Links to teachers

Krista Hennebury

- “Poppyprint”

Krista Hennebury is a geologist by training and quilter by choice. She's been quilting since 2000 in her small home studio near Vancouver, B.C.  She blogs about her work and travels at  Passionate about sharing her love of quilting with others and fostering community through stitching together, Krista established a successful day-retreat business in 2005. She is a popular teacher and presenter at traditional and modern guilds in her home province and has enjoyed several national and international teaching trips, including an Alaska cruise, Australia, Sweden, Scotland & England.  Krista makes traditionally-informed modern quilts using designer prints, solids, linen and retired clothing.  Her original patterns have been published in Stitch, Australian Homespun, Quilters Connection, Simply Moderne and Quilt Now magazines.  Awards include first place Negative Space at QuiltCon 2015 for “Blackbird Fly” and second place Modern at the Canadian National Juried Show (NJS) in 2016 for her pinetree variation “Orange Grove”.  She’s had one or more quilts juried into every QuiltCon and the CQA-NJS since 2015. Her book of retreat-inspired projects Make It, Take It was published by Martingale in 2015 and she’s twice been a guest on American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast with Pat Sloan.  Krista is delighted that her quilt “Chess on the Steps” now appears in the hardcover book and museum collection tour of Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century published in 2017 by the Modern Quilt Guild.

Krista is available to share a presentation & trunk show on the origins and design aesthetic of the Modern Quilt Guild, her own quilting story and a trunk show of projects from Make It, Take It.  She’s happy to bring signed copies of her book and suite of original patterns to offer at guild meetings.

Ionne McCauley 

Raelene Robertson 

I am a retired teacher with a passion for quilting. I have been quilting since 1993. I have taught various classes at the School House Quilters guild in the Comox Valley.  I am the Past President of this guild.

I love to be creative and find my self now gravitating to the artistic side of quilting.  I love to make practical items.

Linda J. Doerksen is a textile enthusiast with a special affinity for techniques of history and the haunts of museums.  She, with other members of House Blue Dog (easily found on Facebook), makes textile tools inspired by or copies of tools of history, and uses those tools to turn fibre into functional, wearable art. Contact: 250-703-0494;

  Dante Ambriel is a multi media artist who creates hand felted hand dyed silk fabric and fabric paintings, hand forged silver, carved porcelain bowls and figures, photography, painting, and writes both music and plays. 

Although her studio - Flowing Art Studio - is here on Denman Island, her work is collected both internationally and locally and can be seen at both The Stooke Fine Art Show and The Salt Spring  Ceramic Awards.


Suzanne Cannon

Suzanne is the busy-bee calligrapher and designer behind Quietfire Design.  She creates stamps, craft dies, digital files and stencils for the crafting industry and teaches a wide variety of classes from calligraphy to bookbinding to art journaling and card-making.  Suzanne can be found on her website 


Cynthia Minden 

Cynthia Minden began weaving baskets in 1987, after attending a 2-day workshop in Ontario. She became completely absorbed and made hundreds of baskets over the next several years.  She has been teaching this useful craft ever since at guilds, symposiums and art centres, including Hollyhock Retreat Centre, the Kootenay School of the Arts and Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts.
Her work moved into sculptural form and mixed media some years ago and she has exhibited regionally at numerous galleries and internationally at SOFA Chicago, Fiberarts International and Handweavers Guild of America exhibitions.

Paddy O'Connell  learned to knit at the age of seven and as a result had some very well dressed troll dolls. She has been knitting steadily ever since, mostly her own designs using her own handspun yarn. She is very interested in advanced techniques and skills and continues to study and learn as much as possible. She has taught basic knitting classes through the Denman Island Community School.    Paddy has designed knitting patterns for sale as well as working with local Denman Island yarns and fleece produced by Sandstone Farms.

An avid knitter since the age of seven, Paddy loves to share her knowledge with anyone interested in learning and improving the skills needed for this ancient and rewarding craft. She has led classes on a variety of knitting basics at the CTC for the past five years.

Pam Vipond  has a lifelong love of fabric and stitch. She and her husband grow and collect their own dye plants to colour his handspun yarns and her up-cycled cloth. She knits, braids, embroiders and embellishes.  She learned Kumihimo Braiding with The Sheep Creek Weavers in Alberta before they moved to Qualicum Beach three years ago.

 Kerri Boland is a mama, schoolteacher, flower farmer and obsessive knitter.  She dabbles in other textile arts but knitting has her heart.  She loves to knit socks and always has a pair on her needles.  She has lived on Denman Island for the past 7 years, and this is the third class she’s taught at Creative Threads.


Sussanna Czeranko

I am a lover of colour and fabric arts.  The process of felting has become a wonderful means of bringing to life colourful fleece into a fabric that can be worn.  I first started felting in 1984 when living in the Yukon.  Since then, I have become an embroiderer, rug maker and a slipper maker.   I currently live in Portland, Oregon.

 Christine O'Neill  has lived on Denman for most of her life and has created all kinds of fiber arts over the years, no doubt inspired by her mom, Phyllis Fabbi. You can see her felted treasures at

Val Galvin has been keeping the ART of Rug Hooking alive for over 30 years. Her pieces of textile art and functional rugs are found in homes across North America.  Re-using fabrics bound for the landfill,  Val creates unique creations for the wall and art for the floor.  Her Studio, Renditions in Rags can be found in Chemainus B.C. where she teaches and welcomes other fiber enthusiasts to drop by.