The main focus of Mosaic Yarn Studio is instruction. We have classes ranging from beginning to expert running 7 days a week, mornings and evenings. The MYS staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Our goal is to continue on our way to becoming a celebrated fiber arts design school, and we know that excelling at customer service and instruction is the key.
Meet our Staff:
With a background in fashion design and an Illinois Teaching certificate, owner Darlene Joyce set out to make her dream a reality. Sixteen years later and still going strong, Mosaic Yarn Studio is a result of hard work, creative engineering and persistence. Darlene has been teaching knitting classes since 1992 and has a strong following of loyal students. Although she is responsible for paying the bills and keeping the shop in order, her favorite part of owning the shop is her students and her staff. She loves sharing her excitement for knitting and relishes in her students accomplishments. Darlene has been published in Cast On, Socks, Socks, Socks and Interweave Knits and has taught numerous workshop for knitting guilds and for many shops. Email:email@example.com
Come to the shop during the day on almost any Tuesday or Wednesday and meet manager Barb Blume. Barb’s mother, Rosella, taught Barb to knit when she was 11 years old. Barb, a retired nurse, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the shop. She teaches classes on knitting socks with two circular needles, double-ended crochet, 2-needle mittens, patchwork mittens, etc. Barb is also responsible for bringing home the popular Maui Hooded Baby Jacket (one of our free patterns). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Georg has been with MYS since 2004. By day she’s an art teacher, but can be found here on weekends and Monday or Wednesday evenings teaching beginning and intermediate classes. Fiber has been her “thing” ever since she can remember. She enjoys any form of fiber technique, but weaving and knitting are her favorites.
June was taught to knit by her mother and grandmother, both wonderful knitters. It wasn’t until she began working at Mosaic in 2005, however, that she became an adventurous knitter – willing to try any pattern or technique, especially if Darlene dares her to! June loves working with charts, loves color work, and is known to work on multiple projects at one time. These days, knitting for her grandchildren makes her smile!
Courtney believes she looks better in black & white, and yarn looks better in color! She has been knitting since 2004 and crocheting since 2011. Not, however, continuously. If Courtney looks a little tired when you come into the shop, blame her kids. They are eight years apart, and the baby makes it tough to help the big kid with his homework. Courtney loves making unexpected choices with her knitting and crochet projects, and has more projects started already than she has hope of finishing in the next year. Her favorite things to teach are fun, quick knits with interesting techniques
Emily has been completely in love with knitting since the day she first bought a ball of yarn and a pair of needles. She enjoys exploring our diverse yarn selection and attempting projects that help her grow as a knitter. What’s better than being surrounded by fellow knitters, basking in a beautiful pool of yarn, and calling it work? When she’s not busy knitting she teaches middle school English and practices yoga.
Kathy has been attracted to the arts since childhood and learned to knit and crochet when she was a child. Music called her to Chicago where she performs as a jazz vibist, composer and founder of the Chicago Jazz Composers Collective. As an adult she fell in love with and has developed a burning passion for all things crochet. A designer with crochet patterns available on Ravelry, a pattern tester, and a member of the Crochet Guild of America she currently is a teacher at Mosaic Yarn Studio. Kathy enthusiastically shares her love of crochet with her students and anyone else who will take a moment to admire the possibilities of this art. You can find her on Ravelry as vibeskat.
Kate learned to knit premie hats for a service project when she was a senior in high school. She’s been knitting ever since. The wonderful women at Mosaic Yarn Studio have taught her everything she knows about knitting and continuously challenge her to grow as a knitter. Although Kate is the youngest on staff, her stash is rapidly growing – good thing her husband understands.