STITCHES Midwest 2018 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1068 Advanced Color Play Jill Bigelow Suttell
Ready for the ultimate knitting challenge? Let’s try combining stranded (Fair Isle) and Intarsia color techniques. The key is learning to work Fair Isle from the ‘wrong’ side. Class will cover: Fair Isle basics, Intarsia basics, knitting left to right, working with yarn in both hands. Also included are tips and tricks to avoid holes, minimize tangles and slip stitches.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
8094 Intermediate Build a Log Cabin Blanket Marly Bird
Using simple single and double crochets and changing colors with each rotation of the square the crocheters can be a carpenter of his/her own blanket. The log cabin style of square has ever been popular in quilting. Now learn how to do it in crochet. Marly shows how to combine single and double crochet for a lovely textured block. See how easy it is to change colors and work the selvage of the block. The best part is you will be able to size your blanket by using more blocks, bigger blocks with more stitches and rows, or adding logs to your cabin!
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7092 Easy Zippy Zippers Cindy Craig
Adding a zipper to a sweater can change the whole look—from ho-hum to awesome. We will explore 2 different ways to attach a zipper to knit fabric as well as how to shorten a zipper to fit your desired length. There will be plenty of time to practice both with lots of support. Dive in and tackle these techniques, and you'll be putting zippers on everything.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
3150 Intermediate Design a Hat: It's as Easy as Making Pizza! Stefanie Japel
In this beginning design class, you'll see how easy it is to create a basic hat shape using any weight yarn. From there, you'll divide the hat into a number of wedges (slices) and use your favorite stitch patterns as toppings. By the end of class, you're well on your way to having a unique hat, designed to your personal taste! And you'll walk away with a hunger for more design!
Note: You should have knit at least one hat before. It's good if you know basic math and have knit textured stitch patterns before.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5163 Easy Stop Turning: Knitting & Purling Backwards Patty Lyons
My favorite knitting trick is to stop turning! If you hate purling, are unhappy with your uneven tension, or simply aren't crazy about flipping that 400-stitch basket-weave afghan around every time it's time to do a WS row, learn the joy of never turning! We will learn how to put the knit stitch and the purl stitch in reverse, as well as learn basic decreases, short rows, and picking up stitches backwards. Knitting and purling backwards is great for entrelac, bobbles, short rows, and chart work.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9052 No skills required Quilt-as-you-go Sampler Rick Mondragon
Here is a chance to sample quilting. With 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 log cabin, square within a square, string piecing, or create your own design with Rick's clever insertion ideas. Your sample can easily become a cushion cover, a placemat, a wall hanging, or the beginning of a new quilt adventure. Rick will show an easy binding method and discuss ways to assemble the blocks into a larger piece as well.
Note: Sewing machines provided for use in the classroom.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5023 Advanced Fox Paw Technique Xandy Peters
Want to learn the secret to knitting Fox Paws? The real secret is that it's not a difficult pattern once you get the basics of stacking stitches down. Xandy uses this increase-and-decrease technique to create vertical movement within a row. Unusual shapes result, forming extreme waves within striped colorwork – without strands on the wrong side of the piece.
In the morning, we will learn the stacked-stitch technique with some cool swatches. Then in the afternoon, we will pick our color order and cast on a swatch of the Fox Paw motif. You'll learn to read your knitting and troubleshoot your work to fix mistakes. You'll also learn a trick for weaving in loose ends as you knit, saving you from sewing them in later.
Note: Patterns will be provided.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9087 No skills required Beginner Free-motion Karen Pharr
Get started with the right techniques for your free-motion quilting adventure. Geraldine introduces machine set-up and the right tools to use for free-motion quilting. Learn about quilt top preparation, batting, and basting then move on to understanding stitch tension and stitch control. Practice free motion exercises while learning skill-building techniques to continue on your journey to free-motion freedom.
Juki sit-down longarm machines provided for use in class.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     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 reversible colorwork pattern. Significantly different from the standard intarsia and Fair Isle colorwork that are so well known, double-knitting is a labor-intensive but wholly worthwhile technique to have in your repertoire. In this workshop, you'll learn my 2-color cast-on for double-knitting, get comfortable with the techniques involved, then move into colorwork. At the end of the workshop, you should have a motif swatch and be confident that you can tackle a larger standard double-knitting pattern.
Note: This is an advanced technique, but you need only be comfortable with the long-tail cast-on and basic knit and purl; previous experience with colorwork is also helpful but not necessary.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9057 Easy Walking Foot Quilting- Beyond the Ditch Catherine Redford
Learn how to finish your quilts on a domestic machine while enjoying all the control of a walking foot. We will start with a brief discussion of preparing your tops for quilting including marking and basting. Then we will make stitched samples of different styles including modern grids, matchstick quilting, and spirals. Finish with a look at Catherine’s work to inspire you to go home and turn your tops into quilts.
Note: Sewing machines provided for in class use. 
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9032 Easy Tee Fit Workshop Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Join Jennifer as she takes 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.
This class can be combined with 9062 Garment Making 101 for hands-on sewing time.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
8075 Intermediate Modern Irish Crochet 1: Making Motifs Myra Wood
The popularity of Irish Crochet has exploded around the globe in recent years! Magazines like Duplet from Russia feature the long-treasured technique with a modern twist; multi-color versions that rival any paintbox. Rather then use tiny hooks and cobweb threads to create these motifs, we will use size 10 thread and a B or C crochet hook. We will learn how to interpret Russian charts and symbols, as we try out select motifs (to join later*). Tons of motifs will be shown on their own and combined into finished projects.

*Note: We are focusing on the motifs in this class; to connect them, Modern Irish Crochet II: Putting it all Together will teach you what you need to know.

Note: Must be comfortable reading crochet charts.
Thursday 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
8100 Easy 10 Secrets to Crochet Perfect Planned Pooling Argyle Marly Bird
Variegated yarns can be stunning when you learn how to control the colors into an argyle pattern.This seemingly magical technique can be tricky but Marly Bird teaches you how to find success by sharing her secrets. Soon you'll be able to master multicolor yarns and recognize if one will not work for argyle pooling.

Note: Must have a strong understanding of basic crochet skills
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1002 No skills required Intro to Color Laura Bryant
"You don't get WOW by doing the expected." Color brings life and excitement to our work, yet many knitters and crocheters proceed cautiously.

Presented in tangible and visual terms, Laura illustrates why color combinations work or fail. While a basic understanding of the color wheel is useful, this class offers a new way of sorting and building color relationships.

You'll never look at color the same way as you gain confidence and achieve a deeper understanding of color and perception.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
6010 Intermediate Columns of Color with Knit One Below Elise Duvekot
Would you like to learn a completely new stitch pattern? In this introduction to the knit-one-below technique, you will knit two colors horizontally, one at a time, and yet you will create vertical stripes on one side and an interesting, very different pattern on the reverse side. Make swatches with differing selvedges for various purposes as well as bind-offs that match your cast-ons.

