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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 2013 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     SOLD OUT
416-3 Intermediate Betsy Beads: Earring Bling! Is this you? You LOVE the two earring designs from Betsy Beads—Precious Hoops and Silver Orbits—€”but feel just a wee bit intimidated working with such fine yarn, small needles, and tiny beads. No idea where to get all the supplies for these projects. What to do? Take this class!! Betsy will provide all the materials for both sets of earrings, teach you the techniques and guide you as you complete at least one of each earring in class. It will help if you have a sense of adventure AND a sense of humor: we'll be working on Size 00 needles. But it's so worth it. Look what you'll make! You can do it!
Materials fee: $25 includes everything needed for 2 complete sets of earrings.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
No skills required Confessions of a Left-brained Knitter Betsy Hershberg knows about the voices in your head:

"...Sure you can KNIT but you're NOT creative. Leave designing to the pros."

She heard them for years.
Then Betsy began knitting with beads. She stopped listening and found HER creative voice.

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
473-6 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 jewelry. 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).
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
586-3 Intermediate Betsy Beads: Master Class For many of the projects in Betsy Beads, the proverbial devil is in the details, and this class will teach them. Learn the Zipper Graft that finishes the seamless bead-knit tube of the “Twilight” necklace as well as several of the “Four Seasons” beads. Work a bead-woven picot hem that is the secret of “Girly Pearls,” as well as the great beaded cast-on and bind-off used for the knitted beads of the “Wrap and Roll” necklace. Adding these exciting techniques to your knitter’s bag of tricks will allow you to approach these projects with confidence, and then use the techniques to create exciting projects that are your own.
Materials fee: $5.

STITCHES West 2013 ETC Classes
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Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ETC Intermediate Adventures in Bead Knitting Land Let's spend two entire days together, playing with beads and yarn! Here's the deal: You bring lots of great 'œbead-able' yarns from your stash and an assortment of your favorite glass, seed beads, and I'™ll share tons of bead knitting techniques, bead-worthy stitch patterns and project instructions for both a fabulous stretchy bracelet and belt we'™ll work on in class. And the best part? These projects will each be one-of-a-kind because YOU will design them! Lots of time for discussions about color, yarn and bead combinations, as many "What if's" as we can come up with and some left-brained creativity talk along the way.
Important: Must have experience with and be comfortable working in the round on four double-pointed needles.
Materials fee: $25 for metal belt buckle, 2 sizes of elastic, and a beading needle.

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