A former software professional, Beth now mixes her enthusiasm for words and numbers, yarn and fiber, teaching and learning, and design of all kinds, and into Beth Whiteside Design. Sheâ€™s taught classes locally in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2003, nationally at events like STITCHES since 2005, and online at Annieâ€™s Craft Store and Craftsy. Her goal in creating and teaching classes is to further each studentâ€™s knowledge and skills, opening their mind to new creative possibilities in the world of things made with string. Her instructional style takes into account the many ways we learn, and breaks class content down into manageable chunks that build on each other. Bethâ€™s love of teaching is driven by a search for the â€śaha!â€ť moment, and she revels in finding new ways to make those light bulbs go on in her studentsâ€™ heads.
When she isnâ€™t teaching, Beth works in the fiber arts as a technical editor, writer, designer, and graphic designer. She loves trying new crafts and techniques and has recently become obsessed by knot-tying and weaving on little looms. You can find her designs in publications such as Creative Knitting and Knitterâ€™s, Magazine, by yarn companies such as Red Heart, Cascade, and Blue Sky Fibers, and in her own indie pattern line.
For more about Beth go to bethwhitesidedesignes.com
STITCHES Midwest 2016 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
CC5 Easy 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 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
PP12 Easy Beginning Beading! Simple Spiral Bracelet
The basics of knitting with beads! Make a simple bracelet based on a pattern from Betsy Hershberg's book, Betsy Beads. This I-cord variant spirals on its own with beads placed to highlight its twists and turns. You'll see how easy it is to string the beads, place them in the knitting, and work the I-cord.
Materials: 2 US 6 double pointed needles, all other materials supplied in class.
Sponsored by XRX Books Booth 601.
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 Pleasing Plaits
The intriguing horizontal element known as Herringbone or Latvian braid is seen on garments and accessories across northern Europe and the Baltic. In this class you'll learn how to work an easy braided cast-on, work braids within the fabric, and braid as you bind off. By the end of class, you'll be planning to add pleasing plaits to all your projects!
Materials: 20 yds each #4 (worsted-weight ) yarn in 2 complementary light or bright colors, 4.5mm/US7 needle, basic supplies (scissors, tapestry needle, markers, etc).
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
TT8 Basic Knitting in Both Directions
Knitting in both directions allows the knitter to see the right side of the work at all times. Since there's no need to turn the work, you save time and effort, especially when working bobbles or entrelac. Learn the basics of knitting and purling when working a row from left to right and ways to work this technique into your everyday knitting.
Materials: Any yarn and needles for practicing.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
XT11 Basic Knotting Nuttiness
Cords of all kindsâ€”cast-on, bind-off, crochet chain, I-cord, kumihimo, paracord or just plain super-bulky yarnâ€”can be turned into jewelry, coasters, buttons, and frogs with just a little knotting know-how. In class, you'll learn how to tie zipper sinnets, braid knots, carrick bends, and more using a length of clothesline. You'll go home with a step-by-step reference handout to remind you of which end goes where! Get nutty for knots!
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.
Please bring any yarn and appropriate knitting needles for sampling.