Hand embroidery is the perfect compliment to hand knitting. With a little help from your tapestry needle, simple projects become splendid; and the beauties of complex work are enhanced and revealed in new and exciting ways. In this two part class, students will learn basic (but lovely) line, fill, knot, and motif stitches, and how to vary and combine them for different effects. We will also discuss the selection of materials, planning designs, transferring patterns, and the care of finished work. For the second part of the day, you will move beyond the basics into freestyle work, methods of pattern transfer, choosing stitches that suit your vision, and–of course–a few new fancy stitches to add to the repertoire!
No prior embroidery experience is necessary–if you can work with two needles, you can work with one!
Six hour workshop with a one hour break for lunch. Lunch not included in workshop fee.
Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting; completion prior to class of a simple homework assignment.
- Completed homework assignment (see below).
- At least two balls (partial balls are fine) of smooth, strong, worsted or sport weight yarn (i.e., Berroco Pure Wool, Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool, Di Gilpin Lalland, Lux Adorna Cashmere Sport) in solid or semi-solid colors that contrast strongly with the yarn used to complete the homework assignment.
- Tapestry needle
Use a smooth, strong, worsted or sport weight yarn (i.e., Berroco Pure Wool, Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool, Di Gilpin Lalland, Lux Adorna Cashmere Sport) in a white or a light solid or semi-solid color. Make one swatch as follows. With needles that will give you a gauge of about 5 (with worsted) to 6 (with sport) sts to the inch in stockinette st, CO 56 sts. Rows 1-6: knit. Row 7 (WS): K4, p 48, k4. Rep rows 6-7 25x. Rows 58-63: Knit. Bind off. If time permits, block swatch.