As you know, I had a wonderful time teaching Fair Isle color and design at Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat last January. The class had filled within the first hour, and many people were unable to get in--given this show of interest, I decided to design some workshops to teach the techniques I use to design my sweaters. I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching a 3-day workshop this May, sponsored by Madrona Fiber Arts and held in Preston, Washington. Here's the official description of the workshop--please write Suzanne firstname.lastname@example.org for more information:
Design Your Own Fair Isle Sweater with Janine Bajus
Sponsored by Madrona Fiber Arts
Dates: May 18-20, 2007
You can design a Fair Isle sweater that reflects your own personality—traditional, contemporary, subdued, extroverted—a garment that incorporates patterns that have meaning to you, colors that make your heart sing, a design that fits and flatters. Designing your own garment can seem daunting—but taken step by step, you can do it.
We will spend the first day playing with a collection of over 200 colors of Shetland yarn. We will begin by discussing color theory, sources of inspiration, and helpful resources. Then we will plunge into the actual process of choosing colors.
Day two will be spent charting motifs and customizing a vest or sweater pattern. You can choose from among the hundreds of traditional, ethnic, and modern charts in my collection, which we will enter into Stitch Painter. You will then begin swatching for your garment.
Day three will focus on construction issues specific to Fair Isle-type garments: steeks, corrugated ribbing, purl-when-you-can borders, and adding bands.
At the end of the workshop, you will have a customized pattern for your personalized Fair Isle sweater, the skills necessary to knit your sweater, and the yarns you need to swatch several color combinations.
This should be a lot of fun!