We should all challenge ourselves outrageously every once in a while.
I'm pleased to announce that I will be offering the 3-day Design Your Own Fair Isle workshop at my home in Berkeley, California, on January 14-16, 2011. Here's the full class description:
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.
Day One will be spent playing with a collection of over 200 colors of Shetland yarn. I will begin by discussing the use of color in Fair Isle knitting, color theory (just a bit—we work from photographs or paintings), and helpful resources. Your first swatch will be an exercise in value recognition, and then you will plunge into the actual process of identifying colors in your source of inspiration (see below), choosing colors, and speed swatching to see how they work together.
Day Two will be spent charting motifs and swatching with your colors. You can choose from among the hundreds of traditional, ethnic, and modern charts in my collection, bring your own motifs, graph a totally unique design, or bring a sweater pattern you already have that you’d like to re-color with your own palette. I will walk through the process of adding color to a chart.
Day Three will focus on construction and fit issues specific to Fair Isle-type garments: steeks, corrugated ribbing, purl-when-you-can borders, and adding bands. I provide a basic, customizable pullover pattern and we will brainstorm how to solve construction issues for the sweater you want to make. While this is going on you will be knitting your swatches.
By the end of the workshop you will be well on your way to finalizing a unique Fair Isle garment pattern and you will have the skills to complete it!
Maximum number of students: 6 (4 places are left in this workshop)
Cost: $360 Materials fee: $15 covers Shetland yarns for swatching and handouts.
Experience level: Must have experience with 2-color stranded knitting (or be willing to practice before the workshop) and knitting in the round; must have completed a sweater or a vest (of any kind).
If you have any questions, please drop me a line: janine AT feralknitter DOT com.
Setting Up a Workshop with Me
People often write to me asking if I plan to come to ______ (fill in the blank) to teach. I love to teach and it is really easy to set up a workshop with me! Here's how one person did it last week:
1. She wrote to me and asked if I'd be interested in teaching in Wisconsin.
2. I said yes, I would be there in July and could arrange something either side of the event I planned to attend. I sent her my standard list of classes, workshop requirements, and charges.
3. She wrote back with some questions and we negotiated travel fees.
4. She discussed possible dates with her friends and wrote me with a proposed schedule and venue (her home).
5. I said, "Great!" And so it was settled. I will be sending her a contract soon spelling out what we discussed.