Tom Knisely has made his career from his interest and love of textiles from around the world. Tom has been studying, collecting and teaching others about weaving and spinning for more than four decades, making him one of the most well versed weaving instructors in North America. In addition to teaching, Tom weaves professionally and is a frequent contributor to Handwoven magazine. Voted Handwoven’s Teacher of the Year, Tom is renowned among his students for his kindness, good humor, and “seemingly infinite knowledge on the subject of weaving”.
His broad knowledge of textiles and textile equipment has brought him international recognition and he is frequently asked to teach and lecture to groups all over.
Tom is the author of three books; Weaving Rag Rugs, Weaving Baby Blankets and Table Toppers to be released in the Spring of 2017.
Tender at heart, Tom is often found during class taking time out to show some affection to our house and visiting canines. Janet’s pooch Oliver even sneaks in some time on Tom’s lap while he is teaching a spinning class.