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2015 Midwest Masters Weekend
April 29, 30 and May 1

Please join Yarns by Design and the talented instructors at the Spring 2014 Midwest Master's Weekend on April 4 - 6. There are a variety of fiber art classes to match your interests and experience. As always, we will be holding the Master's weekend at the Holiday Inn Neenah Riverwalk. If you would like to stay at the hotel, please contact the Holiday Inn directly at 920-725-8441 to make your reservation. We invite you to attend the buffet dinner on Saturday night. Don't forget to bring a project to share during the Show & Tell session at dinner!

Some of this year's teachers have been with us before; some are new. They're all "masters" of fiber arts! 

Homework and Supply Lists are available. We'll send a copy with your registration confirmation, too.

Don't be disappointed - Sign up Early! Call us at 888-559-2767 or Register for Classes On Line

 

 

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS


Friday
April 4, 2014

All Day Classes (6 hours)
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Class 1: Introduction to Swing-Knitting™: Learning the Concept
Brigitte Elliott
Swing-Knitting™ is a method of knitting utilizing short rows to create spontaneous, organic forms in the body of the fabric. These shapes are produced by following a formula and certain rules which could be considered “organized free-form knitting.” Swing-Knitting™ can be applied to existing patterns to create an element of uniqueness and style. In the Introduction Class, the student will be able to gain an understanding of what it means to knit from a formula. In addition, helpful skills such as a double stitch, weaving-in yarn, bringing up yarn, proper placement of stitch markers, and “clean” edges will be discussed.

The project for Lesson One is a scarf or cowl, depending on how many repeats the student chooses to knit. Students will be able to create pieces on their own after the class.

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Morning Classes (3 hours)
8:30 - 11:30 am

Afternoon Classes (3 hours)
1:30 - 4:30 pm

Class 2: Beaded Wrist Warmers
Carol H. Rhoades
Beaded wrist warmers are fun and easy to knit. Once popular in nineteenth-century Scandinavia as part of the colorful folk costumes, they’ve recently made a comeback and are even being knitted by Norwegian skateboarding boys. During class, you will learn the basics of knitting with beads by knitting a narrow cuff with a simple bead pattern. You’ll also learn the tips and tricks for knitting a more complexly-patterned full-size piece. We will discuss how to read and design a pattern, how to string and place the beads, as well as the details of sizing, edgings, and finishing. If you know how to cast on and do a knit stitch, then you can make beaded cuffs.

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Class 6: Tips and Tricks with Two-End Knitting
Carol H. Rhoades
Two-end knitting is a fascinating technique, traditionally used to make strong and warm garments in Scandinavia. Patterns can be created on the fabric’s surface by alternating purl and knit stitches with the purl yarn kept on the outside of the fabric. The decorative possibilities make this technique fun to explore, but it can also be time- and yarn-consuming to make entire two-end garments. However, the entire garment does not have to be two-end knitted. This three-hour workshop introduces students to the basic two-end braid, hook, chain, and deep stitches and explains how to integrate the stitches into plain knit garments. Students will start a small sampler in regular knitting before class and then practice two-end stitch patterns during class.

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Class 7: Hook Hocus Pocus
JC Briar
Maybe you’ve used a crochet hook to bind off, or to pick up a dropped stitch. But have you used one to join pieces together? To cast on provisionally? Or to stabilize an edge and provide a place from which to pick up stitches? Learn all of these techniques, plus embellishment, decorative edgings, and more.

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Class 4: Corkscrew Mittens
Michelle Hunter
Two color cabled mittens are not only fun to knit, but will keep your hands toasty warm. Pair the colors of your favorite team and cheer them on in style! This class is chock full of fabulous techniques. Learn two-handed/two-color knitting for quick color work. Master the dizzying two-color cables that only look difficult to execute. The mitten’s afterthought thumb will have you clamoring to knit socks with an afterthought heel. Class is suited for knitters experienced with cables and circular knitting.

