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Summer Spotlight: Yarn Classes

Posted By Guy Googins II, TNNA Staff, Thursday, March 26, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

crochetknittingClasses in Columbus for the Yarn Segment

Some of the top knitting and crochet teachers will be at The NeedleArts Trade Show in Columbus, offering a variety of technique and business classes tailored to help make your local yarn shop a success.

Classes start Thursday, May 28 - Register Today!



T201T ~ Stranded Intarsia

Stranded Intarsia (T201T)

Technique (Knitting) | Skill Level: Intermediate
Presented by: Kyle Kunnecke
Sponsored by: TNNA

This class combines intarsia and Fair Isle to produce patterns that change color both vertically and horizontally. We will learn what makes a motif successful using this hybrid technique and then knit a small sampler using either a motif that’s provided or one of your very own. At the end of the adventure, you’ll leave the class with a souvenir swatch that will serve as inspiration for future projects.

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T204T ~ Ikat Knitting and More!

Ikat Knitting and More! (T204T)

Technique (Knitting) | Skill Level: Intermediate
Presented by: Laura Bryant
Sponsored by: TNNA

Ikat knitting harnesses the ability of hand-dyed yarns to produce pleasing patterns of stacks, blocks, argyles, spirals and more. Learn hands-on how to read a skein of hand-dyed yarn, how to find the Magic Number that will pattern and how to apply that number to different pattern types. Two ways of finding a Magic Number will be covered, allowing greater flexibility when working on your own. Two swatches will be completed that can be used in-store as examples.

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T206T ~ Make It Fit

Make It Fit (T206T)

Technique (Knitting) | Skill Level: For All Skill Levels
Presented by: Deb Gemmell
Sponsored by: Up North Fiber Art Supply

Can I adjust my Top Down Raglan sweater to my figure? Yes. Learn how to take off some extra pounds without hitting the gym. Skim your curves by learning where to add and where to take away extra fabric. Reduce underarm bulk and get the proper fit for your sleeves. Decrease button strain by adding some extra room for your bust. Trim your waist and create some wiggle room around your hips. No sweating necessary.

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T207T ~ Double Knitting Basics Portuguese Style

Double Knitting Basics Portuguese Style (T207T)

Technique (Knitting) | Skill Level: Intermediate
Presented by: Andrea Wong
Sponsored by: TNNA

We are going to knit a headband using the double knitting technique (headband will be reversible) combined with the Portuguese Style of Knitting. This will bring a new approach to double knitting lovers with a nice rhythm to work. Andrea will give you an introduction in how to knit and purl Portuguese Style in case you never tried Portuguese Knitting before and then proceed in working on the project and discussing all information pertaining to the technique.

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T208T ~ 7 Techniques to Instantly Make You a Better Knitter

7 Techniques to Instantly Make You a Better Knitter (T208T)

Technique (Knitting) | Skill Level: Intermediate
Presented by: Cat Bordhi
Sponsored by: TNNA, Skacel, Lorna's Laces

In any class I teach, I always find myself spontaneously adding various useful techniques from my rather large bag of tricks. I've gotten used to hearing knitters say, "This one thing is worth the price of the workshop!" This class combines mini-tutorials on 7 of my most appreciated techniques with a 1-skein project which you can turn into a class for your customers and make them proud of their newfound ability to finesse their knitting.

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T301T ~ Knitting with Beads

Knitting with Beads (T301T)

Technique (Knitting) | Skill Level: For All Skill Levels
Presented by: Kyle Kunnecke
Sponsored by: TNNA

Adding beads to your knitting is fun and the results are magical! In this class we will talk about different ways that beads can be added and discuss the pros and cons of each. Putting our new knowledge to use, we will make a cute beaded coaster. You’ll leave with the confidence, skills and resources needed to incorporate beads into your projects.

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T306T ~ Mittlets and Mittens by Formula

Mittlets and Mittens by Formula (T306T)

Technique (Knitting) | Skill Level: Intermediate
Presented by: Deb Gemmell
Sponsored by: Up North Fiber Art Supply

Throw away your mittlet/mitten patterns. You’ll never need another mitten pattern again. Learn to knit a mitten in the round with a simple system. It’s easy and versatile. With a little math you are ready to go. You’ll be able to add a stitch pattern to the back of the hand, work a really easy thumb and adjust the pattern to make fingerless mittlets.

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S101B ~ Marketing and Managing your KAL/CAL

Marketing and Managing your KAL/CAL (S101B)

Business | Skill Level: For All Skill Levels
Presented by: Oz Barron
Sponsored by: Westminster Fibers, Inc.

