STITCHES United 2019 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5388 Easy German Short Rows; Eins, Zwei, Drei Laura Barker
German short rows involve no wraps, pins, or other accessories. At the short-row turn, we create a double stitch. This double stitch is visibly bigger than the surrounding stitches, but when worked in a subsequent row,it is transformed, filling the short-row gap beautifully on the front and back of your work. Class will also cover places to use German short rows, how they compare to other short-row methods, and how to substitute them in patterns. Finally, you'll learn how to fix a double stitch that goes rogue.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1116 Advanced Colors that Climb Lorilee Beltman
Stranding color vertically in your knitting offers new possibilities where many colors can be worked at once! We will learn how to introduce the new color strands to our work, how to work with them so they are user friendly, and how to adequately anchor the stitches without overdoing it.

Once you learn the tricks in class, the technique is easy to execute and repeat. Everyone can do it.

The beauty happens in creative applications. We will work one simple stockinette motif to learn the rules, then a lace and purled version as pictured.

Lastly knitters will work their choice of the many motifs remaining in the handout. Any of the motifs can be worked into existing plain patterns without ruining the gauge nor the elasticity of the fabric. I'll show you how and inspire you with stacks of samples. Class demonstrations are done in both in English and Continental styles.

Note: Must be comfortable working in the round at a small circumference as for a mitten or sock. You may use DPNs, two circulars, or Magic Loop but must be able to do so unassisted. Some experience with two-handed color work is a plus, but not necessary.

Materials fee: $4 wool yarn in multiple colors for a variety and to achieve consistent results.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6006 Intermediate Entrelac Basics Gwen Bortner
Have you always wanted to learn entrelac but thought it would be too hard? Whether a beginner or advanced knitter, this class is for you. During this class, each student will have the opportunity to knit a small project to gain hands-on experience in the entrelac technique. Participants will learn the seamless entrelac technique and basic entrelac construction. Hints and tips on the fine points of entrelac, a discussion of other project possibilities, and an overview of knitting in both directions will also be included.
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 and piecing-AT THE SAME TIME-with the quilt-as-you-go approach. 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. Batting and neutral thread provided for 18x24" sampler.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
3133 Easy Alter It to Fit 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...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 amount 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!
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1304 Intermediate Boxy Tee/Drapy Tunic Cal Patch
Sewing your own clothes is satisfying and practical. When you go one step further and draft your own pattern, the entire design process in your hands. Cal will teach you how to draft a pattern for a simple woven top that can easily be customized in myriad ways. Keep it short and loose-fitting for a Boxy Tee, or make it longer with a bit more ease in a fabric with drape (like linen) and it is a Drapy Tunic.

This intro to pattern-drafting is perfect if you want to dip your toe in the water - and the seaming of this basic shape could not be simpler. It is a lovely blank-canvas garment for all other techniques: embroidery, piecing, quilting, dyeing, and eco-printing. Of course, you can combine and layer the treatments to create even more special garments.

You can even take fat quarters or smaller cuts of precious fabrics - not enough for a complete garment - and work them into a masterpiece. Piece them together, placing some of those treasured morsels front and center, and play around with different seam placements.

You will begin by drafting the basic pattern to your measurements, then cut and sew a quick muslin as your fit-sample. Tweak the pattern if necessary.

Next you may turn the sample muslin into a wearable top, or you might cut a new one in fashion fabric, perhaps adding the details of extra seams or pockets. Beginners may keep it fairly simple, and those with more advanced skills may customize to their hearts' content. Everyone will leave with a shirt that reflects their personality and ideas to make endless variations!

Please have at least advanced beginner sewing skills, with a few simple projects under your belt.

Note: Sewing machines provided for use in the classroom.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1016 Easy Basic Intarsia Techniques Sarah Peasley
Intarsia knitting creates a single layer of multicolored fabric, as in a Christmas stocking with a jolly Santa motif, argyles, 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.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5023 Advanced Fox Paw Technique Xandy Peters
In this class students will learn the basics of knitting with stacked stitches and begin a Fox Paws Wrap. We will start with an introduction to the stacked increase and decrease technique with some swatches in an easy stack pattern. After all this hard work, there is a coloring break where we explore color choices.

In the second half of the class, we will start working on our Fox Paws Swatches. Students will learn ways to check their own work and fix any problems that arise at home while testing out their new yarn and color choice in the pattern.

Note: Patterns will be provided.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5390 Intermediate Dimensional Tuck Knitting: the Basics and Beyond Tracy Purtscher
Transform simple flat stockinette into a fabric with depth -- bend it, fold it, or double it back on itself with Dimensional Tuck Knitting.

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.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1330 No skills required Break Your Serger Out of the Box Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
One of the most common things new serger owners say is "I'm afraid to take it out of the box."... The second most common thing is "I only use my serger to finish raw edges." If you've ever wondered what a serger is or if you own one, and you'd like to know how to make the most of its basic capabilities, join Jennifer for this fun class.

We'll start with an overview of the serger so you'll be familiar with threading and how it works. Then we'll examine a basic 4-Thread Stitch to understand how it's formed. By identifying the needle and looper threads, you'll be able to "read" your work to tell easily which settings need to be adjusted to fix a less-than-perfect stitch.
One of the serger's most helpful features allows you to sew a wide variety of fabrics without gathering or stretching them out of shape. We'll play with this differential feed to see how to get a nice smooth seam on lightweight or sheer fabrics as well as stretchy knits.

*Learn about the basic 3- and 4-Thread Stitches that are used to sew garment seams and finish edges.
*Sample easy specialty and decorative stitches: a rolled hem for stable and sheer fabrics, a decorative lettuce-edge on a knit, and a decorative flat-lock stitch.
*See how easy it is to sew around curves and circles, starting and stopping so it is practically invisible.
*For those times when something goes wrong and you need to take out a seam, learn how to take out a 4- or 3-Thread Stitch with no seam ripper.

That's a lot, but each technique covered has a corresponding workbook page with step-by-step instructions and fabric samples neatly stored in a page protector. You'll leave class armed with this valuable reference to help you with your future serger projects.

