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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.
Gwen Bortner is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Teacher teaching at venues throughout the country, the author of Entree to Entrelac and the past Interim Executive Director of The National Needlearts Association.
Gwen's passion is teaching. Whether teaching through the local community education program, at a national knitting convention, or at the local yarn shop, meeting new people and sharing the love of knitting is one of her greatest joys.
Gwen's teaching philosophy can be summed up in the following quote, "My job is to make the students' toolbox bigger. If all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail! I believe there are lots of 'right' answers. The more options you have, the more skills you develop, and a better knitter is the result. My mantra is 'knitting is fun'. If you add something to your knitting toolbox and have fun doing it, then I consider that a successful class."
For more about Gwen, go to gwenbortner.com or http://confidentknitter.com/
STITCHES West 2018 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5282 Intermediate Round and Round "Wee" Go: DPNs, 2 Circs and Magic Loop
Knitting in the round on small circumferences can be challenging but it is a skill most knitters need in their bag of tricks. Double points can be intimidating. Using two circulars can be confusing. And magic loop is often a mystery.
Learn pros and cons as well as tips and tricks for each of these methods designed specifically for seamlessly knitting small-circumference pieces. Cast-on challenges and what to watch for will be discussed and tried for each method. Techniques for switching from one needle to the next will be covered as well. Come to class, try all three, and decide which is your favorite.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
4076 Easy Knit a Masterpiece from Leftover Yarns
If you knit enough projects, you have leftover yarn...a lot of it! Or maybe you just buy a single skein as a souvenir from each of your travels. But the question remains: What to do with all those bits, pieces, and odd skeins?
Class begins with learning how to organize the yarn for easier use. Next, working with the yarn brought to class, experiment with different fabrics that only require a minimal amount of any given yarn. Finally, discuss options for utilizing the fabrics to create a masterpiece project.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm SOLD OUT
5248 Easy Knitting Hacks with Gwen
Necessity is said to be the mother of invention, but I might argue that actually laziness is! As a 'lazy knitter' I have developed a number of tricks and techniques that I use regularly to either speed up my progress, simplify my knitting, or ultimately make it neater with no additional effort. My best hacks do all three!
Join me to learn what I have developed to speed up finishing, minimize mistakes, and keep track of my projects. Some methods may be old, some may be new, but all of them will improve your efficiency.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6006 Intermediate Entrelac Basics
Have you always wanted to learn entrelac but thought it would be too hard? Whether a beginner or advanced knitter, this class is for you. During this class, each student will have the opportunity to knit a small project to gain hands-on experience in the entrelac technique. Participants will learn the seamless entrelac technique and basic entrelac construction. Hints and tips on the fine points of entrelac, a discussion of other project possibilities, and an overview of knitting in both directions will also be included.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5166 Easy The Language of Patterns
Knitting patterns use a language all their own, and there is more to it than just understanding the abbreviations. Learn tricks for translating the language of knitting, clues for decoding the 'secret messages,' and hints for making educated guesses when nothing else seems to work. Students will gain experience locating key information and understanding the real intention of actual patterns as the class works through examples written in a variety of styles.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5109 Easy Provisional Cast-ons: The How and Why
At least one provisional cast-on should be in every knitter's tool box. And, in fact, there are several options, each with their own pros and cons.
During the first half of class, you will learn how to complete at least three different provisional cast-on methods (possibly more if we have time). Then, we'll explore why every serious knitter needs to know this technique as we apply what we have learned to creating the perfect start to a top-down sweater, uncover the magic of the mobius, and investigate the many options these interesting cast-ons provide.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5263 Easy Fun with Fine Yarns
Love the beauty of fine weight yarns, but looking for alternatives to socks and shawls? Love the feel of fine yarn, but dread knitting with tiny needles? Gain hands-on experience as you explore a variety of techniques and methods to use fine yarns on not-so-fine needles.
Gain insights on picking yarns and colors to create your own gradients. Use a spinning technique to bulk up your yarn without having to manage multiple balls. Uncover the advantages of using fine yarn even when a heavier yarn is required. Knitting with fine yarn can be fun, even if you don't like knitting with tiny needles.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7112 Easy Making Money from Your Hobby
So often we dream of getting paid for doing what we love. But can you really make enough money to make it worthwhile. If so, how do you possibly get started in the industry? Get answers to these and many questions along with an overview of the MANY ways you can make money with your knit or crochet skills. Discussion will include the pros and cons of each type of endeavor, the basic skills required to be successful and tips for getting started off on the right foot. You probably won't get rich, but you may be able to pay for your hobby and really enjoy doing it!