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Franklin Habit
Designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008) and proprietor of The Panopticon (the-panopticon.blogspot.com), one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet. On an average day upwards of 2,500 readers worldwide drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the continuing adventures of Dolores the Sheep. He recently founded Yarn Shaming (yarnshaming.tumblr.com), because while he loves yarn, yarn does not always love him back.

Franklin’s varied experience in the fiber world includes contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Cast On: A Podcast for Knitters, Twist Collective; and regular columns for both Knitty.com and Lion Brand Yarns. Several of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com.

He travels constantly to teach knitters at shops and guilds across the country and internationally and has been a popular member of the faculties of such festivals as Vogue Knitting Live!, STITCHES Events, Sock Summit, and the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat.


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STITCHES East 2014 Classes
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Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
6091 Intermediate Knitted Tessellations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice (Deluxe Edition) A hands-on introduction to the creation of tessellations: motifs that interlock without gaps or overlaps. Tessellations are as old and pervasive as design itself; they can be found in some of the most ancient examples of human craft, and were famously used in the modern era by the artist M.C. Escher.

In this class, we will begin by discussing the theories behind tessellating, and put into practice the basic techniques for designing new tessellated patterns in hand-knitted fabrics. In this expanded, six-hour edition we will also delve into eleven varieties of symmetry, and use them to create striking, original new designs.
Note: Fluency in the basics of knitting in the round (or, if it is the student’s preference, speed-swatching or flat stranded colorwork). Students are offered the choice of working in knit/purl texture patterns or in two-color (stranded) knitting; those choosing the latter should be adept at it. A sense of humor, a taste for adventure, and a reasonable ability to concentrate are strongly advised.
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Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1044 Intermediate The Knitted Plaid: A Color and Pattern Workshop If the prospect of mixing colors gives you the fidgets, but you've dreamt of putting together your own complex color schemes for projects, this class is for you. We'll begin by learning a simple but strikingly effective method for knitting plaid fabric– a method that can even be used to recreate family or school tartans. Then we'll use the framework of the plaid as the point of departure for a practical, hands-on lesson in color selection. You can learn to design your own color schemes–all it takes is a little knowledge, a little practice, and a little playfulness.



STITCHES East 2014 ETC Classes
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Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ETC No skills required Photographing Your Fiber: An In-Depth Hands-On Workshop Does capturing your work with a camera leave you frustrated? Do you admire beautiful published photographs of yarns and patterns and wonder how they were made? Do you wish your friends (and enemies) on Ravelry could see how beautiful your projects really are?
In this intense introductory-level workshop, you'll learn and practice the basics of lighting, exposure, composition, and styling a shoot. We'll tackle common fiber photography problems like capturing true color and showing off textured yarns and stitches.
Students will have the opportunity to have their photographic output evaluated; and will work both together and independently on photographing their own projects.
Note: No prior knowledge of photography is necessary. Just have a camera and a sense of adventure.



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