her husband, Jeff, chasing after their kiddos and doggies (Molly & Gus) and competing in sprint and half-Ironman distance triathlons...a family that “Tri’s” together, stays together! She is also passionate about reading, developing her yoga practice, dyeing her own yarn, and of course, knitting, sewing, and crocheting.
Her vision of the shop is a space where modern makers can come together to create items that are handmade, not homemade. Yes...there is a difference.
Jill Thompson Beach - Manager of Operations
Jill is a Kentucky girl living her best life on the East Coast! Jill started knitting a few years ago and has been knitting almost every day since. In addition to knitting, she loves traveling, reading, and hanging out with her two dogs, Nina and Evie. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts, with her husband, Aaron, an actual scientist. As a child, Jill learned how to sew, quilt, and crochet from her Granny (who is still an avid crafter at the age of 89!). When Jill has some free time, she loves to take hikes with Aaron and the dogs, explore cute New England towns, and make her own clothing.
Growing up Crista's mom was alway sewing for herself and for their family. Her maternal grandma was a power knitter and her other grandma’s motto was “make do." Crista studied Costume and textile design in college and moved to the US from South Africa in her late 20’s. While adapting to live in the US, she taught herself to crochet. Crista has been teaching at JPKS since 2014 and recently started working shop hours. She thinks that the best part of teaching beginner sewing is the joy on new students faces when they realized that actually managed to sew a pillowcase. Crista is a new knitter and enjoys the one thing that always scared her about knitting, reading a pattern! When not teaching or working at JPKS, Crista prints fabric and sews project bags in her studio in Roslindale. Follow Crista on instagram.
Molly was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. She moved to Boston 6 years ago and works at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Human Resources. Molly's mom and grandmother were/are crafters and taught her to sew as a very young child. Molly also enjoyed basic needlepoint and cross stitch as a kid. Molly's mom taught her to knit 16 years ago. After a 30 minute lesson with her mom, Molly went on her way and has been knitting ever since.
Kate Noe began her fiber journey in 2012, quickly becoming obsessed with knitting and then moving along to spinning as well as a bit of crochet. While she is mostly self-taught when it comes to knitting, she gives much credit to spinning and quilting classes that she took at JPKS before she began working at the shop. Kate's favorite things to knit are shawls and sweaters. In Kate's sewing room, you will find hundreds of quilt blocks that have yet to be sewn into quilts. Her mom is also a quilter, and the two often joke about how Kate loves to piece blocks and despises cutting fabric, while her mom loves to cut out her fabrics and rarely gets around to the piecing. You can guess that neither have finished a quilt in at least a year. They are working on a joint solution to this dilemma. In her other life, Kate works as a production manager in scholarly journal publishing. She is also an avid reader and cat-lover. If she'd received her Hogwarts letter, she would've certainly been a Ravenclaw.
Jeanne Po - Sewing Teacher
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, Liesl & Co, and Straight Stitch Society. Jeanne also authors the blog, nightknitter (nightknitter.wordpress.com), which highlights her adventures in knitting and sewing.
Rachel Rodrigues - Quilting Teacher
Rachel is a Midwestern transplant to Boston and lives with her husband, two young children, and one orange cat in Jamaica Plain. She was inspired by her grandmother and a close family friend to begin quilting in highschool and is primarily self-taught via books and the internet. Her favorite part of quilting is patchwork, which she does on a trusty Pfaff sewing machine she splurged on in graduate school. She especially enjoys working on improv style baby and scrap quilts. Her idea of a perfect day starts with a sunny morning alone in her sewing room playing music too loud and piecing a quilt top with occasional breaks to pet the cat. Rachel started teaching beginning quilting at JP Knit & Stitch in 2014 and especially loves running into past students and seeing pictures of their latest projects. She is a member of the Cambridge Modern Quilt Guild. You can find her on facebook as “RachelB Quilts” or Instagram @rachelbquilts.
Susan Vose - Knitting Teacher
Susan learned to knit when she was 16 so that she could make a screaming bright yellow halter top that she loved. Susan has been knitting obsessively ever since. Sweaters, socks, hats, shawls, all the things. Oddest thing Susan ever knit? Big, comfy overstuffed Barbie armchair (so fun to make)! Susan really enjoys teaching others to knit, and when she is not knitting, Susan teaches Pilates.
Amy Blake-Baldwin - Knitting Teacher
Amy was born and raised in Massachusetts. She learned the basics of knitting when she was little from her grandmother. Round two came from one of her mother’s friends. Round 3: third time’s the charm! This came after college and she’s been knitting like a fiend since! Amy also likes other crafts and delves into sewing, beading, basic embroidery, working with leather, and will give just about any handiwork a try. She can also be found playing with makeup and fountain pens. And, while she may pick wild and bright colors for herself, she loves to help others find that perfect colorway for themselves.