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The Shibaguyz will be signing their books Designer Crochet and Crochet Geometry at the Buffalo Wool Company's booth in the vendor hall at Yarn Fest next week.
Come by with your copy for us to sign, or purchase one (or both of them) right there from Ron and Theresa... along with some FAB Buffalo Yarn of course.
In case you missed it, our full schedule of classes for Yarn Fest is available HERE.
See you there!
We're Going To Camp Again! This Time In Our Neck Of The Woods
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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
The Shibaguyz Will Be At Yarn Fest!
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And now we can announce that there's another chance to take a class (or 5) from us live! Yup… we're going to be teaching five classes at Interweave Yarn Fest 2017!
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.
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!
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!
Welcome to National Craft Month 2016!!
Lets start off this month with a bang! We're going to give one of you lucky readers an enrollment to Jason's brand new class on how to take FAB photos of your handmade items using your smartphone or tablet.
This Nation Craft Month Week #1 prize is provided by our friends at F&W Media in association with their Craft Online University. This class officially goes live March 15, and one of you lucky folks gets to take this course free!
I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it, I’m about to lose control… forgive that Pointer Sister’s moment.
In all honesty this is a class I’ve always wanted to teach. It’s about you taking great photos with just a smartphone or tablet. I KNOW… RIGHT? Where has this class been hiding?
Well it’s hiding no more. Below is brief outline of some of the things you'll learn in this 8 week course.
If you want to take better photos of your handmade items, and have a mobile device you owe it to yourself to enter this contest for a chance to win this course free.
UPDATE: March 7, 2016 WINNER ANNOUNCED
Drum roll please... Linda K.
I've sent an email off to Lynda with information on how to register for Jason's class.
Be sure to check back often this month and register for our other weekly giveaways as well as our Grand Prize. Directions for entering the grand prize are in all subsequent weekly giveaway posts all month.
Good Luck and Stitch On!
iCan Click – Professional Quality Photographs of Handmade Items Using Smartphones and Tablet
Recently I had the pleasure of filming a class for F&W media for their Craft U, online courses. Let me tell you, those folks are great to work with! I had a ball filming and think you'll love this course.
I was asked to present a class based on using cell phone and tablet cameras to photograph handmade works. We wanted to focus on makers and crafters who specialize in crochet, knitting, weaving, and beading... but anyone who uses a cell phone or wants to take great photos with that magical device in their pocket will get a lot of GREAT information to use.
Here's a little bit about my class and who should take it…
It’s time to pull out your phone… Your smartphone camera is the ideal tool for taking that perfect shot of your handiwork; compact, powerful, and almost always found in your front pocket. It’s capable of capturing any special moment. You only need to learn to harness its full potential.
In my course you will learn the basics of how Smartphone cameras work, find the right light for photographing any handmade project, create a professional environment for taking your photos, explore a few downloadable apps to assist you in your quest for the perfect photo, and I’ll give you one sure-fire tip that is certain to take your photos from drab to FAB.
I’ve spent the past 10 years learning how to take breathtaking photographs of handmade items on any camera. Come and learn the simple techniques you can use to get professional quality photos of your handmade projects with your Smartphone.
The class runs from March 15th – May 9th 2016, and covers topics such as:
- Intro to Smartphone Use
- Get to Know Your Smartphone Camera
- How to Manage Light & Other Useful Tools
- Composition, Creativity, & Personal Style
- Lightboxes, Swoops, & Backgrounds
- Editing Your Photos
- File Types, Sizing, Compression, & Storage
- Final Thoughts from a Professional Photographer
To make learning simple and because we know you're going to want to practice each technique before going on to the next, only one segment will be released weekly. You'll never feel pressured to sit down and try to absorb everything one evening. You can register anytime during these weeks but I recommend you register now to take full advantage of the time available to re-watch previous lessons. Here's an added bonus... I'll be monitoring the forum/gallery, answering your questions and giving feedback to all your posted projects.
- Makers who want to show off their work through professional looking photography without breaking the bank.
- Independent professional designers who need to take great photos of their work for websites and online sales.
- Artists who are unhappy with paying big fees for so-so photos that don't show their work in the best light possible.
- Anyone with a cell phone or tablet camera who wants to take professional looking photos at home but is afraid of the cost, space, and time commitment.
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.
Crochet and Design Workshops by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby at Annie's Craft Festival - October 30 – November 1, 2015
Shannon will be teaching six classes focused on crochet skills, stitches, and design that range from beginning to intermediate levels. Whether you are looking for new crochet stitching skills, FAB finishing techniques for a professional looking project, or you want to start digging in to altering and designing garments yourself, you'll find it in this set of six classes.
"Some of my first published designs were for Crochet!, Crochet World, and Creative Knitting magazines and I've been honored with five covers for Crochet! magazine. Teaching at this first Annie's Craft Festival is an honor for me and I can't wait to meet all the folks in person who I've been able to share my designs with over the years through Annie's publications."
If you have any questions about classes, don't hesitate to get ahold of us through our contact form and we'll get back to you as quickly as possible! See you at Annie's Craft Festival!
