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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 Midwest 2013 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
515-3 Easy 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
479-3 Easy Get Hooked on ABACUS Bead Knitting Are you one of those knitters who would really like to get on the bead knitting bandwagon and make unique bead knit jewelry but can't face the idea of counting, arranging, and stringing hundreds of beads all at one time only to find out you've made a mistake and have to start over? Well here is a brand new technique that combines knitting and the addition of multiple beads at a time with a small steel crochet hook to create an endless variety of bead knit patterns. And because you are adding just a few beads at a time, correcting any missteps is a breeze. You'll learn all of my ABACUS bead knitting secrets while starting to create your own bracelet. Once you learn the basic technique, you'll find yourself with more ideas than you know what to do with. The technique is deceptively simple, lots of fun, and NEW!! Give it a try.
Note: Students should feel comfortable handling a crochet hook but will not have to do any crocheting.

Materials fee: $25 for kit including silk fiber, 3 colors of Japanese seed beads (400-500), magnetic clasp, steel crochet hook, and beading needle.

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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).
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.

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