This class will provide you with the skills you need to launch into a myriad of knit-one-below projects.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
4128 Intermediate Fair Isle Basics Gretchen Fancher
Make a worsted-weight hat as you learn the basics of stranded knitting: techniques for managing two active strands, reading charts in the round, managing float tension, and working decrease charts. See the advantages and disadvantages of several types of crown-decrease charts. Learn strategies for keeping track of pattern repeats, catching mistakes, and noting progress on the chart.
Note: Students must be comfortable with knitting in the round, know how to cast on, knit, purl and work basic decreases (k2tog & ssk). The main hat is worked on one circular; the crown is worked on DPNs, but students who are more comfortable with Magic Loop or 2 Circulars for working small circumferences are welcome to do so.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
3149 Easy The Lazy Knitter's Guide to Knits that Fit Stefanie Japel
Are you a lazy knitter? Do you avoid measuring and swatching and just kinda estimate which size sweater to make in hopes that it will all work out in the end? ME TOO! Over time, I've learned to be ok with WITH my own natural knitting tendencies, I and have developed sure-fire ways to work toward a more relaxed, easier sweater-fitting experience.
In this class, I'll share simple ways to create better-fitting sweaters for yourself and others without drowning in math or swatching yourself to death.
Note: It would be great if you've knit (or started to knit) a sweater before. You should know how to use a ruler / measuring tape and know basic math (Don't worry, I'll give you handout to keep and use on your own.)
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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. We'll begin with yarn selection, proceed to changing directions, and explore variations from there. We will look at accessories for the home, wearable garments, and different styles of Tunisian Crochet and how they will fit into your future.
Note: Must have a good command of basic crochet skills.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
2079 Intermediate Decorative Cast-ons and Bind-offs Patty Lyons
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
9088 Easy Getting Started with Ruler Work Karen Pharr
Get started with the right techniques to begin working with rulers on a sit-down longarm. Learn machine set up and the right tools for quilting with rulers. Begin by learning to hold and move rulers and fabric in unison, read ruler reference lines, how to place rulers on a pieced quilt and on a whole-cloth quilt to create exciting new designs.
Note: Must have taken 9087 Beginner Free-Motion Quilting or have basic free-motion skills.
Juki sit-down longarm machines provided for use in class.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5302 Advanced Double-knitting Intarsia Alasdair Post-Quinn
Have you been wanting to add more color to your double-knitting, but feeling like you don’t have enough hands when doing multi-color double-knitting? With double-knit intarsia, you can work with a theoretically unlimited number of colors without changing the thickness or flexibility of the double-knit fabric – and you only need to deal with two strands at a time. In addition, all those unattractive intarsia twists are completely hidden inside the work. Learn to combine double-knitting colorwork and intarsia to add an exciting twist to your creative repertoire. 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 required. (You should either have taken Alasdair's Introduction to Double-Knitting workshop in person or on Craftsy, or have done some other standard (not slip-stitch) double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop. You should also be comfortable with standard knitted intarsia.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
9056 Easy Steps to Successful Free-Motion Quilting Catherine Redford
Discover the magic of free-motion quilting. After drawing our patterns on paper, we'll put the feed dogs down and begin stitching on quilt sandwiches in a relaxed, no-criticism-allowed setting. Try lots of different designs to find your personal favorites. This class is designed to give the beginning or hesitant machine quilter a confidence boost, ready to return home and practice.
Note: Sewing machines provided for in class use. 
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
9061 Easy Tank Top Hack: How to Add a Sleeve to a Tank Top Pattern and Transform it into a Tunic or Dress Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Learn how to work with a basic tank top pattern to create a variety of styles. We’ll start by trying on sample tank tops to determine the best size to work with. See how easy it is to fine tune the fit of your pattern. Using your adjusted pattern pieces, I’ll show you how to add a sleeve. We’ll play with the hem length and shape to create tunic and dress pattern pieces. You’ll be surprised how fun and easy it is to create different looks from the same basic pattern. You will leave class with pattern pieces that are ready to sew together.
This class can be combined with 9062 Garment Sewing 101 for hands-on sewing time.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
9006 Easy Garment Sewing Basics Katrina Walker
Let's learn the basics - seams, seam finishes, hems and darts! These skills are the foundation for successful sewn garments. If you'd like to learn, practice or simply refresh these skills - this class is for you! Build a detailed take-home reference notebook with hands-on samples and full written instructions (provided) as you sew your way to success. Taught by the instructor of Craftsy's popular "Sew Smarter". Note: Sewing machines provided for class use.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
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. Bling up your knitting and make jewelry too. We’ll start by learning how to add beads to yarn from pre-strung beads and how to pre-string beads for multi-color patterns. We move on to the logic of knitting with beads – the easiest methods and then build up to more intricate patterning, and how to place it into 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.
Thursday 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm NEW
No skills required Ripping Yarns: Ancient Customs, Myths, and Legends of the Fiber Arts Franklin Habit
What would the village wise woman advise you to do when you can’t find your good scissors? What fate does it portend if you tangle silk and wool yarns in the same knitting bag? Is there a core of sinister truth to the schoolyard rhyme about Little Mary’s Scary Cardigan?

If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions—or if they ring a dim bell in the dusty corners of your memory—you’ll want to attend Franklin’s newest lecture, created especially for STITCHES Events and debuting at STITCHES Midwest 2018.

We’ll delve into age-old superstitions about hooks and needles. We’ll listen to cautionary legends of weavers, spinners, and other needle workers who tapped into forces beyond their control. And we’ll dare to enter the darker side of knitting and crochet and hunt for the hidden end of the mysterious center-pull ball.

Thrilling and hilarious, “Ripping Yarns” will make you change the way you think about your favorite pastime.

Don’t miss it—Just be sure to wear your lucky stitch marker. 
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5389 No skills required Stress-free Steeking Denise Bell
You've heard about cutting your knitting, and maybe freaked out a bit about the prospect, but there's no need to stress. Learn the right wool to use, a few good ways to prep the project, how to process the stitches after you've cut them, and you'll be fine.
You will work on a small sample with 2-color patterns (peerie bands), fortify the knitting, snip, snip, snip, then stabilize the cut stitches. A variety of stitch patterns are included in the class handout.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
2082 Intermediate Make it Match Gwen Bortner
If you think your cast-on and your bind-off cannot match, think again! Although there may not be a match for every technique, there are several different pairs of cast-ons and bind-offs that are very similar in appearance. Students will gain hands on experience while they learn 2 - 4 pairs of matching cast-ons and bind-offs. In addition, gain insights on which options are best and other tips and tricks associated with the start and finish of a project.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4019 Easy How do your Socks get Striped with Knit One Below? Elise Duvekot
Learn the knit-one-below technique as you make socks with stripes that are vertical rather than horizontal. The stretchy fabric hugs the foot, making it fit perfectly. Your sock will have an unusual heel and matching toe: all of these features add up to create a two-color sock that is a far cry from conventional socks.
Note: Must have experience making socks.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     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.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 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.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
7053 No skills required Learn Rigid-heddle Weaving and Use Up Your Stash Deborah Jarchow
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
3060 Intermediate Simply Short Rows Barry Klein
This practical technique can be used in multiple ways – to create flares, build extra fabric, refine body shape – for wonderful results which make your knitting easier to assemble. We will discuss and knit the different variations of short rows. This class will help you more than you can imagine! Create sweaters that fit better and accessories that drape beautifully around the neck.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1086 Easy The Answer to "Y" Seams: Easy-Pieced Hexagons: piecing angles using die-cuts Ebony Love
Do you avoid machine-pieced hexagons because you dread the Y-seam? Learn how to achieve these six-sided shapes with only straight-line seams and strip piecing and, of course—if it can't be die cut, Ebony isn't making it, so you will die cut the pieces. Then you'll discover how those cuts remove the guess-work from aligning angled shapes. Make fast work of this 10” square-friendly project and leave class with all your pieces cut and several rows of your quilt pieced.  Depending on color placement, your future hexagon-based designs can be intricate or improvisational.

