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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.
Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Shannon and Jason are the DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz behind the design studio of Shibaguyz Designz and Shibaguyz Photography.
Shannon's award-winning crochet & knit designs have been featured in and on the covers of both US and international publications, and he currently has over 300 published patterns credited to his name. Shannon has been teaching adults for 20+ years and is a Craft Yarn Council certified instructor. His quirky sense of humor and relatable teaching style have made him a sought-after teacher in both local and national venues.
Jason is a professional fashion and portrait photographer whose fashion photography can be seen in many of the Shibaguyz' pattern books. Jason also works as a freelance book-packaging designer and photographer for indie knitwear designers as well as major publishing companies like Sterling Publishing, Leisure Arts, Quayside, and Creative Publishing. Jason is known for his candid style of photography in his portrait work and is sought after in the fiber-arts community for his insights into what it takes to show an artist's work at its best.
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
STITCHES West 2018 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7121 No skills required Drop It Like It's Hot: Introduction To Spinning with a Drop Spindle
Since the very first humans noticed that fluffy animals looked warmer than they did, weâ€™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 the days of sticks and rocks but one thing that has remained the same is 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 class is a hands-on experience for beginners who want to know how to make their own yarn with a simple drop spindle. We'll start with talking about 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 fiber.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2069 Easy Gauge Rage to Gauge Rave
Nothing is more infuriating than getting to the end of a crochet or knitting project and discovering that pullover just became a maxi dress (ACK!). Or that your pattern calls for X number of stitches and rows per inch and your swatch differs by a full 3 or 4 stitches or rows and you just have to make this project because it's perfect for you and you really, really, REALLY want to wear it to STITCHES or you'll just DIE!! That feeling is what we call Gauge Rage!
Yes, gauge can be frustrating and that frustration often manifests as Gauge Rage. As a matter of fact, questions about fixing or adjusting gauge are among those we are asked most frequently; and that totally makes sense considering achieving correct gauge is the key to a successful project. Without proper gauge, your fabric will not come out the same as that picture in that perfect pattern and your weeks of work will yield less than happy resultsâ€¦ and ain't nobody got time for that!
In this class, we'll answer the questions that we encounter most frequently.
Supplying you with practical, real-world solutions for Gauge Rage. Using worksheets that will walk you through the process of checking, calculating, and even re-calculating gauge when necessary. And we'll turn your Gauge Rage into Gauge Raves.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8061 Easy FAB Foundations for Crocheters
You've picked the PERFECT pattern and you've searched for and picked out the PERFECT yarn (not necessarily in that order!). Now your fingers and hook are twitching and you are ready to dive in!
STOP!! Before you make that first stitch, let us share with you a few basics that will get you started on a solid foundation that will make sure your work is just as PERFECT as the choices you've made up to this point.
We will cover 4 types of Foundation Stitches and explore how to use them in a wide range of projects from garments to accessories and home dĂ©cor. Foundation stitches aren't just for borders anymore! Innovative project construction is easier than ever once you learn how to use Foundation Stitches then move on to using the Extending Foundation Stitch for creating garment sleeves and armholes, for making easier than ever button bands that don't gap and sag, and for creating innovative shaping in your accessories and garments. We'll also get into our special techniques for the Knotless Starting Chain and some First-Stitches that will make sure your edges do not look wonky!
You will leave class with a FAB new skill to experiment with in your own projects and which will change the way you crochet forever!
Topics include learning four different foundation stitches and how to use them in projects; using Extending Foundation Stitches in innovative ways for sleeves, armholes, button bands, and learning to use Extending Foundation Stitches to create fun new shapes in your projects.
Note: Must know how to make basic crochet stitches: chain, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8074 Intermediate Creating FAB Crochet Fabrics: Unlocking your Inner Textile Designer
If you are interested in learning how to create new and exciting stitch patterns
that result in FAB fabrics for your projects, you should be in this class.
Whether you are fairly new at wielding a hook or if you are carrying around the experience of a crochet sage, this class will shed new light on how we create custom fabrics for our garments and home dĂ©cor designs and will give you the knowledge and skills for creating your own custom crochet fabrics.
In this class we'll teach you our evolving stitches method for creating and testing crochet fabric. We will start at the beginning with some strong base stitches that you
will probably already know and evolve those stitches step-by-step into fabrics
that are as different as tree bark and tapioca. Then, weâ€™ll work on some stitches that you might not be so familiar with and apply the same principles to them resulting in unique and FAB custom fabrics made by your own two hands!
By the time weâ€™re finished, you will have an understanding of how to create fabrics from the inside out and you will have the tools for experimenting with designing your own beautiful custom crochet fabrics.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 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 onâ€¦ 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!
Materials fee: $5 includes cardi pattern template with measurement and sizing charts, calculation worksheet.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8069 Easy Couture Finishing for Knit and Crochet
Master sewists and finishers work for years to perfect their finishing skills and
they are sought out by couture designers for those skills to give their work the
flawless finishes it deserves. Likewise, youâ€™ve worked hard to make your
stitching skills the best they can be so you can produce FAB fabrics for your
handmade projects. Now itâ€™s time to bring those finishing skills up to the next
There is no arguing the point that FAB finishing is the key to producing
handmade projects that have that extra little something that makes them stand
out from the crowd. In our Couture Finishing class, we will share with you 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 dĂ©cor.
We will break down each step of the finishing process from blocking to weaving
in ends to flawless seaming and will take the drudgery out of finishing to help
make the finishing process just as much fun as the stitching. Imagine your
satisfaction when you stand back and look at the flawless finishing techniques
that make your project look like it was made by the hands of a pro!
Yupâ€¦ weâ€™re going to share it allâ€¦ our professional finishing secrets learned from
yearns and years of couture hand sewing will be revealed to YOU! You will be
able to use these professional finishing techniques to take your skills from good
to greatâ€¦ even FAB!
Understanding and application of professional finishing techniques:
â€˘ End Cap Finishing Stitch
â€˘ Locking Mattress Stitch and Mattress Stitch for sewing invisible seams
â€˘ Setting in uneven seams (like sleeve caps!)
â€˘ Setting in the perfect zipper and customizing zipper length
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7104 No skills required Stitch & Click: Photographing Fiber Arts
Nothing is more disappointing than finishing a FAB fiber project and not being able to take an equally FAB photo of it. In Stitch & Click we will show you how to take great photos that show off your stitch and fiber work.
Don't have an expensive camera or fancy photography studio equipment? No worries! We will show you simple tips and tricks to use what you have around the house to create photos that will really show off all that hard work you put into your handmade projects.
In this class we'll teach you the basics of how all cameras work whether you have a DSLR, or a mobile device. We'll learn where to find the right light for photographing any handmade project, how to create a professional environment for taking your photos, explore a few downloadable apps to assist you in your quest for the perfect photo, and give you one sure-fire tip that is certain to take your photos from drab to FAB. We'll even share our favorite DIY solutions so you can set up great photos at home without breaking the bank! Finally, we'll practice hands-on so you get experience setting up your own stage and lighting for a signature look and receive immediate feed-back from the experts.
By the time this course is through you'll have all the information needed to step boldly into basic product and consumer photography and take FAB photos that truly show off your work!
â€˘ Basic understanding of a good photo
â€˘ Learn the unique qualities of fiber projects that create special photography issuesâ€¦ and how to overcome each one
â€˘ Understand how to use any digital camera, point and shoot, and even camera phones to get great results
â€˘ Learn about DIY camera equipment you already have in your house
â€˘ Take a GREAT photoâ€¦ or twoâ€¦