October 2019 Invited Speaker

Richard Smith

Join us on Saturday, October 12, 2019, when the more than terrific Richard Smith will be presenting.  Richard is one of our most favorite teachers, and is a real knitting machine world treasure.  His seminars are very interactive, so bring your questions, as he tailors his classes for maximum skills development.

Morning Session

We will explore stitch patterns, including Fair Isle, isolated Fair Isle, tuck, mosaic knitting, lace, slip stitch, short-row intarsia, cables, raglan shaping, and any stitches you may want him to demonstrate.


Afternoon Session

Richard will focus on garment construction techniques, such as:

Hems & bobbin wrap edging;

Neck shaping using steeking stitches, as well as knitting with two separate balls of yarn;

Haute couture St. John bands for neck openings; and

Use of the versatile garter bar for holding stitches, increasing, decreasing and flipping fabric.


Bring your notebooks and get ready to be schooled in the power of our knitting machines!


November 2019 Invited Speaker

Machine Knitting Superstar Alert!

Internet sensation, Diana Sullivan, is coming to the MKGSFBA for a special two day Seminar, November 8 and 9, 2019. 


This November Diana Sullivan will present a two day seminar to the Guild.  For those of you who have seen Diana, you know she is a sparkling, energetic presenter with crystal clear explanations of how to do anything on almost any knitting machine.  She will repeating very little from her last seminar for us with the exception of her garter bar presentation, adding new techniques such as using the garter bar to turn cables fast, garter bar lace and eyelets and round yoke basics.  She will introduce several patterns and techniques which she has not yet presented on YouTube.

Diana will present demonstrations such as latched horizontal trim, floatless single bed Fair Isle and fast V-neck raglan techniques.  There will be lots of fancy, hand-tooled techniques such as the seashell stitch, easy entrelac and much needed anti-roll edges.

Diana is an expert in the very best, most professional finishes including a faster, flatter mattress stitch, assembling on the machine and inserting growth lines in sweaters for children so that they can be lengthened with just a tug of the yarn.

For those who really want to “up their game.” she will include custom fitting techniques, such as the best set-in sleeve, raglan sleeve and how to use the knit leader to make garments fit perfectly.

This is just a partial description of what Diana will be presenting.

These two days will provide a wealth of tips and techniques for everyone.