STITCHES Texas 2017 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5082 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction Lorilee Beltman
When you learn continental knitting, you will minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps speedier, way to knit.
Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly what motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to create even knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects your outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing, where efficiency really pays off.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5282 Intermediate Round and Round “Wee” Go: DPNs, 2 Circs and Magic Loop Gwen Bortner
Knitting in the round on small circumferences can be challenging but it is a skill most knitters need in their bag of tricks. Double points can be intimidating. Using two circulars can be confusing. And magic loop is often a mystery. Learn pros and cons as well as tips and tricks for each of these methods designed specifically for seamlessly knitting small circumference pieces. Cast-on challenges and what to watch for will be discussed and tried for each method. Techniques for switching from one needle to the next will be covered as well. Come to class, try and all three and decide which is your favorite.
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
4112 Easy Easy Peasy Beaded Bracelets Nicky Epstein
Join Nicky in creating a lovely, easy peasy beaded bracelet. You will learn a few easy beading techniques and walk away with a beautiful bracelet to wear or give as a gift!
Materials fee: $12.00 
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
7108 No skills required 3D Wool Charm Needle Felting (level 1) Cecilia Ho
Natural wool fibers can work wonders! Learn to use a felting needle to build sculptured wool creations as you create a one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly, wool ornament. Make an adorable sheep in various natural color combos of white, black, gray, and brown.Then use yours as a Christmas ornament, auto rear-view mirror charm, handbag charm, or even a baby mobile!
Materials fee: $5 includes felting needle, wool top, and elastic cord.   
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7053 No skills required Learn Rigid-heddle Weaving and Use Up Your Stash Deborah Jarchow
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.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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 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
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
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 10:30 am - 12:00 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!!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
2059 Easy Totally Tubular Lorilee Beltman
For crisp, professional edges to your knitted ribbing, tubular is the way to go. Students will learn and practice a tubular cast-on for both k1, p1 and k2, p2 ribbing. We will learn the method that requires no waste yarn nor crochet hook, which means no picking out waste yarn. On our swatches, we then learn and practice the tubular bind-off for each, so that our sweater beginnings and endings can look fabulous and match exactly.

The teacher's goal is to have the student understand and practice to the point of no longer needing to look up instructions. Skills learned in class: Judy's Magic Cast-on, Tubular Cast-on, Tubular Bind-off, Kitchener Stitch graft.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
3140 Intermediate Mapping Lace Scarves J C Briar
Traditional lace charts can be tricky to decipher, especially if they contain “no-stitch” symbols. But stitch maps are different. These special grid-free charts unlock the secrets of lace patterns, exposing landmarks and other aids to successful lace knitting. Learn about stitch maps, and become skilled in using them to minimize mistakes while knitting. Practice in class by designing and starting a simple lace scarf.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
8084 Intermediate Join-as-You-Go Crochet Lily Chin
Most crocheters avoid seaming like the plague. When working motifs such as granny squares, the sewing seems daunting. Learn how to join as you go for many situations. Join a new piece to the left of an existing piece, to the right of an existing piece, or to the top or bottom of an existing piece.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
7107 No skills required Wet Felt Soap + Pod Vessel Cecilia Ho
Explore wet felting by working on several basic projects. Discover how to create seamless 3D felted pieces with just wool fibers and hot soapy water. Students will also learn techniques using resists to create special patterns.
Materials fee: $15 includes resist and wool top.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
2069 Easy Gauge Rage to Gauge Rave Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Nothing is more infuriating than getting to the end of a crochet or knitting project and discovering that pullover just became a maxi dress (ACK!). Or that your pattern calls for X number of stitches and rows per inch and your swatch differs by a full 3 or 4 stitches or rows and you just have to make this project because it's perfect for you and you really, really, REALLY want to wear it to STITCHES or you'll just DIE!! That feeling is what we call Gauge Rage!

Yes, gauge can be frustrating and that frustration often manifests as Gauge Rage. As a matter of fact, questions about fixing or adjusting gauge are among those we are asked most frequently; and that totally makes sense considering achieving correct gauge is the key to a successful project. Without proper gauge, your fabric will not come out the same as that picture in that perfect pattern and your weeks of work will yield less than happy results… and ain't nobody got time for that!

