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Make Design Decisions Like a Pro: Using Professional Techniques to Design or Modify Any Project

$150.00

Price includes 6 hours of class; a $16 kit fee will be added at check out.

With Phyllis Bell Miller

January 9, 10am-12pm CST
January 10, 10am-12pm CST
January 17, 10am-12pm CST

Whether you design an item from scratch or modify an existing one, this workshop will give you the tools to make decisions like a pro. The elements and principles of design—including color, proportion, emphasis, contrast, alternation, and repetition—help you to make more informed design decisions rather than guessing and praying. Using the many visuals, handouts, worksheets, and exercises you perform in class, these concepts become real design tools that you can apply to any project now and in the future.

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Description

Whether you design an item from scratch or modify an existing one, this workshop will give you the tools to make decisions like a pro. The elements and principles of design help you to make thoughtful, informed decisions rather than guessing and praying. Using straightforward formulas, we will determine the most flattering proportions for your garment – length, size, and even placement of patterns and design elements. Alternation, Sequence, Gradation, Transition, and Concentricity will help you design more interesting color arrangements, stripes, details, and even edgings. Light, Texture, Contrast, and Line lead the way in making some elements prominent while others recede. Most importantly, we’ll see how Emphasis, Unity, Repetition, and Rhythm create a unified look. Because color is so important to every design, this workshop shows you how to make it work for you. While creating your own color wheel out of pom-poms to use as a valuable tool, you will review essential color principles and learn how to create more than 50 color schemes using any color that you choose. You will also learn how to streamline your choices by using color groups, undertones, and value keys. In addition, you’ll learn how to identify and build historic and ethnic color schemes and how to capture and match colors as professionals do. The many handouts will be a valuable reference for every project. These skills apply to all areas of design including knitting, crochet, quilting, sewing, embroidery, wardrobe planning, and decorating. These concepts become real design tools with the visuals, handouts, worksheets, and exercises you perform in class. The assignments let you apply the principles to your own projects and wardrobe, share the results, and get feedback.

A kit is required for this class; the $26 kit fee will be added to your order. The kit will include pre-cut yarn for making 16-17 pompoms; about 25 hook-and-loop, self-adhesive dots to attach pompoms to color wheel chart; 1 multi-page, sheet protector; 1 Clover Pom-Pom Maker (Small: 1 3/8” and 1 5/8”); a color card to identify the yarns included; and a large- capacity sheet protector to hold your completed color wheel. The kit will be shipped Express Mail.

NOTE: Due to time and shipping constraints, kits are not available to people living outside the United States.

Supply list:

__Sharp scissors, preferably embroidery scissors, for cutting yarn
__Yogurt or sour-cream container to catch and hold yarn clippings
__Pen and paper for taking notes
__About 25 sheet protectors in a 1-1/2″ or larger three-ring binder for handouts and resulting color wheels
__Project ideas or items for which you would like to match or select colors
__Pins
__Tape measure
__Calculator
__Project ideas or items for which you would like to match or select colors

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