Saturday, April 23, 2011

Knitting Wired at Arrowmont - June 19-25

Please join me at Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts in Gaitlinburg, Tennesee for the following week-long workshop.  It promises to be a wonderful opportunity to delve deeply into this subject and, remember....with wire, all things knit are possible.
Knitting Wired
Wandering the Garden of the Knit Muse
Jun. 19, 2011 - Jun. 25, 2011
Use knitting fundamentals to create various shapes while taking advantage of knit’s natural tendencies. Learn a variety of approaches to the creation of stitches and usage of various materials. Manipulate a broad range of beautiful colors of copper wire, integrate beads or found objects, and problem solve to create an array of jewelry and small sculptures. Later, work with heavier gauge wire in a larger sculptural format and let your muse guide you to a new level of creativity. Basic knitting proficiency is required. 

Further information is available on the Arrowmont website ( the way we will be taking a much bigger bite out of the knit apple than you see in the catalog.)
I look forward to seeing you there. 

PS: Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone you think might be interested.  Thank you. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Knitting the Apple

Hope you'll come join the fun in the Big Apple next week at Lion Brand Studio and the Textile Center in Brooklyn.  Please contact the venue directly to sign up.
The updated schedule looks like: 

Lion Brand Yarn Studio
April Thursday 14: Artist Talk 6pm

April 16: knit anything: NOt clothing
Textile Arts Center 10AM - 5PM
Develop a personal language of forms by experimenting with knitting fundamentals to uncover the enormous possibilities of a three dimensional knit. By manipulating stitches and solving knitting geometry, participants will learn to 'think knit'. The class will explore the use of non-traditional materials and cover a range of techniques to help create shape and stability when working in three dimensions. Your new knitting vocabulary can be applied to sculptural or wearable creations. This is a process-oriented workshop, with time devoted to making samples and experiments as you learn each technique or concept. Time will be set aside for the teacher to individually discuss with students their ideas for future projects. Participants must be proficient in basic knitting techniques; knowledge of crochet is also helpful.

Student Supply list:
Bring knitting needles in different sizes, including double pointed needles, crochet hooks, scissors, tapestry needle and a notebook.  Students should bring unusual “linear elements” for experimental knitting which could include (but is in no way limited to) raffia, twine, fabric strips, plastic or wire.  Students should also bring a reasonable amount of light colored, plain (not slubby) yarns in 2 colors for an ongoing sampler.  If you have other materials that you would really like to explore, make sure to bring them with you.
Lion Brand Yarn Studio
Expand your knitting horizons and get wired!  Wire is a wonderful, flexible medium to use to make delicate and interesting jewelry.   In this class we'll cover the basics of working with wire and make beautiful but simple pieces that can also be embellished with beads.  The class will cover resources and materials and various techniques for successful wire knitting and crochet.  
Wireworking or jewelry making skill not required but basic knit and crochet skills necessary. 

Materials list
Please bring size 2-5 knitting needles and similar sized crochet hooks.  However, if you prefer to work either smaller or larger, make sure to pack appropriate sized tools.   Double pointed metal needles are only 7” and thus easier to knit with.  Bring jewelry pliers and wire cutters if you have them though this wire is fine enough to use scissors, if needed.  If you would like to incorporate beads into your work, it would be best to bring them.  Also, this can be fine work so bring magnifiers if you use them.  Extra spools of wire will be available for purchase from instructor as needed.