Interweave Yarn Fest 2017 Workshops

Explore the world through the fiber arts! Interweave Yarn Fest brings you innovative, project-based workshops taught by the best artist-instructors from a variety of fiber disciplines. Delve deeper into your favorite fiber art or explore a new one!

Below is a listing of all the workshops by Day. To see a list of workshops by Technique, click here.

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Interweave Yarn Fest 2017 Schedule of Workshops

 

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Marketplace Hours: 10:00am - 6:00pm
9 am – 12 pm 9 am – 4:30 pm 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm 6 pm - 9 pm
Slip Stitch KnittingWe all take for granted the humble presence of slipped stitch in so many knitting techniques. In this class we will take a look at the usage of it and all 4 groups of very different slip-stitch techniques in solid and multi-color yarns. One group includes Mosaic knitting and we will see what is special about them. We will make swatches of stitch patterns from each group and talk about usage slip-stitch patterns for many projects. 
Faina Goberstein
Log Cabin ScarfLearn to make a stunning scarf in the beautiful log cabin pattern using the rigid heddle loom. You can learn to create a wonderful woven piece that looks complicated but is really very easy. If you’ve taken beginning rigid heddle weaving, enhance your skills. This type of weaving is portable, easy and fun!
Deborah Jarchow
Invisible ShapingOne more way to perfect the look of your knitted project. Learn to shape with techniques that are not visible and do not disturb the beautiful stitch pattern. We will talk about shaping in cables, lace, other textured fabrics, and an alternative method used even with Stockinette. Choose stitch patterns to do the work for you and know what you can do to hide traditional shaping. You will love the results!!
Faina Goberstein
Fearless LaceDo you dread making a mistake in your lace knitting? Never fear! Even the best lace knitters make mistakes, but the key to fearless lace knitting is knowing how to recognize and fix mistakes. In this class we’ll cover how to fix missing yarnovers, how to correct mis-leaning decreases, how to unknit one stitch at a time, how to rip whole rows without losing your stitches, and dropping down individual repeats to correct mistakes. For each of the techniques we’ll discuss when to use them and how to determine which mistake has been made. 
Miriam Felton
 Fractal FrolicAlmost every spinner has tried fractal spinning with variegated fiber, but do you do it the same way every time? Fractal spinning for knitting has endless possibilities! What happens when you change the size of your fiber or use fiber dyed in different patterns? Fractal spinning hand-dyed fiber creates striping patterns that are beautifully complex, compared to a matching ply. Fractals are simply different sizes of the same pattern, in our case a line or stripe. In this class we'll work with hand dyed top to explore fractal color patterns. We'll divide and combining different color lengths to create fractally plied yarns that are intricately striped. We'll explore the effect of fractal plying on different styles of dyeing too. We'll see what happens with gradient and randomly dyed fibers. Before we're done we'll play with plies to see what happens when working with more than 2 plies and a textured ply or two. We'll see what happens with our fractals when we change the size of our yarn. Fractal spinning comes alive when it's knit so we’ll look at knitted samples to see the unique explosion of color that fractals create. This class moves at a fast pace, so come ready to spin! 
Jillian Moreno
 Longwool LoveLongwool breeds of sheep produce lustrous locks that range from the bold, full curls of the Lincoln to the fine, corkscrew locks of the Bluefaced Leicester. We can prepare and spin these fibers in different ways to create yarns that are smooth and lustrous or wrapped in airy halos, and we can also incorporate undisturbed curls that look like the fleece itself. Kate, a longwool shepherd herself, will discuss the history of these breeds and the types of fleece characteristics to look for, as well as what to avoid. Delve into longwools with a range of fleece samples to try, as well as dyed locks, carded rovings, and combed tops. 
Kate Larson
 Cheaper by the DozenHow many ways are there to spin a variegated top? You are only limited by how fast you can spin. This fast-paced class will take you through at least a dozen ways to work with variegated top. In this fast paced class we’ll explore spinning variegated tops to combine and blend colors for stark contrast or beautiful subtlety. You'll spin yarns and knit samples that will show the effects of changing the color flow on variegated fibers. You’ll learn ways to keep your yarn colors exactly the same as your fiber braid. You’ll learn the whys and how-tos of combining multiple variegated tops. In this class we’ll explore: • Mixing colors with plying • Blending colors through drafting at the wheel • Mixing 2 or more braids • The easiest way to choose multiple braids to mix for a hat or for a sweater • How yarn size, fiber prep and your drafting style affects variegated yarns. This class will give you a better idea of how braid in hand looks after it’s spun and knit After you spin in this class you’ll never look at your stash the same way again. 
Jillian Moreno
 Weave a Wall HangingWith absolutely no prior experience, you can weave a beautiful wall hanging in this 3 hour class. Learn how to get the loom set up and then let your imagination run wild while you create your own small piece of art. At the end of class you’ll be able to take home your individual creation to decorate your wall. Using a variety of special yarns that make this project easy will unleash your inner creative genius! 
Deborah Jarchow
 Short Row ExplorationAs with the rest of knitting, there are many ways to work Short Rows. Each one has its pros and cons. In this class, we'll cover Wrap & Turn short rows, Japanese short rows, the Yarnover method, Shadow Wraps (aka Mother-Daughter Short Rows), and German Short Rows. 
Miriam Felton
 Spinning for a PurposeAre you stuck in a rut, spinning the same yarn over and over again? Do you spin first, then worry about what you will make or if you have enough yarn? This workshop will push you out of your comfort zone. We will decide first what the finished project will be, determine the type of fiber best suited to it, spin an appropriate yarn, then, knit a proper swatch. You will also learn how to figure out how much yarn/fiber you will need to spin before you begin. 
Nancy Shroyer
 Kumihimo BraidingKumihimo Braiding, an ancient form of Japanese braiding.  This class  will introduce students in a hands-on workshop in which a variety of braids will be woven.  Braids include round, flat, spiral and square.   This is a great way to engage students of all ages in a fiber arts activity for teachers, parents and grandparents!  It is an excellent technique for providing trim for woven or knitted garments, decorative ties for garments, packages and any time a tie is needed. 
Myra Chang Thompson
 Inkle WeavingDo you have an Inkle loom gathering dust in the garage? Dust it off and join this class for a fun and informative session! In this class you will warp your loom with a unique design using two or more colors. If you're daring--try using space dyed yarn for really unique effects. Tips and tricks will be given to keep your Inkle loom out of the garage and in your busy hands. Inkle bands are used as belts, guitar straps, ties, trims for garments and decoration. 
Myra Chang Thompson
 Cables with ColorGarments with cables are traditionally worked in a single color, made popular by Aran sweaters or Bavarian stockings and jackets. Learn how you can add color to your cable work to highlight your cables or create new looks while not distracting from them. You will be introduced to and practice three cable with color techniques (mosaic, stranded, intarsia) that will open up new possibilities for your cable work. 
Daniela Nii
 Drop Spindle SpinningFor much of history, the world's cloth was spun on a spindle. Learn how to use this simple tool and continue the tradition. Discover some tricks to make spinning on a spindle easy. Spin singles in the morning and ply in the afternoon. 
Maggie Casey
 Tapestry CrochetHave you ever wondered how to make one of those fancy looking graphic design crochet bags but thought it’s beyond your skill level? Well, what if I tell you that you will be using your basic crochet stitches in combination with yarns in a few colors to create all those lovely designs? It’s much easier than it looks. This colorwork technique is called tapestry crochet and it creates a dense fabric with no strands showing on the private side of your work, making it ideal for baskets, bags, coasters, and placemats. Join me to learn how to work the tapestry crochet technique in the round and flat, how to incorporate multiple colors and change colors, read charts and even create your own little design. We’ll practice your new skills by creating a coffee cup cozy or wrist warmer and a coaster. 
Daniela Nii
 Knitting with Wire & BeadsEver wondered what knitting with wire is like? Or wanted to create delicate knitted jewelry? Then join me for this hands-on knitting with wire and beads class. Learn how to cast on, knit, and bind off using wire instead of yarn. Embellish with beads and finish off your work by adding findings. Experience and pick up and tips and tricks along the way for knitting with wire. We will knit a simple beaded bracelet and wire tubes for earrings. 
Daniela Nii
 Easy Effective EdgingsHave problems trimming your projects without puckers or ripples? Want more ideas for some trims? Trims put a "frame" around any project so this finishing touch is that final touch that can take something from home-made to hand-made. Get the skinny on some interesting, new and different ways to dress up all kinds of crochet. There are no need to go through contortions for fancy-schmancy intricacies that can overwhelm a project. There is no need for really large stitch multiples for huge pattern repeats. These are fun and simple yet accessible. 
Lily M. Chin
 Lattice Lace ScarfWeave a beautiful Lattice Lace scarf in just a couple hours. We will use leno, a finger controlled technique, to create a functional and decorative wool scarf using the rigid heddle loom. LOOMS ARE PROVIDED. This scarf may become one of your mainstays in your weaving and wardrobe repertoire. Come and see how quick and weaving become synonymous while gaining comfort with the dynamics of this simple and affordable loom. 
Stephanie Flynn Sokolov
Tips, Trick & HintsLearn all the little secrets to make knitting life easier and better. Find out how to cast on in 2-tail method without running out of the second tail. Join a new skein of yarn or a new color without losing that first stitch. See ways of attaching buttons as you work. Create invisible circular bind offs on a neck where the beginning and end are absolutely imperceptible. Weave in those little ends that are too short to put through a darning needle. Take away lots of small “fix-its” and improve those details. 
Lily M. Chin
 
