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denyse Specktor

denyse Specktor

denyse Specktor

Instructor: Denyse Specktor

November 7, 8 & 14, 2020
(Saturdays & Sunday, 10am–12pm PST)
Structure of Class: 3 two-hour Zoom sessions & instructor available between sessions


Registration deadline: November 3, 2020

Denyse Specktor is also teaching The Beginning – The Basics of Knitting, October 17, 18, 24 & 25.

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707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10

Several centuries ago knitting was considered fancy work. Let's do some fancy work, by combining basic stitches into something special. With the addition of a few new stitches and techniques, we will explore the intricacies of texture, lace, cables (easier than you think) and Fair Isle knitting stitches. What would you like to do with all these marvelous skills? Let’s create some holiday gifts. Please join us to expand on your basic skills and enhance your general knitting knowledge. To attend this class, please know how to cast on – knit – purl – bind off.

Knitting artisan DENYSE SPECKTOR learned to knit from her mother at the age of five. Her wearable art designs were sold to Beverly Hills boutiques. Denyse became a second-generation professional knitter, with media commissions seen in films, commercials, music videos and on television, along with gallery exhibits. Denyse became a published author with her compendium of knitting information, The Knitting Primer.

Denyse’s creative talents have been employed by Knits Vogue Knitting Knitters     Cast On and an array of yarn companies. My Knitting Bag, Denyse's first column  interviewing noteworthy knitters appeared regularly in Knits Magazine along with a column on collectibles called Vintage Advantage. Melanie Falick requested Denyse as a contributor for her books Weekend Knitting and Knit: A Personal Handbook. Denyse contributed several essays to For The Love of Knitting. She is recognized throughout California and by The National Needlework Association for her mastery of diverse knitting techniques.

Denyse wrote for the British knitting publication, Let’s Knit as the American contributor. Her column, YARN OVER... THERE – reported on American knitting trends. Designs by Denyse appeared regularly in Let’s Knit in addition to two cover designs. 

In 2005 her company, The Big Yarn, created innovative and elegant sterling silver knitting tools. Denyse holds a patent for the NeedleSizer. In 2017 Denyse published her magazine Knitting Circles. Santa Monica Evening Outlook exclaimed Denyse Specktor aka the big yarn is the knitter to the stars.

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Current MAC Members: $157
Non-members: $175 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

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