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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Edie Eckman Is Coming to Tempe Yarn

Who Is Edie Eckman
A former yarn shop owner, Edie has her hands in many aspects of the fiber arts-teaching, writing, designing and editing. Her designs are contemporary classics accessible to the average knitter or crocheter; they have appeared in many yarn company publications, magazines and pattern leaflets. Edie travels extensively teaching at conventions, shops and guilds (i.e. New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, Stitches East & West, Vogue Knitting Live). She enjoys sharing in that “aha” moment when her students grasp a new technique.
Edie is the author of Around the Corner Crochet Borders, How to Knit Socks: Three Methods Made Easy, The Crochet Answer Book and Beyond-the-Square Crochet Motifs, as well as many other books and pattern leaflets.

When Will She Be Coming/What’s She Teaching?

Friday, November 5
Math for Knitters - Where Do They Get Those Numbers?  (10:30 am to 1:30 pm)
This class will take the mystery out of those pesky math calculations you have to do when designing or altering a sweater. Math-phobics are welcome, and you don’t have to raise your hand in class.  We will draft a basic sweater and discuss calculating yarn amounts, V-neck shaping, rates of increase/decrease, stitch pattern placement. It will NOT cover sleeve cap shaping.

UnLearn to Knit (3:30 pm to 6:30 pm)
You learned the rules: Put your needle in this way, wrap your yarn that way. Now unlearn those rules to gain control of your knitting. No matter how long you've been knitting or what your knitting style, understanding the structure of the knitted fabric and how the stitches are related to one another is the key to becoming an expert knitter. We'll have fun exploring what it really means to take a length of string and turn it into a fabric. You'll leave class with the confidence and ability to fix mistakes, take shortcuts, and be the master of your stitches.

Edie Eckman Book Signing (7:00 pm to 8:00 pm)
Edie is the author of numerous books including: Around the Corner Crochet Borders, How to Knit Socks: Three Methods Made Easy, The Crochet Answer Book and Beyond-the-Square Crochet Motifs, as well as many other books and patterns.  We'll have a limited support of her books on hand to purchase.  You can also bring in your copies of any of her books to have her sign. 

Saturday, November 6

Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs (10:30 am to 1:30 pm)
Crocheted motifs are fun, portable and quick to stitch, but granny squares are so passé. Using basic crochet stitches, we'll explore less common shapes and techniques while making a variety of contemporary designs. See how three-dimensional stitches, unusual colorways and yarns can combine to create eye-catching designs, and learn techniques to improve the look of your motif.


Go Bi-Textural (3:30 pm to 6:30 pm)
Break out of your knitting rut by blending techniques. We'll combine the best properties of knitting with the best properties of crochet to get designs that wow and knits that fit! See how to use crochet techniques to make your knits fit better, create the perfect buttonhole, insert a crocheted motif into a knitting fabric, and other tips.  


Sunday, November 7

How to Say It - Technical Pattern Writing for Knitters & Crocheters (10:30 am to 1:30 pm)
 If you have a design you’d like to get published, or even if you just want to share your design with other knitters or crocheters, you need to be able to write it so others can read it. Learn how to craft a well-written pattern, avoiding typical mistakes along the way. Explore the joys and pitfalls of describing grading for a number of different sizes, and pick up tips for getting your designs accepted for publication. Go home with a pattern template you can use for writing your own patterns. This is NOT a pattern drafting (number crunching) class, but a class in technical writing.

Packs & Sacks (3:30 pm to 6:30 pm)
From tiny amulet bags to giant totes, knitted bags and crocheted bags are fun and fast. They are a great way to use up small amounts of yarn, and the design possibilities are endless! You’ll learn basic construction techniques for a variety of bags and tips to make your bag practical to use. Design and make your own bag or backpack and see how to turn your swatches into one-of-a-kind designer bags.  A small amount of homework is required.

When Can I Sign Up For Classes?
Sign up is NOW open!  November will be here before you know it so don't wait to sign up and miss out.

What’s Up With All The National Teachers?
Edie is the third nationally known teacher that Tempe Yarn & Fiber has brought to the Valley of the Sun over the past year. It’s our belief that these teachers bring an experience and talent level that allows our customers the opportunity to take their skills to a higher level. This is good for both our customers and our business, and keeps the fiber arts growing.

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