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Beth Whiteside
A former software professional, Beth now mixes her enthusiasm for words and numbers, yarn and fiber, teaching and learning, and design of all kinds, and into Beth Whiteside Design. She’s taught classes locally in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2003, nationally at events like STITCHES since 2005, and online at Annie’s Craft Store and Craftsy. Her goal in creating and teaching classes is to further each student’s knowledge and skills, opening their mind to new creative possibilities in the world of things made with string. Her instructional style takes into account the many ways we learn, and breaks class content down into manageable chunks that build on each other. Beth’s love of teaching is driven by a search for the “aha!” moment, and she revels in finding new ways to make those light bulbs go on in her students’ heads.

When she isn’t teaching, Beth works in the fiber arts as a technical editor, writer, designer, and graphic designer. She loves trying new crafts and techniques and has recently become obsessed by knot-tying and weaving on little looms. You can find her designs in publications such as Creative Knitting and Knitter’s, Magazine, by yarn companies such as Red Heart, Cascade, and Blue Sky Fibers, and in her own indie pattern line.

For more about Beth go to bethwhitesidedesignes.com



STITCHES West 2018 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     CANCELED
6221 Intermediate The Secret Life of Long Stitches (formerly The Beauty of Long Stitches) The size of our stitches in width and height is determined largely by the size of the needles we use. There are some neat tricks we can use to make stitches longer, either across an entire row or in isolation on a stitch-by-stitch basis. But then there are the wondrous things these long and lovely stitches enable us to do with fabric, their secret life as building blocks of other types of stitch patterns, contributing to wondrous twinings and textures. From selective elongation to twisted wraps, simple slips to complex decreases and increases, crossing a la cables to threading through each other: come explore the secret life of long stitches.
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
6134 Easy Stripes of All Types Stripes: the simplest and one of the oldest types of decorative markings. From tiger stripes to rock strata, Breton T-shirts to pin-striped suits, Dr. Who scarves to Baby Surprise jackets, stripes are all around us.

In class we’ll look at both design and technique basics: ways to play with proportion, when to cut and when to carry, how to mix stripes with stitch patterns and knitting techniques like short rows. We’ll stretch the definition of stripes just a bit to include patterns using only 1 color per row, whether the end result looks like a stripe or not (mosaics!). Take the stripes we practice in our class sampler, and apply them to your next self-designed project!
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5095 Easy Round Up! 4 Ways to Knit in the Round Love knitting in the round, but have trouble with small circumferences? Tried it a few times but still intimidated by that cord connecting the sticks? We'll go over the basics of knitting around on circular needles of all lengths for making knitwear of all sizes. Learn how stitch patterns are worked when you go round and round and round. Once you've practiced the old standard techniques (16 and 24" circulars and double-points), we'll go over two newer methods, the 2-circulars and Magic Loop. When you head home, you'll be ready to finish our class projects, a neck warmer and fingerless mitts!



STITCHES West 2018 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
FF3 Basic Simple Seaming Seaming is an essential skill, just beyond the knitting fundamentals of cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off. We'll make small swatches and practice seaming rows-to-rows and stitches-to-stitches. And we'll talk about how to use these basics to put garments and other knit pieces together. Learn to seam, and a whole new world of knitting will open for you!

Materials: 25 yds #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in a light or bright color, 6.5mm/US10½ knitting needles, and tapestry needle.

Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting In Continental knitting you tension the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and use the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. Learn the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. This great technique can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Please bring any yarn and appropriate knitting needles for sampling.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT5 No skills required Getting Started: Intarsia Vertical stripes without stranding— how can that be? Intarsia, or picture knitting, gives you the means to change color as you work across a row by dropping the yarn and picking up a new one. And stripes are just the beginning!. Get started painting your own simple intarsia picture as you learn how to prevent holes at color changes and how to keep several colors of yarn from tangling. Come see if painting with yarn is right for you.

Materials: 2 balls (40 yds each) and 1 ball (80 yds) of #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in complementary colors and 9mm/US13 needles.
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Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT57 Basic Choose Your Selvage Selvage is the name we give to the first and last stitches of a row. These stitches are the transition stitches between one row and the next, and often not as nice and neat as their sisters in the middle. What’s a knitter to do? Learn more about them! There are methods both practical and decorative for working those edge stitches, and reasons for choosing one method over another. In class you will learn when to use a garter instead of stockinette selvage, how to work a chain or slipped-stitch selvage, and how yarn overs can be used to make a pretty decorative edge.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting In Continental knitting you tension the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and use the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. Learn the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. This great technique can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Please bring any yarn and appropriate knitting needles for sampling.
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
TT8 Basic Knitting in Both Directions Knitting in both directions allows the knitter to see the right side of the work at all times. Since there's no need to turn the work, you save time and effort, especially when working bobbles or entrelac. Learn the basics of knitting and purling when working a row from left to right and ways to work this technique into your everyday knitting.

Materials: Any yarn and needles for practicing.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TT1 Basic Short Rows Short rows can create curves and shapes in your knitted fabric. They are used for heels of socks, bust darts, and shoulder shaping. You will learn basic short rows in both garter and stockinette stitch, wrap and turn, and 'hiding' the wraps to make them virtually invisible.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
TT51 Intermediate Getting Started: Stranded Color Learn to work holding 2 colors at the same time! Commonly called Fair Isle knitting, this technique for stranding colors across the back lets you create brightly colored and patterned fabrics. While working on a small bag/hat project, you'll practice getting an even tension (not too tight, not too loose), learn ways to prevent yarns from twisting, and try different holding techniques. Come get a taste of this classic knitting technique!
Note: Students must already be familiar with knitting in the round.
Materials: 2 balls (50 yds each) #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and a US 10½ circular needle 16" long, measured from tip to tip.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
CC8 Easy Getting Started: Mosaic Knitting Learn to knit with color without the fuss of having to use bobbins or carry more than one color throughout the row. You can create some beautiful patterns using Mosaic Knitting, both in garter and stockinette stitch. In this class we will knit a cuff for take-out coffee cups. Must be able to knit and purl.
Materials: 1 oz. each of two, high-contrast colors of #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, US 7 needles, scissors, and tapestry needle for seaming.
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