Learn to make a selection of knitted swatches to use to inspire your own future projects. Techniques covered will include drawing graphs taken from folk art patterns and embroidery so that designs can be translated into hand knitted fabric. You will then knit sample swatches from a selection of designs and learn to incorporate embroidery and smocking onto the fabric. You will also learn how to embellish the knitted fabric with twisted cords, pompoms and frog fastenings.
You will gain the confidence to translate painted and embroidered patterns into graphs for hand knitting, so that you are equipped with the skill to interpret traditional designs into a modern context. This will open up the possibilities of translating designs from one craft to another. You will explore how to capture the essence of a folk art piece. While also learning embroidery stitches and smocking for use on hand knit textiles, as well as how to make some textile embellishments.
You must have basic hand knitting and embroidery skills and be able to read a graph for hand knitting, to enable you to take part in this course.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Sasha Kagan is a tutor with 40 years experience in design for hand knitting and crochet. She specializes in designs inspired by nature. She trained at Canterbury, Exeter and the Royal College of Art, London. She teaches extensively, giving workshops and master classes internationally. She exhibits at Made London and Made West Dean and in 2011 had a major travelling retrospective exhibition "My Life in Textiles - four decades of hand knit design. She is the author of sseven books.