In this class, we'll answer the questions that we encounter most frequently.

Supplying you with practical, real-world solutions for Gauge Rage. Using worksheets that will walk you through the process of checking, calculating, and even re-calculating gauge when necessary. And we'll turn your Gauge Rage into Gauge Raves.
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
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
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
8087 Easy Learn to Bead Crochet Stacey Trock
You may not have heard of bead crochet...but once you see it, you're going to want to do it yourself! Bead crochet is a technique that creates beautiful ropes of crocheted beads.

Learn how to create a basic rope which will be a fabulous piece that you can wear as necklace or bracelet,  the basics of selecting beads, how to string beads for a lovely spiral pattern, and how to crochet a simple rope. We'll also cover how to finish off your piece of jewelry.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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 One Stitch at a Time Nicky Epstein
Join Nicky for a visual journey through her colorful knitting career. Along with slides of her beautiful work, you can see how the actual garments fit and flatter many bodies as volunteers slip them on. Nicky will then continue the discussion and share details of her process.

Whenever the knitting landscape changes, Nicky’s designs are reimagined and her favorite techniques are adapted—one stitch at a time.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
6122 Intermediate Shetland Sky and Sea Denise Bell
The themes of sky and sea are frequently represented in Shetland designs. Would you expect anything less from the beautiful but hard-to-reach islands located where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea?

In this fine-lace class, we'll look at 2 traditional Shetland stitches: the Bird's Eye and the Cockleshell. Both stitches involve patterning on every row and do require a bit of concentration. And both are well worth the effort!
Note: Students must be able to work standard increases and decreases, be proficient at chart reading, and have experience with lace-weight yarn.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
2067 Intermediate Colorful Cast-ons Lorilee Beltman
When knitting a project do you feel you're not getting to the fun part until well after the cast on? Try these colorful cast-ons to add interest to the project, and to add extra entertainment value for you, the knitter.

In class we'll make swatches. After class you'll be able to apply the techniques learned to add a modern touch of color to a solid color garment. Or, by adding colors to the cast-on edge, you can introduce colors that appear later in piece. The options are so plentiful that there is more in the handout than we have time to get to, but we'll choose our favorites and proceed at a good clip.

The instructor will bring labels for your swatches so you can keep them for reference.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5283 Easy Personalized Pattern Perfection Steven Berg
Found a pattern that's almost perfect but not quite - whip it into submission! The shape is right but you want to use a different stitch, 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 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 as well as a newfound comfort with the best ways to modify any pattern.
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
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.
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
8086 Intermediate Easy, Effective Crochet Edgings Lily Chin
Have problems trimming your projects without puckers or ripples? Want more ideas for some trims? Trims put a "frame" around any project so this finishing touch is that final touch that can take something from home-made to hand-made. Get the skinny on some interesting, new and different ways to dress up all kinds of crochet. There is no need to go through contortions for fancy-schmancy intricacies that can overwhelm a project. There is no need for really large stitch multiples for huge pattern repeats. These are fun and simple, yet accessible.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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
4056 Easy Knit a Square Create a Cuddly Creature Nicky Epstein
Knit a square and create a cuddly creature from Nicky Epstein's newest book! Learn how to make a variety of animals using just one square!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 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.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Friday 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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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
7121 No skills required Drop It Like It's Hot: Introduction To Spinning with a Drop Spindle Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Since the very first humans noticed that fluffy animals looked warmer than they did, we’ve been collecting that fluff to turn it into warm coverings for ourselves. Being the crafty creatures we are, after playing with rocks and sticks, we created the perfect tool for turning fluff into yarn and invented the drop spindle…TA DAAA!!!   

A lot has changed since the days of sticks and rocks but one thing that has remained the same is how much we LOVE yarn. Right? Right! Now, imagine being able to make your own custom yarn for your crochet, knitting, and weaving projects. Yes, in this class we’re gonna grab some fluff, and a drop spindle (a slightly more advanced stick), and make yarn!

