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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.
After developing a life-long passion for color while earning a degree in fine arts from the University of Michigan, Laura began Prism Yarns in 1984. She continues as Prism's creative force, specializing in color, hand-dyed yarns, and developing designs and patterns that use them in exciting and innovative ways.
Laura has written six books including The Yarn Stash Workbook, The New Knitter's Template (coauthored with Barry Klein), and recently produced the DVD Knitter's Guide to Color with Laura Bryant and the video, Yarn to Fit with Barry Klein. Artful Color, Mindful KnitsÂ from XRX Books is her latest book.
Laura is a nationally recognized weaver with work in many major corporate collections and is a recipient of an NEA individual artist grant in support of her work. Laura teaches and designs with a 'no rules' approach, and her classes are designed to bring out the creativity within all of us.
For more about Laura, go to prismyarn.com
STITCHES Midwest 2018 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1002 No skills required Intro to Color
"You don't get WOW by doing the expected." Color brings life and excitement to our work, yet many knitters and crocheters proceed cautiously.
Presented in tangible and visual terms, Laura illustrates why color combinations work or fail. While a basic understanding of the color wheel is useful, this class offers a new way of sorting and building color relationships.
You'll never look at color the same way as you gain confidence and achieve a deeper understanding of color and perception.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6137 Advanced Beyond Basic Chevrons
Chevron stitches present great possibilities for dramatic movement of color and line in both knitting and crochet. Once you have mastered the basic increases and decreases (there are multiple styles taught in Captivating Chevrons), you are ready to move on to more creative endeavors. In this class we'll cover asymmetrical or eccentric chevrons, chevrons with built-in shape or architecture, traveling chevrons, and more. Lots of hands-on work including formulas for designing your own unique chevron stitches.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1054 Intermediate Intro to Ikat Knitting or Crochet
If you have ever wanted to fool around with patterning hand-dyed yarn, Ikat knitting or crochet is the easiest introduction. Spend three fast-paced hours swatching Ikat-dyed yarns using several different approaches to design; along the way you will gain skill at manipulating colors, forcing them to do your will. Lots of design options will be discussed and illustrated.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5268 Easy Anatomy of a Yarn
Everything you have always wanted to know about yarn, but didnâ€™t know who to ask!! Why does chenille worm? What makes a yarn bias when knit? What stitches are best for a boucle? Why are some yarns are limp when knit or crocheted? Develop a notebook of yarn types with examples for future reference. Learn how different yarns are constructed, how different fibers behave, and how construction affects that behavior. Learn which stitches and sweater styles suit which type of yarn.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1060 Easy Color Gradations
Join Laura and learn how to control a large group of colors, shading artfully and gradually from one color to another. Weâ€™ll employ Half Linen Stitch to create small dots of color that allow for optical mixture. Shift from light to dark or from hue to hue or any which way you choose. Lauraâ€™s tips will have you making your own controlled long-repeat stripes in no time!