STITCHES Midwest 2019 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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!
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5393 Intermediate Brioche: The Basics and Beyond 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 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1003 Intermediate Planned Pooling Laura Bryant
Planned pooling or intentional patterning is taking those unexpected patterns that form when knitting with hand-dyed yarns and making them repeatable! Learn how to find the repeat and Magic Number in a hand-dyed skein of yarn, then spend time learning how to make argyles, stacks and other visual effects from that skein. A longer class will allow experimentation with pattern stitches as we introduce solid colored yarns. Whether you have tried Magic Number knitting before or not, this class will have you creating magic in no time!

Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1369 Intermediate Crochet Tips, Tricks, and Hints Lily Chin
Learn Lily's secrets to help make your crochet life easier and better.

Find out how to work a foundation chain that is not too tight (see photo). Join a new skein of yarn or a new color with losing the first stitch. See ways of attaching buttons as you work your fabric. Create invisible circular joins where the beginning and end are absolutely imperceptible. Weave in the ends that are too short to put through a darning needle. There is so much to take away including lots of small 'fix-its' and details.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7053 No skills required Learn Rigid-heddle Weaving and Use Up Your Stash Deborah Jarchow
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
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1426 Easy Moving into the Electronic Age: Designing Knits or Sewn Clothing on your Computer Susan Lazear
This hands-on class is designed for people who want a refresher on the use of Garment Designer and Stitch Painter software or for those who want to test drive to determine if computer design may work for them.

In the morning we will walk through the use of Garment Designer to show you how to create patterns for sweaters -- bottom-up, sideways, top-down -- in any gauge or stitch pattern. Sewists will add hems, facings, and seams to their designs.

Learn how to tweak patterns for fashion, style, or fit.

In the afternoon, we will move to Stitch Painter, a grid-based software program (perfect for knitting, crochet, beading, etc), where you will learn how to design colored charts on a grid, using repeat modes, pre-determined palettes, etc. We will explore some of the more advanced features such as designing with symbols, importing a photograph, building motif libraries, etc.

If you are test driving, you must pre-arrange a digital download through You will be able to use the software for the day; Windows or Macintosh compatible.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5260 Easy Improve Your Knitting Technique Patty Lyons
We know how to knit, but do we know how to build a perfect fabric? There's always room for improvement! Does your knitting 'row out' (your purl stitch is looser than your knit stitch), are you looking for a better way to control your gauge? What about alternative ways to tension your yarn when working with stiff yarn or slippery yarn? We'll explore ways to improve your knitting technique by looking at the most important fundamentals, like the job of the left needle tip and the right needle shaft, stitch sizing, and even the correct exit path of your stitch. We will explore edge stitches, cast-on and bind-offs and a huge array of knitting tips. The last part of the class will be open for all knitting questions (those you have put in the "bag of why"), so come with your questions and let's explore our knitting.

Note: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, know simple increases and decreases, recognize the knit and purl stitches, and be able to work them in a pattern.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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 NEW
1496 No skills required Kaleidoscope Stars Laura Murray
Create Fabulous Kaleidoscope designs using Laura's breakthrough fusible applique technique that requires no precision sewing piecing or sewing. Shapes are created by a paintstik rubbing using stamps as the texture, followed by fusible backing; then arranged on a background fabric. Students enjoy the use of instructor's paints and stamps while learning easy and fun techniques to complete a unique design in class.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1478 Intermediate Woven Wave Vest Karla Overland
Take gorgeous hand-dyed Cherrywood Fabric and create a checkerboard in a gradation of color. This technique is perfect for creating fabrics for garments or quilts. Please bring your favorite vest pattern or purchase one from Karla; it determines the size your piece. Kits include pre-fused fabric to stabilize your work to take home. You will not complete the vest, but will learn the technique and be able to finish at home.

Note: Sewing machines provided for use in class.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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. 

Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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
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 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1493 Easy Quilting 101: Intro to Cutting and Piecing Stephanie Soebbing
This class is for students with no or little sewing or quilting experience. Students will receive pattern and instructions for working the split-9-patch block and learn:

Cutting with rulers and rotary cutters,
Sewing a quarter-inch seam,
Piecing a quilt block.

These basics will get you started, then you will receive links to a free online course where you can learn how to finish the quilt at home.

Machines provided for use in the class.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1475 Intermediate Perfected Free-sole Socks Anna Zilboorg
This is a sock construction that makes possible stranded socks with plain soles (less bulk, easier to put on, cool looking) or any socks with different yarns on the instep and sole (tough Wensleydale on the sole; cashmere, glitter, or possum on top).

But its greatest advantage comes later, when the sock has developed a hole. Socks made this way can have a damaged part of the sole removed and reknit when necessary. In the past, removal of part of the sole, especially the heel, was not quite as simple as I claimed. But with up-graded technique, it unravels smoothly. Furthermore the heel, which was a bit awkward to work, is now much simpler.

In this workshop we'll start with a two-part toe (pick-up shaping) continue up the sole adding a gusset as we go, turning the heel and making the flap. Then back to the instep, with or without a color pattern (two handed backwards), attaching it to the sole (strip joining). The up the leg, all in three hours to make a sock large enough to store quarters in your car.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1098 Intermediate Patterned Brioche: Getting Started with Brioche J C 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: Just basic knitting skills; no previous experience with brioche is required.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5171 Intermediate Giving You the Slip Lily Chin
Most of the time, we think of slipped stitches in color, forming patterns know as Mosaic Knitting. Yet slipped stitches can also yield effects in texture as well. Explore single color slip stitching for raised surface interest. Slipped stitches can also neaten the side edges of the knitting. See how versatile this little action is. Sample several swatches and see the slipped stitch in action.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
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
5276 Intermediate Fantastic Cast-ons & Bind-offs Patty Lyons
How you start and end a project is an important decision. There are so many amazing cast-ons and bind-offs, I've gathered some of my favorite and most practical. We will go over great cast-ons and bind-offs for lace, for rib, and more. We will also look at pairing cast-ons and bind-offs that look great together. Let's start and end with a bang!

