Teachers

Twisted offers classes on knitting and crochet, as well as spinning, weaving, needle felting, and more. Our class offerings and our lineup of fabulous teachers are always evolving, so check our class schedule for the most up-to-date listings. Read a little about some of our most frequent teachers below.

 

ANNY OVERTONanny

Anny works at Twisted as a manager in addition to teaching. She is a recent transplant from Chicago and started working at Twisted just a few days after arriving in Portland. She knits, crochets, and is absolutely obsessed with hand dyers!


CHERI CLARKcheri

Cheri is a native Oregonian, born just 2 miles from Twisted, where she also works as a Twistedista. She loves the beach, but not the water; likes the mountains, but doesn’t ski; and loves cold rainy weather, but not winter coats. Cheri began knitting before you were born. She loves helping customers learn new things, achieve their goals, and pick out the perfect yarn. Amazing Cheri Facts: she lived in West Africa for 4 years, owned a yarn shop for 12 years, designed and knit over two dozen sweaters for her late, great, feisty chihuahua Riley, and is still happily married to her high school sweetheart.


EMILY CARRIGemily

Emily has been knitting since 2008 and fell in love with it so much that she travelled to Scotland to get her Masters Degree in Knitwear Design! She constantly has a sweater on her needles and is very excited to share her love of knitting with the Portland community.


LILLIAN RALEYlillian

Lillian has been a self-taught fiber artist since she was 19, when she learned to crochet to have a technology-free hobby during college. Since then, she learned to knit and quickly fell in love with the craft. Originally from Texas, Lillian came to Portland to pursue her Master's in Biology at Portland State University where she teaches classes and studies sea lions. She enjoys simple texture in her knits, but color work, lace, and cables are all equally beloved. If you asked what her favorite thing to knit was, she couldn't give you a definitive answer since it bounces between socks, sweaters, and shawls weekly! She is a (relatively) active member of the knitting community on Instagram, where you can find her at @bioknits. Her Ravelry name is ellenoel and she does her best to keep her projects/stash page updated.


MEGAN PARRISHmegan

Megan is a Twistedista Emeritus who still comes back frequently to teach all manner of crafty endeavors. She designed Twisted's 2015, 2016, and 2017 Rose City Yarn Crawl crochet patterns, as well as most of the other crochet patterns in Twisted's pattern line.


MICHELE BERNSTEINmichele

Michele has been knitting since her favorite aunt taught her when she was 16, but became a knit-fiend when she joined a knitting group, Ravelry and started knit-blogging in the past few years. She is particularly fond of texture (cables, lace, and entrelac) and loves teaching people how to be the boss of their knitting! You can view her blog at PDXKnitterati.


PARNA MEHRBANIparna

Parna taught herself to knit and crochet when she was about 7 years old. Since then, she has also dabbled in a variety of other arts and crafts including sewing, beading, cross-stitch, stained glass, spinning, and others. She has received two levels of teaching certification from the Craft Yarn Council of America. Parna loves to knit sweaters and buy sock yarn. When she’s not knitting, Parna is a lawyer. Her legal practice includes advice, transactional, and litigation work in intellectual property (e.g. trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets), all aspects of internet-related law, and general commercial litigation. Parna’s other hobbies include making stitch markers, playing goalie on the most fabulous women’s soccer team on earth, and obsessing over Supernatural. Her Ravelry name is myriadlane.