   Tyrolean StitchesTwisted stitch cables are travelling cables comprised of intertwined one stitch strands, knit through the back loop to create a tight stitch and dense fabric with beautiful dimension and impressive texture. Using the Grey Skies Handwarmers from Kelbourne Woolens, students will learn the techniques of traditional Tyrolean knitting: Twisted stitches, intricate cables, making bobbles, and decorating your finished work with embroidery. 
Courtney Kelley
   Chain-PlyingAlso known as Navajo or n-plying, chain plying is a technique that in its most basic form creates a three-ply yarn out of a bobbin of handspun singles. While simple in construction, this useful plying method can feel a bit complicated at first. Kate will share tips for yarn management, including bobbins and lazy kates, to give you more control throughout the process. Starting from the beginning with basic, balanced chain plied yarns, we will go on to explore multi-strand, beaded, and textured options. This class welcomes spinners who have never chain-plied and those who would like to see where else this technique might take you. 
Kate Larson
 Love your LaceLearn the basic theory behind knitting lace, and perfect your lace chart reading skills. Written instructions can have typos, but with a chart what you see is what you get, which is why it’s the best option for knitters who want to “see” what their lace will look like before they take up their needles. In this class we will knit a few simple lace panels, and move onto a more difficult lace pattern for those who feel ready for a challenge. This class could change your entire knitting outlook! 
Annie Modesitt
 Design on the FlyLearn how to design project you love from anything in your stash! This class will teach you some design basics, and will get you comfortable designing your own show-stopping projects. 
Benjamin Krudwig
 Knitting with BeadsBeads add a magnificent and whimsical touch to so many hand knit garments, and there are several ways to add small pearls, sequins, beads and other small touches to your knitting. Learn to knit beads into fabric, add beads as you knit, and strand pearls between stitches. 
Annie Modesitt
 Teach your Old Wheel Some New TricksIT IS ALWAYS THE WHEEL, not the spinner (well maybe not always, but a lot of the time). Sometimes just the smallest adjustment to your wheel can make a world of difference. Spinning wheels, like people, need a little TLC. We will start the session by cleaning and oiling and adjusting our wheels. When the wheels are tuned up and happy, we will play some tricks with them to make them more responsive. Sometimes all it takes is a new drive band or and adjustment here or there to let your wheel do things you didn't know it could do. 
Maggie Casey
Non-Stick LaceFabric made from broomstick lace is mesmerizing with all of its swirling loops and curls. Garments, accessories and home décor items made from broomstick lace always bring out the gush factor with stitchers who recognize the skill involved with creating this unique form of lace. Wait… what?? You don’t have an extra broomstick, dowel or huge knitting needle lying around? Never fear! We will show you how to create this gorgeous lace stitch with one hook… yup… it’s broomstick with out the stick (get it… “Non-Stick”). Now you can duplicate this stunning stitch using only one hook. And… a hook in any size! Imagine this same beautiful stitch done using any size yarn in any size stitches. The results are magic as you turn out row after row of Non-Stick Lace to create different fabrics with different drape and texture. And you won’t have to carry such a big stick! 
Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
   Crochet Chart ReadingEnough of drooling and getting itchy fingers every time you see one of those FAB stitch dictionaries… only to discover it is all in charts… and a language that looks a lot like the charts. All those pretty pictures just taunting you! It’s time to laugh in the face of those squiggles and dashes and get your hook moving rather than drooping. 
Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
 Roositud"Roositud is an Estonian inlay technique where a contrasting color is wrapped between the back and front of the fabric as you knit. The end result is geometric patterning on the knitted fabric that resembles embroidery. Using the Roositud technique allows you the freedom to place a motif anywhere and to use as many colors as you wish, allowing for almost limitless design possibilities. 
Courtney Kelley
Macrame Wall HangingJoin Grace of Lark + Arrow as we learn the foundations of hand knotting to make macrame wall hangings. During the course of two hours all students will be fully immersed and learn knotting techniques that are thousands of years old. We will work with natural fibers and everyone will leave with their own unique wall hanging. 
Grace Gulley
   The Pi ShawlThe circular Pi shawl is a fabulous and fascinating project, and it's a great way to expand your lace knitting skills. It's also very easy to customize, and works well with any weight of yarn. Use one of our standard templates, or create your own one-of-a-kind lace piece. If you've got a favourite lace stitch pattern, bring it - and I'll provide lots for you to choose from. I'll show you the magical circular beginning, and demonstrates several clever and easy finishes, including the no-cast-off, blocking-friendly crochet edging. 
Kate Atherley
 Seamless Crochet SlippersFinally - slippers for those of us who really dislike making pairs of anything! This pattern is designed to create a seamless pair of slippers that are a perfect fit! You’ll learn my favorite tips for working without a seam, crocheting to meet gauge and fit, changing colors, and finishing a perfect pair! 
Salena Baca
       Macrame Pot HangerJoin Grace of Lark + Arrow as we learn the foundations of hand knotting to make macrame plant hangers. During the course of two hours, all students will be fully immersed and learn knotting techniques that are thousands of years old. We will work with natural fibers and everyone will leave with a finished and functional piece. 
Grace Gulley
       Embroidery & Joining Techniques on the Zoom LoomLearn how to join pin loom squares with a variety of techniques. Also, learn how to liven up your squares with embroidery techniques. 
Benjamin Krudwig
       The OH! of MathMath… love it or hate it, math is an essential part of every stitcher's life and in this class we’ll have you geeking out on crochet and knit math with our super easy methods for everything from averaging the number of decreases to calculating your gauge, figuring yarn amounts for your next project to… well… even altering existing or writing your own patterns! That's right… we're going to unveil the secrets that we use every day in our design studio to create everything from afghans and hats to runway couture. You’ll have more OH! moments than an herbal shampoo commercial! 
Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
       Two Socks at Once: Side by SideThis class teaches how to knit two socks at the same time, on a circular needle using the magic loop method. We’ll discuss both top-down and top-up techniques. A nice addition to the sock-knitter’s toolkit, this technique helps banish Second Sock Syndrome and ensures that your pair matches exactly. 
Kate Atherley
Friday, March 31, 2017
Marketplace Hours: 10:00am - 6:00pm
9 am – 12 pm 9:30 am – 4:30 pm 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Seamless ConstructionLearn all seamless or nearly seamless constructions that are possible in knitting. Either a garment worked top down, bottom up, or sideways, the most important thing is that it must fit you properly and be perfect for your body type. We will talk about aesthetics, shape, choosing the right fit. You will make a mini sweater (one of 4 choices) to understand how that particular sweater is constructed. Calculations of raglan, yoke, dolman, and set-in sleeves will be part of our discussion. We also will talk about suitable yarns and, if time permits, stitch placement. 
