STITCHES United 2020 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5393 Intermediate Brioche Basics Gwen Bortner
Brioche is very popular right now! It's characteristics make it great for lots of projects. The finished fabric tends to lay flat and is attractive on both sides which is a plus for scarves or blankets.

Learn the basics of classic brioche, as well as alternative techniques while creating a sampler of several brioche patterns. Gain an understanding of this unique fabric, it just might become one of your favorites!
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5005 Intermediate The Norwegian Purl Beth Brown-Reinsel
The Norwegian Purl, a variation of the conventional Continental purl, is noted for its superior tension control, and ease of execution. The yarn always stays behind the work, making ribbing a breeze and two-color textured knitting a pleasure. A swatch will be knit in class to practice this technique and its applications: proper tensioning of the yarn, the conventional Continental purl, and knit stitches, the Norwegian purl, purl garter stitch, ribbing with the Norwegian purl on the right side and on the wrong side, the Scandinavian method of working with two yarns in the left hand (knitting, purling, and weaving the floats) on the right side and the wrong side of the work, as well as corrugated ribbing on the right side and the wrong side of the work.

Note: It is helpful to have the ability to knit Continental (working yarn in the left hand).

Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1351 Intermediate Ultimate Color Crochet Robyn Chachula
Do you love color and texture? Then this class is for you! We will be playing with the amazing techniques of interlocking crochet, overlay crochet, and mosaic crochet. That all sounds very fancy, but in simple terms we will be expanding our knowledge of crochet and playing with where we place stitches to achieve creative colorful patterns that have depth and dimension.

Note: This class is for the intermediate-level student, must know how to chain, single crochet, and double crochet.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1248 Intermediate Easy Reversible Cables Jolie A. Elder
If you’ve ever made a cabled scarf or blanket, you know how it is only partly satisfying. One side is an array of beautiful cables, and the other side is obviously the wrong side. What if there was a way to make both sides good without resorting to double-knitting? But there is! This class will cover simple reversible cables as well as ribbles. Alas! These tricks don’t work for all types of cables; but we will look at when they can and can’t be applied.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1729 Intermediate Jelly-roll Sweatshirt Jacket Kothy Hafersat
Create a one-of-a-kind Bomber jacket from a 40-strip jelly roll and a sweatshirt. Students will use a "quilt-as-you-go" style of piecing on a sewing machine then use a serger to finish the jacket.  

Either an adult or a child's jacket can be completed in 6 hours, just make sure to deconstruct your sweatshirt before class, and remember: the sweatshirt you buy (your choice) should be one size larger than your desired finished jacket size. 

Note: Students must be familiar with 1/4" seaming.

Machines and sergers will be provided for use in the classroom.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7053 No skills required Learn Rigid-heddle Weaving and Use Up Your Stash Deborah Jarchow
Use up those leftover balls of yarn! This weaving method is easy, fun, and creative. Learn ways to combine different colors, yarn textures, and fibers as you make a unique and beautiful scarf.

Note: Rigid-heddle looms provided for class use.
Lab fee: $10.00
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1426 Easy Moving into the Electronic Age: Designing Knits or Sewn Clothing on your Computer Susan Lazear
This hands-on class is designed for people who want a refresher on the use of Garment Designer and Stitch Painter software or for those who want to test drive to determine if computer design may work for them.

In the morning we will walk through the use of Garment Designer to show you how to create patterns for sweaters -- bottom-up, sideways, top-down -- in any gauge or stitch pattern. Sewists will add hems, facings, and seams to their designs.

Learn how to tweak patterns for fashion, style, or fit.

In the afternoon, we will move to Stitch Painter, a grid-based software program (perfect for knitting, crochet, beading, etc), where you will learn how to design colored charts on a grid, using repeat modes, pre-determined palettes, etc. We will explore some of the more advanced features such as designing with symbols, importing a photograph, building motif libraries, etc.

If you are test driving, you must pre-arrange a digital download through Cochenille.com. You will be able to use the software for the day; Windows or Macintosh compatible.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5260 Easy Improve Your Knitting Technique Patty Lyons
We know how to knit, but do we know how to build a perfect fabric? There's always room for improvement! Does your knitting 'row out' (your purl stitch is looser than your knit stitch), are you looking for a better way to control your gauge? What about alternative ways to tension your yarn when working with stiff yarn or slippery yarn? We'll explore ways to improve your knitting technique by looking at the most important fundamentals, like the job of the left needle tip and the right needle shaft, stitch sizing, and even the correct exit path of your stitch. We will explore edge stitches, cast-on and bind-offs and a huge array of knitting tips. The last part of the class will be open for all knitting questions (those you have put in the "bag of why"), so come with your questions and let's explore our knitting.

Note: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, know simple increases and decreases, recognize the knit and purl stitches, and be able to work them in a pattern.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1615 No skills required Dyeing Sock Blanks Ellen Minard
Yarn blanks are so much fun to use! You will see some knitted examples of what you can do with yarn blanks. We'll do a very brief overview of hand painting, and then the fun begins! You will choose your colorways, and then dye two different single blanks, two different ways.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
3133 Easy Alter It to Fit Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
You want to crochet and knit garments that REALLY fit your body. In this class we'll teach you how to do that. Period. Need more than that? Read on...We will show you how to evaluate a pattern then make the necessary adjustments so it actually fits YOU! We'll teach you the basics of fashion, fit, form, and function that we use daily as fashion designers so you can see a pattern and make sure it fits YOUR body before you ever pick up your hooks, needles, and yarn. You will be able to look at a pattern and do a "virtual try on" to KNOW if it's going to work for your body based on how the finished garment will sit on your body and how your body moves around inside that finished garment.

When you come to class you'll receive a copy of "The Shibaguyz' FAB Fit System for Altering and Designing Crochet and Knit Patterns", a comprehensive series of easy-to-follow fit worksheets and templates that include the formulas we use every day to go from concept to finished pattern. We'll walk you through this step-by-step process for taking proper measurements and applying them to your pattern. We'll also give you our magic shaping formula that will ensure you can make any alteration to any pattern with ease. We'll even show you how to order the right amount of yarn for your newly personalized project.

By the end of class you will know how to to alter any pattern to fit YOUR body!
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1105 Intermediate Intro to Stacked Stitches Xandy Peters
Stacked stitches are an innovative approach to striped colorwork, best known as the technique behind the Fox Paws pattern. Stacks can add shaping, create 3d texture, replace short rows, and when combined with stripes, they create intricate motifs without unsightly strands on the wrong side of your projects. You'll never need to manage more than one color at a time or worry about bobbins because stacked stitches bend rows of garter stitch into new shapes and patterns using only increases and decreases.

This introductory class will enable knitters of all levels to try out the technique in a swatch and become confident working patterns that incorporate stacked stitches. We will focus on mastering the increase and decrease stitches and learn several strategies for avoiding problems and fixing mistakes.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5153 Easy Introduction to Double Knitting Alasdair Post-Quinn
Double-knitting is a unique method of making a fabric with no "wrong" side and a built-in reversible colorwork pattern. Significantly different from the standard intarsia and Fair Isle colorwork that are so well-known, double-knitting is a labor-intensive but wholly worthwhile technique to have in your repertoire.

In this workshop, you'll learn my 2-color cast-on for double-knitting, get comfortable with the techniques involved, then move into colorwork. At the end of the workshop, you should have a motif swatch and be confident that you can tackle a larger standard double-knitting pattern.

Note: To take this class, you must be able to cast on and knit and purl comfortably in single-layer knitting. If you are familiar with the long-tail CO and some other form of two-color work, you will have a leg up but these are not strictly necessary.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1330 No skills required Break Your Serger Out of the Box Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
One of the most common things new serger owners say is "I'm afraid to take it out of the box."... The second most common thing is "I only use my serger to finish raw edges." If you've ever wondered what a serger is, or if you own one, and you'd like to know how to make the most of its basic capabilities, join Jennifer for this fun class.

We'll start with an overview of the serger so you'll be familiar with threading and how it works. Then we'll examine a basic 4-Thread Stitch to understand how it's formed. By identifying the needle and looper threads, you'll be able to "read" your work to tell easily which settings need to be adjusted to fix a less-than-perfect stitch.
One of the serger's most helpful features allows you to sew a wide variety of fabrics without gathering or stretching them out of shape. We'll play with this differential feed to see how to get a nice smooth seam on lightweight or sheer fabrics as well as stretchy knits.

*Learn about the basic 3- and 4-Thread Stitches that are used to sew garment seams and finish edges.
*Sample easy specialty and decorative stitches: a rolled hem for stable and sheer fabrics, a decorative lettuce-edge on a knit, and a decorative flat-lock stitch.
*See how easy it is to sew around curves and circles, starting and stopping so it is practically invisible.
*For those times when something goes wrong and you need to take out a seam, learn how to take out a 4- or 3-Thread Stitch with no seam ripper.

That's a lot, but each technique covered has a corresponding workbook page with step-by-step instructions and fabric samples neatly stored in a page protector. You'll leave class armed with this valuable reference to help you with your future serger projects.

