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Certain skills OR additional fees required for this class
(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.
Designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008). His newest book, I Dream of Yarn: A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book was brought out by Soho Publishing in May, 2016 and is in its second printing.
He travels constantly to teach knitters at shops and guilds across the country and internationally; and has been a popular member of the faculties of such festivals as Vogue Knitting Live!, STITCHES Events, the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat, Squam Arts Workshops, Sock Summit, and the Taos Wool Festival.
Franklinâ€™s varied experience in the fiber world includes contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Twist Collective; and regular columns and cartoons for Knitty.com, PLY Magazine, Lion Brand Yarns, and his popular â€śFridays with Franklinâ€ť feature for Skacel Collection. Many of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com.
He first became known as the writer of The Panopticon (presently on hiatus), one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet. Readers worldwide continue to drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the adventures of Dolores the Sheep.
Franklin lives in Chicago, Illinois, cohabiting shamelessly with 15,000 books, a Schacht spinning wheel, three looms, and a colony of yarn that multiplies whenever his back is turned.
For more about Franklin go to franklinhabit.com, @franklinhabit on Twitter, @franklin.habit on Instagram, or through his Facebook page at facebook.com/fhabit
STITCHES Midwest 2016 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
5271 Intermediate Now You See It, Now You Don't: Shadow Knitting
Color and texture meet and mingle with startling results in the subtle, intriguing fabrics created by shadow (also called â€śillusionâ€ť) knitting. Stripes, garter stitch, and stockinette combine to create patterns that appear or vanish depending upon the angle of viewâ€“perfect for hiding secret messages in your work. We will not only learn the technique (including simple chart reading), but will also investigate methods for designing shadow patterns, and play with creating our own charts for custom projects.
Thursday 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
No skills required B is for Purl: A Brief History of the Knitting Pattern
In the beginning, there was knitting; and it was good. Then came knitting books, and they were good. Except when they werenâ€™t. In this lighthearted, lavishly illustrated talk, learn about where, when and how the first printed knitting patterns appeared;Â hear the stories of the pioneering women who made their fortunes catering to the first generations of leisure needleworkers; marvel at spectacular examples ofÂ primordial errata; and experience the many joys (and otherwise) of bringing nineteenth-century designs to life.
Note: This presentation is free to registered attendees (anyone paying for a class or special event). Your badge will get you in.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
5270 Intermediate A Sense of Proportion: A Glorious Compendium of Methods for Knitting without Tapes and Rulers
A tape measure is wonderful thing. So is a knitting pattern. But have you dreamt of being freed from both, and working your way from cast-on to finished garment using neither one nor the other? You can. The history of knitting is full of time-tested methods for using the proportions of the human bodyâ€“and of the knitting itselfâ€“to determine stitch counts, shapings, and measurements to yield garments with a custom fit. In this classâ€“part lecture, part practiceâ€“students will learn about useful relative proportions of the human body, as well as formulae and folklore for hats, mittens, socks, shawls, and fitted upper garments. And yes, youâ€™ll need a tape measureâ€¦but not for long.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
6124-2 Intermediate Weave the Center, Knit the Edge: The Ligeia Stole Workshop (Part 2)
The Ligeia Stole brings together two ancient artsâ€”weaving and knittingâ€”to create a finished piece that's both striking and elegant. In this full-day workshop, designers Franklin Habit and John Mullarkey will guide you through all the necessary steps, from weaving and joining the beautifully patterned elements of the pin-woven center; through the knitting-on of the matched lace edging. You won't believe how simple the tools and techniques are, and how quickly your own treasured stole will come together. No previous weaving experience is required!
Note: This is a two-part class, you must also sign up for 6124-1 with
John Mullarkey on Saturday AM. You cannot take one part without the
You must be comfortable knitting from lace charts.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am SOLD OUT
3065 Intermediate Working with Antique Patterns
Don't let the tiny type and archaic language fool you â€” there's a gold mine of beautiful, functional designs waiting to be discovered within the pages of Victorian and Edwardian books and magazines. In this session, we'll discuss the history of patterns; the selection of appropriate yarn and needles; methods for deciphering and trouble shooting, and 'reverse engineering' from photographs and pieces. You don't need to be a historian or re-enactor to enjoy this class â€” just a knitter with a curious mind.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
7089 No skills required Photographing Your Fiber
Bring your own camera and a project or two, and learn the basics of lighting, depth of field, styling, and common fiber-photography problems like capturing true color, capturing stitch definition, and photographing lace. We will also learn how to make a light box at home, cheap! No prior knowledge of photography necessary. The emphasis will be on getting the best possible shots using your camera.