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No skill required
Basic Know basic stitches (knit, purl or single crochet, double crochet).
Easy You should know the basics, how to increase and decrease, and have made at least one project.
Intermediate You should have worked with a few stitch patterns and should be familiar wtih basic garment shaping.
Advanced You should have made several garments in various stitch patters and should comfortable making minor changes to patterns. Advanced is fun and challenging for thinking knitters.
With a degree in fine arts from the University of Michigan, Laura began Prism Yarns in 1984. She continues as Prism's creative force, specializing in color and hand-dyed yarns and has published over 70 pattern booklets for Prism. Laura has written six books, including The Yarn Stash Workbook, The New Knitter's Template (coauthored with Barry Klein), and recently produced the DVD Knitter's Guide to Color with Laura Bryant and Yarn to Fit with Barry Klein. Her newest book, Artful Color, Mindful Knits from XRX Books is available now. She teaches and designs with a 'no rules' approach, and her classes are designed to bring out the creativity within all of us.
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STITCHES West 2012 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
102-3 No skills required Intro to Color
Color brings life and excitement to our knitting, yet many feel uncertain about how to approach color. The human eye is capable of discerning over three million distinct colors, yet most of us have untrained eyes. Learn about color from an artist's perspective and begin a journey of enhanced perception. Laura presents color effects in tangible visual terms that illustrate why color combinations work or don't work. While a basic understanding of the color wheel is useful, this class will not present wheel based formulas such as many have heard of. A new way of sorting color and seeing relationships becomes the basis for exploring color through knitting. You will achieve a deeper understanding of color and perception, and Laura promises you will never look at color in the same way again. You will leave understanding Laura's favorite axiom: You don't get WOW by doing the expected!
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
101-3 Intermediate Color and Pattern Pizzazz
For those who wish to continue their exploration of color, this class will delve into the world of selecting color combinations for pattern knitting that really sing. Mosaic, Fair Isle, and two- or three-color slip stitch patterns will be examined with an eye for optimizing their effects. Lots of samples and hands-on knitting will give you a greater sense of confidence about selecting colors, and you will leave with a deeper understanding of Laura's favorite axiom: You don't get WOW by doing the expected!
Note: Must have taken any one color course with Laura previously.
Materials fee: $3 for yarns.
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
126-3 Intermediate Color Blending
If we think of a knit stitch as a pixel, we realize that knitting is the perfect vehicle for color blending. Take the next color step with Laura and learn how to select colors to maximize optical mixture, creating lovely shading and color blending. Learn to work your own magic on a large group of colors, controlling and selecting just the right ones for a Monet's garden of yarn. Simple swatches will provide hands-on experience. You will achieve a greater sense of confidence about selecting colors and leave with a deeper understanding of Laura's favorite axiom: You don't get WOW by doing the expected!
Note: Must have taken any one color course of Laura's.
Materials fee: $3.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
103-6 Intermediate Intentional Patterning with Hand-Dyed Yarns
Ever knit with hand-dyed yarn and noticed a particular pattern forming? Want to be able to do that reliably? This class is for you! We will cover the different styles of hand-dyeing, with examples of how they pattern. Learn how to read the color repeat in a hand-dyed yarn and then how to harness that repeat into reliable patterning, producing columns of color, flashes and argyles. Weâ€™ll examine how to turn those patterns into usable sized pieces for actual garments. Lots of hands-on swatching for 'repeatable' results!
Materials fee: $5.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
105-3 Intermediate Fascinating Fibonacci
Fibonacci numbers describe a mathematical sequence that occurs repeatedly in nature. This relationship is particularly pleasing to the eye, and artists and designers have used these numbers throughout civilization. Learn the history while you explore this fascinating tool for designing knitted stripes, blocks, and perfect shading. Learn a method for controlling color combinations. Hands-on swatching with fun yarns and colors. Optional materials fee: $3 for assorted fashion yarns.