STITCHES SoCal 2019 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5393 Intermediate Brioche Basics Gwen Bortner
Brioche is very popular right now! It's characteristics make it great for lots of projects. The finished fabric tends to lay flat and is attractive on both sides which is a plus for scarves or blankets.

Learn the basics of classic brioche, as well as alternative techniques while creating a sampler of several brioche patterns. Gain an understanding of this unique fabric, it just might become one of your favorites!
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
6206 Easy Introduction to Sequence Knitting Cecelia Campochiaro
Sequence Knitting is just like it sounds: Knit a sequence of stitches repeatedly using some kind of rule and a textured fabric happens.

Learn about the amazing and fun world of Sequence Knitting from the author of the groundbreaking book. Discover the power and appeal of this new way of looking at what, at its simplest, uses 1-row patterns and easily memorized and infinitely variable sequences, to create beautiful and reversible textured fabrics.

This hands-on class will feed your creative juices and stimulate you to think about new ways to use your stash to make beautiful accessories. You will learn about the concept, when Sequence Knitting makes sense, and how to do the four sequence knitting methods.
Thursday 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.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1604 No skills required Beginner Kettle Dyeing: Creating Custom Colors Karida Collins
Want to learn how to create unique hand-dyed yarn in your own home? Then this is the class for you!
Karida Collins, the artist behind Neighborhood Fiber Co. leads this beginner dye workshop which will teach you the basics of color theory, acid dyeing, and how to create the colors of your dreams.
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 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 hand and/or machine techniques, you will make samples that can be used along with your knit and crochet swatches in a garment or accessory.

We will sample joining techniques by hand or machine (your choice), 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 required. 

Machines will be provided for use in the class. But you may use hand-sewing techniques for the complete process.





Thursday 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. Customizing is for flat sweater pieces, not for top down raglan construction.

Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
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
1526 Easy Make Your Own Leggings Cal Patch
People are often surprised to learn they can make their own leggings, but guess what? YOU CAN! And you don't even need a serger to sew with knits.

Cal will show you how to draft a pattern for this wardrobe essential, based on your own measurements. Then we'll stitch up a first-draft fit sample, adjust our patterns if necessary, and proceed to make a pair of real-live leggings.You'll never buy them off the rack again!

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

Machines will be provided for use in class.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5379 Easy Reading Your Knitting Sarah Peasley
Have you ever taken the time to LOOK at your knitting?

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

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

Note: Must be comfortable with knitting and purling.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 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.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
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!
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1562 No skills required You Can Sew! Tote Bag Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Calling all sewing newbies...and experienced sewers too.

During this fun class we will be making a tote bag as we explore all the cool things you can do on a sewing machine. Learn how to finish raw edges, create a blind hem (while finishing the top edge of the patch pocket), and pick up some topstitching tips. Before putting the lining together, Jennifer will show you an easy way to create a pocket with a zipper closure. Learn to work with fusible interfacing and Wonder Tape to get perfect results. After attaching the straps, you'll use a variety of seam techniques to sew the tote bag together. You'll leave class with a completed tote that will come in handy in the Market!

Note: Machines provided for use in class.
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5095 Easy Round Up! 4 Ways to Knit in the Round Beth Whiteside
There's more than 2 ways to knit round and round! We'll go over the old standbys, circular and double-points, plus try out 2 new ways, 2 circulars and the Magic Loop. We'll get warmed up on a neckwarmer, then test drive our techniques on the small diameter of a fingerless glove.
Thursday 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1622 Intermediate Designing Your Own Intarsia Krista Ann
Take your intarsia skills to the next level! Learn to design your own pictures for your knitting designs. Learn when to use duplicate stitch instead of intarsia and how to plan out your project so the yarns are always in the right place. By the end of this class, you will be able to paint just about any picture into your knitting!

NOTE Need to know the basics of intarsia. Class will not tach HOW to do intarsia, but rather how to chart your own pictures and map them into your designs.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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.
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 NEW
1154 Easy Sequence Knitting: 1-row Patterns Cecelia Campochiaro
Learn about the easiest kind of sequence knitting: the wonderful world of 1-row patterns. The fabrics are reversible, don't curl, and are a wonderful way to use almost any kind of yarn including solid, tweeds, and handpaints.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1352 Easy Solomon's Knot Crochet 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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1261 Easy Confident Yarn Substitution Jeane deCoster
There are so-o-o-o-o many yarns available and so-o-o-o-o many patterns to knit (and love), but there is no way for your LYS to stock them all, and for the shop pro to guide you through your substitutions choices. What to do?

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

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

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

*The biggest secret is that we need to be good at math, even if we do not want to be. ;)
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
5163 Easy Stop Turning: Knitting & Purling Backwards Patty Lyons
My favorite knitting trick is to stop turning! If you hate purling, are unhappy with your uneven tension, or simply aren't crazy about flipping that 400-stitch basket-weave afghan around every time it's time to do a WS row, learn the joy of never turning! We will learn how to put the knit stitch and the purl stitch in reverse, as well as learn basic decreases, short rows, and picking up stitches backwards. Knitting and purling backwards is great for entrelac, bobbles, short rows, and chart work.

Note: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, and work simple increases and decreases without supervision.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1626 Intermediate Intro to Lace Knitting Lisa Myers
From the simplest eyelet accents to the most complex gossamer-weight shawls, lace patterns create some of the most beautiful knits there are (and sadly, some of the most intimidating.

Like any knit, it's really just composed of a small number of basic elements. All you need to create lace is a yarn-over and a couple of different ways to decrease (though an ability to read charted patterns is a great help).

