Hand embroidery is the perfect complement 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 introductory-level 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. No prior embroidery experience is necessary—if you can work with two needles, you can work with one!
Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; fluency in the basic techniques of knitting; completion of a simple homework assignment prior to class.
Use a smooth, strong, worsted or sport weight yarn (i.e., Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Sport, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, Valley Yarns Northampton) in a white or a light solid or semi-solid color. Make two swatches 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 25 times. Rows 58–63: Knit. Bind off. If time permits, block swatch (recommended, not required).
Supplies for Class:
Completed homework assignment (see above). At least two balls (partial balls are fine) of smooth, strong, worsted or sport weight yarn (i.e., Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Sport, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, Valley Yarns Northampton) in solid or semi-solid colors that contrast strongly with the yarn used to complete the homework assignment. Tapestry needle. Scissors.