Note: Sergers provided for use in class.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
2024 Easy Embroider your Knitting Anna Zilboorg
Embroidery has been used always and everywhere to embellish fabric, while knitting has been left bare save for a few lazy daisies and French knots. In this class we'll integrate simple embroidery stitches into simple knit stitches to create many different effects, both new and wonderful. Learn to incorporate back stitch, cable chain, Palestrina knot, cross stitch flower, and others into ribs, cables, and other stitches whether you are right- or left-handed.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5082 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction Lorilee Beltman
When you continental knit, you minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps a speedier process.

Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly which motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to even out your knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects the outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing where efficiency really pays off.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
1122 No skills required An Intro to Kumihimo Gwen Bortner
The ancient Japanese craft of Kumihimo creates a beautiful unique cord, perfect for using up bits of left-over yarns. We will focus on learning the basics of creating a Kumihimo braid. A variety of samples showing the possibilities of combining of colors and fibers will also be provided. Then we will discuss options for using the cords to create buttons, ties, frogs and other custom closures.

Get a taste of the basics of Kumihimo and leave inspired by the boundless possibilities for those small amounts of leftover fiber!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5025 Advanced Stranding Techniques for Color Knitting Beth Brown-Reinsel
Become proficient in your two-color technique whether working on the right-side or the wrong-side of the work. Learn the Norwegian Purl and how it will enable you to purl in two colors on the wrong side with ease! Working with two yarns in the right hand, one yarn in each hand, AND two yarns in the left hand are covered in this class, as well as how to purl on the wrong side in each of those styles. Weaving (or catching) the yarns will be demonstrated for each knitting style.

Note: The ability to knit in two colors in any style is helpful but not mandatory.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1352 Easy Solomon's Knot Crochet Lace Robyn Chachula
Fall in love with a beautiful vintage technique in crochet. Solomon's Knot Lace is amazingly easy to crochet once you master the basic stitches.

We will talk about tips for making the perfect loops, how to add beads for sparkle, and how to combine it ever so simply with classic crochet stitches.

If you've ever wondered what to do with that single skein of dramatic novelty yarn in your stash, this is the answer!

Note: Students should be able to chain and single crochet.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1247 Intermediate Brioche Rosetta Stone Jolie A. Elder
It seems brioche is having a moment, especially in the work of Stephen West or Nancy Marchant. Do the directions look like Greek to you? How do I 'bark' or 'burp' in knitting? What does it mean to work the right-side twice without turning? What's knitting in the stitch below? Students will leave ready to work brioche patterns regardless of how they are described.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1463 Intermediate Knitting to Fit Your Pampered Pet Franklin Habit
Custom sweaters for four-legged friends are among the most rewarding projects in all of knitting, but also one of its greatest challenges. How do you resize a design for a dachshund to fit a great dane or vice versa? How do you make something just right for a special mutt, or if you are a brave sort, for a special kitty? Or even a special guinea pig?

In this lecture-based class, Franklin will guide you through the process of measuring, calculating, and designing simple but effective garments to suit any animal companion. It's not just fun, it can make you a stronger knitter because these fundamental principles of knit-to-fit work for humans, too!

Note: This class will best serve knitters who have reached at least the advanced beginner level. Students must be fluent all in the fundamentals of knitting, including increases and decreases.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5147 Intermediate Patty's Knitting Bag of Tricks Patty Lyons
There are so many wonderful knitting tricks that make our lives better. Over the years of knitting and teaching I’ve accumulated quite a few fantastic tricks. I love it when I’m teaching a class and a student declares “I love that tip!”. So, I’ve decided to dig into my knitting bag of tricks and put them all in one class. From how to do a better SSK, make matching size YOs, to how to avoid the gap at the end of a bind off, how to tighten your first stitch, how to make better neck divides, and more. Get ready to find your new favorite knitting tricks!

Note: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, know simple increases and decreases. Having knit at least one sweater or followed an accessory pattern is helpful but not required.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1444 Intermediate Brioche Stitch Plaid Xandy Peters
Brioche stitch and Intarsia color work can be best of friends. In fact, intarsia is easier with 2-color brioche than it is with stockinette or garter stitch!

We'll review 2-color brioche, then cast on a flat plaid swatch. Using a combination of stripes and intarsia, students will knit a double sided plaid fabric. In the second half of class, students will learn how to create their own plaid projects, how to work in the round, and how to add stitch patterns or shaping to a brioche intarsia project.

Note: Students must have a basic working understanding of Brioche to take this class.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1335 Intermediate No Yokes About It: Perfecting Fit and Techniques for Your Yoke-patterned Sweater Anne Podlesak
Round yoke sweaters are flattering and quite rewarding to make once you understand the shaping details. We will focus on top-down construction, discuss the different increases and decreases--types, location, and frequency--required to shape the yoke and underarms for a well-fitting sweater.

The first day will cover the techniques, the math behind this type of construction, and ways to customize the fit. If you have swatched a yarn and stitch or color pattern, you are able to plan a custom-fit yoke using Anne's worksheet. Several of your measurements are unique to a well-fitting yoke sweater, so wear a layer if you wish to be measured, and bring your swatch (or work with hypothetical numbers) because stitch and row gauge are equally critical for yokes.

The second day will continue with stitch pattern choices and some basic color theory suggestions to develop and tailor the design to your own personal taste.

Note: Students should have some knowledge of knitting in the round, chart-reading, and know how to knit, purl, and work increases and decreases.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5152 Intermediate Multi-color Double-knitting Alasdair Post-Quinn
Bored with only two colors in your double-knitting? Add a third (or a fourth)! With more than two colors per row in double-knitting, the rules change a bit. Learn how to choose a color rotation and maintain it throughout a three-color pattern.

In this workshop, you’ll get to play with three-color single-pattern as well as two-pattern double-knitting – and open new doors to design possibilities that were previously impossible (or at least improbable). You’ll also learn how to integrate the third color into a foolproof double-knit selvedge, and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.

What to know: You should be comfortable with modern (two colors at once) double-knitting from recent experience. The homework below will help to refresh you if you are rusty. You should also be comfortable following knitting charts.  
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1740 Easy A Different Stripe Denyse Schmidt
Join Denyse for hands-on sewing as she shows you how to improvise her A Different Stripe quilt pattern. Learn to trust your intuition, build your creative confidence, and streamline your patchwork process in this fast-paced, rut-busting workshop. This workshop is suitable for beginner and experienced sewists. Includes group discussions of
color, value, and other design principles.

Note: Machines will be provided for use in the classroom.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1316 Intermediate Curved Piecing Improv Timna Tarr
Learn the tips and tricks that make improvisational curved piecing fun to do and result in smooth curves. Then explore how to combine those shapes with applique (machine or hand, your preference) to create unconventional designs.All this while making a wall-hanging-sized piece that is unique to you.

Note: Must know how to use a rotary cutter/ruler and sew a 1⁄4” seam.

Machines will be provided for use in the classroom.
Thursday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1681 No skills required Tissue-fit Guide: Great-fitting Clothes with Commercial Patterns Pamela Leggett
Lecture: Pioneers in pattern fitting, Palmer/Pletsch has been perfecting their approach to fitting for over 40 years. How do they do it? By fitting real women! Having long ago dispensed with tedious measuring or making a muslin to check the fit of a sewing pattern, they have mastered the process of tissue-fitting. This simply means "trying on" the pattern's tissue pieces to see where to alter the pattern for a custom fit. By following a systematic tissue-fitting sequence that has been developed and refined (wait 'til you see the "wrinkle dictionary"!), the pattern pieces themselves become the muslin!
Join Pamela Leggett, director of the two East Coast Palmer/Pletsch Workshop locations and fitting fanatic, to get all the new information and updates to this tried-and-true method of fitting.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1116 Advanced Colors that Climb Lorilee Beltman
Stranding color vertically in your knitting offers new possibilities where many colors can be worked at once! We will learn how to introduce the new color strands to our work, how to work with them so they are user friendly, and how to adequately anchor the stitches without overdoing it.

Once you learn the tricks in class, the technique is easy to execute and repeat. Everyone can do it.

The beauty happens in creative applications. We will work one simple stockinette motif to learn the rules, then a lace and purled version as pictured.

Lastly knitters will work their choice of the many motifs remaining in the handout. Any of the motifs can be worked into existing plain patterns without ruining the gauge nor the elasticity of the fabric. I'll show you how and inspire you with stacks of samples. Class demonstrations are done in both in English and Continental styles.

Note: Must be comfortable working in the round at a small circumference as for a mitten or sock. You may use DPNs, two circulars, or Magic Loop but must be able to do so unassisted. Some experience with two-handed color work is a plus, but not necessary.

Materials fee: $4 wool yarn in multiple colors for a variety and to achieve consistent results.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1278 Easy The Perfect Pick-up Gwen Bortner
For most knitters, the thought of picking up stitches is not a happy one. But it doesn't have to be that way. With a few hints, a couple of tricks, and a little bit of practice, picking up stitches can become no more of a worry than casting on or binding off. Come to class to learn the trick to creating a smooth even line along your picked-up edge. Discover the secret to ensuring that your picked-up edging matches perfectly with the rest of the fabric (no pulls or bulges). Practice the surprisingly simple technique for making a picked-up edging almost perfectly reversible. Everyone appreciates a perfectly picked-up, beautiful edging. Now you can pick up perfectly too!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1325 Easy Color Control: Fractal Spinning Heavenly Bresser
Fractal spinning results in a subtle self-striping yarn.
It is one of the many ways to control color and create dynamic yarn from a dyed roving or fiber braid for knitting, crocheting, and weaving. And it is pretty easy!