This class will teach these basic elements and the fundamental principles of combining them as well as how to read a lace chart. We'll take a developmental approach that gives you the ability to "read" your knitting.

Join Lisa and learn the art of making deliberate holes in your knitting!

Note: Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, and "read" knits and purls on the needle.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
4108 Intermediate Old School Cuff-to-toe Socks Sarah Peasley
Plain old vanilla socks may sound boring, but traditional, cuff-down, heel-flap socks are an excellent first sock project, an ideal choice for on-the-go knitting, and a great way to connect to knitters of yore (although sock yarn is WAY more fun now than it used to be!). Use double-pointed needles to knit a sock from the cuff down. Start with a ribbed cuff, turn a perfect heel (without that pesky hole at the corner!), and finish with a round toe. You'll make a mini sock in class, but you'll leave with the information needed to make your own custom-fit cuff-down socks!

Techniques to be covered
* Counting rows
* Heel flap
* Turning the heel
* Gusset shaping
* Taking foot measurements
* Adding a stitch pattern to a sock
* Round toe
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
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.
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 NEW
1306 Intermediate Dimensional Embroidery Stitches Catherine Redford
Expand your skills as you some more-advanced dimensional stitches to your embroidery vocabulary. Choose from a selection of pre-printed fabric samplers and experiment with crested chain, double cast-on, drizzle, trellis and lots more stitches.

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

Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1651 Easy Cross-stitch Pieced Pillows Latifah Saafir
Practice your 1/4" seam and learn the time-saving power of chain-piecing while making these whimsical cross-stitch style pillows for the initial of your choice.

Bonus: At the end of class, you'll learn the Magic Pillow Facing Method that will magically hide all of your seams! And when you go home, you can use the cross-stitch block to translate other charted patterns into quilts!

Note: Basic familiarity with a sewing machine and the ability to sew a 1/4" seam required to take this class.

Machines will be provided for in-class use.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1330 No skills required Break Your Serger Out of the Box Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
One of the most common things new serger owners say is "I'm afraid to take it out of the box."... The second most common thing is "I only use my serger to finish raw edges." If you've ever wondered what a serger is, or if you own one, and you'd like to know how to make the most of its basic capabilities, join Jennifer for this fun class.

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

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

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

Note: Sergers provided for use in class.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1401 Intermediate Alternative Brioche: Knit One Below Beth Whiteside
Brioche, Fisherman's rib, Shawl stitch, Oriental rib or whatever they are called, these fabrics are thick, fluffy, stretchy, and often wonderfully colorful to boot. Come explore the Knit-one-below method of working these stitch patterns! Learn the basic moves for both knit- and purl- one-below, the best cast-ons and bind-offs for this fabric, options for edge stitches, and how to read and work several stitch "k1b" stitch patterns. Gain an understanding of the stitch structure as you practice knitting and un-knitting k1b/p1b stitches, and learn other ways to fix mistakes. This alternative brioche option is a practical and valuable for your stitchmaking stockpile!

Note: Students should be able to long-tail cast-on, knit, purl, yarn over (yo), and bind off before taking this class.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
8075 Intermediate Modern Irish Crochet 1: Making Motifs Myra Wood
The popularity of Irish Crochet has exploded around the globe in recent years! Magazines like Duplet from Russia feature the long-treasured technique with a modern twist; multi-color versions that rival any paintbox. Rather than use tiny hooks and cobweb threads to create these motifs, we will use either fingering weight yarn or size 10 crochet thread. It's up to you and which you're more comfortable with. We will learn how to interpret Russian charts and symbols, as we try out select motifs (to join later*). Tons of motifs will be shown on their own and combined into finished projects.

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

Note: Must be comfortable reading crochet charts.
Thursday 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm NEW
Not Specified The Ewe and I: Life with Dolores Franklin Habit
Once upon a time, Franklin Habit was a quiet, rather timid knitter with a brand new spinning wheel. He sent away for some wool to spin.



The wool arrived still firmly attached to the exterior of a sheep. No ordinary sheep, either. This was Dolores, a feisty Romney with a mysterious past; a smart mouth; and a taste for Gauloise cigarettes, whiskey, and trouble. In exchange for the fleece, she asked to sleep on Franklin’s couch for two weeks.

A decade later, Dolores is Franklin’s muse and a style icon of the fiber world. Major knitting designers aspire to dress her. Legions of fans dream of being her. Over the years, she has wrangled an unruly stash of sock yarns into a show choir, won Miss Congeniality at a major sheep and wool festival, taken her all-sheep band on the road, run as the Fibertarian Party candidate for president, written and starred in a musical about Elizabeth Zimmermann, and disrupted a royal wedding in Westminster Abbey.



In this riotously funny and revealing evening talk, Franklin will share the unvarnished truth about his life with Dolores. Will he ever get the fleece he ordered? Come and find out.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1621 Intermediate Intarsia vs Duplicate Stitch Krista Ann
Intarsia and duplicate stitch allow you to place color into your knitting.
  
Learn intarsia basics and how to read a chart. Learn how to twist yarns to prevent holes, how to weave in your ends to prevent gaps, how to keep your bobbins straight, and so much more!

Duplicate stitch allows you to add fine details into your work by stitching over the fabric.  Learn both techniques and when to use each method to make flawless pictoral knits. The possibilities are endless!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1290 No skills required Make Design Decisions Like a Pro Phyllis Bell Miller
Whether you design a garment from scratch or modify an existing one, this workshop will give you the tools to make decisions like a pro. Using elements and principles of design can help you make creative decisions rather than guessing and praying.