Note: Must have experience piecing an accurate 1/4" seam. 

Note: Die cutter and sewing machines provided for in-class use.


Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5275 Intermediate Twice the Fun, Half the Work Patty Lyons
Learn the fun and time-saving technique of working a pair of socks, sleeves, or wristers in the round, at once! Getting both pieces done at the same time means you'll never suffer from "second syndrome" again! First, we will go over the basics of working in the round with magic loop and with two circulars. Then we'll move on to the specifics of casting on to work the two items with magic loop or two circulars. We'll also go over professional tips for improving the look of your work made in the round.

Note: Must know long-tail cast-on and how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off. Confident enough with Magic Loop to work it without supervision. 
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
8099 Intermediate Shadow Stitch Crochet Cables Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Building on your knowledge of crossing post stitches to create crochet cables, learn to "float" those cables on the surface of any stitch pattern with this FAB technique. Even if you have only previously worked basic post-stitch cables, you are ready for these next-level cables. In class, you'll learn how to crochet cables in any stitch pattern, and you'll immediately see these cables pop right off the surface of your fabric. And there are no unworked stitches, so your finished fabrics are solid on both sides—perfect for everything from garments to home decor and accessories. When you're ready to see just how far you can take post-stitch crochet cables, this is the class for you!
Note: Must know how to make post stitches and understand the basics of crochet cables. 
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9091 Intermediate Fearless Free-motion Feathers Karen Pharr
Fear no more! Geraldine will share tools and techniques that help you stitch three basic feathers. Plus, you'll learn how to creatively place feathers in your quilt projects. Let Geraldine start you on a journey which will open your creativity and give you that “Yes I Can” feeling to create feathers with confidence.
Note: Need to have taken 9087 Beginner Free-motion quilting or have basic free-motion skills.
Juki sit-down longarm machines provided for use in class.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5232 Advanced Double-knitting Off the Grid Alasdair Post-Quinn
Knitting is so often just one row of stitches on top of another – and double-knitting doubly so. In the pursuit of more interesting shapes, sometimes you need to go … off the grid. In this workshop, you’ll learn a whole host of double-knit increases and decreases – you can use them for shaping later, but I prefer to use them to make colorwork that almost seems to be embroidered onto the fabric. If you combine this technique with double-knit cables, whole new worlds will open up before you. 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 either have taken Alasdair's Introduction to Double-Knitting workshop in person or on Craftsy, or have done some other standard (not slip-stitch) double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop. You should also be comfortable with standard knitted increases and decreases.)
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
7123 No skills required Redding Method of Dyeing Nabori: Creating Patterns on Silk Natalie Redding
Hand-dyeing silk fabric into lovely patterns and colors is an art! The Redding Method Nabori combines multicultural methods of tying and binding the silk to result in visually interesting and creative dyed patterns. Natalie shows you the different types of silk, their history and make-up, and the most suitable methods for resist dyeing. You will create a variety of lovely fabrics and develop ideas for more when you return home.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
9058 No skills required Introduction to Folk Art Embroidery Catherine Redford
Start by learning or being reminded of some basic embroidery stitches on a specially designed pre-printed sampler. Then learn some novel embellishment techniques that add to the fun. Learn how Catherine transfers her own designs onto dark-colored backgrounds. Enjoy the relaxed tempo and reconnect with hand work!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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. Work with a variety of fabrics and notions following Jennifer's step-by-step guidance to help you get professional results sewing knit garments.
Knit fabrics are easy to work with because the raw edges do not fray. Built-in stretch makes 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.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5386 Intermediate Intro to Twined Knitting Jeffrey Wall
Twined knitting is a traditional Scandinavian technique using two strands of yarn in either a single color or multiple colors. It is fun and it is easy. As you knit or purl, you twist (twine) the yarn with the strand last used, creating braids and crook stitches that pattern on the surface of the fabric. Learn why a z-twist yarn is ideal for Twined Knitting. A note for hand spinners: Twined Knitting projects are great for you; spin a s-twist yarn and ply it with a z-twist.
Note: Should be comfortable knitting in the round. Experience in 2-color knitting is NOT required.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5304 Intermediate Excrescences: Bobbles, Bumps, Lumps, Leaves & Ledges Anna Zilboorg
This class will explore the many possible ways of making a three-dimensional addition to a knitted surface. In doing this, we'll make a sampler of nupps, bobbles, and larger shapes. A few esoteric techniques will appear, such as making multiple i-cords at the same time, and we'll be expanding into over-all patterns and graceful leafy panels. Knitting need never be flat again.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
8098 Easy Crochet Crocodile Stitch Marly Bird
Crochet a fabric that's just full of texture! Marly will introduce the basic technique, show how to shape this decorative stitch, then share some practical applications. Crocodile stitch can accent or be all-over fabric for home decor, accessories, even garment design. Imagine the fun this technique can bring to your repertoire!