To start, we'll look at 2 different approaches to fractals--a basic 2-ply as well as a 3-ply. Then, we'll choose one method to spin during the session.

Finally, we'll discuss different applications for fractal yarns.

Note: Must be able to spin a continuous singles yarn and be able to ply a 2-ply yarn.
Spindle-friendly class!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1098 Intermediate Getting Started with Patterned Brioche JC Briar
Take plain brioche rib, add increases and decreases and what do you get? Gorgeous patterning! Leaves and branches, feathers and faux cables: all created by increasing from one stitch to three (or five!) and decreasing from three (or five!) to one. Take this class to learn how to work these magic increases and decreases, to minimize bulk at the decrease points, and to choose the right decrease for the effect you want. Focus on working patterned brioche in a single color, avoiding the fuss of dealing with a second color. No prior brioche experience is necessary. You'll pick up tips for forming the fabric, following instructions, fixing mistakes, and casting on and binding off effectively. And you'll walk away with the start of a reversible scarf.

Note: No prior experience with brioche is required.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1702 No skills required Wire Crochet Jewelry Robyn Chachula
If you have a passion for crafting, come spend some time playing with beads and wire. In class you will be guided through everything you need to know from basic crochet chain stitch to the simple jewelry techniques to make your very own unique jewelry. In class we will focus on making a 5 strand beaded necklace, braided beaded bracelet, and dangling motif earrings. No crochet or jewelry skills required. Just be warned, crochet wire jewelry can be very addicting best to bring a friend to share in the fun!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1245 Intermediate Knit Faster with Combination Knitting Jolie A. Elder
Do you dread 1x1 ribbing? Are your SSK decreases less tidy than your k2togs? Are you a continental knitter who hates to purl? Do you have trouble working make1-left and make1-right? Learn how and when to combination knit to make your knitting more pleasant, beautiful, and faster!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
3066 Intermediate History, Methods, and Styles of Lace Knitting Franklin Habit
In this session, examine the fundamental principles and techniques of knitting's grandest tradition. Learn about the history of lace knitting and the development of the art in three parts of the world (Russia, Estonia, and the Shetland Islands) in which the craft was developed to the highest level of artistry. We will not only discuss but practice and play with some of the methods and motifs that distinguish each of these traditions. You will have the opportunity to view beautiful examples of lace, both modern and antique. Whether you are merely curious about lace or a devoted practitioner, there will be something for you to enjoy.

Note: Should be familiar with the basics of knitting (casting, binding off, knitting, purling, yarn over, decreasing); and willing to work from charts.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1427 Easy Clasped-warp Scarf Deborah Jarchow
You may have tried clasped weft as a design, but clasped warp can add extra interest to your woven pieces! Learn to make a stunning scarf in clasped-warp method on a rigid-heddle loom. See how using two different warp yarns can create beautiful color play in the fabric. If you've taken beginning rigid heddle weaving, enhance your skills. This type of weaving is portable, easy and fun!

Note: Rigid-heddle looms provided for class use. Lab fee: $10.00
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1299 Intermediate Birthstone Bling Vivian Lazich
Create your own sparkling gemstone using the same techniques that artist and designer MJ Kinman has used to create her giant gem quilts for over 20 years!

You’ve read about MJ’s gem quilts in Quilting Arts Magazine and McCall’s Quilting Magazine, and you may have even seen her on Quilting Arts TV and The Quilt Show.com with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. Now MJ has created patterns that allow all of us to bring a little bling into our lives. Through her use of color and contrast, MJ has created patterns that will delight your senses and are a blast to put together, even for the new quiltmaker.

This isn’t your typical foundation paper piecing. Freezer paper templates are ironed to the right side of your fabric and can be easily removed after piecing. And best of all, these patterns don’t require absolute precision, so you can relax and enjoy every aspect of making your gem.

Join Viv Lazich, certified Gem Affiliate with MJ Kinman, Textile Artist, and add a little bling to your life by creating a 17” square gem that can be incorporated into a quilt, made into a pillow or wall-hanging or more! Choose either a Ruby or Sapphire to learn this technique (can be completed in a 6-hour workshop) and you’ll be on your way to creating beautiful birthstones!

Note: Machines will be provided for use in the classroom.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1449 Intermediate A Cornucopia of Cool Color-work Techniques Patty Lyons
If you've always wanted to explore color work knitting, this is a great place to start! Learn all the techniques of one of Patty’s most popular pattern, the Labadee Cowl. In this class we will work a mini sample and learn all the secrets like the magical "unvented" contrasting color i-cord cast on, chart reading, slip stitch knitting, lifted floats, how to knit in your tail as you go, the contrasting color i-cord bind off and sooo much more. We’ll also learn some lifesaving tips on yarn control, joggles joins, circular knitting tips, swatching in the round and even fixing mistakes. By the end of the class you'll be ready to tackle this incredibly popular pattern AND you can order the kit that includes the yarn to make the cowl, and a promo code to get the pattern (it’s included at 35% the price with the kit) it comes with 11 video tutorials so you can be reminded of everything you learned in class! Kits will be delivered on class day.

Note: Students should be comfortable working in the round on a small circumference - either dpns, magic loop or two circs, being able to control yarn with both hands helpful but not required.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1614 No skills required Intro to Hand Painting Yarn Ellen Minard
This class will start with an overview of hand painting, and then quickly move on to the fun of choosing your color and dyeing the yarn. You will end up with a 4 oz skein of yarn, plus have the option to purchase more yarn to dye if time permits.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7121 No skills required Drop It Like It's Hot: Introduction To Spinning with a Drop Spindle Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Ever since the very first humans noticed that fluffy animals looked warmer than they did, we've been collecting that fluff to turn it into warm coverings for ourselves. Being the crafty creatures we are, after playing with rocks and sticks, we created the perfect tool for turning fluff into yarn and invented the drop spindle...TA DAAA!!!

A lot has changed since those days but one thing has remained...how much we LOVE yarn. Right? Right!

Now, imagine being able to make your own custom yarn for your crochet, knitting, and weaving projects. Yes, in this class we're gonna grab some fluff and a drop spindle (a slightly more advanced stick) and make yarn!

This hands-on experience is for beginners who want to know how to make their own yarn with a simple drop spindle. We'll start with the basics of how to transform fluff into yarn, then we'll dive right in and play with the fuzzy stuff. WOOHOO!

Come prepared to learn and have fun! As a beginner it is completely expected that you will drop your spindle, knot your yarn, laugh, and possibly even use a few words those first humans didn't know. But, by the end of class you will have made your very first sample of custom-made yarn. Welcome to the club...

Materials fee: $20 includes spindle and yarn
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1140 Easy One-day Skirt Cal Patch
Make a skirt in one day! In this 6-hour class, Cal will show you how to cut from a pattern and sew a classic, flattering, A-line skirt. She provides the pattern; your bring your machine. 

You will learn how to sew darts, seams and seam finishes, hems, invisible zippers and bias-tape facings - all elements you need to begin making your own clothes.

Note: Machines will be provided for use in class.

Skirt pattern and will be provided for in-class use.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3145 Intermediate No-sew, Set-in Sleeves Sarah Peasley
Are you tired of trying to figure out how to sew in a set-in sleeve? Have you ever tried to design one from scratch? Those bell curves and ratios can drive you nutty! Learn how to design an armhole to fit YOUR body, then pick up and knit a perfect set-in sleeve from the top down with very little math, and no unsightly seams! Armhole shaping variations, alternative stitch patterns, and sleeve decrease calculations will also be discussed.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1105 Intermediate Intro to Stacked Stitches Xandy Peters
Stacked stitches are an innovative approach to striped colorwork, best known as the technique behind the Fox Paws pattern. Stacks can add shaping, create 3d texture, replace short rows, and when combined with stripes, they create intricate motifs without unsightly strands on the wrong side of your projects. You'll never need to manage more than one color at a time or worry about bobbins because stacked stitches bend rows of garter stitch into new shapes and patterns using only increases and decreases.

This introductory class will enable knitters of all levels to try out the technique in a swatch and become confident working patterns that incorporate stacked stitches. We will focus on mastering the increase and decrease stitches and learn several strategies for avoiding problems and fixing mistakes.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5302 Advanced Double-knitting Intarsia Alasdair Post-Quinn
Have you been wanting to add more color to your double-knitting, but feeling like you don't have enough hands when doing multi-color double-knitting?

With double-knit intarsia, you can work with a theoretically unlimited number of colors without changing the thickness or flexibility of the double-knit fabric - and you only need to deal with two strands at a time. In addition, all those unattractive intarsia twists are completely hidden inside the work.

Learn to combine double-knitting colorwork and intarsia to add an exciting twist to your creative repertoire. As with most of my other workshops, you'll also learn a really clean double-knit selvedge and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.

Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9058 No skills required Introduction to Folk Art Embroidery Catherine Redford
Start by learning or being reminded of some basic embroidery stitches on a specially designed pre-printed sampler. Then learn some novel embellishment techniques that add to the fun. Learn how Catherine transfers her own designs onto dark-colored backgrounds. Enjoy the relaxed tempo and reconnect with hand work!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1471 Easy Easy Fit and Sew Tunic Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Join Jennifer to sew an easy-to-make and easy-to-wear tunic. And if you're new to garment sewing, this is the perfect way to get started.