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

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

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

These concepts become real design tools with the visuals, handouts, worksheets, and exercises you perform in class.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
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 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
8048 Intermediate Single-crochet Entrelac Marly Bird
Try something different! Crochet a fabric that resembles basket-weave!

Entrelac isn't only for knitters.

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

Note: No prior experience with brioche is required.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1558 Intermediate Exploring Marls and Colorwork: A Hands-on Workshop Cecelia Campochiaro
Learn how to design and make beautiful and complex marled fabrics with fine yarns. Cecelia will discuss choosing yarn and colors for successful pieces as you swatch for both color and hand. Building on the basic concepts, you will learn how to determine the right gauge for a marl fabric, how to work with many colors, and how to create pleasing marl sequences.

From basic concepts through marl-making logistics to successful projects, Cecelia will give you yet another way to enjoy knitting with fine yarns!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 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 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1605 No skills required Color Confidence: Theory and Practice Meet Style Karida Collins
Do you struggle with putting together color combos for patterns with multiple colors?

Have you knit multicolored projects that have left you disappointed?

Do you wish that your color choices looked as stunning as the pattern samples?

This class will explain color theory in an accessible way to help knitters (and crocheters!) understand what makes certain color combinations leave everyone amazed and others disappoint. We'll also explore which combos work well with which techniques. For instance, what looks good in blocks of color may not work for stranded colorwork. At the end of this class, each student will have a working knowledge of color theory and feel confident combining colors for any project.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1124 Intermediate Easy Fit Jeane deCoster
Make sure your garments will fit before you cast on!

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

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

Note this is not a knit-your-first-sweater class. Students must be able to work from and understand a pattern.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
2035 Intermediate Snip and Zip: Steeks and Zippers Franklin Habit
This empowering class is designed to guide timid and/or inexperienced knitters through two operations: the cutting of steeks (slashed openings in knit fabric) and the installation of zippers. These techniques are famous for causing anxiety in the uninitiated.

Note: Fluency in the basics of knitting, including knitting-in-the-round and stranded 2-color work (Fair Isle Knitting) is a pre-requisite.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
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
5145 Easy Magic of Perfect Blocking Patty Lyons
Why spend all that time knitting a garment, only to stop short of making it look great! Blocking is an essential part of finishing your garment perfectly. Blocking evens out your stitches, sets your size, and in some cases can even mask your mistakes. In this workshop we will go over the 3 main methods of blocking (wet, steam, and spray) and learn how to use all the tools such as blocking boards and wires. We'll also discuss blocking unusual shapes and special stitch patterns, as well as learn a bit about different fiber properties. Come on, don't stop short of the perfect finish!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1652 Easy Curves Made Simple Latifah Saafir
Gain confidence sewing curves by learning how to use The ClammyTM 10′′ template to cut Quarter Circles, Half Circles, and Full Circles. Latifah will show you her no-fear method for piecing these curves so you can leave with the confidence to put curves into your quilts. Join Latifah for the afternoon and make this fun mini-quilt.

Note: Basic familiarity with a sewing machine and the ability to sew a 1/4" seam is required to take this class.

Machines will be provided for in-class use.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9017 Easy Learn to Sew Knit Garments On a 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 class.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1103 No skills required Beginner Punch Needle Una Walker
Punch Needle is a simple, quick to learn technique with endless design possibilities. There is no need to stress over the design, the lines are drawn for you; just color inside them. No counting stitches and finishing is a snip of your scissors! Learn the basics of Punch Needle while completing beautiful wall art on linen.

Materials fee: $35 for the pre-stretched linen canvas with design and all the yarn needed to complete. A punch needle will be supplied to complete the project in class.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5281 Intermediate Knitting with Beads, Every Which Way but Loose Myra Wood
Bead Knitting and Beaded Knitting; what's the difference? Find out, along with learning how to add beads to your knitting using different pre-strung bead techniques. Bling up your knitting and make jewelry too.

We'll start by learning how to add pre-strung beads to yarn and how to string your own beads for multi-color patterns. We'll move on to the logic of knitting with beads -starting with the easiest methods, building up to more intricate patterning and how to place it into circular and lace knitting.

We'll work on a sampler so you can experiment with the various methods in class, and you'll leave with complete directions and a pattern for knitting a scarf with beads.
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.
Friday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1231 No skills required Make Color Work for You Phyllis Bell Miller
Do you cringe when confronted with the dozens of color choices out there? Does the color wheel give you cold feet? This workshop shows you how to cut though the confusion and make color work for you.

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

Imagine being able to take a phone call while grafting. You can do it! Realize this is not a class for grafting in any pattern, but rather it is aimed at understanding the basics and memorizing the moves.

Once you have become comfortable with the technique, we'll look at existing patterns for opportunities to refine your knitting. You can plan your way to a more professional, finished look by exchanging one of these grafts for what is called for in the pattern.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5252 Intermediate Miter Me This, Miter Me That Marly Bird
Learn how to make the building blocks of the knitting world. The mitered square has long been a staple in knitting design, and now it can be a staple in your toolbox.

These magical mitered squares can be made in variety of stitches. Learn how to create one in garter, a mix of garter and stockinette, and plain stockinette. You'll also try different centered-decrease options for the miter. These join-as-you-go squares are the perfect traveling project.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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
1096 Intermediate Lace That Grows: Easy Shawl Design with Wedges JC Briar
Imagine starting a lace shawl with just a few stitches, and "growing" in pattern until your shawl is big enough, with no worries about matching gauge or loosely casting on oodles of stitches. Picture choosing from a variety of shapes - triangles, squares, circles, semi-circles, and more - each composed of a series of lace "wedges," sections that gradually grow wider as the knitting progresses.

