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FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Double Knitting – Annie Modesitt
The Crochet Hook is the Perfect Tool for Knitters! – Mary Beth Temple

10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Crocheted Lace – Jonee Davis
Beginning Spinning – Sheryl Means

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Stress-Free Steeking – Denise Bell

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Playing with Yarn and Hook: Exploring Freeform Crochet – Sheryl Means

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Knitting with Beads – Annie Modesitt
Broomstick Lace Basics – Mary Beth Temple

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cable Mania (Look Mom, No Needle!) – Annie Modesitt
Tunisian Crochet Basics – Mary Beth Temple

10:30 am – 1:30 pm
The Who, What, Where, Why and How of the Kitchener Stitch – Stephanie Carcano

10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Aran Stitchery – Anita Wilburn Darras

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Knitting 911 – Sony Hartley

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Combination Knitting – Annie Modesitt
Tunisian Crochet Lace – Mary Beth Temple
Intro to Amigurumi – Jessica Myers

SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mad About Plaid – Annie Modesitt
Two-Color Crochet, One Color at a Time – Mary Beth Temple

10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Lace on the Edge – Denise Bell
Intro to Brioche – Elizabeth Spies

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Knitting with Wire – Annie Modesitt
Grannies Outside the Box – Mary Beth Temple

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Needle Felted Critter – Stephanie Carcano
Decoding the Diagram: Crochet Symbols – Anita Wilburn Darras




CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

Double Knitting

Craft: Knitting

Date: Friday, June 22, 2018

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Teacher: Annie Modesitt

Cost: $65

Making 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!”

Skills required: Intermediate

Materials: Participants should bring 1 skein each of light-colored and dark-colored worsted weight yarn and needles to work well with yarn.

Homework: None


The Crochet Hook is the Perfect Tool for Knitters!

Craft: Knitting

Date: Friday, June 22, 2018

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Teacher: Mary Beth Temple

Cost: $65

Bring Your knitting, bring a crochet hook, and learn all the clever things having a crochet hook in your tool bag will let you do. Students will learn the crochet cast on both as a permanent and a provisional cast on, the crochet cast off (perfect when you need to use up every scrap of yarn to finish your piece!), and how to pick up a dropped stitch quickly and easily with a crochet hook in both stockinette stitch and garter stitch.

Next up we will work on some surface crochet techniques that will enable you to quickly and easily add both horizontal or vertical stripes to your knit fabric without ever having to knit in a different color yarn!

Skills required: Beginner and up

Materials: Smooth yarn in two contrasting colors, appropriate knitting needles and crochet hook.

Homework: Please bring one 5×5 or larger swatch of plain stockinette to class.


Crocheted Lace

Craft: Crochet

Date: Friday, June 22, 2018

Time: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Teacher: Jonee Davis

Cost: $45

Lace can be made by knitting, of course, but it can also be made by weaving and, yes, by crocheting! Join in a crochet lace adventure. We will look at the history of crocheting and how it started without the written word. You will learn to read a pattern diagram. You can either work on the patterns as a sampler for later or start a project to take home. This class includes handouts and patterns for you to take home.

Skills required: Intermediate; must know basic crochet stitches.

Materials: Skein of yarn (I recommend a lace, sock, or heavier weight yarn), crochet hook a size or two larger than called for, scissors, and pen or pencil.

Homework: None


Beginning Spinning

Craft: Spinning

Date: Friday, June 22, 2018

Time: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Teacher: Sheryl Means

Cost: $45

Have you ever wanted to learn to spin yarn, or just have a better understanding of how yarn is made? Then come play with some wool and leave with your very own hand-spun yarn! Registration cost includes a $5 materials fee.

Skills required: Beginner

Materials: None; all materials provided.

Homework: None


Stress-Free Steeking

Craft: Knitting

Date: Friday, June 22, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Teacher: Denise Bell

Cost: $55

You’ve heard about cutting your knitting, and maybe freaked out a bit at the prospect, but there’s no real need to stress about it. Once you learn the right wool to use, a few good ways to prep the project, and how to process the stitches after you’ve cut them, you’ll be fine. Students will work on a small sample of peerie bands, fortify the project, snip, snip, snip, and then stabilize the cut stitches. A variety of stitch patterns will be included in the class handout.

