Inside The Designz: Synchronicity
Shannon asked me to put together this week's Inside The Designz post a couple of days ago. To help spur my though process into settling on an idea about which to write I opened up my Lightroom program where I keep the photos from the shoots we did for Crochet Geometry and started flipping through pictures. It did not take me very long to decide what I wanted to write about: Synchronicity. Sometimes the elements of a design, a photoshoot, and a project as a whole all come together in what is, at times, an unexpected way. Often it's something small that let's you know everything is working together for a FAB outcome. Take a look at the following photos and see if you notice anything connecting the pictures.
It's subtle, but it is there I assure you. There is an element connecting these photos... and no, "they were all taken of women" does not count. Here is another example, big enough you'll see it clearer. Take a look at this one of the Mainsail Wrap.
This photo was in the running to be in the book but was finally cut due to space constraints. If you said the blue flowers in the background... You're right! It's all about the background elements. Each of these photos has some item, sometimes very small, that matches the color of the garment. I assure you each of these instances were not planned in advance and Photoshop never came into play. They were simply happy accidents... it was pure luck that the perfect location for photographing these items each happened to have an background item that matched one of the garments. I love it when that happens! If the photographer does his work right you should not immediately notice the matching elements, the photo will just look even and appealing.
This matching background elements to the garment is a reoccurring theme throughout Crochet Geometry. As a photographer I try to notice everything that happens in the photo before I press the trigger... I scout out locations days and even weeks before to see what I have to work with, or I'll go to a favorite spot that I know will give me the feel I want. But sometimes, just sometimes, nature sees what you're planning and decides to lend a helping hand. It's times like that you just have to say "Thank You" and roll with it.
Take some time to read through our books like Crochet Geometry and look for elements in the photography that pull together the garments and the background. It may be color, it might be texture or architecture, but ask yourself if you think it was purposely put there, or was it a happy "accident" of synchronicity that just made it though to the final printing. Only the photographer knows for sure!
New crochet pattern just in time for warmer weather!
Every now and then we set out to design a piece for a magazine that at first seems like a simple, yet elegant, garment; but, through the design process, turns into something very special. This dolman sleeve cardi is one of those pieces.
You can pick up this pattern in the Summer 2017 issue of Interweave Crochet. Another great thing about this pattern... Interweave is letting us include sizing for a wider range now so whether you are a Small or a 5X you can still make this FAB cardigan to add to your wardrobe.
Click the link below to get your copy of Interweave Crochet's Summer 2017 Issue.
Look for more great Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby patterns to appear in Interweave Crochet and Love of Crochet!
Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links.
We are not paid for promoting this pattern... we really love it. We will receive a small percentage of any sales made from the vendor. The prices you will see are not higher because of the affiliate link... we just might be able to buy the occasional cup of coffee.
Vogue Knitting LIVE! is coming to Seattle. Guess who's teaching.
The Shibaguyz are proud to announce that once again we are have been asked to teach a series of classes at Vogue Knitting Live in our home town of Seattle. WOOHOO!!
The great folks at Vogue Knitting have selected three of our signature classes for the event happening November 3-5 2017, all of which are intended for BOTH knitters and crocheters. They include: Our most requested class, Couture Finishing for Crochet and Knitting, the 3-hour version of Alter It To Fit, all about making adjustments to existing patterns to achieve the perfect fit for both crocheters and knitters); and to top it all off we'll do the hands on Stitch & Click: Photographing Your Fibers, where you'll get hands on practice taking great photos of your crocheted and knitted items using everything from your big fancy-pants camera to your cell phone! You won't want to miss any of these.
Here's how to register:
Click on any of the photos below to be taken to the Vogue Knitting LIVE! registration page. From there click on the dropdown box next to "Filter By Teacher" and select Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby. From there you can learn more about each class and, of course, register for them all!
We are looking forward to seeing you in the Pacific Northwest this November. These classes are sure to be a HOOT!
The Evolution Of A Concept
Several years ago when we were first talking about jumping into this new phase of our lives, Shannon started working on a few designs and began experimenting with some concepts that he had banging around in his brain. Some of those early designs became our first published magazine and book designs, but one in particular seemed to take hold of him and wouldn't let go.
