Knitting 3D shapes in one piece: exploring ideas to develop into hats, bags, cushions or other items. This covers modular knitting, picking up stitches, and short-row shaping, to make circles, squares, and 3D shapes. Students will leave with knitted samples and the information to carry out a project based on their experiments.
Not suitable for complete beginners. Students must be able to cast on and off, knit and purl.
With a degree in textiles from Farnham college of art (now UCA Farnham), Alison Ellen has run a small business designing and making hand knits for 35 years, dyeing her own yarns. Throughout this time, she has taught short courses in the UK, Canada and Sweden, and has published four books on designing in knitting (Crowood Press).
Her interest in both designing and teaching is to explore how the stitches work, and how different stitches can shape fabric and create garments knitted without seams, to suit different people and to be a pleasure to wear. She encourages students to have confidence, increase their understanding of knitting, and to make their own designs.
She has exhibited her work since the 1980s in galleries and at craft fairs. From 2016-19 she worked with two weavers for a touring exhibition ‘Soft Engineering, textiles taking shape’ as part of SIT textiles symposium in Stroud, at NCCD, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, City Space, Winchester Discovery Centre, and Whitchurch Silk Mill.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
The tutor can provide wool samples for an additional cost of £2.00 per student.
Some needles and hooks will also be available to borrow.
Students need to bring: wool for sampling, knitting needles including double-ended and circular, crochet hook (all in sizes to suit your wool), a notebook, scissors and darning needle.
Chrissie Menzies at Wonderwool Wales Ltd.
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