Studio Arts Class at Newark Museum – Creating Knitted Lace: Organic Design within Geometric Shapes
Studio Arts Workshop at the Newark Museum
Creating Knitted Lace: Organic Design within Geometric Shapes
Sunday, November 20, 2011; 10am-4pm
Knitting in lace is an exploration of positive/negative space. The sinewy lines created when using relatively simple knitting maneuvers (yarn-over increases paired with different types of decreases) lead the yarn (and your eye) through the landscape of a fabric composed of lines, holes, shapes, motifs — both organic and geometric. In this workshop learn how to: make these various paired increases/decreases; knit (and how to read, in words and charts) some specific stitch patterns designed to focus on the various elements of knitted lace; incorporate beads into the stitches; knit an edging and how to attach it to a non-bound-off edge; create the formulas for using this decorative (yarn-over) increase to create rectangular, circular, and triangular shapes — the building blocks of shawls, hats, pillows, purses, objects.
Prerequisite: Know how to cast-on, knit, purl, bind-off, and have familiarity working with double-pointed needles (those participants who aren’t yet comfortable with dpns will find circles an added challenge and perhaps might opt to not make that one shape).
INSTRUCTOR: LISA DAEHLIN is a knitting designer and opera singer. A continuing education faculty member at Cooper Union, she has the distinction of being their first-ever teacher of knitting and crochet courses. A sought-after designer of knitted and crocheted fabrics and objects, she free-lances for the fashion industry and retail design. Her designs can be seen walking the streets of Manhattan, on the pages of Interweave Knits, Knit 1, Vogue Knitting Vogue Knitting Magazines as well as featured in the Lace Style and Bag Style books published by Interweave Press.