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Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby are the dynamic DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz, and the creative geniuses behind Shibaguyz Designz Studio. Their award winning crochet & knit designs have been featured in and on the covers of 13 magazines and appeared in articles in industry magazines in the US and abroad. Their craft, portrait, and fashion photography has appeared in six books and numerous magazines around the globe and the duo have released over 300 patterns since their first cover design in 2010. The Shibaguyz have published 10 books of crochet and knitwear patterns with their newest book, Complete Crochet Course – the Ultimate Reference Guide just released in March of 2018 from Sterling/Lark Publishing. Their other books Designer Crochet and Crochet Geometry are also available online and at retailers worldwide.

The Shibaguyz have been teaching adults for 20+ years. With their mastery of subjects from crochet and knitting to photography, spinning, sewing, and quilting, their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style have made them sought after teachers in both local and national venues such as STITCHES Events and DFW Fiber Fest. They also have a wide range of online classes available from Craftsy and Interweave. The “edu-tainment” experience of a class with the Shibaguyz will leave you informed, empowered, and in stitches (see what we did there?).

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 SoCal 2018 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 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, we'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...
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 on...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!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8069 Easy Couture Finishing for Knit and Crochet Master sewists and finishers work for years to perfect their finishing skills, and they are sought out by couture designers for those skills to give their work the flawless finishes it deserves. Likewise, you've worked hard to make your stitching skills the best they can be so you can produce FAB fabrics for your handmade projects. Now it's time to bring those finishing skills up to the next level.

There is no arguing the point that FAB finishing is the key to producing handmade projects that have that extra little something that makes them stand out from the crowd. In our Couture Finishing class, we will share with you the professional finishing skills we use every day in our design studio to create the Shibaguyz Designz line of crochet and knit garments, accessories, and home decor.

We will break down each step of the finishing process from blocking to weaving in ends to flawless seaming and will take the drudgery out of finishing to help make the finishing process just as much fun as the stitching. Imagine your satisfaction when you stand back and look at the flawless finishing techniques that make your project look like it was made by the hands of a pro! Yup...we're going to share it all...our professional finishing secrets learned from years and years of couture hand sewing will be revealed to YOU! You will be able to use these professional finishing techniques to take your skills from good to great...even FAB!
Goals  Understanding and application of professional finishing techniques: * Blocking
* End Cap Finishing Stitch
* Locking Mattress Stitch and Mattress Stitch for sewing invisible seams
* Setting in uneven seams (like sleeve caps!)
* Setting in the perfect zipper and customizing zipper length
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
9093 Easy Something Boro'd, Something New Boro is the hot new trend in hand sewing that embraces both sustainable fashion and the slow stitching movement. Okay... so Boro isn't a new technique by any means. In fact, it dates back to 17th Century Japan where folks repaired their garments and household items with scraps of fabric. We know this from pieces passed down through generations that were made more durable and enriched visually with each mend and additional patch.

We're going to use the fabric-piecing principles of Boro and the associated Sashiko hand-sewing skills to take our own scraps of fabric and make something FAB and new! In fact, in this class we're going to create a new panel of unique fabric from seemingly unusable fabric remnants and odd pieces. We'll learn to match up suitable fabric pieces by embracing the principle of Wabi-sabi to create a beautifully imperfect textile. Then, we'll use the "little jabs" of Sashiko hand-sewing to bind those pieces together into fabric that can be used to enhance a favorite garment, accessory, or home decor item; used by itself as your own personal work of fiber art; or used as the basis for a larger project like a quilt top. We'll get you started with the skills you need to take it from there!
Beginners encouraged! No sewing experience necessary! Even if you have never done any hand sewing and never fused two pieces of fabric together with a needle and thread, this is the class for you! And, if you've always wanted to try but were intimidated by traditional quilting techniques, Boro is the perfect art form for you. This highly accessible technique for creating textiles is perfect for the maker who is ready to try their hand at something new and exciting that takes your creative expression to new heights.
As a one-off class, this is a unique opportunity to explore hand sewing and quilting or use this as a jumping off point to explore more and join those of us who are more than a little obsessed with the versatility of this technique when used for mending, quilting, and creating works of art.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1135 No skills required CSI: The Yarn Edition What it’s all about!

With all possible combinations of fiber content, yarn weight, stitch patterns, and hook and needle sizes, it is a seemingly insurmountable task to know exactly what yarns to use for which projects. In fact, with just those variables alone, you could be searching and swatching forever and never get a project started! That’s where we come in. We’ll explore the unique qualities of various fiber content from synthetics to natural and everything in-between. Then we’ll see how those combinations work within the finished yarn weights to create the fabrics you crave.
We’ll bring samples and give you insider info from a design studio that specializes in creating crochet and knit fabrics. We'll tear apart skeins and deconstruct the yarns to understand what makes them special and why they act like they do. What makes one wool itchy and hard, while another is soft and squishy? You’ll be able to swatch up a storm experimenting with different yarn weights and types and using hooks and needles to create fabrics. We’ll even throw in our own patterns for “evolving stitches” that we use for testing new yarns and fabrics in our studio.
Have a question about your own yarn? Bring it on! We’ll answer your questions about the yarn you have in your stash or that you’ve spun up yourself. The more examples, the better!
Goals:
Understand how different synthetic and natural fibers react when made into yarn and the resulting fabrics they create. Understand how different weights of yarn becomes fabric and how to create vastly different fabrics from the same yarn. Apply that knowledge to your own projects so you can pick appropriate yarns for FAB results.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
8077 Intermediate Crochet Cables 101: Put a Little Twist In Your Stitches! We all love the look of those luscious, sumptuous cables on sweaters, afghans, hats, scarves and...well...we just love cables! What's that? You thought cables were only for knitters? Not so! 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 swirl left- and right-crossing cables then work our way up to wide cables with stabilizing stitches. Finally, you'll put your cables together to create stunning fabrics .
You will leave class with the knowledge and skills necessary to add these useful and stunning design elements to your bag of stitching tricks.
Goals
* Understand the concept of cabling and how it works in crochet fabric through the use of post stitches
* Work sample block with different combinations of left twists and right twists to create beautiful cable patterns