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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.
After developing a life-long passion for color while earning a degree in fine arts from the University of Michigan, Laura began Prism Yarns in 1984. She continues as Prism's creative force, specializing in color, hand-dyed yarns, and developing designs and patterns that use them in exciting and innovative ways.
Laura has written six books including The Yarn Stash Workbook, The New Knitter's Template (coauthored with Barry Klein), and recently produced the DVD Knitter's Guide to Color with Laura Bryant and the video, Yarn to Fit with Barry Klein. Artful Color, Mindful Knits from XRX Books is her latest book.
Laura is a nationally recognized weaver with work in many major corporate collections and is a recipient of an NEA individual artist grant in support of her work. Laura teaches and designs with a 'no rules' approach, and her classes are designed to bring out the creativity within all of us.
For more about Laura, go to prismyarn.com
STITCHES Midwest 2016 Classes
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Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
1002 No skills required Intro to Color
Color brings life and excitement to our knitting and crochet, yet many experienced knitters and crocheters feel uncertain about how to approach it. The human eye is capable of discerning over three million distinct colors, yet most of us have untrained eyes. Learn about color from an artist's perspective and begin a journey of enhanced perception.
Laura presents color effects in tangible visual terms that illustrate why color combinations work or don't work. While a basic understanding of the color wheel is useful, this class will not present wheel-based formulas. A new way of sorting color and seeing relationships becomes the basis for exploring color through knitting.
You will achieve a deeper understanding of color and perception, and Laura promises you will never look at color in the same way again. You will leave understanding Laura's favorite axiom: You don't get WOW by doing the expected!
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1056 Intermediate Color Snapshots
The world around us is filled with existing color combinations. Learn to identify them, then practice turning them into usable themes that can inform your knitting or crochet. Our basic understanding of color (from Intro to Color) is refined and put to use in this class that helps to train our eyes. Several basic tools will become part of your creative repertoire.
Note: Should have taken Laura's Intro to Color class.
Materials fee: $3.00 for additional yarns.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
6137 Advanced Beyond Basic Chevrons
Chevron stitches present great possibilities for dramatic movement of color and line in both knitting and crochet. Once you have mastered the basic increases and decreases (there are multiple styles taught in Captivating Chevrons), you are ready to move on to more creative endeavors. In this class we'll cover asymmetrical or eccentric chevrons, chevrons with built-in shape or architecture, traveling chevrons, and more. Lots of hands-on work including formulas for designing your own unique chevron stitches.
Materials fee: $3.00 for instructor-supplied yarn.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1054 Intermediate Intro to Ikat Knitting or Crochet
If you have ever wanted to fool around with patterning hand-dyed yarn, Ikat knitting or crochet is the easiest introduction. You'll spend three fast-paced hours swatching Ikat-dyed yarns with several different approaches to design, and along the way you will gain skill at manipulating colors, forcing them to do your will. Lots of design options will be discussed and illustrated.
Materials fee: $10.00 for Ikat-dyed yarn.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
1060 Easy Color Gradations
Join Laura and learn how to control a large group of colors, shading artfully and gradually from one color to another. Weâ€™ll employ Half Linen Stitch to create small dots of color that allow for optical mixture. Shift from light to dark or from hue to hue or any which way you choose. Lauraâ€™s tips will have you making your own controlled long-repeat stripes in no time!
Materials fee: $5.00 instructor-supplied yarn
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1005 Intermediate Fascinating Fibonacci
Fibonacci numbers describe a mathematical sequence that occurs repeatedly in nature. This relationship is particularly pleasing to the eye, and artists and designers have used these numbers throughout civilization. Learn the history while you explore this fascinating tool for designing rows of color for stripes, blocks, and perfect shading. Learn a method for controlling color combinations, and participate in hands-on swatching with fun yarns and colors. Swatching can be done in knit or crochet; weavers and quilters can design blocks on paper.
Optional materials fee: $3 for assorted fashion yarns.