Note: Must have a strong understanding of basic crochet skills.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
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 technique 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6137 Advanced Beyond Basic Chevrons Laura Bryant
Chevron stitches present great possibilities for dramatic movement of color and line in both knitting and crochet. Once you have mastered the basic increases and decreases (there are multiple styles taught in Captivating Chevrons), you are ready to move on to more creative endeavors. In this class we'll cover asymmetrical or eccentric chevrons, chevrons with built-in shape or architecture, traveling chevrons, and more. Lots of hands-on work including formulas for designing your own unique chevron stitches.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6226 Intermediate Old Shale: Theme and Variation Candace Eisner Strick
Old Shale is perhaps the most beautiful and beloved of all the Shetland lace patterns. Its beauty and ease of knitting  endures, and its variations are almost limitless. It has but one fault: the bind-off does not wave as beautifully as the cast-on. Come to class and learn how to adjust and manipulate Old Shale into dozens of beautiful variations and how to cure that bind-off problem.
Note: Must be able to read a charted pattern.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5394 Intermediate Brioche Basics Gretchen Fancher
Learn the basics of 2-color Brioche as you make a beautiful cowl. Brioche is lofty and warm, with each side presenting a different dominant color. You'll learn the Brioche knit and purl stitch and how to work Brioche in the round with 2 colors. Why start with 2 colors in the round? It's the easiest way to understand how Brioche fabric is made!
Note: Must know how to cast on, knit and purl, and work in the round on a circular needle. 
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
6092 Intermediate Garter Party: Garter Stitch Gone Wild (with Special Guest I-cord!) Franklin Habit
Poor, plain garter stitch. So often confined to the edge of the party, so seldom seen in anything but the same old blocks or stripes. But not today! Today, garter stitch breaks out into fully-fledged stranded color patterns, courtesy of an intriguing but little-known technique called garter jacquard. We’ll work charted garter jacquard patterns both flat and in the round, look at possible applications for it in sock knitting, and perhaps even chart our own patterns to play with.
Note: Previous experience of stranded (aka jacquard or Fair Isle colorwork) may be helpful, but is not essential.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3147 Intermediate Mastering Necklines 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1087 Intermediate Orange Peel with a Twist of Lime: piecing and applique using die-cuts Ebony Love
Creating intricate curved blocks is no longer out of reach! If you’ve been intimidated by piecing curves and think fusible applique is cheating, learn to take the fuss out of the sewing and achieve a professional finish. Ebony provides a kit for this beautiful mock-applique block, and helps you make quick work of the cutting by using a die cutter. Leave class with a gorgeous block, options for setting it into a larger quilt, and tons of ideas for future projects.

Note: Must have experience piecing an accurate 1/4" seam.

Note: Die cutters and sewing machines provided for in-class use.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5392 Easy Seriously Sassy Stripes! Patty Lyons
Stripes can add so much to your project, and there are more tricks to stripes than you might think! We will work a sampler that will teach you all the fun striping tricks, like how to knit in your ends as you go, a better way to join a new ball of yarn, how to make the color change magically just where you want with the felted join, and more. We'll also explore more advanced tricks like the knit and slide, a trick to add stripes to your rib, and the jogless join in the round. We'll end with design inspiration ideas that will get you ready to design your own stripe project!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
2080 No skills required Embellish It! Embroidery techniques to use on crochet and knit fabrics Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Your project is finished and all the blocking, seaming, and weaving in of ends is done. But something is missing... just a little pop of color or maybe an edging or decoration here or there. We can help you with that! In this class, we’ll use traditional embroidery techniques in a new and exciting way to take your crochet and knitting projects to the next level. Using needle and tambour embroidery techniques we will show you how to use hand-made surface designs to give your projects some FAB factor. Add a little for a touch of flare to borders and seams or go full-on FAB with exciting color designs that are only limited by your imagination (or the templates you can find). You’ll learn how to make beautiful faux seams and edgings that both enhance and elevate your crochet and knitting projects.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
4125 Intermediate Simple Stacked Scarf Xandy Peters
Students will learn the basics of knitting with stacked stitches. Stacked stitches are increase and decrease techniques used to create vertical movement within a row. They create unusual shapes in knitting and extremely wavy, striped colorwork without strands on the wrong side of the fabric.

After an introduction to the basic principles of the technique, we will cast on a scarf or swatch and discover how each row of stitches fits together to form a flat fabric. We will learn how to move markers to keep track of stitch count and learn to fix mistakes.

Patterns will be provided.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9090 Intermediate Free-Motion Freedom Karen Pharr
Free-motion quilters, let's move beyond basic stippling and venture into continuous background filler designs, lines, vines, swirls, flowers and more. Learn Geraldine's method of selecting and placing free-motion designs in a quilt, and how to choose thread and batting for pleasing results. She guides you on a journey which will open your creativity and give you that “Yes I Can” feeling to go beyond the basics.
Note: Need to have taken class #9087 Beginner Free-Motion Quilting or have basic Free-Motion skills
Juki sit-down long arm machines provided for use in class
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     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 reversible colorwork pattern. Significantly different from the standard intarsia and Fair Isle colorwork that are so well known, double-knitting is a labor-intensive but wholly worthwhile technique to have in your repertoire. In this workshop, you'll learn my 2-color cast-on for double-knitting, get comfortable with the techniques involved, then move into colorwork. At the end of the workshop, you should have a motif swatch and be confident that you can tackle a larger standard double-knitting pattern.
Note: This is an advanced technique, but you need only be comfortable with the long-tail cast-on and basic knit and purl; previous experience with colorwork is also helpful but not necessary.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5390 Intermediate Dimensional Tuck Knitting: the Basics and Beyond Tracy Purtscher
Dimensional Tuck Knitting transforms simple flat stockinette into a fabric with depth — one that bends, folds, or doubles back on itself. Learn the basic stitches, how to read the charts, and how to visualize the stitch pattern within the charts. Next, explore background stitch choices and what impact the scale of the stitches will have on Dimensional Tuck stitches. Finally, you will learn the tips and tricks for measuring gauge and working Dimensional Tuck in the round.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9059 Easy The Wool Applique Experience Catherine Redford
Learn the techniques required for successful whip-stitch wool applique while working on a small piece that can be finished into a needle case or pin cushion. You'll discover how easy it is to embellish and add further dimension to your project with beautiful embroidery stitches.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9068 Easy Yoga Pants and Beyond Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
A great pair of yoga pants are worth their weight in gold. In this class you’ll have the opportunity to try on samples and pick the fabric and style of your yoga pants. Choose between a basic one-seam yoga pant with a custom waistband or a more tailored design that features unique seam detail and a hem finish with a back slit. Your kit includes the pattern and Performance Sports Knit Fabric with Dri-Max and Microbial properties. You can work with a soft, comfortable, double-brushed polyester knit or a firm compression knit that will smooth all your curves. Either way, you’ll learn how to sew knit fabric and end up with a pair of yoga pants that rival the ones you can find at Athleta or Nike!
Sewing machines will be provided for use in the classroom. 
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
4127 Easy Swing and Swag Beaded Necklace Myra Wood
Easy to make and fun to wear, this knit necklace is definitely a potato-chip project—you can’t make just one! Learn to string beads and cast on for the swag effect. See different ways to knit with beads so they swag and produce different effects. Our necklace can be made in no time and has 3 variations so you can make plans for more. I’ll also show you how to finish the necklace and add the findings. 
Friday 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Fashion Show only  
This exciting runway show comes complete with fabulous door prizes!
Friday 6:30 pm - 9:59 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Fashion Show and Dinner Ticket  
This exciting runway show comes complete with fabulous door prizes!
Friday 10:00 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: Students must be able to work standard increases and decreases, read a basic chart, and have experience with lace-weight yarn.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5381 Easy 'Be Basics: Short Rows Steven Berg
Steven introduces another popular knitting technique that will take your projects to the next level. If you’ve ever admired any of the fabulous short-row shawls with sweeping curves of color or texture but felt intimidated by the technique, this workshop is for you! Steven will make you comfortable with the basics of short rows. Learn his signature Lazy Short Rows in a cowl that will give you plenty of practice!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5393 Intermediate Brioche: The Basics and Beyond Gwen Bortner
​Brioche is a very popular technique right now!  It has several characteristics that make it great for lots of projects. It is a great choice for scarves or blankets as the finished fabric tends to lay flat and is attractive on both sides. Learn the basics of classic brioche, as well as alternative ​techniques while creating a sampler of several brioche patterns. Gain ​an understanding of this unique fabric that just might become one of your favorites.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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. Spend three fast-paced hours swatching Ikat-dyed yarns using several different approaches to design; 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.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
4072 Intermediate Beaded Bag with Knit One Below Elise Duvekot
Learn the knit-one-below technique as you complete this versatile project to add to your collection. Carry it as an elegant small purse, fill it with potpourri, or put it into your knitting basket and enjoy it on a daily basis as the ultimate yarn cozy. Beads are optional, and you can use a thicker yarn to make a larger bag.
Note: Must have experience with dpns.
Saturday 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.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1044 Intermediate The Knitted Plaid: A Color and Pattern Workshop Franklin Habit
If the prospect of mixing colors gives you the fidgets even though you've dreamt of putting together your own complex color schemes for projects, this class is for you. We'll begin by learning a simple but strikingly effective method for knitting plaid fabric: a method that can even be used to recreate family or school tartans. Then we'll use the framework of the plaid as the point of departure for a practical, hands-on lesson in color selection. You can learn to design your own color schemes: all it takes is a little knowledge, a little practice, and a little playfulness.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1051 Easy Two Colors = Too Much Fun! Michelle Hunter
What's better than a gorgeous color of yarn? Two colors, of course! Discover the joys of knitting with two colors in this class chock-full of color techniques. 

