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NO SKILLS REQUIRED No previous experience in the craft is required.
EASY You should know the basics of the craft and have made at least one project.
INTERMEDIATE You should be comfortable with the craft and ready to learn something new.
ADVANCED You should have made several projects and should be comfortable making minor changes to patterns. Advanced is fun and challenging for thinking crafters.
Jane Slicer-Smith, author of 'Swing,Swagger, Drape: Knit the Colors of Australia, joins STITCHES from her Signatur Handknits studio in Sydney Australia. Jane has a flair for style with garment styling and colors and has created classes themed around her winter 2014 design range. Let her bring some colors to your needles, from simple striped Miters, a color trim for a touch of Chanel style, or easy steps of intarsia and Fair Isle (stranded). She uses cables within many of her designs not just for texture but also styling and loves to take texture into new directions. Jane generously shares hints, tips and techniques which she applies to her ready to wear collections and knitting kit designs each year.
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STITCHES East 2012 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
368-3 Intermediate Designing with Miters
Take a designer's journey with Jane and mitered squares. First, step out of the square by seeing it as a mitered diamond. Add increases for A-line and Swing and decreases for Jane's flattering fit and style. Jane talks about how she has learned to accommodate and manipulate the limitations of miters into A-line and Swagger styles, showing garments from her book Swing, Swagger, Drapeâ€”all with two-row stripes!
Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
670-6 Intermediate Texture, Purpose, Placement and Patterns
This class will explore textures and their uses beyond the stitch pattern. Learn stitch construction as well as shaping and styling. Learn the profiles of different stitches. Understand stacking stitches to create ribs and explore alternatives to rib with basket stitch or double moss for knitted-on button bands. Jane designed this class to help you understand these stitches, observe your knitting in relationship to graphs and written instructions. We will discuss raised-surface texture from bobbles, bells and leaf shapes, to cables and traveling stitches for Celtic cross, zigzag and diamond patterns, as well as the functions of cables in garment styling.
Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
112-6 Intermediate Intarsia: An Introduction to a World of Color
Join Jane in her world of color as she guides you through the basics of simple Intarsia and Fair Isle, reading graphs, reading your knitting, and joining colors. Jane will talk about proportion and color balance within a design, as well as her use of swing and drape when designing.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
118-3 Intermediate Swing into Style
With Jane as your guide, learn the basics of shaping A-line and swing coats, understand garment structure, and make smart color and styling choices.