Ilisha Helfman


Ilisha Helfman, artist and designer, makes dollhouse miniatures, pop-up cards and toys in Portland, Oregon. Ilisha has been knitting quietly and creatively for over 40 years. She is a graduate of Smith College and has a Master’s of Design from Yale University. Ilisha & her husband, Joe Freedman, a paper engineer, live in Portland with their two children, a husky and quite a few happy canaries.


Ilisha has taught Jazzknitting at the Madrona Knitting Retreat in Tacoma, WA; at the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR; at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in Canby, OR; and at knitting stores and her studio in Portland, OR where she offers smaller private classes. Her Jazzknitting and Tapestry knitting classes have been well attended and have helped inspire students to find their own knitting voices.


You can see her dollhouse miniature work at Hestia House