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Franklin Habit
Designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008). His new book, I Dream of Yarn: A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book was brought out by Soho Publishing in May, 2016 and is in it's second printing.

He travels constantly to teach knitters at shops and guilds across the country and internationally; and has been a popular member of the faculties of such festivals as Vogue Knitting Live!, STITCHES Events, the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat, Squam Arts Workshops, Sock Summit, and the Taos Wool Festival.

Franklin's varied experience in the fiber world includes contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Twist Collective; and regular columns and cartoons for Knitty.com, PLY Magazine, Lion Brand Yarns, and his popular "Fridays with Franklin" feature for Skacel Collection. Many of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com.

He first became known as the writer of The Panopticon, one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet. Readers worldwide continue to drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the adventures of Dolores the Sheep.

Franklin lives in Chicago, Illinois, cohabiting shamelessly with 15,000 books, a Schacht spinning wheel, three looms, and a colony of yarn that multiplies whenever his back is turned.

You can follow him online as @franklinhabit on Twitter, @franklin.habit on Instagram, or through his Facebook page.



STITCHES Midwest 2019 Classes
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     CANCELED
6091 Intermediate Knitted Tessellations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice A hands-on introduction to the creation of tessellations: motifs that interlock without gaps or overlaps. Tessellations are as old and pervasive as design itself; they can be found in some of the most ancient examples of human craft, and were famously used in the modern era by the artist M.C. Escher.

We will discuss the theories behind tessellating, and put into practice the basic techniques for designing new tessellated patterns in hand-knitted fabrics.

Note: Students are offered the choice of working in knit/purl texture patterns or in two-color (stranded) knitting; those choosing the latter should be fluent in the basics of knitting in the round (or, if it is the student's preference, speed-swatching or flat stranded colorwork). A sense of humor, a taste for adventure, and a reasonable ability to concentrate are strongly advised.
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Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     CANCELED
1465-2 No skills required Beautiful on Both Sides: Weave and Embroider a Reversible Stole (Part 2) The Lucretia Stole brings together the arts of weaving and reversible embroidery at a level designed to delight beginners and intermediate students alike.

In this full-day workshop, designers Franklin Habit and John Mullarkey will guide you through all the necessary steps. You’ll weave and join plain and patterned elements of the center on a Schacht Zoom Loom with John; then, with Franklin, you'll work the bold two-sided embroidery that makes Lucretia a shawl you’ll be proud to wear.

Please note: Students will not complete the stole in class but will receive instruction and practice in all techniques required to make it.

Note: No prior knowledge of weaving or embroidery is required. However, students should be willing to learn to work from embroidery charts.

This is a two-part class, you must also sign up for 1465-1 with John Mullarkey on Saturday AM. You cannot take one part without the other.