Fair Isle Knitting

by - Thursday, June 10, 2010

2010 Maiwa Textile Workshops
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Fair Isle Knitting
Venessa Bentley

$150 (Includes $50 Lab Fee) Two full days

October 27, 28 (Wed, Thu) 10 am - 4 pm
Maiwa Loft - Net Loft Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada
Class Limit 16

Registration Opens June 21, 2010

Fair Isle is a tiny isolated island off the coast of Scotland. Fair Isle knitting is a distinctive form of circular, stranded-colour knitting inspired by the seaside, meadows, moorlands, and skies of this distant place. The art of Fair Isle knitting is marked by rich colours and varied geometric designs.

Over the two days of this workshop, traditional Fair Isle patterns and techniques will be explored as we work through a small steeked (a knitted bridge, or temporary margin of stitches) project. Students will individualize their projects through pattern and placement while learning the skills needed to begin a larger Fair Isle project on their own.

Basic knitting skills are required for this class.


Venessa Bentley grew up knitting and stitching and now works as an instructor, designer, and consultant in the needle, fibre, and textile arts. Venessa graduated from the Textile Arts Diploma Program at Capilano College. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree, a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Fine Arts Education, and a Professional Teaching Certificate from Simon Fraser University. She is currently working on her Master Spinner certificate through Olds College, Alberta. Venessa serves on the board of directors for Circle Craft and is a member of the Langley Weavers and Spinners Guild, the Canadian Guild of Knitters, the Westcoast Knitters, the Knitting Guild of America, and the Surface Design Association. www.venessabentley.ca

Student Supply List

General knitting accessories kit.

The Maiwa studio is stocked with knitting needles for student's use in the classroom. If you have your own needles it is advisable to bring them so you can take unfinished work home on the needles to complete. The needles used in this class are: Both 4mm (US 6) and 4.5mm (US 7) in choice of double-pointed needles or short circular needles eg 30cm (12”) or 40cm (16”). Unlocking stitch markers will also be used.

All other materials supplied.

The full course calendar is on the web. Registration opens June 21, 2010.

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