Sunday 08/10/2014, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 08/11/2014, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Lace Unlocked with Franklin Habit
In this intensive, two-day exploration of knitted lace, we’ll discuss (and practice) each aspect of its creation, including: the history of lace knitting and its development in different times and places; the choice of materials; the structure of knitted lace fabric; the creation of stitch motifs; and methods for planning new designs. If you have enjoyed working from lace patterns but only dreamed of creating your own, or if you love lace and would like to understand what lies beneath the pretty surface, “Lace Unlocked” is for you.
Note: This is not a learn-to-knit class; students must be fluent in lace knitting, including reading and working from lace charts.
Two skeins of a smooth, light-colored (solid or semi-solid), #2 or 3 (sport or DK-weight) yarn; one pair of needles appropriate to give you a drapey, open gauge with your yarn of choice (if in doubt, double a strand of your yarn and choose a needle of approximately the same thickness of your doubled strand); in addition to basic knitting supplies: notebook, mechanical pencil, rubber or art-gum eraser, and 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.)
Optional: 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.
Sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.
Get a good night's sleep!