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Certain skills OR additional fees required for this class
(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.
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 Midwest 2017 Classes
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1002 No skills required Intro to Color
"You don't get WOW by doing the expected." Color brings life and excitement to our work, yet many knitters and crocheters proceed cautiously.
Presented in tangible and visual terms, Laura illustrates why color combinations work or fail. While a basic understanding of the color wheel is useful, this class offers a new way of sorting and building color relationships.
You'll never look at color the same way as you gain confidence and achieve a deeper understanding of color and perception.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
9050 Intermediate Fabrics United
Combining multi-media fashion is hot! Knit, woven, crochet or felt pieces may pose particular challenges. Join Laura as you learn three techniques to combine fabrics and finish your garments like a pro. The emphasis will be on beautiful joins, and will cover both machine- and hand-sewing although hand-sewing will be done in class.
Materials Fee: $3 for instructor-supplied finishing materials.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 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. Weâ€™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. Lauraâ€™s tips will have you making your own controlled long-repeat stripes in no time!
Materials fee: $5.00 instructor-supplied yarn
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
5014 Intermediate Short Row Savvy
Short rows, the act of working a partial row and then turning, offer amazing possibilities to both shape knitting and for stunning graphic effects. You will learn the mechanics of the "wrap and turn" necessary to avoid holes that form when work is turned in the center of a row, and also the German method of short rows. We will
explore short rows with contrasting colors for visual design elements; to create flounces and ruffles; to place fullness where desired, as in bust darts; and to accommodate a need for longer lengths, such as in backs that tend to hike up.
Optional materials fee: $2 for instructor-supplied yarn
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm SOLD OUT
6032 Intermediate Stitch Strategies for Hand-dyed Yarns
If you have ever fallen in love with a hand-dyed yarn, only to be disappointed in the finished fabric, this class is for you. We'll explore stitch strategies to avoid the often undesired pooling, patterning, and striping of hand dyed yarns. Learn to read a skein of hand-dyed yarn, the different types of dyeing, and then explore the stitches that will help you coax the inherent beauty from even the most difficult color combinations. Some hands-on swatching during class.
Optional materials fee: $3 for hand-dyed yarn
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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.