STITCHES Midwest Market Session brochure
Download the STITCHES Midwest Market Session brochure

Classes are an integral part of STITCHES events. Even folks who attend only to hit the Market know they could choose to learn secrets of the sleeve cap from Patty Lyons, crochet around the corner with Edie Eckman or go in crazy circles with Myra Wood. But what to do when you don’t have time for Market and a 3 to 6 hour class?

Learn something new in just 1 hour.

That’s the tag line for STITCHES Market Sessions, short classes held right on (or near) the Market floor so it’s easy to pop in for one, then get back to shopping afterward. Classes focus on giving you a taste of a technique (ever try stranded color? Tunisian crochet? continental knitting?), learning an essential skill (fixing mistakes, simple seaming, picking up stitches) or doing something fun (magic twist-knit, dye with kool-aid, make a spiral bead bracelet). There’s no homework, so all you need to bring to class is yourself and your materials. Each class is $25, and you can either pre-register or register on-site (click here for STITCHES Midwest 2014 Market Session registration. Note that registering before August 7th gets you free entry to the Market all weekend, including the Thursday night preview!).

Samples for new Market Session classes.
Clockwise from top: Cords With a Twist, Macramé Friendship Bracelets and Jazz Up That I-Cord samples

Class offerings change from time to time, just as they do with the longer classes. I’ve been cooking up a few new ones for STITCHES Midwest, based on where my interests have lately been wandering. Which is toward using stitch patterns in I-cord (Jazz Up That I-Cord!), variations possible when twisting cord (Cords With a Twist) and tying macramé knots (Macramé Friendship Bracelet).

The common themes? Cords (great for trims, handles, jewelry). Using up left over bits of yarn (Mom would be proud). And gifting possiblities (because the holidays are just waiting to creep up on all of us).

I look forward to bringing my new favorite techniques to STITCHES Midwest and its attendees. We’re going to have fun with them! If you’re in the Chicago area, come join us in Schaumberg.

P.S. Got friends who don’t know how to knit or crochet? Bring them, and we’ll give them materials and knowledge necessary to get started. Learn to Knit and Learn to Crochet classes are FREE!

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