Note: Sergers provided for use in class.
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
1089 Intermediate Shorty the Short-row Bear Laura Barker
Shorty is a colorful 4″ teddy bear which uses German short rows to create a big round tummy, a bottom so the bear can sit, no-sew ears, pointed toes, curved arms, and contrasting colored pads on the hands and feet. The body is worked sideways then stitches are picked up to add the appendages. Shorty is the Baby from my Three Shorty Bears pattern, and can be substantially completed in class, using approximately 4g of each of 5 colors of worsted yarn found in a mini pack or selected individually. The class includes full Three Shorty Bears pattern as a free download with instructions for the Mama & Papa bears, using the remainder of the mini pack, about 100g total.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5082 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction Lorilee Beltman
When you continental knit, you minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps a speedier process.
Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly which motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to even out your knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects the outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing, practice is where efficiency really pays off.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5393 Intermediate Brioche Basics Gwen Bortner
Brioche is very popular right now! It's characteristics make it great for lots of projects. The finished fabric tends to lay flat and is attractive on both sides which is a plus for scarves or blankets.

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, it just might become one of your favorites!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1307 Intermediate The Shape of Things to Come Barry Klein
We will talk about garments and different methods to shape, alter, and wear the things we make so they fit beautifully. We will look at new and updated techniques to create innovative and flattering shapes for future projects This includes using sewing patterns and their graphics as inspiration; the patterns are life-sized templates.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1332 Intermediate Wrap It Up with a Serger: Specialty Feet Karen Pharr
Sergers are for so much more than edging fabrics and sewing on knits.

Here's the perfect class for beginners or those who want to expand their serger knowledge. Students will begin to use specialty serger feet to add interest and fun to their serger projects. Students will create decorative seams and embellishment with the ease and perfection a serger allows. While learning new techniques, you will create a pillow cover you will be proud to display.

Note: Sergers provided for use in the classroom.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1014 Easy Macro Yubinuki Tracy Purtscher
Yubinuki are Japanese thimbles with a centuries old history and rich tradition. Akin in concept to Tamari Balls, it is the cross layering of colorful threads that creates the beautiful geometric designs and traditionally worked in fine silk threads,

Students will learn Yubinuki history while combining this ancient technique with modern materials, in a much larger scale, to create their own thimble, ring, or bangle bracelet

Note: Basic knowledge of buttonhole stitch or blanket stitch is helpful.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
9085 Intermediate 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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: Machines provided for use in the classroom.
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.

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 Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
6123 Intermediate 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.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1121 Intermediate The Cast-on That's Pure Magic Lorilee Beltman
Estonians have been using it since the 1970s. Americans were turned on to it when Judy Becker taught us via Knitty in 2006. If you haven't learned it yet, here's a perfect opportunity to learn and apply the Magic Cast-On. What's exciting is all the possibilities it offers to knitters! We will learn it, then work our way through ways to apply it.

Symmetrical lace scarves? You don't have to use and pick out waste yarn. Shawls that start with a garter-stitch tab? You don't have to pick up stitches on that icky cast-on edge. Toe-up socks? You don't have to tighten up loose stitches from Turkish or figure-8 cast-on, plus we will learn a common wedge-toe and a rounded-toe version. Infinity loop cowls? You don't have to pick out the waste yarn of a provisional cast-on. Hems? You don't have to sew down, and you don't have to pick up bumps of a long-tail cast-on and wonder if you're in the right column. This is general knitting knowledge you will apply to many areas of your knitting life.
Lorilee can work with conventional knitters, mirror-image left-hand knitters, and combination knitters in a way that suits you.
Note: If you have taken Lorilee's Professional-Looking Cuffs class in the past, there will be some overlap.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
8082 Intermediate Interwoven Crochet Marly Bird
Discover crocheters answer to Double-knitting -- Interwoven Crochet. Learn to work with two different yarns. Marly shares how to layer lacy stitches with other techniques. You'll create reversible fabric, but it's up to you whether both sides match!

Note: Must have a good command of basic crochet skills.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1098 Intermediate Patterned Brioche: Getting Started with Brioche JC Briar
Take plain brioche rib, mix in some increases and decreases, and what do you get? Gorgeous patterning! Leaves and branches, feathers and faux cables: all created by increasing from one stitch to three (or five!) and decreasing from three (or five!) to one. Take this class to learn how to work these magic increases and decreases, to minimize bulk at the decrease points, and to choose the right decrease for the effect you want. Focus on working patterned brioche in a single color, avoiding the fuss of dealing with a second color. No prior brioche experience is necessary. You'll pick up tips for forming the fabric, following instructions, fixing mistakes, and casting on and binding off effectively. And you'll walk away with the start of a reversible scarf.

Note: No prior experience with brioche is required.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1123 No skills required What Not to Knit Jeane deCoster
"I don't like rules about body types because no matter what, we can each find something wrong with our body. Attaching labels just makes it worse. If our hand-knit garments don't fit or flatter us, we don't feel good wearing them. So we gift them or stash them away and may not feel like trying again.

Let's decide "What not to knit (or crochet)" with a personalized fit analysis for each student. Along the way, I will share guidelines (not rules) about ease, length, neck, and shoulder lines that you might use to knit to crochet a more successful garment for yourself.

All sizes, genders, shapes and curves are welcome! Any level knitting and crochet experience will benefit from this class.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1300 Easy Autumn Stripe Table Runner Cindy Grisdela
Learn to make improvisational angled stripe blocks and put them together into a colorful Rail Fence table runner. With very few seams to match, you can proceed quite quickly and confidently. Customize your runner to match your decor. The runner is great for gifts, and the technique is perfect for pillow tops and larger projects.

Note: Sewing machines provided for use in the classroom.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
2035 Intermediate Snip and Zip: Steeks and Zippers Franklin Habit
This empowering class is designed to guide timid and/or inexperienced knitters through two operations: the cutting of steeks (slashed openings in knit fabric) and the installation of zippers. These techniques are famous for causing anxiety in the uninitiated.

