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Saturday 02/20/2016, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday 02/20/2016, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Betsy Hershberg

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Go Big or Go Home—XL Bead Balls with Betsy Hershberg
In this combination technique-and-project class, students learn to create bead-knit wrappers for XL wooden beads (measuring 1” in diameter). With strong, fine-gauge, solid and hand-painted tencel fibers and small US 00 needles, you can knit fabric that will have lots of beautiful little stitches. And lots of beautiful stitches provide seemingly endless options for stunning bead-placement patterns. As you work on your own series of beads, your personal gauge is used to plan the perfect-sized wrapper and bead design. You'll learn techniques including multicolor bead stringing, how to knit beads between stitches (the easiest way to place pre-strung beads), and options for grafting plain and bead-knit fabric. An alternative tubular method for encasing these beads will also be presented.
Note: Must be able to work a long-tail cast-on and be prepared to work with very small needles and small (Size 8) beads.
Materials Fee: $10 (for fiber, beading needle, and wooden bead balls). Students will supply their own beads; details provided with homework.

1-2 oz of smooth finish, light-colored, #4 (worsted-weight) wool yarn; waste yarn (small amounts in both light and medium weight; knitting needles, US Sizes #00, double-pointed needles required; medium crochet hook; small-to-medium sized, tapestry or darning needle; sharp scissors; straight-edge ruler, pencil, and eraser, two or three colored pencils (optional); a sheet or two of plain graph paper containing at least 50 squares in either height or width; Two tubes of different colors of Size 8 glass seed beads (200-300 of each color) - preferably Japanese - to coordinate with the tencel fiber you select as part of the materials kit your teacher will supply. (See Materials Fee below.) If you do not have a local bead store, Japanese seed beads are readily available online, one recommended supplier being Caravan Beads at www.caravanbeads.net.
Materials Fee: The total Materials fee for this class is $10.00 which covers the cost providing tencel fiber, wooden beads and beading needle that the instructor will supply. You will need to purchase the tencel fiber in advance so that it may be shipped to you with enough time for you to complete your homework prior to class. You will be given the bead balls and needle in class.
Materials Fee: $10 (for fiber, beading needle and wooden bead balls) Students will supply their own beads.

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.

Please review and be comfortable working the technique of knitting in the round on double pointed needles or have alternative needles in the correct needle size(s) for your preferred method, e.g., knitting in the round on two circulars.
You need to order the yarn and knit a swatch before class. You will have several colors of variegated fiber to choose from. Please go to


to make your color choice, provide payment information and provide shipping information.
When you receive the yarn, knit the following swatch:
With your Size #00 needles and tencel fiber purchased from teacher, knit a gauge swatch in plain stockinette fabric (knit a row, purl a row) that is 35 st x 50 rows in dimension. Bind off.