Links to teachers

Anne Mathers  website

Carol Piercy
Carol loves to quilt, create her own designs, and share her knowledge and tips.  She’s a long time member of the Lions Gate Quilters Guild in North Vancouver and has been quilting for over 40 years and teaching for at least 13, in Greater Vancouver, on various islands, and in other parts of B.C.  She has worked at both The Thread Bear and Creative Edge, was the keynote speaker at the very first Denman Island Conspiracy and really enjoys coming over to teach and take classes.  When not quilting, Carol likes to garden and go on long hiking expeditions with her partner, Colin.

Ionne McCauley

Anne Hall
Anne is a quilt-obsessed English oddity who is not keen on gardening or drinking tea. Her husband, David, has realized that resistance to her fabric fervor is futile, and lovingly encourages her every stitch, unless it involves buying more fabric ("do you REALLY need more??"). Anne is by trade an elementary school teacher, although she is now semi-retired so that she can teach more quilting. She became a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor in April 2015, and sweet-talked David into converting a very fine wood-working shop into her teaching studio where she set up her quilting company Sew Peaceful Quilting.

Mavis Reynolds
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I was first exposed to quilting in approx 1995 when a neighbour was offering to teach a few ladies in our neighbourhood. We started a project but did not complete it together because she had a family tragedy.  I ended up taking a beginner's class at a local shop to do triple rail baby quilt. I was hooked and haven't looked back. I am mostly a traditional quilter favouring machine piecing. I've dabbled in appliqué but don't love it, English paper piecing and do love it, machine quilting and hand quilting. I have started to design my own patterns, Amish Block Party being one of them, after my husband said, "you should design a 3D quilt." My favourite piecing machine is my singer featherweight that i inherited from my mother in law which has been lovingly named "Ferdinand". My machine quilting is done on my Janome 6500. I work full time as a paralegal have two adult children and live in Brentwood Bay with my husband and two Jack Russell terriers. 

Isabelle Fusey
I live and weave on Denman Island. I’ve been making cloth for 15 years. Through weaving, I get to play with yarn and colours, count with my left brain and create with my right, and dance as I throw the shuttle and walk the treadles. I am currently enrolled in the Master Weaver program at Olds College. I’m a brand new teacher and look forward to sharing the craft of weaving.

 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 recently begun designing knitting patterns for sale as well as working with local Denman Island yarns and fleece produced by Sandstone Farms.

Anna Heywood-Jones

Anna Heywood-Jones is a Canadian artist based in Vancouver. Her practice is focused on building regional lexicons of colour and exploring the complex relationship between human and botanical spheres. She holds an MFA from NSCAD University and a BFA from Emily Carr University. For more information about Anna and her work visit:

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.