Saturday 08/10/2013, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday 08/10/2013, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Knitted Tessellations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice (Deluxe Edition) with Franklin Habit
A hands-on introduction to the creation of tessellations: motifs that interlock without gaps or overlaps. Tessellations are as old and pervasive as design itself; they can be found in some of the most ancient examples of human craft, and were famously used in the modern era by the artist M.C. Escher.
In this class, we will begin by discussing the theories behind tessellating, and put into practice the basic techniques for designing new tessellated patterns in hand-knitted fabrics. In this expanded, six-hour edition we will also delve into eleven varieties of symmetry, and use them to create striking, original new designs.
Note: Fluency in the basics of knitting in the round (or, if it is the student’s preference, speed-swatching or flat stranded colorwork). Students are offered the choice of working in knit/purl texture patterns or in two-color (stranded) knitting; those choosing the latter should be adept at it. A sense of humor, a taste for adventure, and a reasonable ability to concentrate are strongly advised.
Yarn: Choose solid or semi-solid colors with little or no halo/fuzz to obscure visibility or make ripping back difficult. Two balls in highly contrasting colorways if you wish to work in stranded colorwork; one ball if you choose to work in knit/purl texture patterns. (If the latter, white or a light solid color is preferred.)
Needles: Select circular or double-pointed needles of a size appropriate to the yarn(s) selected, according to your preference.
Notions: Stitch markers, scissors, notebook, pencils (not pens) and erasers for sketching and charting. A roll of cellophane (i.e., Scotch) tape. Five to ten 8.5x11 sheets of graph paper ruled in squares at 4 squares/inch. This paper is easily procured from shops or can be printed, free, at http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/square.html.
Students who are fluent in the use of software that can be used for charting (i.e., Illustrator, Stitch Painter) are welcome to bring laptops loaded with such software to use in class. Please be advised, however, that instruction in the use of computers and/or design software will not be provided.
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