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Certain skills OR additional fees required for this class
(Fees payable in cash to the teacher in class.)
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.
Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby are the dynamic DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz, and the creative engine behind Shibaguyz Designz Studio.
Their award-winning crochet and knit designs have been featured in publications in the US and abroad; their craft, portrait, and fashion photography has appeared in books and numerous magazines around the globe. The Shibaguyz have published 10 books of crochet and knitwear patterns, among them are Complete Crochet Course - the Ultimate Reference Guidereleased in March of 2018 from Sterling/Lark Publishing, Designer Crochet, and Crochet Geometry.
For more than 20 years, they have been teaching varied subjects from crochet and knitting to photography, spinning, sewing, and quilting. Their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style make them sought-after teachers in both local and national venues. They also have a wide range of online classes. The "edu-tainment" experience of a Shibaguyz class will leave you informed, empowered, and...in stitches.
Shannon and Jason live in Seattle, Washington with their three Shiba Inu who, more or less, support their ventures as long as enough time is taken for walks and treats.
For more about Shannon and Jason, go to ShibaguyzDesignz.com.com.
STITCHES West 2020 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
3133 Easy Alter It to Fit
You want to crochet and knit garments that REALLY fit your body. In this class we'll teach you how to do that. Period. Need more than that? Read on...We will show you how to evaluate a pattern then make the necessary adjustments so it actually fits YOU! We'll teach you the basics of fashion, fit, form, and function that we use daily as fashion designers so you can see a pattern and make sure it fits YOUR body before you ever pick up your hooks, needles, and yarn. You will be able to look at a pattern and do a "virtual try on" to KNOW if it's going to work for your body based on how the finished garment will sit on your body and how your body moves around inside that finished garment.
When you come to class you'll receive a copy of "The Shibaguyz' FAB Fit System for Altering and Designing Crochet and Knit Patterns", a comprehensive series of easy-to-follow fit worksheets and templates that include the formulas we use every day to go from concept to finished pattern. We'll walk you through this step-by-step process for taking proper measurements and applying them to your pattern. We'll also give you our magic shaping formula that will ensure you can make any alteration to any pattern with ease. We'll even show you how to order the right amount of yarn for your newly personalized project.
By the end of class you will know how to to alter any pattern to fit YOUR body!
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm SOLD OUT
7121 No skills required Drop It Like It's Hot: Introduction To Spinning with a Drop Spindle
Ever since the very first humans noticed that fluffy animals looked warmer than they did, we've been collecting that fluff to turn it into warm coverings for ourselves. Being the crafty creatures we are, after playing with rocks and sticks, we created the perfect tool for turning fluff into yarn and invented the drop spindle...TA DAAA!!!
A lot has changed since those days but one thing has remained...how much we LOVE yarn. Right? Right!
Now, imagine being able to make your own custom yarn for your crochet, knitting, and weaving projects. Yes, in this class we're gonna grab some fluff and a drop spindle (a slightly more advanced stick) and make yarn!
This hands-on experience is for beginners who want to know how to make their own yarn with a simple drop spindle. We'll start with the basics of how to transform fluff into yarn, then we'll dive right in and play with the fuzzy stuff. WOOHOO!
Come prepared to learn and have fun! As a beginner it is completely expected that you will drop your spindle, knot your yarn, laugh, and possibly even use a few words those first humans didn't know. But, by the end of class you will have made your very first sample of custom-made yarn. Welcome to the club...
Materials fee: $20 includes spindle and yarn
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm SOLD OUT
1279 No skills required Hitomezashi Sashiko
Sashiko, the Japanese hand stitching technique for patching and reinforcing fabric is the hot "new" trend in hand stitching. Traditional Sashiko stitches and modern adaptations can be seen in the visible mending trend, in home decor, and on fashion runways. In this class, we will learn the traditional hand stitched patterns of Hitomezashi Sashiko worked on a grid to create geometric stitch patterns using a simple running stitch to give you a solid foundation to create small-scale motifs so you can apply those skills on a larger scale to overall fabric alterations, enhancements, and quilting. We will also show you how these technique tie in beautifully to slow stitching and visible mending practices.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8069 Easy Couture Finishing for Knit and Crochet
Master sewists and finishers work for years perfecting their finishing skills, and are sought out by couture designers for those skills to give their work the flawless finish it deserves.
You've worked hard to make your knit and crochet skills the best they can be so you can produce FAB fabrics for your handmade projects. Now it's time to bring your finishing skills up to the next level.
There is no arguing the point that FAB finishing is the key to producing handmade projects that stand out from the crowd. In Couture Finishing, we share the professional finishing skills we use every day in our design studio to create the Shibaguyz Designz line of crochet and knit garments, accessories, and home decor. The professional finishing secrets learned from years and years of couture hand-sewing will be revealed to YOU! You will be able to use these techniques to take your skills from good to great...even FAB!
We will break down each step of the finishing process from blocking to weaving in ends to flawless seaming and make the finishing process just as much fun as the stitching. Imagine your satisfaction when you stand back and look at the flawless finishing that makes your project look like it was made by the hands of a pro!
Yup...we're going to share it all!
Understanding and application of professional finishing techniques
* End Cap Finishing Stitch
* Locking Mattress Stitch and Mattress Stitch for sewing invisible seams
* Setting in uneven seams (like sleeve caps!)
* Setting in the perfect zipper and customizing zipper length