STITCHES United 2017 Classes
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9038 Easy Success with Feathers Linda Matteotti
If you have tried feathers before or you are completely new to feathers, you will love quilting “Feathers My Way.” Start with the anatomy of a feather and work up to amazing designs.
Note: Sit-down longarm machines provided for class use.
Materials fee: $10
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
3141 Easy Big City Knits in a Hot Minute Steven Berg
No rules fun, fast, and furious knit and crochet with StevenBe! Capture this season's hot trends right off the runway and make them this weekend! Explore the use of large circular knitting needles and with uber chunky yarns and combinations of fibers that will blow your mind. You will be inspired by his creative use of both traditional and non-traditional fibers and how to use them in unconventional ways.
This workshop is intended to power up your creative juices and boost your imagination into overdrive. You will become comfortable using unconventional yarns with unconventional gauges and needle sizes and cast on simple knits with unusual techniques and Glitter Knitter flair that capture the concept of relaxing and thoroughly enjoying your knitting. Steven will review current trends and hot projects from his designer collections. This fashion and art presentation is interjected with anecdotes from Steven's past in the world of high fashion and the inspiration he finds in his travels around the world. Break free from the rules of the pattern because there's no such thing as mistakes, only variations!
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5098 Intermediate Argyle Socks Anne Berk
Argyle Socks are classic and have a timeless appeal especially for men. They have a unique construction, because they are most efficiently knit flat using the intarsia technique, and then joined and knit in the round following the gussets. Mattress stitch is used to invisibly join the leg and the instep seams. This class will have samples, charts and instructions for all sizes, from baby socks to adult male, and will show how to modernize the Argyle using new yarns and fun color combinations. Learn to do intarsia, read a color chart, work duplicate stitch, invisible seaming, how to knit a gusset heel flat, ways to knit and close a toe, and how to weave in ends efficiently.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3084 Intermediate Curvy Knits: Plus-size Knitting Marly Bird
Have you ever spent time and yarn money to knit a sweater that you never wear because it stretched, feels funny, or makes you look massive? Designer and plus-size lady Marly Bird feels your pain. In Curvy Knits: Plus-size Knitting you'll learn to select the perfect pattern for your shape and to make easy fit adjustments to bust, sleeves, neckline, and other trouble spots. Learn how to transform swatching from a boring chore into a valuable tool. You'll use your favorite sweater, right out of your closet, to tell you things you never knew about yourself. Get advice and help from Marly as you learn the same techniques knitwear designers use. You can get a perfect fit and finish every time!

fNote: Must have knit at least one sweater and know how to increase, decrease, and read a pattern.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
4076 Easy Knit a Masterpiece from Leftover Yarns Gwen Bortner
If you knit enough projects, you have leftover yarn...a lot of it! Or maybe you just buy a single skein as a souvenir from each of your travels. But the question remains: What to do with all those bits, pieces, and odd skeins?

Class begins with learning how to organize the yarn for easier use. Next, working with the yarn brought to class, experiment with different fabrics that only require a minimal amount of any given yarn. Finally, discuss options for utilizing the fabrics to create a masterpiece project.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3047 Intermediate Slick Set-in Sleeves J C Briar
Set-in sleeves give a sweater a crisp, tailored look, and for easy knitting, you just can't beat sleeves knit from the top down. When you pick up stitches from the body and shape the sleeve cap with short rows, you avoid the bulk of a seam and the fuss of easing a sleeve cap into an armhole. Learn to adapt an existing pattern to this approach or to design according to your own measurements.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
7006 No skills required Knitting Happily Ever After: Ergonomics for Knitters Carson Demers
Ever known a knitter who hasn't said, "Just one more row"? Me neither! I'll bet they've also complained of aches and pains while knitting. In this class, you'll learn how knitting effects the 'fabric that makes the fabric'—your body and see how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity. By completing a Risk of Injury assessment in class, you'll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout your body. But more importantly, you'll learn how to reduce them. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after. Students who've taken this class have said that it should be "required learning for all knitters regardless of experience level and it's as important as the knit and purl stitches!" This class is taught by a passionate knitter who is also a physical therapist.
Note: This class is not an individual knitting assessment.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
9007 Intermediate Castle Wall The Block Mickey Depre
Let’s tackle a block that could cause you to pause at your machine but when hand pieced will become your 'Go-To' choice for de-stressing!

Hand Piecing Rocks! Join me for a slow-stitch workshop covering the tips and tricks of hand piecing the Castle Wall Block. When sewn by hand, this versatile and complicated block becomes a joy to work. Perfect points happen almost automatically! 

We will use traditional templates to cut out the shapes with scissors. This entire workshop is about easy, peaceful quilting.
Note: Bring a thimble if you use one, but no previous hand-sewing experience is necessary.
Materials fee: $25 includes templates, thread, needles, pins, and markers
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
8072 Easy Understanding Symbol Crochet Edie Eckman
More and more crochet patterns are using international crochet symbols. With symbol crochet, you can see what your stitch pattern is supposed to look like and see the relationship of stitches to one another. Many crocheters find this way of presenting patterns easier to follow than written-out instructions, allowing them to avoid mistakes before they happen! Learn the fundamentals of symbol crochet and see how this universal crochet "language" makes it easy to read patterns from any country.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
4103 Intermediate Morphing a Mobius Candace Eisner Strick
A mobius shawl? What the…… ?? It’s true; it can be done, and you get the geometric beauty of a mobius framing your face. Factor in the added benefit that it will keep your shawl on your shoulders through a hurricane! In this class we will learn the super-easy cast-on to start your mobius from the spine and work outwards. Learn when and how many stitches to bind-off so you can morph directly into a shawl. The knitting is pleasant and easy to do, and it yields spectacular results.
Note: Must be familiar with circular knitting.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
9026 Easy Trash to Treasure Gyleen Fitzgerald
Okay isn’t it time to clear the clutter in your life? What about using up all those bits and pieces stuff in nooks, crannies and boxes? Better?

Let’s make an old fashion favorite pineapple quilt with a new and contemporary twist; sewn with perfection and totally random; and without paper piecing! This workshop turns trash to a treasured one of a kind pineapple quilt.

Sew fast and free. You will learn how to use the Pineapple Tool to "trim to accuracy". Experiment with design layouts to discover the diversity of one block. It has endless possibilities.

Basic quilt-making skills required: rotary cutting, piecing a 1/4" seam.
Note: Sewing machines provided for class use.
Materials fee: $30 for Pineapple Tool and Trash to Treasure Pineapple Book
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
7114 Easy Intro to Shibori and Indigo Dyeing Karen Grover
Karen introduces you to basic techniques of shibori (traditional Japanese methods for creating design on fabric as it is dyed) and indigo dyeing. You will dye silk scarves or fat quarters of cotton in vats of pre-reduced indigo using arashi, itajime, and stitching for the resist patterning. Participants will have an opportunity to apply one or more of these methods to 2 items during the class.
Note: Wear old clothes or an apron.

Materials fee: $20: Includes use of dyes, all equipment and silk fabric
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
9024 No skills required Bow Ties are Cool: An Introduction to Hand Sewing Franklin Habit
The word is out: hand sewing can be as relaxing, rewarding, and beautiful as knitting, crochet, and weaving. In this day-long workshop, participants will work on the ideal introductory project–a bow tie–as they learn and practice the fundamentals: cutting, stitching, interfacing, pressing, turning, and more. As you work, Franklin will share fascinating lore and artifacts from the history of hand sewing. Please note that not all students will finish their ties during the class; but all will receive thorough instruction in the required techniques.

Materials fee: $5
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
6217 Intermediate A Taste of Lace Andrea Jurgrau
The focus of this workshop is a small lace sampler that illustrates 4 different lace knitting styles; Shetland, Estonian, German and Orenburg. We will begin by learning a provisional cast-on and then move on to each of the lace traditions, discussing the differences and similarities. We will work on the sampler together, practicing the techniques which include two different ways to make nupps. We will discuss how to turn the sampler into a scarf project. Finally, we will culminate with a blocking demonstration, blocking the sampler and discussing best blocking practices.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
3146 Intermediate From Sewing Pattern to Knitting Pattern Barry Klein
Begin with a sewing pattern as your template for a sweater or cardigan. So much of the work has been done in proportion and silhouette.

We'll break up into groups, open up patterns, and translate a sewing pattern into knitting. We'll talk about yarn choice, pattern stitches, swatches, and ideas. Once the swatching is done, we'll go about doing the math to turn the sewing pattern/template into a knitting pattern.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
9045 Intermediate The Perfect T-shirt Workshop Pamela Leggett
You probably think of a t-shirt as that comfy top you throw on to do the housework. In reality, a nice fitting t-shirt can be the most versatile top in your wardrobe. This selection from Pamela’s Patterns addresses all the fitting issues women face (rounded shoulders and back, full bust, hip room, etc.), and gives you a t-shirt you’ll be proud to wear anywhere! Make it casual, dressy, or anything in between. You’ll use this pattern over and over again!
Note: Wear a camisole or tank top to class.
Note: Sewing machines provided for class use.
Materials fee: $18 for pattern and stay tape
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9034 Easy Getting to Know Your Sweet 16 Linda Matteotti
Sit-down longarm machines are built exclusively for free-motion stitching, they have the space to quilt pieces up to the size of a large bed quilt. Learn multiple ways to practice your free-motion quilting skills and control your stitch length. Two students will share a machine, so sign-up with a friend or make a new one in class when you join the fun! You’ll be surprised at how much you’ll learn between turns at the machine.
Note: Sit-down longarm machines provided for class use. 
Materials fee: $10
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
3133 Easy Fashion, Fit, Form, and Function: Designing Garments for EveryBODY Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
There are a million patterns in the naked city...yeah...a million...and wouldn’t it be nice if just ONE of them fit?!? Well, my friend, the search is OVER! Shannon and Jason will teach you the basics of fashion, fit, form, and function that we use daily as fashion designers. We're going to go deep into the minds of a designer and show you just what all this fit, ease, and drape talk is all about and what that means to YOU and YOUR body type and shape.

We'll start with making sure you can look at a pattern and 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 the finished garment. You will learn how to make basic alterations to a pattern that you will be able to use for every garment you ever want to make...EVER...did we mention the ever part?

We will cover many questions. What measurements do I take from where and how do I apply them to my pattern? How do I make a garment that fits a certain style or body type? For whom am I making this and where will they wear it? Finally, how to take your swatch and convert that into a pattern.