By the time we started planning the designs for Crochet Geometry, Shannon had been working with this stitch pattern for a few years exploring all the different ways it could be adapted and expanded. In Crochet Geometry, he knew he wanted a statement piece made out of a split circle for the book, but could not find a sitch pattern that made him completely happy. That is, until Jason reminded him of "Hinterland." The organic feel of the branching leaves was perfect for the shape of the wrap they had been draping! The only real challenge would be sizing: it would require a lot of patterning to make sure of a proper fit in ALL sizes Small – 5X. Even before he wrote and sized the pattern, Shannon, himself, stitched every size by hand to double check his calculations and the branching to make sure it happened evenly and could be written so it didn't take 100+ pages (didn't want to see our editor pass out)! All the extra planning and work was more than worth it… the resulting garment was a showstopper!
While one can clearly see the evolutionary similarities between the original Hinterland afghan stitch pattern and the Split Circle Wrap stitch pattern, the two are distinctly different due to the way the "branches" had to multiply and expand to fit the two split halves of the circle. Still, the Split Circle Wrap grows organically and appears to wrap around the wearer with a leafy pattern. To ensure a more customizable fit, the columns were added to the back as a separate panel… what goes better with vines and branches than columns??
A little more about the Split Circle Wrap…
One of Shannon's first published pieces was a leaf pattern afghan entitled Hinterland. Inspired by that stitch pattern, Shannon took the vines and leaves look from Hinterland and developed it into a stunning wrap for our book, Crochet Geometry. Comprised of just three (3) pieces, two half circles and one rectangle, the Split Circle Wrap is a garment that looks great on many body types. Rated for Experienced stitchers because of the complex stitch pattern, intermediate crocheters who take the time to read the pattern and follow instructions will also enjoy making and wearing this showstopping garment.
As we said above, to ensure a more customizable fit, the maker should look at the schematic for the back panel of columns that splits the two halves of the circle. Crocheters have found they can make the narrower or wider version of that back panel to better fit their shoulders and that measurement should be considered rather than the finished bust when choosing your size to make.
We used Longwood Sport Yarn by Cascade Yarns to create this airy wrap. The lightweight yarn is comprised of 100% Superwash Merino Wool Yarn and comes in over 35 colors... the hard part will be deciding what color to make the NEXT one out of.
The Split Circle Cardi can be worn right side up OR for a cowled look upside down. It can also be worn open or closed... we suggest a closure like the Dayak Shawl Pin or Wild Grape Tendril Shawl Pin, both by Jul Designs.
You can see more of the designs from Crochet Geometry
by clicking on any of the photos in this post or click the button below.
Of course, if you want your own copy of Crochet Geometry,
you can click the button below.
National Crochet Month with the Shibaguyz GRAND PRIZE Giveaway!
Update April 11, 207 Winner Announced!
The winner was chosen today, Monday April 11. The winner is Stacy! Stacy has been notified... if she does not reply within one week we will choose another winner.
Thanks everyone for playing along! This was a great National Crochet Month!
As we come up to the last days of our National Crochet Month celebration, it's time we revealed the Grand Prize Giveaway and let you in on how you can enter to win.
Are you ready? Drum rooooooooll…
This year, for our National Crochet Month with the Shibaguyz Grand Prize, we have teamed up with the folks at Cascade Yarns to give you a prize pack that will make your crochet heart go pitter patter.
We know it's a difficult choice but, to help you pick, here are the designs
from Crochet Geometry made with Cascade yarns:
Choices, choices… So, what does one need to to in order to enter for a chance to win this AH-MAY-ZING prize pack from Cascade and the Shibaguyz? For the grand prize, we're giving you five ways to earn entires! Here are the details:
And now a word from our legal-type folks:
Grand Prize entries must be made by 11:59pm PT May 1, 2017. To be eligible to win, you must have a US mailing address and be at least 18 years of age. Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are in no way involved with this giveaway and can not be held liable for prizes.
And there you have it! FIVE ways to enter for your chance to win this Grand Prize Giveaway from Cascade Yarns and the Shibaguyz. We told you we'd go out with a bang!
Good luck to everyone and thank you for joining us to make this our biggest
National Crochet Month With The Shibaguyz celebration EH-VAR!!