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

Come prepared to learn and have fun! As a beginner it is completely expected that you will drop your spindle, knot your yarn, laugh, and possibly even use a few words those first humans didn’t know. But, by the end of class you will have made your very first sample of custom-made yarn. Welcome to the club...
Note: This class is taught by Jason Mullett-Bowlsby.
Materials fee: $12 includes spindle and yarn
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
7125 No skills required How, What, Why, and When of Yarn! Natalie Redding
This in-depth and comprehensive look at fleece, fiber, and yarns focuses on the protein fibers that constitute most of them. Learn: How the major fiber producing breeds (or species) originated to become major contributors of fiber for textiles and yarns; What the properties (micron, elasticity, ability to uptake dye) of these fibers makes them suitable for specific finished items; Why these fibers are economically significant and the reasons they are regional in origination and manufacturing; and When you should use certain fibers/combination of fibers as well as yarn weight, composition, stitch type for your end use.

During class, there will be extensive examination of the raw fleeces and fiber types which make up the most popular protein-fiber yarn types. Students will be able to handle and really see components in their rawest form. Further, they’ll be shown the physics of yarn twist and plying via demonstration of these fibers. This hands-on flleece and fiber education crucial for teaching knitters, crocheters and weavers the basics of the animal fibers they work with.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 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
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 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.
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 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm NEW
2066 Intermediate Loving your Lace Edgings J C Briar
Adding a lace edging is a sweet way of topping off shawls, scarves, socks – or any other kind of project! In this class, you’ll learn where to find edging patterns, and how you can customize them. You’ll pick up tips for working tricky stitches – such as yarn overs at the beginning of a row — and for blocking. We’ll go over multiple options for attaching edgings, and you’ll have the chance to practice on a sample piece.
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
5201 Intermediate 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, 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5150 Intermediate Never Look Up the Kitchener Stitch Again! Lorilee Beltman
Do you have to look up instructions for the Kitchener Stitch graft every time you work it? Learn this essential skill, then memorize it by using economized moves and training your eyes and fingers to work together. We'll work it in stockinette stitch first, proceed to garter stitch, and then work one option for grafting ribbing. Imagine being able to take a phone call while grafting. You can do it! Realize this is not a class for grafting in any pattern, but rather it is aimed at an understanding and to memorizing the basics.

Once you have become comfortable with the technique, we'll look at existing patterns for opportunities to refine your knitting. You can plan your way to a more professional, finished look by exchanging one of these grafts for what is called for in the pattern.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6006 Intermediate Entrelac Basics Gwen Bortner
Have you always wanted to learn entrelac but thought it would be too hard? Whether a beginner or advanced knitter, this class is for you. During this class, each student will have the opportunity to knit a small project to gain hands-on experience in the entrelac technique. Participants will learn the seamless entrelac technique and basic entrelac construction. Hints and tips on the fine points of entrelac, a discussion of other project possibilities, and an overview of knitting in both directions will also be included.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1060 Easy Color Gradations Laura Bryant
Join Laura and learn how to control a large group of colors, shading artfully and gradually from one color to another. We’ll employ Half Linen Stitch to create small dots of color that allow for optical mixture. Shift from light to dark or from hue to hue or any which way you choose. Laura’s tips will have you making your own controlled long-repeat stripes in no time!

Materials fee: $5.00 instructor-supplied yarn
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
4113 Easy La Vie En Rose Technique Bag Nicky Epstein
Learn the following variety of color-work techniques: 2-color folded hem, 2-row striping, 2-color flat Fair Isle, Peeries, mosaic, French Scribble, intarsia and a few fun finishing techniques!
Materials fee: $15.00
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
7110 No skills required Animal Portrait Needle Felting (Level 1) Cecilia Ho
Discover how a felting needle and wool can be used to create beautiful wool paintings. Needle felting can not only create 2D but also add 3D texture-features! That's right, felting is like 3D printing, by adding layers and layers of wool. The felting technique is very simple, and you can work at your own pace. It’s a great active meditation handicraft! Everyone can turn wool fibers into seamless piece of felt fabric under Cecilia Ho’s instruction to create a 4” x 6” animal portrait wool painting. i.e. Tiger, Elephant, etc.
Optional: Bring in a picture of an animal portrait as a sample guideline.
Materials fee: $20 includes all basic felting tools, wool batt, and choices of over 20+ colors of NZ Corriedale wool.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
7124 Easy Spinning Gradients Janel Laidman
Spinners, do you love those beautiful gradient yarns with long color repeats? Learn 3 different ways to make a gradient and few other color tricks as well, “fake Noro”, fractal stripe, and a little bit of color theory. We’ll also talk about how to keep your gradients matchy matchy in a knitted garment.
Materials fee: $25 for dyed fibers.
Note: Must be able to spin a continuous yarn
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8069 Easy Couture Finishing for Knit and Crochet 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 Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
7123 No skills required Redding Method of Dyeing Nabori: Creating Patterns on Silk Natalie Redding
Using several types of silk scarves, Redding Method Nabori will teach students the history and different types of silk as well as the most suitable type for the end result. Nabori combines several binding and tying techniques in a multicultural method to create visual and artistic interest in silk fabrics. Students will create several types of designs and go home with a variety of 100% silk scarves and hemmed silk fabrics.

