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(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.
Marlaina 'Marly' Bird fled the world of financial services to launch a career in the yarn industry and she hasn't looked back since. To Marly, a bi-crafty girl who both knits and crochets, the yarn is the star, not how you work with it.
She is the national spokesperson for Red Heart Yarns, hosts the YarnThing podcast, is the author of Cold Weather Crochet and I Can't Believe I'm Entrelac Knitting, and co-author of Knitting for Dummies, 3rd ed. You've seen her designs in Knitter's Magazine, Interweave Crochet, Knitscene, Love of Crochet, Love of Knitting, and in the books Knitter's Book of Socks, Unexpected Afghans, Simply Crochet, Lace Yarn Studio, Blueprint Crochet Sweaters, and Knitting Plus.
Along with her designing and podcast, Marly has a successful YouTube channel where she teaches both knitting and crochet. On top of all that, Marly also has several online classes available with Creativebug and Craftsy.com.
In her spare time, Marly is a wife to a very understanding husband, raises three kids, and because life was not crazy enoughâ€”has three dogs.
For more about Marly, go to www.marlybird.com.
STITCHES Midwest 2016 Classes
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Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5141 Easy Four Play: How to Master DPN's
Let Marly show you how to master those double-pointed needles. No more dropped needles, lost stitches, or unsightly runs in your knitting! Learn a unique, never-fail cast-on; how to keep the stitches between each needle join snug; and how a few tips and tricks along the way can help in your future knitting projects.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
5252 Intermediate Miter Me This, Miter Me That
Learn how to knit the building blocks of the knitting world. The mitered square has long been a staple in knitting design, and now it will be a staple in your knitter's toolbox. These magical mitered squares are knit in a variety of stitches. In class, learn how to make one in garter, a mix of garter and stockinette, and plain stockinette as well as a variety of center decreases that can be used to create the dividing line down the center. Also, these squares are joined as you go making miters the perfect traveling project for any knitter.
Friday 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm
No skills required Pajama Party
Kick off your shoes, slide on your slippers, and join us for an evening of games, prizes, laughter, and, of course, knitting or crocheting! Relax with old friends or come and make new ones.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8048 Intermediate Single-crochet Entrelac
Let's try something new. How about learning to crochet a fabric that resembles basket-woven stripes? That sounds a lot like entrelac. But entrelac is only for knitters, you say. NOPE!
Get the look of basic entrelac with a crochet hook instead of knitting needles. This class doesn't use the Tunisian technique to complete each square or diamond and triangle. Simple single crochet is all you need!
Amaze your friends with your newfound crochet skill. Create striking blankets, accessories, and garments. And have fun!
Note: Must have a good command of basic crochet skills.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6119 Intermediate Twist and Turns: Cables
Knitted cables and braids make some of the prettiest and most complex-looking knit stitch patterns. The secret? They're easier than they look!
Learn about the history of cables while knitting samples that can be turned into a hat or scarf. You'll leave with the confidence and understanding of the importance of gauge, how to create cables with and without a cable needle, and how to read cable charts.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
3109 Intermediate Hobby to Profession: Becoming a Designer
You have fallen in love with knitting and crochet and now you want to become a professional designer, but you aren't sure where to start...or how.
This is the class for you! Learn from crochet and knitwear designer Marly Bird as she shows you how to take a design from a rough idea to a full proposal. This comprehensive, how-to class benefits designers of all levels and gives you a set of tools that you will need as you venture into design.