Galina A. Khmeleva, owner of Skaska Designs and author of Gossamer
Webs: The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls and Gossamer
Webs: The Design Collection, has earned the reputation as one of
the most respected and knowledgeable lace knitting instructors in the
As a former
clothing and costume designer who worked with the ‘aristocracy’
of St. Petersburg, Russia’s music and theater society, Galina
was a pioneer in breaking down barriers in the ‘new’ Russia
that allowed Russian women the opportunity to achieve ownership status
in private companies.
principal student to Orenburg’s lace knitting elite, Galina brings
the classic style and revered traditional knitting techniques of Russian
lace to her classes. Her unique, inspiring and fun-loving teaching style
has made her the guru of lace enthusiasts across the US. And as an extra
bonus, Galina's classes are an awesome, unforgettable cultural experience.