Sunday, July 12, 2015

ALLISON ELLEN to teach at Maiwa


3 Workshops - Taught by UK knitter ALISON ELLEN


After Alison's 2011 lecture at Maiwa even people who had never knit before were inspired to pick up the needles.

Alison Ellen designs and makes hand-knitted clothing. She is one of the most sought-after knitting instructors in the world and her knowledge of creative knit structures is truly astounding. 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.



DIAGONAL KNITTING

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$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!





COLOUR STUDY for KNITTERS

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$125 includes 10 lab fee
September 11 - Class Limit 14
Maiwa Loft: Above the Net Loft, Granville Is. Vancouver BC

We love colour, but where to begin in designing? First, we will work from source material — objects or images that students find visually exciting. After looking at the proportions of different colours and making a wool winding, we will try different methods of knitting with colours to translate into a design that can be developed further.

Starting from very simple stitches using one colour at a time to produce mixed colours, we will look at other methods such as “fairisle” and “intarsia.” The aim is to become more aware of colour and of the possibilities of using, mixing, and building colour more creatively in knitting, whether using basic stitches or more advanced techniques.
  
Students will have several swatches by the end of the workshop as well as ideas for designs to be continued on their own time.

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!



KNITTING 3-D SHAPES

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$225 includes 15 lab fee
September 12, 13,   - Class Limit 14
Maiwa Loft: Above the Net Loft, Granville Is. Vancouver BC

Almost any shapes can be built on knitting needles by picking up stitches and knitting in different directions with no seams.

Beginning with instruction in different ways of building simple shapes, students will be encouraged to experiment and gain confidence in this free approach to knitting. Circles, squares, and 3-D shapes can be made simply on two needles, and some will involve knitting in the round. 

Ideas will evolve which can be used for creating practical items such as hats, bags, cushions etc., or for free-form sculpture.


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