Materials fee: $5 includes cardi pattern template with measurement and sizing charts; calculation worksheet 
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7016 No skills required Nuno-felted Scarf Judy Pascale
Use an ancient Japanese art form to create a featherweight, contemporary, Nuno-felted scarf that drapes beautifully. Coax fibers to easily penetrate a piece of silk, and the result is a highly-textured accessory scarf. You will also learn to accent this scarf using hand-dyed silk hankies.
Note: Must be able to stand for much of the class.
Materials fee: $10 for rovings and $15 for a hand-dyed silk scarf 
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
6108 Easy Basic Cable Techniques Sarah Peasley
Do you love those beautiful textures, but think cables are too difficult? Think again! Conquering cable knitting is simply a matter of knitting your stitches in the proper order.
Right leaning or left leaning, back and forth or in the round, with or without a cable needle, Sarah will help you get it all sorted out. And while we're at it, let's demystify those wacky chart symbols, and whip a few mis-crossed cables into shape.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7081 Intermediate Tapestry Weaving for Wearable Textiles Judith Shangold
Learn to paint with yarn using tapestry techniques. We usually think of tapestries as densely woven, weft-faced weaves used for wall hangings and rugs. The same techniques can be used with finer yarns and balanced weaves, however, to create textiles suitable for clothing and accessories.
You will come to class with your rigid-heddle or multi-harness loom warped for a cowl. After learning various ways to join colors, you will weave your cowl. Finishing and seaming will be demonstrated so that you can complete your project at home.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7096 No skills required Artfelt: Learn-the-basics-in-a-day Workshop Karin Skacel
Artfelt®, a felting method based on a special paper, is the newest and most rapidly growing method of felting in the marketplace. But what exactly is it, and how is it done? One of the best ways to learn Artfelt® is through trial and error. That is what this Artfelt® workshop is all about. It is for those who would like to learn all there is about Artfelt® in one day. The first few hours will be an interactive tutorial and demonstration on the different ways the Artfelt ® method can be used, with lots of samples to examine. The remaining time will be used to make small samples utilizing these different methods. Students will be encouraged to experiment with different layering techniques, various roving, the inclusion of locks and beads and ribbons, and even three-dimensional items. Although no one particular project will be made, through the creation of these small samples, students will go home with the knowledge of the many uses of the Artfelt® paper, and will be fully capable of getting creative with it on their own.
Materials fee: $20 includes materials needed to experience a number of different Artfelt® techniques.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9017 Easy Learn to Sew Knit Garments using your Sewing Machine Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
If you're new to sewing clothes for yourself, this class is for you. You will work with a kit that includes a variety of fabrics and notions, with step-by-step instructions to help you get professional results sewing knit garments.

Knit fabrics are easy to work with because the raw edges do not fray and they have built-in stretch that make them easy to fit. We'll start by discussing the best needles and notions to use, then talk about a variety of knits and how to use them. You will leave class with a reference binder full of knit samples that include a variety of seam treatments and finishing techniques. Your reference guide will take the mystery out of working with knits at home.
Note: Sewing machines provided for use in the classroom.

Materials fee: $20
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5158 Intermediate Cuff-down Socks Stacey Trock
Socks have a reputation for being scary, but they don't have to be! Learn how to knit a cuff-down sock! How can we do that in 3 hours? Because we'll be knitting a mini-sock!
Learn all of the techniques you need to know: how to work a heel flap, turn a heel, decrease for gusset and toe stitches, and the kitchener stitch. By the time you leave class, you'll have a minature sock and feel confident about casting on a pair of socks for you!
Note: Should feel comfortable using double-point needles.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9001 Easy American Pojagi by Machine Katrina Walker
Patchwork, piecework – whatever you like to call it – we all love it! Take yours to a whole new dimension by exploring the beautiful world of Korean pojagi—single-layer piecework using alternative seaming methods to create gorgeous, reversible pieces of art. Explore several different techniques while you build a detailed reference notebook. As you create your samples, you will piece using silk, linen, and batiks. If you are looking to add a new dimension to your quilting, or try a new skill – this class is for you!
Note: Sewing machines provided for class use.
Materials fee: $20 for all materials and notions used in class including needles, threads, fabrics, use of instructor's tools, detailed reference notebook, and glue stick for mounting samples
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
6221 Intermediate The Beauty of Long Stitches Beth Whiteside
The size of our stitches in width and height is determined largely by the size of the needles we use. But there are some neat tricks we can use to make stitches bigger, to elongate them either across an entire row or in isolation on a stitch-by-stitch basis, and show off the color and texture of the yarn itself. In this class we'll look at several ways of making stitches longer and discuss when you might choose one technique over another. Then we'll look at how these long beautiful stitches can be slipped, twisted, crossed, wrapped and threaded to create fabulous fabric.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1048 Intermediate Pattern-free Possibilities Myra Wood
Simple rectangles and squares offer endless creativity. It's all in how you put them together!
Start with a rectangular template, divide the space into sections, then knit to fill each section. Experiment with combining stitch patterns, techniques, and colors to create completely unique fabrics. Techniques include mitered squares, modular pieces, log cabin, and bias knitting.
Learn a join-as-you-go method and a modified mattress stitch to create a finished piece that can be turned into a bag or even part of a sweater design.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6064 Advanced Twisted Traveling Stitches Anna Zilboorg
Austrian twisted travelling stitches create patterns in high relief that resemble woodcarvings. They can also provide a wonderful base for embroidery. They require a few special techniques (among them, how to interpret the special charts), careful knitting, and some practice, but are well worth the effort. This class will focus on flat knitting, which is much harder than working these patterns in the round but gives the greatest flexibility for usage. After a few exercises, we'll make a cell-phone cover that could easily turn into cuffs for an elegant sweater.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
4078 Intermediate My First Pair of Gloves Marly Bird
If you're smitten with mittens then you will be gleeful about gloves! Don't let all those fingers frighten you away from these wonderful winter accessories. Marly Bird will show you how to turn any mitten pattern into a glove (or fingerless glove if texting is your thing) and help you master fingers and eliminate holes.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5263 Easy Fun with Fine Yarns Gwen Bortner
Love the beauty of fine weight yarns, but looking for alternatives to socks and shawls? Love the feel of fine yarn, but dread knitting with tiny needles? Gain hands-on experience as you explore a variety of techniques and methods to use fine yarns on not-so-fine needles. Gain insights on picking yarns and colors to create your own gradients. Use a spinning techinque to bulk up your yarn without having to manage multiple balls. Uncover the advantages of using fine yarn even when a heavier yarn is required. Knitting with fine yarn can be fun, even if you don't like knitting with tiny needles.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
3125 Intermediate Wedge Shawl Design J C Briar
Stunning shawls are often formed with lace 'wedge,' sections that gradually grow wider as the knitting progresses. Triangular shawls formed with 2 wedges are a familiar option. But shawls of 3 or more wedges are also possible, and often sit more securely on the wearer's shoulders.
Take this class to learn how to design a wedge shawl of your own. Pick from a selection of lace wedges, or learn to tweak your favorite lace pattern into a wedge shape. Choose your edgings and a spine to appear between the wedges. By the end of class, you'll be well on your way to a new, unique shawl.
Note: Must be comfortable reading charts and knitting lace.
This class begins on Thursday afternoon and concludes on Friday morning.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
7119 Lecture/Demo Choosing your Seat: Fit before you Sit Carson Demers
LECTURE/DEMO
Crafters, your chair is one of your most important tools because it impacts the posture of your entire body. Its selection should be done mindfully and not left to chance or based on what’s available. In this class you’ll learn neutral seated postures, why they’re important and whether they’re possible for your craft. More importantly you’ll learn what to do if they aren’t! The class will instruct you in what to look for in a chair for doing everything from fiber and fabric work to using your computer. You’ll learn how your chair impacts the mechanics of your spine and upper body. Don’t risk back pain or other ergonomic discomfort that can result from using the wrong chair.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
8068 Easy Crochet Confidence Edie Eckman
You've got the basic crochet stitches down pat, but you still have questions. How do I tell the right side from the wrong side? Why are my edges crooked? How do I decrease without making a hole? How do I weave in ends invisibly and securely? How do I read a pattern? If these and similar questions plague your crochet, now's the time to clear up the confusion. No matter your level of crochet experience, if you have questions, then this is the class for you! You may even find answers to questions you didn't know you had. Crocheters of all experience levels are welcome. Leave class ready to tackle your next project with confidence! (Students enrolled in the Craft Yarn Council's Certified Instructors Program will find this class helpful.)
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5229 Intermediate Thumbs-Up Continental Knitting Candace Eisner Strick
Learn continental knitting and purling the Candace-way that eliminates almost all motion. Two fingers do it all, and one is your thumb! You won't believe how lazy your wrists will become once they stop doing all the exercise! Your knitting and purling will become so smooth and fast that you will be begging to knit a seed stitch full-length coat.
Note: Must be willing to use the non-dominant hand.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
9035 Easy Quilting with Rulers and Templates Linda Matteotti
Rulers, templates…the names are used interchangeably. Either is correct. Precision quilting can be achieved by using these wonderful tools. Use straight edges, circles, ovals or a combination to create perfect designs. Even learn to love stitch-in-the-ditch.
Note: Sit-down longarm machines provided for class use.
Materials fee: $10
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
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 capacity for reversible colorwork pattern. Significantly different from the standard intarsia and Fair Isle colorwork, double-knitting is a labor-intensive but wholly worthwhile technique to have in your repertoire.
In this workshop you'll learn Alasdair's 2-color cast-on for double-knitting, get comfortable with the techniques involved, then move into colorwork. By the end of the workshop you should have completed a motif swatch and be confident that you can tackle a larger standard double-knitting pattern.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
7071 No skills required Fun with Needle Felting Stacey Trock
Did you know that with just one needle, you can turn a fluff of wool into an adorable animal? It's called needle felting! The scales on wool make it naturally want to cling to itself or 'felt.' (A lesson you've probably learned if you've accidentally thrown a sweater into the washing machine!) Learn how to harness this property of wool to make an adorable bear. You'll discover the basic technique of needle felting (which requires no water!) and how to add embellishments like beads and embroidery. Not only will you leave with a cutie, but you'll have the skills to tackle larger projects on your own. The best news? No experience in crocheting or knitting is required!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
9003 Easy Divine Details Katrina Walker
Want to sew like a designer? Turn plain ordinary seams into Divine Details with beautifully decorative techniques and inserts. Add texture, color, and dramatic visual and artistic interest to your wearables. Build a detailed reference notebook with step-by-step instructions of all the techniques learned in class, and enjoy a trunk show of fabulous fashion and piecework garments. Taught by the instructor of Craftsy's popular 5-star rated "Decorative Seams".
Note: Sewing machines provided for class use.

Materials fee: $20 
for all materials and notions used in class including needles, threads, fabrics, ribbon, use of instructor's tools, detailed reference notebook, and glue stick for mounting samples
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
6134 Easy Stripes of All Types Beth Whiteside
Stripes: the simplest and one of the oldest types of decorative markings. From tiger stripes to rock strata, Breton T-shirts to pin-striped suits, Dr. Who scarves to Baby Surprise jackets, stripes are all around us.

