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Gwen Bortner
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 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6006 Intermediate Entrelac Basics Have you always wanted to learn entrelac but thought it would be too hard? Whether a beginner or advanced knitter, this class is for you. During this class, each student will have the opportunity to knit a small project to gain hands-on experience in the entrelac technique. Participants will learn the seamless entrelac technique and basic entrelac construction. Hints and tips on the fine points of entrelac, a discussion of other project possibilities, and an overview of knitting in both directions will also be included.
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5236 Easy Good Reading What is the best way to save time and improve your knitting? Learn to read what is on your needles.
Begin by reviewing basic stitch construction, then learn how to determine where you are in your pattern and how to identify (and fix) mistakes before having to rip. Finally, with your newfound knowledge, convert finished stitch patterns into words. These are valuable skills for knitters of all experience.
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Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6123 Advanced Shetland Lace: A Londoner's Approach Shetland lace knitting is a beloved tradition with a unique construction method. In 1975 Gladys Amedro, originally of London, moved to the island of Yell in Shetland and began designing Shetland lace using a combination of traditional and non-traditional methods. In this class we will knit a swatch using Mrs. Amedro's method of working from the edge to the center.
Lace-weight merino yarn will be supplied by the teacher.
Note: Must be able to execute standard increases and decreases, and basic chart reading. Experience with lace-weight yarn required.
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Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     CANCELED
5237 Intermediate Flat to Circular and Back Again If you hate seams but love stitch dictionaries, then learn how to take patterns written row by row and convert them to round by round. If the pattern is already charted, it can be even easier! Learn what to do with those extra edge stitches, the importance of stitch repeats, and the secrets to selecting patterns that are easy to convert.
Students will practice converting several stitch patterns to work circularly, and will convert a circular pattern to be worked flat.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5109 Easy Provisional Cast-ons: The How and Why At least one provisional cast-on should be in every knitter's tool box. And, in fact, there are several options, each with their own pros and cons.
During the first half of class, you will learn how to complete at least three different provisional cast-on methods (possibly more if we have time). Then, we'll explore why every serious knitter needs to know this technique as we apply what we have learned to creating the perfect start to a top-down sweater, uncover the magic of the mobius, and investigate the many options these interesting cast-ons provide.
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Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5166 Easy The Language of Patterns Knitting patterns use a language all their own, and there is more to it than just understanding the abbreviations. Learn tricks for translating the language of knitting, clues for decoding the 'secret messages,' and hints for making educated guesses when nothing else seems to work. Students will gain experience locating key information and understanding the real intention of actual patterns as the class works through examples written in a variety of styles.



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 — 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 can’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 can’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.
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