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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.
Betsy Hershberg is a life-long knitter whose knitting world was turned upside down and inside out when she learned how to bead knit in 2002. As ideas for combining beads and fiber began to take over her knitting brain, she found herself on a completely unexpected journey which has forever altered the way she thinks about her 'left-brained' self and the creative process. She shares some of these discoveries, along with unique bead-knitting techniques in her book Betsy Beads: Confessions of a Left-Brained Knitter. Betsy takes enormous pleasure in teaching, feeling it is especially rewarding to help knitters reach new levels of technical knowledge, confidence, and independence that will free them to explore their own individual creativity.
You can view her work at studiobknits.com.
STITCHES Midwest 2015 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
5015 Easy Bead Knitting Sampler
Expand your horizons by joining the ranks of happy knitters who have learned how to enhance their knitting with beads of all kinds.
As you learn 9 different methods to include beads in stockinette fabric, you'll create a wonderful sampler that coordinates with written instructions to provide the perfect take-home reference guide. We'll use large beads and worsted-weight yarn, so no worries about eye strain or managing tiny beads.
This is the class in which to begin your adventures in bead knitting!
Materials fee: $2 (assorted beads).
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4087 Intermediate Go Big or Go Homeā€”XL Bead Balls
In this combination technique-and-project class, students learn to create bead-knit wrappers for XL wooden beads (measuring 1ā€¯ in diameter). With strong, fine-gauge, solid and hand-painted tencel fibers and small US 00 needles, you can knit fabric that will have lots of beautiful little stitches. And lots of beautiful stitches provide seemingly endless options for stunning bead-placement patterns. As you work on your own series of beads, your personal gauge is used to plan the perfect-sized wrapper and bead design. You'll learn techniques including multicolor bead stringing, how to knit beads between stitches (the easiest way to place pre-strung beads), and options for grafting plain and bead-knit fabric. An alternative tubular method for encasing these beads will also be presented.
Note: Must be able to work a long-tail cast-on and be prepared to work with very small needles and small (Size 8) beads.
Materials Fee: $10 (for fiber, beading needle, and wooden bead balls). Students will supply their own beads; details provided with homework.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4079 Intermediate Get Hooked on ABACUS Bead Knitting
Are you one of those knitters who would really like to get on the bead-knitting bandwagon and make unique bead-knit jewelry, but can't face the idea of counting, arranging, and stringing hundreds of beads all at one time, only to find out you've made a mistake and have to start over? Well, here is a technique that combines knitting and the addition of multiple beads with a small steel crochet hook to create an endless variety of bead-knit patterns. And because you are adding just a few beads at a time, correcting any missteps is a breeze.
You'll learn all of my ABACUS bead-knitting secrets while starting to create your own bracelet. Once you learn the basic technique, you'll find yourself with more ideas than you know what to do with. The technique is deceptively simple and lots of fun! Give it a try.
Note: Students should feel comfortable handling a crochet hook but will not have to do any crocheting.
Materials fee: $25 for kit including silk fiber, 3 colors of Japanese seed beads (400-500), magnetic clasp, steel crochet hook, and beading needle.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6107 Intermediate Be a Bead-knitting 'Show Off!'
Once you've learned basic bead-knitting techniques for stockinette knitting, it's time to take your bead knitting to the next level. Your favorite projects don't always use stockinette stitch. Knitters love interesting stitch patterns! They bring great texture and stunning variety to our work.
This class will help you learn to evaluate the 'beadability' of some of your stitch pattern favorites and perhaps one or two with which you are not yet familiar. Learn how to use some wonderful bead-knitting and bead-weaving techniques to show off just what makes your favorite stitch patterns so fabulous. Use a little or use a lot-it's up to you-but do show off those special knitted stitch patterns with beads!
Note: You should have experience with bead knitting before taking this class.