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NO SKILLS REQUIRED Absolutely no experience necessary. Valuable for all levels of the craft.
EASY Participants with basic skills.
INTERMEDIATE Participants have solid basic skills.
ADVANCED Participants have solid skills and experience in the craft, ready to explore or refine.
Marlaina 'Marly' Bird fled the world of financial services to launch a career in the yarn industry and she hasn't looked back since. To Marly, a bi-crafty girl who both knits and crochets, the yarn is the star, not how you work with it.
She is the national spokesperson for Red Heart Yarns, hosts the YarnThing podcast, is the author of Cold Weather Crochet and I Can't Believe I'm Entrelac Knitting, and co-author of Knitting for Dummies, 3rd ed. You've seen her designs in Knitter's Magazine, Interweave Crochet, Knitscene, Love of Crochet, Love of Knitting, and in the books Knitter's Book of Socks, Unexpected Afghans, Simply Crochet, Lace Yarn Studio, Blueprint Crochet Sweaters, and Knitting Plus.
Along with her designing and podcast, Marly has a successful YouTube channel where she teaches both knitting and crochet. On top of all that, Marly also has several online classes available with Creativebug and Craftsy.com.
In her spare time, Marly is a wife to a very understanding husband, raises three kids, and because life was not crazy enough, has three dogs.
For more about Marly, go to marlybird.com.
STITCHES Midwest 2018 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8094 Intermediate Build a Log Cabin Blanket
Using simple single and double crochets and changing colors with each rotation of the square the crocheters can be a carpenter of his/her own blanket. The log cabin style of square has ever been popular in quilting. Now learn how to do it in crochet. Marly shows how to combine single and double crochet for a lovely textured block. See how easy it is to change colors and work the selvage of the block. The best part is you will be able to size your blanket by using more blocks, bigger blocks with more stitches and rows, or adding logs to your cabin!
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
8100 Easy 10 Secrets to Crochet Perfect Planned Pooling Argyle
Variegated yarns can be stunning when you learn how to control the colors into an argyle pattern.This seemingly magical technique can be tricky but Marly Bird teaches you how to find success by sharing her secrets. Soon you'll be able to master multicolor yarns and recognize if one will not work for argyle pooling.
Note: Must have a strong understanding of basic crochet skills
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
8098 Easy Crochet Crocodile Stitch
Crochet a fabric that's just full of texture! Marly will introduce the basic technique, show how to shape this decorative stitch, then share some practical applications. Crocodile stitch can accent or be all-over fabric for home decor, accessories, even garment design. Imagine the fun this technique can bring to your repertoire!
Note: Must have a strong understanding of basic crochet skills.
Friday 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm
No skills required Pajama Party
Kick off your shoes, slide on your slippers or sleeper socks, and join us for an energetic after-hours evening of games, prizes, and laughter! Relax with old friends or come and make new ones. Hosted by Marly Bird.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8097 Intermediate Crocheting with Beads
Marly shares tried-and-true techniques for adding beads to any crochet project. Learn two methods: pre-stringing beads and adding a bead onto a single stitch. Best of all, you can complete a beaded necklace in class! Become a capital C crocheter and add a little pizzazz to your work with beads!
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8048 Intermediate Single-crochet Entrelac
Try something different! Crochet a fabric that resembles basket-weave!
Entrelac isn't only for knitters.
Get the look by working in single crochet! Create striking blankets, accessories, and garments and amaze your friends with this newly acquired skill. It's a lot of fun!
Note: Must have a good command of basic crochet skills.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
8095 Easy Quick and Easy Crochet Corner to Corner Technique
Corner-to-Corner (C2C) blankets are on-trend right now, so get on board as Marly guides you through the basics of a crochet version.Learn to double crochet a square by starting in one corner. See how easy it is to make a rectangle, then follow a chart as you work a third swatch. Soon corner-to-corner will be your go-to approach for projects of all sizes!