Take the fiddly out of color work with expert tips to manage, carry and tame multiple yarns.  Learn several two-color cast on and bind off techniques to create beautiful edges that complement any color work.  Experiment with increases and decreases that enhance rather than disrupt color work.  Sample a few delightful stitch patterns sure to whet your appetite for more color knitting.  Class covers advanced striping, double ended knitting, intarsia, stranded knitting, slip stitch patterns, and more.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
7075 No skills required Color and Weave Sampler Scarf Deborah Jarchow
Learn to get outstanding color-pattern effects using a rigid- heddle loom. Make a sampler scarf that looks like complicated patterns with very little effort. By using two contrasting colors of yarn you can achieve a houndstooth check, color blocks, and more! Some weaving experience is helpful.
Note: Rigid-heddle looms provided for class use.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1088 Intermediate Whirly Swirly Lightning-Fast Drunkard's Path Ebony Love
Only two things are keeping you from making a drunkard’s path block: cutting them and sewing them!  Ebony shows you easy ways to do both. See how easy it is to cut the curved units of this versatile block using a fabric die cutter. Learn a radical technique for piecing curves without pins, glue, or other fancy tools. Once you get the hang of the technique, you’ll learn how to arrange your units into a variety of exciting blocks, such as this whirly swirly block.  Leave class with one block pieced and your brain swirling with new ideas!

Note: Must have experience piecing an accurate 1/4" seam. 

Note: Die cutters and sewing machines provided for in-class use.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
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!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
9093 Easy Something Boro'd, Something New Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Boro is the hot new trend in hand sewing that embraces both sustainable fashion and the slow stitching movement. Okay... so Boro isn't a new technique by any means. In fact, it dates back to 17th Century Japan where folks repaired their garments and household items with scraps of fabric. We know this from pieces passed down through generations that were made more durable and enriched visually with each mend and additional patch.