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Class 8: Zip It!
Michelle Hunter
Is a zippered garment on your knitting “bucket list”? Learn to simply and expertly place a zipper into knitted fabric all while creating a darling small pouch. Class also includes essential finishing and embroidery techniques. The pouches are a great use for leftover yarn and make great gifts!

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Class 5: Block Party
Nicky Epstein
Blocks are for more than afghans. They’re a great way to learn or practice new techniques. And blocks are extremely portable! Nicky will teach a variety of unique designs you can make with knitted blocks from her block-buster book, Knitting Block by Block, Make animals, bags, mitts, hats and much more!

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Class 9: Edging Magic and Flower Power
Nicky Epstein
Dress up your garments with constructed and unconstructed edgings from favorite stitch patterns. Use I-cord to create fringes, flowers, and more to embellish your edges. Nicky has over 500 favorites, so you’re sure to find something to use on your next project. If you've never taken a class from Nicky, take this one!

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Saturday
April 5, 2014

All Day Classes (6 Hours)
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Class 10: Tydal Mittens
Carol H. Rhoades
Traditional Norwegian Tydal mittens have k2, p2 rib cuffs and hands worked in two-end chain stitch making them reversible. The instructor’s version (which you’ll begin in class) features a provisional cast-on, two-color double knit cuff, and chain st (a knit 1, purl 1 pattern with two strands of yarn that don’t twist when worked alternately because 1 strand is held on the WS and the other on the RS throughout). The thumbhole is worked so that there is no ridge when picking up stitches for completely reversible and warm mittens. Students can either start an adult size mitten or make a small size sampler.

To be successful in this class, you should be familiar with knitting in the round and two-color knitting.

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Class 11: Colorworks
Michelle Hunter
Based on Michelle’s newest book, Building in Color, the workshop introduces knitters to the wonderful array of stitch patterns and techniques produced with multiple colors of yarn. The workshop will demystify color knitting as you knit and get a sneak peak at the new patterns. Gain confidence with strategies to hold, carry and weave yarns expertly. Techniques include intarsia, embroidery, chart reading, advanced striping and some deliciously fun stitches that only look difficult to execute. Building in Color is a blanket comprised of ten strips – each made with a different stitch pattern using two or three colors at a time. In class, five of the ten panels will be started for a colorful 36”-square blanket. All of the techniques covered in class are supported with free online tutorials to continue the education and support long after the workshop.

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Morning Classes (3 hours)
8:30 - 11:30 am

Afternoon Classes (3 hours)
1:30 - 4:30 pm

Class 12: “A Little Song”: A Sampler Class of the Swing-Knitting™ Concept
Brigitte Elliott
Swing-Knitting™ is a method of knitting utilizing short rows to create spontaneous, organic forms in the body of the fabric. These shapes are produced by following a formula and rules which could be considered, “organized free-form knitting.” Swing-Knitting™ can be applied to existing patterns to create an element of uniqueness and style.

In the Sampler class, the student will learn some of the basic techniques used in Swing-Knitting that can be used to create a lovely and wearable result. Because of the class length, not all of the Swing-Knitting techniques will be covered.

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Class 15 : Teaching the Dreambird To Fly: An Abbreviated, Simplified Understanding of the Dreambird Shawl
Brigitte Elliott
The Dreambird shawl was designed by Nadita, a knitter and designer on the island of Mallorca. The Dreambird has elements of Swing-Knitting™, like the feathers on the shawl, created by using short rows in both directions. The background is also knitted in short-row style to shape the areas around the feathers. The student will learn to make a double stitch and place locking stitch markers properly, both of which are essential in Swing-Knitting™. The students must already know how to add (cast on) stitches at the end of a row and bind off stitches. We will be working on either the Barn Owl or Madeira Beauty version of Dreambird. The Dreambird pattern MUST be purchased and downloaded from Ravelry.com prior to class.

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Class 13: Charts Made Essential
JC Briar
Being able to read charts is only half the story. Take this class and learn to write charts: to visualize written instructions, to convert between flat and in-the-round knitting, and to plan shaping. Use charts to demystify phrases like “at the same time,” “reverse shaping,” and “shape in pattern.”

