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(Fees payable in cash to the teacher in class.)
NO SKILLS REQUIRED No previous experience in the craft is required.
EASY You should know the basics of the craft and have made at least one project.
INTERMEDIATE You should be comfortable with the craft and ready to learn something new.
ADVANCED You should have made several projects and should be comfortable making minor changes to patterns. Advanced is fun and challenging for thinking crafters.
Marlaina 'Marly' Bird fled the world of financial services to launch a career in the yarn industry and she hasn't looked back since. To Marly, a bi-crafty girl who both knits and crochets, the yarn is the star, not how you work with it.
She is the national spokesperson for Red Heart Yarns, hosts the YarnThing podcast, is the author of Cold Weather Crochet and I Can't Believe I'm Entrelac Knitting, and co-author of Knitting for Dummies, 3rd ed. You've seen her designs in Knitter's Magazine, Interweave Crochet, Knitscene, Love of Crochet, Love of Knitting, and in the books Knitter's Book of Socks, Unexpected Afghans, Simply Crochet, Lace Yarn Studio, Blueprint Crochet Sweaters, and Knitting Plus.
Along with her designing and podcast, Marly has a successful YouTube channel where she teaches both knitting and crochet. On top of all that, Marly also has several online classes available with Creativebug and Craftsy.com.
In her spare time, Marly is a wife to a very understanding husband, raises three kids, and because life was not crazy enoughâ€”has three dogs.
For more about Marly, go to www.marlybird.com.
STITCHES West 2015 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
6119 Intermediate Twist and Turns: Cables
Knitted cables and braids make some of the prettiest and most complex-looking knit stitch patterns. The secret? They're easier than they look!
Learn about the history of cables while knitting samples that can be turned into a hat or scarf. You'll leave with the confidence and understanding of the importance of gauge, how to create cables with and without a cable needle, and how to read cable charts.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am SOLD OUT
3109 Intermediate Hobby to Profession: Becoming a Designer
You have fallen in love with knitting and crochet and now you want to become a professional designer, but you aren't sure where to start...or how.
This is the class for you! Learn from crochet and knitwear designer Marly Bird as she shows you how to take a design from a rough idea to a full proposal. This comprehensive, how-to class benefits designers of all levels and gives you a set of tools that you will need as you venture into design.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
5141 Easy Four Play: How to Master DPN's
Let Marly show you how to master those double-pointed needles. No more dropped needles, lost stitches, or unsightly runs in your knitting! Learn a unique, never-fail cast-on; how to keep the stitches between each needle join snug; and how a few tips and tricks along the way can help in your future knitting projects.
Friday 10:01 pm - 11:30 pm
No skills required Pajama Party
Kick off your shoes, slide on your slippers and join Marly Bird and her co-hosts for an evening of games, prizes, laughter and, of course, knitting or crocheting! Relax with old friends or come and make new ones.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
8048 Intermediate Single-crochet Entrelac
Let's try something new. How about learning to crochet a fabric that resembles basket-woven stripes? That sounds a lot like entrelac. But entrelac is only for knitters, you say. NOPE!
Get the look of basic entrelac with a crochet hook instead of knitting needles. This class doesn't use the Tunisian technique to complete each square or diamond and triangle. Simple single crochet is all you need!
Amaze your friends with your newfound crochet skill. Create striking blankets, accessories, and garments. And have fun!
Note: Must have a good command of basic crochet skills.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am SOLD OUT
3084 Intermediate Curvy Knits: Plus-size Knitting
Have you ever spent time and yarn money to knit a sweater that you never wear because it stretched, feels funny, or makes you look massive? Designer and plus-size lady Marly Bird feels your pain.
In Curvy Knits: Plus-size Knitting you'll learn to select the perfect pattern for your shape and to make easy fit adjustments to bust, sleeves, neckline, and other trouble spots. Learn how to transform swatching from a boring chore into a valuable tool. You'll use your favorite sweater, right out of your closet, to tell you things you never knew about yourself. Get advice and help from Marly as you learn the same techniques knitwear designers use. You can get a perfect fit and finish every time!
fNote: Must have knit at least one sweater and know how to increase, decrease, and read a pattern.