Using the Rowan Martin Storey Mystery KAL (as well as the Kaffe Fasset KAL) as the example, this class will show the steps taken to launch, market, and manage a successful KAL from a retailer's point of view in partnership with a vendor. The experiences in this class will show some of the successful and the not-as-successful things we did in the shop to make these KALs financially successful for us. We're a shop in a small tourist town of 6,000 people so we rely on both local as well as more distant participants.

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S109T ~ Blocking: The Perfect Finish

Blocking: The Perfect Finish (S109T)

Technique (Knitting) | Skill Level: For All Skill Levels
Presented by: Patty Lyons
Sponsored by: TNNA

Blocking is what makes a knitted piece look perfect, but bad blocking can ruin a garment. In this class, you will learn when to steam block, when to wet block, when to spray bottle block and how to block unusual shapes and more. You will learn about blocking wires, boards, and how to make your finished garment perfect! Help your customers finished projects look like the pros!

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S110T ~ Let the River Carry You Cowl

Let the River Carry You Cowl (S110T)

Technique (Knitting) | Skill Level: Intermediate
Presented by: Cat Bordhi
Sponsored by: TNNA, Mountain Colors, Skacel

This one-skein project is a favorite of my long-time retreat knitters; they finish one and start the next, for no two are ever exactly alike. The cowls are carefree to knit and even have two distinct sides, both beautiful. It makes a great gift, as well as a great way to get knitters to fall in love with new yarns.

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S111T ~ All the Ways to Knit

All the Ways to Knit (S111T)

Technique (Knitting) | Skill Level: For All Skill Levels
Presented by: Kellie Nuss
Sponsored by: TNNA

There are so many ways to knit! Have you ever struggled even a little to help a customer or student because they knit differently than you? Kellie will lead you through survey and practice of right hand yarn control, left hand yarn control, knitting in both directions and reverse-wrap knitting styles. Your confidence will grow and you'll be better able to help those in your orbit find their confidence. There is no project in this class, just time for demonstration and practice.

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S114T ~ Bead Crochet

Bead Crochet (S114T)

Technique (Crochet) | Skill Level: Intermediate
Presented by: Andrea Wong
Sponsored by: TNNA

Do you like to crochet? Do you like yarn? How about beads? Imagine all this together in one project! Addicting! You have been warned. During this class you will learn the basics of making crochet ropes and use the Portuguese Style to tension your thread. This method is easier on your hands and maintains constant tension. The uses of the ropes are unlimited: necklaces, bracelets, purse handles, earrings. We are going to talk about patterns, create a tube of crochet in which the beads land on the outside of the tube. The ropes can be combined, joined, braided or stiffened.

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S116T ~ Getting Gauge - or Not!

Getting Gauge - or Not! (S116T)

Technique (Knitting) | Skill Level: For All Skill Levels
Presented by: Nancy Shroyer
Sponsored by: TNNA

How often does a customer come into your shop and want to knit a pattern but you don't carry that yarn or they want to use a different yarn? Learn how to teach them to make a proper swatch and make the changes needed to make any yarn work. Gauge is the KEY to a successful knitting project. It determines the fit, drape and handle. Whose gauge is correct? The listed gauge or the one you got? How does the content, # of plies, structure of yarn affect the gauge? We will cover all of these questions and more.

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S117T ~ Knitting Tips, Trick and, Hints

Knitting Tips, Tricks, and Hints (S117T)

Technique (Knitting) | Skill Level: Intermediate
Presented by: Lily Chin
Sponsored by: TNNA

Learn all the little secrets to make knitting life easier and better. Find out how to cast on in 2-tail method without running out of the second tail. Join a new skein of yarn or a new color without losing that first stitch. See ways of attaching buttons as you work. Create invisible circular bind-offs on a neck where the beginning and end are absolutely imperceptible. Weave in those little ends that are too short to put through a darning needle. Take away lots of small “fix-its" and improve those details.

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N101T ~ Casting on and Binding Off

Casting on and Binding Off (N101T)

Technique (Knitting) | Skill Level: For All Skill Levels
Presented by: Kira Dulaney
Sponsored by: TNNA

Many knitters know just one way to cast on and one way to bind off, but there are so many options. In this class you will learn a variety of cast-on and bind-off techniques, including a provisional cast-on and a super stretchy lace bind-off. We’ll also talk about when to use each technique to create the best edges for all your projects.

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N103T ~ Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet with Tove Fevang.

Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet with Tove Fevang (N103T)

Technique (Crochet) | Skill Level: For All Skill Levels
Presented by: Tove Fevang
Sponsored by: TNNA

Tunisian crochet, make your own needle/hook case while learning different Tunisian crochet stitches such as vertical stitches, turned/twisted vertical stitches and the eyelet stitch. The pockets are crocheted together with a slip stitch. This technique produces one of the sturdiest fabrics you can make. The case can be made for 3-4, 5-6 or more crochet hooks. Tunisian crochet has been increasing in popularity the past few years, here's your chance to learn a new technique.

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N104T ~ Woolbuddy Needle Felting Penguin Class

Woolbuddy Needle-Felted Penguin (N104T)

Technique (Other) | Skill Level: Beginner
Presented by: Jackie Huang
Sponsored by: Woolbuddy

In this two-hour class, you'll learn how to make an adorable Woolbuddy Penguin. The owner and creator of Woolbuddy, Jackie Huang, will be teaching this class. He'll walk you through the whole process of needle felting technique by introducing you to how we use felting tools and how felting works. Students will practice by making their own penguin from building the basic shape, adding colors and body parts, to finalizing the details of their works. Each student will get 2 felting needles and enough color wool to have fun for two hours, and have 1-2 works completed by the end of class based on personal speed. Hurry up if you are ready to get addicted to felting! Tools and materials are included.

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N108B ~ Thinking Beyond the Bag: Merchandising and Selling Those Duds, Orphans and Disaster Yarns

Thinking Beyond the Bag: Merchandising and Selling Those Duds, Orphans and Disaster Yarns (N108B)

Business | Skill Level: For All Skill Levels
Presented by: Chris Bylsma
Sponsored by: TNNA

A full bag of yarn is easy to sell, but what about all those partial bags, odd skeins of discontinued yarns, orphan dye lots, and "why did I buy that?!" purchases, among others. Learn some clever merchandising and display ideas and hands-on techniques that can pump new life into your freeloaders. The Sale Bin is far from your only answer.

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N109T ~ Versatildes

Versatildes (N109T)

Technique (Knitting) | Skill Level: Intermediate
Presented by: Cat Bordhi
Sponsored by: TNNA, Skacel, Mountain Colors

Cat's latest obsession, a Versatilde is an uncommonly graceful shape. Easy and compelling to knit, it can be worn as a scarf, a wrap, or even as a skirt. Several Tildes can be combined to create sophisticated garments with an Asian flair. The key elements of River, Fins, and Fields welcome infinite variation. Your customers will soon be designing their own, so this is the perfect class to offer in your shop.

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N110T ~ Meets in the Middle

Meets in the Middle (N110T)

Technique (Knitting) | Skill Level: Intermediate
Presented by: Lorna Miser
Sponsored by: Aurora Yarns

Learn to knit this flattering, chevron top by beginning with 2 triangles then working until body size is attained. Work side gusset panels and sleeves are picked up and knit to finish the attractive garment. Learn about yarn gauge options, custom sizing and combining other yarns, all while making a bear or doll size "Meets In The Middle" in class.

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N111T ~ Knocking Off a Garment

Knocking Off a Garment (N111T)

Technique (Knitting) | Skill Level: Intermediate
Presented by: Lily Chin
Sponsored by: TNNA

Personalize garments for your customers that really fit. Have them copy ready-to-wear garments that they already love. Then interpret it as a handknitted or hand-crocheted project. Not only does this ensure a garment fits the customer like a glove, the customer will have a no-brainer pattern to follow. See how to copy this garment and create a pattern from the original. Learn how easy it is to translate it as a knit (or crochet) without even doing much math! Written, verbal directions aren’t even necessary.

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M101T ~ Intro to Crocheted Lace

Intro to Crocheted Lace (M101T)

Technique (Crochet) | Skill Level: Intermediate
Presented by: Kira Dulaney
Sponsored by: TNNA

Crocheted lace can be amazingly beautiful and doesn’t have to be tricky. You'll learn how to read crocheted lace patterns in both written and diagrammed formats. We’ll work up samples of a few different crocheted lace stitch patterns in this fun class, which could be the beginnings of a handful of lace scarves!

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Knit from the Center Out (M103T)

M103T ~ Knit from the Center Out Technique (Knitting) | Skill Level: Intermediate
Presented by: Lorna Miser
Sponsored by: Denise Interchangeable Needles, Universal Yarn Co.

Learn how to knit a scarf, shawl or blanket of ANY size using ANY yarn in ANY quantity to ANY gauge you choose, even ANY (almost) stitch pattern! Sound too good to be true? No way! Lorna will show samples for different ways to start a scarf/shawl/throw in the middle and knit until it is the size you want. Very little planning, even less math. But it’s a great way to use single skeins, fancy skeins, variegated and yes, even novelty yarns. Yarn and needles will be provided by sponsors.

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