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Elongated, Lifted, and Cinched;
Unusual Techniques from Japanese Stitch Dictionaries
Date: Sunday August 28, 2022
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm Central Time
Location: Lake Ellyn Boathouse, 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn IL
IN-PERSON CLASS - proof of vaccine required
Instructor: Barbara Benson
Class size: limited to 15
We have invited special guest Barbara Benson to teach four classes at the Lake Ellyn Boathouse as part of Glen Ellyn's Festival of the Arts, on August 27 and 28.
Japanese stitch dictionaries are full of interesting, innovative, and downright weird techniques. They frequently require juggling and manipulation of stitches in completely unfamiliar ways that, once executed, make total sense. But reading about them can be confusing. In this technique class, we will build up a repertoire of exciting new techniques to add to your arsenal.
Skills Needed: Knit, purl, cast on, bind off, basic lace. Chart reading. An open mind and a fearless attitude.
For the first swatch, you will need fingering weight yarn in a light color and US #5 (3.75 mm) needles. For the second swatch, you will need two highly contrasting colors of Sport or DK weight yarn and US #7 (4.5 mm) needles. It will work best if both colors are the same yarn base. Please avoid multi-color, heavily textured, slippery, or fuzzy yarns. You do not need full skeins, leftovers are fine. For needles, we are working lace so something with good points on which your yarn moves easily will be beneficial. Other helpful notions are post-it notes, highlighter, or other chart-minding materials.
Sign up for more than one!
Buy tickets for more than one of Barbara Benson's classes and get a gift certificate to String Theory.
- two tickets = $35 gift certificate
- three classes = $65 gift certificate.
- four classes = $95 gift certificate.
Your gift certificate will be presented to you during your first class.
Need a Hotel?
If you plan to join us for the weekend, let us know. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Crowne Plaza and would love to offer you a special rate.
Barbara Benson's Bio
Despite the fact that Sarasota, FL doesn’t have ideal knitwear weather, Barbara
loves living and knitting in the South. Self-proclaimed as “a bit silly and a bit nerdy”,
this often translates into her designs. When it comes to the art world, her love for
the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements shines through with intricate stitch work
and swooping shapes.
When not knitting she can frequently be found sailing or playing video games. Author of two books: Mosaic Lace Knits: 20 Innovated Patterns Combining Slip-Stitch Colorwork and Lace Techniques and Big Yarn, Beautiful Lace Knits: 20 Shawls, Hats, Ponchos, and More in Bulky Yarn, she also has an extensive catalog of both independently published patterns and patterns in curated knitting publications.
More information about Barbara and her designs can be found on her website at http://tumpedduck.com. If video is more your thing check out the fun and educational videos on her YouTube channel Watch Barbara Knit
Shipping & Returns
To pick up your order at String Theory, choose GLEN ELLYN PICKUP during checkout.
Most packages are shipped with an $8.95 flat rate.
Ten cent shipping on orders over $100.
Unused items in their original condition and packaging can be returned for store credit within 6 months of purchase. No returns or exchanges are available for sale items or jewelry.
Thanks for your understanding.
If String Theory cancels the class for any reason, we will refund your registration fee. If you are able to cancel at least one week prior to your scheduled class, you will receive a store credit for your registration fee. If you cancel less than a week prior to the class, you will receive store credit only if we are able to fill your spot. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide class make-ups.