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Franklin Habit
Designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008). His newest book, I Dream of Yarn: A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book was brought out by Soho Publishing in May, 2016 and is in its second printing.

He travels constantly to teach knitters at shops and guilds across the country and internationally; and has been a popular member of the faculties of such festivals as Vogue Knitting Live!, STITCHES Events, the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat, Squam Arts Workshops, Sock Summit, and the Taos Wool Festival.

Franklin’s varied experience in the fiber world includes contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Twist Collective; and regular columns and cartoons for Knitty.com, PLY Magazine, Lion Brand Yarns, and his popular “Fridays with Franklin” feature for Skacel Collection. Many of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com.

He first became known as the writer of The Panopticon (presently on hiatus), one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet. Readers worldwide continue to drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the adventures of Dolores the Sheep.

Franklin lives in Chicago, Illinois, cohabiting shamelessly with 15,000 books, a Schacht spinning wheel, three looms, and a colony of yarn that multiplies whenever his back is turned.

For more about Franklin go to franklinhabit.com, @franklinhabit on Twitter, @franklin.habit on Instagram, or through his Facebook page at facebook.com/fhabit



STITCHES Midwest 2017 Classes
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Thursday 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
No skills required Follow Your Bunny: The Creative Life from A to Q If you’re coming to STITCHES Midwest, you already know the joy of creating beautiful and useful things by hand. But is it possible to overdo it? What if your creative well runs dry? What if you find yourself up to your elbows in yarn, utterly bereft of the urge to cast on?

Author, designer, and long-time STITCHES instructor, Franklin Habit, invites you to take a lavishly illustrated, rollicking backstage tour of the creative process, drawing upon on the coffee-and-chocolate-soaked wisdom and tears of folks whose lives depend upon the needle and the hook, the spindle and the loom. Gaze upon wonders seldom exhibited for public view, from the Couch of Despair to the Bathtub of Revelation to the terrifying Deadline That Just Wouldn’t Die.

Franklin’s stories will help and inspire you to keep your own creativity fresh and vibrant; to throw off the shackles of negativity; and to expand your horizons as a maker without fear or hesitation.

Be forewarned, though…
making pretty things isn’t always pretty.

Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
6091 Intermediate Knitted Tessellations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice (Deluxe Edition) A hands-on introduction to the creation of tessellations: motifs that interlock without gaps or overlaps. Tessellations are as old and pervasive as design itself; they can be found in some of the most ancient examples of human craft, and were famously used in the modern era by the artist M.C. Escher.

In this class, we will begin by discussing the theories behind tessellating, and put into practice the basic techniques for designing new tessellated patterns in hand-knitted fabrics. In this expanded, six-hour edition we will also delve into eleven varieties of symmetry, and use them to create striking, original new designs.
Note: Fluency in the basics of knitting in the round (or, if it is the student’s preference, speed-swatching or flat stranded colorwork). Students are offered the choice of working in knit/purl texture patterns or in two-color (stranded) knitting; those choosing the latter should be adept at it. A sense of humor, a taste for adventure, and a reasonable ability to concentrate are strongly advised.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
2035 Intermediate Snip and Zip: Steeks and Zippers This empowering class is designed to guide timid and/or inexperienced knitters through two operations: the cutting of steeks (slashed openings in knit fabric) and the installation of zippers. These techniques are famous for causing anxiety in the uninitiated.
Note: Fluency in the basics of knitting, including knitting in the round and fluency in stranded two-color work (i.e., Fair Isle Knitting).

Materials fee: $5

Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6124-2 Easy Weave the Center, Knit the Edge: The Ligeia Stole Workshop (Part 2) The Ligeia Stole brings together two ancient arts—weaving and knitting—to create a finished piece that's both striking and elegant. In this full-day workshop, designers Franklin Habit and John Mullarkey will guide you through all the necessary steps, from weaving and joining the beautifully patterned elements of the pin-woven center; through the knitting-on of the matched lace edging. You won't believe how simple the tools and techniques are, and how quickly your own treasured stole will come together. No previous weaving experience is required!
Note: This is a two-part class, you must also sign up for 6124-1 with John Mullarkey on Saturday AM. You cannot take one part without the other.
You must be comfortable knitting from lace charts.
NEW
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
9024 No skills required Bow Ties are Cool: An Introduction to Hand Sewing The word is out: hand sewing can be as relaxing, rewarding, and beautiful as knitting, crochet, and weaving. In this day-long workshop, participants will work on the ideal introductory project–a bow tie–as they learn and practice the fundamentals: cutting, stitching, interfacing, pressing, turning, and more. As you work, Franklin will share fascinating lore and artifacts from the history of hand sewing. Please note that not all students will finish their ties during the class; but all will receive thorough instruction in the required techniques.

Materials fee: $5



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