You'll have the opportunity to try on sample tunics to pick your size and learn a few easy adjustments for a perfect fit. Then we'll cut it out and sew it together. You'll leave class with your custom top and the confidence to sew more.

Discover the magic that happens when you create something that makes you feel good every time you wear it--as a layer over a tank or paired with leggings.

Note: Machines provided for use in the class.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1705 Intermediate The Amazing Lace Debbie Stoller
As you learn  basic lace stitches, you’ll learn the importance of how they work together to create the beautiful overall patterns. And that’s the key, because once you can read  lace stitches, you’ll be far less likely to make any mistakes when working your own lace project. Plus, you’ll even be able to design your own lace patterns.

 We’ll work on a test piece to help you learn the most-used lace stitches and see what happens when yarnover and decrease combinations appear in particular ways within the fabric.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5103 Intermediate Surprisingly Special Techniques Anna Zilboorg
Learn techniques that Anna has found more useful than she ever imagined. Most important is the perfect buttonhole, and it IS a perfect buttonhole.

It is helpful if students have some experience with kitchener stitching, but even without it, one can make almost perfect buttonholes that never sag and always close.

There is also a k1, p1 rib with neat, even stitches; easy wrapping for clusters--once, twice, and thrice; knitting backwards with 2 colors (never purl Fair Isle again); plus other hints which are more or less arcane but no less useful.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5150 Intermediate Never Look Up the Kitchener Stitch Again! Lorilee Beltman
Do you look up instructions for grafting the Kitchener Stitch every time you have to work it? Learn this essential skill, then memorize it with economized moves while training your eyes and fingers to work together. We'll graft stockinette stitch first, proceed to garter stitch, and then work an option for grafting ribbing.

Imagine being able to take a phone call while grafting. You can do it! Realize this is not a class for grafting in any pattern, but rather it is aimed at understanding the basics and memorizing the moves.

Once you have become comfortable with the technique, we'll look at existing patterns for opportunities to refine your knitting. You can plan your way to a more professional, finished look by exchanging one of these grafts for what is called for in the pattern.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1277 Easy Making the Gradient Gwen Bortner
Gradients, fades, and transitions are different names for yarns and kits that create a similar look with a beautiful flow of colors through a fabric.

You might be surprised to find that you can create your own color transitions in your own color choices with minimal stress and maximum success. The secret is understanding a few "formulas" for combining yarns and a couple of simple guidelines for color selection. And the best news is that the knitting is easy!

Spend class time playing with color, experimenting with different colors, learning a few "no-fail" formulas, and develop your own signature fabric. No need to follow the crowd. Make your own gradient!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1726 Intermediate One-color Crochet Brioche Claudette Brady
Learn how to make a crochet fabric with the look and feel of knit brioche. We will learn the basics of one-color crochet brioche, first working a symmetrical reversible fabric and then an asymmetrical reversible fabric.

Note: Must know chain, single crochet, half-double crochet, double crochet, front-post double crochet and back-post double crochet stitches.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1323 Intermediate Think Outside the Braid Heavenly Bresser
As we explore different ways to spin combed-top braids including gradient spinning, combination drafting, and spinning multiple braids together into one yarn, we will use both color theory and creativity for the best results.

Our goal is to gain confidence in spinning braids with varying colors into a cohesive yarn AND to think outside the box to achieve your desired outcome from the raw materials.

Note: Must be able to spin a continuous singles yarn and ply a 2-ply yarn. Drop-spindle friendly class!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1097 Intermediate Next Steps in Brioche JC Briar
Maybe you've done one or two simple brioche projects, enough to know you like knitting brioche. What's next? Take this class to expand your options: See what's involved in knitting two-color brioche flat. (Hint: it's a four-row pattern!) Add patterning via increases and decreases. Try a super-slick I-cord selvedge. You'll practice by knitting a small sample in class, but take away the skills needed to complete a lovely patterned scarf.

Note: Prior experience working brioche rib is required. Completing the homework assignment before class is an excellent way to ensure you have the requisite skills and experience..
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5074 Intermediate Gansey Techniques Beth Brown-Reinsel
Discover the history, construction techniques, and design details of the British Gansey - a beautiful 19th century fisherman's garment. Make a mini-pullover while learning the traditional techniques: Channel Island cast-on, split welts, stitch patterns, underarm gussets, shoulder straps, and picked-up sleeves.

Note: Must be proficient with double pointed needles or 2 circulars.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1348 Intermediate Modern Filet Crochet Robyn Chachula
Think you know filet crochet? Think again. Sure, we have all seen the incredible vintage thread designs, but filet can be so much more. In class we will quickly master the basics and move right on into with simple twists we can make to create incredible fashion-forward fabrics. By the end of class, you will be on your way to your own unique shawl of your own design.

Note: Students should be able to single crochet, chain and double crochet.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1242 Advanced Introduction to Versa Lace Jolie A. Elder
We love lace! We love the feminine allure of lace shawls and wraps and cowls and scarves. But we do not love the wrong sides of these garments. Phooey! What's a knitter to do? Did you know you can convert many stockinette-based lace patterns into reversible lace patterns? No, this is not double-knitting, but you should already be comfortable with 1x1 ribbing and lace knitting.

Note that the photo with the darker colored yarn is the project scarf and the light colored photo displays the technique better.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1043 Intermediate Artfully Agitated Stripes: An Introduction to Mosaic Knitting Franklin Habit
At first glance, Mosaic Knitting looks like garden variety stranded color work–but it's not. Mosaic patterns are really two-row stripes, joggled here and there with slipped stitches. The result? Beautiful designs and intriguing fabrics in stockinette, garter stitch, and hybrids thereof. And amazingly–you'll never knit with more than one color in a row. Want to find out how it works, and how to design your own mosaic color patterns? Join us, and bring your imagination.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5163 Intermediate Stop Turning: Knitting & Purling Backwards Patty Lyons
My favorite knitting trick is to stop turning! If you hate purling, are unhappy with your uneven tension, or simply aren't crazy about flipping that 400-stitch basket-weave afghan around every time it's time to do a WS row, learn the joy of never turning! We will learn how to put the knit stitch and the purl stitch in reverse, as well as learn basic decreases, short rows, and picking up stitches backwards. Knitting and purling backwards is great for entrelac, bobbles, short rows, and chart work.

Note: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, and work simple increases and decreases without supervision.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1613 No skills required Dyeing Tonal Yarns 2 Ways Ellen Minard
Learn two ways to dye a tonal yarn; they are very much the same, yet very different. First we'll dye a skein of yarn, and then we’ll dye a single blank.

After a very brief overview of hand painting, you'll quickly move on to the fun of choosing your color and dyeing the yarn & blank! You will end up with enough yarn to knit two pairs of socks, or a couple scarves, or a good sized shawl (or two smaller ones!).
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6083 Easy Basic Fair Isle Techniques Sarah Peasley
The Fair Isle technique has been around for centuries, but can be learned in a matter of hours.

*Learn to read charts like a pro.
*Practice knitting in the round with 2 colors while trapping those pesky floats.
*Discover the beauty of corrugated ribbing.
*Hold your breath while you cut open a steek.

There's nothing to it! What are you waiting for?
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1441 Intermediate Center-out Knitting Xandy Peters
Take a guided tour of the possibilities of center-out construction accessories. We will look at 3 different cast-on methods for center out accessories and the unique strengths of each method.

Once cast on, we will try out different types of increases and varied arrangements to build different shawl, blanket, and scarf shapes such as a square or other regular polygon, rectangle, oblong, almond, and even the classic circular "pi" shawl. Many traditional lace and colorwork motifs can be converted to work with these shapes for spectacular results.

Join Xandy and build the confidence to cast on and create center out accessories with stitch and color patterns of your desire.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5153 Easy Introduction to Double Knitting Alasdair Post-Quinn
Double-knitting is a unique method of making a fabric with no "wrong" side and a built-in reversible colorwork pattern. Significantly different from the standard intarsia and Fair Isle colorwork that are so well-known, double-knitting is a labor-intensive but wholly worthwhile technique to have in your repertoire.

In this workshop, you'll learn my 2-color cast-on for double-knitting, get comfortable with the techniques involved, then move into colorwork. At the end of the workshop, you should have a motif swatch and be confident that you can tackle a larger standard double-knitting pattern.

Note: To take this class, you must be able to cast on and knit and purl comfortably in single-layer knitting. If you are familiar with the long-tail CO and some other form of two-color work, you will have a leg up but these are not strictly necessary.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
9059 Easy The Wool Applique Experience Catherine Redford
Learn the techniques required for successful whip-stitch wool applique while working on a small piece that can be finished into a needle case or pin cushion. You'll discover how easy it is to embellish and add further dimension to your project with beautiful embroidery stitches.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1741 Easy Hawaiian-style Applique Denyse Schmidt
The women of the Hawaiian Islands developed a uniquely bold style of quilting characterized by large, stylized botanical motifs. Learn to create your own variation of a Hawaiian-Style applique based on plants or flowers or your own style of doodling, and work toward mastering my favorite needle-turn applique method. I’ll guide you through drawing a design (or working with a simplified version of the motif featured in my second book, Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration), cutting and basting your motif, and teaching you the meditative and portable method of needle-turn appliqué. Plan on making a pillow or wall-hanging size block 24-inches square.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
9009 Easy Easy Fit and Sew Yoga Pants Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
If you have ever wanted to sew for yourself, but felt that you needed a little help along the way, this class is perfect. Using my Easy Fit and Sew One-Piece Yoga Pant Pattern, you'll have the opportunity to try on samples to find your best starting size. Then I'll show you simple adjustments to fine-tune your pattern for a flattering, comfortable fit. Use those pattern pieces to cut out and sew your new favorite yoga pants.