Faina Goberstein
Dishtowels on the Rigid Heddle LoomEnjoy your own handwoven dishtowels while working in your kitchen.  Learn how to weave these thirsty towels in colors that suit your decor.  During class you will warp the loom and weave two small towels and learn how to put the finishing touches on them at home.  Don’t miss this chance to enhance your kitchen with beautiful handcrafted towels! 
Deborah Jarchow
Intro to BriocheBecome a fan of brioche family of stitches. This intriguing and unique knitting technique produces irresistible, soft, 3-dimentional and reversible fabric. In this class, you will learn basic brioche in one and two colors. You will have a chance to try some other simple brioche stitches. Among the topics covered in this class are: selvage edges, special tips on cast on and bind off, best yarns to use, reading a chart. Samples will demonstrate how to use it all for hats, cowls, and more. 
Faina Goberstein
Tunisian CrochetTunisian crochet is often thought of as a way to create the look of knitted fabric using crochet but it is really much more than that and in a category all of its own. Worked in paired forward (picking up loops) and return passes (working off the loops), a myriad of unique stitches can be created. In this workshop you will learn how to pick your hook size, work up a Tunisian stitch sampler to lay the foundation for your Tunisian crochet adventures, how to increase and decrease, and how to finish your work with lots of tips along the way. 
Daniela Nii
Adventures in PlyingKnow the basics of plying and ready to dig deeper? How about making yarns with layers of texture and color? Looking to make curls and loops, deep texture or undulating swirls? In this class we will focus on using ply to create layered and textured yarns . We’ll learn to spin spiral, crepe, cable and bouclé yarns with enough time to practice each yarn. You’ll learn about: • Plying with uneven tension for spirals • The difference between a cable and crepe yarn • How the right twists makes a cable yarn pop • The secret to even and round loops for bouclé • What fibers make the best loops and the best textures. First we’ll focus on the basics – fiber, prep, draft and getting all of the twists just right, and then we’ll add color, lots of color, for truly unique yarns. Finally, we'll look at these out of the ordinary yarns in knitting and see what stitches and types of patterns work best for these unique yarns. 
Jillian Moreno
Crochet CablesCables are not only for knitters! We can use our front and back post stitches to create many crochet cable variations from simple traveling cables, to front post only cables, to front and back post cable combinations to name just a few. Join me to explore crochet cable principals and go home with a wonderful cable swatch that you can use for future reference. 
Daniela Nii
Fair Isle 101Not all 2 color stranded work is Fair Isle. Long ago and far away on a small island off the northern coast of Scotland lived some knitters who raised the bar on 2 color stranded work. Travel back in time with me to learn about how and why they developed their particular techniques for this important work. Learn how their techniques helped to make the work go faster and easier while you knit a headband. Continental knitting, corrugated ribbing, catching floats will all be covered as well as the history of Fair Isle Knitting. 
Nancy Shroyer
(More) Joys of Tapestry WeavingMore Joys of Tapestry Weaving is a weaving class that will quickly move through warping a loom and begin weaving. Various techniques will be taught including the formation of horizontal and vertical stripes, a variety of student selected shapes, creating interest in backgrounds, and the use of space dyed and unusual yarns. 
Myra Chang Thompson
Right Handed ContinentalContinental knitters say they knit faster, with better tension and less movement; it is the more efficient method, requiring the shortest number of specific hand-motions per stitch. I have been a right hand thrower all my life but learned to knit Continental for Fair Isle knitting. Let me show you how to change hands for knitting, purling and ribbing. Training the left hand to work for you for knitting and purling back, backwards will also be covered. 
Nancy Shroyer
Macrame Pot HangerJoin Grace of Lark + Arrow as we learn the foundations of hand knotting to make macrame plant hangers. During the course of two hours all students will be fully immersed and learn knotting techniques that are thousands of years old. We will work with natural fibers and everyone will leave with a finished and functional piece. 
Grace Gulley
Bias KnittingKnitting on the bias means the pieces are not "straight." This leads to many non-standard shapings and color/textural lines and possibilities. Learn this diverse method of knitting that creates different, dynamic, directional lines easily and its applications. Get the angle on your pieces, try various colors and textures for head-turning work. Mix and match several effects simultaneously. Ideas for trims, accents, and even whole garments will be discussed. Go from easy panels to larger projects. You head will be spinning with new ideas, all without a pattern 
Lily M. Chin
Macrame Hanging LanternJoin Grace of Lark + Arrow as we learn the foundations of hand knotting to make macrame lanterns/ chandeliers. During the course of two hours all students will be fully immersed and learn knotting techniques that are thousands of years old. We will work with natural fibers and everyone will leave with their own unique lantern/chandelier. 
Grace Gulley
Bohus KnittingThe Swedish workshop founded by Emma Jacobsson, Bohus knitting is best known for its beautiful hand knitted items made famous in the late 1930s through the ‘60s for their attention to detail, innovative design and color, and exacting standards of craftsmanship. Traditional Bohus patterns utilized a fine weight angora and wool blend to create a gorgeous halo and tonal gradations of color. The addition of purl stitches and the sometimes 3rd – or 4th or 5th – color per row opened up limitless design possibilities for the knitter. In this class we will learn a bit about the history of Bohus knitting, as well as the technique used to create it's masterful effects. 
Courtney Kelley
Spinning Knitting YarnStarting a new project often begins with the perfect yarn, the perfect pattern, or a grand idea. Handspinning our own knitting yarns gives us endless opportunities to create exactly what we want, and breaking the design process into steps can aid everyone from the precision spinner and knitter to the most free‐form. This class will help guide you through the process of choosing a fiber and yarn design, estimating fiber and yardage, washing and finishing, and more. We will play with a wide variety of fibers and yarn styles during class and begin a spinner's idea notebook. 
Kate Larson
Cable ManiaYes, YOU CAN turn a beautiful cable! If you can knit and purl, you can cable. After this workshop, your hair will turn red, your nose will turn up and you'll be speaking with a brogue of ""the old country"" as you knit Aran sweaters and cabled scarves with wild abandon. Cables are a mainstay of knitting, but the technique for knitting them WITHOUT cabling needles has eluded many expert knitters. Overcome your fear of cabling and at the same time learn a technique that is faster and easier than the standard technique which uses an extra needle to twist the yarn. 
Annie Modesitt
Strata Crochet for Fun Home DecorStrata crochet is a new technique that’s taking off! Learn to work in the back bar while using chunky and unusual yarns, which are perfect for home decor because they work up quickly and are super durable. Learn my favorite ways to work in the round, try this fun new stitch, and see how different styles of handles can be applied! You’ll be more confident with chunky yarn, changing colors, finishing off in the round, and alternative stitch techniques.

