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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.
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 West 2019 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 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1003 Intermediate Planned Pooling
Planned pooling or intentional patterning is taking those unexpected patterns that form when knitting with hand-dyed yarns and making them repeatable! Learn how to find the repeat and Magic Number in a hand-dyed skein of yarn, then spend time learning how to make argyles, stacks and other visual effects from that skein. A longer class will allow experimentation with pattern stitches as we introduce solid colored yarns. Whether you have tried Magic Number knitting before or not, this class will have you creating magic in no time!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm SOLD OUT
6032 Intermediate Stitch Strategies for Hand-dyed Yarns
If you have ever fallen in love with a hand-dyed yarn, only to be disappointed in the finished fabric, this class is for you. We'll explore stitch strategies to avoid the often undesired pooling, patterning, and striping of hand dyed yarns. Learn to read a skein of hand-dyed yarn, the different types of dyeing, and then explore the stitches that will help you coax the inherent beauty from even the most difficult color combinations. Some hands-on swatching during class.
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 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
1005 Intermediate Fascinating Fibonacci
Learn a method for controlling color combinations successfully while swatching with fun colors and yarns. Laura shares the history of Fibonacci numbers while you explore color proportions in stripes, blocks, and even shading. This mathematical relationship is evident in nature. Artists, sculptors, and designers have used it throughout time and civilization because it is so pleasing to the eye. This creative exercise is one you will revisit time and again.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
2072 Easy Easy Embellishing
Learn a clever technique for embellishing fabric after it has been knit, woven, or crocheted. Adding simple crochet slip stitch through the fabric allows the artist in you to shine! It's so easy that there's time to experiment on your swatches with a variety of yarns.