Take this class to learn how to grow a shawl of your own design. Pick from a selection of lace wedges, and see what shapes you can create by knitting your shawl from the top down or the center out. Learn how to estimate how much yarn you'll need, or - if your yarn supply is limited - how large a shawl you can create from the yarn you have. By the end of class, you'll be well on your way to a new, unique shawl.

Note: Need experience following charts and knitting lace.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1123 No skills required What Not to Knit Jeane deCoster
"I don't like rules about body types because no matter what, we can each find something wrong with our body. Attaching labels just makes it worse. If our hand-knit garments don't fit or flatter us, we don't feel good wearing them. So we gift them or stash them away and may not feel like trying again.

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

All sizes, genders, shapes and curves are welcome! Any level knitting and crochet experience will benefit from this class.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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     SOLD OUT
1043 Intermediate Artfully Agitated Stripes: An Introduction to Mosaic Knitting Franklin Habit
At first glance, Mosaic Knitting looks like garden variety stranded color work–but it's not. Mosaic patterns are really two-row stripes, joggled here and there with slipped stitches. The result? Beautiful designs and intriguing fabrics in stockinette, garter stitch, and hybrids thereof. And amazingly–you'll never knit with more than one color in a row. Want to find out how it works, and how to design your own mosaic color patterns? Join us, and bring your imagination.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3014 Intermediate Top Down and All Around Barry Klein
Learn the basic techniques for knitting from the top down. We will jump right in and start working on a small sweater which might fit a 1-year-old or Teddy Bear. During the class, we will talk about variations, different techniques, and different ways to knit from the top down. Barry will cover various increases, yarn selection, a bit of math and more.  When class is over, you will have  a partially complete sample with the elements complete so you can understand the full process, potential, and you will be ready to design a top-down sweater from scratch using your measurements.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1449 Intermediate A Cornucopia of Cool Color-work Techniques Patty Lyons
If you've always wanted to explore color work knitting, this is a great place to start! Learn all the techniques of one of Patty’s most popular pattern, the Labadee Cowl. In this class we will work a mini sample and learn all the secrets like the magical "unvented" contrasting color i-cord cast on, chart reading, slip stitch knitting, lifted floats, how to knit in your tail as you go, the contrasting color i-cord bind off and sooo much more. We’ll also learn some lifesaving tips on yarn control, joggles joins, circular knitting tips, swatching in the round and even fixing mistakes. By the end of the class you'll be ready to tackle this incredibly popular pattern AND you can order the kit that includes the yarn to make the cowl, and a promo code to get the pattern (it’s included at 35% the price with the kit) it comes with 11 video tutorials so you can be reminded of everything you learned in class! Kits will be delivered on class day.

Note: Students should be comfortable working in the round on a small circumference - either dpns, magic loop or two circs, being able to control yarn with both hands helpful but not required.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1015 No skills required Pattern Drafting for Knitters, Crocheters, and Sewists Cal Patch
When you plan to knit, crochet, or sew a garment for yourself (or anyone else), the first step is determining the unique size, shape, and proportion of the body you wish to clothe.

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

Learn how to take your measurements properly and use them to draft a sloper (basic pattern) for your personal fit profile. Think of it as a life-size schematic, which you can refer to as you knit from a pattern, or while designing your own! We will also discuss the concept of ease, both positive and negative, and how it affects the end result. Understanding and taking control of these elements will allow you to create pieces that fit and flatter YOU.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
6083 Easy Basic Fair Isle Techniques Sarah Peasley
The Fair Isle technique has been around for centuries, but can be learned in a matter of hours.

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

There's nothing to it! What are you waiting for?
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9057 Easy Walking Foot Quilting: Beyond the Ditch Catherine Redford
Learn how to finish your quilts on your domestic machine while enjoying all the control of a walking foot with the author of Modern Machine Quilting. We will start with a brief discussion of how to prepare 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: Machines provided for use in the class.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1650 Easy The Improv Race Mini Quilt Latifah Saafir
Create a modern mini-quilt in three speedy, fun-filled, hours of free-form, improvisational piecing. Your quilt design will be guided by the whim of prompts pulled out of a bag, freeing you from rules and self-imposed limitations. Fun will ensue. And you will leave with a one-of-a-kind Improv piece.

Note: Basic familiarity with a sewing machine and the ability to sew a 1/4" seam are required.

Machines will be provided for in-class use.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
9032 Easy Tee Fit Workshop Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Join Jennifer as she takes you step-by-step through the process of fitting your new favorite knit top. The Tee Pattern has unique above the bust seams that make it easy to get a great fit no matter what your fitting challenges may be.

Start by trying on knit muslins to determine which size to work with. Then, I'll show you simple pattern adjustments including a full-bust adjustment and neckline and shoulder adjustments. You can customize the look and fit of your Tee by relaxing the fit of the front and back lower bodice pieces and choosing between sleeveless, short, or 3/4-length sleeves.