Note: Fluency in the basics of knitting, including knitting-in-the-round and stranded 2-color work (Fair Isle Knitting) is a pre-requisite.
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 weaving method is easy, fun, and creative. Learn ways to combine different colors, yarn textures, and fibers as you make a unique and beautiful scarf.

Note: Rigid-heddle looms provided for class use.
Lab fee: $10.00
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
Ever 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 those days but one thing has remained...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 hands-on experience is for beginners who want to know how to make their own yarn with a simple drop spindle. We'll start with 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...

Materials fee: $20 includes spindle and yarn
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1305 No skills required Draft Your Own Skirt Pattern Cal Patch
If you are frustrated trying to find sewing patterns you like (that also fit you well), you can draft your own. It is not as hard as you think!

You will learn how to take your measurements and draft a pattern for a simple, classic, A-line skirt, based on your own unique body size and shape.

You'll leave class with your own custom pattern which can be used as a blank canvas for different pocket, waistband and length options. We will also cover pocket and waistband options. With these basic skills and ideas, you can create a whole new wardrobe!

Note: If you sign up for 1140, Cal's One-Day Skirt workshop, this pattern can be used in that class!

Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1210 Intermediate Try-on then Cast-on Cardi Sarah Peasley
Designing your own cardigan will be easy with an informed advantage--the Try-on then Cast-on approach.

Let's begin with taking your measurements then trying on knit jersey samples made exclusively for sizing. These samples include options for standard and full figures and the combo sizes (smaller backs and larger fronts) that work well for many women. They will help you check the fit at the shoulders and armholes, as well as help determine the sleeve and body length (see schematic illustration).

Once you decide which sample fits best, you will trace a life-size schematic and get to work plugging the numbers from your pre-knit gauge swatch into the schematic's pattern. We will discuss ease, armhole and neck shaping, sleeve construction, and finishing. This will be your go-to pattern for your knit wardrobe once Sarah shares how to easily tweak it for sweaters and vests.

Note: Must have completed at least one sweater before taking this class. Please dress appropriately (tank or t-shirt layer) to assist in taking accurate measurements.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5023 Advanced Fox Paw Technique Xandy Peters
In this class students will learn the basics of knitting with stacked stitches and begin a Fox Paws Wrap. We will start with an introduction to the stacked increase and decrease technique with some swatches in an easy stack pattern. After all this hard work, there is a coloring break where we explore color choices.

In the second half of the class, we will start working on our Fox Paws Swatches. Students will learn ways to check their own work and fix any problems that arise at home while testing out their new yarn and color choice in the pattern.

Note: Patterns will be provided.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1333 Easy Braid Runner: Learn to Piece with a Serger Karen Pharr
Curious to learn why sergers have become the must-have compliment to your sewing machine, here's your chance.
A pieced quilt or table runner that you will love and use can become reality in very short order-thanks to a serger! Learn what a serger does, how easy and convenient it is to use, and how to take it beyond just finishing seams.

Pick up great tips and practical techniques as you create a fast, easy, French braid table runner in class. You'll be happy you did!

Note: Sergers provided for use in the classroom. $15 kit fee.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5153 Easy Introduction to Double Knitting Alasdair Post-Quinn
Double-knitting is a unique method of making a fabric with no "wrong" side and a built-in 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: To take this class, you must be able to cast on and knit and purl comfortably in single-layer knitting. If you are familiar with the long-tail CO and some other form of two-color work, you will have a leg up but these are not strictly necessary.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5397 Easy If...Then: Self Generating Stitch Patterns Tracy Purtscher
Have you ever had the urge to just cast on and knit 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 self-generating patterns in other types of knit-twisted stitches, stranded colorwork, lace, and slipped stitches. The options are limited only by your desires and imagination.

After you are comfortable with the principles laid out in the classwork, we will discuss ways to create your own patterns and what to do if the pattern expires or morphs and no longer is self-generating. Self-generating patterns make Spontaneous Knitting the ultimate comfort knitting- extremely portabile with unique results.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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 stitch 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 use in class.
Friday 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.

Materials fee: $30 (see below)
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1037 Intermediate Creative Multi-directional Knitting Myra Wood
Ever thought to yourself, "I'm just not creative?" or found yourself in a creative slump? This energizing hands-on workshop and lecture will dispel the myths and rekindle your creative fire. Even if you don't think of yourself as an artist, you'll learn how to unleash your creativity using a step-by-step process of color, texture, and simple design to take your knitting in different directions. Spend a day exploring a new approach to multi-directional knitting and discover how with just a few measurements and some quick plans, you'll be off on a true knitting adventure.

Starting with a simple panel that can be modified into a purse or sweater front, you'll learn the steps it takes to create your own spectacular fabric. Stitch your way through different techniques and stitch patterns and go home with a plan and solutions for finishing your own unique design without a written pattern. Be prepared for some serious fun!
Friday 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1119 Easy Cabling Without a Cable Needle Lorilee Beltman
Do you love gorgeous cable knits? Do you find that working cables slows you down a lot? Even if you are new to cable knitting, this class is for you.

We will learn how to cross those cables in various configurations without the assistance of a cable needle.

Once you learn this technique you can cut out that step where you have to look up the text translation of the charted symbol. Imagine cabling without glancing over at the words to get them done! You may even encounter fewer errors as you work.

A tidy appearance is important, too. Have you noticed, in your ribbing and cables that the left-most knit stitch looks sloppy? Are you familiar with the term "man-spreading"? Well, this stitch looks like it has taken its seat and done just that. We will learn why it happens and then teach that stitch some manners! Class also includes tips for keeping track of when it's time for that cabling action row.

What we'll learn is nothing new to knitting. The photo includes an illustration from a decades-old Estonian knitting book. Fascinating!

Note: Should be comfortable knitting, purling and following pattern directions, but prior experience with cables is not necessary.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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 by working in single crochet! Create striking blankets, accessories, and garments and amaze your friends with this newly acquired skill. It's a lot of fun!