I've taken the guess work out of choosing the right fabric; black 4-way stretch knit is included in your kit. Learn tricks and tips to get professional results and to sew knit garments with your sewing machine.

Note: Machines provided for use in the class.


Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1707 Intermediate Cabling Without a Cable Needle Debbie Stoller
Learn to cable like never before! Learn how to work without a cable needle, which is really the best, fastest, and clearest way to make cables. 

Debbie will explain the process and once you understand the theory behind creating beautifully twisted and turning stitches, like cables and traveling stitches, you'll be able to breeze through even the most complex project.

Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4119 Intermediate Selbu Mittens Jeffrey Wall
After a quick look at the history and construction of the Norwegian Selbu mittens, you'll learn the process as you knit a mini-mitten: knitting a ribbed or lace cuff, increasing for the thumb gusset, casting on new stitches after the thumb-hole opening, decreasing for the mitten tip, and picking up stitches to work the thumb. We'll also discuss color dominance and how to hold yarn when working with two colors per round.

Note: Students should be comfortable working with DPNs. Magic loop or the 2-circular method for knitting in the round are possible but not recommended for this class.
Friday 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
No skills required Fashion Show only  
LIVE ON STAGE! See the best of the STITCHES Market live on stage. Nathania Apple hosts this exciting production. You'll be inspired to knit and crochet as you see professional models take to the catwalk wearing the most beautiful garments you've ever seen.

You can also purchase the Fashion Show with the dinner.
Friday 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
No skills required Fashion Show and Dinner Ticket  
LIVE ON STAGE! See the best of the STITCHES Market live on stage. Nathania Apple hosts this exciting production. You'll be inspired to knit and crochet as you see professional models take to the catwalk wearing the most beautiful garments you've ever seen. Then join us for a great dinner, following the Fashion Show, where we'll give out even more prizes.

You can also purchase the Fashion Show without the dinner. 

NOTE: Registration for this event closes on March 19, 2020 or when all spots are filled. 
Friday 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm
No skills required Pajama Party  
Kick off your shoes, slide on your slippers, and join us for an evening of games, prizes, laughter, and, of course, knitting, crocheting or stitching! Relax with old friends or come and make new ones. 
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1117 Intermediate Revolutionize Your Knitting with Magic Loop Lorilee Beltman
If you and double-pointed needles just don't get along, it's time to try the Magic Loop technique. It allows you to knit at any circumference using only long circular needles. We'll learn a little knitting history as we go round and round - getting our stitches just right. No ladders from loose stitches. No tight stitches at the edges.

Learn tips for working the technique comfortably and quickly with beautiful results. Once you understand how to manipulate the needles we will make sure you know where to use it. Obvious? Socks and mittens. Not so obvious? Circular shawls. Afghan squares that are worked from the middle out but are flat pieces of knitting. Sweater sleeves. Glove fingers. Toys.

Learn how to work magic loop on a hat - which starts with an opening that closes at the bind off - and a top-down mitten or center-out flat square or shawl which start closed and grow outward. Lastly we'll be sure we understand that this new-found magic loop knowledge shortens those long lists of needles required for some patterns, especially sweaters and circular shawls. Do you have a pattern that calls for a long circular, a short circular, and DPNs? Forget that. Magic loop is the answer.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5248 Easy Knitting Hacks with Gwen Gwen Bortner
Necessity is said to be the mother of invention, but I might argue that actually laziness is! As a 'lazy knitter' I have developed a number of tricks and techniques that I use regularly to either speed up my progress, simplify my knitting, or ultimately make it neater with no additional effort. My best hacks do all three!

Join me to learn what I have developed to speed up finishing, minimize mistakes, and keep track of my projects. Some methods may be old, some may be new, but all of them will improve your efficiency.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1725 Intermediate Two-color Crochet Brioche Claudette Brady
Brioche is on-trend in the knitting world, but there is no reason for crocheters to be left out. Join Claudette and learn how to create a basic two-color brioche fabric, a reversible brioche cable fabric, and a brioche honeycomb fabric -- all in crochet These fabrics will get you excited to create new and colorful projects.
 
Note: Must know chain, single crochet, double crochet, front-post double crochet and back-post double crochet stitches.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1403 Intermediate Fearless Plying! Heavenly Bresser
No more stress! Join us as we tackle ply techniques on the spinning wheel.

Learn how to establish and maintain a smooth rhythm while Navajo plying. Explore ways to ply from a center-pull ball for better control and fewer tangles.

We will also discuss what makes for a truly balanced yarn, how to intentionally spin an "off" balance yarn and the many reasons you might want to do so. Finally, we'll take a look at additional tools for your future plying endeavors. Are you ready? Let's ply!

Note: Techniques will be shown on the spinning wheel. Students can take spindle-spun yarn and ply from their singles onto the wheel OR from bobbins if the singles were spun on the wheel and ply onto a new bobbin on their wheel.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1350 Easy Crochet Your First Top-down Sweater Robyn Chachula
Crochet a top-down sweater for ease of fit and almost instant gratification in the stitching.

While working on a doll sweater we will walk through everything necessary:
* picking the best yarn
* the best stitches for the job
* how to shape the neck
* how to shape the yoke of the sweater
* increasing in crochet
* how to separate for the body and sleeves
* and on through the finishing.

By the end of class you will be half-way through your doll sweater and equipped to make the perfect sweater for yourself.

Note: Students must know chain, single crochet, and double crochet.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1712 Intermediate One Recipe: One Hundred KNIT Shawls Michele Costa
Unleash your inner designer with this assyemtrical shawl recipe. Students will be taught how to use my recipe to design their own asymmetrical shawl. We will review how to select & pair stitches, create colorwork patterns and combine fibers to create stunning new designs.

Note special skills or knowledge needed to take this class:
KNITTING: Must know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1246 Intermediate 1x1 Rib Wonders Jolie A. Elder
When learning to knit, the progression is often garter stitch, then stockinette, then 1×1 ribbing. We know what garter and stockinette do, but have you really explored the potential of 1×1 ribbing?

Let's explore the hidden potential of this common stitch. We will discover it is the basis for a variety of astonishing reversible fabrics. We will explore splitting and twisting techniques that create unusual 3-D sculptural shapes. We’ll dip into combination knitting to see how to work ribbing more easily. And we will end by looking at the special properties and reversible nature of this ribbing, including cables, lace, intarsia; and its relationship to double-knitting. Come unlock the potential of a stitch pattern you already know!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1748 Intermediate The Knitted Plaid: A Color and Pattern Workshop Franklin Habit
If the prospect of mixing colors gives you the fidgets even though you've dreamt of putting together your own complex color schemes for projects, this class is for you.

We'll begin by learning a simple but strikingly effective method for knitting plaid fabric: a method that can even be used to recreate family or school tartans. Then we'll use the framework of the plaid as the point of departure for a practical, hands-on lesson in color selection.

This class was expanded to a 6-hour format by popular demand, which allows more time for explanation, experimentation, and review of student projects. You can learn to design your own color schemes with a little knowledge, practice,and playfulness.  
Must be fluent in basic knitting.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1131 Intermediate Double Your Fun: Using Two Rigid Heddles Deborah Jarchow
Expand your weaving skills and make 2 layers of cloth on the rigid-heddle loom. While weaving, the layers can be connected along one edge to make cloth twice the width of your loom, create tubes, or pockets. During the 2-day workshop you will learn to thread the loom using two heddles and weave a sample.

Learn how to set up and thread for double-heddle weaving. Then weave cloth at double the sett of the heddles used and explore various beautiful patterns that the extra heddle can make possible. Practice creating 2 layers of cloth, each a different color, and learn how to make pockets and tubes in the woven cloth.

This workshop is for students that have some experience with rigid heddle and want to move on to the next level.

Lab fee: $10
Note: Having your own loom is ideal, but Deborah has a limited number available for a rental fee of $50. If you email her at Djweaves@earthlink.net she will reserve one for you.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
9048 No skills required Custom Dress Form Workshop Pamela Leggett
A dress form is a useful tool for garment design and fitting. The problem is getting one to fit all your curves. Custom forms are expensive and can't be easily altered, and duct tape forms collapse over time.

In this class, we will use an adjustable form that you will "build and pad" to look just like you! Other than the dress form, the supplies are simple - a bra and undies, batting and fiberfill, and some bandaging from the drug store. The best thing about this form is that with the skills you learn in this class, you will be able to change the dress form as your body changes! We'll finish the form with a custom cover. You will now be ready for your fitting and design challenges.

NOTE: Sewing machines are provided for use in class. 
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1619 No skills required Pizzaz with Speckled Dyeing Ellen Minard
Love the way those speckled yarns look and want to make some yourself? Learn two different ways to safely dye a speckled yarn. First we'll dye a skein of yarn, and then we'll dye a single blank.

