Knitwork – Colour Construction

by - Wednesday, April 22, 2009

2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Instructor Christa Giles

About the Knitwork Workshops
The knitwork workshops are organized so that any number or combination may be taken. Those with no knitting experience should take Knitwork I. All classes use 100% wool yarn. If you have a strong aversion to working with wool, please bring at least 100m of worsted weight yarn in a light or bright colour in a fibre that you can manipulate comfortably. Lab fees include enough yarn to finish the class project.

This popular workshop has been expaned to two full days. This workshop introduces the techniques behind creating multi-coloured knits. We will make swatches for your workbook using beautiful gradient yarns that take care of changing the colours so we can focus on the various colour-construction techniques:

• stranded (Fair Isle) knitting – two-handed – will be demonstrated for those who can both throw and pick the yarn
• intarsia
• slip stitch
• stripes
• duplicate stitch
• basic embroidery
• needle felting embellishments
• double-sided knitting
• working with multiple strands held together

Lab fees include enough yarn to finish the class project.

Christa Giles

Christa Giles’ focus on knitting began in college: though she was studying American Sign Language at the time, needles and yarn were in her hands for most of the lecture sessions, and knitted hats festooned with cables and colourwork would appear on a weekly basis. Spinning came into Christa’s life while she was visiting the vendors’ market at the Convergence Conference 2002. Christa’s collection of drop spindles includes a prized top whorl with changeable shafts turned on her father’s lathe, and she has recently acquired her first spinning wheel (!). In addition, Christa’s self-guided explorations in craft have included pottery, quilting, and dyeing. Her beads and jewelry have been on display in several national exhibitions as part of the Canadian Glass Beadmakers Association.

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