Alicia Woodward

Alicia Woodward, LCSW, is editor-in-chief of Living Without magazine, the nation’s leading food, health, and lifestyle magazine for people with allergies and food sensitivities, including those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Alicia has been with the magazine since its inception, serving as editor of the premier issue in 1998. Now in its 13th year of publication, Living Without’s mission is to help readers live well–and thrive–on their special diets.

Alicia has been a journalist and professional writer for many years. A former hospice therapist, she is a licensed psychotherapist who specialized in the psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of living with chronic medical conditions, including celiac disease and food allergies and sensitivities.



Web: www.livingwithout.com

Alyson Outen


Alyson Outen is a farm girl trapped in a city girl career. A two-time Emmy Award-winning reporter, Alyson spent 20 years in the hustle and bustle of television news. Alyson recently hung up her microphone and parlayed her professional experiences into a new career as the Internal Communication Manager for a Fortune 500 company. On the side, Alyson works as a food stylist for the magazine MaryJanesFarm. Because she spends as much time as possible cooking for friends and preening and pruning her cottage garden, developing out-of-the-box recipes and food skills for publication is the perfect fit for Alyson.

Amy Detjen

Amy was the “List Mom” of the original Knit List for over four years before she started KnitU. She’s very proud that she’s been Meg Swansen’s assistant at her Knitting Camp for over 15 years. Teaching knitting and helping people learn about the wide range of knitting possibilities is something Amy is passionate about, and she loves solving those stubborn knitting problems!






Annie Modesitt

Annie Modesitt has been designing hand knits since 1986 and loves all types of yarn.  A champion of the Combination Knitting Method, Annie believes that there is no wrong way to knit–but MANY “right” ways to knit.  As long as you’re getting the fabric you want, and can perform the knit tricks you’d like, then you’re knitting just fine!

Annie is the author of seven books on knitting and fiber, and is featured in many knitting books, magazines, and online sites.




Web: www.anniemodesitt.com
Twitter: @modeknit

Ashley English

Ashley English has earned degrees in both holistic nutrition and sociology. Life has provided her with numerous career paths, including working as a medical assistant and nutritional consultant, manager of a bed and breakfast, wine and beer sales rep, baker, and caterer. Additionally, she has worked over the years with a number of non-profit organizations committed to social and agricultural issues. She is currently a member of Slow Food USA. Ashley is the author of the Homemade Living book series, which address varying topics related to sustainable small-scale homesteading. Ashley, her husband, and their young son, along with a menagerie of chickens, dogs, cats, and bees live in Candler, North Carolina, where they are converting their land into a thriving homestead. You can find her detailing those adventures in homesteading on her blog, Small Measure. She also writes a weekly column, “Small Measures with Ashley,” on the popular design blog, Design Sponge.

Web: www.designspongeonline.com
Blog: www.small-measure.blogspot.com
Twitter: @ashley_english

Astor Tsang

Astor Tsang believes that knitting is possible for all.  She has been teaching beginners how to knit for almost a decade. With the experience of teaching hundreds of beginners–as in “know nothing” to “my grandmother gave up on me” beginners–she developed a Nothing Is Obvious philosophy. Her perseverance to explain knitting process has sometimes led her to throw her students out the door when she uses her analogy of “the doorway is the stitch, Astor is the needle, and the student is the yarn.” Her very unique style of teaching has made her a popular knitting teacher in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Astor is also an accomplished published knitting pattern designer and author.




Web: http://knittingastor.com/
Twitter: @knittingAstor


Becki Crosby

Becki Crosby is the founder of Whippy Cake, a brand encompassing salivation-inducing handmade accessories and her creative website, www.whippycake.com. Becki is the rockabye mom in the grocery store sporting the just-rolled-out-of-bed look with a posh twist that makes you wonder if she did it on purpose. She wears stripes with polka dots and white after Labor Day. She’s married to The Boss, and what he says goes unless she says otherwise (but don’t tell him). Their fun-sized counterparts are her inspiration and muses, the King (Kingston) and Lo Lo (London). She is a mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend, but who isn’t? She’s short on time and long on love, so she needs her fashion to work for her. This need gave birth to her company Whippy Cake. Whippycake.com offers video tutorials, product reviews, styling tips, weekly giveaways, makeovers, and a blog with 6,700 followers. Becki’s professional experience includes photography, hair and makeup artistry, design and fabrications. Becki’s primary focus today is managing her rapidly growing business, which includes handmade headbands and unique accessories.


Web: www.whippycake.com
Twitter: @whippycake
Facebook: Whippy Cake

Betz White

Betz White has the uncanny ability of envisioning beauty in the unexpected, something new from something old, cupcakes from sweater cuffs. This skill has propelled her to the forefront of the crafting field. She is the bestselling author of two books that encourage readers to stitch beautifully and tread lightly: Warm Fuzzies (North Light, 2007) and Sewing Green (STCCraft, 2009). Her line of Betz White Organic Textiles offers organic fabrics manufactured in environmentally sensitive ways, all showcasing her mastery of pattern and color and the perfect accompaniment to her Make New or Make Do series of original sewing patterns. You’ll find her online teaching, event workshops, and blogging at blog.BetzWhite.com. Betz has built a career on thoughtful design, skilled craftsmanship, and materials that are kind to people and planet alike. Learn more at BetzWhite.com.

Web: www.betzwhite.com
Blog: http://blog.betzwhite.com
Email: betz@betzwhite.com

Brenda Schweder

Brenda Schweder has good-naturedly embraced many labels in her lifetime, from A Little Bit Steampunk to a Little Bit Tree Hugger to The Little Red-Haired Girl (back when “A Charlie Brown Christmas” still captured the attention of all good little boys and girls). Her latest monikers are Bend-it Like Brenda and Iron woMan (thanks to her friends Jill and Jill, for helping her realize her left arm is now growing larger than her right), due to her most unfeminine passion for creating jewelry with steel wire (grrrrr!). In addition to Steel Wire Jewelry (Lark Books), Schweder is the author of Junk to Jewelry: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Found Objects in Jewelry You Can Actually Wear and Vintage Redux: Remake Classic and Collectible Jewelry (Kalmbach Publishing Company). Schweder’s designs and fashion jewelry forecasts have been published over 100 times in books and magazines, including: 30 Minute Earrings, 30 Minute Necklaces, 30 Minute Rings, Art Jewelry magazine, Bead Style magazine, Bead&Button magazine, BUST magazine, Vintage Style Jewelry magazine, Make it Mine magazine, Wirework 2010 magazine, Wirework, Step by Step Wire, Steampunk Style Jewelry, Crystal Chic, and many other compilations, pamphlets, and books. (more…)

BurdaStyle and Gretchen Hirsch

BurdaStyle.com is the largest DIY fashion and sewing community with 550,000+ registered members. Our aim is to bring the craft of sewing to a new generation of fashion designers, hobbyists, DIYers as well as inspire fashion enthusiasts. A “sort of Facebook for sewers” -The New York Times

Teacher Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch adores vintage fashion and couture garment sewing. She started her blog, Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing, in 2009 and two years later was able to become a full-time sewing writer and teacher. She’s also a brand ambassador for BurdaStyle and has a book on vintage-style sewing coming out in 2012 from STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books.