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Thursday 02/19/2015, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Margaret Fisher

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Zip, Button, Tie: Creative Closures with Margaret Fisher
Learn a number of attractive and functional closures for garments. Start by practicing and mastering all of the steps of placing a zipper in a fabric. Understand how to avoid puckers and make sure the zipper fits the opening. Then have fun making I-cord and crocheted buttons. See how they can add a nice visual touch, especially when worked in fancy yarns. Finally, focus on using drawstrings and ties as fastenings. See how zippers, buttons, and ties can accent your work and make it special.

Homework swatches; sewing thread in a color that matches your swatch and in a contrasting color; sewing needle, straight pins; light-colored, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn; dpns in a size appropriate for yarn; size H crochet hook; small amounts (leftovers) of novelty yarns such as ribbon, metallic, etc. (optional); 4-inch separating zipper (may purchase from the teacher for $1.25).

Sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.

With smooth, light-colored, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn and appropriate needles, knit 2 swatches as follows:
(make 2 exactly the same): Cast on 20 stitches. Work in st st for 4". Place stitches on a holder. Leave some yarn (several yards) attached.