After 36 years of teaching people how to brush and floss in the world of dentistry, I have developed an awareness of how people learn. And along with an inherent love of creating through quilting and knitting, I can show you how to make a motley, creative mitten.
The Mini Latvian Mitten Workshop will include the basic "recipe" for a mitten, the stunning accent Latvian braid, fringe stitch, after-thought thumbs ( thumbs done easy), cast ons, decorative decreases, scalloped edges and several iconic patterns. The mini mitten measures 2 1/4" X 5 1/2". At the completion of the workshop you will have the skills necessary to create, design and knit your own colorful, warm, unique full size mitten. The possibilities are limitless and the world of creating mittens will be YOURS!!!!!!!! Brain Gym exercises and Yoga stretches included.
Students bring 5- #3 dpn, the shorties if possible. Several colors of sport or light DK weight yarn. Tapestry needle, scissors
Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor):$0, Maryly will provide handouts
Basic skills assumed
Get ready for something new and exciting. Need something to shake things up and get you started to think outside of the box? You will not be disappointed in this class. You will be able to use this pattern or create your own. After you see how freeing and how much fun this is you may not want to go back to endless hours of cutting and piecing fabric again. I will show you foundation piecing and multiple applique techniques. Your finished piece will be art. Your friends and family will want one of their own.
Students bring sewing machine in good working order, regular sewing supplies (needles, pins, etc.) scissors, 1 yard of wonder under, 1 yard of muslin, 1 yard of batting, 1 yard of backing fabric of your choice, and a can't wait to get started attitude
Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $30 which includes the pattern and all of the batik fabrics needed to complete the top
Basic skills assumed
You do not need to read Japanese to use Japanese knitting patterns, as they are not written out in words, but use primarily charts and graphics. Learn how to use Japanese-style patterns and decipher the diagrams and notations. Bring your sense of adventure and note taking supplies.
Students bring only a smile
Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $0 Hand outs. Mary Lou will also bring a basic symbols book for purchase because they can be hard to find
Everyone can participate
Do you love the look and texture of hooked rugs...but want to create something uniquely your own? Learn how to layout and design your own primitive rug hooking project and the actually skill of rughooking. At the end of this class you'll be on your way to finishing your own masterpiece. Can't draw a stick figure? No worries...Lori will help you translate what's in your imagination onto a piece of canvas.
Students bring a black Sharpie marker & a 12 inch ruler
Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor) : $40 which includes Linen for your design, stripped wool for hooking, a hoop and hook
Everyone can participate
A Spinner's first yarn is often thick and thin, highly twisted “novelty” yarn. Upon mastering greater skill “frog hair” might be a good description of what’s produced. Experience the Freedom to Spin any type of yarn! Thick and lofty, textured, or fine and smooth, whatever YOU decide, not just what happens. Learn to analyze yarn and use various techniques to spin to specification allowing you to use handspun in place of suggested commercial yarn called for in patterns.
Students bring a spinning wheel in good working order, 3 empty bobbins, a lazy kate
Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $15 for a sampling of fibers
Basic spinning skills are assumed
Regretfully Cancelled Ever wanted to design your own shawl, but have no clue how to even begin? Come learn about how basic geometry and math (eep! Don't worry--no complex formulae! I make it easy, I promise!) can help you from studying basic shapes, different types of shawls and their traditions, and adapting stitches to fit! We'll talk about choosing the right stitches and edgings, as well as adapting them to fit what you need. We will discuss the importance of diagramming and sketching, as well as charting and writing out the pattern as you go along. We will even confront the dreaded 'S' word--swatch! We will talk about different types of construction techniques, and by the end of the class you should be well on your way to designing your own shawl!
Students bring 1-2 pencils; white erasers; note pad--blank or lined; graph paper--size of choice; protractor; drawing compass; ruler; calculator; plastic baggies; 2-3 types of yarn; assorted hooks; stitch/edging dictionaries; an open mind to go with the flow
Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $5 for printed materials , sample diagrams, sample edgings
Basic Skills Assumed
Whether you're walking through the gardens, along a city street, swimming through the sea or staring up at the clouds, you are internalizing the world through the language of shapes. Are you ready to break out of the two dimensional world and begin creating in three dimensions?
Internationally recognized mathematician Daina Taimina uses a mathematical approach to create shapes with a crochet hook and yarn. Renowned fiber artist Katharine Cobey, once a lit major, communicates what she knows about the world she lives in with yarn and needles…both have something to say, and use fiber as a vehicle of expression. Interestingly for us, although they come from different disciplines they are excited to share their different approaches with us. Join these innovative, articulate women in a hands-on exploration of shapes and colors. Use knitting or crocheting to liberate your creativity and enter the world of three dimensions. With the right tools, attitude and skill set, you can translate the forms of your world into stitches.
This class is for those who want to break out of the recipe book and into unique expression. Basic knitting or crochet skills are required. Bring a stash of needles or hooks, and yarn to work with. Think wire, wool, or anything else that can be formed into knitted or crocheted stitches. Also bring a sketch pad, pencils and erasers.