Note: Must know the long-tail cast-on (in slingshot position), how to knit and purl, and have familiarity with stitch anatomy.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1335 Intermediate No Yokes About It: Perfecting Fit and Techniques for Your Yoke-patterned Sweater Anne Podlesak
Round yoke sweaters are flattering and quite rewarding to make once you understand the shaping details. We will focus on top-down construction, discuss the different increases and decreases--types, location, and frequency--required to shape the yoke and underarms for a well-fitting sweater.

The first day will cover the techniques, the math behind this type of construction, and ways to customize the fit. If you have swatched a yarn and stitch or color pattern, you are able to plan a custom-fit yoke using Anne's worksheet. Several of your measurements are unique to a well-fitting yoke sweater, so wear a layer if you wish to be measured, and bring your swatch (or work with hypothetical numbers) because stitch and row gauge are equally critical for yokes.

The second day will continue with stitch pattern choices and some basic color theory suggestions to develop and tailor the design to your own personal taste.

Note: Students should have some knowledge of knitting in the round, chart-reading, and know how to knit, purl, and work increases and decreases.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1494 Easy Snowflake Embroidery Lynn Schmitt
Hand work, and more specifically embroidery, is experiencing a resurgence. This class gives you a wonderful opportunity to explore basic embroidery stitches and work with alternative decorative threads in embroidered Snowflake patterns. Lynn will work with you in perfecting your stitching skills with pointers and hands-on guidance.

The decorative threads now available in multiple weights and finishes are perfect for this contemporary textile. The class will focus on how to best use these threads—what to do and what NOT to do.

Lynn’s own set of exclusive Embroidery Guidelines Tools are included in the class kit to help you in marking and executing perfect snowflake spacing. Once complete, take your new-found knowledge and decorate any number of fun winter projects; holiday stockings, garments, quilts, runners, and hand knit apparel can sparkle with a just bit of snowy embroidery.

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.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6122 Intermediate Shetland Sky and Sea Denise Bell
The themes of sky and sea are frequently represented in Shetland designs. Would you expect anything less from the beautiful but hard-to-reach islands located where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea?

In this fine-lace class, we'll look at 2 traditional Shetland stitches: the Bird's Eye and the Cockleshell. Both stitches involve patterning on every row and require a bit of concentration, but are well worth the effort!

Note: Students must be able to work standard increases and decreases, be proficient at chart reading, and have experience with lace-weight yarn.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5004 Easy Charts Made Simple J C Briar
A chart takes the place of written instructions, telling you which stitches to work. But a good chart does so much more, showing you 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.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
2075 Easy Traditional Beginnings: Cast-ons from Long Ago Beth Brown-Reinsel
Learn eight of the most beautiful, and practical, cast-ons in our knitting history. From the UK, we will cover the Channel Island Cast-on, the Knotted Cast-on, and the Multi-Strand Cast-on. Included are two basic go-to cast-ons, the LongTail and Old Norwegian, that are the basis for two decorative cast-ons from the Twined Knitting tradition in Sweden. Last, the wonderful Braided Cast-on from Finland will be taught in 3 colors! In addition, we'll practice a couple bind-offs to complete your swatches.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1422 Intermediate Reversible Fabrics & Garments Laura Bryant
Wouldn't it be nice to get double duty from our knitting efforts? Join Laura in exploring truly double-sided fabrics in a variety of stitches, with an emphasis on two sides that read very differently. Not brioche, and not double knitting; there are a few other ways to get similar results. To ice the cake, we'll then look at finishing techniques that allow a garment to be truly reversible, with no raw seams or pick-up ridges showing!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1350 Easy Crochet Your First Top-down Sweater Robyn Chachula
Crochet a top-down sweater for ease of fit and almost instant gratification in the stitching.

While working on a doll sweater we will walk through everything necessary:
* picking the best yarn
* the best stitches for the job
* how to shape the neck
* how to shape the yoke of the sweater
* increasing in crochet
* how to separate for the body and sleeves
* and on through the finishing.

By the end of class you will be half-way through your doll sweater and equipped to make the perfect sweater for yourself.

Note: Students must know chain, single crochet, and double crochet.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1427 Easy Clasped Warp Scarf Deborah Jarchow
You may have tried clasped weft as a design, but clasped warp can add extra interest to your woven pieces! Learn to make a stunning scarf in clasped warp method on a rigid-heddle loom. See how using two different warp 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 provided for class use. Lab fee: $10.00
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 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.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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!

Note: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off. Should be familiar with sweater knitting, sweater patterns, and have knit a couple of sweaters. Solid knowledge of math of gauge required.

Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
7098 No skills required The Ultimate Band: Card Weaving Primer John Mullarkey
Tired of knitting I-cord? Bored with store-bought webbing? Learn the fundamentals of card weaving! This ancient portable weaving technique takes little investment in tools but produces the strongest, most durable, most beautiful bands imaginable for custom camera and guitar straps, belts, and straps for shoulder or carry bags, or facing for a cardigan. We will discuss the basics of reading a draft, warping a loom, and weaving a band. This style of card weaving is straightforward and easy to weave, but allows for very colorful repeating patterns.

Note: No prior weaving experience is necessary. Portable looms will be provided for the students to borrow.

Materials fee: $15 for 20 cards and 1 shuttle.
Friday 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
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 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
6108 Easy Basic Cable Techniques Sarah Peasley
Do you love those beautiful textures, but think cables are too difficult? Think again! Conquering cable knitting is simply a matter of knitting your stitches in the proper order.

