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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.
Judith Durant is a knitter and beadworker (who has recently added crochet to her repertoire) as well as author, editor, and teacher of both subjects. Trained as a theatrical costume designer, she took a circuitous route through various New York City costume shops, then on to a theatrical book publishing house where she was managing editor, and later she landed at Interweave Press where she was book editor. She is editor of the best-selling One-Skein Wonders series and author of several books including Cable Left, Cable Right; Increase, Decrease; and Knit One, Bead Too, and is co-author of Knitting Know-How and The Beaderâ€™s Companion. Judith writes about, edits, and teaches knitting (and crochet) with and without beads wherever thereâ€™s interest.
STITCHES West 2017 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
8071 Easy Beady Bangles
This project is a great introduction to tubular slip-stitch bead crochet, using larger than traditional materials. With size 6Â° seed beads and size 3 crochet cotton, you can whip up a bracelet in very little time. Weâ€™ll begin a bracelet in class using beaded chain stitch and slip-stitch bead crochet.
Materials fee: $8.00 for bracelet kit.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4099 Intermediate Bead up Your Knitting
Add some sparkle to your knits! In this class youâ€™ll make a small sampler bag that uses five different methods for incorporating beads into your knitting. Youâ€™ll learn three methods using beads strung on your knitting yarn, one method using beads strung on a separate strand of yarn, and one method for adding beads individually with a crochet hook. In class we'll complete half of the sampler bag, incorporating all five techniques, which you can finish on your own. Once learned, you can bring these techniques into any knitting project.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am SOLD OUT
5265 Intermediate Increase, Decrease
Based on her new book Increase, Decrease: 99 Step-by-Step Methods, Judith will teach you what to consider when choosing a shaping method and how to execute the chosen technique. Increase and decrease stitches can be decorative or nearly invisible, and using them intentionally can bring your knitting to a whole new level. We'll also look at shaping in both textured and multicolored patterns.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5272 Intermediate Bead Knitting 101
Bead knitting is the way to go for creating pictorial designs. String beads following a charted design, then watch the pattern come alive as you knit (and purl) your piece. You can also use a random mix of beads to create a colorful and luscious beaded fabric. In this class you'll string beads onto your knitting yarn or thread, knit with a bead, purl with a bead and work a crochet beaded border.
Materials fee: $5 for beads and thread.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5266 Intermediate Dress Up Your Cables
Cables can certainly stand on their own, but why not bring even more interest to your cable knitting by adding texture, color, or beads? Learn to customize your cables by making variations of the basic cables found in many knitting books. We'll work several swatches that incorporate knit and purl stitches, contrasting colors, and beads.
Material fee: $2 for beads.