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Tracy Purtscher
Tracy Purtscher is the author of Dimensional Tuck Knitting An Innovative Technique For Creating Surface Design. She has been a finalist in The Fiber Factor knitwear competition sponsored by Skacel and the winner of Vogue Knitting design competition; her designs have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Simply Knitting, knit.purl, and Noro Knitting. Tracy honed her teaching skills in her past life experience as a Jr. High Math and Science teacher.


STITCHES Midwest 2018 Classes
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5390 Intermediate Dimensional Tuck Knitting the Basics and Beyond Dimensional Tuck Knitting transforms simple flat stockinette into a fabric with depth — one that bends, folds, or doubles back on itself. Learn the basic stitches, how to read the charts, and how to visualize the stitch pattern within the charts. Next, explore background stitch choices and what impact the scale of the stitches will have on Dimensional Tuck stitches. Finally, you will learn the tips and tricks for measuring gauge and working Dimensional Tuck in the round.
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Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5397 Easy You are the Boss of Your Knitting Have you ever had the urge to just cast on but didn't have access to any patterns? Would an intriguing but mindless knit that can be taken anywhere with nothing in the bag but the yarn and needles be appealing to you?
In this class, you will learn how to use self-generating stitch patterns to create a dynamic knitted fabric with repeating or evolving patterns. While learning the principles we will make knit/purl textured fabrics as samples. Once the principles are understood you will have the opportunity to work these self-generating patterns in other types of knitting, twisted stitches, stranded colorwork, lace, and slipped stitches. Your options are limited only by your desires. After you are comfortable with the principles laid out in the classwork we will explore ways in which you can create your own stitch patterns and what to do if the pattern expires and no longer is self-generating. Given how easy it is to knit self-generating stitch patterns without having to follow a written pattern or chart, makes Spontaneous Knitting the ultimate comfort knitting with extreme portability.
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Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7133 Easy Repurpose That Sweater! Grab those unloved wool sweaters lurking in your closet and on the racks of your local thrift store and give them a second chance at life. Go ahead, break the rules, and ignore the label that says “hand wash only” Let your wash machine and dryer do their worse, we want felt!
In class, we will use your new felt to make four quick and easy mug rugs using techniques similar to traditional rug making methods. Each of the four mug rugs will be a mini lesson in different felt strip rug making. Additional instruction and discussion will cover tips and guidelines for making full size home décor throw rugs. We will also explore other possible projects and materials appropriate for use with your new rugs making skills.
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Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     CANCELED
7134 No skills required I Dyed Shaving In this class, you will create uniquely you fabrics. Colors, swirls, dots, squiggles, stripes, exactly what you want, where you want it. No dye pots allowed! Get your creative juices in a lather and come shaving cream dye with me!



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