Amp up the "bling factor" of your knitting! This year we have two classes devoted to making knitted jewelry, plus a lunchtime session on adding beads to your knits. All three of these sessions will be taught by the wonderful Sivia Harding.
Saturday November 12, 9 AM - NOON
While working a beautiful beaded bracelet, we explore many 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.
Skill level: Beginner (cast on, knit, purl, basic increases, binding off)
Homework: String the 70 MC beads onto the outside end of yarn (not the center pull end) with the dental floss threader. Use the threader just like you would use a needle; thread the yarn end (from the outside of the ball of yarn, not the center) through the loop, and pick up beads with the long end. When you have several beads stacked up, slide the beads down the strand of yarn. Repeat.
• Yarn: Fingering weight or sock yarn, 20 yards
• Needles and Notions: US 1 (2.25 mm) circular needle, double points, or pair of straights. Double points are preferred.
• Beads: 88 seed beads - 70 of one color, size, shape, or texture (MC) and 18 of another. Please choose beads from any combination of the following: size 8/0, 6/0 or 5/0 triangle, magatama, round, or cube seed beads, preferably Japanese because of the larger inner hole
• Steel crochet hook, size 13 (0.75 mm) for placing beads
• Decorative button of any size
• Dental floss threader for stringing beads (found in drug and grocery stores)
Sunday November 13, 9 AM - NOON
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 will result in different looks for the necklace. The basic pattern for this class is Galatea but that is just our starting point. This is an extremely giftable item so get all your prezzies lined up for the holidays!
Skill level: Intermediate. Knitting, purling, simple decreasing (k2tog, ssk, p2tog), experience with I-cord is preferred.
Materials fee: $5 for handout
• Yarn: Approximately 30 yards of fingering weight yarn
• Needles: Size 3 US/3.25 mm double pointed needles, preferably wood or bamboo, 2
• Notions: Crochet hook, steel US 14 (0.75 mm) Approximately 200 or more size 6/0 seed beads (preferably Japanese for the larger inner hole) to compliment yarnOne or more decorative beads for center pendant. Lampwork, crystal, semi-precious, or any other special beads (or combination of beads) are suitable. If making a two-ended lariat, you may use the same or different pendants at either end. Make sure the holes of the pendant beads are large enough for your yarn to pass through doubled.
• Dental floss threader
Class is sold out
Saturday November 12, 12:30 - 1:30 PM
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. You will find out what every knitter needs to know about beads!
Skill level: Beginner. Can cast on, cast off, knit, purl, basic increases and decreases.
Materials fee: $5 for full-color handout.
Student-supplied materials: Yarn: 30 yards fingering or sport weight yarn. Needle and notions: US 2 (2.75 mm) circular or double pointed needles. Steel crochet hook size 14 (0.75 mm). Size 6/0 beads, 30-40 beads to complement or contrast with your yarn