Note: Must have a good command of basic crochet skills.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1278 Easy The Perfect Pick-up Gwen Bortner
For most knitters, the thought of picking up stitches is not a happy one. But it doesn't have to be that way. With a few hints, a couple of tricks, and a little bit of practice, picking up stitches can become no more of a worry than casting on or binding off. Come to class to learn the trick to creating a smooth even line along your picked-up edge. Discover the secret to ensuring that your picked-up edging matches perfectly with the rest of the fabric (no pulls or bulges). Practice the surprisingly simple technique for making a picked-up edging almost perfectly reversible. Everyone appreciates a perfectly picked-up, beautiful edging. Now you can pick up perfectly too!
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm NEW
5278 Easy Tink Drop Frog JC 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1261 Easy Confident Yarn Substitution Jeane deCoster
There are so-o-o-o-o many yarns available and so-o-o-o-o many patterns to knit (and love), but there is no way for your LYS to stock them all, and for the shop pro to guide you through your substitutions choices. What to do?

The minute you substitute a yarn in an existing pattern you become your own designer. And, although you may not want to hear it, the second* biggest secret to being a designer is that ...sh-h-h-h, here it comes ...We SWATCH! A LOT!

For success, you need to understand what your knit cloth will do when it hangs on your body. There's no magic formula to know this, other than experience. Get a jump-start for useful techniques that make it easier to substitute yarns. This is a crash course in evaluating your swatches before you start knitting the full-sized piece. You'll leave class with charts and numbers you can apply to your next substitution and learn some tricks to make your swatches more re-useful.

Hand-spinners are welcome. These techniques will make it possible for you to successfully knit sweaters from your hand-spun yarn.

*The biggest secret is that we need to be good at math, even if we do not want to be. ;)
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1301 Easy Fearless Curved Piecing Cindy Grisdela
Take the fear out of curved piecing with Improv Circles and Curved Stripes. No templates, no pins, and no seams to match. You'll be confidently stitching curves in no time and ready to incorporate them into many other projects!

Note: Sewing machines provided for use in the classroom.

Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3065 Intermediate Working with Antique Patterns Franklin Habit
Don't let the tiny type and archaic language fool you there's a gold mine of beautiful, functional designs waiting to be discovered within the pages of Victorian and Edwardian books and magazines. In this session, we'll discuss the history of patterns; the selection of appropriate yarn and needles; methods for deciphering and trouble shooting, and 'reverse engineering' from photographs and pieces. You don't need to be a historian or re-enactor to enjoy this class, just a knitter with a curious mind.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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 sweater which might fit a 1-year-old or Teddy Bear. During the class, we will talk about variations, different techniques, and different ways to knit from the top down. Barry will cover various increases, yarn selection, a bit of math and more.  When class is over, you will have  a partially complete sample with the elements complete so you can understand the full process, potential, and you will be ready to design a top-down sweater from scratch using your measurements.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1015 No skills required Pattern Drafting for Knitters, Crocheters, and Sewists Cal Patch
When you plan to knit, crochet, or sew a garment for yourself (or anyone else), the first step is determining the unique size, shape, and proportion of the body you wish to clothe.

Like snowflakes, none of us are exactly alike, and not until we assess our actual dimensions can we begin to achieve the goal of perfect fit!

Learn how to take your measurements properly and use them to draft a sloper (basic pattern) for your personal fit profile. Think of it as a life-size schematic, which you can refer to as you knit from a pattern, or while designing your own! We will also discuss the concept of ease, both positive and negative, and how it affects the end result. Understanding and taking control of these elements will allow you to create pieces that fit and flatter YOU.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1331 Easy Getting Started Quilting with Rulers on a Domestic Machine Karen Pharr
Get started with the right techniques to begin working with rulers on your Domestic Sewing Machine. Beginner Free Motion quilters will learn machine set up and tools for quilting with rulers. Learn how to handle and move your rulers and fabric in unison to create amazing, perfect designs. Learn how to use reference lines on the rulers and your quilts to expand to even more exciting designs.

Note: Sewing machines provided for use in the classroom.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5232 Advanced Double-knitting Off the Grid Alasdair Post-Quinn
Knitting is 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.

You will learn a whole host of double-knit increases and decreases -to use for shaping later, but you'll 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.

Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1211 Intermediate A False Start Tracy Purtscher
Question: When is a cast-on not the beginning of a project? Answer: When a provisional cast on is used.
A provisional cast-on is temporary and will eventually be removed to release live stitches so knitting or grafting can continue from there. The reasons may vary from project to project but the most common ones hide the cast-on, add pliability, or invisibly blend the beginning to the end of a knit -think toe-up socks, a center-out design, maybe a long strip grafted into a cowl.

You will learn several ways to cast-on provisionally. Then we will consider circumstances in which it may be beneficial to choose a false start-when, where, and why.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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 and to sew knit garments with a serger or sewing machine.

Note: Sergers provided for use in the classroom.


Friday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm NEW
2066 Intermediate Loving Your Lace Edgings JC 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, how you can use them, 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.

Note: Experience knitting lace is required; experience reading charts helpful but not required
Friday 6:30 pm - 9:30 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 FREE Pajama Party  
Kick off your shoes, slide on your slippers, and join us for an evening of games, prizes, laughter, and, of course, knitting or crocheting! Relax with old friends or come and make new ones. Hosted by Marly Bird!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1089 Intermediate Shorty the Short-row Bear Laura Barker
Shorty is a colorful 4″ teddy bear which uses German short rows to create a big round tummy, a bottom so the bear can sit, no-sew ears, pointed toes, curved arms, and contrasting colored pads on the hands and feet. The body is worked sideways then stitches are picked up to add the appendages. Shorty is the Baby from my Three Shorty Bears pattern, and can be substantially completed in class, using approximately 4g of each of 5 colors of worsted yarn found in a mini pack or selected individually. The class includes full Three Shorty Bears pattern as a free download with instructions for the Mama & Papa bears, using the remainder of the mini pack, about 100g total.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
6225 Easy Take Flight: Knitting your First Lace Shawl Denise Bell
A beginning knitter may tire of garter-stitch scarves, socks, and hats. When that happens, try a simple small shawl and learn a few more skills. As you begin the Monarch Shawl, you'll practice reading a chart, learn how pattern repeats work, knit simple lace, and gain an understanding of basic triangle construction.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1277 Easy Making the Gradient Gwen Bortner
Gradients, fades, and transitions are different names for yarns and kits that create a similar look with a beautiful flow of colors through a fabric.