Inside The Designz for National Crochet Month:
Shannon spent many long hours designing the Macrame Look Vest for Crochet Geometry so photographing it was no small order. We knew the photos of this piece would either make or break it. We both felt that photographing this garment in an urban environment was a must... one of those occasions where both of our visions played out the same. We both also pictured the same model for the shoot, Andrea. We've used Andrea for a number of years and she has that approachable friendly appeal that we thought would really pull the viewer into the photo with her. So we called her up and set up a date for an early morning shoot just down the street from her downtown apartment.
If you've never been on a shoot like this before, let me explain that location shots like this take at least a good 30 minutes for each garment and I'll take a few dozen photos to get the shot we need. I have to constantly stop and re-check settings for the changing sun every few minutes and to review photos in my camera (or on a computer) to ensure that I'm not missing something in the viewfinder. Much like this shot! It's a great photo of Andrea, love the composition, love the lighting, it just works... not so fond of the guy watering the flowers, however! He showed up minutes after we started shooting and I was so focused on Andrea that I missed him walking into frame.
Oh Well! Moving on...
Luckily there were three locations I wanted to shoot here. The alley between businesses, gritty stairwell, and sunny/shady upstairs garden area. Lots of areas to play with! You can see this area had the urban look we wanted, but still had lots of texture on the walls and columns to keep it from looking too hard and edgy. Again, keep in mind that this entire area was not someplace you'd really hang out unless you were waiting for your brakes to be replaced or your oil changed.
While I loved the upstairs garden area, and we used it a great deal, the issue that arose was that of the sun. The forecast for that morning was for early clouds and sun after 12:00. In theory that should have given me 4 hours of filtered light with minimal shadow… plenty of time to get done what I needed. However, Mr. Sun decided to make an early entry and I was forced to move my location around a bit to get a beauty shot without heavy sun or excessive shade. This shot, although in a beautiful setting, the look of squinty-eyes-because-the-sun-came-out-from-behind-a-cloud-just-now isn't a great look on the model and this particular shot really does no justice to the piece with the heavy shadow across the garment… and that was truly what I was there to capture. Luckily, a few minutes later, the sun went behind a cloud and gave me the perfect light for the overall shot we needed and we were able to move on to the other three garments we had to shoot that morning.
It's shoots like these that make me love being a photographer of crochet and knit fashion. I really am allowed to play with venues and lighting to show off the pieces in such a way that other photographers aren't. On occasion, if I get a really extraordinary shot that I think will look great in their portfolio I'll show the models a quick unedited shot. It makes my day to be able to share a good shot with them early. And, of course, kicking back at the local coffee shop is a good time to review and make sure we have everything we need before packing up and heading home for the day.
Oh yeah… little did we know: this was the shoot that would become the COVER of Crochet Geometry! The two images below are the original photo (left) and the cropped photo that became the cover (right).
We used Malabrigo Sock yarn to create this care-free vest. The lightweight yarn shows off the macramé inspired lace pattern while being "comfortable and drapey"... that's a real word. Add a button or one of the FAB shawl pins from Jul Designs to close the fronts and show off your FAB crochet skills.
This pattern is one of 15 crochet patterns found in Crochet Geometry. Get your copy today and let us know what your first project will be!
Welcome to Week 2 of National Crochet Month with the Shibaguyz
UPDATED 3/21/17 Winner Announced... Contest Closed
If you did not win this week don't worry, there are still 2 more weeks of giveaways to go as well as the GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY. Yes! We have a grand prize planned for you too! Everyone who enters any of the weekly giveaways is automatically entered into the Grand Prize Giveaway. More on that to come soon!
- Leave a comment on this post telling us how you learned to crochet.
- Follow Shibaguyz on Twitter and Tweet "I entered to win the #natcromoshibaguyz week 2 giveaway with @interweavecraft & @shibaguyz http://buff.ly/2mCU7tt "
- Follow Shibaguyz on Instagram and leave your Instagram username in a comment to this post.
And now a word from our legal-type folks:
Week 2 entries must be made by 11:59pm PT March 19, 2017. To be eligible to win, you must have a US mailing address and be at least 18 years of age.
Inside The Design: Five Easy Pieces Cardi from Crochet Geometry
Welcome to our special feature, for National Crochet Month 2017, we're calling Inside the Design. In this series, we will be focusing on one of our crochet designs and giving you some of the insider information and behind the scenes looks at the process of bringing it from concept to published design.
