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!
We Are Giving Away Free Yarn, An Ottlite Desk Lamp, and Eucalan Wash!
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!
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
Forgive my Golden Girls moment there, all kidding aside, y'all know we love a clean, elegant design, and patterns that fit the body perfectly. When we went into collaboration with Mango Moon Yarns we knew that someday we’d have the pleasure of selling these exquisite patterns on our own site as individual downloads. I’m thrilled to announce that that day is TODAY!
This is no GAME! Don't let your spring be STARK because you were DRAGON and didn't start your crochet and knitting project early enough!
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(Here's some mood music to listen to while you read on. Peter Hollens is an AMAZING talent. Worth checking out.)
How to Wet Block Crochet and Knit Fabrics by Soaking
Specifically, for today's tutorial, we are going to be covering the steps for soaking your fabrics for blocking.
How To Weave In the Ends Of Yarn Tails On Your Knitting Projects
Weaving in the ends on your knitting projects.
What is it?
At the end of projects and anywhere a new length of yarn is joined, there is a tail of yarn remaining that must woven in. This instruction is often at the end of a pattern written as: Weave in ends.
Weaving in the end of a tail of yarn secures the yarn tail so it does not come unraveled and hides the tail so it cannot be seen.
Trying to think of something special to make for THAT guy? We have a few suggestions for you.
Women's Ribbed Edge Knit Vest knitting pattern by Shibaguyz Designz
It's been a while since we've released a new knitting pattern into the wild so we thought we'd send this little beauty along to y'all.
We love the striking looks and cozy feel of this vest and we designed it with YOU, the wearer, in mind.
Here are a few details about what went on in the making of this design and the pattern.
We originally designed this vest in Plymouth Yarn Grande Glow which has a subtle hint of Stelina in it… that means there's a little SPARKLE to it or, as the name implies, a little GLOW.
Also as the name implies, Plymouth Yarn Grande Glow is a GRANDE yarn… meaning it is a bulky weight yarn weighing in at a healthy CYCA 5.
And, yes, Plymouth Yarn Grande Glow is 97% Baby Alpaca. Folks… that means this yarn feels oh so soft next to your skin. Seriously… just get a case of it and dive into it. You're welcome.
Class Details and Registration Information for Shibaguyz Designz Classes at Knit Fit 2014
As a designer, I spend most of my time in the studio, sketching, writing, and… well… doing designy things (yes… I made up another word…). When Jason isn't in his studio, he is always running off to shoot photos of some event or someone marking a momentous occasion with a photo session.
As teachers, we get to interact with crocheters and knitters who look to us to help them build their skills. Whether they are hobby stitchers or looking to become designers, it is always a thrill for us to take a classroom full of students on a journey during a class session.
Fortunately, we have the opportunity to teach at some great events and Knit Fit right here in Seattle is one of our favorites. This year we are honored to be teaching for the third year at Knit Fit and we have two FAB classes to share with y'all.
Motif Madness! (Crochet)
Teachers: Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby (Saturday AM)
From hexes to circles to granny squares… motifs make us happy with all of their colors and textures and versatility. They can be anything from couture garments to a cozy afghan to a funky vest or skirt or a car cover for your sedan, or rugs or hats or jackets or sweaters or… There’s hardly anything the enduring and endearing motif can’t do.
We will start with a basic chain circle and work our way outward to granny glory, beginning with basic color changes then get a little funky with in-line color changes and maybe even delve into the mysterious spiral! We will also learn three ways of starting your motifs for ultimate versatility, and three ways to join your motifs together.
Skill level: All
Materials Fee: None
• Crochet kit with various hook sizes
• Light-colored, non-variegated, smooth, worsted weight yarn (no kitchen cottons or similar types of cotton yarns)
Fashion, Fit, Form & Function: Designing Garments for Everyone (Crochet & Knitting)
Teachers: Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby (Sunday PM)
There are a million patterns in the naked city… and wouldn’t it be nice if just ONE of them fit?!
We will teach you the basics of fit, form and function that we use daily as fashion designers so you can see a garment and make it for yourself or someone else. You will create a template that you will be able to use for every garment you ever want to make… EVER. No matter whom you are making for, no matter what the body type, you will be able to create a garment that anyone would be thrilled to wear.
We will start with measurements and form – what measurements do I take from where and how do I apply them to my template? Then we’ll talk about fit – how do I make a garment that fits a certain style or body type? Then we’ll move to function – whom am I making this for and where will they wear it? Finally… fabrics – how to take your swatch and convert that into a pattern.
Skill level: All
Materials Fee: $5 for Master Pattern template, sizing chart, and calculation formulas.
• Soft (non-metal) measuring tape
We do love teaching and we always have a lot of fun in class. We hope you can come be a part of the learning process with us!
See you at Knit Fit!
The first thing I do when I receive a new skein of yarn is grab my hooks and needles and dive in. I swatch the HECK out of that yarn! In fact, I will use most of a skein of new yarn just swatching seeing what types of stitches and what size of hooks and needles the yarn works well with.
When we start a new design, I pretty much know what kind of fabric I want to create but, again… I swatch… different types of yarn with different sized hooks and needles, different stitches patterns. Swatches for days!
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And a book project… that's a Swatch Extravaganza! Imagine how many test swatches we produce for 30 or more projects for a book. Our last book produced an entire plastic storage tub of swatches that we DID NOT use and a of a tub of swatches that we DID use.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Swatching isn't just about testing your gauge (although that is a HUGELY important reason to swatch), it is also about testing the fabric you are about to make. If I haven't worked in THAT stitch pattern using THAT yarn with THAT size hook or needle… there's gonna be a swatch.
This week new from the studio is the Ribbed Waist Knit Top pattern. Y'all know we love a clean, elegant design and this cute t-top fits that bill perfectly.
I designed this piece with the thought of creating a garment that folks would reach for whenever they wanted something a little special to wear for work, running errands, or a weekend excursion… a true wardrobe staple that fits a variety of fashion functions.
Chic, classic, elegant… and REALLY cute too! We think this one has the whole package going on referring to our mantra of Fashion, Fit, Form, and Function.
The catch… we couldn't say a WORD about it! GAH!! Y'all also know how tough it is for me to keep a secret… especially when it comes to such FAB news. But, the secret was kept until now! FINALLY, we can break the news: The new season of Knitting Daily TV is out and begins airing on PBS in different areas sometime around the end of July 2014. WOOHOO!! The episode number our Space to Space segment will be on is Episode #1310: If It Knits, It Fits.
Please check out the show and give us a shout out on Twitter, Facebook, Ravelry, and right here on our blog when you see the episode. Remember it is Episode #1310: If It Knits, It Fits and I will be chatting with Vickie right from the Shibaguyz Designz studio in the Space to Space segment. Just tag your Twitter tweets with #kdtv and tag us with @Shibaguyz.
As we get closer to the episode air date, we will be posting a little more about the interview including some of our thoughts on the topic we discussed with Vickie on air.
We hope you enjoy our segment as much as we enjoyed recording it! See ya on the TV!
Designing Menswear men will wear
Other than giving you your ear worm for the day (thank you, ZZ Top)… we're going to chat today about creating crochet and knit patterns for men. Specifically, the factors we take into consideration when we are putting together a mens garment.
International Crochet Month
National Craft Month
National Crochet Month
Shibaguyz Designz Indie Maker Pattern
Tools Of The Trade
Vogue Knitting LIVE
Warm Up America