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Class 16 : Slick Set-in Sleeves
JC Briar
Set-in sleeves give a sweater a crisp, tailored look–and for easy knitting, you just can’t beat sleeves knit from the top down. Pick up stitches from the body, shape the sleeve cap with short rows, and you avoid the bulk of a seam and the fuss of easing a sleeve cap into an armhole. Learn to adapt an existing pattern to this approach, or to design according to your measurements.

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Class 14: Designing A'cording to Nicky
Nicky Epstein
Not to worry - you don't have to be a knitwear designer to take this class! Instead, you'll discover how I-cord (aka "Idiot Cord") can become a whole new and fascinating medium. Start by making a knit cord sampler of Nicky's original cord designs. Then, you will learn to make a few fabulous cord frogs, celtic knots, buttons, closures, and  cables and how to stitch the cord to a knit piece. This is not your grandma's I-cord anymore!

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Class 17: Knitting in Circles
Nicky Epstein
Knitted circles - they're not just for doilies! Circles turn into sweaters, shawls, afghans, pillows, hats, bags and more! Nicky’s book, Knitting in Circles, includes 100 different ideas for circles from lace to fair-isle to cables. Learn the basics of knitting circular shapes, how to mix-and-match circles, and enjoy these creative new shapes.

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Sunday
April 6, 2014

All Day Classes (6 Hours)
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Class 18: Fully Understanding Swing-Knitting™: Mastering the Concept and How to Morph the Fields (Lesson 2)
Brigitte Elliott
Swing-Knitting™ is a method of knitting utilizing short rows to create spontaneous, organic forms in the body of a knitted fabric. The organic shapes that are produced by following a formula and certain rules, are considered “organized free-form knitting.” Swing-Knitting™ can be applied to existing patterns to create an element of uniqueness and style or it can be used throughout a design. You must have completed Lesson 1, Introduction to Swing-Knitting, before taking Lesson 2. The sampler class does not teach the techniques in enough detail to master the skills needed for this class.

In Lesson Two, the student will be able to apply the “rules” of Swing-Knitting™ when morphing the fields. This technique creates unplanned organic shapes that are pleasing to the eye and are exciting to knit. More in-depth instructions, will advance the student to a greater level of skill and instill imaginative ideas which will create distinctly unique designs.

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Class 19: Wedge Shawl Design
JC Briar
Stunning shawls are often formed of lace “wedges,” sections that gradually grow wider as the knitting progresses. Triangular shawls formed of two wedges are a familiar option. But shawls of three or more wedges are also possible, and often sit more securely on the wearer’s shoulders. Take this class to learn how to design a wedge shawl of your own. Pick from a selection of lace wedges, or learn to tweak your favorite lace pattern into a wedge shape. Choose your edgings, and a “spine” to appear between the wedges. By the end of class, you’ll be well on your way to a new, unique shawl.

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Morning Classes (3 hours)
8:30 - 11:30 am

Afternoon Classes (3 hours)
1:30 - 4:30 pm

Class 21: Chain Plying
Michelle Hunter
A fabulous technique that triple strands yarn as it is pulled from one single skein turning lace weight yarn into worsted weight. No need to divide skeins or carry multiple strands. This technique can also be used to create interesting design effects with striping and color manipulation. Learn the techniques while knitting a scarf featuring alternating triple-plied and single strand stripes.

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Class 23: Stitch + Stash = Style
Michelle Hunter
Do you have beautiful yarns in your stash that are begging to be knit but you aren’t sure what to do with them? Are you intrigued by the endless number of stitch patterns in reference books? This is the class for you! Learn the best way to use a stitch dictionary to complement your stash yarn and create one-of-a-kind pieces. A fabulous way to use luxury or hand-spun yarn! This class covers stitch selection, an overview of fibers, best uses for each yarn, and simple pattern design. Students will create a unique cowl pattern using their stash yarn in class.

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