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Fiber Retreat Teachers

Yarn Cupboard's Fiber Arts Retreat 2017

Slate of Teachers

Olga Buraya-Kelefian

Olga Buraya-Kelefian is one of the most prolific designers working today. We are so lucky that she will be at our retreat again this year. Her patterns are so unique which make her classes unique as well. Olga's class numbers are limited so please sign up as soon as you can. You will not be disappointed!!

Donna Druchunas

We are so lucky to have Donna Druchunas making her way to Syracuse from Vermont again in  April. She is an accomplished author with many patterns to her credit. Her classes at the Yarn Cupboard retreat are a wonderful mix of her many talents. Please have a look and call to register. We also have many of her publications available for sale. 



Cal Patch


Cal Patch has been making, design and teaching all things textile related since 1991. She sews, crochets. embroiders, spins, prints, knits, dyes and more! She designed clothes for Urban Outfitters, Free People, Gap, and Old Navy before developing her own line of one off-pieces

called "Hodge Podge", which she currently sells in her Etsy shop and sometimes at craft fairs. After owning a boutique for four years which showcased her own and other local Indie designers work, she opened one of the nations first craft schools in 2002. She contributes to books and magazines such as Stitch N' Bitch: The Happy Hooker, Mend it Better, Applique Your Way, Made by Hand, Crochet Today and Sew Stylish. In 2009 Cal relocated to Upstate New York where she is becoming a crafty farmer and growing her handmade wardrobe.She offers classes in the Hudson Valley, and travels to retreats and events like Squam Art Workshops, the Makerie, and Lucky Star Art Camp.Her first book is published by Potters Craft , Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified. We LOVE Cal. She is a Yarn Cupboard favorite. If you have not taken one of her classes, you are in for a treat. Register as soon as you can.


Beth Coye

Beth has been spinning for ten years, teaching for eight.  She is a prolific knitter, spinner, designer, and crochet artist.  She is the favorite spinning and lace teacher at the Yarn Cupboard.  Beth has appeared on Uncommon Threads on the DIY network in Los Angeles.  You can find out more about Beth at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/big-geek-knitblog

Jennifer VanCalcar

Claude Monet once said, “Color is my day-long obsession, joy. and torment.”  Color fascinates Jennifer!  She has been dyeing yarn and fibers for more than ten years now.  It is her career, hobby and her life!  Founding owner of Holiday Yarns, Jennifer has built her life around yarn, fiber and weaving. Find out more about Jennifer on her blog at http://holidayyarns.com/blog/



Lisa Merian

Fiber artist, shepherdess, dyer, teacher, artist, Lisa has made these things her life’s work.  Inspiration for color in her hand dyed woolens, fibers, felting come from the landscape and its’ changing seasons.  Lisa is the owner of the Spinners Hill Shop located on her Chenango County farm and can be found at www.spinnershill.com

Lori Versaci

Lori Versaci from VERSACIKNITS, is an independent knitwear designer, creating wearable , modern knits that explore shape, texture and construction since 2009. While sweaters have been the mainstay of her work, Lori published Op-Art Cowls , her first accessories collection, as well as her first foray into color knitting, in September 2015. In addition, she has published over 50 adult sweater patterns, two collections of designs for women, Twin Rib Collection and VERSCIKNITS  Woolfolk and two Woolfolk collection for children, Textured Baby Suite and Textured Kids.

Lori works from studios in New Jersey and Maine and enjoys yoga, sailing and her four children, three dogs and husband (not necessarily in that order!) We have been so lucky to have Lori with us for the past few years. She may not be returning next year- so make sure you take one of her classes before its too late!

David Codling


As most of you know, David has been a friend and mentor to the Yarn Cupboard since we opened. David and his partner Greg, are distributors of the fine yarn lines, Isager, Geilsk and Ito. David has been in the yarn business too many years too mention and is a wealth of knowledge and information. David was at our retreat in 2016 vending and is back to teach this year. Make sure you try and take one of his classes this year-it is guaranteed to be a great one.

Emily Giraudin

Emily has taught basket making at the Yarn Cupboard and at the Yarn Cupboard retreat for 7 years now. Emily has studied basketmaking for 20 years and has many gorgeous baskets in her own collection. Emily is also an avid knitter and crocheter. She does beautiful work and is a joy to be with. You  will love Emily's class if you are lucky enough to secure a spot!


Niio Perkins

What a treat for all of us! Niio Perkins from Niio Perkins designs will be teaching for the first time at our retreat. Niio armed  knowledge and understanding of her Haudenosaunee culture, she brings her designs to us today. She is inspired by her Mohawk heritage and she will be with us teach us more about her culture and handwork techniques. I for one am in awe of her designs. This is a great opportunity for our broader hand crafting community to get involved at our retreat. Those who sew, embroider and bead-what an opportunity. Don't miss out.