About the Course
Experiment with manual techniques and punch cards to create knit weave fabrics suitable for a range of garments and soft furnishings. Discover manual e wrap and vertical weaving, knit weave using a punch card, intarsia style, fringing and braids. Suitable for students with some prior knowledge of using a knitting machine.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Use punchcards for automatic patterning for knitweave.
Experiment with punchcards using lock/regular/elongation lever, masking tape and hand manipulation.
Know how to weave manually using e wrap and intarsia style techniques.
Know how to make fringed effects.
Know how to weave vertically.
Know how to use knitweave techniques to make braids and trims.
Class format and activities
Students will learn through observing tutor demonstration followed by practical experience supported by technical hand-outs. There will be an emphasis on sharing knowledge and experience through discussion, show and tell and group critique. The tutor will facilitate group discussions and work with students one-to-one and in groups. In order to ensure that you make best possible progress on your course you will have regular and detailed feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
This course is suitable for students who have basic Machine Knitting skills and know how to use a punch card for automatic patterning. Beginners will need to take the introductory course VTX198A before enrolling for this one.
What you need to know before you enrol
The machine knitting studio is located in the Nancy Seear block on the second floor accessible by stairs or lift and chair lift. The machines are stored in cupboards and are fairly heavy. If you have any back problems please advise the tutor who will assist you in setting up and taking down the machine at the end of class. You need a moderate level of fitness to move the carriage back and forth across the needle bed. If you have any mobility support needs please contact ALS on 020 7450 1972 or Art and Design admin on 020 7450 1934 before enrolling.
What you will need for your class
The college supplies a variety of single bed standard gauge Brother knitting machines and a few chunky gauge machines also. We have a variety of yarns suitable for machine knitting and weaving, however you may wish to bring your own speciality yarns and materials for weaving such as hand knit yarns, fabric strips and beads. The college provides stitch related graph paper and blank punch card and punchers for making your own cards. There will be a small charge of £1.00 for any extra cards if required. It would be useful to bring a sketch book or notebook plus pens and pencils and any images you would like to use in developing your designs.
What you can do next
You may wish to enrol on any of the other Machine Knitting courses available or combine your skills with other textile subjects at Morley. Your tutor can advise you in class.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.