A stitch in time...thoughts from an addicted knitter.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

TNNA Review - Elongated Beaded Bag Class

Taught by Judy Pascale

I had seen this technique on knitty gritty (using a crochet hook to add the beads to knitting rather then stringing them on the yarn ahead of time) and was intrigued. There was a time I used to spend any spare moment making bead jewelry. Anyhow, this was such a great class and Judy was a funny presenter who gave clear instructions and provided excellent handouts.

Judy Pascale's Beaded Bags

I didn't have any homework, but apparently there was a supply list. Tina signed me up for the class (thanks Tina, so cool!) so I didn't get the list. Ms. Pascale was so very nice enough to lend me some spare yarn, knitting needles and a larger crochet hook for the cast on. Then included in the class material fee were beads and a small crochet hook (size US9).

Since this class was taught at TNNA it was targeted towards needle art shop owners. The emphasis was on learning the techniques so that a class could be taught on it at each person's shop. Here is what I learned:

  • A crochet over a knitting needle cast on

  • A specific beaded slip stitch pattern Judy designed for this bag

  • A couple of bag finishing techniques(Garter Stitch & Reverse Stockinette Stitch

  • A couple strap options (garter strat & mock rib strap)

  • A couple of bag closure options(button flap & zipper)

  • An easier way to do a three needle bind-off
  • How to add a base that allows the bag to sit upright

Judy had several samples of beaded bags using these techniques available for us to look at. All-in-all it was a great class and I can't wait to incorporate beading into my knitting!

~ Christina

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