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by Association For Creative Industries
January 16-20, 2020

Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ
Education begins January ​16
Show floor open January 18-20

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​TNNA Classes at Creativation

W309: Playin' Hooky - Use Crochet Techniques to Enhance Your Knitting

MaryLouEgan_1 (1)Saturday, January 18: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. 
Instructor: Mary Lou Egan
All Skill Levels Welcome!

Many long-time knitters still fear the hook. The possibilities for mixing the knitting and crochet are endless: use crochet as a finishing technique, improving armholes and necklines, make buttonholes and button loops, lend structure to your knitted projects, make faux braids and slip-stitch surface designs - even secure steeks. This class will teach crochet techniques that can add a unique touch to your knitting. Class will include a curriculum to take back to your shop for classes.  (Bonus Granny Square pattern to help customers take the next step!)

Homework: (Make 3) Using a smooth wool or wool blend worsted weight yarn in a light color, cast on 25 stitches. Work in stockinette for 5 inches. Blink off. Complete and bring in this project before the workshop.

Supplies needed: Worsted wt yarn in a contrasting color to your squares, crochet hook size G or H.

W310: Peacock Eye Lace

Saturday, January 18: ​1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Mary Lou Egan
All Skill Levels Welcome!

Peacock Eye or Broomstick Lace gets its name from 19th century needleworkers who used a broom handle to make this easy crocheted lace. Using a broom handle isn’t necessary-- an extra large knitting needle works these days. You don't crochet? You will now, and so will your customers. This small project is a perfect way to introduce them to crochet. Crocheted broomstick lace is fun, fast, and easy. Participants will learn a few variation on broomstick lace, and get a pattern for a cowl that can help sell that lovely yarn and can show off some beautiful buttons, too.  

Supplies needed: Large knitting needle - size 19 or 35, one (straight or circular) Crochet hook, medium size G, H or I. Sport weight or DK weight yarn - about 2 oz or 105 yards.

W409: 5 Knit Buttonholes You Need to Know Now

Edie EckmanSunday, January 19: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Edie Eckman

Buttonholes can be tricky things. Getting them just right--tidy and tight--can be a challenge. One type of buttonhole doesn't work for all situations. What do you do with giant buttons? Tiny buttons? Yarn that won't hold its shape? These five buttonholes will see you through almost every situation and give you what you need to achieve symbiosis among the button, the band, and the design of the thing you want to button up.

Homework: Using the yarn you'll use in class, knit one or two stockinette stitch swatches about 6" square, blocked. Bring the homework to the workshop along with your supplies.

Supplies needed: Light colored sport, dk- or worsted-weight yarn, appropriate needles; optional: buttons.

W410: ​Design Your Own Crochet Borders

Sunday, January 19: ​2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Edie Eckman

What better way to find the perfect border for your next crochet or knit project than to design your own? Mix and match a variety of crocheted elements, or choose an element from your fabric and expand on it. Learn how borders can enhance a project, how to deal with corners and curves, and how color choices affect design. Edie has designed borders for two best-selling crocheted edgings books, and now she shares her process with you.

Homework: In the smooth, easy-to-see medium weight yarn of your choice, crochet one or more swatch(es) in any stitch pattern you choose. It can be in a single color, or in multiple colors. This is your chance to try out a stitch pattern you've been wanting to learn. Bring the homework to the workshop along with your supplies.

Supplies needed: Yarn used for homework, appropriate sized hooks. If you used a single color for your swatch(es), bring at least one contrasting color as well as the color you used.