You might be surprised to find that you can create your own color transitions in your own color choices with minimal stress and maximum success. The secret is understanding a few "formulas" for combining yarns and a couple of simple guidelines for color selection. And the best news is that the knitting is easy!

Spend class time playing with color, experimenting with different colors, learning a few "no-fail" formulas, and develop your own signature fabric. No need to follow the crowd. Make your own gradient!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3047 Intermediate Slick Set-in Sleeves JC Briar
Set-in sleeves give a sweater a crisp, tailored look, and for easy knitting, you just can't beat sleeves knit from the top down. When you pick up stitches from the body and shape the sleeve cap with short rows, you avoid the bulk of a seam and the fuss of easing a sleeve cap into an armhole. Learn to adapt an existing pattern to this approach or to design according to your own measurements.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1124 Easy Easy Fit Jeane deCoster
Make sure your garments will fit before you cast on!

Jean shares easy tips and how to apply them for sweaters you will wear proudly. We will begin with the schematic; it is a valuable part of any printed pattern. Because it is so small, it is often overlooked. We will turn it into a full-size rendition, analyze it, and then insert knitter's graph paper at the armhole, neck and shoulder to understand the shaping. We will see which measurements matter, and how this varies by style: drop, modified, set-in, and raglan.

You’ll learn how to make that full-size schematic into a quick mock-up to test the fit . We will discuss how gauge, ease, and drape play into the mix for sweater success.

Note this is not a knit-your-first-sweater class. Students must be able to work from and understand a pattern.
Saturday 9:00 am - 10:30 am NEW
1128 Intermediate Essential Math for Knitters & Crocheters Edie Eckman
Make your knitting and/or crocheting life easier with quick-and-dirty tips for calculating yarn amounts, figuring stitch multiples, changing gauge, and other need-to-know facts.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
6203 Intermediate Brioche Rosetta Stone Jolie A. Elder
Brioche is having its moment. have you hesitated because the directions look like Greek to you?

What does it mean to work the right-side twice without turning? What is knitting in the stitch below? How do I "bark" or "burp" in brioche? Students will leave ready to work brioche patterns regardless of how they are described.

Knit-below stitches, brioche stitches, Shaker knits, and Estonian patent stitches are kissing cousins. Students will learn methods for producing these stitches, as well as clever techniques to work the with ease.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1302 Easy Focus on the Improv Block Cindy Grisdela
Make an Improv Block the focus of your next composition: we will build the log cabin block using improv technique and small fabric pieces (scraps will work or even a charm pack). Then we'll discuss different ways to set the block into an interesting background design. Border options will complete the process- they may be curved strips or asymmetrical open spaces. It is completely up to you!

This process can be adapted to any size quilt and can go anywhere your imagination dares to take you.

Note: Sewing machines provided for use in the classroom.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5271 Intermediate Now You See It, Now You Don't: Shadow Knitting Franklin Habit
Color and texture meet and mingle with startling results in the subtle, intriguing fabrics created by shadow (also called "illusion") knitting. Stripes, garter stitch, and stockinette combine to create patterns that appear or vanish depending upon the angle of view-perfect for hiding secret messages in your work. We will not only learn the technique (including simple chart reading), but will also investigate methods for designing shadow patterns, and play with creating our own charts for custom projects.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7056 No skills required Beginning Weaving for Knitters Deborah Jarchow
Weaving is a hot topic, and with the rigid-heddle looms on the market it is affordable. Before investing in one, you might like to try weaving.

In this class you will see 3 brands of rigid-heddle looms and how they work. You will learn about setting up the looms for weaving, and then you will weave on them.

Don't miss this valuable overview of how weaving can expand your fiber skills. See just how easy weaving can be!

Note: Rigid-heddle looms provided for class use. Lab Fee $10.

Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1143 No skills required Beginner Shuttle Tatting: Learning the Basics Carol Mesimer
Taking the mystery out of tatting is easier than you imagined. There is only one two-step knot used to make this intricate lacework. Students will learn how to make chains, rings and read modern patterns.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1279 No skills required Hitomezashi Sashiko Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Sashiko, the Japanese hand stitching technique for patching and reinforcing fabric is the hot "new" trend in hand stitching. Traditional Sashiko stitches and modern adaptations can be seen in the visible mending trend, in home decor, and on fashion runways. In this class, we will learn the traditional hand stitched patterns of Hitomezashi Sashiko worked on a grid to create geometric stitch patterns using a simple running stitch to give you a solid foundation to create small-scale motifs so you can apply those skills on a larger scale to overall fabric alterations, enhancements, and quilting. We will also show you how these technique tie in beautifully to slow stitching and visible mending practices.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1140 Easy One-day Skirt Cal Patch
Make a skirt in one day! In this 6-hour class, Cal will show you how to cut from a pattern and sew a classic, flattering, A-line skirt. She provides the pattern.

You will learn how to sew darts, seams and seam finishes, hems, invisible zippers and bias-tape facings - all elements you need to begin making your own clothes.

Note: Must have a basic knowledge of how to use the sewing machine.

Skirt pattern and machines will be provided for in-class use.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
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?
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1148 Advanced Hitomi Shida's Lace Mini-scarf Gayle Roehm
Knitters who love beautiful stitch patterns are delighted with the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Designs by Hitomi Shida, recently published in English. This class focuses on the scarf that's one of the book's introductory projects. We'll start the body of the scarf with a provisional cast-on, then continue to practice chart-reading and some of the more complex maneuvers, to ensure that you'll be able to complete the scarf at home. You'll gain experience and insight into the complex charts and symbols. If time permits, we'll remove the waste yarn cast-on to complete the "frill" at one end. The pattern will be provided; no need to purchase the book ahead of time.

The pattern is provided; you don't need to purchase the book.

Note: You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts. Some lace experience needed.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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 Jeans 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. You'll learn how to get professional results sewing with a serger or sewing machine.