This week, we're focusing on the 5 Easy Pieces Cardigan from our latest book, Crochet Geometry. You're going to get a different perspective on this design from the point of view of the photographer… Jason!
Leslie has been a friend of ours for years now. In fact she is the breeder who is responsible for the Shibakidz. Not only is she a a great lady but she also lives on a beautiful property with a magnicifient koi pond and flower garden... perfect location for a photo shoot don't you think? We knew we had to shoot there...
So we bribed Leslie with an offer of a great dinner cooked by Jason and a bottle of wine. Before the evening was done not only did we have a location for the shoot but also got her to agree to model for us. Sneaky Shibaguyz!
While the two of them worked, Jason took test shots of the area getting his camera calibrated. The photo at the right is Shannon telling us where he wanted the garment and model… you'll see the final shot at the end of this post.
It's hard to believe that after all that excitement we still were able to get the shots we needed. But we did.
Here is the one of the final photos that made it into the book. We loved the way the light played off the cables and how the lacy front panels looked soft and drapey. This is the shot Shannon was setting up in the photo at the beginning of this post. Shannon would like to point out that Leslie looks much better in this photo than he does in the one above.
The name says it all! As with all of the designs in Crochet Geometry, this stunning cardi is made from geometric pieces with minimal shaping so we could focus on the stitch patterns to create lush crochet fabrics. In the case of this cardi, as the name states, it is made from five pieces: three rectangles and two trapezoids and the pattern is written for sizes Small through 5X.
As we said, the simplicity of the main pattern pieces allowed us to lavish all our attention on the crochet stitch patterns. The stunning cables on the center back panel will take your breath away, and the reversible lace pattern made with post stitches is light and airy on one side with dramatic lace ribbing on the other.
Crochet Geometry Autographed Copy
Crocheters in search of sophisticated designs will find what they’re looking for in this chic, contemporary collection. Fifteen patterns include sweaters, pullovers, boleros, and other stylish garments, all beginning with simple geometric shapes. A circle becomes a cardigan, four rectangles turn into a vest, and two triangles transform into a poncho. A superb basics section, with the clear, accessible details that have made Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby a renowned world-class teacher, will help even beginners master the skills needed to create these stunning items.
It’s National Crochet Month…Rejoice!
We'll have history and backgrounds on our favorites designs including never before seen photos of some of our favorite crocheted garments from our books.
And of course there will be some really FAB giveaways! Our studio sponsors are joining in the fun and have provided some really FAB prizes that we will be giving away to lucky visitors to our blog. Lark Crafts, Cascade Yarn, Ottlite, Furls Crochet, Eucalan, and Lion Brand Yarn are all on board, but we can't tell you what they are giving us... YET
You'll have to come back each week to see what the prize is for that week and how to enter, then check back for post updates and of course to see if you are the winner.
Winners will be announced each week this month. Are you excited yet?
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So follow us all month here at ShibaguyzDesignz.com for lots of info about FAB crocheted fashion garments and enter the great weekly giveaways as well as the Grand Prize (really you will not want to miss this!). Then head over to LarkCrafts.com to check out our blog posts there all about choosing good garments for new crocheters, crocheters new to making garments, and crocheters who have more experience. We'll be passing on a lot of good knowledge there. So, grab your hooks & your favorite yarn, and stand up to do your happy dance. This is going to be an National Crochet Month to remember!
We're Going To Camp Again! This Time In Our Neck Of The Woods
We keep hearing from students from all over the globe about the new skills they took away from Camp STITCHES and how much they loved learning about crochet and knit garment design in such an immersive setting.
Class was awesome! I attended to get some pointers on fit and designing garments for myself and left with dreams of "designer" in my head!
Cyndi - Camp STITCHES San Antonio
We can't wait for the next Camp STITCHES! In fact it was just announced today that we will be teaching at the final Camp STITCHES for 2017 (more to come in 2018!)... Camp STITCHES Idaho. Boy-oh-Boy are we looking forward to this event!
First, once again, we get to teach our FAB Design It workshop over 3 days over the course of 15 hours. That means we really dive deep into topics that we never have time to discuss during shorter 6 hour courses. This special, immersive, version of our design workshop is exclusive to the Camp STITCHES events!
