Christmas Crafting Weekend Instructors

Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston

Jennifer is the Program Director for the Fashion Arts and Creative Textile Studio in Blyth. As a free-lance costume designer Jennifer has created costumes for over 150 theatre, dance and opera productions across Ontario. She has spent 10 seasons at the Blyth Festival as a costume designer, and she hopes to soon call Blyth home. Jennifer teaches courses in costume design, sewing, pattern drafting, accessories and fabric surface design at universities and schools across southern Ontario. 


Susan Kendal

Susan Kendal is a textile artist, choreographer and educator living in Barrie, Ontario. She trained and worked as a contemporary dancer and choreographer in Toronto for 15 years, during which time she had a parallel practice as a costume designer. In the spring of 2015 she opened Spool Lounge, a sewing shop and studio in downtown Barrie. Susan’s felt-based textile art is featured in the book Strange Materials: Storytelling through Textiles by Leanne Praine.

Irene Kellins

Irene Kellins, owner of Stitches with a Twist, a yarn and sewing shop in the village of Blyth, has been knitting and teaching knitting for many years.  She has a passion for knitted lace that began with her first look at a picture of a Shetland Wedding Ring Shawl. The idea that the entire shawl could fit through a ring ignited a curiosity that continues to this day. Irene has a long history of knitting, as well as other needle-arts and has achieved level one Knitting Accreditation through the Canadian Guild of Knitters. She enjoys introducing anyone who is interested to the magic of knitting, especially Lace Knitting.