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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 West 2018 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6137 Advanced Beyond Basic Chevrons
Chevron stitches present great possibilities for dramatic movement of color and line in both knitting and crochet. Once you have mastered the basic increases and decreases (there are multiple styles taught in Captivating Chevrons), you are ready to move on to more creative endeavors. In this class we'll cover asymmetrical or eccentric chevrons, chevrons with built-in shape or architecture, traveling chevrons, and more. Lots of hands-on work including formulas for designing your own unique chevron stitches.
Materials fee: $3.00 for instructor-supplied yarn.
Friday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
2072 Easy Easy Embellishing
Learn a clever technique for embellishing fabric after it has been knit, woven, or crocheted. Adding simple crochet slip stitch through the fabric allows the artist in you to shine! It's so easy that there's time to experiment on your swatches with a variety of yarns.
Saturday 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
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5268 Easy Anatomy of a Yarn
Everything you have always wanted to know about yarn, but didnâ€™t know who to ask!! Why does chenille worm? What makes a yarn bias when knit? What stitches are best for a boucle? Why are some yarns are limp when knit or crocheted? Develop a notebook of yarn types with examples for future reference. Learn how different yarns are constructed, how different fibers behave, and how construction affects that behavior. Learn which stitches and sweater styles suit which type of yarn.
Materials fee $3.00 includes notebook materials and yarns.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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
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.