Basic class descriptions are found here. If you are interested in having me teach at your shop, guild, or event, please contact me! I will happily deliver details such as skill levels, materials, and homework upon request.
Beaded Buttoned Bracelets
While working a bracelet tutorial, we explore several beading techniques while learning about a million things about beads in the process. You emerge with inspiration and tons of ideas. The handout includes three additional bracelet patterns for you to enjoy making at home. 3 hr class.
Put a Bead on it
This workshop will jump start you into putting beads in all of your knitting! I divulge all sorts of tips and techniques as you take your first trip down the seductive path of beaded knitting. 1-1/2 hr class.
in search of the perfect bead
Beads add undeniable beauty to knitting, and many designers are now including beads in their lace and other designs. But how is one to choose perfect beads for your project? This class presents guidelines for choosing beads. We discuss dimension, color, and magic. First, we learn the principles that guide you to make consistently inspired choices of beads and yarn. Then, we swatch for a design, Arcuato, that requires up to four different beads. I guarantee that you will not look at beads the same way after taking this class.. 6 hr class.
Diamond Fantasy Shawl
This tip-to-top diamond lace triangle shawl features a garter stitch sawtooth lace edging that is worked at the same time as the stockinette lace pattern. Attached I-cord completes the shawl. In addition to basic and not-so-basic lace knitting topics, we discuss choosing the perfect bead for your project and other fine points of the versatile crochet-hook technique of adding beads.This is a great project for beginning and experienced lace knitters alike. 3 hr class.
Fill a Triangle with Lace
In this class we examine the structure of the top-down triangle shawl and insert our choice of lace patterns to create an original design, with an eye to shaping, esthetics, and flow. We discuss charting patterns, shaping lace in pattern, modulation from one pattern to another, and borders and edgings. Students receive the benefit of my experience in designing innovative lace shawls and exceptional beaded lace. You will learn all the skills you need to design your own top-down triangle shawl, and acquire many tools that carry over into other areas of knitwear design. 6 hr class.
Round Yoke Fitted Cowl Workshop
A modification of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s EPS system is the basis for our exploration of cowls that are shaped like round yokes to fit over the shoulders. This amended system works for any size and any length cowl. Cowls that have shaping are especially versatile because they can be worn inside or outside (or instead of) outer garments, and can easily be made long, as in capes or ponchos. You can use the template to make a complex patterned cowl, or stay with simple stitches. 3 hr class.
Beaded Mitt Workshop: Fluency Fingerless Gloves
The exquisite fingerless Fluency gloves, a fast knit in dk-weight yarn, feature an easy swirled rib pattern embellished with beads. We discuss beading while delving into glove knitting tips and tricks. These mitts are a beautiful, quick gift for yourself or someone else. 3 hr class.
I-cord Knitted Jewelry Workshop
The simplicity of I-cord lends itself beautifully to knitted jewelry forms. In this workshop, we combine several lariat variations with the added focal interest of a pendant that could be one or more lampworked beads, stones, or even buttons. We learn several bead techniques that can result in different looks for the necklace. This is an extremely addictive project and a very giftable item! 3 hr class.
Harmonia’s Rings: Moebius and More
The Harmonia’s Rings family (cowl, tunic and sweater) use Cat Bordhi’s Moebius cast on to achieve the mysterious spiral neck shape. They feature a stitch pattern that creates concentric rings reminiscent of ancient architecture. The cowl sits cape-like over the shoulders and flatters a wide range of body types. This class introduces many techniques: the Moebius cast on, shaping and texture within the Moebius structure, and the charming beaded picot bind off, among others. We also discuss customizing the cowl shape to fit any body type. This class is guaranteed to take you through the looking glass! 3 hr class.
Sideways Shawl Construction: Heart to Heart
This simply shaped crescent shawlette highlights a fetchingly beaded lace edging. The versatile sideways construction can be made to accommodate any amount of yarn with a bit of planning. We also discuss some unusual lace and bead knitting tips, and I demonstrate my no-fail incremental blocking technique that allows you to use the start of your shawl as a swatch. 3 hr class.
Hooded Shaped Shawl Workshop: Jo’s Pride Hooded Shawl
This shawl, which takes inspiration from Faroese shaping, is cast on at the bottom edge and morphs into a hoodie; a single seam at the top of the head joins it all together. Learn the elements of the Faroese shape and why it is provides a superior fitting shawl, while practicing your lace and bead skills. 3 hr class.
Moebius and the Mysterious Stitch Mirror
Moebius knitting is endlessly fascinating! I have been entranced by the possibilities of this knitted form for many years now. In this class, I share the magic of designing for this half-twisted, one-edged shape that truly has no inside or outside. We learn what stitches best interact with the structure, in which, amazingly, patterns appear to be mirror image and reversed on either side of the cast on round. Which stitches will produce symmetry? There are some guidelines, but also ways to bend the rules and produce stitch patterns, not all symmetrical, that are interesting and beautiful. As we work a sampler cowl in worsted weight yarn, I guarantee that students will have many “aha” moments as we see stitch patterns develop in amazing and sometimes unpredictable ways. Many Moebius garments are shown as inspiration. 6 hr class.