We're going to use the fabric-piecing principles of Boro and the associated Sashiko hand-sewing skills to take our own scraps of fabric and make something FAB and new! In fact, in this class we're going to create a new panel of unique fabric from seemingly unusable fabric remnants and odd pieces. We'll learn to match up suitable fabric pieces by embracing the principle of Wabi-sabi to create a beautifully imperfect textile. Then, we'll use the "little jabs" of Sashiko hand-sewing to bind those pieces together into fabric that can be used to enhance a favorite garment, accessory, or home decor item; used by itself as your own personal work of fiber art; or used as the basis for a larger project like a quilt top. We'll get you started with the skills you need to take it from there!
Beginners encouraged! No sewing experience necessary! Even if you have never done any hand sewing and never fused two pieces of fabric together with a needle and thread, this is the class for you! And, if you've always wanted to try but were intimidated by traditional quilting techniques, Boro is the perfect art form for you. This highly accessible technique for creating textiles is perfect for the maker who is ready to try their hand at something new and exciting that takes your creative expression to new heights.
As a one-off class, this is a unique opportunity to explore hand sewing and quilting or use this as a jumping off point to explore more and join those of us who are more than a little obsessed with the versatility of this technique when used for mending, quilting, and creating works of art.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5023 Advanced Fox Paw Technique Xandy Peters
Want to learn the secret to knitting Fox Paws? The real secret is that it's not a difficult pattern once you get the basics of stacking stitches down. Xandy uses this increase-and-decrease technique to create vertical movement within a row. Unusual shapes result, forming extreme waves within striped colorwork – without strands on the wrong side of the piece.
In the morning, we will learn the stacked-stitch technique with some cool swatches. Then in the afternoon, we will pick our color order and cast on a swatch of the Fox Paw motif. You'll learn to read your knitting and troubleshoot your work to fix mistakes. You'll also learn a trick for weaving in loose ends as you knit, saving you from sewing them in later.
Note: Patterns will be provided.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9088 Easy Getting Started with Ruler Work Karen Pharr
Get started with the right techniques to begin working with rulers on a sit-down longarm. Learn machine set up and the right tools for quilting with rulers. Begin by learning to hold and move rulers and fabric in unison, read ruler reference lines, how to place rulers on a pieced quilt and on a whole-cloth quilt to create exciting new designs.
Note: Must have taken 9087 Beginner Free-Motion Quilting or have basic free-motion skills.
Juki sit-down longarm machines provided for use in class.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
7122 Easy Handspinning Art Yarns Natalie Redding
Become a well-rounded spinner! Learn the facts, physics, and potential of fiber while spinning beautiful, artistic yarns. Science and creativity work together. What uses are there for art yarns? Can this yarn be used as warp? Does it matter if it is an s- or z-twist? Which is better for crochet or knitting? Are all fibers suitable for add-ins? Does using damaged fiber really matter? Learn the answers to these questions plus several creative techniques: tail-spinning, add-ins, Laura Spinner's "Magic Thumb", and different plying methods including spiral, coil and chain (Navajo). This class is designed to be conceptual as well as allowing the student to complete a finished art yarn of their own design. Note: Students must be able to spin a single-ply yarn.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9082 No skills required Wool Applique Butterflies Catherine Redford
Fine tune your technique for whip-stitch wool applique while working on a pretty butterfly that can be finished into a small pillow or pin cushion. Learn more fun embroidery stitches to embellish your project, building dimension and surface interest as you add each new stitch and color.
Note: Need to have taken class #9059 The Wool Applique Experience or have knowledge of the basics.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9086 Easy Stretch Jeans Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Are they knit jeans…or dress pants? Update your wardrobe with the most comfortable knit jeans you’ve ever tried on.
We will work with my knit-jean pattern; it's easy to fit and sew. Start by trying on samples to make quick work of choosing your size. Then I’ll show you how to fine-tune the fit.
Use your adjusted pattern pieces to sew a muslin. In addition to perfecting the fit of your pattern, we’ll explore different fabric and style choices. I’ll show you how to create an easy faux-front fly and how to transform the front pockets into a comfort panel.
 Then you’ll have a front-row seat for a trunk show featuring a variety of knit jeans. You’ll be amazed at how using fabrics like stretch velvet, luxe double knits, and even stretch woven fabrics can transform your comfy knit jeans into dress pants that are perfect for every occasion.
Note: Sewing machines provided for use in the classroom
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9079 No skills required Beyond the Sloper: Bodice Design Katrina Walker
You have a basic pattern—now what? Learn the skills to add design details and change style lines. It's easier than you think! In this hands-on class you will learn how to move darts, add yokes, and create princess seams. With these skills you can create many looks from the same basic pattern! Build a detailed reference notebook full of samples to take home for creative inspiration.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
4119 Intermediate Selbu Mittens Jeffrey Wall
After a quick look at the history and construction of the Norwegian Selbu mittens, you'll learn the process as you knit a mini-mitten: knitting a ribbed or lace cuff, increasing for the thumb gusset, casting on new stitches after the thumb-hole opening, decreasing for the mitten tip, and picking up stitches to work the thumb. We'll also discuss color dominance and how to hold yarn when working with two colors per round.
Note: Students should be comfortable working with DPNs. Magic loop or the 2-circular method for knitting in the round are possible but not recommended for this class.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
4123 Easy Flowers, Frills & Fringe: Crochet a Necklace Myra Wood
More is more! Crochet embellishments take your knitting and crochet to the next level! Add gorgeous embellishments to just about anything. You'll learn lots of techniques including flowers, leaves, frills, and fringe while you make a wonderful, wearable, floral crochet work of art. I'll also cover several crochet cords that can be used for edging and ropes, including Romanian Point Lace cords. Fast, easy and so much fun. I'll bring lots of samples of finished pieces for ideas too.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
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 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
No skills required Vincent: A Challenging Study in Color Karla Overland
The Van Gogh Cherrywood Challenge What happens when quilters from all over the world use the same fabric, colors, and inspiration? In the case of the Van Gogh Challenge, the answer is 465 small quilts and a jaw-dropping collection of fiber art! All inspired by the works of Vincent van Gogh and using Cherrywood sueded cotton in a gradation of 4 blues.

Join Karla Overland, curator of the challenge, for a free slide presentation. A Challenging Study in Color tracks the growth of these popular contests from Wicked in 2014, to Lion King in 2016, to Van Gogh in 2017. You will follow the journey of 200 of the Vincent challenge quilts from Cherrywood's studio in Brainerd, Minnesota to New York City, Australia, and France. The challenges have pushed artists to try new techniques and perhaps think outside their comfort zones. The global theme of the quilts and tactile nature of the medium hold universal appeal.

Karla Overland, Owner of Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics—dyer, teacher, quilt artist—has sewn since she was 10 and made clothes for 4-H. While earning a Graphic Design degree, she worked in bridal alterations and taught herself to quilt. Today, Cherrywood has a staff of six and Karla formulates color gradations for their unique sueded cotton. In 2014, she organized the Cherrywood Challenge to see what artists can create with a limited color palette and a few simple rules. After three years, the challenge has taken on a life of its own, exposing tens of thousands of viewers all over the world to the beauty of Cherrywood and the amazing creativity of quilters and sewists. 

Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
8097 Intermediate Crocheting with Beads Marly Bird
Marly shares tried-and-true techniques for adding beads to any crochet project. Learn two methods: pre-stringing beads and adding a bead onto a single stitch. Best of all, you can complete a beaded necklace in class! Become a capital C crocheter and add a little pizzazz to your work with beads!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 all three, and decide which is your favorite.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5268 Easy Anatomy of a Yarn Laura Bryant
Everything you have always wanted to know about yarn, but didn’t know who to ask!! Why does chenille worm? What makes a yarn bias when knit? What stitches are best for a boucle? Why are some yarns limp when knit or crocheted? Develop a notebook of yarn types with examples for future reference. Learn how different yarns are constructed, how different fibers behave, and how construction affects that behavior. Learn which stitches and sweater styles suit which type of yarn.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6011 Intermediate Columns of Cables with Knit One Below Elise Duvekot
Do you love cables and want to break new ground? This class will introduce you to the knit-one-below technique and show how to incorporate a variety of two-color cables into a background of Knit One Below. These cables can be combined to form traveling stitches in multi-directional patterns that look like nothing you've seen before.
Note: Must have experience working cables.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6202 Advanced Introduction to Strickmuster: The Beautiful Twisted Stitch Patterns of Austria Candace Eisner Strick
These gorgeous patterns wind and twist around each other in complicated and intricate designs but actually are done using only 2 basic techniques without the use of a cable needle. Students will learn the basics of left and right traveling stitches.
Note: Must be a 'conventional' knitter (ie: knit by taking the stitches off the left needle and transferring them to the right needle) in order for this technique to work correctly.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5396 Intermediate Cast Ons & Bind Offs Beyond the Basics Gretchen Fancher
Most projects can be started with a good basic cast on, but some require special techniques. In this class you’ll learn a selection of the most frequently used cast ons & bind offs for special applications so you can be ready for (almost) anything! You’ll learn: • How to work the crochet provisional cast on, as well as how to pick up your provisional stitches and work in the other direction. • How to cast on and bind off tubular ribbing that appears seamless around the edge of your fabric. • German Twisted cast on for flexible ribbing at the beginning Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy bind off for stretchy ribbing at the end of your project.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     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 stranded 2-color work (Fair Isle Knitting).
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
4104 Intermediate Navajo Intarsia Michelle Hunter
This magical technique combines Navajo Knitting and Intarsia to create opaque motifs on a sheer background. Unlike traditional Intarsia, only one skein is used at a time with no interlocking or ends to weave in. It's fast, fun and easy to learn! Previous experience with Navajo knitting and Intarsia are not required.

