String Yarns Master Workshop with Melissa Leapman
Based in New York City, String is fortunate to have relationships with an impressive roster of leading knitwear teachers, and we’re thrilled to have them teach our Master Workshops this Fall knitting season. Each of our Master Workshop instructors was carefully selected to teach you techniques and tips to make you a better and more informed knitter so that you’ll be ready to tackle any project with confidence.
These classes will guide you through the various steps needed to create gorgeous, polished knitwear. Melissa Leapman will teach Textures at String Yarns on Friday, October 30th. With over 900 designs in print, Melissa is one of the most widely-published American crochet and knit designers working today.
As a freelance designer, Melissa has worked with leading ready-to-wear design houses in New York City. She’s the bestselling author of many knitting and crocheting books, including Knitting the Perfect Fit, Mastering Color Knitting, Cables Untangled, Cool Crochet and most recently The Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook, a comprehensive knitting stitch dictionary and Knit It!, a gateway knitting title designed to introduce new knitters to the craft.
Melissa will offer two master workshops exploring textures in knitting on October 30th—the morning session will focus on knitting that looks great on both sides, Two Faced Knitting, while the afternoon will be all about Celtic Cables. Sign up for either one or both! Melissa is a texture expert, as you can see from her work here.
To get you primed and ready to learn from Melissa, we sat down with her to get her thoughts on her upcoming workshop series.
WHY DO YOU THINK EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT TO THE HAND-KNITTER OR CROCHETER?
Learning new things allows us to expand our horizons and grow; growing opens new possibilities to be more creative—and in the process, happier as human beings.
WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR STUDENTS TO WALK AWAY WITH WHEN THEY LEAVE YOUR CLASS AT STRING YARNS?
Worse case scenario: A million swatches showcasing their new skills.
Best case scenario: The memories of a fun day learning and knitting with new friends.
IN WHAT WAYS HAVE YOU FOUND A LIVE CLASSROOM SITUATION TO BE MORE BENEFICIAL TO KNITTERS/CROCHETERS THAN, SAY, LEARNING ONLINE, FROM TEXTS, ETC?
It's always best to have a live instructor. Students can ask questions, get personal knitting advice geared to their unique skill level, and enjoy the camaraderie of spending time learning with fellow crafters.
WHAT SHOULD STUDENTS EXPECT IN YOUR WORKSHOPS?
You mean besides lots of homework? <grin> Lots of hands-on learning and fun jam-packed into our very short time-frame.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BEGIN TEACHING OTHER CRAFTERS?
I started teaching when my first knitting book came out in 1999. (I was twelve, obviously). My publisher made me do it. I was nervous at first, but I the intervening years, I've grown to love it.
HOW HAS BEING A TEACHER INFLUENCED YOUR LIFE AND WORK AS A KNITTER/CROCHETER?
Standing in front of a class reminds me approximately three times a month (that's how often I teach at a knitting event) what it's like to learn something new. It's made me a better author—and a better human being.