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Tracy Purtscher
Tracy Purtscher is the author of Dimensional Tuck Knitting An Innovative Technique For Creating Surface Design. She has been a finalist in The Fiber Factor knitwear competition sponsored by Skacel and the winner of Vogue Knitting design competition; her designs have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Simply Knitting, knit.purl, and Noro Knitting. Tracy honed her teaching skills in her past life experience as a Jr. High Math and Science teacher.

STITCHES Midwest 2018 Classes
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5390 Intermediate Dimensional Tuck Knitting: The Basics and Beyond Transform simple flat stockinette into a fabric with depth -- bend it, fold it, or double it back on itself with Dimensional Tuck Knitting.

Learn the basic stitches, how to read the charts, and how to visualize the stitch pattern within the charts. Next, explore background stitch choices and what impact the scale of the stitches will have on Dimensional Tuck stitches.

Finally, you will learn the tips and tricks for measuring gauge and working Dimensional Tuck in the round.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5397 Easy If...Then: Self Generating Stitch Patterns Have you ever had the urge to just cast on and knit but didn't have access to any patterns? Does an intriguing but mindless knit that can be taken anywhere-with nothing but the yarn and needles-seem appealing to you?

You will learn how to create a dynamic knitted fabric using self-generating stitch patterns with repeating or evolving motifs. We will make knit/purl textured fabrics as samples to learn the principles.

Once understood, you will be ready to work self-generating patterns in other types of knit-twisted stitches, stranded colorwork, lace, and slipped stitches. The options are limited only by your desires and imagination.

After you are comfortable with the principles laid out in the classwork, we will discuss ways to create your own patterns and what to do if the pattern expires or morphs and no longer is self-generating. Self-generating patterns make Spontaneous Knitting the ultimate comfort knitting- extremely portabile with unique results.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7133 Easy Repurpose That Sweater! Grab those unloved wool sweaters lurking in your closet and on the racks of your local thrift store and give them a second chance at life. Go ahead, break the rules, and ignore the label that says “hand wash only” Let your wash machine and dryer do their worse, we want felt!
In class, we will use your new felt to make four quick and easy mug rugs using techniques similar to traditional rug making methods. Each of the four mug rugs will be a mini lesson in different felt strip rug making. Additional instruction and discussion will cover tips and guidelines for making full size home décor throw rugs. We will also explore other possible projects and materials appropriate for use with your new rugs making skills.