Right leaning or left leaning, back and forth or in the round, with or without a cable needle, Sarah will help you get it all sorted out. And while we're at it, let's demystify those wacky chart symbols, and whip a few mis-crossed cables into shape.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 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.
Friday 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!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1495 Intermediate Stitching with Eclectic Textiles Lynn Schmitt
Learn to sew using alternative textures with Lynn Schmitt author of The Art of Mixing Textiles In Quilts.

Her LOGistics pattern can be made as either a large pillow or table mat. The project mixes wool, silk dupioni, silk matka, wovens, and batiks with traditional and contemporary cottons.

Oh the possibilities when you begin to add once-considered forbidden textures into your quilting and sewing projects!

Note: Sewing Machines provided for class use.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1405 Intermediate No-wrap Short Rows Courtney Spainhower
Short rows are one of the most useful skills any knitter could use for shaping--they can ensure a neatly fitted sweater, neck, or sleeve.

Many knitters still struggle to obtain a tidy turn. Courtney will introduce knitters to her favorite way to work short rows--the one exclusively used in her designs.

When working these no-wrap short rows, students will learn to execute the technique for fabrics worked flat or in the round, and to read the fabric so that stitch markers aren't needed to mark turns.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1473 Easy Slimming Three-piece Leggings Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
If you loved the Easy Fit and Sew Yoga Pants, join me for the next best thing… The Three-Piece Leggings have a side panel that creates vertical seams in the front and back to lengthen and slim your legs.

You'll have the opportunity to try on samples to pick your size. We will be working with Black and Gray Performance Sports Knit Fabric. Take advantage of the three-piece design to create color-blocked leggings or go classic and make them solid. The best part is that these leggings are easy to sew together on the sewing machine or serger. Finished with a custom waistband, these comfortable leggings look great paired under the Easy Fit and Sew Tunic (class 1421)!

Note: Machines provided for use in the class.

Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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
2059 Easy Totally Tubular Lorilee Beltman
For crisp, professional edges on your knitted ribbing, tubular is the way to go. Students will learn and practice a tubular cast-on for both k1, p1 and k2, p2 ribbing. We will learn the method that requires no waste yarn nor crochet hook. On our swatches, we then learn and practice the tubular bind-off for each, so that our sweater beginnings and endings can look fabulous and match exactly.

The teacher's goal is to have the student understand and practice to the point of no longer needing to look up instructions. Skills learned in class: Judy's Magic Cast-on, Tubular Cast-on, Tubular Bind-off, Kitchener Stitch graft.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
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 - 5:00 pm NEW
1323 Intermediate Think Outside the Braid Heavenly Bresser
As we explore different ways to spin combed-top braids including gradient spinning, combination drafting, and spinning multiple braids together into one yarn, we will use both color theory and creativity for the best results.

Our goal is to gain confidence in spinning braids with varying colors into a cohesive yarn AND to think outside the box to achieve your desired outcome from the raw materials.

Note: Must be able to spin a continuous singles yarn and ply a 2-ply yarn. Drop-spindle friendly class!
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm NEW
2061 Easy Stretchy Bind-offs J C 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5025 Advanced Stranding Techniques for Color Knitting Beth Brown-Reinsel
Become proficient in your two-color technique working on the right side and the wrong side of the work in this class. Learn the Norwegian Purl and how it will enable you to purl on the wrong side in two colors with ease! Working with two yarns in the right hand, one yarn in each hand, and two yarns in the left hand are covered in this class as well as how to purl on the wrong side in each of those styles. Corrugated Ribbing will also be included. Weaving (or catching) the yarns will be demonstrated for each knitting style. A tiny pillow sampler will be made in class to learn all the techniques. Charts and directions will be given for creating the tiny pillow sampler after the class to practice the techniques.

Please be aware this is a challenging class.

Note: The ability to knit in two colors in any style is helpful but not mandatory.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1347 Intermediate Next Steps in Tunisian Crochet Robyn Chachula
Once you've mastered the basics of Tunisian Crochet, what's next?

Dive into more complex stitches such as twisted stitches, increase and decrease stitches, and spike stitches.

Note: This class is for the intermediate level student; you must know how to chain, single crochet, and work Tunisian simple stitch.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
2013 Easy Borderline Personalities Lily Chin
Borders and edgings differ from trims; they are often worked separately and in a different direction. Stitches are picked up and worked upward. This means possibilities for a change in materials, gauge, stitch, etc. Learn to join the same border or edging along vertical sides, curved edges, and garment tops. Consider adding border interest to knit garments and even store-bought items.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
7006 No skills required Knitting Happily Ever After: Ergonomics for Knitters Carson Demers
Ever known a knitter who hasn't said, "Just one more row"? Me neither! I'll bet they've also complained of aches and pains while knitting. In this class, you'll learn how knitting effects the 'fabric that makes the fabric'--your body and see how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity. By completing a Risk of Injury assessment in class, you'll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout your body. But more importantly, you'll learn how to reduce them. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after. Students who've taken this class have said that it should be "required learning for all knitters regardless of experience level and it's as important as the knit and purl stitches!" This class is taught by a passionate knitter who is also a physical therapist.
Note: This class is not an individual knitting assessment.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5163 Intermediate 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.

Note: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, and work simple increases and decreases without supervision.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6083 Easy Basic Fair Isle Techniques Sarah Peasley
The Fair Isle technique has been around for centuries, but can be learned in a matter of hours.

*Learn to read charts like a pro.
*Practice knitting in the round with 2 colors while trapping those pesky floats.
*Discover the beauty of corrugated ribbing.
*Hold your breath while you cut open a steek.

There's nothing to it! What are you waiting for?
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1444 Advanced Brioche Stitch Plaid Xandy Peters
Brioche stitch and Intarsia color work can be best of friends. In fact, intarsia is easier with 2-color brioche than it is with stockinette or garter stitch!

We'll review 2-color brioche, then cast on a flat plaid swatch. Using a combination of stripes and intarsia, students will knit a double sided plaid fabric. In the second half of class, students will learn how to create their own plaid projects, how to work in the round, and how to add stitch patterns or shaping to a brioche intarsia project.

