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Laura Bryant
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 West 2017 Classes
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Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
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!
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
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. We’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. Laura’s tips will have you making your own controlled long-repeat stripes in no time!

Materials fee: $5.00 instructor-supplied yarn
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
1039 Intermediate Magic Number Knitting Expanded If you have fooled around with patterning hand-dyed yarn and want to go further, this class is for you! You'll spend three fast-paced hours swatching different approaches to intentional patterning, and gain skill at manipulating your knitting to force colors to do your will.
Note: You must know how to find a Magic Number. You must have experience in Intentional Patterning.
Materials fee: $5.00.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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.
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Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 am
3142 Easy Stash Down! If you have too much stash but don't know how to use it, this class is for you. Learn a new way of sorting your stash that will allow you to mix colors, weights and textures. Hands-on swatching allows you to experiment with several techniques that are perfect for small amounts of yarn. You will leave brimming with ideas!

Optional Materials Fee: $5.00 for instructor supplied stash.



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