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Founders’ Fest Seminar - featuring Mary Anne Oger

Saturday & Sunday, July 28-29, 2018

Textile Center of Minnesota - 3000 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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Registration and payment accepted via check - send payment to MMKC, 3000 SE University #10, Minneapolis, MN 55414. Please include contact information in the event our registrar needs to reach you.  The fee of $100 includes seminar package and lunch. 

Download the registration form here: Flyer FF 2018

Not all dietary restrictions can be accommodated except for those listed in the registration below, it is advised that those with dietary requirements other than what is listed bring their own lunch. 

            Mary Anne Oger - Bio

Mary Anne Oger, instructor-designer, from Thunder Bay, Canada, is a creative, self-taught machine knitter, well-known for her classic, wearable designs and her knack for adding common sense and humour to machine knitting. She is adept in textures and great finishing techniques which can be used by all machine knitters, any gauge, all machines. 

As editor/publisher of ‘KNITWORDS’ magazine for 13 years, she set high industry standards for quality work in machine knitting. She also has a popular machine knitting blog, 'Needles to Say...' (, providing hints, tips, patterns and inspiration for all machine knitters. Contact her through her website at 


Class Descriptions

  1. 1. Double Bed Stuff! Level - beginner to advanced, any gauge with ribber. Improve your cast-on edge, methods for 1X1 and 2X2 ribs for bands and cuffs, use of waste yarn, planning and layout of needle arrangements, increasing and decreasing, partial knitting tips. 

  2. 2. Making the perfect garment - How to begin, which cast-on, when and why. Add an extra stitch for seam or band? - where and why and how. Choosing the right band, sleeve styles, fitting, altering, shortrowing sleeve cap for beautiful smooth seam lines. 

  3. 3. Knitting for warm weather - Topics include Lace Knitting - tips on knitting, designing and planning lace work using the lace carriage. Other options, including thread or punch lace and hand transferred lace. Design, plan, choice of yarns, shapes and many tips for getting that cooler feel without baring it all. 

  4. 4. Taking a new look at Sideways Knitting! - Level - beginner to advanced, any gauge. Why make a sideways garment? Sizing, planning and layout, using waste yarn effectively for increasing and decreasing methods, seaming, shortrowing for shaping, bands, yarns, all the good stuff. 

  5. 5. Darting Around - When, where, why and how - positioning, placement and execution of vertical and horizontal darts for better-fitting knitwear, in plain and patterned knits. 

  6. 6. For the ‘Crochet-impaired!’ single and double bed edges and trims for beginning or finishing, all done on the machine. Level - beginner to advanced, all single bed machines, any gauge. Start or finish; stitch to stitch or added to selvedge edges. 

  7. 7. Finding Closure - Buttonholes, buttonloops, zippers. Single and double bed options, beginner to advanced, any machine, any gauge. Demo of single bed and double bed option, no sew/no finishing required technique. 

  8. 8. Tailor Made - facings! Take the sweater out of your knitting - for a more tailored look to garments and cardigans for collars, front edges, cuffs. When, why and how a facing is needed and the best way to achieve it, which cast-on, and attaching/finishing on the machine. 

  9. 9. Smart Yarn Choices - Substituting, using your stash? How to choose the right yarn for the project and how to know if you have enough. 

  10. 10. Updating a Classic – Take an old pattern and revise it for a more modern silhouette, but retaining the nice design features. Adjustments to neck, shoulder and sleeve.


            Class Schedule

MMKC Founders' Fest 2018 Saturday Schedule 

8:00 to 8:30 a.m.            Registration

8:30 to 8:45 a.m.Welcome, Announcements, Demonstrator Introductions

8:45 to 11:45 a.m.Class with a Break

11:45 to 1:00 p.m.Lunch, Announcements, Door Prize Drawings

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.Class with a Break

4:00 to 4:30 p.m.Grand Prize Drawing, Shopping



MMKC Founders' Fest 2018 Sunday Schedule 

8:30 to 8:45 a.m.Welcome, Announcements

8:45 to 11:45 a.m.Class with a Break

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.Lunch, Announcements, Door Prize Drawings, Final Shopping

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.Class with a Break

4:00 to 4:30 p.m.Grand Prize Drawing, Farewell



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