All of the basics of Navajo Intarsia will be covered while creating a swatch for the stunning shawl, Spotted Fever. The whimsical wrap features opaque polka dots dancing on a sheer background. Using fingering weight yarn, the pattern is available in two sizes -both perfect for warming the shoulders on a chilly evening. During the session we will be swatching and beginning the shawl - be sure to bring a fabulous yarn to showcase the design!

We will also explore ways to incorporate the technique into an endless array of design possibilities.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3014 Intermediate Top Down and All Around Barry Klein
Learn the basic techniques for knitting from the top down. We will jump right in and start working on a small garment and during the 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
2050 Easy Best Buttonholes and Button Bands! Patty Lyons
Are you never happy with your buttonholes? Does the ratio for picking up stitches for the perfect button band elude you? In this workshop we’ll practice a variety of buttonholes including 1-row and 2-row, and my own trick for neatening up the 2-row buttonhole. We'll look at how to make the perfect button band and make sure the cardigan's final step doesn't lead to disappointment. Let's close up those sweaters with pride!
Note: Must know how to cast on, bind off, and work basic increases and decreases as well as having completed one project by following a pattern.
Saturday 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 decor.

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 years 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
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9089 Intermediate Beyond Basic Ruler Work Karen Pharr
Move beyond the basics of ruler work and learn to fill space, plan and mark the area before quilting, add new shapes and designs to your quilting. Move towards true creativity by using a quilt panel to practice the techniques and featured designs. Let Geraldine guide you by sharing her quilting journey and understand how the right tools, guides, and practice can take you anywhere you desire in your own journey.
  
Note: Need to have taken class #9088 Getting Started with Ruler Work or have basic ruler work experience.
Juki sit-down longarm machines provided for use in class. 
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5397 Easy If...Then: Self Generating Stitch Patterns Tracy Purtscher
Have you ever had the urge to just cast on but didn't have access to any patterns? Does an intriguing but mindless knit that can be taken anywhere—with nothing but the yarn and needles—seem appealing to you? You will learn how to create a dynamic knitted fabric using self-generating stitch patterns with repeating or evolving motifs. We will make knit/purl textured fabrics as samples to learn the principles . Once understood you will be ready to work these self-generating patterns in other types of knitting—twisted stitches, stranded colorwork, lace, and slipped stitches. Your optionsare limited only by your desires. After you are comfortable with the principles laid out in the classwork we will discuss ways in which you can create your own stitch patterns and what to do if the pattern expires or morphs and no longer is self-generating. Given how easy it is to knit self-generating stitch patterns without having to follow a written pattern or chart, makes Spontaneous Knitting the ultimate comfort knitting with extreme portability— and unique results.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9080 Intermediate Sewing with Silk Katrina Walker
Silk is simply a dream to sew once you learn her secrets. In this class you will build a detailed reference notebook as you learn about the most common types of silk fabrics, and create step-by-step samples of specialty seams, seam finishes, and hems appropriate for use with elegant silk designs. Appropriate pattern selection, a silk fabric vocabulary, and best uses for silk fabric types will also be discussed. This entertaining and educational class will inspire, invigorate, and inform your passion for sewing with silk. 
Note: Sewing machines provided for use during class. 
Saturday 6:30 pm - 9:30 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
2057 Intermediate Magic Blocking with Wires, Pins, and Frames Denise Bell
Every shawl knitter talks about the "magic" of blocking lace. Turning a puddle of lace into a striking shawl takes more than just the wave of a magic wand; it takes tools and attention to detail. We will look at typical shawl shapes and discuss how to use blocking wires, pins, rulers, foam mats, a towel, a yard stick, and Shetland dressing frames to stretch and pin them for maximum effect. A variety of shawls will be on hand, but students are welcome to bring a lace shawl to facilitate discussion and demonstration.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1075 Easy Know Your Colors, Know Your Self Steven Berg
What do your knits and color choices say about you? Longtime knitter and professional yarn whisperer Steven Berg will guide you through a quiz that will show you which colors truly represent you. Explore techniques to create gradients using your colors and experiment with methods of combining colors to their greatest effect. Bring your favorite hand-knit (or crochet) and share it with Steven for a peek into your personal fiber future—he knows all, sees all, tells all!
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
8048 Intermediate Single-crochet Entrelac Marly Bird
Try something different. Crochet a fabric that resembles basket-weave! Entrelac isn't only for knitters.
Get the look of basic entrelac with a crochet hook and single crochet! Amaze your friends with your new-found crochet skill. Create striking blankets, accessories, and garments. And have fun!
Note: Must have a good command of basic crochet skills.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5248 Easy Knitting Hacks with Gwen Gwen Bortner
Necessity is said to be the mother of invention, but I might argue that actually laziness is! 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 what I have developed to speed up finishing, minimize mistakes, and keep track of my projects. Some methods may be old, some may be new, but all of them will improve your efficiency.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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!
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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 NEW
5395 Easy Intarsia Basics Gretchen Fancher
Learn to read color charts, manage bobbins and work with multiple colors in one row. You will learn tips and tricks to make this wonderful color-work technique easier, and conquer the basics of intarsia at the same time! 
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
2077 Easy X Marks the Swatch: Knitted Embroidery Over Waste Canvas (with guest star Duplicate Stitch) Franklin Habit
Waste canvas is an inexpensive, readily available material that turns almost any knitted fabric into a suitable ground for cross-stitch embroidery. It then disappears when the stitches are finished, leaving behind a beautifully embellished piece of knitting. In this introductory-level class, we'll learn how to trim and mount the canvas; then how to follow and work a cross-stitch chart over it using knitting yarns. If you've never tried cross stitch before, no problem, cross stitch is one of the best ways to try your hand at decoration with a single, sharp needle. In addition, we'll learn briefly about duplicate stitch (aka Swiss darning), and discuss how and when to use one, the other-or both!
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9094 Easy Birds in my Spring Garden Collage Wall Hanging Kothy Hafersat
Learn how to create fabric collage as you make your own Spring garden quilt! Kothy covers the basics from learning what fabrics work and how to transfer the pattern to the fabric to what products you need to bond the collage pieces to the background. Arrange the blooms and choose the birds you want to visit your garden. Everyone's quilt will be unique. After we fuse the fabrics on, Kothy will show how to free-motion quilt to attach the pieces permanently. The whole process is great fun and easy—even if you have not sewn before. Kothy precuts the fabrics to give everyone a head start on completing this 18 x 22 inch wallhanging.