After a very brief overview of hand painting, you'll quickly move on to the fun of choosing your color and dyeing the yarn and blank! The little bits of color will add some pizzaz to your knitting!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1279 No skills required Hitomezashi Sashiko Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Sashiko, the Japanese hand stitching technique for patching and reinforcing fabric is the hot "new" trend in hand stitching. Traditional Sashiko stitches and modern adaptations can be seen in the visible mending trend, in home decor, and on fashion runways. In this class, we will learn the traditional hand stitched patterns of Hitomezashi Sashiko worked on a grid to create geometric stitch patterns using a simple running stitch to give you a solid foundation to create small-scale motifs so you can apply those skills on a larger scale to overall fabric alterations, enhancements, and quilting. We will also show you how these technique tie in beautifully to slow stitching and visible mending practices.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1015 No skills required Pattern Drafting for Knitters, Crocheters, and Sewists Cal Patch
When you plan to knit, crochet, or sew a garment for yourself (or anyone else), the first step is determining the unique size, shape, and proportion of the body you wish to clothe.

Like snowflakes, none of us are exactly alike, and not until we assess our actual dimensions can we begin to achieve the goal of perfect fit!

Learn how to take your measurements properly and use them to draft a sloper (basic pattern) for your personal fit profile. Think of it as a life-size schematic, which you can refer to as you knit from a pattern, or while designing your own! We will also discuss the concept of ease, both positive and negative, and how it affects the end result. Understanding and taking control of these elements will allow you to create pieces that fit and flatter YOU.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1210 Intermediate Try-on then Cast-on Custom Cardi Sarah Peasley
Designing your own custom cardigan will be easy with an informed advantage--the Try-on then Cast-on approach.

Let's begin with taking your measurements then trying on knit jersey samples made exclusively for sizing. These samples include options for standard and full figures and the combo sizes (smaller backs and larger fronts) that work well for many women. They will help you check the fit at the shoulders and armholes, as well as help determine the sleeve and body length (see schematic illustration).

Once you decide which sample fits best, you will trace a life-size schematic and get to work plugging the numbers from your pre-knit gauge swatch into the schematic's pattern. We will discuss ease, armhole and neck shaping, sleeve construction, and finishing. This will be your go-to pattern for your knit wardrobe once Sarah shares how to easily tweak it for sweaters and vests.

Note: Must have completed at least one sweater before taking this class. Please dress appropriately (tank or t-shirt layer) to assist in taking accurate measurements.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5023 Advanced Fox Paw Technique Xandy Peters
In this class students will learn the basics of knitting with stacked stitches and begin a Fox Paws Wrap. We will start with an introduction to the stacked increase and decrease technique with some swatches in an easy stack pattern. After all this hard work, there is a coloring break where we explore color choices.

In the second half of the class, we will start working on our Fox Paws Swatches. Students will learn ways to check their own work and fix any problems that arise at home while testing out their new yarn and color choice in the pattern.

Note: Patterns will be provided.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5232 Advanced Double-knitting Off the Grid Alasdair Post-Quinn
Knitting is often just one row of stitches on top of another - and double-knitting doubly so. In the pursuit of more interesting shapes, sometimes you need to go…off the grid.

You will learn a whole host of double-knit increases and decreases -to use for shaping later, but you'll use them to make colorwork that almost seems to be embroidered onto the fabric. If you combine this technique with double-knit cables, whole new worlds will open up before you. As with the other advanced workshops, you'll also learn a really clean double-knit selvedge and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.

Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9057 Easy Walking Foot Quilting: Beyond the Ditch Catherine Redford
Learn how to finish your quilts on your domestic machine while enjoying all the control of a walking foot with the author of Modern Machine Quilting. We will start with a brief discussion of how to prepare your tops for quilting, including marking and basting. Then we will stitch samples of different styles, including modern grids, matchstick quilting, and spirals. Finish with a look at Catherine's work to inspire you to go home and turn your tops into quilts.

Note: Machines provided for use in the class.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1253 Easy Easy Fit and Sew Skort Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Join Jennifer and make a skirt with super powers--The Easy Knit Skort--a skirt+shorts!

You'll find yourself wearing this comfortable Skort everywhere. The gored skirt is made from black Performance Sports Knit with light-weight rayon knit shorts underneath.

This is a perfect beginner project for anyone who is interested in learning how to sew garments. You'll learn how to get professional results sewing knits with a sewing machine.

The skirt hem ends just above the knee but it can easily be lengthened or shortened. Once you see how easily one can add shorts to a skirt, you'll be tempted to add these super powers to all your skirts.

Note:Machines provided for use in the class.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1708 Intermediate Picture Perfect Intarsia Debbie Stoller
Intimidated by intarsia? Bothered by bobbins? In this class, you’ll learn the basics of this beautiful technique, which allows you to knit images right into your work, while you make a cute sheep sampler.

You’ll also learn Debbie’s tips and tricks, like how to avoid bobbins and use “infinity yarn” instead; how to make nice edges, add final details, read a chart; and much more. When you’re done you’ll be able to take on even the most challenging intarsia project with cool-headed confidence.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1317 Intermediate Eggs and Avocados Timna Tarr
These graphic machine-appliqued eggs and/or avocados are the perfect building blocks to make a wall-hanging, pot holders, or even the beginning of an egg-straordinary large quilt. Techniques covered are fusing and reverse applique.

Note: Must know how to use a rotary cutter/ruler and sew a 1⁄4” seam

Machines will be provided for use in the classroom.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1723 Intermediate Mobius Mesh Bracelet Yvonne Tate
In this project-based class, you will learn to create a true Mobius in crochet. This bracelet is decorated with seed beads worked in along the way. It's so fun and fast that you should be able to finish a bracelet by the end of class, and be ready to create many more. 

Note: Must be able to read written crochet patterns/instructions based on U.S. terminology, identify and execute basic crochet stitches (slip knot, ch, sc).

Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5304 Intermediate Excrescences: Bobbles, Bumps, Lumps, Leaves, & Ledges Anna Zilboorg
This class will explore the many possible ways of making a three-dimensional addition to a knitted surface. In doing this, we'll make a sampler of nupps, bobbles, and larger shapes. A few esoteric techniques will appear, such as making multiple I-cords at the same time, and we'll be expanding into over-all patterns and graceful leafy panels. Knitting need never be flat.
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm NEW
1645 Easy An Introduction to Cut and Sew Sweaters Olgalyn Jolly
LECTURE: This presentation offers hints and tips for creating successful cut-and-sew sweaters from true sweater-knit fabrics. Sewing pattern instructions are rarely written for this type of knit, but Olgalyn can share techniques for working with this specialty fabric and show you which tools and machine settings will give the best results. Smooth and professional-looking seams and ribbings aren't difficult once you understand the process.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6207 Intermediate Colorful Cables Three Ways Lorilee Beltman
You don't have to choose between texture and color in your knitting. You can have both. We'll knit 3 swatches, worked flat. In one swatch, we'll work 2-handed-stranded knitting with cables. In another, we'll try our hand at 2-stitch-wide cables offset by the main color. In a third, our colorful cables will travel over a reverse stockinette background. I'll have a fourth option in our handout, if there's time.
Speaking of having it both ways: we'll learn how to make these cables traditionally with a cable needle and be a little radical and learn to make them without!
Note: Students should be able to accomplish simple 2/2 right cross and left cross cables before attending this class.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1724 Easy Ivy Boho Headband Workshop Louis Boria
Brooklyn Boy Knits' Louis Boria teaches you how to make your own version of his iconic “Ivy Boho Headband” in this workshop. In the first half of the workshop, you will knit and design your own headband piece using bulky to super-bulky weight yarn. Next Louis will show you how to turn that ordinary headband into a showstopper by adorning it with leather, vegan leather, and jewels.

Want to add a little flair to your knitwear, a little charm to those head pieces?  Then this is one workshop you don’t want to miss!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6006 Intermediate Entrelac Basics Gwen Bortner
Have you always wanted to learn entrelac but thought it would be too hard? Whether a beginner or advanced knitter, this class is for you. During this class, each student will have the opportunity to knit a small project to gain hands-on experience in the entrelac technique. Participants will learn the seamless entrelac technique and basic entrelac construction. Hints and tips on the fine points of entrelac, a discussion of other project possibilities, and an overview of knitting in both directions will also be included.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1727 Intermediate Reversible Crochet Cables Claudette Brady
Crochet cables aren't difficult. Claudette will show you how to how to stitch beautiful, classic, crochet cables that have the added benefit of being reversible. You'll find them to be a rewarding exercise and useful skill to add to many projects as you learn both static cables and traveling cables. Put a new twist into your skill set! 

Note: Must know how to execute chain, single-crochet, double-crochet, and front-post double-crochet stitches.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1402 Intermediate Spinning for a Project! Heavenly Bresser
This class is ALL about project planning for spinners of all levels. No more playing 'yarn chicken' with your handspun or feeling frustrated because your beloved yarn has gotten 'lost' in the pattern!

We'll address major concerns such as how much fiber is 'enough', the importance of grist, how to use a suggested commercial yarn in a pattern as a guide for planning, and other important things to consider before spinning for a project.

