As an internationally recognized hand knitwear designer and author, Shirley Paden’s designs and articles have appeared in the leading magazines in the hand knitting industry such as Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Knitters, Family Circle, and Knit it as well as in 17 different books and in the collections of leading yarn companies. Her first book, Knitwear Design Workshop, was the best selling knitting book on Amazon.com in 2010 and remains a key industry reference. Her recently released second book, Knitwear Workshop Designs: Duets and Inspirations, showcases the designs of 16 students who used the techniques taught in Knitwear Design Workshop to design a series of beautiful garments and accessories. It is quickly becoming another industry favorite. She has taught and lectured on various aspects of hand knitting and crochet locally, nationally and internationally including on the new online series, Virtual Knitting Live. She also has an online class, Handknit Garment Design, featured on the popular Craftsy website as well as a design app, also entitled Handknit Garment Design, in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Shirley has been featured on HGTV and Knitting Daily TV as well as in designer interviews in the leading knitting magazines and in the well-known Designer’s Studio series. The British magazine The Knitter has listed her in their “Who’s Who in North American Knitting.” She is also the owner of Shirley Paden Custom Knits located in New York City.
Workshop – “Beauty and the Bead” Beading Workshop
In this workshop on creating beaded fabric students will practice the two main beading application techniques. They are: 1) pre-stringing and 2) on location placement. The class will cover planning bead placement when following an existing pattern chart, altering an existing chart to include bead placement, and how to plan and layout a bead placement chart from scratch. Understanding how to plan and use this simple technique will provide students with a skill that will enable them to embellish and transform the look of many knitting projects in the future.
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner. A basic knowledge of knitting and following a chart.
Bring to Class:
1 ball of lace weight yarn and 1 ball of sport weight yarn in light colors with appropriately sized knitting needles and a cable needle sized for the heavier yarn. Also, bring stitch markers, scissors, and tape for following a chart. For bead placement bring 10 beads with standard sized holes for stringing onto the yarn, and 10 beads with larger holes for placement directly onto the stitches. For stringing, also bring a sewing needle thin enough for the bead to easily slip across, and a small length of sewing thread to make a threading loop. For direct placement beading, bring a crochet hook sized to fit through the bottom and top holes of the beads.