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Myra Wood
Myra is a fiber artist, designer, and author of Knit in New Directions (XRX Books), Crazy Lace, and Creative Crochet Lace. She's appeared on TV shows including Knitty Gritty, Knit and Crochet Now, Uncommon Threads, and on online classes. With a background in fine and graphic arts, Myra teaches a wide range of inspiring classes specializing in all things creative.
For more about Myra, go to myrawood.com.

STITCHES East 2012 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
821-3 Intermediate Japanese Crochet Motifs Delicate Japanese motifs are the latest craze in crochet for wearables, scarves, and home furnishings. Learn how to read Japanese motif charts along with tons of tips and tricks including beginning with magic circles, changing colors seamlessly, joining motifs, and weaving in ends as you go to take your crochet to the next level. We'll start a scarf in class that's fun and fast to make.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
374-3 Easy Template Based Knitting and/or Crochet This comprehensive lecture covers knitting and crochet without patterns by using templates instead. Once a proper fitting template has been created, pieces are knit and/or crocheted and fit together to fill in the shapes using an endless variety of yarns and techniques. Various methods of creating templates and how to knit or crochet to exact shapes and sizes will all be covered. Handouts for slopers and templates for various shaped garments will be provided.
Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
352-6 Intermediate Creative Knitting: Crazy Quilt Style Learn how to design and knit in different directions to make a unique fabric based on an overall template rather than a specific pattern. A basic template will be provided to make a pillow or purse but you'll learn how to make your own clothing templates as well. Learn to combine triangles, squares, and rectangles to fill your shape like a jigsaw puzzle or traditional crazy quilt. We'll discuss how to knit shapes to exact sizes, ways to join as you go, and finishing and embellishing to complete your wearable work of art. You'll never look at your knitting (or your stash) the same way again!
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
469-3 Intermediate Crazy as Pi Discover endless possibilities for creative lace shawls using Elizabeth Zimmerman's Pi Shawl recipe. You'll learn everything you need to create a circular shawl or home accessory including circular cast-on for Magic Loop knitting in the round, inserting lace patterns as desired and finishing your piece like a pro. It's easy as Pi!
Note: Must have basic lace knitting skills including chart reading.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
333-3 Easy Freeform Fun: Knitting and/or Crochet Come spend a few hours immersed in pure creativity with Myra Wood. She'll take you on a fiber adventure into the wonderful world of freeform knitting (and crochet). You'll discover endless ways to combine various knitting and/or crochet stitches and techniques to create unique fabrics and art-to-wear items. Color, texture and design will all be explored during this inspirational process. All you need are very basic knitting and/or crochet skills. Come prepared to play!

STITCHES East 2012 ETC Classes
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Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ETC Intermediate Creative Knitting Boot Camp Immerse yourself in 2 days of pure inspiration working with creativity, color, texture and design. Myra shares her template-based approach to knitting one-of-a-kind wearable art that's easier than you think. Everyone is creative! You just need the tools to learn how to access and use your own imagination and Myra will guide you in a simple and very accessible way through the whole process. You'll learn the exact steps to take while you design your own unique cardigan or pullover.
First, you'll explore exactly what creativity means with an inspiring talk and a few fun exercises to get you're imagination going. Then you'll begin an actual sweater by cutting a template from muslin and learn how to alter it for a perfect fit. Once you're comfortable with the style and fit, you get to play and explore different ways to design your own multidirectional fabric. Next, you'll experiment with lots of techniques and different approaches that will be all be covered in detail so you can decide which one suits you best. There will be lots of finished samples for ideas & inspiration and this is a very hands-on workshop, so Myra will work with you personally to help you design the sweater of your dreams. You'll go home with the confidence and knowledge of how to knit a completely unique garment to fit you perfectly and finish it like a pro.
Whether you're a seasoned professional or someone who just loves to knit but finds yourself stuck in a creative slump, this workshop will get your creative juices flowing. All you need is the desire to spread your wings and try something new. Get ready for some serious fun!
Note: Crocheters welcome, too.

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