Materials fee: $75 for 8 silk scarf/fabric items (habatoi, Charmeuse, Crepe de Chine) with dimensions from 12"x72" to 35"x35"
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9012 Easy Fabulous Fit for Women 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
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5281 Intermediate Knitting with Beads, Every Which Way But Loose Myra Wood
Bead Knitting and Beaded Knitting; what’s the difference? Find out along with learning how to add beads to your knitting using different pre-strung bead techniques to bling up your knitting and make jewelry too. We’ll start by learning how to add beads to yarn from prestrung beads and how to string for multi-color patterns and then move on to the logic of knitting with beads. These skills start with the easiest methods and build up to more intricate patterning, circular and lace knitting. We’ll work on a sampler so you can experiment with the various methods in class and you’ll leave with complete directions and a pattern for knitting a scarf with beads.

Materials fee: $5 for bead
Friday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5278 No skills required 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.
Friday 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.
Friday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
2062 Intermediate 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 10:01 pm - 11:59 pm
No skills required Pajama Party Marly Bird
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 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6123 Advanced Shetland Lace: A Londoner's Approach Denise Bell
Shetland lace knitting is a beloved tradition with a unique construction method. In 1975 Gladys Amedro, originally of London, moved to the island of Yell in Shetland and began designing Shetland lace using a combination of traditional and non-traditional methods. In this class we will knit a swatch using Mrs. Amedro's method of working from the edge to the center.
Lace-weight merino yarn will be supplied by the teacher.
Note: Must be able to execute standard increases and decreases, and basic chart reading. Experience with lace-weight yarn required.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
6208 Intermediate Fun Fabrics for Continental Knitters Lorilee Beltman
Any style of knitting is equally valid. One should always knit in the style that pleases them. If you are a continental knitter, I invite you to explore with me some knitting textures and patterns that are, if I may be frank, a bit easier or more swiftly accomplished in the continental style. We're talking about textures that involve lots of needle gymnastics, or lots of bringing the yarn forward and backward.
I've hunted for textures and colorwork that you are unlikely to have tried before. Among them: Tunisian knit stitch, Estonian lace with nupps, and colorwork variations. Come ready to play.
Note: You must be comfortable knitting in continental style.
Saturday 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!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
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 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!
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
9050 Intermediate Fabrics United Laura Bryant
Combining different types of hand-made fabrics, whether they be knitted, woven, crocheted or felted, poses particular challenges. Join Laura as you learn 2-3 techniques to combine fabrics and finish your garments like a pro, including a crocheted edge. The emphasis will be on beautiful joins, and will cover both machine and hand sewing athough hand sewing will be done in class.

Materials Fee: $3 for instructor-supplied finishing materials.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5231 Intermediate The Savvy Pick-up Lily Chin
Many Knitters have trouble picking up stitches from an existing knit piece. How many stitches do you pick up? Where do you pick up from? Learn simple solutions for easing around curves. Make smoother transitions from cast on edges. See how picking up stitches ahead of time can even aid seaming! Even get an idea for creative uses of picking up after the fact within the fabric.

