Laurie Kimmelstiel

Laurie Kimmelstiel creates unique textiles for both hand knitting and weaving. She draws much of the inspiration for her designs from the diverse ethnic makeup of her surroundings while growing up in the heart of New York City. She received an MA in American history from the University of Wisconsin and as a historian has noted a strong connection between craft and American social history. A knitter and crocheter for many years, she has taught the fiber arts to both young and old alike. Handweaving is her other passion, specializing in one-of-a-kind hand woven tallitot/prayer shawls and other traditional Judaic textiles.

Her designs reflect a love of fiber and color as she explores the unusual and unpredictable in her creations. She receives special pleasure introducing others to the joy and relaxation found in producing beautiful and exciting handcrafted garments and accessories. She is also an experienced instructor and writer offering workshops and classes around the world on a variety of inspirational fiber topics. She is the founder of the Ethelridge Road Knitting Salon. She chronicles her fiber life on the blog: