Wednesday, 6 July 2011

June meeting and Liz Gemmell workshop

A small group gathered for the June meeting; some members were at an all-day workshop with Liz Gemmell and some had gone into the city for the WWKIP (World Wide Knit In Public) Day. Perhaps the cold kept others away?


The tutor for our all day workshop was Liz Gemmell. We learnt about using colour when knitting Feather and Fan patterns. In the morning we learnt or revised the Feather and Fan (aka Old Shale) pattern and tried some variations. Liz brought some examples to show us and one of our members, Judy, also brought her version.

samples knitted during the workshop
After morning tea, Liz explained how to read the schematic of her "upside down cardigan". This was challenging for many but we got there in the end.

After lunch, Liz showed us some of her knitted "jewellery"

knitted "necklace"
and how to transfer colour to synthetic knitting using disperse dyes, lithopaper and a hot (not steam) iron. She also showed us that we can create any shape we want by heat setting and it will hold its shape, even after washing. This can only be done with synthetic yarns.

transfer paper on left, printed fabric on right

Thank you, Liz, for a most interesting and informative workshop.