Skills required: Intermediate; should have basic knitting skills; some two-color knitting experience is helpful

Materials: Students should bring their usual knitting kit, plus: US size 3 needles (dpns or a small circular); good scissors; perle cotton or embroidery floss; and 3-5 contrasting colors of Shetland, Icelandic, or other “sticky” wool in jumper or fingering weight. This is a good opportunity to use small balls or oddments. Please do not plan on using merino, silk, alpaca, or blends.  

Homework: Cast on 67 stitches with main color, and work 3 rows back in forth in garter stitch. Join to work in the round. Knit 2 rounds stockinette.


Playing with Yarn and Hook: Exploring Freeform Crochet

Craft: Crochet

Date: Friday, June 22, 2018

Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Teacher: Sheryl Means

Cost: $40

This class is just plain fun. Come learn how to create small pieces of crochet fabric and then fit them together on a template, which will become a small card or coin purse. We will cover forming the basic pieces and adding surface crochet to add textures and color. A range of skill levels can be successful: only basic stitches are used, and the work can be as simple or elaborate as you choose. You will receive a handout with suggested stitch combinations, but everyone is free to do their own thing.

Skills required: Intermediate; students must be able to chain, single crochet, double crochet, and understand what crochet stitches look like. There is no mandatory pattern reading involved.

Materials: Small amounts of a variety of yarns (different thicknesses & textures preferred) in a color palette that is pleasing to you; a selection of hooks appropriate to your yarn, scissors and yarn needle.

Homework: None


Knitting with Beads

Craft: Knitting

Date: Friday, June 22, 2018

Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Teacher: Annie Modesitt

Cost: $65

Beads 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.

Skills required: Intermediate

Materials: Participants should bring light-colored DK or sport weight yarn, knitting needles in a size to work well with chosen yarn, and approximately 100 size 6/0 beads in a color contrasting with your yarn.

Homework: None


Broomstick Lace Basics

Craft: Crochet

Date: Friday, June 22, 2018

Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Teacher: Mary Beth Temple

Cost: $65

Join in an exploration of the basics of the broomstick lace technique, including beginning, increasing, decreasing, and incorporating other stitches. Broomstick lace is one of the extended techniques that both crocheters and knitters seem to be more and more interested in, and it’s a lot more versatile than most people suspect. Tip sheet handout included.

Skills required: Beginner and up

Materials: Smooth, light-colored worsted weight yarn, appropriate crochet hooks, and a broomstick lace needle of at least 15mm diameter.

Homework: None


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018

Cable Mania (Look Mom, No Needle!)

Craft: Knitting

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Teacher: Annie Modesitt

Cost: $65

Yes. YOU CAN turn a beatiful cable! If you can knit and purl, you can cable. And you can make seemingly complex cables, too! Cables are a mainstay of knitting, but the technique for knitting them WITHOUT cable 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.

Skills required: Intermediate

Materials: Light-colored worsted weight yarn and needles to work well with yarn.

Homework: None


Tunisian Crochet Basics

Craft: Crochet

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Teacher: Mary Beth Temple

Cost: $65

Explore the basics of the Tunisian technique, including Tunisian Simple Stitch, Tunisian Knit and Purl, increasing, decreasing, and full row colorwork. Tip sheet handout included.

Skills required: Beginner and up

Materials: Two colors of smooth, light-colored worsted weight yarn and appropriate Tunisian crochet hooks.

Homework: None


The Who, What, Where, Why and How of the Kitchener Stitch

Craft: Knitting

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018

Time: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Teacher: Stephanie Carcano

Cost: $30

The Kitchener Stitch is for more than just the toes of socks! It’s a fabulous way of joining live stitches and great to incorporate in projects that are knit sideways, or as a possible substitute for a three-needle bind off, even some seaming. Traditionally used with Stockinette Stitch, you will become so comfortable with Kitchener, you’ll even do it with ribbing! We will knit a quick piece using a provisional cast on and then complete it with Kitchener Stitch.

