Fiberside Chats


Bazaar Girls has teamed up with Longmont Yarn Shoppe in Colorado and other shops across the country to present Fiberside Chats with famous designers.

Register at Longmont Yarn Shoppe and scroll down to find the Bazaar Girls sign-up. It’s a great way to support yarn shops, designers and have some fun too!

Upcoming Fiberside Chats:

April 25

Beth Brown-Reinsel

European Knitting Traditions

From the Scottish Lowlands where the unique Sanquhar gloves developed, to Sweden, home of Tvåändsstickning (twined knitting), Norway (Selbu mittens and the Setesdal Lusekofter), and England (the gansey), Estonia (gloves the Troi, and mittens), and Latvian mittens, these countries (and more) have wonderful knitting traditions that can inspire us today, and teach us techniques that have faded from mainstream knitting knowledge. Beth has examined 19th-century garments in European museums for a better understanding of our knitting history. She will show slides of garments and details of construction methods that can be used today in our contemporary knitting and will be happy to answer questions. Beth will also do a demonstration of a cast-on, so bring some worsted weight yarn and US size 6 or 7 (4.0 or 4.5mm) needles if you’d like to play along!

Beth Brown-Reinsel has been teaching historic and traditional knitting workshops, nationally and internationally, for over thirty years. Her focus has been to bridge the gap from 19th-century knitting, fashion, and culture to present-day practices, making a connection to women of older generations, their daily lives, and their handwork. She has traveled to over twenty countries (so far!) to research textiles, visiting museums to examine artifacts, gaining inspiration for the development of new knitting patterns and workshops. Her books, DVDs, and classes explore historic knitting techniques from many cultures, including the UK, Scandinavia, and the Baltic. Beth holds three knitting retreats each year in Vermont beyond her busy teaching schedule. Her work can be seen on her website (www.KnittingTraditions.com) and on her Patreon project (www.Patreon.com/BethBrownReinsel). 

 This is a one-time live Zoom Event on Sunday, April 25th at 4:00 pm Eastern, 3:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Pacific.

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May 2

Shirley Paden

“Teaching design means empowering people to move beyond following a pattern. It gives you the skills to make unique pieces wherever inspiration takes you. I want to share those skills beyond my classroom.”It’s been almost three decades since Shirley Paden turned craft into a career. Today, this internationally acclaimed designer celebrates the 10th anniversary of her seminal book “Knitwear Design Workshop” (KDW). Shirley released a commemorative edition of KDW and has just launched her second book, “Knitwear Workshop Designs: Duets & Inspirations”. Expect a hands-on revelation that harmonizes the creativity of both teacher and student.  Don’t miss this Fiberside Chat as Shirley takes us along on her creative journey. “It still amazes me that we create all that we do with two sticks and some string. It’s time to celebrate the ingenuity of our craft and its many innovative designers.” Join Shirley and discover more about her 4-step design process, DALs (Design-A-Longs), and more!  

Shirley Paden is the owner of Shirley Paden Custom Knits located in New York City where she designs her exclusive line of hand-knit clothing. She’s appeared in industry-leading publications like Interweave Knits and Vogue Knitting, which she recently guest-edited. Paden was also invited to be the keynote speaker at one of Vogue Knitting’s new Virtual Knitting Live events. HGTV and Knitting Daily TV featured Paden as an expert on various aspects of hand knitting. The British magazine, The Knitter, also includes Paden on their list of  “Who’s Who in North American Knitting.” She has also lectured on various knitting techniques across the U.S., as well as in Canada, Europe, and the UK. For more information please visit www.shirleypaden.com

This is a one-time live Zoom Event on Sunday, May 2 at 4:00 pm Eastern, 3:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Pacific.

REGISTER HERE!

May 8

Vincent Williams

Universal Colorwork Across Crafts


Colorwork is one of the exciting ways that makers can explore their self-expression and creativity! Have you ever encountered a beautiful colorwork design, but the pattern is written for a craft different from your own? Join Vincent for an evening of fun introductions on how to access and expand your realm of colorwork by working with designs that have been created as either knitted OR crochet patterns. Knitters, grab your needles, and crocheters, bust out your hooks because we hope all of your minds are ready to craft even more colorwork than before!

Vincent Williams is the crochet and knitwear designer behind @visuvios_crafts, which was born from his longing for stunningly timeless knits that’ll keep you warm in the coldest of mid-winter horse pastures. When he isn’t crafting, he’s working with dogs, horses, and playing music. So if you ever see him without headphones and a tapestry crochet design in the works, you are truly in for a treat! Join all the crafty vibes of his maker journey on Instagram and visit VisuviosCrafts.com for cozy creations, monthly Maker Mood playlists, and fun patterns for makers just like you!

This is a one-time live Zoom Event on Saturday, May 8 at 6:00 pm Eastern, 5:00 pm Central, 4:00 pm Mountain, 3:00 pm Pacific.

REGISTER HERE!

May 22

Stephen West

Please join us for an anniversary encore! Unbelievably, as of May 24, it will be one year since Stephen’s last visit with us and the launch of Fiberside Chats! Stephen will share his latest designs and talk about his design process. He’s been working on some big sweater and blanket projects, so you’ll get to see all of his latest ideas. Stephen will share some color tips to achieve striking color palettes for your spring knitting projects. He will also have a Q&A and show examples of lots of sweaters and shawls, so wear your Westknits and enjoy this colorful and entertaining presentation! 

Stephen was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He studied dance at the University of Illinois, where he encountered his first local yarn store, Klose Knit in Urbana. The creative atmosphere of that local shop spurred Stephen to start designing patterns like the Boneyard Shawl and Daybreak. In 2010, he moved to Amsterdam, publishing more patterns and launching a series of pattern books under the name Westknits. He continues to produce pattern books and hosts several online knit-alongs each year. His simple, clean, architectural designs have now been knitted by thousands of knitters all around the world. He co-owns Stephen & Penelope, a yarn boutique in the city center, together with Malia Mae Joseph. In 2019 Stephen and Malia realized a long-held dream by launching their first yarn brand, West Wool.

This is a one-time live Zoom Event on Saturday, May 22 at 1:00 pm Eastern, 12:00pm Central, 11:00 am Mountain, 10:00 am Pacific.

REGISTER HERE!

To follow Fiberside Chats on Facebook or Instagram, or to get more information on these and upcoming Fiberside Chats events. Visit  https://www.longmontyarn.com/fiberside-chats-from-longmont-yarn-shoppe.htm