Fiber artist and teacher

   Photo by George McLennan

Debra has been an active member of the fiber arts/knitting community in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for more than 15 years. In 2002 she turned her passion for knitting into her vocation after 25 years as a business systems designer and program director.


Debra is a Craft Yarn Council of America-certified knitting teacher and teaches beginner and advanced knitting technique and design classes at local retailers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, at Knitters Connection in Columbus, Ohio, at Unwind Getaway in Blowing Rock, North Carolina and at private venues.


As a studio artist, Debra explores ways to merge knitting, art and design into her contemporary art and one-of-a-kind wearables. Her artful bag "Moment in Time" is featured in 1000 Artisan Textiles by Sandra Salamony and Gina M. Brown. Her "Black and Red on White" poncho was featured in the Creative Crafts Council's 28th Biennial Exhibition at the historic Strathmore Mansion in 2011. Debra sells and exhibits her work regularly at the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Studio 29, at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia.


In addition, her work can be found in the form of knitting patterns published in Knitter’sKnit ‘n Style, A Gathering of Lace and The Best of Knitter’s Jackets for Work and Play and in her online Ravelry store.


Debra holds a B.S. degree in business management from the University of Maryland, an M.B.A. in information technology management from George Washington University and has completed further studies at The Art League School, The Knitting Guild of America and national conferences.