In class we will work a multiple of short rows methods, including garter, Japanese and German short rows, discovering which one is best suited to your tension and/or project. We will also learn ways to sneak short rows into your knitting with surprising results.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 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.)
Saturday 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.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
4114 Intermediate Gradient Sweater Magic Janel Laidman
Do you love the look of color-gradient yarn but wonder why you can't seem to get things to match up or pop? Do you want to know how to use gradients more effectively in your knitting? This class shows you techniques to get the most out of those slow-color-change yarns, including how to create your own gradients from multiple yarns, how to make a sweater that changes color from top to bottom with matching sleeves, how to harness the power of modules, and how to combine gradients effectively. We will begin a sample size sweater in class using these techniques.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3133 Easy Alter It to Fit (Formally Fashion, Fit, Form, and Function Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
You want to crochet and knit garments that REALLY fit your body. In this class we'll teach you how to do that. Period. Need more than that? Read on…

In this class, we will show you how to evaluate a pattern then make the necessary adjustments so it actually fits YOU! We'll teach you the basics of fashion, fit, form and function that we use daily as fashion designers so you can see a pattern and make sure it fits YOUR body before you ever pick up your hooks, needles, and yarn. You will be able to look at a pattern and do a “virtual try on” to KNOW if it’s going to work for your body based on how the finished garment will sit on your body and how your body moves around inside that finished garment.

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

By the end of class you will know how to to alter any pattern to fit YOUR body! .

Materials fee: $5 includes cardi pattern template with measurement and sizing charts; calculation worksheet 
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
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
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
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9001 Easy American Pojagi 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
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5103 Intermediate Surprisingly Special Techniques Anna Zilboorg
Learn techniques that Anna has found more useful than she ever imagined. Most important is the perfect buttonhole—and it IS a perfect buttonhole. 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.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 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
9011 Easy 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6207 Intermediate Colorful Cables Three Ways Lorilee Beltman
You don't have to choose between texture and color in your knitting. You can have both. In this class we'll knit 3 swatches, worked flat. In one motif we'll work 2-handed-stranded knitting with cables. In another, we'll try our hand at 2-stitch-wide cables offset by the main color. In a third, our colorful cables will travel over a reverse stockinette background. I'll have a fourth option in our handout, if there's time.
Speaking of having it both ways: we'll learn how to make these cables traditionally with a cable needle and be a little radical and learn to make them without!
Note: Students should be able to accomplish simple 2/2 right cross and left cross cables before attending this class.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1040 Easy Inside Annetarsia: A New Approach to Intarsia Knitting Anne Berk
Expand your horizons to conquer non-stranded color knitting. No previous experience with intarsia is required! Learn ways to manage multiple yarns, to read colorwork charts, and to deal efficiently with the ends. You'll develop confidence as you link the yarns between sections and create a flat, single layer of stockinette where YOU control the color. You won't believe how easily you will knit motifs and produce professional results.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
8082 Intermediate Interwoven Crochet Marly Bird
Similar to double knitting, Interwoven Crochet is created by working two sides of fabric with two different yarns at the same time. Marly shares how to layer your lacy stitches with techniques for interwoven crochet. By working into the front and back of your two base layers, you'll create reversible fabric, but it's up to you whether both sides match!
Saturday 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6086 Easy Get Twisted! J C Briar
Cables and other twisted knit stitches make for some of the most captivating knitting patterns. Though they look intricate, they are surprisingly easy to create. Learn how while knitting samplers that you can later turn into a drawstring tote bag. Along the way, you'll pick up tips for reading charts, reading your knitting, and fixing mistakes.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
4109 Advanced Time For Tams Candace Eisner Strick
It’s a clock, it’s a hat. Yes, you have read this correctly. If you have always admired Fair Isle sweaters but just don’t feel up to tackling such a big project, and if cutting your sweater’s steeks gives you anxiety, then think TAM! When you are not wearing it, it can become a clock. Or it can be a clock until you move to Northern New England and find yourself in need of a hat. Learn everything you need to know to knit Fair Isle: where and how to hold your pattern color and your background color, how to strand unused yarn across the backs of stitches (which is rarely needed in most Fair Isle patterns), how to use colors for their maximum effects of showing off the pattern, and how to plug designs into a tam template. By stretching your tam over a styrofoam form and using an inexpensive clock mechanism, you can always find time to knit.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
7105 No skills required Felt-a-Tote (2D Needle Felting) Cecilia Ho
Join Cecilia Ho to learn how to felt and decorate your own
eco-friendly yet functional tote bag! This "FELT-a-Tote" project will be great hands-on fun as you learn 2D applique needle felting.