Learn how to select fabric with the right amount of stretch to get flattering results. We'll play with a variety of knits that are included in your kit. You'll leave class with a pattern that's ready for fabric and the confidence to pick out the perfect fabric.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1638 Intermediate Circular From the Inside Out Beth Whiteside
Used to working in the round from the outside in, decreasing your way to the center? Learn how to work the other way, starting at the center and increasing out: no more running out of yarn before you hit the middle! Working on double-pointed needles, try different ways of starting in the center while knitting up a cute coaster or two. We’ll talk about increase types, and placement options for both design (spokes, spirals and concentric circles) and construction (flat circular shawl, dome-shaped hat, hexagonal afghan block) purposes.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1136 Intermediate Modern Irish Crochet 2: Putting it all Together Myra Wood
You have completed Irish Crochet motifs; now you need to know how to join them into a fabric. This class is all about connecting motifs with Irish Crochet netting or "filling". Learn how to prepare the finished motifs, arrange them confidently and creatively, and join them using 2 different styles of joining-1 super-easy and 1 more complicated.

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

Note: You must know how to make Irish Crochet motifs. Modern Irish Crochet I: Making Motifs will teach you what you need to know if you have no previous experience.
Friday 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Fashion Show and Dinner Ticket  
This exciting runway show comes complete with fabulous door prizes!
Friday 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm
No skills required Pajama Party Marly Bird
Kick off your shoes, slide on your slippers, and join us for an evening of games, prizes, laughter, and, of course, knitting, crocheting or stitching! Relax with old friends or come and make new ones. Hosted by Marly Bird!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1285 Intermediate Icelandic Yokes: The Sweater Class Denise Bell
Traditional Icelandic yoke sweaters use unspun Plotulopi yarns from native sheep. The different staple lengths of wool in the yarn make for a lightweight, yet warm and insulating, sweater.

You may be unfamiliar with Plotulopi, but it's so common in Iceland that it's sold in grocery stores! We will learn about knitting with this unique fiber.

You will draw and swatch several yoke options using Plotulopi yarn (supplied by the instructor), do a bit of gauge math, and plan how to move forward to knit your own Icelandic, color-patterned yoke sweater using traditional or original motifs.

Note: Some experience with two-color knitting is helpful.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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 9:00 am - 10:30 am
1118 Easy Knit & Crochet with Alternative Fibers Gwen Bortner
Have you tried knitting or crocheting with all the typical yarns but long for something fun and new? This is your chance to play with a variety of alternatives not found in your local yarn shop. In most cases you can't even technically call what we are talking about even string. We are not talking bamboo or soy, we are talking REALLY alternative! Discover the pros and cons of knitting with non-traditional fibers! Basic skills in either knitting or crochet are all that are needed but even experts might discover something new. This class is about exploring and having fun while adding a new dimension to your favorite hobby.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1097 Advanced Next Steps in Brioche JC Briar
Maybe you've done one or two simple brioche projects, enough to know you like knitting brioche. What's next? Take this class to expand your options: See what's involved in knitting two-color brioche flat. (Hint: it's a four-row pattern!) Add patterning via increases and decreases. Try a super-slick I-cord selvedge. You'll practice by knitting a small sample in class, but take away the skills needed to complete a lovely patterned scarf.

Note: Prior experience working brioche rib is required. Completing the homework assignment before class is an excellent way to ensure you have the requisite skills and experience..
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1557 Intermediate Sequence Knitting: Making Triangular Shawls Cecelia Campochiaro
Sequence knitting is a great way to make richly textured fabrics. Let Cecelia show you how to incorporate these textured fabrics into beautiful triangular shawls.

You will begin with the concept of sequence knitting, learning how to read and work sequence knitting instructions, and how textured patterns develop. As the texture can be quite complex, strategies for catching mistakes quickly will also be discussed.

Textured shawls created with sequence knitting are a wonderful way to use your stash and create beautiful heirlooms.
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     SOLD OUT
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
9027 Intermediate Over and Under Rainbows Gyleen Fitzgerald
Modern with a twist! "KNOT" as hard as you think! It's visually dynamic with fast easy piecing. Don't let cutting "tie" you up. All you need is one 2.5" strip set and 3.5 yards of background. You will learn how to use the Angle Trim Tool to make effortless 45 degree joins. Learn to have courage with color cross pairing.
Basic quilt-making skills required: rotary cutting, piecing a 1/4" seam.

Note: Sewing machines provided for class use.

Materials fee: $25 for pattern and Angle Trim Tool
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5271 Intermediate Now You See It, Now You Don't: Shadow Knitting Franklin Habit
Color and texture meet and mingle with startling results in the subtle, intriguing fabrics created by shadow (also called "illusion") knitting. Stripes, garter stitch, and stockinette combine to create patterns that appear or vanish depending upon the angle of view-perfect for hiding secret messages in your work. We will not only learn the technique (including simple chart reading), but will also investigate methods for designing shadow patterns, and play with creating our own charts for custom projects.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1462 Easy Boho Rope & Fiber Baskets Vickie Howell
What's old is new again, and rope baskets are definitely on-trend right now! You'll learn how to create beautiful, bohemian-style containers quickly using a crochet hook, cotton rope, and your favorite wool yarns or up-cycled (clothing or quilting) fabric cut into strips.

You'll leave with 2 unique rope bowls. They're addicting to make, so be prepared to make more when you get home!

MATERIALS FEE: $10 for rope for 2 baskets will be collected in class.
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
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 Djweaves@earthlink.net she will reserve one for you.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
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 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1623 Easy The Chunkimals Safari Crochet-a-long Megan Kreiner
Join us for a delightful crochet-a-long featuring the adorable “chunkimals”. In this class, you'll learn how to make super cute safari animals using a variety of toy-making techniques such as joined legs and surface shaping from pattern designer, Megan Kreiner.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
5260 Easy Improve Your Knitting Technique Patty Lyons
We know how to knit, but do we know how to build a perfect fabric? There's always room for improvement! Does your knitting 'row out' (your purl stitch is looser than your knit stitch), are you looking for a better way to control your gauge? What about alternative ways to tension your yarn when working with stiff yarn or slippery yarn? We'll explore ways to improve your knitting technique by looking at the most important fundamentals, like the job of the left needle tip and the right needle shaft, stitch sizing, and even the correct exit path of your stitch. We will explore edge stitches, cast-on and bind-offs and a huge array of knitting tips. The last part of the class will be open for all knitting questions (those you have put in the "bag of why"), so come with your questions and let's explore our knitting.

