Classes and Events
I often teach classes at Local Yarn Shops and at special events.
Interested in having me teach or speak at your shop, guild, or organization? Contact me for more information on my current rates and availability.
Vogue Knitting Live – September 24 & 25
Some Class Descriptions
Beyond Purls; the Precious GEMS of Knitting
Get more success out of every garment project by understanding the four GEMS of knitting; Gauge, Ease, Measurements, and Sizing. We’ll start with getting close and personal with our Gauge swatches. Is there a ‘wrong’ way to swatch? How do you assess a swatch for both stitch count AND fabric quality? Next, we’ll look at different ways to preview a pattern, and better understand how Ease relates to fit. Taking current and accurate Measurements – and understanding how they relate to pattern sizing – is the key to selecting the right size. Finally, we’ll put it all together and learn how to improve the Sizing choices we make every time we begin a new project.
Target Audience: A wide range of experience is fine for this course. Knitters should be comfortable with knit and purl.
Materials: Yarn, needles, and rules for gauge swatching. A flexible measurement tape and notebook for measurements section. Best to wear layers, at least one of which is fairly close fitting.
Photography for Knitters
As fiber artists spend more time sharing images of their work online, through Ravelry, blogs, or etsy, clear and compelling photography has become more of a priority. In this 3 (or 6) hour hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the basics of fiber arts photography. How do you work with your camera? How do you use light most effectively? How can you improve your composition? How does understanding your subject matter result in better photographs? We’ll start with an overview of what works – and what doesn’t – when it comes to yarn and projects. Next, we’ll do a series of hands on activities, including working on still shots and shots with models. Finally, we’ll review and showcase our best work.
Target Audience: Any experience, any craft. Spinners, dyers, designers, knitters or crocheters will find this class helpful.
Materials: Students should bring a charged digital camera and a variety of projects or yarns to photograph.
Shapes for Shawls
Description: Small shawls, often using simple lace patterns, are all the rage. During this two-part workshop, we’ll investigate three different construction methods; a triangle, a crescent, and a wedge. We’ll then learn how to apply your own design touches to each style of shawl ‘architecture’. Along the way, we’ll talk about design considerations like gauge, fabric, and yarn choice. You’ll come out of the workshop with three small samples, and a worksheet for helping plan out your next project. Some of the techniques we’ll learn; knit-on borders, short rows, and charting for lace.
Target Audience: Intermediate knitters
Materials: Students should bring three types of plain-coloured or subtly handpainted sock yarn, US 4 – US 6 circular needles and double pointed needles, stitch markers and a notebook.