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Brilliant Knit Beads

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Author and self-described "left-brained knitter" Betsy Hershberg shows you how to knit unique jewelry pieces from glittering seed beads and delicious yarns.

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What You Get

  • 10 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including diagrams of the most popular bead-knitting stitches
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Betsy Hershberg
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Class Overview

Betsy Hershberg, author of Betsy Beads: Confessions of a Left-Brained Knitter, discovered the adventurous artist inside her... and you will too. In Brilliant Knit Beads, Betsy shows you how to turn simple 2-D swatches into sparkling, one-of-a-kind beads and necklaces, read charts and master knitting on a small scale. You'll learn how to choose the perfect fibers and beads, two easy techniques for knitting pre-strung beads between and onto stitches, and four different kinds of knitted, beaded "wrappers." Betsy's techniques are perfect for skilled knitters or ambitious beginners. You'll pick up lots of innovative techniques that you can use in other knitting projects, including the provisional crocheted cast-on, the Kitchener graft and the brand-new zipper graft, which creates a seamless join for bead-knit fabric.gUnclasp your creativity and design an infinite array of beads and jewelry!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction
Meet Betsy Hershberg and hear about her creative journey. Get a preview of the techniques and projects you'll encounter in this class.
2. Yarns & Beads
3. Bead Stringing & Chart Reading
4. Sliding Beads Between Stitches
5. Plain Knitted Bead
6. Bead Knitted Bead
7. Beads Knit on Stitches
8. Tubular Wrapper
9. Project Applications
10. Bonus

Taught by

Betsy Hershberg
Betsy Hershberg
Betsy Hershberg is a lifelong knitter whose world was turned upside-down and inside-out when she learned how to bead knit in 2002. As ideas for combining beads and fiber began to take over her knitting brain, she found herself on an unexpected journey which has forever altered the way she thinks about her "left-brained" self and the creative process. She is thrilled to share some of these discoveries, along with unique bead knitting techniques, projects and patterns, in "Betsy Beads: Confessions of a Left-brained Knitter" (XRX Books, 2012). Her work has been featured in Knitter's Magazine, Knitting Universe and Vogue Knitting.

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