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Andrea Jurgrau
Andrea Jurgrau is a designer of lace knitting. Her work has been published in Vogue Knitting, SpinOff, Piecework, and KnitScene magazines. You can find her lace in Knit Red: Stitching for Women's Heart Health and One+One: Scarves, Shawls and Shrugs. She is the author of New Vintage Lace, and New Heights in Lace Knitting. Andrea's instructional video, Knitting New Vintage Lace is all about lace technique! Andrea teaches workshops with a focus on lace knitting and spinning for lace. She lives in New York with her family and way too much yarn.

STITCHES United 2017 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6217 Intermediate A Taste of Lace The focus of this workshop is a small lace sampler that illustrates 4 different lace knitting styles; Shetland, Estonian, German and Orenburg. We will begin by learning a provisional cast-on and then move on to each of the lace traditions, discussing the differences and similarities. We will work on the sampler together, practicing the techniques which include two different ways to make nupps. We will discuss how to turn the sampler into a scarf project. Finally, we will culminate with a blocking demonstration, blocking the sampler and discussing best blocking practices.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     CANCELED
6218 Advanced Starting at the Center: Techniques for Working Lace in the Round This class will cover at least 3 different techniques to start at the center of a piece and then work lace in the round. We will master the cast-ons and then move on to tricks for working lace in the round, reading lace charts, and working with both double-point and circular needles. We will conclude with working a decorative crochet bind-off and blocking techniques. The workshop is hands-on, with participants working on techniques and knitting a small doily if they choose. There will be a selection of doily patterns provided. Placing beads will be demonstrated and participants can choose to try that technique themselves. Beads will be provided. The conclusion with be a demonstration of blocking one of the pieces we work on.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7069 Easy Drop Spinning for Lace-Weight Yarn Learn the basics of drop spinning with a focus on creating yarn for lace knitting. Students with basic spindle skills can hone them, learning techniques for creating a smooth, thin yarn. Students new to spinning can learn basic spindle-spinning techniques and practice them. We will talk about spinning singles as well as plying, with demonstrations of Andean plying, setting twist in your singles yarn, using a niddy-noddy to make skeins and blocking your yarn. We will also discuss fiber preparation and choosing appropriate fibers and spindles for spindle-spinning lace weight yarn.

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