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.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
7121 No skills required Drop It Like It's Hot: Introduction To Spinning with a Drop Spindle Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Ever since the very first humans noticed that fluffy animals looked warmer than they did, we've been collecting that fluff to turn it into warm coverings for ourselves. Being the crafty creatures we are, after playing with rocks and sticks, we created the perfect tool for turning fluff into yarn and invented the drop spindle...TA DAAA!!!

A lot has changed since those days but one thing has remained...how much we LOVE yarn. Right? Right!

Now, imagine being able to make your own custom yarn for your crochet, knitting, and weaving projects. Yes, in this class we're gonna grab some fluff and a drop spindle (a slightly more advanced stick) and make yarn!

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

Come prepared to learn and have fun! As a beginner it is completely expected that you will drop your spindle, knot your yarn, laugh, and possibly even use a few words those first humans didn't know. But, by the end of class you will have made your very first sample of custom-made yarn. Welcome to the club...

Materials fee: $20 includes spindle and yarn
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1140 Easy One-day Skirt Cal Patch
Make a skirt in one day! In this 6-hour class, Cal will show you how to cut from a pattern and sew a classic, flattering, A-line skirt. She provides the pattern; your bring your machine. 

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

Note: Machines will be provided for use in class.

Skirt pattern and will be provided for in-class use.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1210 Intermediate Try-on then Cast-on Custom Cardi Sarah Peasley
Designing your own custom 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.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1441 Intermediate Center-out Knitting Xandy Peters
Take a guided tour of the possibilities of center-out construction accessories. We will look at 3 different cast-on methods for center out accessories and the unique strengths of each method.

Once cast on, we will try out different types of increases and varied arrangements to build different shawl, blanket, and scarf shapes such as a square or other regular polygon, rectangle, oblong, almond, and even the classic circular "pi" shawl. Many traditional lace and colorwork motifs can be converted to work with these shapes for spectacular results.

Join Xandy and build the confidence to cast on and create center out accessories with stitch and color patterns of your desire.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1211 Intermediate A False Start Tracy Purtscher
Question: When is a cast-on not the beginning of a project? Answer: When a provisional cast on is used.
A provisional cast-on is temporary and will eventually be removed to release live stitches so knitting or grafting can continue from there. The reasons may vary from project to project but the most common ones hide the cast-on, add pliability, or invisibly blend the beginning to the end of a knit -think toe-up socks, a center-out design, maybe a long strip grafted into a cowl.

You will learn several ways to cast-on provisionally. Then we will consider circumstances in which it may be beneficial to choose a false start-when, where, and why.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9086 Easy Stretch Jeans Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Are they knit jeans or dress pants? Update your wardrobe with the most comfortable knit jeans you've ever tried on.

We will work with my Knit Jeans Pattern; it's easy to fit and sew. Start by trying on samples to make quick work of choosing your size. Then I'll show you how to fine-tune the fit.

Use your adjusted pattern pieces to sew a muslin. In addition to perfecting the fit of your pattern, we'll explore different fabric and style choices. I'll show you how to create an easy faux-front fly and how to transform the front pockets into a comfort panel. You'll learn how to get professional results sewing with a serger or sewing machine.

Then you'll have a front-row seat for a trunk show featuring a variety of knit jeans. You'll be amazed at how using fabrics like stretch velvet, luxe double knits, and even stretch woven fabrics can transform your comfy knit jeans into dress pants that are perfect for every occasion.

Note: Machines and sergers provided for use in class.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1048 Intermediate Pattern-free Possibilities Myra Wood
Simple rectangles and squares offer endless creativity. It's all in how you put them together!
Start with a rectangular template, divide the space into sections, then knit to fill each section. Experiment with combining stitch patterns, techniques, and colors to create completely unique fabrics. Techniques include mitered squares, modular pieces, log cabin, and bias knitting.
Learn a join-as-you-go method and a modified mattress stitch to create a finished piece that can be turned into a bag or even part of a sweater design.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
2024 Easy Embroider your Knitting Anna Zilboorg
Embroidery has been used always and everywhere to embellish fabric, while knitting has been left bare save for a few lazy daisies and French knots. In this class we'll integrate simple embroidery stitches into simple knit stitches to create many different effects, both new and wonderful. Learn to incorporate back stitch, cable chain, Palestrina knot, cross stitch flower, and others into ribs, cables, and other stitches whether you are right- or left-handed.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1289 Intermediate The Hole Truth: Buttons and Buttonholes Phyllis Bell Miller
Buttons are the perfect closure for knits and wonderful for sewn garments, but we are often intimidated by their placement and sizing the buttonholes to accommodate them.

Fear no more!  here is the HOW to make knit and crochet buttonholes like a pro, the WHERE,WHEN and WHY for placing planning, sizing, placing, and spacing buttons. 

You will create a viable button-band sample (in knit or crochet)in class. The practical application will put the theory and rules into action. You'll learn considerations for changes should you choose to add, adjust or rearrange your closures. 




Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1119 Easy Cabling Without a Cable Needle Lorilee Beltman
Do you love gorgeous cable knits? Do you find that working cables slows you down a lot? Even if you are new to cable knitting, this class is for you.