Note: Students must have a basic working understanding of Brioche to take this class.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
9084 Intermediate Further Steps in Folk Art 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1414 Intermediate Brioche and Beyond Courtney Spainhower
In part one of this 6-hour class, we will review the abbreviations commonly used in brioche knitting and decipher them in a way that removes the mystery of BRK and BRP, then learn how to execute basic brioche stitches working flat. You will learn to complete simple increases along with right- and left-leaning decreases in Brioche. We will also discuss casting on and binding of in one color brioche and why different methods might be used.

With this basic understanding of the abbreviations and how to execute brioche stitches, you are now ready to come back and, in the second half of the class, learn how to work Brioche in rounds in one color, practicing paired sl1yo or BRK and BRP stitches at the start and end of each round. Next, we will add the contrasting color and work rounds for a 2-color reversible fabric. Finally, we will close the class with a brief lesson on casting on for 2-color brioche and working flat in 2 colors.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1471 Easy Easy Fit and Sew Tunic Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Join Jennifer to sew an easy-to-make and easy-to-wear tunic.And if you're new to garment sewing, this is the perfect way to get started.

You'll have the opportunity to try on sample tunics to pick your size and learn a few easy adjustments for a perfect fit. Then we'll cut it out and sew it together. You'll leave class with your custom top and the confidence to sew more, on the sewing machine or serger.

Discover the magic that happens when you create something that makes you feel good every time you wear it--as a layer over a tank or paired with leggings.

Note: Machines provided for use in the class.
Friday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm NEW
5278 Easy Tink Drop Frog J C Briar
Experienced knitters know how to recover from mistakes. You, too, can be an experienced knitter. Learn the three essential recovery techniques: tink, drop, and frog. Practice on swatches and in simple situations to gain the confidence needed to tackle bigger disasters, and the ability to judge which technique to use when.
Friday 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm
No skills required 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
1231 No skills required Color Wheel at Work...& Play 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 use color groups, undertones, value keys, and more than 25 traditional color schemes. You'll also learn how to identify and build historic and ethnic color schemes and how to capture and match colors as professionals do. These skills apply to all areas of design including knitting, crochet, quilting, sewing, embroidery, wardrobe planning, and decorating.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1368 Intermediate Initial Here: The Art of Personalizing Your Stranded Knitting Denise Bell
Make a fair isle garment your own by putting initials and date somewhere in the garment. Finding a discreet place that won't detract from the overall appearance is key.
In this class we'll look at and discuss interesting places to insert them and how to fit them into the available space.

Note: Students must have basic knitting skills and some experience with stranded or fair isle knitting.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3141 Easy Knitting Outside the Box Steven Berg
Say goodbye to your preconceived notions with StevenBe! Explore the use of large circular knitting needles with combinations of fibers that will blow your mind. You will be inspired by his creative use of both traditional and non-traditional fibers and how to use them in unconventional ways with one of Steven's big needle knits: Silk 'N Scribbles, Scribblechini, or the Spirograph Vest. This workshop is intended to power up your creative juices and boost your imagination into overdrive. You will become comfortable using unconventional yarns with unconventional gauges and needle sizes and cast on simple knits with unusual techniques and Glitter Knitter flair that capture the concept of relaxing and enjoying your knitting. What to Bring in Your Knitting Bag
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1325 Easy Color Control: Fractal Spinning Heavenly Bresser
Fractal spinning results in a subtle self-striping yarn.
It is one of the many ways to control color and create dynamic yarn from a dyed roving or fiber braid for knitting, crocheting, and weaving. Ant it is pretty easy!

To start, we'll look at 2 different approaches to fractals--a basic 2-ply as well as a 3-ply. Then, we'll choose one method to spin during the session.

Finally, we'll discuss different applications for fractal yarns.

Note: Must be able to spin a continuous singles yarn and be able to ply a 2-ply yarn.
Spindle-friendly class!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1060 Easy Color Gradations Laura Bryant
Join Laura and learn how to control a large group of colors, shading artfully and gradually from one color to another. We'll employ Half Linen Stitch to create small dots of color that allow for optical mixture. Shift from light to dark or from hue to hue or any which way you choose. Laura's tips will have you making your own controlled long-repeat stripes in no time!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1353 Easy Tunisian Crochet Lace Robyn Chachula
Tunisian crochet is often confused as either knit or crochet, but its unique construction can often mimic woven fabric.

In class we will refresh ourselves on the basic Tunisian stitches, then dive into working it as lace. We will use 3 different techniques and break them down to see how rewarding the process can be as we explore:
* extended stitches
* yarn overs
* chain spaces
* combinations of all those.

Note: Students should be able to chain and work Tunisian Simple Stitch.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1474 No skills required Applying Ergonomic Techniques to your Knitting Carson Demers
Looking to improve your knitting's efficiency, productivity, and even knit more comfortably?

Then this is the class for you! Working in small groups under the watchful eye of the knitter who literally wrote the book on the ergonomics of knitting, you'll receive direct feedback on your technique.

Carson will help you learn to identify common knitter mistakes that slow you down, cause discomfort and put you at risk for injury. Best of all, you'll learn how to correct them!

The class also covers how to identify ergonomic risk through chart analysis - from simple to complex so you can plan for and mitigate problems before you encounter them. You'll learn basic ergonomic principles and ways to add movement to knitting to avoid stiffness and injuries caused by disuse, including walking while you knit. Class is appropriate for students who are comfortable with basic knit and purl stitches.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1463 Intermediate Knitting to Fit Your Pampered Pet Franklin Habit
Custom sweaters for four-legged friends are among the most rewarding projects in all of knitting but also one of its greatest challenges. How do you resize a design for a dachshund to fit a great dane or vice versa? How do you make something just right for a special mutt, or if you are a brave sort, for a special kitty? Or even a special guinea pig?

