xx-Sold Out-xx K02 The Knitted Crazy Quilt with Franklin Habit

Thursday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – Fair Office

The crazy quilt was a Victorian mania–perfect for making use of scraps too valuable to throw away, or those with sentimental value. They were exuberant, personal, and gloriously free of rules. Crazy quilters famously relished additions of embroidery, appliqué, painting, and even photography. In this day of exploration, fun, and skill building, we’ll learn the basics of a knitted version of the crazy quilt: how to plan, work, and embellish it. Each student will work on at least one block of his or her own, including the classic fancy embroidered “seams”. Skill level: Intermediate. Prior embroidery experience not required. Maximum number of students: 15. Students should bring: Yarn – Five to ten balls of any smooth (non-fuzzy) yarn in DK, aran, or worsted weight (for example: WEBS Valley Yarns in appropriate weights, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted or Shepherd Sport, HiKoo Simpliworsted) in different solid or semi-solid colors. Please note that partial balls are welcome and encouraged! Go stash diving! This is a great class for using up leftovers. You’ll be mixing and matching with yarns brought by other students, so be prepared to share what you bring. Other materials – Optional, but encouraged: a button or two (or three), plain or fancy – any sort that pleases you. Small bits of pretty ribbon or lace trim may also come in handy. Look in your stash…what catches your eye? Needles – One 16- or 24-inch circular needle, or one pair straight needles, in a size that will give you a firm garter stitch gauge with typical worsted, DK, or aran weight yarn. Notions – Tapestry needle. It is also expected that students will have with them the usual notions basic to knitting: scissors, a selection of stitch markers, etc. Other – Notebook and pen or pencil for making notes. Homework: None.

Class Code: K02 Class Fee: $110. Materials Fee: $5.

Franklin Habit is a designer, teacher, author and illustrator. He is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008) and I Dream of Yarn: A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book (Soho Publishing, 2016). His ongoing “Dolores Van Hoofen” collaboration with WEBS, based his wildly popular series of short stories, is in its second year. He travels constantly to teach knitters across the country and internationally; and has been a popular member of the faculties of such festivals as Vogue Knitting Live!, Stitches events, the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat, Squam Arts Workshops, and the Taos Wool Festival. Franklin’s varied experience in the fiber world includes contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Twist Collective; and regular columns and cartoons for Knitty.com, PLY Magazine, Lion Brand Yarns, and his popular “Fridays with Franklin” feature for Skacel Collection. Many of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com. Franklin lives in Chicago, Illinois, cohabiting shamelessly with 15,000 books, a Schacht spinning wheel, three looms, and a colony of yarn that multiplies whenever his back is turned.

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