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Denise Bell
When she was growing up, Denise always performed some kind of handwork. When she learned to knit she was instantly addicted. Wherever she looks, Denise sees patterns, so it's no surprise that her knitting emphasis is lace. What is surprising to many knitters is that Denise is also a quilter who loves needle-turn applique.

Travel and spending time in the natural world provide inspiration. She recently visited Shetland and Scotland to delve further into the history of fine lace knitting. Her business, Lost City Knits, named for the community nearest her Oklahoma farm, offers fine hand-dyed yarns and original designs. When not knitting, teaching, dyeing, or designing, Denise puts her pattern-seeking abilities to work solving cryptic crossword puzzles, and because no one can do just one thing, she also kayaks on lakes and streams near her eastern Oklahoma home. Along with her husband, she is the author of the book Ultima Thule: Patterns Inspired by the Shetland Islands.

For more about Denise, go to lostcityknits.com

STITCHES Midwest 2017 Classes
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6122 Intermediate Shetland Sky and Sea The themes of sky and sea are frequently represented in Shetland designs. Would you expect anything less from the beautiful but hard-to-reach islands located where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea?
In this fine-lace class, we'll look at 2 traditional Shetland stitches: the Bird's Eye and the Cockleshell. Both stitches involve patterning on every row and require a bit of concentration, but are well worth the effort!
Note: Students must be able to work standard increases and decreases, be proficient at chart
reading, and have experience with lace-weight yarn.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
6209 Intermediate Get the Skinny on Lace While it's true that any type of yarn can be used to make lace and that there are many wonderful works made from heavier yarns, there is something special about a lace shawl made from true lace weight yarn. There is no need to be lace-phobic!
If you've admired light-weight shawls that lift with a gentle breeze and weigh next to nothing but felt intimidated by wispy yarn, it's time to get your skinny on. Learn the basics of triangle shawl knitting from a self-acknowledged lace junkie and the confidence to complete it.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
9041 No skills required Wrap Your Head Around Applique The oldest example of applique—an Egyptian funeral tent—dates to 980 BC and was made of gazelle hides. In the Calaveras class ("Calaveras" means skull, typically sugar skulls) we'll use the practice of contemporary needle turn applique, cotton scraps, embroidery thread, and our wild imaginations to create an appliqued square featuring a sugar skull as typically seen in Mexican celebrations.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
4100 Easy Wrapped in Warmth: The Shetland Hap Shawl Not all Shetland shawls are knit from skinny yarn and can pass through a wedding ring. While we love those that do, the traditional Shetland Hap Shawl is generally knit with jumper-weight (fingering-weight) yarn in the natural colors of true Shetland-bred sheep.
In this class we're going to add a little twist to the traditional everyday Shetland shawl. Bring 3 to 5 solid-colored fingering-weight non-superwash wool yarns to class. While the traditional choices are natural sheep colors, your swatch need not be so. Scraps of 100-200 yards are perfectly fine for our swatch. (There is a time and place for multicolored superwash sock yarns, but this is neither.)
For this class you'll choose one of your colors as your main color and plan the others to coordinate a pleasing palette. We'll discuss traditional techniques and color placement in class and work on a swatch to learn the basics of modern Hap Shawl construction. Finally, we'll discuss how to block/dress a Hap Shawl.
Note: Should have some chart reading experience.

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