Discover how a felting needle replaces a paintbrush to create a unique painting with wool. With over 30 color choices, learn how to mix various colors of wool fibers to achieve a beautiful wool painting. Everyone is encouraged to put his/her own personality into each creation. Let's have fun painting with wool!

Materials fee: $15 includes felting needle, felting foam, wool top, and cotton tote.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
2068 Intermediate Hems and Facings Sarah Peasley
Tired of making the same old ribbed or garter-stitch borders over and over again? Is it like watching a boring rerun for the umpteenth time? Try a hem, a front band with a facing, or a folded-over neckband instead! Work them as you go or add them at the end. Find out what happens behind the scenes, on the underside of the hem or band: learn how to reduce bulk, try different options at the fold, and secure on the wrong side. For an added bonus, we'll get fancy with double buttonholes and mitered corners. Let's face it—it's time for a new double(d) feature!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
7122 Easy Handspinning Art Yarns Natalie Redding
Handspin artistic and beautiful yarns while also learning the scientific facts, physics, and potential for many types of fiber. Beyond the ability to create the finished yarn, understanding fundamentals makes you a well-rounded hand spinner. Can the yarn you are spinning be used as a warp? Does it matter if it’s a Z-twist or S for crochet or knitting? Are all fiber types suitable for add-ins? Does using damaged fiber really matter? Learn the answers to these questions and more. Students will leave class with an understanding of how to make artistic yarns and the knowledge of what their yarn type is best suited for. Beyond these fundamentals, artistic methods such as: different tailspinning, add-in, and plying techniques will be taught in a new and interesting ways.

Note: Students must be able to spin a single-ply yarn.

Materials fee: $40 for dyed fibers, additional add-ins, and fabrics.
Saturday 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
Saturday 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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
2057 Intermediate Magic Tricks with Wires, Pins, and Frames Denise Bell
Every lace shawl knitter talks about the "magic" of blocking. Turning a puddle of finished lace knitting into a striking shawl takes more than just the waving of a magic wand. It also takes tools and attention to detail. In this class we will look at typical shawl shapes and discuss how to use blocking wires, pins, rulers, foam mats, a towel, and a yard stick to stretch and pin them for maximum jaw-dropping lace effect. A variety of shawls will be on hand but students are welcome to bring an additional lace shawl to facilitate discussion and demonstration.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
4115 Easy Ponchini 101 Steven Berg
The ponchini is the new shawl: a versatile garment with so many design possibilities. This is your chance to cast on one with the help of the Ponchini Master himself. Experience the magic of mixology, taking a variety of yarns from different brands, weights, and fiber contents to create a magical and unique wrap. Use one of the patterns from Ponchini Vol. 1 and learn its structure, seaming, and wearability. Steven will teach you his favorite tips and tricks as he guides you through your first ponchini.
Sunday 9:00 am - 10:30 am NEW
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.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5279 Easy Dual Cables Marly Bird
This is a little fancy knitting with traditional techniques. The Dual Cable class teaches knitters how to work with two colors at the same time while adding cables to the knitting. It is a new adventure in knitting for many and one that you will want to take many times over. On this adventure you learn how to make your very own pair of boot toppers!
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5004 Easy Charts Made Simple J C Briar
A chart takes the place of written instructions, telling you which stitches to work. But a good chart does so much more, showing you what the knitted fabric should look like.
Learn to read charts, to make sense of their symbols, and to use them to keep your knitting on track and to minimize mistakes.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
8083 Intermediate Double-Ended, Circular Tunisian Tapestry Lily Chin
Learn this fascinatingly new technique of creating a moire effect in crochet. Create projects without seams. Make pictures or motifs in two colors without stranding. This is a ground-breaking, never-before-seen way of using tunisian crochet employing a short, double-ended hook.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7056 No skills required Beginning Weaving for Knitters Deborah Jarchow
Have you wondered if you'd like to try weaving, but feel confused about it and don't know if you'd like it or not? In this class you will see 3 of the top brands of rigid-heddle looms and find out how they work. You will learn about setting up the looms to prepare for weaving, and then you will weave on them.

