This workshop is an introduction to the creative and technical possibilities of machine knitting. Participants will learn basic techniques of machine knitting including choosing yarn, casting on/off, creating swatches, stitch manipulation, and shaping. You will then explore the possibilities of color, material, structure, embellishment, and sculptural knitting through a series of more advanced swatches. After learning the basics, you will be encouraged to improvise and experiment to invent your own knitted fabrics. The most interesting swatch experimentations may be further developed into knitted art pieces or simple wearable items. No prior knitting or fiber experience required; this workshop is open to all skill levels. Beginner and Beyond.
Tuition: $615 (lunch is included) Studio/Materials Fee: $45 Registration Fee: $30* (listed as "shipping" in cart) *Members use coupon code WAIVEFEE at check-out
Erin E. Castellan received a BFA in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Painting from Indiana University. She was a 2012-2013 Artist-in-Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and a 2016 Society for Contemporary Craft LEAP Award finalist. Her small knitwear business erineleanor was started in 2005. All erineleanor products are designed and hand-loomed using a Brother punchard knitting machine. Each item is crafted using quality yarns made from natural fibers including merino wool, cotton, linen, and bamboo. Erin strives to produce fully-fashioned, one-of-a-kind and small batch clothing with virtually zero waste. www.erinecastellan.com