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

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

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

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

Note: Should be comfortable knitting, purling and following pattern directions, but prior experience with cables is not necessary.
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
5118 Easy Disaster Recovery JC Briar
Mistakes happen. Fortunately, knitters have an array of techniques for dealing with mistakes. Learn when and how to tink, drop, and frog. See how duplicate stitch can cover over goofs in colorwork. And pick up tips for avoiding mistakes in the first place.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1351 Intermediate Ultimate Color Crochet Robyn Chachula
Do you love color and texture? Then this class is for you! We will be playing with the amazing techniques of interlocking crochet, overlay crochet, and mosaic crochet. That all sounds very fancy, but in simple terms we will be expanding our knowledge of crochet and playing with where we place stitches to achieve creative colorful patterns that have depth and dimension.

Note: This class is for the intermediate-level student, must know how to chain, single crochet, and double crochet.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9028 No skills required Big Stitch Quilting Gyleen Fitzgerald
In this workshop students will learn three different, “fast”, hand-quilting stitches to use alone or as an added design element to machine quilting. Gain knowledge on which needle to use, thread choices, and how to select and use the right stencil. By the end of class, students will have developed a personal “hand” stitch.

Materials fee: $15 for perle cotton, stencil, marking pencils, Sashiko needles, and handout
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1583 Intermediate Event Plaid Crochet Barry Klein
Crochet has become more and more important in the fashion world and with this class we are taking it to area of accessories and home decor. We will work with a classic crochet stitch to create a striped openwork filet in the number of yarns and rows needed to create your own unique plaid. We'll talk about how to create your plaid at the beginning of class. Once the base filet is created, we will work with the same yarns to create the plaid. It's a fun simple process and makes an incredible design.

Note: Students must have basic crochet knowledge.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
1444 Intermediate 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.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
5390 Intermediate Dimensional Tuck Knitting: The Basics and Beyond Tracy Purtscher
Transform simple flat stockinette into a fabric with depth -- bend it, fold it, or double it back on itself with Dimensional Tuck Knitting.

Learn the basic stitches, how to read the charts, and how to visualize the stitch pattern within the charts. Next, explore background stitch choices and what impact the scale of the stitches will have on Dimensional Tuck stitches.

Finally, you will learn the tips and tricks for measuring gauge and working Dimensional Tuck in the round.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
9056 Easy Steps to Successful Free-motion Quilting Catherine Redford
Discover the magic of free-motion quilting. After drawing our patterns on paper, we'll put the feed dogs down and begin stitching on quilt sandwiches in a relaxed, no-criticism-allowed setting. Try lots of different designs to find your personal favorites. This class is designed to give the beginning or hesitant machine quilter a confidence boost, ready to return home and practice.

Note: Machines provided for use in the class.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NEW
4036 Easy My First Sweater Beth Whiteside
Ready to go beyond scarves & hats? Take the terror out of sweater-making with this sleeveless teddy-size shell. You will learn about garment types (drop-shoulder, inset, and set-in sleeve sweaters, cardigans, etc) and ways in which they can be constructed (top-down, bottom-up, in seamed pieces or seamlessly). You'll learn how to read pattern instructions that translate the inches of a garment into the stitches and rows of knitting. And you'll apply what you have learned by knitting up and seaming together the pieces of a small sample. Let's make your first sweater together!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4127 Easy Swing and Swag Beaded Necklace Myra Wood
Easy to make and fun to wear, this knit necklace is definitely a potato-chip project-you can't make just one!

Learn to string beads and cast on for the swag effect. See different ways to knit with beads so they swag and produce different effects.

Your necklace can be made in no time and has 3 variations so you can make plans for more. I'll also show you how to finish the necklace and add the findings.
Saturday 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Student Banquet & Style Show  
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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 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
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 NEW     SOLD OUT
1604 No skills required Beginner Kettle Dyeing: Creating Custom Colors Karida Collins
Want to learn how to create unique hand-dyed yarn in your own home? Then this is the class for you!
Karida Collins, the artist behind Neighborhood Fiber Co. leads this beginner dye workshop which will teach you the basics of color theory, acid dyeing, and how to create the colors of your dreams.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
9026 Easy Trash to Treasure: Pineapple Blocks Gyleen Fitzgerald
Okay isn’t it time to clear the clutter in your life? What about using up all those bits and pieces stuffed in nooks, crannies, and boxes? Better?

Let’s make an old -fashioned favorite pineapple quilt with a new and contemporary twist, sewn with perfection yet totally random, and all with no paper piecing! This workshop turns trash to a treasured one-of-a-kind pineapple quilt.

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

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

Note: Sewing machines provided for class use.

Materials fee: $38 for Pineapple Tool and Trash to Treasure Pineapple book
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
6130 Intermediate Cavalcade of Color Work Franklin Habit
A playful, joyful introduction to three types of color work. We will discuss the nature and practice of jacquard/Fair Isle/stranded work, intarsia, and the little-known but intriguing garter-stitch jacquard, which allows for the introduction of color patterns into garter stitch! Prerequisites: Fluency in the basics of single-color knitting, including casting on, knitting, and purling. Best suited to advanced beginners and intermediate knitters looking to expand their repertoire of color techniques.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3060 Intermediate Simply Short Rows Barry Klein
This practical technique can be used in multiple ways to create flares, build extra fabric, refine body shape with wonderful results which make your knitting more flattering and easier to assemble.