This class gives you an overview of how weaving can expand your fiber skills. It's the perfect opportunity to give weaving a try without purchasing the equipment. See just how easy weaving can be!
Note: Rigid-heddle looms provided for class use.

Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
3014 Intermediate Top Down and All Around Barry Klein
We will work on learning the basic techniques for knitting from the top down. We will jump right in and start working on a small garment and during the knitting process, we will talk about different variations, different techniques and different ways to knit from the top down. When class is over, you will understand the full process and be prepared to design from scratch.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
7084 No skills required Learn to Spin Janel Laidman
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own yarn? Spinning is one of the most ancient crafts of mankind.
In this class we'll learn the principles of spinning using a drop spindle and wool. Students will learn about twist and draft, as well as plying and grist. Once you have made yarn, you'll have a deeper appreciation of the properties of commercially available yarns, and will be able to better match yarns to projects. And you'll have a fun new skill!
Materials fee: $35 for spindle and fiber.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9052 No skills required Quilt-as-you-go Sampler Rick Mondragon
Not sure if quilting is for you? Here is a chance to sample the quilt-as-you-go method—you'll piece and quilt your block at the same time. This sew-and-flip process is quick, neat, and fun.
Choose one of three blocks: log cabin, square within a square. or string. Your sample can easily become a cushion cover, a placement, a wall hanging, or the beginning of a new quilt adventure. We will try an easy binding and discuss methods to assemble the blocks into a larger piece as well.
Note: Sewing machines provided for use in the classroom.

Materials fee: $5 for batting and backing.
Sunday 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…
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6083 Easy Basic Fair Isle Techniques Sarah Peasley
The Fair Isle technique has been around for centuries, but can be learned in a matter of hours. Learn to read charts like a pro. Practice knitting in the round with 2 colors while trapping those pesky floats. Discover the beauty of corrugated ribbing. Hold your breath while you cut open a steek. There's nothing to it. What are you waiting for?
Sunday 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!
Sunday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm 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 1:30 pm - 4:30 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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
3142 Easy Stash Down! Laura Bryant
If you have too much stash but don't know how to use it, this class is for you. Learn a new way of sorting your stash that will allow you to mix colors, weights and textures. Hands-on swatching allows you to experiment with several techniques that are perfect for small amounts of yarn. You will leave brimming with ideas!

Optional Materials Fee: $5.00 for instructor supplied stash.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5007 Easy Tips and Tricks with Lily Lily Chin
Learn Lily's secrets to make your knitting life easier: join a cast-on for circular knitting without adding twist, start a new skein of yarn or a new color without losing the first stitch, attach knit pieces as you work, work a circular bind-off on the neck so the beginning and end are imperceptible, and weave in ends that are too short for a darning needle. Leave class with lots of small 'fix-its' and a new eye for knitting details.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
7021 No skills required Kumihimo: The Art of Traditional Japanese Braiding Candace Eisner Strick
Begin your adventure in this beautiful fiber tradition by making a bracelet with one of the easier braiding techniques. Kumihimo discs will be provided for you to use. Once you learn the possibilities, you will never want to stop!
Materials fee: $10 for braiding materials, beads and bracelet clasp.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1049 Easy Painted Stitches: Introduction to Stranded Colorwork Janel Laidman
Colorwork brings a whole new level of beautiful to your knitting. If you can make a knit stitch, you can do stranded colorwork.
We will learn how to hold the yarns in the left hand, the right hand, and both hands, so you can find the optimal method for creating these beautiful knits. We'll also discuss tricks for keeping your tension even, how to go around pesky corners, dpns vs. circulars, and how to choose yarns and colors for colorwork.
Optional materials fee: $8 for 4 small balls of contrasting shetland-type wool.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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
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
9054 Intermediate Crazy Patch Scarf Katrina Walker
Create a gorgeous wearable piece of crazy patch art using black silk satin, velvet and thread embellishment! Learn to tame silk velvet and charmeuse satin for easy stitching while you learn a "Not So Crazy" easy patchwork technique for creating beautiful crazy patch effects. Indulge your color sense by using a combination of threads and stitches for your own unique look. Elegant silk crazy patch has never been so fun, easy and fashionable!
Materials Fee: $25 includes all silk velvet, satin, stabilizer, use of specialty threads, needles, and instructional materials.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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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