We'll discuss the proper use of spinner's tools and guides including the spinner's control card, angle of twist, gauge, and more. This in-depth class is built to help you gain greater confidence in your project planning so you can truly enjoy the yarn you make even after you've set the twist!
Note: Must be able to spin continuous singles and basic plied yarns. 

Note: This class is spindle-friendly and not hard for spindlers to keep up with wheel spinners. More than one spindle is recommended but a ball winder will be available to accommodate those with a single spindle.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5004 Easy Charts Made Simple JC Briar
A chart takes the place of written instructions, telling you which stitches to work. But a good chart does so much more, showing you how the knitted fabric should look.

Learn to read charts, make sense of their symbols, and use them to keep your knitting on track and minimize mistakes.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
2075 Easy Traditional Beginnings: Cast-ons from Long Ago Beth Brown-Reinsel
Learn eight of the most beautiful, and practical, cast-ons in our knitting history. From the UK, we will cover the Channel Island Cast-on, the Knotted Cast-on, and the Multi-Strand Cast-on. Included are two basic go-to cast-ons, the LongTail and Old Norwegian, that are the basis for two decorative cast-ons from the Twined Knitting tradition in Sweden. Last, the wonderful Braided Cast-on from Finland will be taught in 3 colors! In addition, we'll practice a couple bind-offs to complete your swatches.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1713 Intermediate One Recipe: One Hundred CROCHET Shawls Michele Costa
Unleash your inner designer with this assyemtrical shawl recipe. Students will be taught how to use my recipe to design their own asymmetrical shawl. We will review how to select & pair stitches, create colorwork patterns and combine fibers to create stunning new designs. Note special skills or knowledge needed to take this class CROCHET: Must know how to create sc, hdc, dc and basic crochet pattern reading skills
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1646 Intermediate Cut and Sew the Perfect Crew Neck (Plus Variations) for Your Sweater Olgalyn Jolly
For those who sew or would like to sew sweater knits, this class will give your necklines a professional look.

Learn the steps to cut-and-sew a beautiful crew (round) neckline and variations for your sweaters. This class will put an end to the floppy neckband no matter what sewing pattern or sweater fabric you use. Your necklines will lie flat and fit well with a clean finish. Through this process you will see how easily one can master seaming and finishing this specialty fabric.

Machines will be provided for in-class use.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1617 No skills required Design & Dye Your Own Sock Blanks Ellen Minard
Want to design your own sock colors? We will start with a very brief overview of hand painting, take a look at some dyed blanks, how they will knit up into a pair of socks (because what you see is not necessarily what you get), and then quickly move on to the fun!


You will design your own color-way and paint two sock blanks in two different ways. These are double-strand, blanks which means each blank provides yarn to knit a pair of exactly matching socks!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1531 No skills required Zip it! Pouch Cal Patch
If you've been wanting to learn how to sew, or just need a refresher to get back in the saddle again, this is the class for you.

And if the word "zipper" intimidates you, you'll see that they're not difficult at all! We'll cover the basics of stitching on a machine by making some simple (or more complex if you like) zipper pouches, which are infinitely useful and make fantastic gifts.

We can play with boxed corners,  fabric piecing, applique, decorative trims, and machine embroidery techniques.  So bring a playful attitude and some colorful scraps and we'll see what happens!

Machines will be provided for use in the classroom.

Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1138 Intermediate Inspired Fair Isle: Techniques and Color Inspiration Anne Podlesak
Learn to develop your own unique color stories for Fair Isle designs. Anne will cover basic concepts including the technique of 2-handed stranded knitting and the traditional approach to coloring charted patterns. From there, you will develop a color palette based on your inspiration images, then use it to knit patterned swatches, learning to change pattern and background colors at varying intervals.

The split 6-hour format allows extra time for sampling and testing your plan with a bounty of dyed yarns Anne brings for swatching.

Note: Must have basic skills in knitting and chart-reading, as well as some understanding of working in the round and stranded knitting.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
9084 Intermediate Further Steps in Folk Art Embroidery Catherine Redford
You've got the basic embroidery stitches mastered, now it's time to add to your stitch vocabulary. We'll work on a pre-printed sampler as we learn crested chain, bullion stitch, drizzle stitch, and lots more that will enhance your next embroidery project. We'll also discuss how Catherine includes her embroideries in her quilts.

Note: Need to have taken class 9058 Intro to Folk Art Embroidery or have knowledge of the basics.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1738 No skills required Quick & Easy Serger Tote Jennifer Stern-Hasemann

Are you afraid to open the box and start using your serger?  Or, maybe it's a little dusty?  Join Jennifer for this fun, beginner/ refresher project where you will learn serger basics while making this generously sized tote.   

Before working on the tote, you will try your hand at seaming with a serger on scrap fabric. You will learn how to adjust thread tensions and settings to get the stitch you want, then move forward and sew the bag and lining together using a basic 4-thread stitch. 

Jennifer shows you how to stop mid-seam to leave an opening that is nice and tidy for turning the lining, and how to deal with thread tails while making a simple inside pocket. Finally, you'll use a decorative reverse flat-lock to construct the straps.  Everyone leaves class with a completed tote ... Perfect to take to the Market and fill with new stash!

NOTE: Sergers are provided for class use. 

Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm NEW
1710 Easy Turbo-Throwing: Super-fast English Knitting the Dutch Way Debbie Stoller
LECTURE: If you’ve ever heard that Continental knitting (yarn in left hand) is faster than English knitting (yarn in right hand), don’t believe the hype. Unfortunately however, most of us don’t knit English-style in the most efficient manner.

In this lecture, Debbie Stoller will teach you how to knit English-style the way it’s done in the Netherlands (and elsewhere), which is much quicker. We’ll go over the history of how English knitting evolved from horsehair pouch to the knitting needles we know today; what got lost in the process; and how to use the “pit knitting” method to substantially speed up your English-style knitting.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1720 Intermediate Hats 101: Crowning Glory Yvonne Tate
Hats are a typical item to crochet, but they don't have to be basic or boring!

The crown is the foundation for a top-down hat design. It sets the stage for a successful and well-fitting hat. In this intermediate class, you will learn and reinforce techniques (the magic ring) and tidbits (increasing and stitch counts/patterns) that will take your hats to the next level. You'll see several crown shapings and go home with handouts that will have you well on your way to finishing your hats with finesse!

Note: Must be able to read written crochet patterns/instructions based on U.S. terminology in English as well as identify and execute basic crochet stitches (slip knot, ch, sc, hdc, dc, ext dc, fpdc) and techniques.


Saturday 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
No skills required Student Banquet & Style Show  
This is what STITCHES is all about - makers making and the results. Be inspired as attendees share their best. Visit with fellow knitters, crocheters, and sewists show off your favorite piece. You could win one of the fabulous door prizes, a Participation Award or the Grand Prize (24 hours of classes and entrance to all evening events at a future STITCHES).

NOTE: Registration for this event closes on March 19, 2020 or when all spots are filled. 
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5082 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction Lorilee Beltman
When you continental knit, you minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps a speedier process.

Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly which motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to even out your knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects the outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing where efficiency really pays off.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1745 Intermediate Design & Make Your Own Fitted Cap Louis Boria

In this hat workshop we will learn how to design and knit fitted hats from brim to crown, using simple templates and techniques. Louis will show you new ways to turn ordinary hats into fashion-forward trends. We will dive into the world of combining color and fibers to create unique textures. 


As an added bonus, you will discover the new fad of patchwork and learn how to properly apply patches to your finished hats. 

 

Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1096 Intermediate Lace That Grows: Easy Shawl Design with Wedges JC Briar
Imagine starting a lace shawl with just a few stitches, and "growing" in pattern until your shawl is big enough, with no worries about matching gauge or loosely casting on oodles of stitches. Picture choosing from a variety of shapes - triangles, squares, circles, semi-circles, and more - each composed of a series of lace "wedges," sections that gradually grow wider as the knitting progresses.

Take this class to learn how to grow a shawl of your own design. Pick from a selection of lace wedges, and see what shapes you can create by knitting your shawl from the top down or the center out. Learn how to estimate how much yarn you'll need, or - if your yarn supply is limited - how large a shawl you can create from the yarn you have. By the end of class, you'll be well on your way to a new, unique shawl.

Note: Need experience following charts and knitting lace.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1711 Easy Introduction To Yarn Bombing: Put Those Scraps To Use Michele Costa
We’ve all seen or heard of huge fiber-art installations  Well thrthfully,  you don't have to think big to get into yarn bombing.

 Michele will teach you how to think outside that fiber box and turn your scraps into masterpieces. You can yarn-bomb gift wrap for the holidays or birthdays! You can yarn bomb teacher gifts and photo albums.

Yarn bombing can be as big or as small as you like. So let’s get out that scrap pile of yarn and create your own yarn bombs! 
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Note special skills or knowledge needed to take this class:
CROCHET: Must know how to ch, sc, , dc
KNITTING: Must know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5270 Intermediate A Sense of Proportion: A Glorious Compendium of Methods for Knitting Without Tapes and Rulers Franklin Habit
A tape measure is wonderful thing. So is a knitting pattern. But have you dreamt of being freed from both, and working your way from cast-on to finished garment using neither one nor the other? You can. The history of knitting is full of time-tested methods for using the proportions of the human body, and of the knitting itself, to determine stitch counts, shapings, and measurements to yield garments with a custom fit. Through lecture, and practice students will learn about useful relative proportions of the human body, as well as formulae and folklore for hats, mittens, socks, shawls, and fitted upper garments. And yes, you'll need a tape measure…but not for long.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1731 Easy Quilting with Rulers: The Basics Kothy Hafersat
Learn all about how to set your sewing machines up for working with rulers and what else you need to to be successful.