In class we’ll look at both design and technique basics: ways to play with proportion, when to cut and when to carry, how to mix stripes with stitch patterns and knitting techniques like short rows. We’ll stretch the definition of stripes just a bit to include patterns using only 1 color per row, whether the end result looks like a stripe or not (mosaics!). Take the stripes we practice in our class sampler, and apply them to your next self-designed project!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
4107 Easy Bead Knitted Bag Myra Wood
I’ll show you how to add beads to your knitting, the fun and fast way, while making this wonderful little bead knitted bag. You’ll learn several methods for adding beads to thread or yarn and how to knit the beads into your stitches. I’ll also cover finishing the bags and adding a strap. This is definitely a potato chip project! There’s no way you can make just one.

Optional materials fee: I will have a limited number of hanks of size 8 beads available as well as knitting needles for sale.
Thursday 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
No skills required Follow Your Bunny: The Creative Life from A to Q Franklin Habit
If you’re coming to STITCHES United, you already know the joy of creating beautiful and useful things by hand. But is it possible to overdo it? What if your creative well runs dry? What if you find yourself up to your elbows in yarn, utterly bereft of the urge to cast on?

Author, designer, and long-time STITCHES instructor, Franklin Habit, invites you to take a lavishly illustrated, rollicking backstage tour of the creative process, drawing upon on the coffee-and-chocolate-soaked wisdom and tears of folks whose lives depend upon the needle and the hook, the spindle and the loom. Gaze upon wonders seldom exhibited for public view, from the Couch of Despair to the Bathtub of Revelation to the terrifying Deadline That Just Wouldn’t Die.

Franklin’s stories will help and inspire you to keep your own creativity fresh and vibrant; to throw off the shackles of negativity; and to expand your horizons as a maker without fear or hesitation.

Be forewarned, though…
making pretty things isn’t always pretty.

Friday 8:30 am - 10:00 am NEW
9049 Easy Introduction to Wool Applique Mary Flanagan
Wool applique is such a versatile needle craft, it can look very antique/primitive to very modern, all depending on choices of fabrics and threads. This class offers comprehensive information about the materials used and sewing techniques that will ensure that you are successful in achieving your chosen look from the first time you try it. Mary will discuss wool fabrics, “felted” wool fabrics, and show many examples of what results from the choices you make when buying wool. Choice of thread is the other essential component to wool applique, and the class will include a thread sampler collection to give you the opportunity to try them all. Together we will look at the variety of stitching techniques that are the traditional starting point for basic wool applique. We will also look at examples of more advanced projects where the sizes of the applique pieces are more complicated, tips for doing more advanced stitches, and how to approach wool applique patterns.

The class project will be a classic “penny rug” which is basically stacked circles of various sizes which are then joined together to create a shaped mat such a circle, rectangle, diamond, or square. Each student will choose their own pre-cut wool in colors and sizes of circles to suit their own taste in style. Each project in the class will be unique!
Materials fee: $5 includes pre-cut, hand-dyed wool fabrics exclusively from Mary Flanagan Woolens; needle and thread sampler.    
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
3138 Intermediate Possibilities of Pi Denise Bell
Whether you learned about Pi Shawls from reading an Elizabeth Zimmerman book, from seeing them in Ravelry, or admiring them on display in a museum, you already know they are round and use the precision of the mathematical ratio Pi for increasing the size of the shawl. Don't let that math scare you! When knitting a square, rectangle, or triangle shawl you have numerous options on how to begin, including bottom up, side to side, and top down. A Pi Shawl, on the other hand, always starts in the center and grows in circumference. In this class we'll start by learning the Emily Ocker cast-on, then using an easy-to-understand mathematical formula and stitch dictionaries, we'll begin a shawl swatch using lace weight merino.
What's fun about circular shawls? They are knit in the round, sometimes with an attached border which is knit flat. You'll knit the majority of a Pi Shawl on a circular needle. Instead of long purled rest rows, you’ll enjoy long knit rest rows.
We'll start on double-pointed needles and move to a shorter circular needle as we progress in class. You'll learn the Pi Shawl formula and tips on choosing stitch patterns to enlarge your swatch. We'll talk a little bit at the end of class about blocking and various ways to wear a circular shawl.
Note: If you are proficient using the Magic Loop method, feel free to bring a circular needle the appropriate size and length although we will NOT be learning or discussing Magic Loop in this class.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6216 Advanced Bohus Knitting Techniques Anne Berk
The Bohus Knitting collective created a unique style in the 1960's using yoke construction, stranded knitting technique, and custom fingering-weight yarn in a merino-angora blend. Original sweaters have become collector's items, and modern knitters seek to emulate the rich colorwork and subtle shading achieved with the fine yarns and use of both knit and purl stitches in the stranded charts.

This class covers how to read and design charts in the Bohus style, how to strand with more than two yarns at a time, the merits of pullovers versus cardigans (to steek or not to steek?), what modern yarns are suitable for Bohus-style knitting, and buttonhole choices for cardigans.

We'll examine sweaters knit from original Bohus patterns and swatch a Bohus-style chart. This is not a history class, but it will give knitters the tools to navigate this challenging style with confidence.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8048 Intermediate Single-crochet Entrelac Marly Bird
Let's try something new. How about learning to crochet a fabric that resembles basket-woven stripes? That sounds a lot like entrelac. But entrelac is only for knitters, you say. NOPE!
Get the look of basic entrelac with a crochet hook instead of knitting needles. This class doesn't use the Tunisian technique to complete each square or diamond and triangle. Simple single crochet is all you need!
Amaze your friends with your newfound crochet skill. Create striking blankets, accessories, and garments. And have fun!
Note: Must have a good command of basic crochet skills.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
7112 Easy Making Money from Your Hobby Gwen Bortner
So often we dream of getting paid for doing what we love. But can you really make enough money to make it worthwhile. If so, how do you possibly get started in the industry? Get answers to these and many questions along with an overview of the MANY ways you can make money with your knit or crochet skills. Discussion will include the pros and cons of each type of endeavor, the basic skills required to be successful and tips for getting started off on the right foot. You probably won't get rich, but you may be able to pay for your hobby and really enjoy doing it!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1002 No skills required Intro to Color Laura Bryant
Color brings life and excitement to our knitting and crochet, yet many experienced knitters and crocheters feel uncertain about how to approach it. The human eye is capable of discerning over three million distinct colors, yet most of us have untrained eyes. Learn about color from an artist's perspective and begin a journey of enhanced perception.
Laura presents color effects in tangible visual terms that illustrate why color combinations work or don't work. While a basic understanding of the color wheel is useful, this class will not present wheel-based formulas. A new way of sorting color and seeing relationships becomes the basis for exploring color through knitting.
You will achieve a deeper understanding of color and perception, and Laura promises you will never look at color in the same way again. You will leave understanding Laura's favorite axiom: You don't get WOW by doing the expected!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
7120 No skills required Ergonomics for Fiber Enthusiasts Carson Demers
Do you do more than knit or spin? This class takes inventory of the ergonomic pros and cons for a variety of fiber arts including weaving and finer needle work. You’ll learn how injuries occur and the contributions your craft makes both to their occurrence and prevention. You’ll learn to identify ergonomic risk in your craft and techniques to prevent injuries including improved posture, stretching and exercise.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9020 Easy Hello Hexies Mug Rug Mickey Depre
Discover the magic of English Paper Piecing Hexagons by hand.

Yes, HEXIES by hand! The perfect go-anywhere project. This simple, traditional quilting method allows creative use of fabric that you may have never considered before. This introductory workshop covers basic methods of construction. You will complete a "Mug Rug" that measures approximately 7.5". Variations will be discussed so each student will truly make the project their own.

Note: Bring a thimble if you use one, but no previous hand-sewing experience is necessary.
Material fee: $7 for Hexagon Papers, thread sample, thimblepad, and fusible pellon.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
2018 Intermediate Skirts For Every Body Candace Eisner Strick
Most knit skirts use a turned-down waistband with elastic. This creates bulk right where most people don't want it! With Candace's unique method you can banish that bulk. Also learn all the necessary techniques to knit a custom-fit skirt. Sample some fun and flirty design options: from ruffles, to inserts, to handkerchief hemlines.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9028 Easy Big Stitch Gyleen Fitzgerald
In this workshop students will learn three different “fast” hand-quilting stitches to use alone or as an added design element to machine quilting. Gain knowledge on which needle to use, thread choices and how to select and use the right stencil. By the end of class, students will have developed a personal “hand” stitch.
Materials fee: $15 for perle cotton, stencil, marking pencils, Sashiko needles, and handout
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
6091 Intermediate Knitted Tessellations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice (Deluxe Edition) Franklin Habit
A hands-on introduction to the creation of tessellations: motifs that interlock without gaps or overlaps. Tessellations are as old and pervasive as design itself; they can be found in some of the most ancient examples of human craft, and were famously used in the modern era by the artist M.C. Escher.

In this class, we will begin by discussing the theories behind tessellating, and put into practice the basic techniques for designing new tessellated patterns in hand-knitted fabrics. In this expanded, six-hour edition we will also delve into eleven varieties of symmetry, and use them to create striking, original new designs.
Note: Fluency in the basics of knitting in the round (or, if it is the student’s preference, speed-swatching or flat stranded colorwork). Students are offered the choice of working in knit/purl texture patterns or in two-color (stranded) knitting; those choosing the latter should be adept at it. A sense of humor, a taste for adventure, and a reasonable ability to concentrate are strongly advised.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
7053 No skills required Learn Rigid-heddle Weaving and Use Up Your Stash Deborah Jarchow
If you are looking for ways to use up those leftover balls of yarn, this method of weaving is easy, fun, and creative. Learn ways to combine different colors, textures, and fibers as you make a unique and beautiful scarf.
Note: Rigid-heddle looms provided for class use.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6218 Advanced Starting at the Center: Techniques for Working Lace in the Round Andrea Jurgrau
This class will cover at least 3 different techniques to start at the center of a piece and then work lace in the round. We will master the cast-ons and then move on to tricks for working lace in the round, reading lace charts, and working with both double-point and circular needles. We will conclude with working a decorative crochet bind-off and blocking techniques. The workshop is hands-on, with participants working on techniques and knitting a small doily if they choose. There will be a selection of doily patterns provided. Placing beads will be demonstrated and participants can choose to try that technique themselves. Beads will be provided. The conclusion with be a demonstration of blocking one of the pieces we work on.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
3147 Intermediate Let's Neck! Barry Klein
A lovely sweater ends in a great neck treatment. Or is it the beginning? The collar frames the face letting the wearer shine. Let's approach neck shaping—from turtleneck to open-V and find the best placement, shape, and how to achieve them.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
3135 Intermediate Customizing Sweater Patterns Patty Lyons
How many times have you thought, ”I’d like that sweater but I wish it had . . . “. Learn the simple math to change basic sweater elements. Using a simple pattern as a base, we will work through changing a crew-neck to a V-neck, changing the sleeve length, adding waist shaping and more. Learn how working a sweater in a different gauge can be to your advantage. Make every sweater pattern your own!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9040 Easy Free Motion Fun Linda Matteotti
Does free motion quilting worry you? Start with baby steps and learn tricks to get you practicing correctly. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll be able to do with a little guidance. Note: Sit-down longarm machines provided for class use.
Materials fee: $10
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
7104 No skills required Stitch & Click: Photographing your Fibers Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Nothing is more disappointing than finishing a FAB fiber project and not being able to take an equally FAB photo of it. In Stitch & Click we will show you how to take great photos that show off your stitch and fiber work.