 

Salena Baca
Language of LaceWelcome to knitted lace nirvana; Whether it's Orenburg's exquisitely detailed scalloped border (teeth) and intricate patterning schemes, Estonian laces' classic nupps, or Shetland's luxurious, richly textured wool, they represent three intriguing and unique approaches, each with its own classic distinctions, to the knitted lace genre. In this class, lace knitter extraordinaire Galina A. Khmeleva will compare and contrast what makes these legends of the lace knitting milieu unique, and help you choose which approach best suits your individual lacey desires. Speak the language of lace like a veteran. 
Galina Khemleva
Crochet a DreamcatcherWork with thread to make a crochet dream catcher! This class will give you my favorite tips to successfully work with thread; especially ones with interesting complexities. You’ll also learn to mount your work using my best techniques!  
Salena Baca
Deconstructing a Cast-OnIt’s the starting point for every knitting project, but it still remains such a mystery. How does a long-tail cast-on work? What are the advantages of a long-tail cast-on vs. a backward loop cast-on? With such a disproportionate number of cast-on methods to bind-off methods, how do you know which method to choose? This class will discuss the basic cast-on methods (backward loop, knitted, cable, and long-tail) and their variations, along with the pros and cons of each one and when each is best used, with an emphasis on exactly how the strand(s) of yarn interact to make the stitches. BONUS, we'll also cover how to pick up a dropped stitch in each one. 
Miriam Felton
  Cross-Craftual SkillsMakers are gonna make. It's unstoppable. We collect crafts like other people collect porcelain figures or stamps. In this class we'll play with fabric and yarn while learning to combine 3 of the best-loved crafts. We'll cover how to knit and crochet onto fabric, how to sew fabric onto knit and crocheted pieces, crocheting onto knitting and knitting onto crochet. 
Miriam Felton
Fiber Care & BlockingBlocking: it’s a critical step in the finishing process for hand knits, and is all too often ignored or skipped. It’s incredibly easy, and the value it provides is immense, taking an item from complete to truly, beautifully finished. This session will demystify the process, and break it down by both fiber and project type. Along the way, we'll also talk about fiber care: safely and easily washing handknits - when you can use the machine and when you should handwash (or not wash at all). We'll also talk about moth prevention and safe yarn and garment storage. 
Kate Atherley
Design It!"Cardi, pullover, tank or tee, we will start at the very beginning of the design process to create a pattern template by selecting the best shapes that fit different body types and sizes. Cardi, pullover, tank or tee, we will start at the very beginning of creating a pattern template by selecting the best shapes that fit your body type. Next, we will add style elements like sleeve length, shaping, neckline, and trim treatments. Once we have the shape we want, we will move on to plugging in the numbers from your body measurements into our template for a custom fit. 
Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Math for KnittersEverything you need to know to figure out all those tricky math issues you encounter in your knitting. We'll cover such problem areas as calculating and dealing with gauge, challenging instructions like "Increase 12 sts evenly distributed across the row", and how to make adjustments in patterns like adding waist shaping, or lengthening sleeves. Suitable for newer and experienced knitters - it's all about conquering your fear of the numbers and making you a more powerful knitter! 
Kate Atherley
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Marketplace Hours: 10:00am - 6:00pm
9 am – 12 pm 9:30 am – 4:30 pm 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Bold & Beautiful BriocheTake another step in learning brioche. Learn to create wonderful and bold brioche cables. We will work with a few cable patterns and talk about the application of known and new cables that you can create to brioche fabric. Learn about striking effects of forming colorful fabric with basic brioche when manipulate stitches. This class will not only teach you techniques but will set you free to explore more. 
Faina Goberstien
Zig-Zag ScarfIf you already know the basics on your rigid heddle loom, you can learn to create beautiful lace patterns using pick up sticks. The intricate patterns can be achieved with relative ease. You will learn to use the pickup sticks to manipulate the warp threads and complete a beautiful scarf that others will admire. This workshop introduces students to the process of using pick up sticks to manipulate the warp and weft threads to create patterns in the cloth structure. Additionally, we will discuss how to use a slow color change or hand painted yarn to its best advantage as a weft. 
Deborah Jarchow
Join As You Go Crochet MotifsPerfect your motif skills and learn the JAYGO method as you crochet a table runner! Join-As-You-Go is a great way to approach a variety of motif projects! At the end of this class, you’ll have a functional project and lots of practice to tackle future motif designs! 
Salena Baca
Crochet with BeadsYou don't need to be an expert to add beads and sparkle to your crochet work! Come and join me to learn about what you can do with beads and crochet, how to choose your beads, and how and where to place your beads with the different stitches for various effects. Your bead swatch will be a great reference for all your future beaded crochet projects. 
Daniela Nii
Yarnitecture"Is the yarn in your head the yarn in your hand? Do you always spin the same yarn? Do you have a dream yarn you just can't make happen? Are you unhappy with what happens to the colors when you spin a variegated top or roving? Do you love your handspun yarn, but don't like how it looks knitted? In this class, we’ll focus on making yarn that inspires you from commercially dyed roving and top -- yarn you’ll love to knit with. Together we’ll build your yarn from fiber braid up to a knitted swatch. We’ll start by talking about the blueprint for a yarn, the yarn vision. We'll break yarn down into all of its parts. We'll build your yarn's foundations by exploring fiber breeds and preparations. The walls – they're the different drafting and plying methods we'll work with. Finally, the roof goes on as we manipulate variegated top and roving to get the colors you’ve chosen just the way you want them. All along the way you’ll get tips to keeping your yarn’s end use or yarn vision in mind and your yarn consistent. This class will give you confidence to build the yarns you want to knit with! 
Jillian Moreno
Beginning Shuttle TattingIt is amazing how learning one simple knot can create such a variety of elegant, dainty, and cute hand-knotted lace designs. Let me introduce you to the basics of traditional shuttle tatting and learn how to form chains, rings and picots to join motifs. Become familiar with typical tatting instruction types so that you can successfully explore the fascinating world of tatting. 
Daniela Nii
Tips, Trick & HintsLearn all the little secrets to make knitting life easier and better. Find out how to cast on in 2-tail method without running out of the second tail. Join a new skein of yarn or a new color without losing that first stitch. See ways of attaching buttons as you work. Create invisible circular bind offs on a neck where the beginning and end are absolutely imperceptible. Weave in those little ends that are too short to put through a darning needle. Take away lots of small “fix-its” and improve those details. 
Lily M. Chin
