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Saturday 08/09/2014, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday 08/09/2014, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Knitted Tessellations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice 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.
We will discuss the theories behind tessellating, and put into practice the basic techniques for designing new tessellated patterns in hand-knitted fabrics.
Note: Students are offered the choice of working in knit/purl texture patterns or in two-color (stranded) knitting; those choosing the latter should be fluent in the basics of knitting in the round (or, if it is the student's preference, speed-swatching or flat stranded colorwork). A sense of humor, a taste for adventure, and a reasonable ability to concentrate are strongly advised.
__Choose solid or semi-solid color classic yarn with little or no halo/fuzz to obscure visibility or make ripping back difficult:Two balls in highly contrasting colors if you wish to work in stranded colorwork OR one ball white or light color if you choose to work in knit/purl texture patterns.
__Circular or double-pointed needles in sizes appropriate to the yarn and your preference.
__Scissors to cut paper
__Pencils (not pens) Erasers for sketching and charting
__A roll of cellophane (i.e., Scotch) tape
__Five to ten 8.5x11 sheets of graph paper ruled 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 charting software (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.
Get a good night's sleep.