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Second, this event is happening at the magnificent Coeur d'Alene Resort in Northern Idaho. The Camp STITCHES red carpet treatment continues here in Idaho with yet another spectacular setting. We can't wait to work with you all at this world-class resort.
Vines Hooded Scarf and The Strata Cowl Are Now Available
Crochet & Knit Garment Design Online Class!
We are very excited to announce the launch of our newest online Garment Design class from Interweave and Craft University.
Yup… in this eight week course, Shannon is going to share the skills we've used here at Shibaguyz Designz for our over 300 published designs and 9 books.
Whether you are a designer looking to up your skills or if you have always wanted to be a crochet and knitwear designer, you'll want to take this course. Even if you never want to publish your designs but want to make FAB garments for yourself, this is a course you don't want to miss out on!
Yes, the focus in the class is on crochet BUT it's all just stitches and rows, folks. And, whether you make those stitches and rows with hooks or sticks (or both), all of the handouts, worksheets, and course material applies equally to both crafts.
Never be afraid to substitute yarn again!
Don't let the idea of substituting one yarn for another fill your heart with a looming sense of dread. There are simple methods for making those kind of decisions - and, lucky you, there's now a downloadable video that will give you all the information you need to fearlessly swap one yarn for another! <Insert Happy Dance Here>
"Booklist just released their 'Top 10 Crafts & Gardening Books: 2016' list… and both Crochet Geometry AND Designer Crochet were included! CONGRATULATIONS! Booklist is one of the publishing world’s leading industry publications… The list appeared in the May 15th issue of the magazine and can also be seen online…"
Win a Free Class with The Shibaguyz and a three-day marketplace pass at Vogue Knitting Live in Pasadena.
Reading & Understanding Crochet Patterns with Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby - A NEW Craftsy Crochet Class and Giveaway
Fear not intrepid crocheter! Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby and Craftsy are here to give you all the answers to finding, reading, and understanding crochet patterns.
This course was created to teach new crocheters all the skills you need to read and successfully navigate crochet patterns. This will also be a FAB reference tool for the "I've been reading crochet patterns for fourty years" experienced stitchers. Regardless of your skill level you'll be learning tons about the in's and out's of crochet pattern reading and you'll be able to keep the class as an instant reference tool anytime you need it!
You get to apply what you are learning right away by making the "Modern Sampler Scarf" pattern that comes with the course. Shannon helps you with reading the written pattern AND the chart and how it all translates into actual stitches and rows. Before you know it you'll be piecing together your own sampler scarf with stitches so true they must have been blessed by a Pink Fairy Armadillo (which incidentally is a real animal… GAH!). I'll be there with you every step of the way!
When you’ve completed the entire course, you'll be shocked by how easily you can read through crochet patterns and get to stitching more and more advanced pieces. Don’t worry about forgetting any of the tips and techniques because the BEST part of all Craftsy classes is you can watch them whenever, and wherever you like and you can watch them as often as you like since your purchase never expires! Have a few minutes to watch a segment? Need to go back and see one of our tips & tricks again? Want to watch that technique one more time to get it juuuuust right? You can do ALL that with a Craftsy class because you own it forever!
GIVEAWAY OF MY CRAFTSY CLASS!
Yes I said FREE!
The winner will be chosen at random the morning of April 18, 2016 so You need to register to win before it launches April 18th! What are you waiting for? You did read that we're giving this away right? Enter Now! Yes, now… stop reading and enter… We'll wait right here while you enter to win.
We also have a lot of fun in my classes... I mean a LOT of fun… So click that button and get your entries in today!
See you in the Craftsy classroom!
We Are Giving Away Free Yarn, An Ottlite Desk Lamp, and Eucalan Wash!
UPDATED April 4, 2016 Winners Announced!
We are giving away not one... not two... but Three Grand Prizes for our finale to National Craft Month.
Our National Craft Month Grand Prize Giveaways includes an Ottlite Desk Lamp, full sized bottles of Eucalan, and a FULL GARMENT'S AMOUNT OF YARN from Cascade Yarn and Crystal Palace Yarns. WOW!! Right?!? That's a lot of FAB swag and you have three chances to win!
Here is WHAT you can win.