Painting Cotton WarpsIn this class students will select a sample of colors from color illustrations. They will then select a portion of the illustration to duplicate on their warp. Using fiber reactive dyes, students will paint, spray and dye warps. Special attention will be given to safe practices using dyes. Measuring, mixing, storage and disposal of dyes will be discussed and demonstrated. The color selection of dyes may be limited. 
Myra Chang Thompson
Reversible CablesSimple to execute, cables are almost always worked over stockinette stitch thereby producing a "wrong" side. This is not particularly attractive on a scarf or shawl or afghan where the "wrong side" will be in full view of the public. In this class, learn how cables work, which stitches, yarns and needles are ideal for these reversible cables, and how to chart them so you'll know what you'll be getting beforehand. By the end of this class, you will have a sampler of reversible cables plus enough ideas to keep you in stitches for a long, long time. 
Lily M. Chin
Gradient"Gradient: the relative increase or decrease in the magnitude of a property." Yarns with long color changes that shift slowly from one end of the skein to the other are a great spinner's challenge. There are many ways to design a gradient handspun yarn without using a dyepot. Join us as we explore four different methods for keeping colors distinct using painted tops, dyed batts, and a few blending tricks. 
Kate Larson
How to Select Color PalettesChoosing colors that will go together well in knitting or for any purpose can be confusing or even scary if you don’t have that in-born color sense. This class will give the students a set of formulas that are easy to follow to build a color palette. All they have to do is choose ONE color they like and build on it. Students will walk into a life-size color wheel filled with Brown Sheep yarn in 80 beautiful colors to make their swatches 
Nancy Shroyer
Finishing SchoolAfter your yarn is spun and wound into a skein, what comes next? Finishing handspun typically involves washing, but the exact approach depends on the fiber and spinning method used and what type of textile you want to make. Wet-finishing can be used to remove carding oils and excess dye, but can also add strength and durability or loft and halo depending on the method. This workshop will cover three common approaches to wet-finishing: washing, fulling, and blocking. We will spin a variety of fibers and yarn types, ranging from singles to tailspun, and finish them using different techniques. You'll leave class with the skills you need to add a perfect finish to your handspun beauties. 
Kate Larson
Combination KnittingChristened “Combination Knitting" by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts (Fall 2000 Interweave Knits magazine), this combination of Western and Eastern style knitting is faster, creates a nicer tension with less "rowing out" and less wrist strain. Established knitters may enjoy this different method, new knitters can mistress this technique right away! 
Annie Modesitt
Start SpinningIf you have always wanted to spin, have taught yourself a little, or haven'[t spun for awhile, this workshop will be just what you need to gain confidence and skill. We will start with a beautiful fleece, learn to card, spin, ply and set the twist. We will also spin commercially prepared fiber and discuss wheel maintenance. Spinning straw into gold may beyond our reach, but beautiful yarn is not. 
Maggie Casey
Intro to Double KnittingMaking a tube without circular needles isn't hard, but the method can seem complex when you first start. Learn how to make socks and mittens on straight needles with no seams! Learn several techniques for creating a double-thickness fabric (with and without colorwork accents) and add a new tool to your "Knitting Bag of Tricks!" 
Annie Modesitt
Plying Orenburg StyleAfter spinning singles clockwise with a 'Z' twist, it is time to start the plying process. You will be using a plying/supported spindle to accomplish this task. During this process, you will learn the more economical use of luxury fibers, ie. cashmere, bison, pygora, quiviut and paco vicuna. Plying spindles and silk will be available for class use. 
Galina Khmeleva
Pattern Weaving on a Rigid Heddle LoomJoin me on a weaving adventure and discover your ability to weave pattern and texture into any cloth. Weave and explore color and finger control techniques that will inspire you. We will discuss and try many hand manipulated and pick up stick techniques that can be used on any loom with raging success. Are you ready to spice things up with some floats, medallions and knots? Are you looking for ways to use your thrums or small skeins? Weaving is so much fun. Come spend some time with me. We will dabble with different techniques to create beautiful cloth and expand your weaving repertoire. It is all literally at your fingertips. Come and explore. 
Stephanie Flynn Sokolov
Footie SocksDo you mourn your drawer full of handknit socks during the warm summer months? Or do you just want quick and easy socks to wear with your Danskos, chucks, or clogs? They’re also really good for just kicking around the house and they use up leftover yarn really well. In this class we’ll go over the techniques you need to work this pattern including the provisional cast-on, make 1 left & right, short rows (including the shadow wrap method), how to work a short row heel, and how to pick up stitches. We’ll make a small version of the sock to demonstrate all the techniques that you can apply to this sock formula to make Footies for yourself and all your buds. Pattern included with the class. 
Miriam Felton
FAB Foundations"You've picked the PERFECT pattern and you've searched for and picked out the PERFECT yarn (not necessarily in that order!). Now your fingers and hook are twitching and you are ready to dive in! STOP!! Before you make that first stitch, let us share a few of our insider skills that will get you started on a solid foundation that will make sure your work is just as PERFECT as the choices you've made up to this point. In our time together, we will cover four (yes, FOUR!) types of Foundation Stitches and explore how to use them in a wide range of projects from garments to accessories and home décor. Foundation stitches aren't just for borders anymore! Innovative project construction is easier than ever once you learn how to use Foundation Stitches then move on to using the Extending Foundation Stitch for creating garment sleeves and armholes; for making easier than ever button bands that don't gap and sag; and for creating exciting shaping in your accessories and garments. In the process, we'll also get into our special techniques for the Knotless Starting Chain and some First-Stitches that will make sure your edges don't look wonky! By the time we're finished, you will leave class with a FAB new skill that you will love experimenting with in your own projects and will change the way you crochet forever! 
Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Beyond StripesIn this class, students will learn the basics of stranded color work, including reading charts and properly blocking your work. In class, students will make a sampler illustrating many regional styles of colorwork: Fair Isle, Selbu, Setesdal, and even Bohus knitting. Less familiar techniques like embroidery, intarsia, and roositud will also be covered. Students will be provided with worsted weight yarn in a range of gorgeous colors from The Fibre Co. Please bring double pointed needles in size 7 US (or whatever needle they are comfortable working in worsted weight yarn). We'll also cover two-handed color work, tacking long floats, proper tension, and choosing colors for optimal effect. 
Courtney Kelley

