This kind of embroidery is amazing; it is used to fill areas with interesting geometric shapes. When doing it there is a precise but not complicated series of steps to ensure a neat back side and a stunning front side. When done on fabric it is usually done by counting the threads to make it even and symmetrical; on knitwear, with the help of the tracing paper, all the work become much easier and fun! It may looks difficult but it is actually very similar to cross stitch. Participants will have to come to class with a knitted swatch and some wool mending yarn.
If you want to know more about Dario's embroideries to have an idea of what you can do with this technique, check him out on Instagram @rosso.cardinale.
Knit a swatch at least 24x24 cm (9.5x9.5 inches) in stockinette stitch using any DK-weight yarn. Try to knit the swatch slightly tighter than normal; it will hold the embroidery better. If you have it, bring any other piece of wool or swatch you have at home just for try the first stitches. Knit it in white yarn if possibile.
• Embroidery floss or machine-knitting yarn (wool) 2/28
• Knitted swatch: appox. 24x24 cm / 10x10" (it needs to fit in the hoop) knitted in DK yarn
• Wash-away water-soluble embroidery stabilizer (easily available on Amazon; one brand is New Brothread Wash Away Embroidery)
• Embroidery hoop (approx. 22cm/9" diameter)
• Pen to trace the drawing
• Downloaded and printed template that you will find in the syllabus (available in the Event Hub the week of the event)
• Chenille needles for wool