1. Post a photo, video, or other proof that you have purchased the Shibaguyz' new book, Crochet Geometry. That's it... nothing fancy.
- Post a pic of you starting your favorite pattern...
- do a video review of the book...
- take a picture of your favorite pattern and post it on Pinterest…
- or take a book selfie with you and your copy of Crochet Geometry
3. Or leave a comment below saying what your favorite design is from Crochet Geometry!
Do any or all of the above then click on the Rafflecopter button below to let us know where you posted it! You will be entered to win all the grand prize drawings. The more you enter the more chances you have of winning all that FREE YARN!
Do it now... we'll wait here while you enter.
Thank you to all who entered the National Craft Month giveaways this year. We had a great time and have even more excitement coming up in the next few months!
KEEP CHECKING BACK for other freebies and fun stuff. We have a lot planed for you.
Vogue Knitting Live Pasadena 2016 - Classes with The Shibaguyz
We'll be teaching four classes including one full-day seminar on making adjustments to existing patterns to achieve the perfect fit, Fashion, Fit, Form, & Function; and another full-day course on designing your own patterns, Design It!.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016
See you at Vogue Knitting Live in Pasadena!
Week 2 Giveaway: Craftsy Class, Ottlite, and Eucalan Wash
For Week 2 of National Craft Month you can enter to win:
- A Free Download of Shannon's Newest Craftsy Course: Crochet Toolkit: Designer Tips & Tricks
- An LED Mini-Flip Light from Ottlite
- A Gift Pack of 5 Bottles of Rinse Free Wash from Eucalan
That's a LOT of swag my friends! Here's the full rundown.
Crochet Toolkit from Craftsy.com
Folks who follow our escapades on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram know Shannon took a little trip to Denver, Colorado back in December. If you were watching closely, you even noticed him posting a photo like this.
Yup… that's Shannon on set in front of THE Craftsy logo!
(Note the inclusion of garments from our last two books… hehehe…)
Everything you learn here you'll be able to apply right away! You get techniques and stitches we use in real life, every day.
For more info about this class including a promo video where Shannon tells you all about it, click on the button below.
Ottlite Mini LED Flip Light
- Ottlite will send you a MiniLED flip-lite to pack in your bag or carry in a pocket so you always have clear bright light with you. We recently used ours at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Show on the show floor to better see the colors of yarn perfectly without having to go outside.
With OttLite you’ll see more clearly and comfortably, which makes everything you love to do – from sewing and scrapbooking to reading and computer work to crafts and crossword puzzles – easier and more enjoyable. It’s like natural daylight indoors! Click here to learn more.
Gift Set from Eucalan
Check out their Washing Basics page HERE for tips on using their product.
How to Enter The Week 2 Giveaway!
Click the button below to register with Rafflecopter for this giveaway and good luck to you all!
GRAND PRIZE RULES
To enter the Grand Prize you'll need to post a photo, video, or other proof that you have purchased the Shibaguyz' new book, Crochet Geometry. Post a pic of you starting your favorite pattern... do a video review of the book... take a picture of your favorite pattern and post it on Pinterest… or take a book selfie with you and your copy of Crochet Geometry.
Don't have your copy of Crochet Geometry yet? Just go to CrochetGeometry.com by clicking on the button below and you'll see a video and more photos from the book as well as links for where you can buy your book online!
Come see Shibaguyz LIVE classes at the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival
and Creative Arts Festival
March 4-6, 2016
We're going to be sharing the skillz with you folks in Pittsburgh and we are very excited about our line up of classes. We're covering everything from specialty crochet stitches like crochet cables to design classes for crochet and knit garments. And Jason is going to be teaching his best selling class on photographing your handmade projects. If you sell your products online, submit your handmade items for juried festivals or competitions, or if you are a maker who just wants to show your handiwork in a better light, you won't want this opportunity to work one-on-one with Jason (assisted by Shannon).
Head on over to our post by clicking the link below to find out more info about our classes and how to register today!
Crochet Toolkit - Designer Tips & Tricks is Shannon's third Craftsy crochet class and we can't wait for you all to dig into this material. These are the skills and techniques we use in the Shibaguyz Designz studio every day to create our FAB garments, accessories, and home decor. From how to read crochet charts, to some of our easy math tricks for making sure patterns fit, to making FAB crochet fabrics; you'll get a designer's insight on how to take your crochet skills from good to GREAT!
