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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.
A former software professional, Beth now mixes her enthusiasm for words and numbers, yarn and fiber, teaching and learning, and design of all kinds, and into Beth Whiteside Design. Sheâ€™s taught classes locally in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2003, nationally at events like STITCHES since 2005, and online at Annieâ€™s Craft Store and Craftsy. Her goal in creating and teaching classes is to further each studentâ€™s knowledge and skills, opening their mind to new creative possibilities in the world of things made with string. Her instructional style takes into account the many ways we learn, and breaks class content down into manageable chunks that build on each other. Bethâ€™s love of teaching is driven by a search for the â€śaha!â€ť moment, and she revels in finding new ways to make those light bulbs go on in her studentsâ€™ heads.
When she isnâ€™t teaching, Beth works in the fiber arts as a technical editor, writer, designer, and graphic designer. She loves trying new crafts and techniques and has recently become obsessed by knot-tying and weaving on little looms. You can find her designs in publications such as Creative Knitting and Knitterâ€™s, Magazine, by yarn companies such as Red Heart, Cascade, and Blue Sky Fibers, and in her own indie pattern line.
For more about Beth go to bethwhitesidedesignes.com
STITCHES West 2018 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6221 Intermediate The Beauty of Long Stitches
The size of our stitches in width and height is determined largely by the size of the needles we use. But there are some neat tricks we can use to make stitches bigger, to elongate them either across an entire row or in isolation on a stitch-by-stitch basis, and show off the color and texture of the yarn itself. In this class we'll look at several ways of making stitches longer and discuss when you might choose one technique over another. Then we'll look at how these long beautiful stitches can be slipped, twisted, crossed, wrapped and threaded to create fabulous fabric.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6134 Easy Stripes of All Types
Stripes: the simplest and one of the oldest types of decorative markings. From tiger stripes to rock strata, Breton T-shirts to pin-striped suits, Dr. Who scarves to Baby Surprise jackets, stripes are all around us.
In class weâ€™ll look at both design and technique basics: ways to play with proportion, when to cut and when to carry, how to mix stripes with stitch patterns and knitting techniques like short rows. Weâ€™ll stretch the definition of stripes just a bit to include patterns using only 1 color per row, whether the end result looks like a stripe or not (mosaics!). Take the stripes we practice in our class sampler, and apply them to your next self-designed project!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5095 Easy Round Up! 4 Ways to Knit in the Round
Love knitting in the round, but have trouble with small circumferences? Tried it a few times but still intimidated by that cord connecting the sticks? We'll go over the basics of knitting around on circular needles of all lengths for making knitwear of all sizes. Learn how stitch patterns are worked when you go round and round and round. Once you've practiced the old standard techniques (16 and 24" circulars and double-points), we'll go over two newer methods, the 2-circulars and Magic Loop. When you head home, you'll be ready to finish our class projects, a neck warmer and fingerless mitts!