Note: Freemotion experience required.

Machines will be provided for in-class use.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1735 Easy Upcycle and Design: A Signature Jacket (or Top) Susan Lazear
Upcycling and sustainability is all the rage. Why not join the movement and create a signature jacket from a well-loved sweatshirt?

Bring your knit/crochet/sewing/weaving skills together by making the piece with an existing (oversized) sweatshirt as your base. You will begin the process of adding yarn, swatches, fabric pieces, and embellishments to the base. This hands-on experience offers a lot of inspiration as Susan Lazear shares her ideas as you begin. The sweatshirt offers a quick-fit opportunity where you can focus on surface design and assemblage to create a contemporary and unique piece. 
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1618 No skills required Dyeing Gradient Yarns Ellen Minard
Gradient yarns are a lot of fun to work with and it's exciting to see how the colors change as you knit. In this class we will be dyeing a set of mini-skeins, slowly changing from one color to another. You will choose your two colors, and then I will guide you through mixing the dyes & applying to the skeins to get your gradient colors.

You will end up with a set of 5 gradient skeins, enough to knit a shawl.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8069 Easy Couture Finishing for Knit and Crochet Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Master sewists and finishers work for years perfecting their finishing skills, and are sought out by couture designers for those skills to give their work the flawless finish it deserves.

You've worked hard to make your knit and crochet skills the best they can be so you can produce FAB fabrics for your handmade projects. Now it's time to bring your finishing skills up to the next level.

There is no arguing the point that FAB finishing is the key to producing handmade projects that stand out from the crowd. In Couture Finishing, we share the professional finishing skills we use every day in our design studio to create the Shibaguyz Designz line of crochet and knit garments, accessories, and home decor. The professional finishing secrets learned from years and years of couture hand-sewing will be revealed to YOU! You will be able to use these techniques to take your skills from good to great...even FAB!

We will break down each step of the finishing process from blocking to weaving in ends to flawless seaming and make the finishing process just as much fun as the stitching. Imagine your satisfaction when you stand back and look at the flawless finishing that makes your project look like it was made by the hands of a pro!

Yup...we're going to share it all!

Goals
Understanding and application of professional finishing techniques
* Blocking
* End Cap Finishing Stitch
* Locking Mattress Stitch and Mattress Stitch for sewing invisible seams
* Setting in uneven seams (like sleeve caps!)
* Setting in the perfect zipper and customizing zipper length
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1526 Easy Make Your Own Leggings Cal Patch
People are often surprised to learn they can make their own leggings, but guess what? YOU CAN! And you don't even need a serger to sew with knits.

Cal will show you how to draft a pattern for this wardrobe essential, based on your own measurements. Then we'll stitch up a first-draft fit sample, adjust our patterns if necessary, and proceed to make a pair of real-live leggings.You'll never buy them off the rack again!

Please have at least advanced-beginner sewing skills, with a few simple projects under your belt.

Machines will be provided for use in class.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5379 Easy Reading Your Knitting Sarah Peasley
Have you ever taken the time to LOOK at your knitting?

* What does your cast-on row reveal?
* Which way do your stitches face?
* Are you on the right side or the wrong side of the fabric?
* How many rows have you worked? In stockinette? In garter stitch? In another stitch pattern?
* Did you remember to increase/decrease in the previous row?
* How many rows has it been since you last decreased/increased?
* How do you keep track of where you ARE?
* How do you figure out where you WERE?

Let's SLOW DOWN and learn the anatomy of a stitch, then study the fabric below the needles. Sarah has tricks to help you discover what you've done and where you are, and she will show you how to keep track going forward. In no time at all, you'll be a smarter, more confident knitter!

Note: Must be comfortable with knitting and purling.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9085 Easy Big Bold Hand Stitching as Your Quilting Line Catherine Redford
Learn a quick and easy way of hand quilting with big, bold stitches. We'll mark our designs, baste our pieces, and start sewing. Find out how relaxing and fun it can be to finish your quilts by hand! No frame, no hoop, just you, a needle, and thread.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9032 Easy Tee Fit Workshop Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Join Jennifer as she takes you step-by-step through the process of fitting your new favorite knit top. The Tee Pattern has unique above the bust seams that make it easy to get a great fit no matter what your fitting challenges may be.

Start by trying on knit muslins to determine which size to work with. Then, I'll show you simple pattern adjustments including a full-bust adjustment and neckline and shoulder adjustments. You can customize the look and fit of your Tee by relaxing the fit of the front and back lower bodice pieces and choosing between sleeveless, short, or 3/4-length sleeves.

Learn how to select fabric with the right amount of stretch to get flattering results. We'll play with a variety of knits that are included in your kit. You'll leave class with a pattern that's ready for fabric and the confidence to pick out the perfect fabric.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1721 Intermediate Two-color Post-stitch Hat Yvonne Tate
Combine crochet post-stitches with color work for an interesting pattern as you create the warmest, snuggly hat you'll ever own!

Note: Must be able to read written crochet patterns/instructions based on U.S. terminology as well as identify and execute basic crochet stitches (slip knot, ch, dc, ext dc, fpdc) and techniques (magic ring/circle, color changes).


Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1475 Intermediate Perfected Free-sole Socks Anna Zilboorg
This is a sock construction that makes possible stranded socks with plain soles (less bulk, easier to put on, cool looking) or any socks with different yarns on the instep and sole (tough Wensleydale on the sole; cashmere, glitter, or possum on top).

But its greatest advantage comes later, when the sock has developed a hole. Socks made this way can have a damaged part of the sole removed and reknit when necessary. In the past, removal of part of the sole, especially the heel, was not quite as simple as I claimed. But with up-graded technique, it unravels smoothly. Furthermore the heel, which was a bit awkward to work, is now much simpler.

In this workshop we'll start with a two-part toe (pick-up shaping) continue up the sole adding a gusset as we go, turning the heel and making the flap. Then back to the instep, with or without a color pattern (two handed backwards), attaching it to the sole (strip joining). The up the leg, all in three hours to make a sock large enough to store quarters in your car.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1746 Intermediate Design & Make Your Own Slouchy Cap Louis Boria
Whether you love a good slouchy or beret-style hat, there's always room for more in your wardrobe.
Learn how to design and knit the slouchy hats we all love to wear using simple templates and techniques. We'll be working from brim to crown. 'Louis will show you new ways to turn that slouchy hat into a fashion-forward trend. Dive into the world of combining color and fibers in creating unique textures. '

As an added bonus, you will discover the new fad of patchwork and how to properly apply patches to your finished hats.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5118 Easy Disaster Recovery JC Briar
Mistakes happen. Fortunately, knitters have an array of techniques for dealing with mistakes. Learn when and how to tink, drop, and frog. See how duplicate stitch can cover over goofs in colorwork. And pick up tips for avoiding mistakes in the first place.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1732 Intermediate Quilting with Rulers: Feathers & Corners Kothy Hafersat
Learn all about how to do feathers and how to turn corners with your rulers.

Note: Class 1731 or equivalent experience with Freemotion and ruler quilting required.

Machines will be provided for in-class use.


Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
4108 Intermediate Old School Cuff-to-toe Socks Sarah Peasley
Plain old vanilla socks may sound boring, but traditional, cuff-down, heel-flap socks are an excellent first sock project, an ideal choice for on-the-go knitting, and a great way to connect to knitters of yore (although sock yarn is WAY more fun now than it used to be!). Use double-pointed needles to knit a sock from the cuff down. Start with a ribbed cuff, turn a perfect heel (without that pesky hole at the corner!), and finish with a round toe. You'll make a mini sock in class, but you'll leave with the information needed to make your own custom-fit cuff-down socks!

Techniques to be covered
* Counting rows
* Heel flap
* Turning the heel
* Gusset shaping
* Taking foot measurements
* Adding a stitch pattern to a sock
* Round toe
Sunday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
1104 Easy Dorset Buttons: The Basics Catherine Redford
Dorset buttons have a history dating back to the seventeenth century in the UK. Learn the basics to create your own buttons you can use to embellish your next knitting project, a purse, or even make into unique jewelry.

Note: A $3 kit fee for rings and needle will be collected in class.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1492 Easy Stretch-jean Fit Workshop Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
If you want to learn the simple techniques to fit a jeans pattern, please join us. We will work with Jennifer's Knit Jean Pattern; it is easy to fit and to sew.

Start by trying on samples to make quick work of choosing your size. Then Jennifer will show you how to adjust the pieces to accommodate your curves, so you can use your adjusted pattern to sew a custom-fit muslin.

The classroom setting is the perfect place to learn about fitting yourself and others. You'll see a variety of fitting issues on different bodies as Jen provides a personal fitting for each student. You'll learn how to read the wrinkles and how to smooth them.

In addition to fitting your pattern, Jen shares tips and tricks to help you get professional results when you are ready to sew your custom-sized jeans together. You'll leave class with an adjusted stretch jeans pattern that is ready to go and the confidence to sew them!