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:
Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival
This year’s festival runs from Friday Sept. 22 (classes only on Friday) through Sunday Sept. 24. The theme at OFFF this year is lace, and you know I love that!

I’m teaching Tink Drop Frog, Fixing Mistakes: Lace Edition on Saturday Sept. 23 from 9:30 to 12:30. We’ll be learning ways to fix lace mistakes when you’ve noticed them in the same row, a row or two later, or even later than that! This is an empowering class; you are really the boss of your knitting when you can use these techniques.

I’m also teaching Be Manipulative, Elongated Novelty Stitches on Sunday Sept. 24 from 1:30 to 4:30. The honeybee stitch from Go Tell the Bees is just one of the stitches we’ll be practicing. If you like the lacy look of these stitches, come learn them with me!

Where else?

I’ll be speaking at the Tigard Knitting Guild on October 19th. I’m giving a whirlwind tour of using your smartphone or tablet for FO photography. Not a member? You can attend as a guest for two meetings prior to joining the guild.

Twisted in Portland, Oregon
Fern Lace Shawlette (Lace shawl and beads): Monday Aug. 14, 6 p.m.
Tink Drop Frog: Finding and Fixing your Mistakes: Monday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m.
Blocking: It’s Magic! Monday, Sept. 25, 6 p.m.
Bucket List (Intro to Steeking): Mondays, Oct. 16 and 20, 6 p.m.
Braided Wristlets: Herringbone Braids and Beyond, Saturday Oct. 21, 2 p.m.
Tink Drop Frog: Finding and Fixing your Mistakes: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2 p.m.
Tink Drop Frog: Lace Edition: Monday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m.
Kerfuffle Cowl (Beginning Stranded Colorwork): Monday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m.
Tink Drop Frog: Finding and Fixing your Mistakes: Monday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m.
Blocking: It’s Magic! Saturday Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m.
Blocking: It’s Magic! Monday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m.

Check their web calendar for dates and more information!

For Yarn’s Sake in Beaverton, Oregon
Athena Entrelac Cowl: Sunday Sept. 17, 1 p.m.
Thrill of the Thrum (Thrumbelina Slippers): Sunday Oct. 15, 1 p.m.
Snowflake Christmas Stocking (colorwork and heel turn): Sunday Nov. 12, 1 p.m.
Blocking: It’s Magic! Sunday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m.

Other places I’ve taught recently:
Madrona Fiber Arts Festival, Tacoma, WA, 2016 and 2017, Blocking, Elongated Novelty Stitches

The Naked Sheep Yarn Shop, Portland OR
(Owner Cheri Clark came to my steeking class and had so much fun, we had to do this at her shop, too)

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.

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

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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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