iCan Click"It's never been easier to share your creativity with the world than it is right now. Just put your hand in your pocket (or bag), pull out your mobile device, and clickety-click then share. Within minutes, you can show the world your FAB creations with an unlimited audience across social media. Selling your products? Grab your mobile device and click away then upload your photos to your website or sales page faster than you can say Polaroid! Ravelry, Etsy, personal websites, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram… the resources available for today's maker to share their work with a planet-wide audience is unrivaled by anything we've seen before. The opportunity to share is there… now… how do all those sliders and buttons work?!? In this class we'll break down the basics of lighting, composition, and touch up and apply them to the universal tools in today's mobile devices. In addition, we will give you our recommendations for the best apps and editing tools for working with your photos… without breaking the bank. Bring your phones and tablets and we'll give you all the information you need to take pro-level photos right out of your pocket. Also, remember to bring one item to be photographed. We'll workshop how to get the best photos in various settings using photography set ups you can duplicate at home with items you probably already own. We'll get everyone clicking away and sharing via our social networks during class! 
Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Two Socks: War & PeaceSuffering from Second Sock Syndrome? Bored with your usual way of knitting socks? Looking for a way to impress your friends and challenge yourself? Learn to knit two socks at the same time - one inside the other, on the same set of needles, using a double knitting technique! This class will expand your skills, and add an excellent new trick to your repertoire. 
Kate Athereley

