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Certain skills OR additional fees required for this class
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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.
Denise is the designer behind two books, each of which draws inspiration from a specific region and its culture. Her first book, Ultima Thule, is set in the Shetland Islands off the north coast of mainland Scotland, and features incredible lacework inspired by life on the islands. Her Kailyard shawl draws gasps when it is unfurled. Her second book, Deep Roots, considers the landscape and personalities of the Flint Hills of Chase County, Kansas, a unique tallgrass prairie uninterrupted by mechanized agriculture. Along with these two books, Denise has designed lace shawls, skirts, colorwork vests, sweaters, and other interesting garments.
Her teaching experience includes events from coast to coast and border to border at large conventions, small retreats, guilds, and yarn shops. Denise's goal is to encourage students at all levels to be intrepid and eclectic in their knitting adventures.
Denise and her husband Chris run Lost City Knits, a small independent company named for the town nearest their Eastern Oklahoma farm.
STITCHES Midwest 2018 Classes
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5389 No skills required Stress-free Steeking
You've heard about cutting your knitting, and maybe freaked out a bit about the prospect, but there's no need to stress. Learn the right wool to use, a few good ways to prep the project, how to process the stitches after you've cut them, and you'll be fine.
You will work on a small sample with 2-color patterns (peerie bands), fortify the knitting, snip, snip, snip, then stabilize the cut stitches. A variety of stitch patterns are included in the class handout.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6123 Advanced Shetland Lace: A Londoner's Approach
Shetland lace knitting is a beloved tradition with a unique construction method. In 1975 Gladys Amedro, originally of London, moved to the island of Yell in Shetland and began designing Shetland lace using a combination of traditional and non-traditional methods. In this class we will knit a swatch using Mrs. Amedro's method of working from the edge to the center.
Lace-weight merino yarn will be supplied by the teacher.
Note: Students must be able to work standard increases and decreases, read a basic chart, and have experience with lace-weight yarn.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
2057 Intermediate Magic Blocking with Wires, Pins, and Frames
Every shawl knitter talks about the "magic" of blocking lace. Turning a puddle of lace into a striking shawl takes more than just the wave of a magic wand; it takes tools and attention to detail. We will look at typical shawl shapes and discuss how to use blocking wires, pins, rulers, foam mats, a towel, a yard stick, and Shetland dressing frames to stretch and pin them for maximum effect. A variety of shawls will be on hand, but students are welcome to bring a lace shawl to facilitate discussion and demonstration.