In this lecture-based class, Franklin will guide you through the process of measuring, calculating, and designing simple but effective garments to suit any animal companion. It's not just fun, it can make you a stronger knitter because these fundamental principles of knit-to-fit work for humans, too!

Note: This class will best serve knitters who have reached at least the advanced beginner level. Students must be fluent all in the fundamentals of knitting, including increases and decreases.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1131 Intermediate Double Your Fun: Using Two Rigid Heddles Deborah Jarchow
Expand your weaving skills and make 2 layers of cloth on the rigid-heddle loom. While weaving, the layers can be connected along one edge to make cloth twice the width of your loom, create tubes, or pockets. During the 2-day workshop you will learn to thread the loom using two heddles and weave a sample.

Learn how to set up and thread for double-heddle weaving. Then weave cloth at double the sett of the heddles used and explore various beautiful patterns that the extra heddle can make possible. Practice creating 2 layers of cloth, each a different color, and learn how to make pockets and tubes in the woven cloth.

This workshop is for students that have some experience with rigid heddle and want to move on to the next level.

Lab fee: $10 
Note: Having your own loom is ideal, but Deborah has a limited number available for a rental fee of $50.  If you email her at she will reserve one for you.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 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. During the process, we will talk about variations, different techniques, and different ways to knit all from the top down. When class is over, you will understand the full process, its potential, and be prepared to design a top-down sweater from scratch.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1425 Easy Sewing Techniques for Combining Yarn Crafts with Fabric Susan Lazear
Why not add mixed-media techniques to your creative repertoire? Learn to combine knit or crochet with commercial fabrics. Using sewing machines, sergers, and hand-techniques, students will make samples that can be used along with your knit and crochet swatches in a garment or accessory.

We will sample joining techniques, cut-and-sew our knits, add edgings, finishings, etc. and discuss knitting and crochet techniques for finishing your designs beautifully. Mixed Media is simple when you have the right techniques!

Note: Basic sewing skills and comfort with a sewing machine required.

Machines will be provided for use in class.

Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3115 Advanced If You Can Draw It, You Can Knit It! Patty Lyons
You know the math of gauge and you've even experimented with changing simple shapes in a pattern. Now kick it up a notch and learn how to design any shape no matter how complex. Bell sleeve, sweetheart neck, dolman sleeve – no problem!

We'll start by going over my five steps to the basics of design. We'll learn how to calculate the rate of increase and decrease using the magic formula, and we'll start with some simple shapes.

Then we'll move on to more complex, compound shaping. Using a dolman sweater as an example, we'll learn how to break things down into shaping zones to figure out how to knit them. Once we decide on what our shaping is, we will shift our focus to knitting and discuss how to decide where the shaping will go.

Finally we'll go over the use of short rows to create things like shirt-tail hems and shawl collars. Remember, if you can draw it, you can knit it!

Note: Requires a firm knowledge of the math of gauge; students should be experienced sweater knitters familiar with sweater construction.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1465-1 No skills required Beautiful on Both Sides: Weave and Embroider a Reversible Stole (Part 1) John Mullarkey
The Lucretia Stole brings together the arts of weaving and reversible embroidery at a level designed to delight beginners and intermediate students alike.

In this full-day workshop, designers Franklin Habit and John Mullarkey will guide you through all the necessary steps. You'll weave and join plain and patterned elements of the center on a Schacht Zoom Loom with John; then, with Franklin, you'll work the bold two-sided embroidery that makes Lucretia a shawl you'll be proud to wear.

Please note: Students will not complete the stole in class; but will receive instruction and practice in all techniques required to make it.

Note: No prior knowledge of weaving or embroidery is required. However, students should be willing to learn to work from embroidery charts.
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 - 10:30 am NEW
1476 Easy Color Bubbles Karla Overland
What are your thoughts about color?

We will create "thought bubbles" of 36 colors and learn about color theory while Karla Overland of Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics shares her thoughts on color.

You will play with the rich, saturated color circles that are pre-fused, die-cut, and ready to go in the class kit.The 18-inch block will look great in a frame or turned into a pillow for a constant reminder of the beauty in the rainbow-spectrum of color.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1138 Intermediate Inspired Fair Isle: Fair Isle Techniques and Color Inspiration Anne Podlesak
Learn to develop your own unique color stories for Fair Isle designs. Anne will cover basic concepts including the technique of 2-handed stranded knitting and the traditional approach to coloring charted patterns. From there, you will develop a color palette based on your inspiration images, then use it to knit patterned swatches, learning to change pattern and background colors at varying intervals.

The split 6-hour format allows extra time for sampling and testing your plan with a bounty of dyed yarns Anne brings for swatching.

Note: Must have basic skills in knitting and chart-reading, as well as some understanding of working in the round and stranded knitting.
Saturday 9:00 am - 10:30 am NEW
1204 No skills required Introduction to English Paper Piecing Catherine Redford
Intrigued by the English Paper Piecing craze? Learn the basics for completely hand-basted, hand-stitched hexagons and other straight-sided shapes while making a mug rug or mini quilt. Lots of tips for successful stitching, right from the start.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1366 Easy Rulerwork 101 for the Domestic Machine Stephanie Soebbing
Rulers can give your quilting a wow factor without having to spend hours and hours perfecting a design. In this hands-on domestic machine quilting class, Stephanie Soebbing will walk you through using rulers to create beautiful, consistent designs in your quilting.

You will work with straight lines and arcs to create fabulous designs that bring your quilting from so-so to stunning. Stephanie will show you her favorite rulers and the variations that can be created with each design, and you will practice on your own domestic machine.

Note: Machines provided for class use.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5103 Intermediate Surprisingly Special Techniques Anna Zilboorg
Learn techniques that Anna has found more useful than she ever imagined. Most important is the perfect buttonhole, and it IS a perfect buttonhole.

