Gwen Bortner is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Teacher teaching at venues throughout the country, the author of Entree to Entrelac and the past Interim Executive Director of The National Needlearts Association.
Gwen's passion is teaching. Whether teaching through the local community education program, at a national knitting convention, or at the local yarn shop, meeting new people and sharing the love of knitting is one of her greatest joys.
Gwen's teaching philosophy can be summed up in the following quote, "My job is to make the students' toolbox bigger. If all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail! I believe there are lots of 'right' answers. The more options you have, the more skills you develop, and a better knitter is the result. My mantra is 'knitting is fun'. If you add something to your knitting toolbox and have fun doing it, then I consider that a successful class."
For more about Gwen, go to gwenbortner.com
STITCHES Midwest 2015 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
SP2 Basic Entrelac Intro
French for 'interlaced,' entrelac is recognized by its characteristic basketweave appearance. Learn how to make the basic units of left and right rectangles, linking them together in tiers worked back and forth across the fabric. You will learn some of the knitting lingo specific to entrelac such as LR and RR. Included in this class is a pattern for an entrelac scarf that you will begin.
Materials: 100 yards each #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and US 8 or 9 needles.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT13 No skills required Invisible Joins â€” Well Nearly Invisible
Joining yarn in the middle of the row can be frustrating if the join is noticeable. This class will do the Russian braided, and the knotted joins. Learn which join to do based on the fiber content of your yarn. Your next project will fly because you canâ€™t wait to get to the end of the ball to try
your new skills.
Materials: 5 yards each of two colors #4 (worsted-weight) WOOL yarn, 5 yards each of two colors #4 (worsted-weight) COTTON yarn; tapestry needle.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT18 Basic Uh, Oh! Fixing Mistakes
All knitters make mistakes. It can be frustrating when you canâ€™t fix them yourself, so you rip out and start over numerous times. This class focuses on the most common skills beginners need: picking up dropped stitches, correcting mistakes a few rows back, and understanding the difference between ripping back and un-knitting. These skills will help you relax when an 'oops' comes along.
Materials: Practice amount of #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, US 8 or 9 needles, and F, G, or H crochet hook.