My own knitting expertise is the result of identifying and solving spatial problems: simply how and where to make shapes bigger or smaller - and at the same time how to integrate surface design and shape for expressive purposes.
My goal is to make knitting clear, and to encourage us to knit in creative ways. Simple geometry, coupled with know-why
and know-how, can give us knitting answers. Once a knitter under- stands not only how to make right and left decreases, but the differences between them, she will know where and why and how to use them. When we make our own plans rather than following directions, we are better able to knit how and what we choose.
And, if you can think of a large drinking straw, you know what a "tube" is, so...no math or geometry phobias, please.
Given the labor-intensive nature of knitting, my workshops stress design and process, not completed projects. Participation requires comfort with basic knitting skills like knitting and purling.
My own knitting expertise is the result of years of identifying and solving spatial problems: simply how and where to make shapes bigger or smaller - at the same time integrating surface design into shapes for expressive purposes.
My goal in teaching is to make knitting clear, and to encourage us to work creatively. Knitting is a sculptural skill. It shapes as well as makes material. Core skills need to be investigated, with a focus on how these techniques may be used both two and three dimen- sionally.
Simple know-how about shaping is powerful. Once knitters understand not only how to make various increases and decreases, and the visual differences between them, we can explore where and how to use them. As we experiment with our own shaping plans, we are more capable of knitting how and what we choose.
Workshops deal with the body as an armature as well as looking at other support possibilities. We investigate the structure of a stitch. I encourage students to knit seamlessly without commercial patterns and to focus on techniques that construct simple bold shapes. Solo sessions are about building a sweater, a vest, a cape, a bird or a boat.
Diagonal Knitting Workshops
Diagonal Knitting Workshops concentrate on the expressive po- tentials of Diagonal shaping with an emphasis on making either seamless sculptural shapes or clothing. Again, understanding core knitting skills can enable and encourage us to plan and complete our own diagonally knit projects. Knitters with different levels of ex- pertise learn how to incorporate and adapt what they already know in this different slant.
» Upcoming Diagonal Knitting workshop at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Cushing is a very small village, about twelve miles down a quiet peninsula that reaches deep into Muscongus Bay. The studio is a gallery workspace, in its own barn-like building overlooking a wide tidal estuary. Because Cushing has no restaurants, the cost of workshops includes a simple lunch. There are Bed and Breakfast Inns in Friendship Village, very close by, and a wider choice of accommodations, including hotels and restaurants, in Rockland.
Solo Sessions for one or more students are arranged by contacting me. Contact me for more information.