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.
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm NEW
1497 No skills required Color Your Fabric with Paintstiks Laura Murray
If you can color on paper, you can color on fabric to create exactly the right color, texture and print for your projects--all washable--from bold graphics to subtle batiks and more. You'll create a series of samples illustrating a variety of techniques for your own reference and inspiration in this fun, fast-moving overview of paintstik techniques.
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm NEW
1104 Easy Dorset Buttons: the Basics Catherine Redford
Dorset buttons have a history dating back to the seventeenth century in the UK. Learn the basics to create your own buttons you can use to embellish your next knitting project, a purse or even make into unique jewelry.

Note: A $3 kit fee for rings and needle will be collected in class.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1402 No skills required Spinning for a Project! Heavenly Bresser
This class is ALL about project planning for spinners of all levels. No more playing 'yarn chicken' with your handspun or feeling frustrated because your beloved yarn has gotten 'lost' in the pattern!

We'll address major concerns such as how much fiber is 'enough', the importance of grist, how to use a suggested commercial yarn in a pattern as a guide for planning, and other important things to consider before spinning for a project.

We'll discuss the proper use of spinner's tools and guides including the spinner's control card, angle of twist, gauge, and more. This in-depth class is built to help you gain greater confidence in your project planning so you can truly enjoy the yarn you make even after you've set the twist!

Note: This class is spindle-friendly and not hard for spindlers to keep up with wheel spinners. More than one spindle is recommended but a ball winder will be available to accommodate those with a single spindle.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5118 Easy Disaster Recovery J C 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5005 Intermediate The Norwegian Purl Beth Brown-Reinsel
The Norwegian Purl, a variation of the conventional Continental purl, is noted for its superior tension control, and ease of execution. The yarn always stays behind the work, making ribbing a breeze and two-color textured knitting a pleasure. A swatch will be knitted in class to practice this technique and its applications: Proper tensioning of the yarn, the conventional Continental purl, and knit stitches, the Norwegian purl, purl garter stitch, ribbing with the Norwegian purl on the right side and on the wrong side, the Scandinavian method of working with two yarns in the left hand (knitting, purling, and weaving the floats) on the right side and the wrong side of the work, as well as corrugated ribbing on the right side and the wrong side of the work.

Note: It is helpful to have the ability to knit Continental (working yarn in the left hand).

Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5007 Easy Knit Tips and Tricks with Lily Lily Chin
Learn Lily's secrets to make your knitting life easier: join a cast-on for circular knitting without adding twist, start a new skein of yarn or a new color without losing the first stitch, attach knit pieces as you work, work a circular bind-off on the neck so the beginning and end are imperceptible, and weave in ends that are too short for a darning needle. Leave class with lots of small 'fix-its' and a new eye for knitting details.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1465-2 No skills required Beautiful on Both Sides: Weave and Embroider a Reversible Stole (Part 2) Franklin Habit
The Lucretia Stole brings together the arts of weaving and reversible embroidery at a level designed to delight beginners and intermediate students alike.

In this full-day workshop, designers Franklin Habit and John Mullarkey will guide you through all the necessary steps. You’ll weave and join plain and patterned elements of the center on a Schacht Zoom Loom with John; then, with Franklin, you'll work the bold two-sided embroidery that makes Lucretia a shawl you’ll be proud to wear.

Please note: Students will not complete the stole in class but will receive instruction and practice in all techniques required to make it.

Note: No prior knowledge of weaving or embroidery is required. However, students should be willing to learn to work from embroidery charts.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5066 Intermediate Miters and the Magic of Moving Stitches Barry Klein
Miters can be used to create boxes, rectangles and diamonds by increasing or decreasing the number of stitches you are working. During class you will create the first section of your piece. Then discover how to add to the piece by picking up stitches along one side, along two sides or all the way around (to create frame). We will learn about the placement of increase or decrease stitches to make the various miter shapes, and you will learn how to continue to expand the piece until it is completed. Course work will include conversations regarding color and yarn choice. We will play with fashion yarns, classic yarns and textures and how to make them dance around on your garment or accessory piece. This class is perfect for the creative knitter.
Materials Fee: $10.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5392 Intermediate Seriously Sassy Stripes! Patty Lyons
Add a little zing to any project with stripes! There's more to it than you think. In this workshop you will learn tricks like weaving in ends as you go, how to carry yarn up the side of your work, the best ways to join a new ball (including the super cool felted join), how to stripe in rib without a color break, jogless join when striping in the round and more! We will also go over fun design elements to spice up your work, like slip stitching, mixing in garter ridges, random stripe generator and variegated yarns. Time to get your stripe on!

Note: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, recognize the knit and purl stitch and be able to work them in a pattern.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3145 Intermediate No-Sew Set-in Sleeves Sarah Peasley
Are you tired of trying to figure out how to sew in a set-in sleeve? Have you ever tried to design one from scratch? Those bell curves and ratios can drive you nutty! Learn how to design an armhole to fit YOUR body, then pick up and knit a perfect set-in sleeve from the top down with very little math, and no unsightly seams! Armhole shaping variations, alternative stitch patterns, and sleeve decrease calculations will also be discussed.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1438 No skills required Color Theory for Fiber Artists Xandy Peters
Learn strategies to help you quickly and efficiently try out exciting yarns and colors in your knitting. First, we will use coloring pages to explore our innate color sense. The fundamental concepts of color interaction and theory will be introduced in a lecture format. During the presentation, students will learn about the color wheel, historical points of interest, and will see examples of quick and dirty color-ups from a fashion industry perspective, focusing on methods of exploring color combinations without the expense of yarn and the time intensive process of swatching. Students are encouraged to bring in "difficult" yarns, spinning fiber, and color inspiration. Coloring and knitting swatches during the lecture time is encouraged.

