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Certain skills OR additional fees required for this class
(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.
Designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008). His newest book, I Dream of Yarn: A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book was brought out by Soho Publishing in May, 2016 and is in its second printing.
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, the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat, Squam Arts Workshops, Sock Summit, and the Taos Wool Festival.
Franklinâ€™s varied experience in the fiber world includes contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Twist Collective; and regular columns and cartoons for Knitty.com, PLY Magazine, Lion Brand Yarns, and his popular â€śFridays with Franklinâ€ť feature for Skacel Collection. Many of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com.
He first became known as the writer of The Panopticon (presently on hiatus), one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet. Readers worldwide continue to drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the adventures of Dolores the Sheep.
Franklin lives in Chicago, Illinois, cohabiting shamelessly with 15,000 books, a Schacht spinning wheel, three looms, and a colony of yarn that multiplies whenever his back is turned.
For more about Franklin go to franklinhabit.com, @franklinhabit on Twitter, @franklin.habit on Instagram, or through his Facebook page at facebook.com/fhabit
STITCHES Midwest 2015 Classes
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Thursday 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm SOLD OUT
No skills required Five Women, Five Shawls
A personâ€™s â€ścreative lineageâ€ť is something like a family tree; only instead of telling you who married whom and why youâ€™ve inherited brown eyes and curly hair, it suggests reasons you may have a fondness for fine handwork or a knack for perfect set-in sleeves. It traces the passions, lives, and talents of those who helped to make you the creative soul you areâ€“and researching it can be fascinating, illuminating, and sometimes shocking. In this talk, Franklin Habit tells the funny, romantic, heartbreaking stories of
his first teachersâ€“all women in his familyâ€”and demonstrates the creative process behind the series of shawl designs they inspired.
Note: This presentation is free to registered attendees (anyone paying for a class or special event). Your badge will get you in.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am SOLD OUT
7089 No skills required Photographing Your Fiber
Bring your own camera and a project or two, and learn the basics of lighting, depth of field, styling, and common fiber-photography problems like capturing true color, capturing stitch definition, and photographing lace. We will also learn how to make a light box at home, cheap! No prior knowledge of photography necessary. The emphasis will be on getting the best possible shots using your camera.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
6124-2 Easy Weave the Center, Knit the Edge: The Ligeia Stole Workshop (Part 2)
The Ligeia Stole brings together two ancient artsâ€”weaving and knittingâ€”to create a finished piece that's both striking and elegant. In this full-day workshop, designers Franklin Habit and John Mullarkey will guide you through all the necessary steps, from weaving and joining the beautifully patterned elements of the pin-woven center; through the knitting-on of the matched lace edging. You won't believe how simple the tools and techniques are, and how quickly your own treasured stole will come together. No previous weaving experience is required!
Note: This is a two-part class, you must also sign up for 6124-1 with
John Mullarkey on Friday AM. You cannot take one part without the
You must be comfortable knitting from lace charts.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am SOLD OUT
6129 Intermediate Carved in Wool: Bavarian Twisted Stitch
The intriguing twisted stitch patterns (strickmuster) of Southern Germany and Austria are known in their native German as a signature of "Bayerisches Stricken"â€”"Peasant Knitting"â€”but their effect in knitted fabric is of unsurpassed richness. We will study and practice the twist maneuvers required of the technique, and also learn how to read the special charts in which the patterns have most often been recorded.
Prerequisites: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting, including knitting in the round. Prior familiarity and comfort with working from charted patterns will be helpful.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
2035 Intermediate Snip and Zip: Steeks and Zippers
This empowering class is designed to guide timid and/or inexperienced knitters through two operations: the cutting of steeks (slashed openings in knit fabric) and the installation of zippers. These techniques are famous for causing anxiety in the uninitiated.
Note: Fluency in the basics of knitting, including knitting in the round and fluency in stranded two-color work (i.e., Fair Isle Knitting).
Materials fee: $5
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6130 Intermediate Cavalcade of Color Work
A playful, joyful introduction to three types of color work. We will discuss the nature and practice of jacquard/Fair Isle/stranded work, intarsia, and the little-known but intriguing garter-stitch jacquard, which allows for the introduction of color patterns into garter stitch! Prerequisites: Fluency in the basics of single-color knitting, including casting on, knitting, and purling. Best suited to advanced beginners and intermediate knitters looking to expand their repertoire of color techniques.