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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.
After developing a life-long passion for color while earning a degree in fine arts from the University of Michigan, Laura began Prism Yarns in 1984. She continues as Prism's creative force, specializing in color, hand-dyed yarns, and developing designs and patterns that use them in exciting and innovative ways.
Laura has written six books including The Yarn Stash Workbook, The New Knitter's Template (coauthored with Barry Klein), and recently produced the DVD Knitter's Guide to Color with Laura Bryant and the video, Yarn to Fit with Barry Klein. Artful Color, Mindful Knits from XRX Books is her latest book.
Laura is a nationally recognized weaver with work in many major corporate collections and is a recipient of an NEA individual artist grant in support of her work. Laura teaches and designs with a 'no rules' approach, and her classes are designed to bring out the creativity within all of us.
For more about Laura, go to prismyarn.com
STITCHES Midwest 2015 Classes
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Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
1002 No skills required Intro to Color
Color brings life and excitement to our knitting and crochet, yet many experienced knitters and crocheters feel uncertain about how to approach it. The human eye is capable of discerning over three million distinct colors, yet most of us have untrained eyes. Learn about color from an artist's perspective and begin a journey of enhanced perception.
Laura presents color effects in tangible visual terms that illustrate why color combinations work or don't work. While a basic understanding of the color wheel is useful, this class will not present wheel-based formulas. A new way of sorting color and seeing relationships becomes the basis for exploring color through knitting.
You will achieve a deeper understanding of color and perception, and Laura promises you will never look at color in the same way again. You will leave understanding Laura's favorite axiom: You don't get WOW by doing the expected!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6110 Easy Captivating Chevrons
Made iconically famous by the Italian design house of Missoni, chevron stitches are wonderfully dynamic and easily manipulated by hand knitters. Laura will lead you through several variations on how to form chevrons, and then will discuss gauge, design applications, and color selection. Your hands-on swatch will be a permanent record of how each type of chevron appears, so future project application will be a snap.
Note: Must know how to work both k2tog and SSK and what the difference between them is.
Optional materials fee: $3.00 for instructor-supplied yarns.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
1054 Intermediate Intro to Ikat Knitting or Crochet
If you have ever wanted to fool around with patterning hand-dyed yarn, Ikat knitting or crochet is the easiest introduction. You'll spend three fast-paced hours swatching Ikat-dyed yarns with several different approaches to design, and along the way you will gain skill at manipulating colors, forcing them to do your will. Lots of design options will be discussed and illustrated.
Materials fee: $10.00 for Ikat-dyed yarnÂ Â Â .
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1005 Intermediate Fascinating Fibonacci
Fibonacci numbers describe a mathematical sequence that occurs repeatedly in nature. This relationship is particularly pleasing to the eye, and artists and designers have used these numbers throughout civilization. Learn the history while you explore this fascinating tool for designing rows of color for stripes, blocks, and perfect shading. Learn a method for controlling color combinations, and participate in hands-on swatching with fun yarns and colors. Swatching can be done in knit or crochet; weavers and quilters can design blocks on paper.
Optional materials fee: $3 for assorted fashion yarns.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am SOLD OUT
5232 Easy Double-knitting Off the Grid
Knitting is so often just one row of stitches on top of another â€“ and double-knitting doubly so. In the pursuit of more interesting shapes, sometimes you need to go â€¦ off the grid. In this workshop, youâ€™ll learn a whole host of double-knit increases and decreases â€“ you can use them for shaping later, but I prefer to use them to make colorwork that almost seems to be embroidered onto the fabric. If you combine this technique with double-knit cables, whole new worlds will open up before you. As with the other advanced workshops, youâ€™ll also learn a really clean double-knit selvedge and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.
Note: Previous double-knitting experience required. (You should either have taken Alasdair's Introduction to Double-Knitting workshop in person or on Craftsy, or have done some other standard (not slip-stitch) double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop. You should also be comfortable with standard knitted increases and decreases.)
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm CANCELED
1050 Intermediate Accent on Color
Continue your explorations in color with Laura.
We have already learned that to get WOW! we must step outside of our comfort zones and avoid predictability. Harder to achieve is selecting and adding just the right amount of an accent without going over the visual edge.
In this class we will explore taming wild colors and pumping up boring combinations by adjusting the quantity. A series of swatches worked in class will allow your own personal explorations, as well as learning a quick method for initial trials. Swatches can be done in knit or crochet.
Note: Must have previously taken any one color course with Laura.
Optional materials fee: $3.00 for additional yarns.