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Compose Yourself: Creative Strategies for Shawl Styling


Price includes 2 class hours.

With Laura Bellows

July 9, 2:00-4:00pm CDT

This class offers students a new approach to styling that makes wearing shawls an extension of their creative design process. Shawls can look great and feel great – all day long.

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 14 days following the event.

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Putting time into making a beautiful shawl with gorgeous fiber is a wonderful pleasure. Trying to wear the finished shawl but feeling unable to make it work makes your heart sink. Avoid this unnecessary outcome by learning to engage with your knitwear in new ways so that every time you style your shawl you extend your creative process.

We’ll start with the idea that when we wear clothes — including knitwear — we create a visual composition that leads the eye of a viewer as the lines in a painting do. Indeed, every time you choose to wear a shawl, you have a design opportunity.

Laura will demonstrate a process of design-analysis and a method for creative play that helps you to exploit the characteristics of your specific shawls — shape, scale and dimensions, stitch pattern and color — to construct intentional, highly personal, compositions on your body. These compositions are comfortable and stable, display the knitting, and make you look great in exactly the way you want.

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Limited pre-class work required.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Great content but presentation difficult to hear

The course had interesting content and inspired me to think of new ways to style my shawls. I liked seeing the unusual closures and styling methods the instructor used. However, the instructor was difficult to hear; I would recommend she use a bluetooth earpiece for future classes, instead of relying on the laptop microphone, to allow her to be heard while she moves and styles the shawls. Attendees had to constantly remind her to speak up or come back to the microphone. Stitches personnel should do a dry run with presenters to work out some of these technical issues in advance before rolling out the class to attendees. I would also have liked to see a greater variety of shawls shown for styling options.


Great class, loads of advice for shawl styling, selecting and modifying shawl patterns that fit. Everything clearly explained and modeled. Loved it.