Workshop: Uncommon Cowls

by - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Registration Opens June 22 at 10am.

2015 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Workshop: Uncommon Cowls
Sivia Harding

$140 includes 40 lab fee
October 15 - Class Limit 12
Maiwa Loft: Above the Net Loft, Granville Is. Vancouver BC

Cowls are certainly a simple idea—a covering for the neck. However, the same neck covering can be a lovely blank canvas on which to project ideas as complex as anything the knitter’s imagination can conjure up.  Cowls can be shaped to conform to the body as well as adding the elements of asymmetrical design. We will make creative design wizardry using draping to create your own shape, your own style of cowl. We’ll use some basic templates, T-shirt fabric, and fusible tape to develop a shape for your personal cowl in this experimental, no-holds-barred exercise. Once you have the shape, I show you how to knit it without the need for a pattern, using your gauge swatch as your guide. You will strategically use increases, decreases, and short rows to maintain the structure of the shape.

Instructor Bio

Sivia Harding says knitted lace is her first and enduring love. As a teacher, Sivia appeals to the creative spirit, and few can remain untouched by her verve and passion for her subjects. In her classes, technique, though important, is a means to an end, which is always the delight of following the joyful knitting muse wherever it may lead.

Sivia’s classes and workshops are often built around making a particular project, but only as a jumping off place for discussions on all sorts of related knitterly things. Students will often find themselves inspired to experiment outside the realm of the original project, sometimes coming up with highly original designs of their own as a result.

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