In the second half of the class, we discuss everyone's coloring pages and yarn comparisons. This is an interactive and conversational class, designed to show range of palettes and color perspectives and how a pattern is changed by color.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm NEW
1276 Advanced Stretchy Techniques to Enhance Your Knitting Courtney Spainhower
What are the best cast-ons and bind-offs for scalloped, lacy, or chevron edges on a sweater, shawl or even sock cuff when the pattern doesn't give specific instructions? You want beautiful and stretchy edges that never bind or distort your work.

Courtney suggests the Channel Island Cast-on does the job for a cast-on edge: it's stretchy while maintaining a tidy look. Through demonstration, discussion, and practice, the class will add this unusual method to their skills.

When working top-down or center-out pieces, which the bind-off is loose enough for a perfect edge? The Frilled Standard Bind-off is perfect and we'll learn it next. While we are at it, we will cover a stretchy 3-needle Bind-off that can be used both for its practicality and it's even, balanced look. Finally, we will learn to make a folded hem--say for a folded picot edge--that retains the fabric's elasticity.

Each method can be used for any yarn in any weight, but they are particularly useful when working with cotton, linen, silk, or any other fiber that doesn't have natural springiness. If these skills are new to you, you'll want to add them to your knitting arsenal.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1492 Intermediate Stretch Jeans Made Easy Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
If you want to learn the simple techniques to fit a jeans pattern, please join us. We will work with Jennifer's Stretch Jeans Made Easy Pattern; it is easy to fit and to sew.

Start by trying on samples to make quick work of choosing your size. Then Jennifer will show you how to adjust the pieces to accommodate your curves, so you can use your adjusted pattern to sew a custom-fit muslin.

The classroom setting is the perfect place to learn about fitting yourself and others. You'll see a variety of fitting issues on different bodies as Jen provides a personal fitting for each student. You'll learn how to read the wrinkles and how to smooth them.

In addition to fitting your pattern, Jen shares tips and tricks to help you get professional results when you are ready to sew your custom-sized jeans together. You'll leave class with an adjusted stretch jeans pattern that is ready to go and the confidence to sew them!

Note: Machines provided for use in classroom.
Saturday 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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
1367 Intermediate The Take Away: A Study of Decreases Denise Bell
Whether you knit a sock, a sweater, a lace shawl, or any other project you most likely include decreases.

These stitches fall into at least three categories:
* Right-leaning single decreases
* Left-leaning single decreases
* Double decreases
The decrease you choose may impact the appearance, and even your working speed. Deciding which one is best comes from understanding its characteristics and how to execute it efficiently. We'll learn both of these essentials while knitting our decrease swatch.

In the nomenclature of Reference Librarians, this swatch will be your Ready Reference.

Note: Students must have basic knitting skills and some experience with knit increases and decreases
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
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.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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
1403 Intermediate Fearless Plying! Heavenly Bresser
No more stress! Join us as we tackle ply techniques on the spinning wheel.

Learn how to establish and maintain a smooth rhythm while Navajo plying. Explore ways to ply from a center-pull ball for better control and fewer tangles.

We will also discuss what makes for a truly balanced yarn, how to intentionally spin an "off" balance yarn and the many reasons you might want to do so. Finally, we'll take a look at additional tools for your future plying endeavors. Are you ready? Let's ply!

Note: Techniques will be shown on the spinning wheel. Students can take spindle-spun yarn and ply from their singles onto the wheel OR from bobbins if the singles were spun on the wheel and ply onto a new bobbin on their wheel.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
4043 Intermediate Fair Isle Tams Beth Brown-Reinsel
This Fair Isle class is for knitters who would like to venture into two-color knitting but haven't had the chance. A small tam comprised of ribbing, a border pattern area, and the wheel area will be knit on double points or a circular needle in four colors, although never more than two in a round.

Techniques included in the workshop are: Knitting with a color in each hand, weaving yarns to reduce snagging, reading tam charts, knitting traditional peerie, border, and wheel patterns, and shaping and finishing of the tam. The class will end with a discussion on designing a tam.

Note: Must be proficient with double-pointed needles, two circulars or Magic Loop.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1355 Intermediate Unexpected Lace Crochet Robyn Chachula
Tired of the same old crochet patterns? Ready for what's next?

Join Robyn and explore some unusual and exciting crochet stitches. We will play with foundation stitches, extended stitches, linked stitches, Solomon's knots, broomstick, Belgium lace, X stitches, P stitches and more!

Just bring your hook, yarn, and some basic knowledge of crochet (no matter how rusty) and we will have a ball exploring all the unexpected stitches.

Note: This is an intermediate level class, and students must know chain, single crochet, double crochet, and be able to read crochet directions.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1145 Advanced Darting the Issue Lily Chin
Darts are traditionally a technique used in sewing. In this class, get a grasp of how to translate these shaping methods into knitting. Even if you aren't buxom, darts will help a garment hang and fit better.

Learn how to plan and chart for both horizontal and vertical darts. Find out, through measuring, just how much to add or subtract and where. See the various ways to incorporate the darts, even if you're knitting in a patterned stitch!

The use of short rows will be reviewed as will different ways to increase and decrease. By the end of the class, you will have finished a quarter-scale torso with both horizontal and vertical darts plus a few extra swatch samples.

Note: Must be familiar with basic pattern drafting or have experience altering existing patterns successfully.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7006 No skills required Knitting Happily Ever After: Ergonomics for Knitters Carson Demers
Ever known a knitter who hasn't said, "Just one more row"? Me neither! I'll bet they've also complained of aches and pains while knitting. In this class, you'll learn how knitting effects the 'fabric that makes the fabric'--your body and see how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity. By completing a Risk of Injury assessment in class, you'll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout your body. But more importantly, you'll learn how to reduce them. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after. Students who've taken this class have said that it should be "required learning for all knitters regardless of experience level and it's as important as the knit and purl stitches!" This class is taught by a passionate knitter who is also a physical therapist.
Note: This class is not an individual knitting assessment.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1424 Intermediate From Photoshop to Fabric and Garments Susan Lazear
This class will show you how to explore Photoshop and bring photo and graphic images into your fiber designs.

