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Denise Bell
When she was growing up, Denise always performed some kind of handwork. When she learned to knit she was instantly addicted. Wherever she looks, Denise sees patterns, so it's no surprise that her knitting emphasis is lace. What is surprising to many knitters is that Denise is also a quilter who loves needle-turn applique.

Travel and spending time in the natural world provide inspiration. She recently visited Shetland and Scotland to delve further into the history of fine lace knitting. Her business, Lost City Knits, named for the community nearest her Oklahoma farm, offers fine hand-dyed yarns and original designs. When not knitting, teaching, dyeing, or designing, Denise puts her pattern-seeking abilities to work solving cryptic crossword puzzles, and because no one can do just one thing, she also kayaks on lakes and streams near her eastern Oklahoma home. Along with her husband, she is the author of the book Ultima Thule: Patterns Inspired by the Shetland Islands.


For more about Denise, go to lostcityknits.com



STITCHES Midwest 2015 Classes
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Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6122 Advanced Shetland Sky and Sea The themes of sky and sea are frequently represented in Shetland designs. Would you expect anything less from the beautiful but hard-to-reach islands located where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea?

In this fine-lace class, we'll look at 2 traditional Shetland stitches: the Bird's Eye and the Cockleshell. Both stitches involve patterning on every row and do require a bit of concentration. And both are well worth the effort!
Note: Students must be able to work standard increases and decreases, be proficient at chart reading, and have experience with lace-weight yarn.
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Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6113 Advanced Estonian Style: Nupps and Starflowers The Estonian style of lacework involves several stitches that may be unfamiliar or intimidating to many lace knitters . A nupp, unlike a bobble, lies flat and has little surface disruption. A starflower begins with the same first step as the nupp, but rather than building inwards it blooms into an open feature.
Students will learn the techniques for nupps and starflowers and examine finished projects using both.
Note: Students must be skilled at working standard increases and decreases, be proficient at chart reading, and have experience with lace-weight yarn.
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Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6121 Advanced The Unst Effect: Shetland Shawls The northern-most reaches of Scotland are the Shetland Islands, renowned for their wool and knitting traditions. By the time one travels north to the Shetland island of Unst, one is quickly running out of Scotland. The lace there, however, is worth the trek.
Shetland lace was once presented to Queen Victoria, whose excitement over the garment sparked aristocratic interest and brought the Shetland lace industry into its most popular era.
In this class we will discuss traditional methods used in Shetland shawls and consider current techniques for their construction, including both 'inward' and 'outward' progressions. Denise's photographs of Shetland lace will be available, and students will knit a swatch using lace-weight yarn (provided).
Note: This class begins on Saturday afternoon and concludes Sunday morning.

Students must be skilled at executing standard increases and decreases and be proficient at chart reading. Experience with lace-weight yarn is required.



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