Knitted Jewelry Workshop: Moonrise Necklace
This luscious, densely beaded necklace gets lots of notice, mostly from knitters who cannot believe it was knitted! Students learn how to easily manage strung beads and employ the easiest short rows ever to shape this remarkably comfortable and beautiful neckpiece. Plan on making more than one of these! 3 hr class.
First Lace Workshop: Ophidian Beaded Shawlette
This perfect first lace project is a top-down triangle that begins with easy garter stitch after learning my favorite tab start. Soon a lovely textured lace pattern emerges, embellished with beads. We cover the basics of chart reading and discuss intuitive ways to increase accuracy and speed in your lace knitting. 3 hr class.
Short Row Stripes Workshop: Rainshadow Scarf
This garter stitch scarf features two different kinds of short rows: one for the color wedges along the short edge, and one for the long stripes that create the ram’s horn shape. We learn about these two short row methods (and why you need two!) while we work up a sample swatch. We talk about lace, beads, color stripes, and all the issues that you will encounter such as weaving in ends and carrying yarns. Warning: addictive knit ahead! 3 hr class.
Freeform Beading Workshop: River Rock Scarf
This luxurious scarf uses oodles of beads that create the illusion of natural “rocks” embedded in a flowing “river” of 2x2 rib. The simple ribbed structure provides a perfect backdrop for an imaginative bead treatment. Students learn how to manage large numbers of prestrung beads with ease. Students may choose to follow one of four charted designs or throw caution to the winds and make a freeform piece. In either case, this heavily beaded scarf is a unique work of art! 3 hr class.
Sideways Lace Design
Sideways-knit crescent shaped shawlettes are easy and satisfying to knit, and provide a fun way to play with lace edgings. We explore the structure of lace edgings and choose one to showcase. You will be able to put together your own lace shawl design based on skills you receive in the class. This is a no-fail method of producing a striking and unique lace garment! 6 hr class.
Shapes of Lace
This class is an exploration of basic knitted geography. Ever want to knit half-circles, center-out squares, or something in between? We start with simple shapes, and end up outside the box. We discuss how to insert lace patterns into our chosen shapes with an eye to esthetics and flow (and a bit of math), and talk about modulation between patterns and how to end gracefully. Many samples of shaped lace garments are shown as inspiration. 6 hr class.
Toe Ups for All!
This class is a comprehensive introduction to toe-up sock knitting, suitable for all sock knitters, including beginners. Students start from their own individual stitch and row gauge and create perfectly fitting socks for their own feet. We start with Judy’s Magic Cast On and progress through my clearly explained gusseted heel flap construction. The class is demonstrated on 2 circular needles. Students receive my Toe-Ups for All! pattern template which includes an array of sock sizes for either sport or fingering weight yarn. This class is taught in 3 sessions of 2 hours each, a total of 6 hrs.
Uncommon Garments from Simple Shapes
This out-of-the-box class offers you the opportunity to invent a new garment shape by draping fabric on a dummy. No sewing is involved in the process. In this experiential, no-holds-barred exercise, unusual joinings and wildly asymmetrical shaping are encouraged and celebrated. The resulting shape can usually be knit without the need for a pattern, although we may want to carefully record what we do in order to create a pattern eventually. After knitting a gauge swatch, we strategize how to maintain the structure of the shape while increasing and decreasing as needed. 6 hr class.
Decorative Mending: More than Making Do!
Mending and making do is a principle we are all familiar with, usually thought of in association with the frugality of the War years in this country and in Europe. But mending and darning have traditions that are far more ancient and of far more philosophical interest to craftspeople like ourselves. For a different perspective, we look at old items of interest with new eyes, and bring mending up to present day with a peek at modern fiber artists’ new interpretations of old techniques. I guarantee a beautiful, poetic presentation that will make your fingers twitch to get mending! 3 hr. class.
Moebius Skills Workshop: Wild Iris Cowl
Wild Iris, a graceful, asymmetrical Moebius cowl in fingering weight yarn, begins with Cat Bordhi’s Moebius Cast On and plunges immediately into a textured knit and purl pattern. A buttoned, asymmetrical edge incorporates a beaded lace edging, attached I-cord, and a perfect one-row buttonhole. What’s not to love? This class is taught in 2 sessions of 3 hrs each, or a 6 hr class.
SIDEWAYS LACE WITH ARTFUL EDGINGS
Knitted lace edgings, long having been a way to add beauty to garments, linens, and knitted shawls, are amazingly beautiful and diverse in their size, structure, and appearance. Aside from the traditional applications however, edgings don’t have to be fussy. Approaching them as an add-on to an already sideways-knit piece makes it all so much easier. All it takes is a bit of planning.
In this workshop, we consider how and why you might choose to use an edging to beautify an already interesting shape, which could be symmetrical or not. We identify shapes and silhouettes that are particularly suited to this purpose. This kind of design is the perfect first design to attempt, with very little math involved. As simple as it can be, more complexity can be added if desired in the way of stitch treatments or added border elements. This class offers a template that can be used again and again for endless design ideas. Included is a shawl design, Wild Betta, that features a wildly imaginative edging. 6 hr class.