Our philosophy is simple: we all have knowledge we can share with others who want to learn. We’re fortunate to have a group of 12 teachers who are active in their art and craft making whether it is with needles, thread, fabric, paper, stamps, looms, jewelry, beads, pencils and more.  We welcome anyone who feels they have something to share that could be a class.

We want to thank these talented friends for their teaching generosity and hope you’ll meet them in person soon – this page will grow as we receive their biographies and photos so please check back for new additions. If you’d like to share your skills and creativity as a teacher, drop a note here – you’re welcome to join us!

Denise Wright holds a T-shirt quilt featuring gamer motif.

Denise Wright
Specialties:  Quilting, Sewing
Denise is a retired elementary teacher who has been sewing for 50 years and quilting for 40.  She worked in an independent fabric shop in Dublin, Ohio during high school where she took sewing classes and learned to appreciate quality fabrics.

She’s taught quilting classes to her local quilting guild, The Twisted Stitchers, at Lunn Fabrics here in Lancaster and at The Nelsonville Quilt Company.

Denise likes to call herself ‘The Lazy Quilter’ as she likes to find shortcuts to make the process faster and easier.  She has an abundance of patience and is teaching both quilting and sewing classes at Rabbit & Rocket.

Photograph of Christine Nixon, instructor.

Chris Nixon
Specialties:  Paper Arts, Stamping, Card Making

It all started for Chris at a Stampin’ Up! (SU) demonstration about 30 years ago and she has been stamping ever since.  She has been a SU Demonstrator, had cards on display at their national conventions, taught classes at brick and mortar stores, and has been published in Stampers Sampler magazine six times. 

Chris says, “I am not an expert but I am experienced and love learning new things.  Over the years, I have seen many trends come and go and I have pretty much stuck with the basics and building from there.  Some techniques work for me and others do not.  I am prepared and eager to help you find your style and build on your own creativity.  In my classes you will learn the basics of what inks work best with different mediums and techniques and which do not, the differences in cardstocks, basic stamping to elaborate techniques, dry and wet embossing, collage, layering, adding texture to your cards, shaker cards, shadow box cards, gift card holders, place cards, specialized seasonal and holiday creations, creating with 3D dies, paper piecing, working with punches, etc.  I hope you will join me at Rabbit & Rocket for our journey together.”

Photograph of Andrea Verley, quilting and sewing instructor at Rabbit & Rocket.

Andrea Verley
Specialties:  Quilting, Sewing, Embroidery, Cross Stitch

Andrea is a recent Ohio transplant, having lived in Phoenix, Arizona for 30 years. Her mother taught her to cross stitch when Andrea was in second grade. She also learned to embroider at a young age, and completed many projects in her youth. 

After marrying her husband Thomas in 2000, she expressed interest in learning how to quilt.  Thomas’ mother is an avid quilter so he encouraged Andrea’s new hobby. 

Andrea says, “In the past 19 years, I have created over 150 quilts, ranging in size from wall hangings to queen size quilts.  To encourage my quilting habit, I purchased a Pfaff long-arm quilting machine, which has made quilting projects much easier.  Besides traditional piecing, I enjoy paper piecing, appliqueing, and utilizing English Paper Piecing to complete hand-quilting projects.”

Andrea teaches our Embroidery Basics class, Sewing Machine Basics class and will be teaching Paper Piecing, Applique and more quilting techniques.

Juliette Montague
Specialties:  Visual and Fine Arts including Mixed Media Assemblage, Encaustic Painting, Printing, Leather Work

Juliette Montague is a practicing artist as well as a teaching artist for both youth and adults. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design, did graduate work at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has an MA Ed from The Ohio State University.  Her work has been published in several books and has been shown both regionally and nationally in adjudicated and invitational exhibitions.

Leather purses designed and created by Juliette come from top grain upholstery leather that was destined for the landfill.  Because the leather is specifically sourced in order to save it from ending up in a landfill – the colors are limited. Coulda, woulda, shoulda been a couch!

Juliette will be teaching at Rabbit & Rocket in 2020.  Her leather purses, encaustic and mixed media assemblage work is currently on display.