Friday, April 24, 2015

Workshop: Knitting, Fulling, Felting

Registration Opens June 22 at 10am.

2015 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Workshop: Knitting, Fulling, Felting
Aya Matsunaga 

$495 includes 85 lab fee
September 26, 27, 28, 29, 30,  - Class Limit 14
Maiwa East: 1310 Odlum Drive, Vancouver BC



When machine knitting is combined with fulling and felting, exceptional textures with distinctive character are the result. In this five-day workshop, students will gain a full understanding of working with a domestic knitting machine and the short-row knitting technique. 

The class will learn how to translate inspiration into sample textiles while working with a range of fibres from lambs’ wool, merinos, and silks to stainless steel. Aya will demonstrate how to achieve different patterns and geometric forms. Students will progress to the art of fulling and felting. 

Students will design, knit, full, and felt one completed wearable sculpture. They will complete the course with a variety of samples in texture and colour as well as a sketchbook of collected images and ideas. Aya joins us from Japan.


Instructor Bio


Aya Matsunaga is a Japanese textile artist who tempered her formal studies by moving to Nottingham, England, and embracing the UK fibre art scene of the 1990s. Her work is a synergy of knit and felted techniques. Aya Matsunaga knits with multiple dyed fine wool yarns—both by hand and also using a hand-cranked knitting machine.

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