Workshops and Classes

I love teaching knitters to be the boss of their knitting. It’s fun to learn new techniques, and new ways to think about old techniques. I hope you’ll come to one of my classes, and I’d love to come teach at your retreat.

I’m teaching at the following events and shops in the near future:

Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat, Tacoma, Washington
Registration is open! I’m teaching Elongated Novelty Stitches on Saturday afternoon, February 18.

Twisted in Portland, Oregon
Bucket List (Your first steek): Mondays Nov. 7 and 14, 6 p.m.
Blocking: It’s Magic: Saturday, Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m. (Get those gifts ready for giving!)
Braided Wristlets: Herringbone Braids and Beyond, Saturday Jan. 7, 2 p.m.
Thrill of the Thrum (Thrumbelina Slippers): Monday Jan. 9, 6 p.m.
Favorite Shawl Shapes: Saturday Jan. 21, 10:30 a.m.
Advanced Tink Drop Frog, for lace and cables!: Monday Jan. 23, 6 p.m.

Check their web calendar for dates and more information!

For Yarn’s Sake in Beaverton, Oregon
Braided Wristlets: Herringbone Braids and Beyond, Sunday Nov. 13, 12:30 p.m.
Blocking: It’s Magic!: Saturday Dec. 10, 1 p.m. (Get those gifts ready for giving!)

The Naked Sheep Yarn Shop, Portland OR
(Owner Cheri Clark came to my steeking class and had so much fun, we’re going to do this at her shop, too)
Cutting the steek 2
Bucket List Coffee Accessories (colorwork and your first steek!): Saturdays, Jan. 7 and 14, 10:30 a.m.
Photographing and editing your knits with iPhone/iPad (and other phones): Saturday Jan. 14, 1 p.m.

Other places I’ve taught recently:

Sheeper Than Therapy Retreat: Fresno, CA September 30 – October 2. Log Cabin Blocks, Braided Wristlets, Tilt Shift Wrap, iPhone Photography. Here’s a testimonial from Annie Berg, the organizer:

I just started my 5th PDXKnitterati project (well 7th if you count two of the retreat projects)!

I found Michele through a fellow Guild member who had participated in Michele’s Rose City Yarn Crawl shawl pattern and the had the opportunity to meet Michele during the crawl.

So, I knitted Michele’s Oh La Lace and immediately reached out to Michele to request that she teach at my knitting guild, Sheeper Than Therapy, Fall retreat.

Here are just some of the comments from the attendees:

“Good energy, great organization, definitely taught things you would never learn from just following the directions. Developed a spirit of collaboration.”
“I loved Michele! I liked when she had everyone take a 7th inning stretch! Would like to see her again! She was so patient, very approachable.”
“She was very knowledgeable and had an easy way of explaining techniques.”

Personally, Michele is one of the best teachers we’re ever had the opportunity to invite to our retreat. Her knowledge is immense, her presentation flows through all levels of skill, and her patience is immeasurable. One of our attendees had a different method of handling the “left over” stitch at the end of a Log Cabin Block section and not only did Michele take the time to listen to Gisela’s process and thoughts but also used that opportunity to share it with the rest of the group. Michele went on to encourage us to try it and decide what works best for ourselves. I was extremely impressed how Michele took a random moment and turned it into a teaching opportunity.

I’m so in love with Michele’s patterns that I offered to be a test knitter. I have now completed two new patterns for her and I fall more in love with her style each time. I’ve even started a second shawl of one of her new upcoming patterns because; a. I was able to memorize the rhythm of the pattern the first time; b. it’s an incredible pattern for a long gradient yarn; and c. it’s GORGEOUS!

I walked away with more confidence in my knitting, a new friend, and a new slogan, “I am the BOSS of my own knitting!”

Thank you Michele for sharing your time, talents, and creativity with the world.

Annie Berg
Clovis, CA
“Sheeper Than Therapy”

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, 2013-2016
Student Anna Guillemot wrote this to the Tigard Knitting Guild newsletter:

Saturday was “Braided Wristlets” taught by Michele Bernstein over a period of six hours. For a lover of color, this was a tailor-made class. Michele showed us how to create a lively design using only threecolors! Thanks to a variety of Latvian-inspired braids separated by small Fair Isle bands, a wristwarmer appears, and I defy anyone not to at least smile with joy at its completion. I practically jumped with glee only half way there!!! Michele is an excellent teacher, prompt to come to the rescue of any floundering student. I already knew that from taking a workshop from her last year, partly the reason why I wanted to learn what she had to offer this year.

Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat, Tacoma, Washington: Blocking: It’s Magic! Mini-class, February 2016

Tigard Knitting Guild
Mosaic Slip Stitch Knitting: an all day workshop
This is such a great way to play with color, but we only use one color per row. No carrying, no floats. May 2015

Astoria StitchFest, October 10-12, 2014

Tangled Purls in Salem, Oregon, May 2015

4 responses to “Workshops and Classes

  1. Pingback: We’ve got class(es)! | PDXKnitterati

  2. I am in charge of a knitting retreat at the Oregon Garden sponsored by Apples to Oranges Yarn Shop in Silverton Or. Would you be available in March 2017 to teach a one day class? Could you email me a list of your classes and rates?

  3. Pingback: Enabling your inner knitter | PDXKnitterati

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