Don’t have an expensive camera or fancy photography studio equipment? No worries! We will show you simple tips and tricks to use what you have around the house to create photos that will really show off all that hard work you put into your handmade projects.

In this class we’ll teach you the basics of how all cameras work whether you have a DSLR, or a mobile device. We’ll learn where to find the right light for photographing any handmade project, how to create a professional environment for taking your photos, explore a few downloadable apps to assist you in your quest for the perfect photo, and give you one sure-fire tip that is certain to take your photos from drab to FAB. We'll even share our favorite DIY solutions so you can set up great photos at home without breaking the bank! Finally, we’ll practice hands-on so you get experience setting up your own stage and lighting for a signature look and receive immediate feed-back from the experts. By the time this course is through you’ll have all the information needed to step boldly into basic product and consumer photography and take FAB photos that truly show off your work!

Goals
• Basic understanding of a good photo
• Learn the unique qualities of fiber projects that create special photography issues… and how to overcome each one
• Understand how to use any digital camera, point and shoot, and even camera phones to get great results
• Learn about DIY camera equipment you already have in your house
• Take a GREAT photo… or two…
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
4047 Intermediate Beaded Vine Lace Scarf Judy Pascale
The no pre-stringing technique allows the bead to slip onto an SSK or a k2tog to create a unique fashion accessory. You will complete critical segments of the Vine Lace and Eyelet Lace patterns in a mini version of the full-scale scarf. While attractive on their own, the patterns are enhanced when combined. Value added: Experiment with ways to wear scarves, including Judy's favorite-a braided technique that works with any scarf all day long.
Materials fee: $3
Friday 9:00 am - 10:30 am NEW
5174 Easy Graft a Toe Like a Pro! Sarah Peasley
Do you flat out refuse to knit socks from the cuff down because of the dreaded Kitchener Stitch? That eensy weensy little bit of grafting at the very end of the toe, on hardly any stitches? Suck it up, buttercup! Sarah gets you going step by step, then shares some awesome hints that will make you toss your cheat sheet aside and Kitchener like nobody's business. Be the boss of those sock toes, one grafted stitch at a time!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5152 Intermediate Multi-color Double-knitting Alasdair Post-Quinn
Bored with only 2 colors in your double-knitting? Add a third—or a fourth! With more than 2 colors per row in double-knitting, the rules change a bit. Learn how to choose a color rotation and maintain it throughout a 3-color pattern. In this workshop you’ll get to play with 3-color single-pattern as well as 2-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.
Note: Previous double-knitting experience required. (You should have taken Alasdair's Introduction to Double-Knitting or have done some other standard (not slip-stitch) double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop.)
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9005 Easy Easy Fit and Sew Tank Top Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Sewing a comfortable and flattering tank top is easier than you'd think! Using my Easy to Fit and Sew Tank Top Pattern, this top offers 2 style variations—fitted with a gathered neckline or a relaxed fit. You'll have the opportunity to try on samples to find your best starting size and style. Then I’ll show you simple adjustments to fine-tune your pattern for a flattering, comfortable fit. Use those adjusted pattern pieces to cut out and sew your new favorite tank. 

I’ve taken the guesswork out of choosing the right fabric; stretch knit is included in your kit. Learn tricks and tips to get professional results to sew knit garments with your sewing machine. 
Note: Sewing machines provided for use in classroom.
Materials fee: $35 Includes pattern, tracing paper, knit fabric, and step-by-step instructions
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9006 Easy Sew Constructive Katrina Walker
Let's get down to basics – seams, seam finishes, hems, and darts! These basic construction skills are the foundation for successful garments. Practice, or simply refresh these skills as you build a detailed take-home reference notebook. Katrina is the instructor of Craftsy's popular "Sew Smarter".
Note: Sewing machines provided for class use.

Materials fee: $20 
for all materials and notions used in class including needles, threads, fabrics, use of instructor's tools, detailed reference notebook, and glue stick for mounting samples
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
3052 Intermediate Creative Knitting: Crazy Quilt Style Myra Wood
Learn how to design and knit in different directions to make a unique fabric based on an overall template rather than a specific pattern. A basic template will be provided to make a pillow or purse, but you'll learn how to make your own clothing templates as well.
Learn to combine triangles, squares, and rectangles to fill your shape like a jigsaw puzzle or traditional crazy quilt. We'll discuss how to knit shapes to exact sizes, ways to join as you go, and finishing and embellishing to complete your wearable work of art. You'll never look at your knitting (or your stash) the same way again!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9022 Easy Collage It! Gail Yellen
Color blocking and collaging fabrics is all the rage! Using several different fabrics and fusible interfacing, you’ll learn how easy and fun it is to create an artful pillow top. The butted seam technique keeps the seams bulk-free and smooth. Add decorative stitches or your favorite embellishment technique to give it your own personal style. We’ll explore several different joining stitches that are strong and beautiful. You’ll love this collage technique and take it to the next level for future projects like jackets, scarves or shawls.
Note: Sewing machines provided for class use.
Materials fee: $22
Friday 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.
Friday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm NEW
9046 Lecture/Demo Custom Dress Form Lecture Pamela Leggett
A dress form is a useful tool for garments and design. 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. I will show how to "build and pad" a standard adjustable form to look just like you, using a bra and undies, batting and fiberfill, and bandaging from the drug store. The best thing is that you will be able to change the dress form as your body changes! 
Friday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm NEW
5201 Easy Care to Join Me? Sarah Peasley
The end of the skein. Changing to a new color. A knot or a thin spot in the yarn. You can't avoid it – at some point you'll have to join a new strand of yarn to your knitting. What's the best way to do that? How do you avoid join-related issues, like knots, bumps, jogs, or twisted stitches? What works best for different projects, like stockinette, cables, intarsia, or Fair Isle? Practice a variety of joins, then compare and contrast the effects and discuss the pros and cons of each. Weaving in ends will be mentioned in passing, but is not the main focus of this class. Join the ranks of smarter, more confident knitters, with Sarah as your guide!
Friday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
2060 Easy Cast-on Trickery J C Briar
It's a shame that many knitters aren't familiar with provisional and tubular cast-ons. They permit all sorts of trickery: no-sew hems, scarves with identical ends, seamless underarms in top-down sweaters, ribbing that appears to flow from one side of the fabric to the other, and much more. Try a few provisional cast-ons, and find your new favorite. Discover options for creating the perfect tubular cast-on.
Friday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
8081 Easy Straight-Edge Crochet Edie Eckman
Does your crochet wobble at the edges? Do you lose stitches or gain stitches without realizing it? You aren't alone! Fortunately, there's a fix for that. Edie will explain the most common causes of wonky edges, and you'll get some hands-on practice in learning how to prevent them.
Friday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
9047 No skills required The T-shirt and Sweater Makeover Pamela Leggett
Do you have collections of those oversized T-Shirts from vacations, school activities, concerts, etc? Even though they might have a super cool logo or design, you probably only wear them to bed or for cleaning the house. Now, thanks to Pamela’s Patterns, you can turn those big T-shirts into fitted and stylish tops you’ll be proud to wear anywhere! The technique is simple and fast. Just think – in no time you could have a whole new wardrobe of cute tops!

Bonus – Pamela will also show you how you can do makeovers on sweaters, polo’s, cardigans and more!
Friday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
2062 Easy BLOCK PARTY! Sarah Peasley
How do you wash your knitting? How confident are you in your blocking skills? Participate in an eye-opening demo and a practical discussion about options for laundering and blocking your hand knits; including tools, techniques, interpretation of those cryptic laundry symbols, and a basic tutorial on different types of fiber.
Friday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
7116 No skills required Kumihimo: Basic Round Braid Judith Shangold
Kumihimo is an ancient form of braiding developed in Japan. The techniques go back to the Samurai, whose armor was held together with kumihimo braids. One can braid with string, yarn, leather, wire, strips of fabric – almost anything flexible. You will learn the basic 8-strand round braid using a foam disk and satin cords to make a necklace or bracelet with a magnetic clasp. All materials will be provided, including your choice of colors and clasp.
Materials fee: $20
Friday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
9011 Lecture/Demo Cotton Chic Katrina Walker
LECTURE/DEMO
Learn the secret to making chic clothes from quilting cotton! They provide us with a virtually unlimited array of gorgeous prints—many perfect for garments when you make the right choices.  

Learn how to interpret cotton broadcloth prints into chic, flattering garments that have unmistakable style and character.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5252 Intermediate Miter Me This, Miter Me That Marly Bird
Learn how to knit the building blocks of the knitting world. The mitered square has long been a staple in knitting design, and now it will be a staple in your knitter's toolbox. These magical mitered squares are knit in a variety of stitches. In class, learn how to make one in garter, a mix of garter and stockinette, and plain stockinette as well as a variety of center decreases that can be used to create the dividing line down the center. Also, these squares are joined as you go making miters the perfect traveling project for any knitter.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5166 Easy The Language of Patterns Gwen Bortner
Knitting patterns use a language all their own, and there is more to it than just understanding the abbreviations. Learn tricks for translating the language of knitting, clues for decoding the 'secret messages,' and hints for making educated guesses when nothing else seems to work. Students will gain experience locating key information and understanding the real intention of actual patterns as the class works through examples written in a variety of styles.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1005 Intermediate Fascinating Fibonacci Laura Bryant
Fibonacci numbers describe a mathematical sequence that occurs repeatedly in nature. This relationship is particularly pleasing to the eye, and artists and designers have used these numbers throughout civilization. Learn the history while you explore this fascinating tool for designing rows of color for stripes, blocks, and perfect shading. Learn a method for controlling color combinations, and participate in hands-on swatching with fun yarns and colors. Swatching can be done in knit or crochet; weavers and quilters can design blocks on paper.
Optional materials fee: $3 for assorted fashion yarns.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
7115 Easy Off-loom Rya Rug Making Revival Melinda Byrd
In the days of the Vikings, if you had a sturdy loom, you would weave a rya rug. Now you can revive this forgotten art by learning the technique of off-loom rya rug making. Choose or adapt traditional motifs or create your own design, and then begin knotting your own rya. We will meet for two 3-hour sessions giving time between sessions to process design ideas and prepare for hands-on rya work.

