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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.
Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Shannon and Jason are the DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz behind the design studio of Shibaguyz Designz and Shibaguyz Photography.
Shannon's award winning crochet & knit designs have been featured in and on the covers of both US and international publications, and he currently has over 300 published patterns credited to his name. Shannon has been teaching adults for 20+ years and is a Craft Yarn Council certified instructor. His quirky sense of humor and relatable teaching style have made him a sought after teacher in both local and national venues.
Jason is a professional fashion and portrait photographer whose fashion photography can be seen in many of the Shibaguyzâ pattern books. Jason also works as a freelance book-packaging designer and photographer for indie knitwear designers as well as major publishing companies like Sterling Publishing, Leisure Arts, Quayside, and Creative Publishing. Jason is known for his candid style of photography in his portrait work and is sought after in the fiber arts community for his insights into what it takes to show an artist's work at its best.
Shannon and Jason live in Seattle, Washington with their three Shiba Inu who, more or less, support their ventures as long as enough time is taken for walks and treats.
For more about Shannon and Jason go to ShibaguyzDesignz.com
STITCHES Midwest 2016 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
8069 Easy Couture Finishing for Knit and Crochet
Master sewists and finishers work for years to perfect their finishing skills and
they are sought out by couture designers for those skills to give their work the
flawless finishes it deserves. Likewise, youâve worked hard to make your
stitching skills the best they can be so you can produce FAB fabrics for your
handmade projects. Now itâs time to bring those finishing skills up to the next
There is no arguing the point that FAB finishing is the key to producing
handmade projects that have that extra little something that makes them stand
out from the crowd. In our Couture Finishing class, we will share with you the
professional finishing skills we use every day in our design studio to create the
Shibaguyz Designz line of crochet and knit garments, accessories, and home dĂŠcor.
We will break down each step of the finishing process from blocking to weaving
in ends to flawless seaming and will take the drudgery out of finishing to help
make the finishing process just as much fun as the stitching. Imagine your
satisfaction when you stand back and look at the flawless finishing techniques
that make your project look like it was made by the hands of a pro!
YupâŚ weâre going to share it allâŚ our professional finishing secrets learned from
yearns and years of couture hand sewing will be revealed to YOU! You will be
able to use these professional finishing techniques to take your skills from good
to greatâŚ even FAB!
Understanding and application of professional finishing techniques:
â˘ End Cap Finishing Stitch
â˘ Locking Mattress Stitch and Mattress Stitch for sewing invisible seams
â˘ Setting in uneven seams (like sleeve caps!)
â˘ Setting in the perfect zipper and customizing zipper length
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
8063 Easy Non-stick Lace: a contemporary twist on a classic stitch
Fabric made from broomstick lace is mesmerizing with all of its swirling loops and curls. Garments, accessories and home dĂŠcor items made from broomstick lace always bring out the gush factor with stitchers who recognize the skill involved with creating this unique form of lace. You donât have an extra broomstick, dowel or huge knitting needle lying around? Never fear! We will show you how to create this gorgeous lace stitch with one hook. Itâs broomstick with out the stick (Get it? âNon-Stickâ).
Now you can duplicate this stunning stitch using only one hook in any size! Imagine this same beautiful stitch done using any size yarn in any size stitches. The results are magic as you turn out row after row of Non-Stick Lace to create different fabrics with different drape and texture. And you wonât have to carry such a big stick!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8061 Easy FAB Foundations for Crocheters
You've picked the PERFECT pattern and you've searched for and picked out the PERFECT yarn (not necessarily in that order!). Now your fingers and hook are twitching and you are ready to dive in!
STOP!! Before you make that first stitch, let us share with you a few basics that will get you started on a solid foundation that will make sure your work is just as PERFECT as the choices you've made up to this point.
We will cover 4 types of Foundation Stitches and explore how to use them in a wide range of projects from garments to accessories and home dĂŠcor. Foundation stitches aren't just for borders anymore! Innovative project construction is easier than ever once you learn how to use Foundation Stitches then move on to using the Extending Foundation Stitch for creating garment sleeves and armholes, for making easier than ever button bands that don't gap and sag, and for creating innovative shaping in your accessories and garments. We'll also get into our special techniques for the Knotless Starting Chain and some First-Stitches that will make sure your edges do not look wonky!
You will leave class with a FAB new skill to experiment with in your own projects and which will change the way you crochet forever!
Topics include learning four different foundation stitches and how to use them in projects; using Extending Foundation Stitches in innovative ways for sleeves, armholes, button bands, and learning to use Extending Foundation Stitches to create fun new shapes in your projects.
Note: Must know how to make basic crochet stitches: chain, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3133 Easy Alter It to Fit
You want to crochet and knit garments that REALLY fit your body. In this class we'll teach you how to do that. Period. Need more than that? Read onâŚ
In this class, we will show you how to evaluate a pattern then make the necessary adjustments so it actually fits YOU! We'll teach you the basics of fashion, fit, form and function that we use daily as fashion designers so you can see a pattern and make sure it fits YOUR body before you ever pick up your hooks, needles, and yarn. You will be able to look at a pattern and do a âvirtual try onâ to KNOW if itâs going to work for your body based on how the finished garment will sit on your body and how your body moves around inside that finished garment.
When you come to class youâll receive a copy of âThe Shibaguyzâ FAB Fit System for Altering and Designing Crochet and Knit Patternsâ, a comprehensive series of easy-to-follow fit worksheets and templates that include the formulas we use every day to go from concept to finished pattern. Weâll walk you through this step-by-step process for taking proper measurements and applying them to your pattern. We'll also give you our magic shaping formula that will ensure you can make any alteration to any pattern with ease. Weâll even show you how to order the right about of yarn for your newly personalized project.
By the end of class you will know how to to alter any pattern to fit YOUR body!
Materials fee: $5 includes cardi pattern template with measurement and sizing charts; calculation worksheet.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
8062 Easy The Joy of Ribbing
Ribbing with a hook is definitely different than ribbing with two sticks. In fact, there are FIVE main types of crochet ribbing and we will make them all! We will explore crochet ribbing âround the front and back, sideways and inside out using post, slip, single, half, and double stitches. We'll even learn how to shape Horizontal Ribbing using short rows! Strong and firm or stretchy and shapely, your ribbing will never be the same again.
Topics include Reversible Vertical Post Stitch Ribbing, One-Sided Vertical Post Stitch Ribbing, Reversible Horizontal Post Stitch Ribbing, One-Sided Horizontal Post Stitch Ribbing, Horizontal tbl Ribbing, and Horizontal tbl Ribbing with Short Row Shaping.