 Productive SpinningThis class maps the territory not only of what it takes to be a competent spinner, but also a productive one. Old habits can make us slow. The point being that when we review what we know, take a look for ways to making it more efficient, then we can tackle much larger projects with grace. This class presents a general tune up of your techniques, assessing your wheel and working to make it a good fit. 

Stephenie Gaustad
Pattern WritingYou’ve designed a great piece, and now it’s time to write up the pattern to share. Whether you want to self-publish or submit to a publication, this class will show you how to write up a clear and easy-to-follow pattern that works for any knitter. I will discuss sizing and fit, addressing grading and size ranges. I’ll share secrets for handling pattern stitches, written and charted. I’ll talk about charting software & solutions, and provide tips for creating easy-to-use charts. And I’ll share with you the three key tricks to make sure both knitters and editors love you! 
Kate Atherley

Sunday, April 2, 2017
MARKETPLACE CLOSED
9 am – 12 pm
Intro to BriocheBecome a fan of brioche family of stitches. This intriguing and unique knitting technique produces irresistible, soft, 3-dimentional and reversible fabric. In this class, you will learn basic brioche in one and two colors. You will have a chance to try some other simple brioche stitches. Among the topics covered in this class are: selvage edges, special tips on cast on and bind off, best yarns to use, reading a chart. Samples will demonstrate how to use it all for hats, cowls, and more. 
Faina Goberstein
Fringe & BeyondThis class is for anyone who loves to play with stitch patterns and use them for making a project. We will talk about different orientation of slip stitch patterns (horizontal, vertical, diagonal) and awareness of that when choosing the pattern for your project, stitch pattern placement, reengineering stitches, combining stitch patterns, and shaping in slip stitch. We will also discuss the yarns and colors that make the slip-stitch knitting the best it can be. 
Deborah Jarchow
Fractal Frolic"Almost every spinner has tried fractal spinning with variegated fiber, but do you do it the same way every time? Fractal spinning for knitting has endless possibilities! What happens when you change the size of your fiber or use fiber dyed in different patterns? Fractal spinning hand dyed fiber creates striping patterns that are beautifully complex, compared to a matching ply. Fractals are simply different sizes of the same pattern, in our case a line or stripe. In this class we’ll work with hand dyed top to explore fractal color patterns. We’ll divide and combining different color lengths to create fractally plied yarns that are intricately striped. We’ll explore the effect of fractal plying on different styles of dyeing too. What see what happens with gradient and randomly dyed fibers. Before we’re done we’ll play with plies to see what happens when working with more than 2 plies and a textured ply or two. We’ll see what happens with our fractals when we change the size of our yarn. Fractal spinning comes alive when it’s knit so we’ll look at knitted samples to see the unique explosion of color that fractals create. This class moves at a fast pace, so come ready to spin! 
Jillian Moreno
Painting with Fiber Reactive DyesIn "Painting" with Fiber Reactive Dyes on Cotton, students will learn how to embellish their own cotton knitting, weaving or crocheting. While learning the basic techniques of painting on cotton, samples will be dyed on commercial all cotton fabric. It is a great way to experiment and find dye applications that suit your artistic needs. Class projects can become small bags, pillows or framed art. 
Myra Chang Thompson
Infinity CablesWe all love the look of the traditional cables and have successfully made a project or two (or more) and are ready to spice things up a bit. Let's break the mold of vertical cable panels and learn how to create horizontally connected infinity cables without changing the knitting direction. Many more cable possibilities will become possible with this technique, including knitting raised rings. 
Daniela Nii
 
