A former software professional, Beth now mixes her enthusiasm for instruction and illustration, writing and editing, and design of all kinds in the world of things made with string as Beth Whiteside Design. She's taught classes locally in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2003, nationally at events like STITCHES since 2005, and online at Annie's Craft Store and Craftsy/Bluprint. Her goal in creating and teaching classes is to further each student's knowledge and skill, opening their mind to new creative possibilities. Her instructional style takes into account the many ways we learn and breaks class content down into manageable chunks that build on one another. Beth's love of teaching is driven by a search for the 'Aha!' moment and she revels in finding new ways to make those light bulbs turn on in her student's heads.
STITCHES South 2016 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
CC5 No skills required Stranded Color
Learn to work holding 2 colors at the same time! Commonly called Fair Isle knitting, this technique for stranding colors across the back lets you create brightly colored and patterned fabrics. While working on a small bag/hat project, you'll practice getting an even tension (not too tight, not too loose), learn ways to prevent yarns from twisting, and try different holding techniques. Come get a taste of this classic knitting technique!
Note: Students must already be familiar with knitting in the round.
Materials: 2 balls (50 yds each) #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and a US 10Â˝ circular needle 16" long, measured from tip to tip.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT32 Basic I-cord on the Edge
Edge your knitting as you work it! In class you'll create a swatch with I-cord edges worked at the same time, learn how to turn a corner, execute an I-cord bind-off, and create I-cord button loops. We'll discuss additional ways to edge with I-cord, as well as how to handle gauge considerations. Turn your swatch into a cuff or a coin purse!
Note: Must know how to work a basic stockinette stitch I-cord.
Materials: 20 yds #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, set of double-pointed needles in size appropriate for yarn.
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT38 Easy Stitchapalooza!
This class is all about crochet stitches! You'll learn some of my favorite Elmore Crochet (aka extended) stitches, as well as linked stitches and make your very own sampler.
NOTE: Must be able to read written crochet patterns/instructions based on US terminology, identify and execute basic crochet stitches (slip knot, ch, sc, hdc, dc, tr)
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
SP5 Easy Edgier Edges
Add edge to your edgings with these 2 easy, pretty beginnings. Reverse yarn overs create eyelets on the YO chain while cast-on/cast-off stitches give the picots their teeth. Sew your chains around garments, pick up stitches in them to get started, or simply add findings and wear them as jewelry!
Materials: 20-30 yds #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a solid, light, or bright color; knitting needles in size recommended on ball band.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT39 Easy Criss... Cross... Cable!
At its most basic, a cable is a group of stitches whose parts swap position every few rows. The maneuvering required to swap stitches is simple to learn. Their complex appearance comes about because of the many ways stitches can be grouped, arranged, and intertwined with other groups. Learn the basics of crossing cables, terminology, and how to work them from written instructions and from a chart.
Materials: 50 yards #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a light or bright color; US 7 needle; cable needle, any type; basic supplies (scissors, tapestry needle, markers, etc)
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
SP6 Intermediate Loopy for Loop Stitch
Learn the loop technique that can create fun fur or fashionable fringe on knit fabric. In class, you'll learn two techniques for making loopsâ€”one for each side of the fabricâ€”plus how to make double loops in each stitch. Instructions are included for turning the class project into au courant boot toppers. Liven your projects up with loops!
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
XT11 Basic Split Rings Using Clover's New Bobbin Tatting Shuttle
Youâ€™ve made rings and chains, and combined the two, now youâ€™re ready for a new challenge.Â Add Split Rings to your skills by making these sweet little roses.Â Youâ€™ll find lots of other uses for split rings, from bridging one round to another, to adding decorative elements to otherwise simple designs.Â But here's the bonus â€” you can do all of this with Clover's new Bobbin Tatting Shuttle. You can pre-wind all of your bobbins and simply insert them into the shuttle as needed for smooth, uninterrupted tatting. Join us and explore this useful trick to make your tatting patterns blossom!
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting
In Continental knitting you tension the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and use the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. Learn the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. This great technique can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.