Skills required: Beginner; must know knit from purl

Materials: Darning needle and scissors.

Homework: Project is a sideways knit fingerless glove. As homework, please knit the following in Stockinette Stitch using worsted weight yarn and size 10 needles (larger stitches will help us “see” better later):
Using waste yarn, CO 25 stitches and knit 4 rows in garter stitch. Change to project yarn.
Row 1. (RS) Knit 4, place marker, knit 17, place marker, knit last 4.
Row 2. Knit 4, purl 17, knit 4.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 twice more.
Thumb Hole
(RS) Knit 10, BO 4, Knit to end of row
(WS) Staying in pattern, knit or purl to BO and CO 4 stitches . Finish row.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 7 inches from start of project yarn. Do not bind off. Leave on needles and bring to class.


Aran Stitchery

Craft: Crochet

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018

Time: 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Teacher: Anita Wilburn Darras

Cost: $45

Students will learn multiple Aran-style stitches by making a sampler. Stitches include: Celtic Weave, Cable, Arrow, Braid, and Diamond.

Skills required: Intermediate; students should have knowledge of treble and double crochet and the ability to read a pattern.

Materials: Solid light colored worsted and appropriate size hook for that yarn; stitch markers

Homework: None


Knitting 911

Craft: Knitting

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Teacher: Sony Hartley

Cost: $40

Help! We’ve fallen, and we can’t get up, said my stitches. Not a problem after this class. We cover dropped stitches, lifelines, twisted stitches, smart ways of backing up, tinking safely, learning to “read” your knitting in order to catch problems early, and lots of tips and tricks to make knitting easier and less frustrating.

Skills required: Beginner; should have basic knitting skills

Materials: Light-colored worsted weight yarn; size 8 or 9 knitting needles; size F or G crochet hook, scissors, yarn needle for weaving in ends.

Homework: None


Combination Knitting

Craft: Knitting

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018

Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Teacher: Annie Modesitt

Cost: $65

Christened “Combination Knitting” by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts (Fall 2000 Interweave Knits magazine), this combination of Western and Eastern styles of knitting is faster, creawtes 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!

Skills required: This class is for all skill levels; students should know how to knit and purl

Materials: Participants should bring smooth, light-colored worsted weight yarn and knitting needles in a size to work well with chosen yarn.

Homework: None


Tunisian Crochet Lace

Craft: Crochet

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018

Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Teacher: Mary Beth Temple

Cost: $65

You know the basics of Tunisian Crochet – now what? Take your Tunisian to the next level by learning about more intricate lace stitches, and how to read both Tunisian symbol charts and patterns.

Skills required: Intermediate; must know Tunisian Simple, Knit and Purl stitches.

Materials: Two colors of smooth DK or worsted weight yarn; and a selection of Tunisian hooks, especially larger sizes.

Homework: None


Intro to Amigurumi

Craft: Crochet

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018

Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Teacher: Jessica Myers

Cost: $45

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of making small stuffed creatures. In this class, you will learn the most common stitches and shapes and how to read a pattern.

Skills required: Intermediate; must know single crochet

Materials: Worsted weight yarn in desired colors; a size F (3.75mm) crochet hook; a tapestry needle; and polyfil stuffing.

Homework: None


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018

Mad About Plaid

Craft: Knitting

Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Teacher: Annie Modesitt

Cost: $65

Plaid is a wonderful thing, and so satisfying for a knitter! Don’t be afraid, be bold and confident as you take up your needles – enjoy the full range of colored yarns that are all around you. In this class, we will learn an exciting new technique for creating a relatively pain-free plaid, thus opening up endless opportunities to use your stash!

Skills required: This class is for all skill levels.

Materials: Participants should bring 4 contrasting colors of smooth, worsted weight yarn and knitting needles (including a circular needle) in a size to work well with chosen yarn.

