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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 Midwest 2017 Classes
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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
9050 Intermediate Fabrics United Combining different types of hand-made fabrics, whether they be knitted, woven, crocheted or felted, poses particular challenges. Join Laura as you learn 2-3 techniques to combine fabrics and finish your garments like a pro, including a crocheted edge. The emphasis will be on beautiful joins, and will cover both machine and hand sewing athough hand sewing will be done in class.

Materials Fee: $3 for instructor-supplied finishing materials.
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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. 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 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
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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.



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