We will discuss and knit the different variations of short rows. This class will help you more than you can imagine! Create sweaters that fit better and accessories that drape beautifully around the neck all with short rows.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 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 Cochenille.com. You will be able to use the software for the day; Windows or Macintosh compatible.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
8069 Easy Couture Finishing for Knit and Crochet Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Master sewists and finishers work for years perfecting their finishing skills, and are sought out by couture designers for those skills to give their work the flawless finish it deserves.

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

There is no arguing the point that FAB finishing is the key to producing handmade projects that stand out from the crowd. In Couture Finishing, we share the professional finishing skills we use every day in our design studio to create the Shibaguyz Designz line of crochet and knit garments, accessories, and home decor. The professional finishing secrets learned from years and years of couture hand-sewing will be revealed to YOU! You will be able to use these techniques to take your skills from good to great...even FAB!

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

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

Goals
Understanding and application of professional finishing techniques
* Blocking
* End Cap Finishing Stitch
* Locking Mattress Stitch and Mattress Stitch for sewing invisible seams
* Setting in uneven seams (like sleeve caps!)
* Setting in the perfect zipper and customizing zipper length
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1518 Easy Intro to Double Knitting Lisa Myers
Double knitting makes a fabric that is reversible and has stockinette on both sides. When worked in two colors, the opposing sides produce a positive/negative look.

It lets you work stranded-color patterns that have no "wrong side", so the length of the floats doesn't matter! The work lies flat without curling at all. Imagine the possibilities: cozy cowls, scarves with no wrong side, beautiful baby blankets with no floats to catch little fingers or toes!

Best of all, it's not difficult. This class will teach you the basic techniques to get you started working double flat or in the round: casting on, managing edges, following color patterns

Note: Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, 'read' knits and purls on the needle, and follow a knitting chart.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1304 Easy Boxy Tee/Drapy Tunic Cal Patch
Sewing your own clothes is satisfying and practical. When you go one step further and draft your own pattern, the entire design process in your hands. Cal will teach you how to draft a pattern for a simple woven top that can easily be customized in myriad ways. Keep it short and loose-fitting for a Boxy Tee, or make it longer with a bit more ease in a fabric with drape (like linen) and it is a Drapy Tunic.

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

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

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

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

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

Note: Machines will be provided for use in the class.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
5397 Easy If...Then: Self Generating Stitch Patterns Tracy Purtscher
Have you ever had the urge to just cast on and knit but didn't have access to any patterns? Does an intriguing but mindless knit that can be taken anywhere-with nothing but the yarn and needles-seem appealing to you?

You will learn how to create a dynamic knitted fabric using self-generating stitch patterns with repeating or evolving motifs. We will make knit/purl textured fabrics as samples to learn the principles.

Once understood, you will be ready to work self-generating patterns in other types of knit-twisted stitches, stranded colorwork, lace, and slipped stitches. The options are limited only by your desires and imagination.

After you are comfortable with the principles laid out in the classwork, we will discuss ways to create your own patterns and what to do if the pattern expires or morphs and no longer is self-generating. Self-generating patterns make Spontaneous Knitting the ultimate comfort knitting- extremely portabile with unique results.
Sunday 9:00 am - 10:30 am 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.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm NEW
1372 Easy Cast On, Bind Off Afifa Sayeed
Different knitting projects need different edges!
Some need to be stretchy, some sturdy. and others decorative.
Learn to accomplish 8 essential casting-on and bind-off techniques with step-by-step guidance, and also learn when to use each one.

Note: Must know basic cast-on and bind-off and be able to knit and follow a knitting pattern.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9009 Easy Easy Fit and Sew Yoga Pants Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
If you have ever wanted to sew for yourself, but felt that you needed a little help along the way, this class is perfect. Using my Easy Fit and Sew One-Piece Yoga Pant Pattern, you'll have the opportunity to try on samples to find your best starting size. Then I'll show you simple adjustments to fine-tune your pattern for a flattering, comfortable fit. Use those pattern pieces to cut out and sew your new favorite yoga pants.

I've taken the guess work out of choosing the right fabric; black 4-way stretch knit is included in your kit. Learn tricks and tips to get professional results and to sew knit garments with your sewing machine.

Note: Machines provided for use in the class.


Sunday 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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
1489 Intermediate Go-to Gift Slipper Socks Vickie Howell
Hand-made gifts are perfect for the holiday season. These retro-inspired slipper socks make a great gift for friends, family, teachers, or office mates.

They're also the perfect project for learning how to knit socks!  Vickie will show you how to negotiate double-pointed needles, knit a reinforced heel, turn a heel gusset, and work the basic stranded color work called for in the Go-To Gift Slipper Socks from her latest book, The Knit Vibe. You'll leave well on your way to progressing through your first sock, and feeling confident that you have the skills to quickly complete the pair!

Note: Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.

Yarns supplied by WEBS: Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Color by Vickie Howell. A copy of The Knit Vibe: A Knitter’s Guide to Creativity, Community, and Well-being for the Mind, Body and Soul will be included in the class.


Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW
1625 Intermediate Knitted Zoo Key Chain Megan Kreiner
Knit an adorable zoo animal keychain using a variety of traditional and non-traditional toy-making techniques! Start off with a basic head pattern then learn how to customize the design to make it uniquely yours!

We will go over various toy-making techniques such as working in the round using the magic loop, attaching limbs with waste yarn openings, and easy embellishment tricks to make your keychain look extra adorable!

Choose between an elephant, bear, lion, or hippo and create your very own knitted keychain friend!

Note: Students should know how to read a knit pattern and a working understanding of basic knit stitches.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm NEW     SOLD OUT
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.