In the morning, you will learn how to develop a design motif and repeat it for yardage. Then, Susan will walk you through the steps of how to upload it to Spoonflower where you can order yardage to be printed and shipped to your home. Your photographs or motifs provided by the instructor are all options for an original design.

In the afternoon, you will learn to place a photographic image onto a full-size garment pattern (provided) and engineer the imagery into the shape. Your result will be a one-of-a-kind, print garment. The fabric for which can be sent to Spoonflower for printing.

Note: You must have Photoshop on your portable computer. You can download a 30-day demo from Adobe for free.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7102 No skills required Tablet Weaving: Woven Shoe Laces John Mullarkey
Weave your own shoe laces! Using a weaving technique called tablet weaving, and literally using cards as your loom, learn how to weave laces out of crochet cotton. Your fly shoes will only get flyer with laces you've woven for them.

Note: Portable looms will be provided for the students to us in class.

Materials fee: $15 for 20 cards and 1 shuttle.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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!

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 NEW
1477 Intermediate Cherry Roll Vine Karla Overland
Give your left brain a "coffee break" with a wall-hanging that looks more complex than it is! The simplicity of the design is enhanced by gorgeous, rich colors of hand-dyed fabric. This project gets a jump-start with the die-cut strips provided in the kit.

Karla will teach raw-edge applique with a satin-stitch or zig-zag finish using variegated thread. Design techniques, variations and color theory will be discussed throughout the class. Some students may finish the top by the end of class. Finishing techniques will be discussed to complete the hanging at home, including zig-zag quilting. Design variations will be discussed, as well as color theory and Karla's unique dyeing process.

Note: Sewing machines provided for use in class.
Sunday 9:00 am - 10:30 am
2062 Intermediate BLOCK PARTY! Sarah Peasley
How do you wash your knitting? How confident are you in your blocking skills? Participate in an eye-opening demo and a practical discussion about options for laundering and blocking your hand knits; including tools, techniques, interpretation of those cryptic laundry symbols, and a basic tutorial on different types of fiber.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1445 Advanced Learning Stacked Stitches with the Fascination Wrap Xandy Peters
Class starts with a stacked-stitch project. This exciting technique is presented in a manner to fit a lace- or stranded-color knitter's mindset.

Stacked stitches are a type of increase and decrease used to create vertical movement within a row, and extreme, wavy stripes without stranding on the wrong side of the piece or the use of other traditional colorwork methods.

After the introduction to the basic principles, we will cast on a scarf or swatch to discover how each row of stitches fits together as you form a flat fabric.

We will learn how to move markers, keep track of stitch count, and to fix mistakes in a stack pattern. We will also learn to weave in ends at the end of each color stripe to save time during finishing.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1490 Intermediate Further Steps in English Paper Piecing: Clamshells Catherine Redford
If you have some English Paper Piecing experience and want to have a go at something more challenging, try this little clamshell project. Learn to handle curved shapes with straight-forward techniques. Make a pillow top using precut paper templates and your favorite fabric scraps. This is a lovely handwork project that your friends will admire.

Note: Previous experience of EPP (making hexagons or class 1204) is necessary.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1404 Intermediate Take Brioche to Another Level: Mix Yarn Weights and Fibers Courtney Spainhower
Once you've mastered the basics of brioche knitting--2-color brioche flat or in round--what's next?

Brioche creates a lovely, stretchy, squishy, and highly textured fabric, but if you use different fibers or combine yarn weights, a whole new dimension opens up in your knitting.

Discover how plant fibers, mohair, and silk can change the look and feel of brioche fabric. See how the fibers' innate qualities can be enhanced by the brioche stitch. We'll also address potential pitfalls of using fibers that lack natural elasticity.

We will swatch, combining two yarn weights and two yarn textures. And we will begin to see how vast and pleasing brioche fabrics can be when pushed to another level.

Must be able to knit and understand basic Brioche Stitch.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
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
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.
Sunday 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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
4115 Easy Ponchini 101 Steven Berg
The ponchini is the new shawl: a versatile garment with so many design possibilities. This is your chance to cast on one with the help of the Ponchini Master himself. Experience the magic of mixology, taking a variety of yarns from different brands, weights, and fiber contents to create a magical and unique wrap. Use one of the patterns from Ponchini Vol. 1 and learn its structure, seaming, and wearability. Steven will teach you his favorite tips and tricks as he guides you through your first ponchini.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 3:00 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!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1352 Easy Solomon's Knot Lace Robyn Chachula
Fall in love with a beautiful vintage technique in crochet. Solomon's Knot Lace is amazingly easy to crochet once you master the basic stitches.

We will talk about tips for making the perfect loops, how to add beads for sparkle, and how to combine it ever so simply with classic crochet stitches.

If you've ever wondered what to do with that single skein of dramatic novelty yarn in your stash, this is the answer!

Note: Students should be able to chain and single crochet.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
5379 Easy Reading Your Knitting Sarah Peasley
Have you ever taken the time to LOOK at your knitting?

* Which way do your stitches face?
* Are you on the right side or the wrong side?
* How many rows have you worked?
* Did you remember to decrease in the previous row?

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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1362 Easy Intro to Paper Piecing Stephanie Soebbing
Here's what you'll learn: Learn how to create intricate piecing and sharp points without a fuss with paper piecing. This technique is basically sewing by numbers and will allow you to create beautiful designs without templates or perfect quarter-inch seams.

Stephanie Soebbing will walk you through the paper piecing process step-by-step using her Hanging Garden paper piecing pattern template. If you like the design, you can purchase the pattern and make the wall hanging or choose from the many other paper piecing patterns to try next.

But since you will just be working off a sample block in class, you just need a few scraps and a couple tools to get started.

Note: Sewing machines provided for use in classroom.

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