STITCHES Midwest 2017 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
TT50 Basic The Second Steps: Simple Incs and Decs Jill Bigelow Suttell
The Second Steps series is designed to aid the brand-new knitter. Whether you’ve just taken the Learn-to-Knit Market Session, or you learned last week from a friend, you may either be impatient to learn more or feel a bit overwhelmed. Each Second Steps Market Session will help you navigate this new world.
In Simple Incs and Decs, you will learn to work the most common increases and decreases: knit 2 stitches together, yarn over, and more.

Supplies: Light colored, #4 (worsted weight) yarn and US8 needles.
Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
XT14 No skills required Weaving Sticks Scarf Carol Mesimer
A traditional art form is made modern with Clover Weaving Sticks. Stick weaving is fun and fast and versatile. Learn the basic techniques as you weave a scarf. No previous experience is necessary!

Anyone can make accessories like bags, belts, hats, sashes, or scarves. You can even make afghans, blankets, rugs, or wall hangings. Carol will show many woven items to stimulate your imagination. Come try this contemporary twist on an ancient art form.

Supplies: Weavings sticks provided for in class use.

Sponsored by Clover.
Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT5 Easy Getting Started: Intarsia Beth Whiteside
Vertical stripes without stranding— how can that be? Intarsia, or picture knitting, gives you the means to change color as you work across a row by dropping the yarn and picking up a new one. And stripes are just the beginning!. Get started painting your own simple intarsia picture as you learn how to prevent holes at color changes and how to keep several colors of yarn from tangling. Come see if painting with yarn is right for you.

Materials: 2 balls (40 yds each) and 1 ball (80 yds) of #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in complementary colors and 9mm/US13 needles.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NEW
TT43 Basic The Second Steps: Understanding Gauge Jill Bigelow Suttell
The Second Steps series is designed to aid the brand-new knitter. Whether you’ve just taken the Learn-to-Knit Market Session or you learned last week from a friend, you’ may either be impatient to learn more or feeling a bit overwhelmed. Each Second Steps Market Session will help you navigate this new world.

Learn what gauge is and why it is so important. Learn how to make a gauge swatch and how to count both stitches and rows. Finally learn what to do when you don't "get gauge."

Supplies: Light colored, #4 (worsted weight) yarn and US8 needles.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT18 Basic Uh, Oh! Fixing Mistakes Beth Whiteside
All knitters make mistakes. It can be so frustrating when you can't fix them yourself; often you just rip out and start over. We'll focus on the most common skills that help you avoid needless ripping: picking up dropped stitches, correcting mistakes a few rows back, and understanding the difference between ripping back and un-knitting. Soon you can relax when an 'oops' comes along.
Materials: Practice amount of #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, 5 or 5.5mm/US8 or 9 needles, and F, G, or H crochet hook.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
XT26 No skills required 5 Basic Embroidery Stitches Katie Hebblewhite
Students will explore hand embroidery to embellish a hand-stitched needle case. Several basic stitches will be taught in class: blanket, chain, stem, lazy daisy, and French knot. Embellish anything with these simple stitches!
Supplies: A small scissors.
Materials fee: $5 for kit with pattern, needle, and thread.

Sponsored by Granny's Legacy Patterns
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
FF3 Basic Simple Seaming Beth Whiteside
Seaming is an essential skill, just beyond the knitting fundamentals of cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off. We'll make small swatches and practice seaming rows-to-rows and stitches-to-stitches. And we'll talk about how to use these basics to put garments and other knit pieces together. Learn to seam, and a whole new world of knitting will open for you!

Materials: 25 yds #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in a light or bright color, 6.5mm/US10½ knitting needles, and tapestry needle.

Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
XT21 No skills required Weaving on the Wild Side with Handspun Yarns Kathy Arnold
Take a walk on the wild side of rigid-heddle weaving using the 10" Ashford Sample It loom. Kathy will demonstrate combining gorgeous handspun yarn with your stash as you learn to create an endless variety of one-of-a-kind scarves that are true works of art. Quick and easy, but be warned it's positively addictive!
No materials needed.