Creative FocusSpinning is a creative act. In our craft, we push the boundaries of our creativity within the framework of technical know-how. Whether we are spinning yarns that are traditional or innovative, turning an idea into a reality depends on our ability to match a set of learned skills with an aesthetic vision. Kate will share with you how she uses a spinner's creativity notebook to capture fleeting color combinations and pattern ideas, while keeping no-fuss, yet accurate samples. You will leave with a spinner's notebook, several of your own color-texture studies, and a new way to capture your creativity. 
Kate Larson
Introduction to PA German/Scandinavian Band WeavingBefore there were buttons and button holes, zippers or Velcro, clothing was held together with bands or tapes. Some were just plain linen tapes but the PA Germans and many of the Scandinavian people made their tapes with beautiful patterns and colors with this warp faced weaving. Traditionally they used three types of looms: the box loom, a paddle loom and a gate loom. A gate loom is just a pretty rigid heddle. Join me in this class to learn the history of the looms and weavers and learn to weave a band that can be used for dog leashes and collars, belts, headbands, book marks, curtain tie backs or upholstery trim. You will learn to measure and cut the warp, tie it up, and weave a band 
Nancy Shroyer
TwistYarn needs twist, without it, we just have fluff. But how much do we need and how much do we wand? It depends on how you are going to use your yarn; sock yarn needs more twist than your for a lace shawl. In this class we will practice controlling the amount of twist that goes into yarn so you can make the most appropriate yarn for your project. We will spin different fibers to see that twist is not a one size fits all proposition. 
Maggie Casey
Crochet a DreamcatcherWork with thread to make a crochet dream catcher! This class will give you my favorite tips to successfully work with thread; especially ones with interesting complexities. You’ll also learn to mount your work using my best techniques!  
Salena Baca
Demystifying ChartsDuring the class, students will cast-on and begin knitting the Meadowsweet Shawl, (http://kelbournewoolens.com/patterns/meadowsweet) and leave with all of the necessary information to finish the piece. Students will learn the basics of reading lace from a charted pattern, including deciphering a chart key, counting stitches, checking gauge, how to decipher individual stitches, checking to see if mistakes have been made, how to fix mistakes after the fact, and working multiple repeats in a single row. Through informative anecdotes, in-class demonstrations, and a healthy dose of humor, we guarantee you will not only learn to knit lace from charts, but love doing so! 
Courtney Kelley
Small SpindlesSome experience using hand spindles Fine luxury fibers like cashmere, camel down, qiviut, buffalo work really well when spun into finer yarns. This can have you treadling briskly as you spin them. Or you could reach for a small spindle and get more yarn faster. This class is an introduction to fine yarn spinning on small supported spindles. We will be spinning many luxury fibers using the tahkli, bead whorl and Ahka or Thai-style spindles. 
Stephenie Gaustad
EmbellishmentsOnce a sweater or knitted garment is finished, is it REALLY finished? Why not accentuate your lovely items with knit embellishments such as flowers, leaves, knots, knit fringes, several types of cord and knit buttons! Your mind will be opened to knitting as a 3-dimensional craft! 
Annie Modesitt
Just Three SidesHow many ways can you make a triangle? The triangular shawl is a fun and easy to wear garment, and a staple of accessory knitting. In this class we will explore triangular shawl shapes by working mini 5 mini shawls, covering wingspan down, point up, top down, long angled edge to top, and side to side. We’ll learn how increase and decrease placement build the structural lines, talk about how stitch patterns behave in each of the shapes and emphasize the Pros & Cons of each one. 
Miriam Felton
Coture FinishingMaster sewists and finishers work for years to perfect their finishing skills and they are sought out by couture designers for those skills to give their work the flawless finishes it deserves. Likewise, you've worked hard on making your stitching skills the best they can be so you can produce FAB fabrics for your handmade projects, now it's time to bring those finishing skills up to the next level. 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 décor. We will break down each step of the finishing process from blocking to weaving in ends to flawless seaming and will take the drudgery out of finishing to help make the finishing process just as much fun as the stitching. Imagine your satisfaction when you stand back and look at the flawless finishing techniques that make your project look like it was made by the hands of a pro! Yup… we're going to share it all… our professional finishing secrets learned from yearns and years of couture hand sewing will be revealed to YOU! You will be able to use these professional finishing techniques to take your skills from good to great… even FAB! 
Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Custom Fit SocksLiberate yourself from pattern books! Make a sock to meet your own unique needs, for your size foot, and in your choice of yarn. Learn how to create a top-down or toe-up sock pattern for any yarn, and for any foot. I’ll show you how to custom fit a sock for specific requirements, how to make your own design customizations like pattern stitches and colorwork. 
Kate Atherley

 

 

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