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Embroider Your Knitting with Franklin Habit
Hand embroidery is the perfect compliment to hand knitting. With a little help from your tapestry needle, simple projects become splendid; and the beauties of complex work are enhanced and revealed in new and exciting ways. In this two part class, students will learn basic (but lovely) line, fill, knot, and motif stitches, and how to vary and combine them for different effects. We will also discuss the selection of materials, planning designs, transferring patterns, and the care of finished work. For the second part of the day, you will move beyond the basics into freestyle work, methods of pattern transfer, choosing stitches that suit your vision, and–of course–a few new fancy stitches to add to the repertoire!
No prior embroidery experience is necessary–if you can work with two needles, you can work with one!
Six hour workshop with a one hour break for lunch. Lunch not included in workshop fee.
Pre-requisites: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting; completion prior to class of a simple homework assignment.
- Completed homework assignment (see below).
- At least two balls (partial balls are fine) of smooth, strong, worsted or sport weight yarn (i.e., Berroco Pure Wool, Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool, Di Gilpin Lalland, Lux Adorna Cashmere Sport) in solid or semi-solid colors that contrast strongly with the yarn used to complete the homework assignment.
- Tapestry needle
Homework assignment: Use a smooth, strong, worsted or sport weight yarn (i.e., Berroco Pure Wool, Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool, Di Gilpin Lalland, Lux Adorna Cashmere Sport) in a white or a light solid or semi-solid color. Make one swatch as follows. With needles that will give you a gauge of about 5 (with worsted) to 6 (with sport) sts to the inch in stockinette st, CO 56 sts. Rows 1-6: knit. Row 7 (WS): K4, p 48, k4. Rep rows 6-7 25x. Rows 58-63: Knit. Bind off. If time permits, block swatch.
Designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008) and proprietor of The Panopticon (the-panopticon.blogspot.com), one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet. On an average day, upwards of 2,500 readers worldwide drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the continuing adventures of Dolores the Sheep.
Franklin’s varied experience in the fiber world includes contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Twist Collective; and a regular columns and cartoons for Knitty.com, PLY Magazine, Lion Brand Yarns, and Skacel Collection. Many of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com.
He travels constantly to teach knitters at shops and guilds across the country and internationally; and has been a popular member of the faculties of such festivals as Vogue Knitting Live!, STITCHES Events, Squam Arts Workshops, Sock Summit, and the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat.
Franklin lives in Chicago, Illinois, cohabiting shamelessly with 15,000 books, a Schacht spinning wheel, two looms, and a colony of yarn that multiplies whenever his back is turned.