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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.
Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Shannon and Jason are the DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz behind the design studio of Shibaguyz Designz and Shibaguyz Photography.
Shannon's award-winning crochet & knit designs have been featured in and on the covers of both US and international publications, and he currently has over 300 published patterns credited to his name. Shannon has been teaching adults for 20+ years and is a Craft Yarn Council certified instructor. His quirky sense of humor and relatable teaching style have made him a sought-after teacher in both local and national venues.
Jason is a professional fashion and portrait photographer whose fashion photography can be seen in many of the Shibaguyz' pattern books. Jason also works as a freelance book-packaging designer and photographer for indie knitwear designers as well as major publishing companies like Sterling Publishing, Leisure Arts, Quayside, and Creative Publishing. Jason is known for his candid style of photography in his portrait work and is sought after in the fiber-arts community for his insights into what it takes to show an artist's work at its best.
Shannon and Jason live in Seattle, Washington with their three Shiba Inu who, more or less, support their ventures as long as enough time is taken for walks and treats.
For more about Shannon and Jason go to ShibaguyzDesignz.com
STITCHES United 2018 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7121 No skills required Drop It Like It's Hot: Introduction To Spinning with a Drop Spindle
Since the very first humans noticed that fluffy animals looked warmer than they did, weâ€™ve been collecting that fluff to turn it into warm coverings for ourselves. Being the crafty creatures we are, after playing with rocks and sticks, we created the perfect tool for turning fluff into yarn and invented the drop spindle...TA DAAA!!!
A lot has changed since the days of sticks and rocks but one thing that has remained the same is how much we LOVE yarn. Right? Right! Now, imagine being able to make your own custom yarn for your crochet, knitting, and weaving projects. Yes, in this class we're gonna grab some fluff, and a drop spindle (a slightly more advanced stick), and make yarn!
This class is a hands-on experience for beginners who want to know how to make their own yarn with a simple drop spindle. We'll start with talking about the basics of how to transform fluff into yarn, then we'll dive right in and play with the fuzzy stuff. WOOHOO!
Come prepared to learn and have fun! As a beginner it is completely expected that you will drop your spindle, knot your yarn, laugh, and possibly even use a few words those first humans didn't know. But, by the end of class you will have made your very first sample of custom-made yarn. Welcome to the club...
Materials fee: $20 includes spindle and fiber.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2069 Easy Gauge Rage to Gauge Rave
Nothing is more infuriating than getting to the end of a crochet or knitting project and discovering that pullover just became a maxi dress (ACK!). Or that your pattern calls for X number of stitches and rows per inch and your swatch differs by a full 3 or 4 stitches or rows and you just have to make this project because it's perfect for you and you really, really, REALLY want to wear it to STITCHES or you'll just DIE!! That feeling is what we call Gauge Rage!
Yes, gauge can be frustrating and that frustration often manifests as Gauge Rage. As a matter of fact, questions about fixing or adjusting gauge are among those we are asked most frequently; and that totally makes sense considering achieving correct gauge is the key to a successful project. Without proper gauge, your fabric will not come out the same as that picture in that perfect pattern and your weeks of work will yield less than happy resultsâ€¦ and ain't nobody got time for that!
In this class, we'll answer the questions that we encounter most frequently.
Supplying you with practical, real-world solutions for Gauge Rage. Using worksheets that will walk you through the process of checking, calculating, and even re-calculating gauge when necessary. And we'll turn your Gauge Rage into Gauge Raves.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3133 Easy Alter It to Fit
You want to crochet and knit garments that REALLY fit your body. In this class we'll teach you how to do that. Period. Need more than that? Read onâ€¦ We will show you how to evaluate a pattern then make the necessary adjustments so it actually fits YOU! We'll teach you the basics of fashion, fit, form, and function that we use daily as fashion designers so you can see a pattern and make sure it fits YOUR body before you ever pick up your hooks, needles, and yarn. You will be able to look at a pattern and do a "virtual try on" to KNOW if it's going to work for your body based on how the finished garment will sit on your body and how your body moves around inside that finished garment.
When you come to class you'll receive a copy of "The Shibaguyz' FAB Fit System for Altering and Designing Crochet and Knit Patterns", a comprehensive series of easy-to-follow fit worksheets and templates that include the formulas we use every day to go from concept to finished pattern. We'll walk you through this step-by-step process for taking proper measurements and applying them to your pattern. We'll also give you our magic shaping formula that will ensure you can make any alteration to any pattern with ease. We'll even show you how to order the right amount of yarn for your newly personalized project.
By the end of class you will know how to to alter any pattern to fit YOUR body!
Materials fee: $5 includes cardi pattern template with measurement and sizing charts, calculation worksheet.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8077 Intermediate Crochet Cables 101: Put a Little Twist In Your Stitches!
We all love the look of those luscious, sumptuous cables in sweaters, afghans,
hats, scarves andâ€¦ wellâ€¦ we just love cables! Whatâ€™s that? You thought cables
were only for knitters? Not so! In this class we will learn to wield our hooks to
create these wonders of twisted yarn in ways previously reserved for those with
pointy sticks (knitters).
We will work swirling left and right crossing cables then work our way up to wide
cables with stabilizing stitches. Finally, weâ€™ll put your cables together to create
stunning fabrics of twisted, twirling stitches.
In the end, you will leave class with the knowledge and skills necessary to add
these useful and stunning design elements to your bag of stitching tricks.
â€˘ Understand the concept of cabling and how it works in crochet fabric through
the use of post stitches
â€˘ Work sample block with different combinations of left â€śtwistâ€ť and right
â€śtwistâ€ť stitches to create beautiful cable patterns
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
7104 No skills required Stitch & Click: Photographing Fiber Arts
Nothing is more disappointing than finishing a FAB fiber project and not being able to take an equally FAB photo of it. In Stitch & Click we will show you how to take great photos that show off your stitch and fiber work.
Don't have an expensive camera or fancy photography studio equipment? No worries! We will show you simple tips and tricks to use what you have around the house to create photos that will really show off all that hard work you put into your handmade projects.
In this class we'll teach you the basics of how all cameras work whether you have a DSLR, or a mobile device. We'll learn where to find the right light for photographing any handmade project, how to create a professional environment for taking your photos, explore a few downloadable apps to assist you in your quest for the perfect photo, and give you one sure-fire tip that is certain to take your photos from drab to FAB. We'll even share our favorite DIY solutions so you can set up great photos at home without breaking the bank! Finally, we'll practice hands-on so you get experience setting up your own stage and lighting for a signature look and receive immediate feed-back from the experts.
By the time this course is through you'll have all the information needed to step boldly into basic product and consumer photography and take FAB photos that truly show off your work!
â€˘ Basic understanding of a good photo
â€˘ Learn the unique qualities of fiber projects that create special photography issuesâ€¦ and how to overcome each one
â€˘ Understand how to use any digital camera, point and shoot, and even camera phones to get great results
â€˘ Learn about DIY camera equipment you already have in your house
â€˘ Take a GREAT photoâ€¦ or twoâ€¦