This class includes our designer tips for how to make linked stitches, 6 types of ribbing, how to create crochet fabrics that drape and move beautifully, and how to make our very own Non-Stick Lace stitch. We'll also get into how to invisibly carry your yarn up the side of your work with changing colors or working with hand-dyed or variegated yarn. And, for the first time, we're going to share with you how we make crochet i-cords and Romanian cords AND how to make them as attached as-you-go borders! Y'all are NOT going to want to miss this class!
So don't wait! Click on our special link below to get $10 off the price of enrollment and get started on your new crochet skills today!
(There's also a pretty cool introduction video… so be sure to check that out!)
Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Show
Classes with The Shibaguyz
March 4-6, 2016
Our schedule at this year's festival include classes for crochet cable techniques, design classes for crocheters and knitters, garment making class for crochet and knitting, and our photography class that will encompass ALL of your projects from crochet & knitting, to quilting, painting, and spinning.
In addition, we've partnered up with the FAB folks at Furls Crochet Hooks and they will be sponsoring a joint Furls and Shibaguyz Designz booth. You're not going to want to miss THAT team up! If you haven't check out our friends at Furls Crochet Hooks, just click HERE and treat yourself… you deserve it.
Registration is LIVE as of Monday, November 30, 2016 so don't wait! Check out our list of class offerings below then click on the class and you will be taken to the festival website for that class. Once you are there, you can read a description of the class then click on the REGISTER NOW button at the bottom of the page to register electronically.
Classes fill up quickly so get your schedule together and register today! We can't wait to see y'all in Pittsburgh and share the skillz!
Friday, March 4, 2016 Classes
Saturday, March 5, 2016 Classes
Sunday, March 6, 2016 Class
Dallas Fort Worth Fiber Festival
Classes With The Shibaguyz
April 1-3, 2016
The Shibaguyz are thrilled to be returning to the Dallas Fort Worth Fiber Festival as a team in 2016 and we're offering a VERY exciting lineup of classes for you all including classes for crochet and knitting, photography, and our special Saturday workshop for designing crochet and knit garments. And check it out… you have TWO chances to catch Jason's class on Photographing Your Fibers. You do NOT want to miss any of these exciting classes so make sure you get your registration in right now!
Registration is LIVE as of Saturday, November 14, 2016 at 10am Central Time. Don't wait! Check out our list of class offerings below then click on the REGISTER NOW button and get your class reservations in before all the seats are filled!
See you in Texas!
Friday, April 1, 2016
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Crochet and Knit Garment Design Classes with Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby at the 2015 New York State Sheep and Wool Festival
One of our most requested class subjects is in the area of designing crochet and knit garments. Unfortunately, there are quite a few folks out there who believe we can just write this up in a tutorial like teaching a new stitch or a technique. That just simply isn't the case.
Designing crochet and knit garments takes an in-depth knowledge of yarn content and construction, textile design, stitching techniques, and garment construction. There is a certain level of "design eye" that a person must have as well in order to create garments that people want to make and wear.
While we can't fit all of this into a three or even a six hour class, we do have a unique opportunity to present a big chunk of the skills it takes to design crochet and knit garments at the upcoming New York State Sheep and Wool Festival.
On Thursday and Friday at the 2015 New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, we are presenting two classes, Fashion, Fit, Form & Function and Design It! These classes can be taken separately or, as some folks are doing, as a two day course to give them the tools they need to start designing crochet and knit garments.
We'll kick off things on Thursday, October 15, 2015 with Fashion, Fit, Form & Function. This all-day class is designed to help you alter existing crochet and knit patterns to fit your body and your style. Whether the pattern needs a little better fit or you like the silhouette of the garment but want to use a different yarn and a different stitch pattern, we'll give you the tools you need to make good choices and then alter patterns to better fit YOU… in every way. Proper body measurements, stitch patterns, yarn choices, and garment functionality are all covered in this six-hour class.
Then, on Friday, October 16, 2015, we'll dive into our Design It! class. This all-day class covers everything from body measurements through fabric design and making a pattern schematic. You will leave with a working knowledge of crochet and knit garment design and will have the tools you need to delve into your own design work. Whether you are designing just for yourself and your friends and family or if you have always thought you had some of that "design eye" it takes to be a professional designer, this class is the place to start.