Sponsored by Alpaca Kid & Ewe
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
XT5 No skills required Dye with Kool Aid! Stacey Trock
Did you know that you can use regular ol' Kool Aid to dye your yarn in beautiful colors? It's true! In just one hour, you'll learn how to use Kool Aid to turn a skein of plain white yarn into a beautiful hand-dyed piece of art! Once you learn the basics, you'll never look at a skein of plain white yarn the same way again!
Materials: At least one skein of plain, white, 100% wool yarn in a hank and a few packets of Kool Aid for each skein. Optional: rubber gloves and a Ziplock bag for taking the yarn home.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT8 Basic Knitting in Both Directions Beth Whiteside
Knitting in both directions allows the knitter to see the right side of the work at all times. Since there's no need to turn the work, you save time and effort, especially when working bobbles or entrelac. Learn the basics of knitting and purling when working a row from left to right and ways to work this technique into your everyday knitting.

Materials: Any yarn and needles for practicing.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
TT45 Basic The Second Steps: How to Read a Pattern Jill Bigelow Suttell
The Second Steps series is designed to aid the brand-new knitter.Whether you’ve just taken the Learn-to-Knit Market Session or you learned last week from a friend last week, you may either be impatient to learn more or feeling a bit overwhelmed. Each Second Steps Market Session will help you learn to navigate this new world.

A knitting pattern can seem to be written in a different language. Jill will help you decipher all the code. For practice, sample patterns will be provided but feel free to bring along one of your choosing.
Materials: Notebook, pen or pencil with eraser.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am NEW
XT25 Lecture/Demo Free-Falling Fabric Dyeing Robbi Joy Eklow
In this case, gravity is your friend! I dye all my quilting fabric, but instead of working with dye solution in containers or bags, I hang the fabric up and pour the dye down. With this method every piece is already a work of art. I'll show you how I mix the dye, prepare the fabric, and how cool the dye looks as it flows down the fabric. I'll have finished fabric for you to fondle and offer lots of information on supply sources for dyes, fabric, and tools so you can do this easily at home. We'll even talk about doing this with yarn.

Supplies: None.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT51 Intermediate Getting Started: Stranded Color Beth Whiteside
Learn to work holding 2 colors at the same time! Commonly called Fair Isle knitting, this technique for stranding the unworked color across the back lets you create multi-colored and patterned fabrics. While working on a small bag/hat project, you'll practice getting an even tension (not too tight, not too loose), learn ways to keep those 2 yarns from twisting, and try different ways to hold them. Come get a taste of this classic knitting technique!
Note: Students must already be familiar with knitting in the round.
Materials: 2 balls (50 yds each) #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and a US 10½ circular needle 16" long, measured from tip to tip.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NEW
XT17 No skills required For the Love of Wool Applique Katie Hebblewhite
Share our passion for wool applique as you stitch an ornament. Learn from our “Oopsie” and “Oh, no!” moments. Katie shares helpful hints for the beginner to the veteran.
Materials fee: $5 for a wool applique kit with pattern, needle, and thread.
Please bring a small sharp scissors and a fine tip BLACK Sharpie marker

Sponsored by Granny's Legacy Patterns
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NEW
TT38 Easy Pleasing Plaits Beth Whiteside
The intriguing horizontal element known as Herringbone or Latvian braid is seen on garments and accessories across northern Europe and the Baltic. In this class you'll learn how to work an easy braided cast-on, work braids within the fabric, and braid as you bind off. By the end of class, you'll be planning to add pleasing plaits to all your projects!
Materials: 20 yds each #4 (worsted-weight ) yarn in 2 complementary light or bright colors, 4.5mm/US7 needle, basic supplies (scissors, tapestry needle, markers, etc).
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
TT46 Easy My New Miter Barry Klein
Normally miters begin with a cast-on. Barry jazzes it up by picking-up into the border of a special yarn. The result is a fun edge treatment that completely eliminates any problem of too-tight cast-ons. Learn how to use this exciting trim yarn, work decreases that create a visual element that flows from miter to miter, and emphasize the diamond shapes with easy color changes.

