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Gayle Roehm
Gayle Roehm has been teaching knitters across the country how to enjoy Japanese knitting and crochet designs. Gayle majored in Japanese studies, speaks Japanese, and lived in Japan. She began to teach knitting after a long career as a management consultant, focusing on development consulting, and worked in many countries all over the world. An avid knitter throughout her career, she has been using Japanese patterns for many years.

Her own designs have been featured in Knitter’s Magazine, Interweave Knits, A Gathering of Lace, and other publications. She also sells original designs through a local fiber arts gallery. Her article about Japanese patterns appeared in Knitter’s Magazine in 1997, and was one of the first to appear in English on the topic. She also prepared the Japanese section for the book Knitting Languages, and for several years translated Japanese patterns for Dancing Fibers (now Sunrise Yarns/Diakeito).



STITCHES West 2014 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
6017 Advanced Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs, Part 1 One of the fun things about knitting Japanese designs is discovering new stitch patterns. We’ll explore some interesting charted stitches which will be new to even the experienced knitter. They're challenging because the chart may be hard to interpret (with composite symbols or Japanese footnotes) or the execution of the stitch may be unusual. We'll do a quick review of Japanese stitch symbology, then swatch four or five stitch patterns.
Note: Students must be very comfortable knitting from charted stitch patterns. Some familiarity with Japanese stitch symbology is useful but not required.
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Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
4081 Advanced Simple Shawlette Workshop Most knitters have a plethora of sock yarn in their stash and have no plans to make socks out of it! Instead of socks how about a shawlette or shawl? YES! That is a great way to use this often colorful, hand-painted or semi solid yarn that you already have.
Combining two or more different colored yarns can create a fantastic fabric that is eye catching, unique and wonderful to wear. Two or three colors makes even the simplest patterns and stitches so much fun!
You learn three different ways to begin a shawlette or shawl resulting in 3 different shapes that use garter stitch, stockinette stitch and slip stitches. As an extra, Marly will help you choose the perfect border and teach you how to incorporate it into your shawlette customizing your piece for you! This is a project you will want to continue working on when class is over.
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
3104 Advanced Using Japanese Stitch Dictionaries Knitters are finding that stitch dictionaries from Japan offer a wealth of beautiful stitch patterns. We’ll look at the format of the available dictionaries then explore the features and intricacies of some of these stitches. We'll swatch a few of the maneuvers that appear frequently. If time permits, you'll get started on a design of your own.
Note: Must be very comfortable knitting from charts; previous experience with Japanese charts is desirable.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6035 Advanced Even More Challenging Stitches From Japanese Designs Japanese hand-knitting patterns often use complex and interesting stitch patterns. This class will introduce you to a group of patterns that present unusual challenges in executing the stitch or deciphering the chart. There are lacy stitches, textured stitches and stitches that require peculiar manipulation. Bring a really adventuresome attitude.
Note: These patterns are not part of 6017 (previously 617-3) Challenging Stitches. You MUST be comfortable knitting from charts and familiarity with Japanese symbols is helpful.



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