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Fall Semester 2009 KNITTING and CROCHET classes at COOPER UNION, NYC – taught by LISA DAEHLIN
Location: Cooper Union Continuing Education (8th St. / 3rd Avenue); Phone: (212) 353-4195
MONDAYS, 6:30-9:30pm; 6 sessions September 21 – November 2, 2009
CROCHET: AN EXPLORATION OF THE BASICS
An easy to learn and flexible art form, crochet lends itself to two-dimensional as well as multi-directional and more sculptural creations. Students learn the basics (chain, single, double, triple and how to increase/decrease) and very quickly advance to applying these skills to a variety of projects. Techniques covered include decorative and textural stitches and edgings, broomstick andand tapestry crochet, as well as crocheting with wire and beads.
THURSDAYS, 6:30-9:30pm; 4 sessions September 24 – October 15, 2009
KNITTING STEP 1: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE TIME-HONORED TRADITION
Students learn the skills necessary to complete a basic project: how to get the stitches onto the needles (casting on), what to do with them once they’ve landed (knit, purl), how to manipulate them into beautiful fabric (increase, decrease, simple decorative stitch patterns) and how to get them off the needles (binding off) and into the world as a usable/artistic object (finishing and assembling techniques, including basic crochet). Students learn how to read a basic pattern and can create at least one basic project by the end of the course.
THURSDAYS, 6:30-9:30pm; 6 sessions October 22 – December 3, 2009
KNITTING STEP 2: FOR INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED STUDENTS
Students with knowledge of basic knitting learn additional techniques (shaping, advanced pattern reading and more intricate stitch patterns, finishing and assembling techniques, including basic crochet) and experiment with non-traditional materials (knitting with wire, fabric, plastic, etc.). This is largely a technique class designed to add skills to a knitter’s repertoire, but students are encouraged to work on a project of their choosing. This course includes informal discussions and presentations of knitting in historical and art historical contexts.