Kristi Nilsen lives in Bergen, Norway. She has a masters degree in pedagogy from the University of Bergen, and is educated as a craft teacher from Bergen College of Education. She is an advanced knitter and handspinner and she also enjoys embroidery and tablet weaving. The sjonaleist project started in 2017-18 as a collaboration with Hardanger Folkemuseum and other project group members. Nilsen has presented the sjonaleist project to several Nordic folk costume conferences in 2018.