Again, these are two very strong stand-alone classes with very distinct goals. So you will take away a ton of great information and skills whether you take one or both. Fashion, Fit, Form & Function focuses on fitting existing patterns to your body and your life. Design It! is focused on starting from scratch and creating your own designs. Both good classes to take on their own and are very appropriate for the hobby stitcher or professional design students.
However, if you have ever had ambitions of being a full-on crochet and knit garment pattern designer, you should consider taking the two classes together. Between the two classes, you will have a very strong foundation for developing your design skills and even becoming a professional designer… if that's what you want.
Either way, together or separate, you will leave these classes with a clearer view of how crochet and knit garment patterns are created and how to make them work for you.
For more information and our fun intro video about our classes at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, jump on over to our page by clicking this link:
Classes with the Shibaguyz at New York State Sheep and Wool Festival 2015
And make sure you get registered today to reserve your seat. Space is limited!
And we'll see YOU in the classroom!
In The Classroom With The Shibaguyz
Join us for an exciting full-day workshop at
So Much Yarn in Seattle!
Join us for what is sure to be a FAB fun-filled Saturday on September 26th from 10am – 6pm.
This one is for crocheters AND knitters and will apply to men's AND women's styles… so EVERYONE is welcome!
Check out the details below about this one-of-a-kind workshop. Space for this workshop is limited so call today to reserve your seat!
If this is your first time visiting these FAB folks, So Much Yarn is located right in the Pike Place Market shops on 1st Avenue in Seattle. We've included a map below just in case.
Call 206-443-0727 today to reserve your seat and we'll see you in the classroom!!
Crochet and Knit
Men and Women
Advanced Newbie through Advanced Not-So-Newbie
Must know how to read a written pattern and should have a basic understanding of how a garment is put together (i.e. A garment is made up of separate parts that are put together to make one finished wearable.)
Who should take this class?
Men, women, crocheters, and knitters… this class covers you all. If you have ever wanted to make your very own custom garment, you should be in this class. If you have every wanted to understand the basics of how a garment is designed and patterned and try it for yourself, you should be in this class.
What's it all about?
The thought of making your first custom garment is a task so daunting and, seemingly, insurmountable that it can send the sturdiest stitcher into a vortex of fear and self-doubt. But fear not intrepid ones! We will stand by you and take the fear and doubt out of garment making so all you are left with is the knowledge to create a FAB finished project that will have you hooked on making your own fashionable wearables.
This class applies equally to crocheters AND knitters as well as men's AND women's styles. We use the versatile silhouette of the classic cardi to build your knowledge base for making your very own custom garment. We’ll start from scratch and design a custom made cardi just for you! Pick the stitch, the fit and the drape, apply your own measurements and… Voila! You’ll go home with the perfect pattern for the perfect multi-functional garment that will remain a classic in your wardrobe longer than those parachute pants from 1985. What?? Just me??
We will set you on the track to create your perfect cardi… whatever that might mean to you! Do you favor the luxe and stylish look of the waterfall or drape front cardi or prefer a more tailored, sharp look? Do you like long and luxurious or short and sassy? Do you see yourself in a lightweight cardi for layering or big and snuggly for getting cozy on those chilly winter days? Maybe all of the above! YOU decide and we'll help you get there!
- Basic understanding of the design of a cardigan pattern and how to adapt that base cardigan pattern to fit YOUR needs and YOUR body
- How to take correct measurements
- Making a schematic based on your body measurements
- Matching the swatch to your schematic and filling in the numbers
- Leave with the ability to finish your custom pattern
10x10” BLOCKED crochet or knit swatch in the stitch pattern and yarn you want to make your cardi in (if you can’t decide, bring two… or three…).
Supplies To Bring To Class
• Crochet or Knit kit with yarn needle and scissors
• Writing utensil
• Small amount of scrap yarn (a few yards should be fine)… nothing fancy here. We're going to be using it as a measuring tool.
• Tailor’s measuring tape (soft, non-metalic measuring tape)
Materials Fees: $5.00 – Includes pattern template with measurement and sizing charts; calculation worksheet.
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