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TKGA 2013 Grand Retreat

5/19/2013 to 5/21/2013

When: 5/19/2013
Where: Grand Hotel
286 Grand Ave
PO Box 286
Mackinac Island, Michigan  49757
United States
The Knitting Guild Association


Join us for this intimate retreat. Enjoy workshops with world-class instructors Nora Bellows (aka Noni), Arenda Holladay and Michelle Hunter, each teaching an intensive 2-day course in her specialty. See their course descriptions below.

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Coming by yourself and looking for a roommate? Let our office know and we’ll try to put you in touch with others looking for a roommate.

Check out the TKGA Grand Retreat schedule.

 TKGA Grand Retreat Registration Form

The Art of Knitting Noni Flowers

Revel in a two-day workshop with Nora J. Bellows teaching from her new book, Noni Flowers (Potter Craft, April 2012). Decorate your holiday table with knitted flowers of lasting beauty. Combine multiple flowers to embellish felted or fabric pillows with exquisite bouquets of your own creation, or decorate the top of a gift box in a way that is as beautiful as the gift itself . . .
You will not only learn to make beautiful knitted flowers to felt (or not) and use as embellishments for bags, gifts, garments, shoes, afghans and more, but you will be encouraged to explore your own creative impulses in combining different flowers together for unique results. We will learn the foundational techniques used in virtually every flower in Noni Flowers, beginning with simpler flowers and moving to progressively more elaborate ones. We will discuss and practice how to finish the flowers, wire and embellish them for stunning results.

Experience: Participants must be able to comfortable knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, working in the round on double pointed needles, have good control of tension, and at least a rudimentary understanding of gauge.

Optional Materials Fee: If you don't already have Nora's book Noni Flowers, she will have it available for purchase for $24.99 in class.  You will get bonus flower patterns as Nora's gift for purchasing the book from her: Hibiscus flower and either French Anemone or Oriental Poppy (your choice).

Supplies to bring: Yarn that is feltable (Nora recommends Stonehedge Fiber Mill’s Shepherd’s Wool in light worsted and DK weights in flower colors as desired. Choose colors that appeal to you or that are required to make the flowers you want to make: that is, a green or "stem” color, 1 – 3 petal colors [including red(s), pink(s), blue(s)], a light or medium yellow, and white.

  • Assorted double-pointed needles (sets of 5 needles), especially sizes 1, 3 and 6. You may want to bring other sizes as well.
  • Scissors or thread nippers
  • Clear or clear-drying fabric glue
  • Lock stitch markers in assorted sizes and colors
  • Darning needles (sharp, large-eyed needles). Tapestry needles are not suitable.
  • Sewing needles (assorted sizes)
  • Sewing or nylon beading thread
  • 26-gauge beading wire
  • Size 8 seed beads in colors that go with the yarn you have chosen (Optional)

Design Workshop

Join exquisite finisher Arenda J. Holladay in this two day workshop which will introduce you to the basic principles of knitwear design. We will work with gauge, stitch patterns and provided measurements to develop patterns for a hat, fingerless mitten and a simple sweater. You do not have to be an expert knitter to take this workshop buy you should have a basic knowledge of the increase and decrease techniques used for shaping knitted fabric. If you have thought about progressing through TKGA’s Master Hand Knitting Program, this class will help you perfect your finishing techniques, an important element in the program.

Supplies to bring:


Michelle Hunter’s Colorworks introduces knitters to the wonderful array of stitch patterns and techniques produced with multiple colors of yarn. Soon to be Michelle’s newest book, the workshop will demystify color knitting all while creating a gorgeous baby-sized sampler afghan. Techniques include intarsia, colorful cables, embroidery, advanced striping and more. Gain confidence with strategies to hold, carry and weave yarns expertly. Learn to knit deliciously fun stitches and patterns that only look difficult to execute. In class, six panels will be started along with finishing and border instructions. All of the techniques covered in class are supported with free online tutorials to continue the education and support long after our stay on Mackinac Island!

Supplies to bring:

  • Worsted weight yarn in 3 contrasting colors
    • Color A (light), 500 yards
    • Color B (medium), 500 yards
    • Color C (dark), 500 yards
      NOTE: The upcoming book uses 750 yards of each color for a 36" x 60" afghan.

    Suggested yarns - Simplicity, Brown Sheep Superwash, Cascade 220, Encore, Spud and Chloe Sweater to name a few.

    Choose colors that provide a nice contrast and are pleasing to you - let your imagination be your inspiration!

  • US #7, 24" circular needle or size necessary to achieve desired gauge.
    • Straight needles may be used for the project, but one technique requires a circular needle.
  • Cable needle
  • Stitch markers
  • Crochet hook, size F or G
  • Counter
  • Blunt tip tapestry needle
  • Waste yarn - 5 yards smooth, worsted weight yarn in contrasting color

Gauge - Approximately 5 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch.

While gauge is not crucial to this project, take the time to knit a swatch to guarantee a pleasing outcome.

Finished size = 36" x 36".


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