Learn:
• The fascinating history of rya in the Nordic countries • About the supplies used today: rya yarns, backing, needles, graph paper
• The knotting technique (which can be mastered in minutes)
• Variations to the knotting process you can try
• The magic of color blending
• Designing techniques (both graphing and drawing on the backing)
• How to calculate yarn requirements for each color: in a math-lover’s way as well as techniques for the mathematically-challenged.

You will not complete your rya during class. However, you will be a master of the technique.

This class is especially suited to anyone who likes to play with color blending, has interest in Nordic fiberarts, or wants to work with a larger needle. Bring a favorite photo or magazine clipping for color and design inspiration. Learn how to turn your passion for other fiberart forms into creative rya designs. This is a class of variety, fun, and discovery.

Materials fee: $30 Designer's package: Backing and yarn, needles, and special graph paper.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9025 Easy Pieced Hexie—Tumbler Mickey Depre
Learn how to take the Hexie to a whole new level with pieced Hexies.
Pieced Hexies add magic to English paper piecing. Wrapping a small quilt block around your papers to create a hexie that brings endless creativity to any English Paper Piecing project. The key is marking alignment guides so that each Pieced Hexie lines up. Let me show you how.
Together we will create TUMBLER Pieced Hexies and explore it's many possibilities. 
Students will leave class with their imagination running wild. “Pieced Hexies are a lot like potato chips…you can’t stop at just one. And making them keeps your hands busy and out of the chip bowl…so bonus-bonus!”
Note: Some English Paper Piecing experience would be helpful but not necessary. 

Materials fee: $10 for Hexie papers, hand needle sampler, thread, and thimble pad
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9027 Intermediate Over and Under Rainbows Gyleen Fitzgerald
Modern with a twist! "KNOT" as hard as you think! It's visually dynamic with fast easy piecing. Don't let cutting "tie" you up. All you need is one 2.5" strip set and 3.5 yards of background. You will learn how to use the Angle Trim Tool to make effortless 45 degree joins. Learn to have courage with color cross pairing.
Basic quilt-making skills required: rotary cutting, piecing a 1/4" seam.
Note: Sewing machines provided for class use.
Materials fee: $25 for pattern and Angle Trim Tool
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9036 Easy Start with a Stencil Linda Matteotti
Start with a decorative stencil or stencil grid. With the stencil as your guide, expand the design from basic to spectacular. Add extended and secondary designs, repeats, fills and special effects. Learn marking techniques and tools for applying designs to quilt tops. Learn fillers and embellishments to enhance a design. Even make your own stencils. Stencils are wonderful guides to use as foundations for fills and embellishments. You will look at stencils as more than just an outline.
Note: Sit-down longarm machines provided for class use.
Materials fee: $10
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
8069 Easy Couture Finishing for Crochet and Knitting Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Master sewists and finishers work for years to perfect their finishing skills and they are sought out by couture designers for those skills to give their work the flawless finishes it deserves. Likewise, you’ve worked hard to make your stitching skills the best they can be so you can produce FAB fabrics for your handmade projects. Now it’s time to bring those finishing skills up to the next level.

There is no arguing the point that FAB finishing is the key to producing handmade projects that have that extra little something that makes them stand out from the crowd. In our Couture Finishing class, we will share with you 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 décor. We will break down each step of the finishing process from blocking to weaving in ends to flawless seaming and will take the drudgery out of finishing to help make the finishing process just as much fun as the stitching. Imagine your satisfaction when you stand back and look at the flawless finishing techniques that make your project look like it was made by the hands of a pro!

Yup… we’re going to share it all… our professional finishing secrets learned from yearns and years of couture hand sewing will be revealed to YOU! You will be able to use these professional finishing techniques to take your skills from good to great… even FAB!
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

Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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 capacity for reversible colorwork pattern. Significantly different from the standard intarsia and Fair Isle colorwork, double-knitting is a labor-intensive but wholly worthwhile technique to have in your repertoire.
In this workshop you'll learn Alasdair's 2-color cast-on for double-knitting, get comfortable with the techniques involved, then move into colorwork. By the end of the workshop you should have completed a motif swatch and be confident that you can tackle a larger standard double-knitting pattern.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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 to sew knit garments with your sewing machine .
Note: Sewing machines provided for use in the classroom.

Materials fee: $40 includes pattern, tracing paper, black knit fabric, and step-by-step instructions
Friday 10:01 pm - 11:59 pm
No skills required Pajama Party  
Kick off your shoes, slide on your slippers or sleeper socks, and join us for an energetic after-hours evening of games, prizes, and laughter! Relax with old friends or come and make new ones. Hosted by Marly Bird.
Saturday 8:30 am - 10:00 am NEW     SOLD OUT
9049 Easy Introduction to Wool Applique Mary Flanagan
Wool applique is such a versatile needle craft, it can look very antique/primitive to very modern, all depending on choices of fabrics and threads. This class offers comprehensive information about the materials used and sewing techniques that will ensure that you are successful in achieving your chosen look from the first time you try it. Mary will discuss wool fabrics, “felted” wool fabrics, and show many examples of what results from the choices you make when buying wool. Choice of thread is the other essential component to wool applique, and the class will include a thread sampler collection to give you the opportunity to try them all. Together we will look at the variety of stitching techniques that are the traditional starting point for basic wool applique. We will also look at examples of more advanced projects where the sizes of the applique pieces are more complicated, tips for doing more advanced stitches, and how to approach wool applique patterns.

The class project will be a classic “penny rug” which is basically stacked circles of various sizes which are then joined together to create a shaped mat such a circle, rectangle, diamond, or square. Each student will choose their own pre-cut wool in colors and sizes of circles to suit their own taste in style. Each project in the class will be unique!
Materials fee: $5 includes pre-cut, hand-dyed wool fabrics exclusively from Mary Flanagan Woolens; needle and thread sampler.    
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
4100 Easy Wrapped in Warmth: The Shetland Hap Shawl Denise Bell
Not all Shetland shawls are knit from skinny yarn and can pass through a wedding ring. While we love those that do, the traditional Shetland Hap Shawl is generally knit with jumper-weight (fingering-weight) yarn in the natural colors of true Shetland-bred sheep.
In this class we're going to add a little twist to the traditional everyday Shetland shawl. Bring 3 to 5 solid-colored fingering-weight non-superwash wool yarns to class. While the traditional choices are natural sheep colors, your swatch need not be so. Scraps of 100-200 yards are perfectly fine for our swatch. (There is a time and place for multicolored superwash sock yarns, but this is neither.)
For this class you'll choose one of your colors as your main color and plan the others to coordinate a pleasing palette. We'll discuss traditional techniques and color placement in class and work on a swatch to learn the basics of modern Hap Shawl construction. Finally, we'll discuss how to block/dress a Hap Shawl.
Note: Should have some chart reading experience.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5241 No skills required Gauge Master Class Anne Berk
You know the importance of stitch gauge to manage the fit and size of a garment, but do you know how to gain and use that knowledge? This class will give you tips to efficiently knit and measure your gauge swatches to reveal their secrets for successful knitting results. Stitch, row, and yarn gauges will all be covered, using multiple weights of yarn and needles of different sizes. You will knit swatches and compare your results with classmates to see how gauge differs from knitter to knitter. Learn to use gauge to calculate the amount of yarn needed for any section of your project. Gauge mastery is fun, and you will be amazed at how much you will learn in the process of swatching!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 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 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
6210 Easy Beginning Brioche J C Briar
Brioche knitting creates cushy fabric suitable for comfy garments and all sorts of cozy accessories. Done in two colors, it creates vertical stripes, even though only one color is used at a time. Take this class to learn all the basics: working brioche rib in one or two colors; maintaining tidy selvedges; fixing mistakes; working pretty increases and decreases; and casting on and binding off effectively. You'll practice by knitting a small sample in class, but take away the skills needed to complete a lovely patterned scarf.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1026 Intermediate Color Blending Laura Bryant
If we think of a stitch as a pixel, we realize the fiber arts are the perfect vehicle for color blending. Take the next color step with Laura and learn how to select colors to maximize optical mixture, creating lovely shading and color blending. Learn to work your own magic on a large group of colors, controlling and selecting just the right ones for a Monet's garden of yarn. Simple swatches or yarn wrapping will provide hands-on experience. You will achieve a greater sense of confidence about selecting colors and leave with a deeper understanding of Laura's favorite axiom: You don't get WOW by doing the expected!
Note: Must have taken any one of Laura's color classes
Materials fee: $3.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
7006 No skills required Knitting Happily Ever After: Ergonomics for Knitters Carson Demers
Ever known a knitter who hasn't said, "Just one more row"? Me neither! I'll bet they've also complained of aches and pains while knitting. In this class, you'll learn how knitting effects the 'fabric that makes the fabric'—your body and see how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity. By completing a Risk of Injury assessment in class, you'll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout your body. But more importantly, you'll learn how to reduce them. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after. Students who've taken this class have said that it should be "required learning for all knitters regardless of experience level and it's as important as the knit and purl stitches!" This class is taught by a passionate knitter who is also a physical therapist.
Note: This class is not an individual knitting assessment.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9008 Easy Pieced Hexies Buffet Mickey Depre
Learn how to take the Hexie to a whole new level with my Pieced Hexies Patterns.
Pieced Hexies magic is wrapping small quilt blocks around your papers to create a hexie that brings endless individual creativity to any English Paper Piecing project. The key is marking the alignment guides so that each Pieced Hexie lines up. Let me show you how.
Together we will create a SPARKLE, TUMBLER and JACKS Pieced Hexies. English Paper Piecing experience is helpful but not necessary.
Students will leave class with three new design samples and their imaginations running wild.
Pieced Hexies are a lot like potato chips…you can’t stop at just one. And making them keeps your hands busy and out of the chip bowl…so bonus-bonus!
Note: Sewing machines provided for class use.
Materials fee: $10 for Hexie papers, hand needle sampler, thread, and thimble pad
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
6136 Intermediate Treasuring Stitch Dictionaries Edie Eckman
Stitch dictionaries. You've seen them: books filled with intriguing stitch patterns, rows of baffling text, and perhaps charts that look unfamiliar. Maybe you even own one or three. But what to do with such a book? Learn how to go about turning a stitch pattern on a page into a finished object, and how to choose a pattern. Find out what multiples are all about, why charts are your friends, and how to adapt back-and-forth directions into knitting-in-the-round directions. We'll look at examples of many different stitch dictionaries. You'll leave ready to delve into that untapped treasure on your bookshelf.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
3108 Intermediate Scallops: They're Not Just for Dinner Candace Eisner Strick
You've done mitered squares, you've done diamonds, and now you're looking for some curves, right? Scallops have arrived, and they have nestled into a beautifully shaped shawl. Any yarn, any size needle, and you can customize the colors too. Add some nice techniques to your repertoire along the way.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9029 Intermediate Play Modern Gyleen Fitzgerald
It’s fast, it’s quick, it’s geometric and it’s free-style piecing with control. We will start with the thought of having fun and being in the moment. The technique is to use the Polygon2 Tool and Butterfly Seam to create a BOLD wall-hanging that shouts, "Modern" or "Contemporary". This workshop is about you.  Learn the Butterfly Seam technique while exploring design.
Basic quilt-making skills required: rotary cutting, piecing a 1/4" seam.
Note: Sewing machines provided for class use.
Materials fee: $45 for pattern, Polygon tool, and Polygon2 tool
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
3065 Intermediate Working with Antique Patterns Franklin Habit
Don't let the tiny type and archaic language fool you there's a gold mine of beautiful, functional designs waiting to be discovered within the pages of Victorian and Edwardian books and magazines. In this session, we'll discuss the history of patterns; the selection of appropriate yarn and needles; methods for deciphering and trouble shooting, and 'reverse engineering' from photographs and pieces. You don't need to be a historian or re-enactor to enjoy this class just a knitter with a curious mind.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
7100 Easy Weaving a Mohair Scarf Deborah Jarchow
While learning to weave, you’ve probably been advised to stay away from hairy yarns. During this class, you’ll learn the secrets of working with beautiful mohair yarn. Although a bit tricky, you can tame the hairy fiber in both warp and weft to create a stunning piece. Learn to add beads or tie decorative knots to tame the fringe. Overcome the challenges and add another skill to your weaving accomplishments!
Note: Rigid-heddle looms provided for class use.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
7069 Easy Drop Spinning for Lace-Weight Yarn Andrea Jurgrau
Learn the basics of drop spinning with a focus on creating yarn for lace knitting. Students with basic spindle skills can hone them, learning techniques for creating a smooth, thin yarn. Students new to spinning can learn basic spindle-spinning techniques and practice them. We will talk about spinning singles as well as plying, with demonstrations of Andean plying, setting twist in your singles yarn, using a niddy-noddy to make skeins and blocking your yarn. We will also discuss fiber preparation and choosing appropriate fibers and spindles for spindle-spinning lace weight yarn.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3060 Intermediate Simply Short Rows Barry Klein
This fun technique can be used in multiple ways to create flares, extra fabric, body style details, and in wonderful ways to make your knitting easier to assemble. We will discuss and knit the different variations of short rows. This class will help you in ways you can't imagine, to create sweaters that feel and fit better and accessories that drape beautifully around the neck.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9048 No skills required Custom Dress Form Workshop Pamela Leggett
A dress form is a useful tool for garments and design. 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.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5275 Intermediate Twice the Fun, Half the Work Patty Lyons
Learn the fun and time-saving technique of working any two items, in the round, two at a time! Whether socks, sleeves, or wristers, getting both pieces done at once means you’ll never suffer from “second item syndrome” again! First, we will go over the basics of working magic loop and two circulars. Then we’ll move on to the secrets of how to cast on and work two items for both magic loop and two circulars. We’ll also go over professional tips for improving the look of your work in the round.
Note: Must know long-tail cast-on and how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off. Familiarity with Magic Loop required. To practice please review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdSpc0EZpnk
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
8074 Intermediate Creating FAB Fabrics: Unlocking your Inner Textile Designer Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
If you are interested in learning how to create new and exciting stitch patterns that result in creating FAB fabrics for your projects, you should be in this class. Whether you are fairly new at wielding a hook or if you are carrying around the experience of a crochet sage, this class will shed new light on how we create custom fabrics for our garments and home décor designs and will give you the knowledge and skills for creating your own custom crochet fabrics. What it’s all about!