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: Sergers provided for use in class.
Saturday 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 than use tiny hooks and cobweb threads to create these motifs, we will use either fingering weight yarn or size 10 crochet thread. It’s up to you and which you’re more comfortable with. 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.
Saturday 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.
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm NEW
1127 Easy Join-as-you-go Crochet Edie Eckman
Wouldn't you love to join granny squares without sewing? Join-As-You-Go is the technique you've been waiting for, and it's easier than you think. Learn 3 methods of joining individual motifs while crocheting granny squares and hexagons . You'll be ditching that needle and wondering why you haven't used join-as-you-go forever!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1231 No skills required Make Color Work for You Phyllis Bell Miller
Do you cringe when confronted with the dozens of color choices out there? Does the color wheel give you cold feet? This workshop shows you how to cut though the confusion and make color work for you.

While creating your own color wheel out of pom-poms to use as a valuable tool, you will review essential color principles and learn how to create more than 50 color schemes using any color that you choose. You will also learn how to streamline your choices by using color groups, undertones, and value keys. In addition, you'll learn how to identify and build historic and ethnic color schemes and how to capture and match colors as professionals do. The many handouts will be a valuable reference for every project. These skills apply to all areas of design including knitting, crochet, quilting, sewing, embroidery, wardrobe planning, and decorating.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5150 Intermediate Never Look Up the Kitchener Stitch Again! Lorilee Beltman
Do you look up instructions for grafting the Kitchener Stitch every time you have to work it? Learn this essential skill, then memorize it with economized moves while training your eyes and fingers to work together. We'll graft stockinette stitch first, proceed to garter stitch, and then work an 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 understanding the basics and memorizing the moves.

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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5252 Intermediate Miter Me This, Miter Me That Marly Bird
Learn how to make the building blocks of the knitting world. The mitered square has long been a staple in knitting design, and now it can be a staple in your toolbox.

These magical mitered squares can be made in variety of stitches. Learn how to create one in garter, a mix of garter and stockinette, and plain stockinette. You'll also try different centered-decrease options for the miter. These join-as-you-go squares are the perfect traveling project.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm NEW
1122 No skills required An Intro to Kumihimo Gwen Bortner
The ancient Japanese craft of Kumihimo creates a beautiful unique cord, perfect for using up bits of left-over yarns. We will focus on learning the basics of creating a Kumihimo braid. A variety of samples showing the possibilities of combining of colors and fibers will also be provided. Then we will discuss options for using the cords to create buttons, ties, frogs and other custom closures.

Get a taste of the basics of Kumihimo and leave inspired by the boundless possibilities for those small amounts of leftover fiber!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1195 Easy Seam Busters! Jeane deCoster
Who's afraid of a little ole' seam?! In all honesty, seams are a true blessing in sweater design. They make fitting sweaters less stressful, and provide opportunities for easy alterations and tweaks to a pattern.

Come try easy tricks that make seaming simple. We'll practice on a variety of swatches and yarns and you'll go home with notes and skills for (simple) changes you can apply to any sweater pattern. And yes, we'll even talk about how and when eliminating a seam or two might be a good thing! Soon you will look at seams as a friendly approach to alterations, after all that's how the pros customize garment fit.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm NEW
8080 Easy Foundation Crochet Stitches Edie Eckman
Frustrated by your too-tight foundation chains? Wish you knew a way to start your crochet without that little wormy chain? Foundation crochet stitches are beautifully flexible and serve as a great alternative to the standard foundation chain. Learn how to make single and double foundation stitches, and how to use them. It will change your crocheting life!
Note: Must know chain, single and double crochet.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1245 Intermediate Knit Faster with Combination Knitting Jolie A. Elder
Do you dread 1x1 ribbing? Are your SSK decreases less tidy than your k2togs? Are you a continental knitter who hates to purl? Do you have trouble working make1-left and make1-right? Learn how and when to combination knit to make your knitting more pleasant, beautiful, and faster!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1303 Easy Free Motion Quilting with Style Cindy Grisdela
Ready to take the plunge into quilting on a domestic machine? We will practice and learn a variety of motifs which will add interesting textures to your sample quilt sandwich. You will marvel at the simplicity of making spirals, pebbles, fans, seashells, and waves using a regular sewing machine. Soon you will be ready to incorporate them into your future quilt designs.

Note: Sewing machines provided for use in the classroom.
Saturday 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 will 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm NEW
1288 No skills required Weaving Tips and Tricks Deborah Jarchow
Have you wondered if there are better ways to warp or weave? With over 25 years weaving experience, Deborah has discovered easy ways to remedy many problems/mistakes that occur while weaving. In this presentation, she shares handy ways to weaving more efficiently. She discusses warping tips, ways to fix tension issues, easy methods for sampling, record keeping ideas, techniques for choosing colors and helpful helpful (both traditional and inventive). Whether you weave on a rigid heddle or multi harness loom, you will learn useful tips to enhance your weaving process.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
8070 Easy Tunisian Crochet from Beginning to End Barry Klein
This class will take you through all of the basic techniques of Tunisian Crochet. 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5379 Easy Reading Your Knitting Sarah Peasley
Have you ever taken the time to LOOK at your knitting?

* What does your cast-on row reveal?
* Which way do your stitches face?
* Are you on the right side or the wrong side of the fabric?
* How many rows have you worked? In stockinette? In garter stitch? In another stitch pattern?
* Did you remember to increase/decrease in the previous row?
* How many rows has it been since you last decreased/increased?
* How do you keep track of where you ARE?
* How do you figure out where you WERE?

Let's SLOW DOWN and learn the anatomy of a stitch, then study the fabric below the needles. Sarah has tricks to help you discover what you've done and where you are, and she will show you how to keep track going forward. In no time at all, you'll be a smarter, more confident knitter!

Note: Must be comfortable with knitting and purling.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1105 Intermediate Intro to Stacked Stitches Xandy Peters
Stacked stitches are an innovative approach to striped colorwork, best known as the technique behind the Fox Paws pattern. Stacks can add shaping, create 3d texture, replace short rows, and when combined with stripes, they create intricate motifs without unsightly strands on the wrong side of your projects. You'll never need to manage more than one color at a time or worry about bobbins because stacked stitches bend rows of garter stitch into new shapes and patterns using only increases and decreases.