Materials Fee: $5 for an assortment of yarns.
Supplies: Straight or circular needles in US 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Sponsored by Trendsetter Group and Great Yarns
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
XT10 No skills required Scraptastic Magic Ball Stacey Trock
Do you have a lot of little bits of leftover yarn and don't know what to do with them? Make a super-fun magic ball! By learning the Russian Join technique (a way of joining yarn without knots!), you'll turn all of your scraps into a beautiful ball of yarn, suitable for a variety of projects!
Materials: Your scraps (preferably the same weight), tapestry needle.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
TT47 Easy No-wrap Short Rows Barry Klein
Let's play with short rows! We’ll work them simply, without wraps. Then we'll talk about why it works and when to use them. See how effective they can be when you use the right yarns! This class is perfect for beginners and knitters who just want to have fun.

Materials fee: $5 for an assortment of specialty yarns

Supplies: Straight or circular needles in US 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Sponsored by Trendsetter Group and Great Yarns
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
CR21 Easy Crochet a Granny Square Stacey Trock
The granny square is a classic crochet pattern that's made a huge comeback, and it's no wonder. This traditional favorite is easy to do and incredibly versatile!

In this class, we'll learn how to crochet a basic granny square. We will work from a written pattern, so it's a great chance to learn some pattern-reading skills, even if you're familiar with the stitches! We will also cover how to change colors in crochet so you can create some colorful grannies!
Note: Must be comfortable with both single and double crochet.
Materials: Two colors of #4 (worsted-weight) yarn and appropriately-sized (F-H) hook.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting Beth Whiteside
In Continental knitting you tension the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and use the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. Learn the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. This great technique can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Please bring any yarn and appropriate knitting needles for sampling.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm NEW
XT22 No skills required English Paper Piece a Hexie Diana Baber
No matter what you call them—hexies, hexagons, honeycomb—these little six-sided blocks are classic hand-pieceing marvels.

All English Paper Piecing (EPP) requires is a needle, thread, scissors, a few paper templates, and fabric scraps. Diana will get you started. Once you know how to piece the hexies, you'll be ready to go out and explore more shapes and motifs. EPP is an adventure!
Materials fee $5 for paper and fabric hexies, needles, and thread to make a 7-hex flower.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
XT5 No skills required Dye with Kool Aid! Stacey Trock
Did you know that you can use regular ol' Kool Aid to dye your yarn in beautiful colors? It's true! In just one hour, you'll learn how to use Kool Aid to turn a skein of plain white yarn into a beautiful hand-dyed piece of art! Once you learn the basics, you'll never look at a skein of plain white yarn the same way again!
Materials: At least one skein of plain, white, 100% wool yarn in a hank and a few packets of Kool Aid for each skein. Optional: rubber gloves and a Ziplock bag for taking the yarn home.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm NEW
XT14 No skills required Weaving Sticks Scarf Carol Mesimer
A traditional art form is made modern with Clover Weaving Sticks. Stick weaving is fun and fast and versatile. Learn the basic techniques as you weave a scarf. No previous experience is necessary!

Anyone can make accessories like bags, belts, hats, sashes, or scarves. You can even make afghans, blankets, rugs, or wall hangings. Carol will show many woven items to stimulate your imagination. Come try this contemporary twist on an ancient art form.

Supplies: Weavings sticks provided for in class use.

Sponsored by Clover.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm NEW
TT42 Easy Better-than-brioche Scarf Elaine Rowley
Elise Duvekot’s variant of Knit One Below is an easier and better way to achieve the brioche look. Each row simply alternates knit and knit-one-below stitches. The knit fabric lies flat, making it perfect for blankets, shawls, and this scarf.
Learn the best cast-on and bind-off for K1B fabrics (yes, it matters!), how to find the stitch in the row below on both sides of the work, and how to use the slide maneuver. This class will get you off to a good start—you won’t want to stop, and you'll go home with all you need to know to make this 2-color scarf.
Please bring a small amount of #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a light or bright color for your practice piece AND 5 or 5.5mm/US 8 or 9 circular needle

Sponsored by XRX Books.

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