Homework: None


Two-Color Crochet, One Color at a Time

Craft: Crochet

Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Teacher: Mary Beth Temple

Cost: $65

Don’t let colorwork scare you – there are many different types of stitches you can crochet while working with only one color of yarn at a time, and without leaving any ugly floats. In this class you will learn several colorful stitches, including those utilizing post stitches, surface chains, and reversible patterns. Instruction sheet with stitch diagrams included.

Skills required: Intermediate; should be confident in basic stitches

Materials: Smooth, light-colored DK or worsted weight yarn and appropriate size crochet hook.

Homework: None


Lace on the Edge

Craft: Knitting

Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018

Time: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Teacher: Denise Bell

Cost: $55

Victorian knitters worked spectacular lace edgings and attached them to garments. In this class, we’ll swatch several edgings from knitting charts and discuss several different ways to attach them to existing garments, such as ready-made or handmade skirts and shirts. Lace edgings are an easy way to make a garment unique.

Skills required: Intermediate; basic chart reading and the ability to work standard increases and decreases

Materials: Students should bring their knitting kits, including scissors, stitch markers, and sharp-tipped US size 4 or 5 needles; sharp-tipped needles are essential with lace knitting. (Lace weight merino wool will be provided for class swatches.)

Homework: None


Intro to Brioche

Craft: Knitting

Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018

Time: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Teacher: Elizabeth Spies

Cost: $30

Come learn the technique that is kind of like ribbing, but a whole lot squishier. You’ll learn how to do both single-color and two-color brioche.

Skills required: Intermediate; must be proficient at knitting

Materials: Two balls of light-colored, smooth, worsted weight yarn, in contrasting colors and size 8 or 9 needles.

Homework: None


Knitting with Wire

Craft: Knitting

Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Teacher: Annie Modesitt

Cost: $80

Knitting is not just a yarn experience! Expand your horizons and get wired! In this class, we’ll cover the basics of casting on, knitting and binding off using 26-30 gauge wire. We’ll cover topics such as adding beads to a knitted wire piece, finishing wire pieces and adding findings as we create a simple knit necklace. Jewelry making skill not required. Registration cost includes a $15 materials fee.

Skills required: This class is for all skill levels; students should know how to knit and purl.

Materials: Participants should bring ALUMINUM knitting needles in US size 5, 6, or 7. Other materials will be provided.

Homework: None


Grannies Outside the Box

Craft: Crochet

Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Teacher: Mary Beth Temple

Cost: $65

Think you know everything there is to know about grannies? How about making them in triangle, rectangle, or other polygonal shapes! Learn the basics of creating shaped motifs, then all the tips and tricks you’ll need to create your own center-out motifs in any shape.

Skills required: Intermediate; should be confident in basic stitches

Materials: Smooth, light-colored DK or worsted weight yarn and appropriate crochet hook.

Homework: None


Needle Felted Critter

Craft: Felting

Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Teacher: Stephanie Carcano

Cost: $40

A sharp barbed needle, some wool roving, and your imagination plus elbow grease result in a cute, folksy felted figure. Learn how to create shaped and combine them to make a small sculptural piece. The basics of two- and three-dimensional felting will be covered. This is a fun technique for adding details on your felted knitting projects such as hats or bags, creating jewelry and holiday ornaments, or adding to art quilts. Mats, needles and roving are provided. Registration cost includes a $20 materials fee.

Skills required: Beginner; absolutely no experience necessary.

Materials: None; all materials provided.

Homework: None


Decoding the Diagram: Crochet Symbols

Craft: Crochet

Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Teacher: Anita Wilburn Darras

Cost: $20

By the end of this session, students will feel confident about completing any crochet piece using only a diagram. Students will receive a laminated set of crochet symbols to keep, plus a set of six diagrams. After learning about the most common symbols, students will use the diagram of his/her choice to work a small crocheted piece.

Skills required: Beginner; students must know the following basic crochet stitches: chain, slip, single crochet, double crochet, treble crochet.

Materials: Any size solid, light-colored yarn/thread, a crochet hook in a size appropriate for the yarn, stitch marker, and a pencil..

Homework: None