This introductory class will enable knitters of all levels to try out the technique in a swatch and become confident working patterns that incorporate stacked stitches. We will focus on mastering the increase and decrease stitches and learn several strategies for avoiding problems and fixing mistakes.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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.

Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1306 Intermediate Dimensional Embroidery Stitches Catherine Redford
Expand your skills as you some more-advanced dimensional stitches to your embroidery vocabulary. Choose from a selection of pre-printed fabric samplers and experiment with crested chain, double cast-on, drizzle, trellis and lots more stitches.

Note: You should know the basic embroidery stitches or have taken 9058 Intro to Folk Art Embroidery.

Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5233 Intermediate A Sampler of Japanese Tips and Techniques Gayle Roehm
Japanese knitting patterns often include an interesting and useful technique. This class will introduce you to an assortment of techniques from Japanese patterns and technique books.

The techniques aren't exclusively Japanese, but you'll probably find them useful additions to your skill set. We'll work through: two tubular cast-ons; a vertical buttonhole; Japanese crocheted bobbles; and several variations on the three-needle bind-off.

Note:This class doesn't cover how to read Japanese patterns.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1136 Intermediate Modern Irish Crochet 2: Putting it all Together Myra Wood
You have completed Irish Crochet motifs; now you need to know how to join them into a fabric. This class is all about connecting motifs with Irish Crochet netting or "filling". Learn how to prepare the finished motifs, arrange them confidently and creatively, and join them using 2 different styles of joining-1 super-easy and 1 more complicated.

Myra will explain how to construct a garment, join the front and back seamlessly and finish the edges. Her completed garments clarify the process. Bring a bunch of Irish Crochet motifs and let's make some beautiful Irish Crochet fabric!

Note: You must know how to make Irish Crochet motifs. Modern Irish Crochet I: Making Motifs will teach you what you need to know if you have no previous experience.
Saturday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm NEW
2061 Easy Stretchy Bind-offs JC Briar
How do you keep your bind-off edge from being too tight? With a stretchy bind-off! Try options with bigger bind-off loops, with more elaborate loops, and simply with more loops. Learn about sewn bind-offs, sideways bind-offs, and bind-offs that use a crochet hook in novel ways.
Saturday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm NEW
1287 Easy Mosaic Knitting Basics Edie Eckman
Mosaic knitting allows you to create beautiful geometric patterns using just one color at a time, and you don't even have to purl! It allows you to go on auto-pilot every other row. It is easy enough for beginners but intriguing to more experienced knitters; however, it can be a bit confusing to learn. Banish that bewilderment as you knit a mosaic coaster and see what all the fuss is about.
Saturday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm NEW
1263 Easy Tunisian Crochet Hot Pad Sheila Rolfer
Tunisian Crochet, is it knitting or crochet? The answer is Yes. Tunisian Crochet incorporates the techniques of both knit and crochet to produce a unique fabric texture that possesses many of the qualities of woven fabric. It's perfect for any crochet projects which would benefit from thicker, denser, or less elastic features (clothing, blankets, etc.).

In this class you will be introduced to basic Tunisian Crochet by using Clover's Interchangeable Tunisian Crochet Hooks to make a simple hot pad (yarn will be provided).
Note:Basic knowledge of crochet is recommended.
Saturday 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Student Banquet & Style Show  
Join Rick Mondragon and Beth Whiteside as attendees strut their stuff on the catwalk.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1290 No skills required Make Design Decisions Like a Pro Phyllis Bell Miller
Whether you design a garment from scratch or modify an existing one, this workshop will give you the tools to make decisions like a pro. Using elements and principles of design can help you make creative decisions rather than guessing and praying.

Using straightforward formulas we will determine the most flattering proportions for your garment - length, size, and even placement of patterns and design elements.

Alternation, Sequence, Gradation, Transition, and Concentricity will help you design more interesting color arrangements, stripes, details, and even edgings.

Light, Texture, Contrast, and Line lead the way in making some elements prominent while others recede. Most importantly, we'll see how Emphasis, Unity, Repetition, Balance, Rhythm, and Harmony create a unified look.

These concepts become real design tools with the visuals, handouts, worksheets, and exercises you perform in class.
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
5082 Easy Pick Your Knits and Purls: Continental Knitting Introduction Lorilee Beltman
When you continental knit, you minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps a speedier process.
Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly which motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it's not what you think!). Learn to even out your knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects the outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing, practice is where efficiency really pays off.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5141 Easy Four Play: How to Master DPNs 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.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5393 Intermediate Brioche Basics Gwen Bortner
Brioche is very popular right now! It's characteristics make it great for lots of projects. The finished fabric tends to lay flat and is attractive on both sides which is a plus for scarves or blankets.

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, it just might become one of your favorites!
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5118 Easy Disaster Recovery JC Briar
Mistakes happen. Fortunately, knitters have an array of techniques for dealing with mistakes. Learn when and how to tink, drop, and frog. See how duplicate stitch can cover over goofs in colorwork. And pick up tips for avoiding mistakes in the first place.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1126 Intermediate You Want Me To Put My Hook Where? Edie Eckman
No more "insert hook in next stitch" for you! It's time to go fishing into unchartered waters by putting your hook into unexpected places. We'll explore post stitches, third-loop stitches, split stitches, long stitches, folding stitches, linked stitches, and other results of beyond-the-ordinary hook insertions.

Note: Should be comfortable with ch, sc, hdc, and dc.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
6091 Intermediate Knitted Tessellations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice Franklin Habit
A hands-on introduction to the creation of tessellations: motifs that interlock without gaps or overlaps. Tessellations are as old and pervasive as design itself; they can be found in some of the most ancient examples of human craft, and were famously used in the modern era by the artist M.C. Escher.

We will discuss the theories behind tessellating, and put into practice the basic techniques for designing new tessellated patterns in hand-knitted fabrics.

