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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 Midwest 2018 Classes
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8099 Intermediate Shadow Stitch Crochet Cables Building on your knowledge of crossing post stitches to create crochet cables, learn to "float" those cables on the surface of any stitch pattern with this FAB technique. Even if you have only previously worked basic post-stitch cables, you are ready for these next-level cables. In class, you'll learn how to crochet cables in any stitch pattern, and you'll immediately see these cables pop right off the surface of your fabric. And there are no unworked stitches, so your finished fabrics are solid on both sides—perfect for everything from garments to home decor and accessories. When you're ready to see just how far you can take post-stitch crochet cables, this is the class for you!
Note: Must know how to make post stitches and understand the basics of crochet cables. 
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
2080 No skills required Embellish It! Embroidery Techniques to Use on Crochet and Knit Fabrics Your project is finished and all the blocking, seaming, and weaving in of ends is done. But something is missing... just a little pop of color or maybe an edging or decoration here or there. We can help you with that! In this class, we’ll use traditional embroidery techniques in a new and exciting way to take your crochet and knitting projects to the next level. Using needle and tambour embroidery techniques we will show you how to use hand-made surface designs to give your projects some FAB factor. Add a little for a touch of flare to borders and seams or go full-on FAB with exciting color designs that are only limited by your imagination (or the templates you can find). You’ll learn how to make beautiful faux seams and edgings that both enhance and elevate your crochet and knitting projects.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
9093 Easy Something Boro'd, Something New Boro is the hot new trend in hand sewing that embraces both sustainable fashion and the slow stitching movement. Okay... so Boro isn't a new technique by any means. In fact, it dates back to 17th Century Japan where folks repaired their garments and household items with scraps of fabric. We know this from pieces passed down through generations that were made more durable and enriched visually with each mend and additional patch.

We're going to use the fabric-piecing principles of Boro and the associated Sashiko hand-sewing skills to take our own scraps of fabric and make something FAB and new! In fact, in this class we're going to create a new panel of unique fabric from seemingly unusable fabric remnants and odd pieces. We'll learn to match up suitable fabric pieces by embracing the principle of Wabi-sabi to create a beautifully imperfect textile. Then, we'll use the "little jabs" of Sashiko hand-sewing to bind those pieces together into fabric that can be used to enhance a favorite garment, accessory, or home decor item; used by itself as your own personal work of fiber art; or used as the basis for a larger project like a quilt top. We'll get you started with the skills you need to take it from there!
Beginners encouraged! No sewing experience necessary! Even if you have never done any hand sewing and never fused two pieces of fabric together with a needle and thread, this is the class for you! And, if you've always wanted to try but were intimidated by traditional quilting techniques, Boro is the perfect art form for you. This highly accessible technique for creating textiles is perfect for the maker who is ready to try their hand at something new and exciting that takes your creative expression to new heights.
As a one-off class, this is a unique opportunity to explore hand sewing and quilting or use this as a jumping off point to explore more and join those of us who are more than a little obsessed with the versatility of this technique when used for mending, quilting, and creating works of art.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8069 Easy Couture Finishing for Knit and Crochet What it’s all about!

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 garments, accessories, and home decor.

We will break down each step of the finishing process from blocking to weaving in ends to flawless seaming and teach you how to rise above the drudgery of finishing to make the process just as much fun as the stitching. With simple steps, your project look like it was made by the hands of a pro!

It’s time to take your finishing skills from good to great... even FAB!

Understanding and application of professional finishing techniques:
End Cap Finishing Stitch
Weaving in ends
Locking Mattress Stitch for sewing invisible seams
Setting in sleeves S
etting in the perfect zipper

We will throw in our favorite tips and tricks as we go along.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
3156 No skills required Proper Measurements for a Perfect Fit in Crochet and Knit Garments Sometimes it seems like every crochet and knit garment designer uses a unique fit standard to create their patterns. So how are you supposed to know if that pattern will fit, or even what size to make? Or better yet, do you know what changes to make to the pattern to ensure it fits YOU? This class is all about discovering the answers to the questions you have about how to achieve the perfect fit for your crochet and knit garments: WHAT measurements to take WHERE on your body, WHY we use certain measurements, and WHEN it’s ok to make changes.

The measurements taken when working on a crocheted or knitted garment are different than those taken for garments constructed from woven fabric. With the correct measurements, 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 knowing how the finished garment will sit on your body and how your body will move around inside the finished garment.

We will teach you the method of measuring bodies that we use daily as crochet and knitwear fashion designers. We will work through various measurements, where to take them and where to apply them to your patterns. We’ll also discuss the importance of back and shoulder measurements, armhole depths, and the ever-important sleeve cap shaping. By the time class is over you will have all the information you need to measure yourself, your family, or whomever you are creating a hand crocheted or knitted garment for—to ensure a perfect fit every time.