A former software professional, Beth now mixes her enthusiasm for words and numbers, yarn and fiber, teaching and learning, and design of all kinds, and into Beth Whiteside Design. Sheâ€™s taught classes locally in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2003, nationally at events like STITCHES since 2005, and online at Annieâ€™s Craft Store and Craftsy. Her goal in creating and teaching classes is to further each studentâ€™s knowledge and skills, opening their mind to new creative possibilities in the world of things made with string. Her instructional style takes into account the many ways we learn, and breaks class content down into manageable chunks that build on each other. Bethâ€™s love of teaching is driven by a search for the â€śaha!â€ť moment, and she revels in finding new ways to make those light bulbs go on in her studentsâ€™ heads.
When she isnâ€™t teaching, Beth works in the fiber arts as a technical editor, writer, designer, and graphic designer. She loves trying new crafts and techniques and has recently become obsessed by knot-tying and weaving on little looms. You can find her designs in publications such as Creative Knitting and Knitterâ€™s, Magazine, by yarn companies such as Red Heart, Cascade, and Blue Sky Fibers, and in her own indie pattern line.
For more about Beth go to bethwhitesidedesignes.com
STITCHES Midwest 2014 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
FF3 Basic Simple Seaming
Seaming is an essential skill, just beyond the knitting fundamentals of cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off. We'll make small swatches and practice seaming rows-to-rows and stitches-to-stitches. And we'll talk about how to use these basics to put garments and other knit pieces together. Learn to seam, and a whole new world of knitting will open for you!
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
SP5 Easy Edgier Edges
Add edge to your edgings with these 2 easy, pretty beginnings. Reverse yarn overs create eyelets on the YO chain while cast-on/cast-off stitches give the picots their teeth. Sew your chains around garments, pick up stitches in them to get started, or simply add findings and wear them as jewelry!
Materials: 20-30 yds #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a solid, light, or bright color; knitting needles in size recommended on ball band.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
CC5 No skills required Stranded Color
Learn to work holding 2 colors at the same time! Commonly called Fair Isle knitting, this technique for stranding colors across the back lets you create brightly colored and patterned fabrics. While working on a small bag/hat project, you'll practice getting an even tension (not too tight, not too loose), learn ways to prevent yarns from twisting, and try different holding techniques. Come get a taste of this classic knitting technique!
Note: Students must already be familiar with knitting in the round.
Materials: 2 balls (50 yds each) #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and a US 10Â˝ circular needle 16" long, measured from tip to tip.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
XT9 No skills required Cords with a Twist
Call it plying, throwing, cordspinning or whatever, twisting cords is one of the oldest and most basic textile techniquesâ€”look at many yarns close up, and what do you see? Spun lengths twisted together. Twist several lengths of yarn together, and the resulting cords can become drawstrings, straps, and ties. Create trim to perfectly match your garment Ăˇ la Chanel from project yarn or jewelry to wear with it.
In class youâ€™ll learn how to make basic 2-ply cords, as well as how to cable cords. See how your choice of materials and combinations can influence the end results in unexpected ways putting a new twist on twisted cord.
Materials: Odds and ends of yarn, any type, in complementary colors; scissors; sharp needle for whipstitching.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
XT8 No skills required MacramĂ© Friendship Bracelets
Got friends? Got leftover yarn? Make your friends some bracelets with your leftovers! Youâ€™ll learn how your leftover lengths of cotton, linen, or other firm fiber yarns can become colorful macramĂ© friendship bracelets. Class will cover the basic half hitch knots, their variations, and how to read friendship bracelet charts.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT16 Basic Circular from the Inside Out
Are you used to working in the round from the outside in, decreasing your way to the center? Learn how to work the other way, starting at the center and increasing out. Working on double-pointed needles, youâ€™ll learn an easier way to start in the center while knitting a cute coaster (or two!). Weâ€™ll
talk about increase types, as well as their placement for design purposes (spokes, spirals and concentric circles).
Materials: 70 yds #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in light/bright color; 1 set US 7 double-pointed needles; US H hook.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
PP12 Easy Beginning Beading! Simple Spiral Bracelet
The basics of knitting with beads! Make a simple bracelet based on a pattern from Betsy Hershberg's book, Betsy Beads. This I-cord variant spirals on its own with beads placed to highlight its twists and turns. You'll see how easy it is to string the beads, place them in the knitting, and work the I-cord.
Materials: 2 US 6 double pointed needles, all other materials supplied in class.
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Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
PP3 No skills required Knit One Below Scarf
Columns of color on one side, blended swallowtails on the other! The column pattern makes a fabulous fabric produced by working only 1 color per row. Learn the best cast-on for K1B fabrics, how to find the stitch in the row below on both sides of the work, and how to use the slide manuever to get the yarn you need next. This class will get you started; you won't want to stop.
Materials: 2 balls (110 yds each) #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in coordinating colors (one ball can be variegated) and US 9 or 10 circular needle.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
TT28 Basic Short-row heels for Any Sock
Short row heels are most often found on commercially made socks. This heel can be used on toe-up or cuff-down construction. This class combines with TT41, so you can learn to make a toe-up sock in two sessions or = refresh your skills in an hour or two!Â