Whether you’re making a scarf, an afghan, a dress, or a cardi; good fabric makes or breaks a design. No matter how good the design concept is, if the fabric isn’t right, the design just isn’t going to work.

While there are many factors regarding fiber content and the type of yarn that are important in creating fabrics, we’re going to concentrate on the foundation for all fabrics: the stitches!

We’re going to start at the beginning with some strong base stitches that you will probably already know and evolve those stitches step-by-step into fabrics that are as different as tree bark and tapioca. To accomplish this feat, we will uncover the basic principles of textile design and apply those to our crochet stitches and follow a natural evolutionary course to develop surprisingly different fabrics based on the original stitches.

Then, we’ll work on some stitches that you might not be so familiar with and apply the same principles to them resulting in unique and FAB custom fabrics made by your own two hands! By the time we’re finished, you will have an understanding of how to create fabrics from the inside out and you will have the tools for experimenting with designing custom fabrics of your own! Remember those choose your own adventure books we all loved when we were kids (and some of us still do)? This is like choose your own adventure for crochet stitches! Pick a stitch, add a variation element based on what type of fabric you want, and you’re on your way to creating your own beautiful custom crochet fabrics.
Saturday 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.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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 capacity for reversible colorwork pattern. Significantly different from the standard intarsia and Fair Isle colorwork, double-knitting is a labor-intensive but wholly worthwhile technique to have in your repertoire.
In this workshop you'll learn Alasdair's 2-color cast-on for double-knitting, get comfortable with the techniques involved, then move into colorwork. By the end of the workshop you should have completed a motif swatch and be confident that you can tackle a larger standard double-knitting pattern.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5173 Intermediate Textured Double-knitting Alasdair Post-Quinn
Do you love the reversible fabric of double-knitting but want something more than endless stockinette? Not quite ready for double-knit cables or lace? Add some intrigue with double-knit textures! Add purls to your reversible repertoire to expand the possibilities available to you. In a small swatch, you'll learn a few interesting ways to add texture to your double-knitting and the pros and cons of each. 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.
Note: Previous double-knitting experience is required. (You should have taken Alasdair's Introduction to Double Knitting or have done some other standard [not slip stitch] double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop.)
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
7117 No skills required How to Incorporate Artfelt into your Projects for that Extra Dimension. Karin Skacel
Whether you knit, sew, or crochet, felt can enhance any piece you make. In this three hour class, you will learn exactly how to add felted components to your apparel, as well as how to create simple and exotic felt material to either enhance your project or to use solely as the main material. Artfelt® is the quickest, most stress-free way to create felt material, and an actual demonstration, from start to finish, will show you exactly how easily it is done. Samples will provide you with inspiration and the demo will give you the knowledge to go home and get started.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9013 Easy How to use Your Measurements to Draft Your New Favorite Skirt Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Let’s make a skirt pattern that you can sew into a great-fitting straight skirt. If you’ve never tried pattern drafting, this is the perfect beginning project! You'll pair-up to take a set of body measurements, then use those measurements to draft your own basic straight skirt pattern. After lunch, use your pattern to cut out and sew a custom muslin. You will leave class with your completed personal skirt pattern and perfectly fitting muslin.

The Skirt Draft Workbook
includes step-by-step instructions with a variety of waistline treatments, and how to draft them using your front and back skirt pattern pieces. If straight skirts are not your thing—no worries—see how to easily add fullness for an A-line or flared silhouette. Plus, enjoy a trunk show of a variety of skirts designed using my custom straight skirt pattern. You’ll be amazed at the many different designs you can create using your new custom-fit straight skirt pattern.
Note: Sewing machines provided for use in classroom.


Materials fee: $25 includes the Skirt Draft Workbook, pattern paper, and muslin
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9012 Easy Fit to be Fabulous Katrina Walker
Successful garment sewing requires great fit! Learn the steps to fitting your bodice and identifying required pattern adjustment areas. You will build a reference notebook as you practice making pattern alterations for common fitting challenges, including a full-bust adjustment that really works—no gaposis! Katrina is a Palmer/Pletsch Certified Fit Instructor.

Materials fee $15 for detailed reference notebook and all supplies
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
8075 Intermediate Modern Irish Crochet Myra Wood
Irish crochet has exploded across the globe in recent years! Magazines like Duplet from Russia feature a whole new, multi-color vision of a long treasured technique. Rather than using tiny hooks and cobweb thread, learn how to create incredible Irish crochet inspired work with size 10 thread and an A/2mm or B/2.75mm hook. You'll learn how to interpret Russian charts and symbols and how to crochet motifs. Tons of examples will be shown!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9021 Easy It's All About Embellishment! Gail Yellen
Learn how to create eye-catching, beautiful embellishments. You’ll make 'windows', 'charming' window dressing, gorgeous appliqué and reverse appliqué techniques. You'll couch fibers, try a quick “Un-Beweavable” weaving technique, and use a twin needle. We’ll discuss color, composition, and placement. My embellishment trunk show is loaded with inspiration galore for your next garment, quilt, or home décor project!
Note: Sewing machines provided for class use.
Materials fee: $24
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6064 Advanced Twisted Traveling Stitches Anna Zilboorg
Austrian twisted travelling stitches create patterns in high relief that resemble woodcarvings. They can also provide a wonderful base for embroidery. They require a few special techniques (among them, how to interpret the special charts), careful knitting, and some practice, but are well worth the effort. This class will focus on flat knitting, which is much harder than working these patterns in the round but gives the greatest flexibility for usage. After a few exercises, we'll make a cell-phone cover that could easily turn into cuffs for an elegant sweater.
Saturday 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
No skills required stitches.studio - A guided tour with Rick Mondragon Rick Mondragon
Welcome to a fiber-arts adventure full of ideas! stitches.studio is the label and the web address. Join Rick Mondragon for a guided tour through this new XRX, Inc. endeavor.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
2065 Easy Perfect Edgings: Zippers Anne Berk
Learn a four-step process which will give you a perfectly flat and secure zipped border every time! Knitted and crocheted fabric is flexible and sometimes fragile, and zippers are not. A properly inserted zipper will function beautifully without distorting your fabric. You decide whether it will be a design element or remain invisible.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
5278 Easy Tink Drop Frog J C Briar
Experienced knitters know how to recover from mistakes. You, too, can be an experienced knitter. Learn the three essential recovery techniques: tink, drop, and frog. Practice on swatches and in simple situations to gain the confidence needed to tackle bigger disasters, and the ability to judge which technique to use when.
Saturday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
8078 Easy Crochet Charts in 90 Minutes Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Enough of drooling and getting itchy fingers every time you see one of those FAB stitch dictionaries... only to discover it is all in charts... and a language that looks a lot like the charts. All those pretty pictures just taunting you! It’s time to laugh in the face of those squiggles and dashes and get your hook moving rather than drooping.

