These workshops are $400 for a class of 10 - 15 students plus, sometimes, a small per student fee to cover materials.
CHARTING—THE SHORT AND SWEET OF IT When all is said and done the hardest part of lace knitting is not knowing what to do, it’s knowing where to do it. This workshop will focus on my methods that shorten and simplify the directions for lace knitting, making them into manageable sight bits. You will learn to KNOW beyond any question just where you are in your knitting. When the paperwork is done and the project is charted, or recharted the knitting is a joy.
We will start with the basic charting which I call “Lace Shorthand”, then my method of charting round pieces in a semi-circle chart, panel charting makes the most complicated charts understandable, and finally “Map” charting that helps find your way through a large project with multiple motifs. The only knitting will be to start a small doily from an old German book that you have recharted. All charting papers (copyright free) and, yarn needed for the project, are given. The student should be familiar with medallion knitting to do the project, but the charting itself is suitable for every lace knitter. $5 per student. $400 6 hr.
ENDLESS EDGINGS teaches the fundamentals of designing edgings. The hand-out is a mini flip book where the edgings are divided into sections. First the student will be taught the stitch patterns, one by one and the notation method I call Lace Shorthand. Then they will design an edging for a glass cover that will hold a candle. The thread (enough for several covers), glass, candle and hand-out are included in the $5 material fee. 6 Hours--$400 plus material fee—beginner on up.
LACE BABY HAT This is an introduction to lace knitting. We will start with round knitting for the back of the hat, then work an edging for the sides and top. All is done in one piece, no seams. The class is full of techniques for lace knitting. For the adventurous beginner or more advanced knitter. You need 5 #2 DP needles, a small, short circular needle, and 3 short stitch holders.
6 Hours-- yarn & full directions given--$400 plus $6 per student for the yarn and handout.
ANALYSIS OF LACE STITCHES Make a bookmark using all the basic lace stitches and their variations. Learn how to read and write Lace Shorthand and to rewrite old lace patterns for ease in application. I have taught hundreds of beginners and some not-so-beginners this class. All learn to understand how the lace stitches are formed and what their options are in choosing stitches.
6 hours--Thread and handout included--$400 plus $6 per student
OLD LACE STITCHES In my research into old lace patterns I have found many fascinating stitches that are not well known today. The students will make a multi-bookmark using a number of these old stitches. Lace Shorthand will be taught as these old insertions are worked.
6 hours--yarn and handout included--$400 plus $5 per student
RUSSIAN (INSPIRED) SHAWL CONSTRUCTION RUSSIAN (INSPIRED) SHAWL CONSTRUCTION The Russian shawls use a wonderful construction that allows the knitter to work the edging at the same time as the middle of the shawl.
Advanced--6 hours--$400 plus $5 per student
COVER FOR EASTER EGG OR CHRISTMAS BALL Here is a fun class for everyone!
Depending on the season, we will make a lace cover for a decoration. The student must be able to work with thin yarn, (which is provided). We will make one or two designs in class while the technique is learned. The hand-out includes 3 patterns.
Advanced beginner 6 hours $400 plus $5 per student
OVAL CONSTRUCTION For the knitter who has conquered medallion knitting and is ready to go on. We will make one type of oval and talk about several others. You will gain an understanding of how to shape your lace into an oval. Set of 5 double pointed needles needed, size 2. Yarn provided.
Advanced 6 hours $400 plus $5 per student
Circle knitting made easy as pie! Learn a cast-on that cannot be seen. Then plug in lace stitches with no worry about increasing for a circle. All is done in flat knitting--endless design possibilities.
Intermediate--6 hr. $400 plus $5 per student
HOW AN EDGING TURNS A CORNER
There are several ways to turn a corner on an edging as it is joined to a project or as it is worked independently. In this class we will make the funny little piece pictured. The middle is done at home and we will put on the edge using four different corner techniques—THE GATHERED (GREEN), THE EASED (WHITE), THE RUSSIAN (YELLOW), AND THE ENGLISH MITER (BLUE).
The student will bring yarn used for the homework, (need not be different colors) and a pair of short needles. No per student charge. 6 hours. $400. Beginners on up.
THE IN-OUT CIRCLE-SQUARE SHAWL
This is a design class. Minimum knitting—just a bunch of swatches as the student works on ideas for a theme. Three or more patterns will be chosen and plugged into the construction. Basically, the shawl starts in the middle with a more-than-circular doily or other round design. When it is 1/3 of the way out, the work is squared out by putting the increases in the corners. The last 1/3 of the piece is done with a border pattern on the sides and a portion of the original circle in the corners. A knit-on edging finishes the shawl. The numbers work for any yarn or gauge. This is for the lace knitter who wants to do some designing on her own, but wants the security of a tried and true set of guidelines.
Advanced–6 hr. $400, no additional charge.
Note This class could be expanded to a multi day workshop or camp.
STARTING MEDALLIONS EVERY WHICH WAY BUT STRAIGHT–NO, WAIT, STRAIGHT TOO
Are you one of those knitters who hesitate to do a round project because you starting the piece with so few stitches on 3 or 4 needles? This class will give you so many options that you are sure to find the perfect one for you and that special project.
The student should bring at least 2 sets of double pointed needles in a size that is comfortable and suitable smooth yarn, (at least two balls). 6 hr. $400 No per student fee.
This is an exercise in shaping lace. We may not get to all six, but we will make a try. None are hard. They are charted and written in several different ways to encourage the student to focus on the knitting and be aware of how the shaping is taking place.
Cotton yarn provided. The student should bring a pair of short #2 or 3 needles. 6 hours. $400 with a $5 per student fee.
ESTONIAN KNITTING STITCHES
Estonian knitting is very popular now and for good reason. The stitches they use are variations of some you may have used, but with a new look. Some were completely new to me. The “Nupps” are their signature stitch, but there is much more to study. I especially like the horizontal edge idea. In this class we will work a sampler of stitches, starting with a horizontal edge and trying out a number of patterns and stitches.
Yarn provided. Students should bring size 2 needles (pair, short if possible). 6 hours. $400. $5 student fee for materials. Note: this class could be expanded to a 2 day workshop.
MAKING SENSE OF THE ART KNITTING PATTERNS FROM GERMANY
every knitter is in awe of the beautiful work done by Neibling and those that worked during the time of the Art Knitting Movement. But the charts are mind boggling! Recharting is the key to making these patterns a joy to knit. In the six hour class we will rechart a couple of charts and work on one of the projects.
Advanced. 6 hours (could be expanded into a 2 day class). $400. Cotton yarn given with a student fee of $5. All charting papers are given and are copyright- free. The student needs to bring a set of double pointed needles in size 2.