Weekend Seminar


May 19-20-21, 2017

HYATT PLACE HOTEL, 5020 Main Street, Amherst, NY 14226

We are very excited to welcome Laura Nelkin and Jill Draper to Buffalo for our new & expanded weekend seminar.  Laura focuses primarily on lace and bead work.  Jill is a spinner, a dyer, and an avid knitter.  Jill will teach Friday and Saturday; Laura will teach Saturday and Sunday. Classes are $35 each for members ($45 for non-members).

  1. All registrations postmarked or received by Wednesday March 1, 2017 from Guild Members will be registered in order of receipt for as many classes as you wish.
  2. All registrations postmarked or received after Wednesday March 1, 2017 by Guild members or non-members will be registered in order of receipt.


Class Descriptions

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday 9-12: Mastering Multicolored Yarn (Jill Draper) Have you ever had a skein of variegated yarn call to you from the shop shelf only to get home & realize you have no idea what to do with it? This class will help you solve those multicolored conundrums. In class we’ll talk a little bit about how multi colors are created & explore different shapes & stitch patterns that use multis to their best effect. Bring any variegated yarn failures & we can discuss what went wrong & how to make a gorgeous multicolored project every time.

Skill Level:  Basic

Friday 1-4: Quilt Block Inspired Knitting (Jill Draper) Quilting is in essence a very modular practice, “half square triangles” form the basis of many patterns. In this class we’ll use classic quilt blocks as our inspiration to create knitted motifs that use the same modular construction. This technique is fun & a great way to use leftovers to make beautiful & unique knitted garments, blankets & much more.

Skill level:  Basic

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sat. 9-12: Your Favorite Sweater (Jill Draper) This class walks you through all the steps to recreate your favorite sweater.  In class we will talk about measurements, stitch patterns, materials, gauge, and how they all add up to the sweater of your dreams. This class is mostly lecture with some simple math calculations. You may want to try your sweater on in class, so wear an appropriate layer to do this, but don’t wear your sweater to class; you’ll need to take its measurements while it lays flat, not on your body.

Skill level:  Basic

Sat. 9-12: Laden: An Exploration of Cables, Lace, & Beads (Laura Nelkin) Heavy cables play against this delicate lace stitch, creating an unexpected fabric for a faux Mobius cowl (or “fauxbius”). It starts with a provisional cast on, then a length of reversible cables and double-sided lace is knit. We’ll work on this lace without beads; then with beads, teaching secrets of adding beads to double-sided lace.

Skills needed:  knit, purl, how to read a pattern, how to knit lace, i.e. yarnovers and decreases

Sat. 1-4: Design Your Own Intarsia (Jill Draper) In this class we’ll work on designing our own intarsia motifs. They can be simple monograms or initials, for those more adventurous almost anything you can dream up!  Jill will provide knitters graph paper for worsted & fingering weight gauges as well as instructions on creating your own knitters graph for any gauge you want on the computer.  Bring reference materials & an idea of an image you’d like to chart, the more colors the more work but really the skies the limit!

Skill level:  Basic with desire to learn

Sat. 1-4: The Craft of Casting On (Laura Nelkin) This comprehensive class will refresh your technique, teach you new cast-ons, and help you understand where and when each cast-on is best used.

Skill Level: Basic

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sun. 9-12: Cowl Design (Laura Nelkin) In this class we’ll look at construction of cowls: flat, in the round, and moebius. After going over some basic background knowledge on cowl shaping, we’ll start to play with stitches and talk about how to convert them to work with your design. Finally, we’ll talk about edgings. By the end of class you’ll be ready to cast on for your very own cowl.

Skills needed: knit, purl, and desire to learn

Sun 1-4: Save Your Stitches: Fixing Lace Mistakes (Laura Nelkin) Do you want to knit lace but have no idea what to do when you make a mistake? Laura will demystify the anatomy of your lace and teach you how to know when you can fix and when you have to rip. You’ll learn how to replace yarnovers, insert missing decreases, rebuild sections of your knitting, and most importantly, how to avoid making mistakes in the first place. 3/4 technique and 1/4 philosophy, this class will make you a better, more knowledgeable, and less fearful lace knitter.

Skills needed:  knit, purl, yarnover, and decreases


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