Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Workshop: Diagonal Knitting

Registration Opens June 22 at 10 am

2015 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Workshop: Diagonal Knitting
Alison Ellen

$225 includes 15 lab fee
September 9, 10,  - Class Limit 14
Maiwa Loft: Above the Net Loft, Granville Is. Vancouver BC



Several hand-knitting stitches produce fabric diagonally or “on the bias,” which has great potential in designing. As well as zigzags and undulating stitches, the course will cover modular or “domino” knitting and “entrelac,” both of which build the knitted fabrics in units without seams. These techniques can be explored at a basic level or taken further to influence the drape of the fabric. Working with these stitch units is a simple way to create effective designs..

After trying different stitches students may work towards their own design project to be completed after the course.

The course is suitable for people with basic as well as more advanced knitting skills. Forget knitting patterns; all that’s needed is to be prepared to experiment . . .  with help!

Alison Ellen joins us from the UK.


Instructor Bio

Alison Ellen designs and makes hand-knitted clothing. Training in woven textiles sparked an interest in constructing textiles and a life-long love of knitting. Since the 1980s, she has lectured and run short courses, leading to the publication of three books on exploring knitting technique and design, with a fourth to be published in 2015. 

In 2014 Alison Ellen participated in a group exhibition of Art Inspired by Gardens at Bury Court near Farnham. She is presently working toward a 2016 exhibition with textile artists Deirdre Wood and Ann Richards, both weavers with a similar philosophy in creating controlled shaping.

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