Note: Students are offered the choice of working in knit/purl texture patterns or in two-color (stranded) knitting; those choosing the latter should be fluent in the basics of knitting in the round (or, if it is the student's preference, speed-swatching or flat stranded colorwork). A sense of humor, a taste for adventure, and a reasonable ability to concentrate are strongly advised.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
7101 Easy Color-blending on the Loom Deborah Jarchow
Learn the secrets for blending the colors in your weaving. Have you looked at some of the gorgeous color packs so many dyers are making and wondered how to best use them in your weaving? By using one of those color packs and the techniques you learn in this class, you can create a piece that blends the colors beautifully! Colors will be mixed in both the warp and the weft so the gradients flow together almost invisibly. This technique can provide the basis for many future exciting projects!

Note: Rigid-heddle looms provided for class use. Lab fee $10.
Sunday 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 with wonderful results which make your knitting more flattering and 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 all with short rows.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1132 Easy Modern Grannies: Granny Squares with a Twist Rick Mondragon
Granny squares are the building blocks of crochet. Often taken for granted, they really are little gems waiting to be polished and assembled into a masterpiece. With a little skill and a few refinements, you can make it happen.

These grannies are special! They are self-contained modules ready to grow, multiply, or morph to your needs and desires. Because they are quick-to-make and portable, you can capture found moments to make sweet little blocks that will patiently wait to become more!

Rick redefines-and refines-the granny square through scale and process. Rather than using scrap yarns, specially chosen yarns in a finer weight bring them front and center. He will share assembly ideas and fill-in block options as well.

BTW, he is a lefty, so this is the perfect class for southpaw as well as right-handed crocheters.

Note: Need to know crochet basics.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
8069 Easy Couture Finishing for Knit and Crochet Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Master sewists and finishers work for years perfecting their finishing skills, and are sought out by couture designers for those skills to give their work the flawless finish it deserves.

You've worked hard to make your knit and crochet skills the best they can be so you can produce FAB fabrics for your handmade projects. Now it's time to bring your finishing skills up to the next level.

There is no arguing the point that FAB finishing is the key to producing handmade projects that stand out from the crowd. In Couture Finishing, we share 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. The professional finishing secrets learned from years and years of couture hand-sewing will be revealed to YOU! You will be able to use these techniques to take your skills from good to great...even FAB!

We will break down each step of the finishing process from blocking to weaving in ends to flawless seaming and make the finishing process just as much fun as the stitching. Imagine your satisfaction when you stand back and look at the flawless finishing that makes your project look like it was made by the hands of a pro!

Yup...we're going to share it all!

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
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1139 Easy Studio Apron Cal Patch
As seen in Making magazine, this simple apron is a wonderful way to get comfortable with your machine as you sew a lovely and useful project! You can wear it in your studio, garden, kitchen, or wherever you need a protective layer and some extra pockets. Learn about pockets, facings, and straps, then customize it to make it your own.

Note: You must have basic machine sewing experience and a few simple projects under your belt.

Machines will be provided for in-class use.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1339 No skills required BLOCK PARTY! Sarah Peasley
How do you wash your knitting? How confident are you in your blocking skills? This eye-opening class covers both a demo and a practical discussion about laundering

*Tools- soaps, wires, pins, blocking surfaces
*Techniques- wet and steam blocking, machine or hand washing, interpreting
*Treatment- a basic tutorial on different types of fiber, and even how to store and care for your finished sweaters
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5153 Easy Introduction to Double Knitting Alasdair Post-Quinn
Double-knitting is a unique method of making a fabric with no "wrong" side and a built-in 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: To take this class, you must be able to cast on and knit and purl comfortably in single-layer knitting. If you are familiar with the long-tail CO and some other form of two-color work, you will have a leg up but these are not strictly necessary.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1150 Advanced Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible Exploration Gayle Roehm
From easy to brain-bending! We'll start with stitch pattern that gives you a lot of "bang for the buck"-it is lovely and relatively easy to knit. Then we'll move on to more challenging stitch patterns with patterning on both right- and wrong-side rows and some with complex combinations. You'll get plenty of practice with author Shida Himoti's's style and with the charts and symbols. Note: You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1253 Easy Easy Fit and Sew Skort Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Join Jennifer and make a skirt with super powers--The Easy Knit Skort--a skirt+shorts!

You'll find yourself wearing this comfortable Skort everywhere. The gored skirt is made from black Performance Sports Knit with light-weight rayon knit shorts underneath.

This is a perfect beginner project for anyone who is interested in learning how to sew garments. You'll learn how to get professional results sewing knits with a sewing machine or serger.

The skirt hem ends just above the knee but it can easily be lengthened or shortened. Once you see how easily one can add shorts to a skirt, you'll be tempted to add these super powers to all your skirts.

Note: Machines provided for use in the classroom.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
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.

Your 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.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
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
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 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5004 Easy Charts Made Simple JC 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 how the knitted fabric should look.

Learn to read charts, make sense of their symbols, and use them to keep your knitting on track and minimize mistakes.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7010 Easy Crochet for Knitters Edie Eckman
Add skills to your knitting toolbox! Knitters can appreciate and benefit from the use of basic crochet techniques for edgings and finishing details. Learn basic crochet stitches, get a taste of a granny square, see how crochet can solve knitting problems, and quickly review pattern reading.

Note: This is a basic how-to class for those with little or no crochet experience.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1149 Advanced Japanese Knitted Slippers from Michiyo Gayle Roehm
The new book Japanese Knitting: Patterns for Sweaters, Scarves and More, by Michiyo, includes a pair of cleverly constructed cabled slippers, in aran- or worsted-weight yarn. The slippers are knit flat and seamed and easily adaptable to a range of sizes.

We'll look at how they're put together, and create a foot template to adapt the pattern to each person's individual size. We'll knit as far as we can during class to be sure that you'll be able to complete them at home. The pattern will be provided; you do not need to purchase the book.

Note: You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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. Bling up your knitting and make jewelry too.

We'll start by learning how to add pre-strung beads to yarn and how to string your own beads for multi-color patterns. We'll move on to the logic of knitting with beads -starting with the easiest methods, building 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.



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