"And we're live in 3... 2... 1... GO!"
We are thrilled to announce that you can now have unlimited access to my new Craftsy crochet class: Crochet Technique Toolkit. This class is full of tips and techniques you can use daily to make your crochet totally AH-MAY-ZING!
My goal with this class was to pack into it as much of the information I wish I had when I was first starting out as well as the skills and techniques we have developed for use every day right here in the Shibaguyz Designz studio. I present techniques like getting started without using a slipknot, 4 different Foundation Stitches (including our Foundation Slip Stitch) to make your starting rows arrow straight, 9 types of decreasing (count them... NINE), ways to make your colorwork look sharp and crisp, and finishing up with with a little world class finishing and seaming. There are sections on evaluating patterns too, and even a step-by-step worksheet for how to estimate yarn amounts.
Here's the great part: Because Crochet Technique Toolkit is a reference class, it is presented in a way that you can find and go directly to any section you want to watch without having to fast forward through other material. Finishing a garment and want to see how we do the Locking Mattress Stitch to give our samples a polished seam? How about our special End Cap Finishing Stitch for invisible finishing? Just click on that section in the class video menu and away you go. In addition, you also receive written instructions for techniques and patterns for the swatches I use in class so you can practice your new skills!
Added Bonus - You have exclusive access to me personally in our virtual Craftsy classroom anytime you need me. If you have questions or want to show off your FAB stitches, you will always know where to find me. I'll be right there to help out and celebrate with you. Just send me a message or question or upload a photo of your project and I'll answer you and help you out!
Here's the link: Crochet Technique Toolkit - the new Craftsy crochet class by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby
See you in the Craftsy classroom!
Y'all know I have long been a fan of Craftsy, having taken classes from such greats as Shirley Paden, Gwen Bortner, Carol Feller, and Faina Goberstein. And, as of this year, I am more than a little proud to be counted amongst those world-class instructors as a Craftsy instructor.
And now I am proud to announce that I HAVE A BRAND-SPANKIN’ NEW CRAFTSY CLASS. So, without further delay, here is the official announcement that my second Craftsy crochet class, Crochet Technique Toolkit, is going live, July 6th... in just a few days.
AAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!! I'm more excited than a Pointer Sister!
In the Classroom With the Shibaguyz
New York State Sheep and Wool Festival
October 15-18, 2015
We’ve been selected to teach 6 classes beginning Thursday morning and going right through to Sunday evening. This is our first year teaching at Rhinebeck and we could not be more excited to have this opportunity to share the skillz with y'all in such a FAB setting!
Our classes range from all day sessions on crochet & knitting design on Thursday and Friday to photography, crochet, and math on Saturday and Sunday. We wrap everything up on Sunday with, appropriately, our very popular Foundations and Finishing class for crocheters. What a weekend!
We are so looking forward to spending a few FAB days with out in Rhinebeck! Here's a quick lineup of our classes.
UPDATE 05/11/15: Registration is LIVE! Register NOW for classes before they sell out. You can get more details and register for our classes at Rhinebeck here:
New York State Sheep and Wool Festival Website
To be sure you don't miss out, sign up for our newsletter here: Shibaguyz Newsletter Sign Up
You can read in-depth descriptions on our Classes page here: Shibaguyz Classes
And full details will be up on the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival website once registration opens here: New York State Sheep and Wool Festival Website
Remember: Registration opens sometime around May 1, 2015 so mark these pages and get your registration in before classes fill up! Classes are expected to sell out so you’ll want to register for classes early to ensure a seat.
UPDATE 05/11/15: Class registration is LIVE! Register today to ensure your seat here: New York State Sheep and Wool Festival Class Registration
We will keep you informed when the registration goes live and give you links to each of our classes… but save those dates in October and we'll see you in the classroom at Rhinebeck!
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LIVE Web Seminar: Photographing Your Projects Like A Pro
Tips and tricks for taking professional quality photos of handcrafted items
This webinar is presented by F&W Media, the folks who bring us publications like Interweave Crochet, Beadwork, Interweave Knits, Quilting Arts, Spin-Off, and so MANY more!
These webinars are the perfect solution for those of you who want to take classes with us but just can't get to where we are teaching. Now you can just turn on your computer and interact with us live and in person from the comfort of your own home or anywhere you can stream content on your devices. WOOHOO!!
Here's the details:
Live Web Seminar Date: February 25, 2014
Start Time: 1 pm EST
Length: 60 Minutes
Yup… that's an hour of instruction with a professional photographer for under $20. AND you get an archived version of the class to watch over and over again!
Can't make the live event? No worries! The archived seminar will be available to all who register and will include any class materials given during the live event as well as ALL questions asked during and AFTER the class. That's right… no question goes unanswered!
So… jump on over to the Interweave site via the link below. There are more details about exactly what Jason will be covering in class and you can get registered TODAY!
Tips and tricks for taking professional quality photos of handcrafted items
Oh yeah… if you want to see more of Jason's work, hop on over to ShibaguyzPhotography.com and check out all of his work in fiber, fashion, and portrait photography.
See you in the virtual classroom!
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