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Betsy Hershberg
Betsy Hershberg is a life-long knitter whose knitting world was turned upside down and inside out when she learned how to bead knit in 2002. As ideas for combining beads and fiber began to take over her knitting brain, she found herself on a completely unexpected journey which has forever altered the way she thinks about her 'left-brained' self and the creative process. She shares some of these discoveries, along with unique bead-knitting techniques in her book Betsy Beads: Confessions of a Left-Brained Knitter. Betsy takes enormous pleasure in teaching, feeling it is especially rewarding to help knitters reach new levels of technical knowledge, confidence, and independence that will free them to explore their own individual creativity.

You can view her work at studiobknits.com.

STITCHES West 2012 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
515-3 Intermediate Bead Knitting Sampler Expand your horizons by joining the ranks of happy knitters who have learned how to enhance their knitting with beads of all kinds. As you learn nine different methods to include beads in stockinette fabric, you'll create a wonderful sampler that coordinates with written instructions to provide the perfect take-home reference guide. We'll use large beads and worsted-weight yarn, so no worries about eye strain or managing tiny beads. This is the class in which to begin your adventures in bead knitting!
Materials fee: $2 (assorted beads).
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
552-6 Intermediate Betsy's Beaded Bracelet Learn all of the techniques and receive all of the materials you need to design and knit your own bead knitted bracelet. You'll explore combinations of beads and yarn, choose or create an original bead placement design, and learn about bead stringing, chart reading and finishing, including a new kind of graft that results in a seamless join for bead-knitted fabric. While you create your own design for a bracelet, string the beads, and knit it in class, we'll discuss how the same or similar techniques can be used for necklaces, earrings or other accessories. This is a great knitted gift item that family and friends will truly love to receive!
Materials fee: $15 (choice of 5 colors of fiber and 20 colors of glass beads, beading needle, and bracelet clasp).
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
452-3 Intermediate Dazzling 3-D Knitted Beads Who doesn't LOVE beads? But did you know that you can KNIT them in all shapes and sizes, showing off some of your favorite yarns in a completely new way? This class will teach you to create several kinds of sculptural 'soft' beads from 2-D (flat) knitting and explore options for stringing them. You'll also learn some invaluable bead knitting techniques (casting on and binding off with beads) in this uniquely creative class.
Materials fee: $5.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
406-3 Advanced Betsy's Beaded Bag Expand your bead-knitting techniques while making a mini-version of this beautiful Byzantine Gold evening bag from Knitter's Magazine Summer 2007. We'll work a versatile, bead-knitted cast-on and bind-off you can also use to make straps, belts, and jewelry or embellish knitted projects of all kinds. You'll also learn an easy new technique for weaving beads into a project AFTER the knitting is complete. Get a fabulous, bead-knitted look without pre-stringing or stopping your knitting to place individual beads!
Materials fee: $20.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
448-3 Intermediate Not Your Grandmother's I-Cord! Welcome to 21st century I-cord! Be amazed as 'plain old' I-cord magically transforms into custom made jewelry, accessories, and unique embellishments with the addition of some great beads, some unexpected stitch choices, or just by letting the colors of a gorgeous variegated yarn lead the way. Throw out all of your preconceived notions about what it IS and learn what it CAN BE. Who knew?
Materials fee: $5.

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