Note: Sewing machines provided for in-class use.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5280 Intermediate Bottoms Up! Toe-up Socks Michelle Hunter
Prepare yourself for a new obsession—toe up socks! By popular demand, the majority of today’s sock patterns are written from the bottom up. Toe up socks take the guesswork out of measuring and always leave you with ample yarn. This class will cover all of the skills needed to knit these addicting beauties – cast on, magic loop, short row heel and elastic bind off. I’ve helped thousands to knit successful socks and I can’t wait to count you among them. In class we will make a small demo sock to learn the techniques. Lastly, bring a skein of sock weight yarn and cast on for your very own pair of full size socks (pattern included). Sock yarns are amazing and shopping for it is just half of the fun!
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
7130 Easy Clasped Weft Scarf Deborah Jarchow
Learn to make a stunning scarf in clasped weft method on a rigid heddle loom. You can learn to create a wonderful woven piece that looks complicated but is really very easy. See how using two different weft yarns can create beautiful color play in the fabric. If you’ve taken beginning rigid heddle weaving, enhance your skills. This type of weaving is portable, easy and fun!
Note: Rigid-heddle looms will be provided for in class use. 
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1085 Easy Hopscotch Block Party: easy piecing and block exchange Ebony Love
There’s no party like a Hopscotch Block Party! Make new friends, swap fabric, and learn a new quilt block in this fun and energizing class. (Jelly roll and charm pack friendly.)  Ebony provides a kit with the neutral fabrics to add a cohesive look to the blocks. (" Psst, it's like putting some of my stash into everyone's quilts.") We’ll make modified, framed, 9-patch blocks, slice them up, and exchange them in class. Then the real fun begins as we rearrange all the exchanges into new blocks and continue the scrappy look in the stashing and binding. Both beginner and veteran quiltmakers are welcome and encouraged to join us for this fun day of sewing.

Note: Must have experience operating a sewing machine and sewing a straight stitch.

Note: Sewing machines provided for in-class use.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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...
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9087 No skills required Beginner Free-motion Karen Pharr
Get started with the right techniques for your free-motion quilting adventure. Geraldine introduces machine set-up and the right tools to use for free-motion quilting. Learn about quilt top preparation, batting, and basting then move on to understanding stitch tension and stitch control. Practice free motion exercises while learning skill-building techniques to continue on your journey to free-motion freedom.
Juki sit-down longarm machines provided for use in class.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
7133 Easy Repurpose That Sweater! Tracy Purtscher
Grab those unloved wool sweaters lurking in your closet and on the racks of your local thrift store and give them a second chance at life. Go ahead, break the rules, and ignore the label that says “hand wash only” Let your wash machine and dryer do their worse, we want felt!
In class, we will use your new felt to make four quick and easy mug rugs using techniques similar to traditional rug making methods. Each of the four mug rugs will be a mini lesson in different felt strip rug making. Additional instruction and discussion will cover tips and guidelines for making full size home décor throw rugs. We will also explore other possible projects and materials appropriate for use with your new rugs making skills.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
7132 No skills required Blending Boards: Landscapes of Color and Texture Natalie Redding
Learn to use the fiber arts industries most popular “new” tool; the blending board. Blending boards have reached such popularity due to their portability, affordability and ease of use. They are a viable alternative to the drum carder and have quickly become “all the rage.” During this course, students will learn how to make beautiful rolags, art roving (with a diz) and art batts. Included during the class are tips and secrets to making this 3 hour instructional journey beneficial in all aspects of fiber prep.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
9084 Intermediate Further Steps in Folk Embroidery Catherine Redford
You've got the basic embroidery stitches mastered, now it’s time to add to your stitch vocabulary. We'll work on a pre-printed sampler as we learn crested chain, bullion stitch, drizzle stitch, and lots more that will enhance your next embroidery project. We'll also discuss how Catherine includes her embroideries in her quilts.
Note: Need to have taken class #9058 Intro to Folk Art Embroidery or have knowledge of the basics.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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!
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. It is helpful if students have some experience with kitchener stitching, but even without it, one can make almost perfect buttonholes that never sag and always close. 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
3132 Intermediate Customizing Your Mitered Squares Jill Bigelow Suttell
Expand your knowledge of mitered squares. Add color for a stash-busting project, lace for an airy shawl, texture for depth or a combination of the three. We will discuss re-sizing of squares, different ways of picking up stitches, using multiple-sized squares, and different ways of building squares upon one another.
Note: Mitered square experience necessary.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
8095 Easy Quick and Easy Crochet Corner to Corner Technique Marly Bird
Corner-to-Corner (C2C) blankets are on-trend right now, so get on board as Marly guides you through the basics of a crochet version.Learn to double crochet a square by starting in one corner. See how easy it is to make a rectangle, then follow a chart as you work a third swatch. Soon corner-to-corner will be your go-to approach for projects of all sizes!
Sunday 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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
6224 Easy Mosaic Madness Cindy Craig
Mosaic knitting is a great way to jump into 2-color knitting or using one color per pair of rows. Simple stripes become so much more with the addition of slip-stitches. Here's a chance to expand your color work skills. We will explore the concept of mosaic knitting as well as a little history. Students will be exposed to mosaic charts for knitting and use the chart to begin a mosaic cowl.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
2063 No skills required The Beautiful, Humble Art of Plain Sewing: A Workshop for Knitters Franklin Habit
Plain sewing - a collection of stitches and related hand-sewing techniques - was once considered a pillar of a woman's education. In our day, these skills are useful to all, but known by few. We will study and practice a select group of plain sewing methods that are most useful to knitters working with hand-knit fabrics, including useful and decorative stitches, attaching buttons and finishing buttonholes.
Note: Pre-requisites include fluency in the basic techniques of knitting and completion prior to class of a simple homework assignment.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5230 Intermediate Short-Row Round-Up Michelle Hunter
Do you avoid patterns with short rows? Do you know only one method of working short rows? Are you unhappy with the appearance of your short rows? Join me for a round up of short row techniques that will give you the confidence and expertise to short row like a pro!
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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
3156 No skills required Proper Measurements for a Perfect Fit in Crochet and Knit Garments Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Sometimes it seems like every crochet and knit garment designer uses a unique fit standard to create their patterns. So how are you supposed to know if that pattern will fit, or even what size to make? Or better yet, do you know what changes to make to the pattern to ensure it fits YOU? This class is all about discovering the answers to the questions you have about how to achieve the perfect fit for your crochet and knit garments: WHAT measurements to take WHERE on your body, WHY we use certain measurements, and WHEN it’s ok to make changes.

The measurements taken when working on a crocheted or knitted garment are different than those taken for garments constructed from woven fabric. With the correct measurements, 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 knowing how the finished garment will sit on your body and how your body will move around inside the finished garment.

We will teach you the method of measuring bodies that we use daily as crochet and knitwear fashion designers. We will work through various measurements, where to take them and where to apply them to your patterns. We’ll also discuss the importance of back and shoulder measurements, armhole depths, and the ever-important sleeve cap shaping. By the time class is over you will have all the information you need to measure yourself, your family, or whomever you are creating a hand crocheted or knitted garment for—to ensure a perfect fit every time.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
9085 Easy Big Bold Hand Stitching as Your Quilting Line Catherine Redford
Learn a quick and easy way of hand quilting with big, bold stitches. We'll mark our designs, baste our pieces, and start sewing. Find out how relaxing and fun it can be to finish your quilts by hand! No frame, no hoop, just you, a needle, and thread.



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