In 90 minutes we WILL unravel the mystery of the crochet stitch chart. You WILL understand how to make a swatch reading only a chart. You WILL be the master of your crochet destiny!!
Saturday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
9023 Lecture/Demo Triangulate the Tee Lookbook Gail Yellen
Let's take a look at many of the different variations one versatile top pattern offers. Color block and combine fabrics or lengthen it to your new favorite dress or tunic. Use 'vanishing' binding or an unbound neckline to deepen the 'V'. A V-insertion back piece adds visual interest as well as design options. You'll love the wardrobe options—all from one pattern!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5256 Easy Mix Your Six: A Game of Modifications Steven Berg
You've heard Steven say it, now experience it: a pattern is only a guideline! Pick six things from our playlist to create your custom Mixify Menu and find playful ways to incorporate them into a base pattern from a StevenBe accessory or garment pattern. Free yourself from the traditional boundaries of the pattern by learning to modify the written instructions to make your imagination come to life. Steven will teach you his famous tips and tricks while you learn to let go and knit with wild creative abandon.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5141 Easy Four Play: How to Master DPN's Marly Bird
Let Marly show you how to master those double-pointed needles. No more dropped needles, lost stitches, or unsightly runs in your knitting! Learn a unique, never-fail cast-on; how to keep the stitches between each needle join snug; and how a few tips and tricks along the way can help in your future knitting projects.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1054 Intermediate Intro to Ikat Knitting or Crochet Laura Bryant
If you have ever wanted to fool around with patterning hand-dyed yarn, Ikat knitting or crochet is the easiest introduction. You'll spend three fast-paced hours swatching Ikat-dyed yarns with several different approaches to design, and along the way you will gain skill at manipulating colors, forcing them to do your will. Lots of design options will be discussed and illustrated.
Materials fee: $10.00 for Ikat-dyed yarn    .
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
7009 No skills required Applying Ergonomic Techniques to Your Knitting Carson Demers
Learn the basics of knitting’s ergonomics and the put them into practice in this unique class. You’ll learn everything from neutral postures to optimal tensioning techniques to help you be a comfortable, lifelong knitter. We’ll apply various strategies that can improve your productivity, efficiency and comfort. Working in small groups you’ll examine your yarn tensioning techniques, and all phases of stitch creation first with simple then more challenging swatches and stitches. We’ll also look at ways to add movement to knitting to avoid stiffness and injuries caused by disuse including walking while you knit. Class is appropriate for students who are comfortable with basic knit purl stitches.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
3134 Intermediate Basically Yours: Custom Skirts Candace Eisner Strick
Make yourself a custom-fit skirt that is completely yours. It will fit, it will drape, it will flatter, and it will look good whether you are sitting, standing, or dancing. With just a smidgeon of math and some beautiful yarn, you can enter the zone of skirt knitting. You will plan out a basic A-line skirt to custom fit you. Once you have the basics, a myriad of variations are within your reach, along with some charming hemline special effects. Come in curious; leave skirt obsessed.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6211 Intermediate Let it Go: Drop-stitch Patterns Patty Lyons
Remember when the thought of dropping a stitch made your heart stop? Now learn to let that GO! Discover the beauty of dropping a stitch on purpose! Drop stitch patterns are fun and add a wow factor to anything you knit. In this hands-on knitting class, we will explore a variety of beautiful drop stitch patterns that include manipulated drops and lifted floats. Add a bit of wow to any pattern. Come on, drop a stitch, and let it go!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
9035 Easy Quilting with Rulers and Templates Linda Matteotti
Rulers, templates…the names are used interchangeably. Either is correct. Precision quilting can be achieved by using these wonderful tools. Use straight edges, circles, ovals or a combination to create perfect designs. Even learn to love stitch-in-the-ditch.
Note: Sit-down longarm machines provided for class use.
Materials fee: $10
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5155 Advanced Double-knitting Lace Alasdair Post-Quinn
Alasdair says it best: "The more I double-knit, the more possibilities open up before me. I love the possibilities of lace, the elegant shapes and flowing forms that can be generated with just a few holes and decreases. As I push the boundaries of double-knitting, how could I not try double-knit lace? It turns out that there are myriad ways to do it and not all of them are interchangeable."

In this workshop you'll learn 3 of these methods of double-knit openwork and the pros and cons of each. 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.

Note: Previous double-knitting experience required. (You should have taken Alasdair's Introduction to Double-Knitting or have done some other standard (not slip-stitch) double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop.)
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
9042 No skills required Leaf Sampler Nancy Sullivan
See how Sue Pelland’s Leaves Galore templates can help you do rotary-cut applique, including leaves, vines, and flowers, in no time. We will apply Misty Fuse to our fabrics and the cutting will begin! Machine stitch the appliques to backing, and you will have a sampler for your studio!
Basic quilt-making required: rotary cutting, piecing a 1/4” seam.
Note: Sewing machines are provided for use in the classroom.
Materials fee: $28.00 for Leaves Galore template and Misty Fuse
Saturday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
8080 Easy Foundation Crochet Stitches Edie Eckman
Frustrated by your too-tight foundation chains? Wish you knew a way to start your crochet without that little wormy chain? Foundation crochet stitches are beautifully flexible and serve as a great alternative to the standard foundation chain. Learn how to make single and double foundation stitches, and how to use them. It will change your crocheting life! Note: Must know chain, single and double crochet.
Saturday 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Student Banquet & Style Show  
Join Rick Mondragon as attendees strut their stuff on the catwalk.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
6209 Intermediate Get the Skinny on Lace Denise Bell
While it's true that any type of yarn can be used to make lace and that there are many wonderful works made from heavier yarns, there is something special about a lace shawl made from true lace weight yarn. There is no need to be lace-phobic!
If you've admired light-weight shawls that lift with a gentle breeze and weigh next to nothing but felt intimidated by wispy yarn, it's time to get your skinny on. Learn the basics of triangle shawl knitting from a self-acknowledged lace junkie and the confidence to complete it.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
3149 Intermediate Whip it into Submission: Personalize Pattern Perfection in Five Easy Steps Steven Berg
Found a pattern that's almost perfect but not quite? The shape is right but the stitch pattern is wrong or the yarn is too boring or the fit is just a little off. Everyone's been there. Enter StevenBe, master of the substitution. In this workshop, Steven will guide you through taking your pretty darn good pattern and making it perfect with an artful use of short rows, stitch patterns, gauge modifications, yarn substitutions, and other techniques. You will leave this workshop with the confidence and chutzpah it takes to wrangle any pattern into submission and make it obey your every whim.
Sunday 9:00 am - 10:30 am NEW
2064 Easy Perfect Edgings: Borders and Buttonholes Anne Berk
Adding an edging to a piece of fabric increases stability, as well as creating an opportunity for embellishment. Learn how to pick up stitches properly, so that the edging is firm, secure, and beautiful. Explore the best stitch patterns for edging a garment, and use I-cord to create both edging and buttonholes.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3109 Intermediate Hobby to Profession: Becoming a Designer Marly Bird
You have fallen in love with knitting and crochet and now you want to become a professional designer, but you aren't sure where to start...or how.
This is the class for you! Learn from crochet and knitwear designer Marly Bird as she shows you how to take a design from a rough idea to a full proposal. This comprehensive, how-to class benefits designers of all levels and gives you a set of tools that you will need as you venture into design.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5248 Easy Knitting Hacks with Gwen Gwen Bortner
Necessity is said to be the mother of invention, but I might argue that it is actually laziness! 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 the various hacks I have developed to speed up finishing, minimize mistakes, and keep track of my projects. Some may be old, some may be new, but all of them will improve your efficiency in some manner.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
7093 Advanced Manage Those Numbers! J C Briar
What’s the best way to manage all the numbers in the patterns you write? With a spreadsheet! Learn spreadsheet basics for organizing gauges, measurements, and notes. Make friends with functions and formulas for determining stitch counts, figuring sleeve increases, estimating yardage requirements, and more. Pick up tips for ensuring your patterns are as error-free as possible.
Note: This is NOT a class on design. Students must already be familiar with basic design concepts, such as calculating stitch counts from gauge without the help of a spreadsheet. Familiarity with spreadsheets is helpful but not required.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
6210 Easy Beginning Brioche J C Briar
Brioche knitting creates cushy fabric suitable for comfy garments and all sorts of cozy accessories. Done in two colors, it creates vertical stripes, even though only one color is used at a time. Take this class to learn all the basics: working brioche rib in one or two colors; maintaining tidy selvedges; fixing mistakes; working pretty increases and decreases; and casting on and binding off effectively. You'll practice by knitting a small sample in class, but take away the skills needed to complete a lovely patterned scarf.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5014 Intermediate Short Row Savvy Laura Bryant
Short rows, the act of working a partial row and then turning, offer amazing possibilities to both shape knitting and for stunning graphic effects. You will learn the mechanics of the "wrap and turn" necessary to avoid holes that form when work is turned in the center of a row, and also the German method of short rows. We will explore short rows with contrasting colors for visual design elements; to create flounces and ruffles; to place fullness where desired, as in bust darts; and to accommodate a need for longer lengths, such as in backs that tend to hike up.

Optional materials fee: $2 for instructor-supplied yarn
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
9014 Easy A Taste of Summer Carnival Mickey Depre
Join the fun of a colorful and adventurous day with making the Meems quilt block featured in Half-Scrap Quilts in the quilt Summer Carnival.

Strips of fabric 1.5” and 2.5” wide are sewn, cut, and sewn again to make this twist on a traditional Sisters' Choice block.

There are so many variables—two-color palette, florals, print themes, or just dig into your scrap bin and play. I want you to make this block your own, show off your style, and have fun. Confident Beginners to Advanced Quilters will enjoy this workshop. Now gather up your scraps because we have some Meems blocks to make!

Basic quilt-making skills required: rotary cutting, piecing a 1/4" seam.

Note: Sewing machines provided for use in the classroom.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
7010 Easy Crochet for Knitters Edie Eckman
Add skills to your knitting toolbox! Knitters can appreciate the use of basic crochet techniques for edgings and finishing details.  Learn basic crochet stitches, get a taste of a granny square, see how crochet can solve knitting problems, and quickly review pattern reading.
Note: This is a basic how-to class for those with little or no crochet experience.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
3144 Intermediate Gores, Godets and Insets Candace Eisner Strick
Dressmakers know all about them, but knitters can use them too. While mostly confined to skirts and dresses, these little designer details can be added to sweater bottoms and sleeves, as well as skirts. They can be flattering, feminine, flirty, and elegantly interesting. Make some class samples while learning the difference between the three, then start brainstorming where to use them. They are fun, safe, and can use up small amounts of odd yarn.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5229 Intermediate Thumbs-Up Continental Knitting Candace Eisner Strick
Learn continental knitting and purling the Candace-way that eliminates almost all motion. Two fingers do it all, and one is your thumb! You won't believe how lazy your wrists will become once they stop doing all the exercise! Your knitting and purling will become so smooth and fast that you will be begging to knit a seed stitch full-length coat.
Note: Must be willing to use the non-dominant hand.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
9030 Easy Going in Circles Gyleen Fitzgerald
Very similar to the Drunkard's Path with an extra curve. Learn raw edge applique technique to achieve perfect "stress-free" curves without piecing. Experiment with different layout designs to produce a unique design. This project stitches very fast; most finish complete top during the workshop. Wall hanging (25" x 25") uses 16 fabrics from 4 color groups. Learn how to raw edge applique. Practice with design and balance.
Basic quilt-making skills required: rotary cutting, piecing a 1/4" seam.
Note: Sewing machines provided for class use.
Materials fee: $10 for pattern
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
7114 Easy Intro to Shibori and Indigo Dyeing Karen Grover
Karen introduces you to basic techniques of shibori (traditional Japanese methods for creating design on fabric as it is dyed) and indigo dyeing. You will dye silk scarves or fat quarters of cotton in vats of pre-reduced indigo using arashi, itajime, and stitching for the resist patterning. Participants will have an opportunity to apply one or more of these methods to 2 items during the class.
Note: Wear old clothes or an apron.

