Franklin Habit Workshop Saturday July 20 (full day) - Knitted Tesselations
Saturday, July 20, 9am - noon, 1pm - 4pm
Knitted Tessellations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice
Tessellation - repeating motifs that interlock perfectly - 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. A knowledge of the fundamentals of tessellation design is a powerful tool in creating new, original needlework patterns and developing knitted fabrics with an exciting blend of balance and energy. In this hands-on class, we will first discuss the theories behind tessellation, and then put them into practice to create new tessellated shapes that can be used as a basis for charted knitting.
Workshop Fee: $125
Pre-requisites: Students are offered the choice of swatching in knit/purl texture patterns or in two-color (stranded) knitting; those choosing the latter should be adept at it as the technique is not taught in this class.
The method used for swatching is the student’s choice: in the round, flat, or speed-swatching are all suitable. Whichever method is selected, the student should be adept at it as swatching techniques are not taught in class.
A sense of humor, a taste for adventure, and a reasonable ability to concentrate are strongly advised.
Materials: 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 colors if you wish to work in stranded color work; 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 needles of a size appropriate to the yarn(s) selected, according to your preferred method for swatching (see Pre-requisites, above).
Notions: Stitch markers, scissors, notebook, pencils (not pens) and erasers for sketching, charting, and note-taking. Colored pencils (two or three) may be useful but are not required. A roll of cellophane (i.e., Scotch) tape. Scissors to cut paper. Four or more 8.5x11 sheets of graph paper ruled in squares at 4 squares/inch (16 squares per square inch). Such paper is easily procured from drugstores or office supply shops; or can be printed, free, at http://www.printfreegraphpaper.com/and many other web sites.
Homework: Get a good night’s sleep.
Box Lunches are available each workshop day here.
Workshop refund policy: Workshops will be refunded 100% through June 14th.
Cancellations after June 14th through July 8th will be refunded $100% less a $25 cancellation fee, IF we are able to fill the spot with someone else.
After July 8th, the workshop fees are non-refundable.