Stephen West's Workshops:
Need help with registering? Questions? Please contact Lori Horak at lorih@sohopub.com or 212 937 2554
Shawl Evolution
Join Stephen West as he takes you on a shawl journey that begins with his very first triangular shawl pattern called Boneyard Shawl. We will experiment with stripes, short rows, and increases to transform our triangles into shapely shawl evolutions. Ten years later, Stephen is still creating adventurous shawl shapes that transform from simple architectural forms into more complex splashy displays of color. Bring needles and 5 – 10 leftover bits of color to play with shawl construction. There will be time in the last half of class to cast on your own shawl project. Bring yarn and your chosen Westknits shawl to cast on and enjoy an invigorating workshop filled with color and texture.
 
Supplies to Bring:
Bring 5 – 10 colors to play with. Mohair and alpaca yarns are encouraged to add some texture to your project. Bring wound yarn and pattern to cast on during the end of class. 
Wear your Westknits! Don’t forget to bring your Westknits or other favorite knitted projects to show off and wear during the workshop.
 
Skill Level: Adventurous Beginner - Advanced
 
Shapify
Explore clever ways to shape knitted fabric with Stephen West. In this class we will play with short rows, different methods of increases and decreases, binding offs, and cast ons to create unique shapes. Westknits designs are all about using simple techniques in different ways to achieve delightful architectural forms. You will get an inside look into Stephen’s design process and walk away with your own shape exploration that may inspire your next shawl or sweater project. 
 
Supplies to Bring: 
Please bring US 6 or 7 / 4 or 4.5mm circular needles and at least two colors of DK weight yarn to use during the workshop. Fingering weight yarn and US 5 / 3.75mm needles may also be used if you prefer knitting with a finger weight, but DK weight yarn will help grow the shapes quicker.
Wear your Westknits! Don’t forget to bring your Westknits or other favorite knitted projects to show off and wear during the workshop.
 
Skill Level: Adventurous beginner - Advanced
You must know how to knit and purl and work basic increases and decreases.
Stephen will guide you through the rest of the playful techniques.
 
Ana Hentze's Workshop:
Indigo Magic-Dyed Project Bags
In this fun and easy class, you will learn the basic techniques of the ancient art of Shibori Indigo Dyeing. Originating in Japan in the 8th century, Shibori Dyeing uses the rich blue dye from the Indigo plant. Through twisting, bunching, and binding, this technique creates beautiful designs on the fabric. We will be exploring Kumo and Itajime techniques, which create different patterns, depending on the way the fabric is folded and bound before dyeing. Students will make two project bags, allowing for more than one technique to be applied. The class is taught to a small group and with a simple step-by-step process, making it easy to duplicate at home. Additionally, the bags can be embellished with stencils or embroidery after they have dried. I hope to empower you to create your own unique textiles and unleash your creativity.
 
Please bring clothes that you do not mind getting dirty and a big smile.
Marceline Smith's Workshop:
Creating Handspun Yarn for Beginners—First Steps
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at creating a yarn that is truly your own? I’d love to teach you how with a simple tool, the drop spindle, and a bit of fluffy fiber! This First Steps class is a hands-on, learn-as-you-go workshop for beginners with a relaxed atmosphere to learn, practice, repeat. You’ll receive all required supplies, including your own drop spindle and buttery fiber to practice and play with in class. Let’s learn the basics of fiber formats like roving and top, discuss the parts of the spindle and how they are used to create single- and 2-ply yarns, then learn about and try the simple park and draft method to go from fluff to handspun stuff! I’ll share my experiences as a beginning spinner and help you troubleshoot common issues. You’ll learn practical fixes, and we’ll focus on forming good spinning habits for your body and your budget. Then you’ll take home your own handspun yarn! This class is appropriate for any level beginner and easily accommodates those with moderate to high physical mobility.