Materials fee: $20: Includes use of dyes, all equipment and silk fabric
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
2035 Intermediate Snip and Zip: Steeks and Zippers Franklin Habit
This empowering class is designed to guide timid and/or inexperienced knitters through two operations: the cutting of steeks (slashed openings in knit fabric) and the installation of zippers. These techniques are famous for causing anxiety in the uninitiated.
Note: Fluency in the basics of knitting, including knitting in the round and fluency in stranded two-color work (i.e., Fair Isle Knitting).

Materials fee: $5

Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
7101 Easy Color Blending on the Loom Deborah Jarchow
Learn the secrets for blending the colors in your weaving. Have you looked at some of the gorgeous color packs so many dyers are making and wondered how to best use them in your weaving? By using one of those color packs and the techniques you learn in this class, you can create a piece that blends the colors beautifully! Colors will be mixed in both the warp and the weft so the gradients flow together almost invisibly. This technique can provide the basis for many future exciting projects!
Note: Rigid-heddle looms provided for class use.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
8070 Easy Tunisian Crochet from beginning to end Barry Klein
This class will take you through all of the basic techniques of Tunisian Crochet from yarn selection on up to the getting started, changing fibers, changing directions and variations from there. We will look at accessories for the home, wearable garments and the different styles of Tunisian Crochet and how they will fit into your future.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5276 Easy Fantastic Cast-ons & Bind-offs Patty Lyons
How you start and end a project is an important decision. There are so many amazing cast-ons and bind-offs, I’ve gathered some of my favorite and most practical. We will go over great cast-ons and bind-offs for lace, for rib, and more. We will also look at pairing cast-ons and bind-offs that look great together. Let’s start and end with a bang!
Note: Must know the long-tail cast-on (in slingshot position).
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9037 Easy You can do That on a Longarm? Linda Matteotti
A longarm isn’t just for quilting tops! Learn how techniques usually done with a sewing machine can be accomplished with a longarm machine. You’ll leave with shortcuts and ideas for quick and easy projects. You’ll learn to strip piece small projects, create chenille, couch decorative threads and even to apply binding with the longarm.
Note: Sit-down longarm machines provided for class use.
Materials fee: $10
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
8077 Intermediate Crochet Cables: Put a Little Twist In Your Stitches! Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
We all love the look of those luscious, sumptuous cables in sweaters, afghans, hats, scarves and… well… we just love cables! What’s that? You thought cables were only for knitters? Not so! In this class we will learn to wield our hooks to create these wonders of twisted yarn in ways previously reserved for those with pointy sticks (knitters). We will work swirling left and right crossing cables then work our way up to wide cables with stabilizing stitches. Finally, we'll put your cables together to create stunning fabrics of twisted, twirling stitches. In the end, you will leave class with the knowledge and skills necessary to add these useful and stunning design elements to your bag of stitching tricks. Goals • Understand the concept of cabling and how it works in crochet fabric through the use of post stitches • Work sample blocks with different combinations of left 'twist' and right 'twist' stitches to create beautiful cable patterns.
Note: This class is taught by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby.
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Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
7113 Easy Furniture Accent Scarf Judy Pascale
In this class you will create a decorative cover to not only enhance but also protect your fine furniture. You will be impressed by the durability of even a finely felted piece. The finished scarf can be a traditional shape or an interesting free form for seasonal accenting. The colors and design are only limited by your imagination.
Materials Fee: $15 for merino roving
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
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?
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7118 No skills required Having a BALL with Felt Karin Skacel
Felt balls have become all the rage. Small ones are great for jewelry and crafting, medium ones with bells on the inside entertain cats or can be used as holiday ornaments, and large ones are fantastic for babies to play with. Learn how to make balls of all sizes, without ever touching a felting needle! Experience the technique from start to finish, without exerting yourself, or even getting wet! Curious? Then sign up now, this quick and easy method of making felt balls will open your eyes to a whole new world!
Materials fee: $10.00 includes all necessary supplies
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
9043 Intermediate Drunkard's Path (With NO curved piecing) Nancy Sullivan
The traditional Drunkard's Path is a pieced block that many quilters avoid because of its curved seams.Using Sue Pelland's Hearts and More template, we will learn to rotary cut the shapes for fusible applique. Raw edges are finished with decorative machine stitching, and the 4-square blocks are sewn into either the Winding Ways or Diamonds arrangement. The entire process is very user-friendly and fun. Making the Drunkard's Path block with no curved piecing is a big plus!
Materials fee: $30 for Hearts and More template, Misty Fuse, and pattern
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9031 Intermediate Hearths Aglow Pojagi Katrina Walker
Bask in the glow of glorious iridescent handwoven silk organza as you hand piece a sheer, reversible Log Cabin. You will learn how to sew beautiful single-layer piecework using techniques inspired by traditional Korean pojagi. Create secondary colors as the translucent fabrics overlap and blend at the seams. Come and warm your soul with the beauty of silk transformed by your needle.
Materials fee: $20, silk organza, silk thread, needles, thread conditioner, instructions, use of instructor’s specialty tools
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1070 Intermediate Gradient Magic Myra Wood
Yarns that graduate from one color into the next may be called many things—long color repeats, self striping, ombres—but they can all be used in endless creative ways. Learn how to separate a ball of yarn to make it appear to be several balls of the same yarn in different colors. Find out how to make the most of those balls and how different techniques highlight their usage. We’ll play with stitch patterns that create wonderful effects by using parts of the balls in different ways.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
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. 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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
9041 No skills required Wrap Your Head Around Applique Denise Bell
The oldest example of applique—an Egyptian funeral tent—dates to 980 BC and was made of gazelle hides. In the Calaveras class ("Calaveras" means skull, typically sugar skulls) we'll use the practice of contemporary needle turn applique, cotton scraps, embroidery thread, and our wild imaginations to create an appliqued square featuring a sugar skull as typically seen in Mexican celebrations.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
6032 Intermediate Stitch Strategies for Hand-dyed Yarns Laura Bryant
If you have ever fallen in love with a hand-dyed yarn, only to be disappointed in the finished fabric, this class is for you. We'll explore stitch strategies to avoid the often undesired pooling, patterning, and striping of hand dyed yarns. Learn to read a skein of hand-dyed yarn, the different types of dyeing, and then explore the stitches that will help you coax the inherent beauty from even the most difficult color combinations. Some hands-on swatching during class.

Optional materials fee: $3 for hand-dyed yarn
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5277 Intermediate HELP! I Took a Wrong Turn: Miraculous Cable Fixes Patty Lyons
Cables are beautiful and intricate, but oh my—do mistakes jump out. No need to live with them anymore. Crossed the wrong way, or on the wrong row, or did you even forget a cable entirely? No problem! If fear of fixing mistakes has kept you from trying out larger cable projects, no need to fear. We will master fixes while your stitches are still on the needle as well as some pretty amazing fixes you can make to your cables after your stitches have been bound off. Go back and fix those past knitting mistakes—help is here!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
9039 Easy Quilting on a Grid Linda Matteotti
Learn to quilt repetitive background designs by using a grid as the base design. Grids can be applied with a marking tool and a ruler, or they can be stitched. Students will make their own personal grid stencil.
Note: Sit-down longarm machines provided for class use.
Materials fee: $10
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
7104 No skills required Stitch & Click: Photographing your Fibers Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Nothing is more disappointing than finishing a FAB fiber project and not being able to take an equally FAB photo of it. In Stitch & Click we will show you how to take great photos that show off your stitch and fiber work.


Don’t have an expensive camera or fancy photography studio equipment? No worries! We will show you simple tips and tricks to use what you have around the house to create photos that will really show off all that hard work you put into your handmade projects.

In this class we’ll teach you the basics of how all cameras work whether you have a DSLR, or a mobile device. We’ll learn where to find the right light for photographing any handmade project, how to create a professional environment for taking your photos, explore a few downloadable apps to assist you in your quest for the perfect photo, and give you one sure-fire tip that is certain to take your photos from drab to FAB. We'll even share our favorite DIY solutions so you can set up great photos at home without breaking the bank! Finally, we’ll practice hands-on so you get experience setting up your own stage and lighting for a signature look and receive immediate feed-back from the experts. By the time this course is through you’ll have all the information needed to step boldly into basic product and consumer photography and take FAB photos that truly show off your work!

Goals
• Basic understanding of a good photo
• Learn the unique qualities of fiber projects that create special photography issues… and how to overcome each one
• Understand how to use any digital camera, point and shoot, and even camera phones to get great results
• Learn about DIY camera equipment you already have in your house
• Take a GREAT photo… or two…
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1016 Easy Basic Intarsia Techniques Sarah Peasley
Intarsia knitting creates a single layer of multicolored fabric, as in Christmas stockings with a jolly Santa motif or a vertically striped sweater. Learn a variety of tricks to keep your intarsia knitting on track and (mostly) tangle free, including preparing your materials, reading a chart, weaving in ends, and mastering duplicate stitch.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
9033 Easy Tee Fit Workshop Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Join me as I take 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.

Materials fee: $35 for Tee Fit Pattern, Tee Fit Workbook, tracing paper, and a variety of knit fabric samples
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
8035 Easy Pattern Reading for Crocheters Stacey Trock
Have you learned to crochet from a friend and feel like you 'know how to crochet,' but feel like you 'don't get' patterns? In this class, you'll learn how to read crochet patterns by tackling more difficult stitch patterns gradually, and you'll end up making a fabulous sampler cowl! We'll also discuss things you need to know to make your crochet project a success—like picking the right hook size and yarn weights.

In no time you’ll be crocheting with ease and feel confident picking up a new book to crochet the patterns inside!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5095 Easy Round Up! 4 Ways to Knit in the Round Beth Whiteside
Love knitting in the round, but have trouble with small circumferences? Tried it a few times but still intimidated by that cord connecting the sticks? We’ll go over the basics of knitting around on circular needles of all lengths for making knitwear of all sizes. Learn how stitch patterns are worked when you go round and round and round. Once you’ve practiced the old standard techniques (16 and 24” circulars and double-points), we’ll go over two newer methods, the 2-circulars and Magic Loop. When you head home, you'll be ready to finish our class projects, a neck warmer and fingerless mitts!



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