Just thought I’d let you all know that I’ll be giving a talk in London on Saturday 18th March 2017 at 1pm. It’s a Central London Branch Meeting of the Knitting & Crochet Guild with speaker Angharad Thomas (that’s me!)
AAT, 4th Floor, 140 Aldersgate St, London EC1A 4HY
The title of the talk is Gloves: History, designing and making and I’ll show examples of my own and some made by others too – historic and from other countries.
Contact me via this blog or if you are a KCG member you can contact Tricia Basham to book a ticket – £5 members and £10 non-members.
After I gave an introductory talk for my glove exhibition people were very complimentary – so it is highly recommended! (That’s enough self promotion, Ed.)
Happy New Year!
My exhibition at the Bankfield Museum ends this Saturday, 14th January. It’s open all week from tomorrow to Saturday 10 am – 4 pm so I do hope that you can get there to have a look if you haven’t been already. There’s lots of other interesting exhibitions on there too.
Here’s some pictures if you can’t get there:
It’s day three already and I’m torn between feeling as though I’ve been here forever and thinking that it’s half over.
So far I’ve taken a class on constructing the fringes for wedding gloves which is an Estonian custom and done embroidery in the Mugli style.
These are the materials for the fringed glove workshop; note the double pointed pins are 1.25mm in size. The teacher was my glove knitting heroine, Kristi Joeste, who wrote a lovely book called Ornamented Journey.
This is my first sample of three:
There is a film this evening so I hope to add more tomorrow.
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I’m at my daughter’s house and this smallish blanket is on the sofa. I made it perhaps 10 years ago and it’s rather interesting. The design references old pieced quilts such as those made by the Amish and the Welsh, with the five panel centre. Colour is limited and the fibres are natural all hallmarks of these textiles. It’s all wool, mostly aran weight with a variety of hand spun and commercial spun used in the borders. The yarns are indigo dyed, by me and include some greys and dark grey natural wools. These take indigo or other colours beautifully.
The central panels are machine knitted on my chunky machine and were then joined, a further section knitted and then the crochet border worked round. The corners are mitred and the edge finished with a line of crab stitch, one of my favourite ways of ending crochet.
Here are some images, one of which is duplicated and won’t go away!
My first proper attempt at making a glove on the machine. This is a 4ply pure wool on my standard gauge Brother electronic machine. It’s all made flat and seamed up the cuff, side and fingers. The thumb is knitted and attached at the same time on the machine.
I’m really excited by the possibility of exploring design ideas and refining this construction.
The first of the Estonian craft camp projects is finished although I think it is destined to be a singleton. It needs a hot press which I can’t do as I’m at our caravan and we don’t have an iron, caravanning not tending to need the sort of clothes that need ironing.
This was hard to knit with 1.5mm dpns in a set of five and quite dense wool. But I learnt some new techniques and I might use these in future designs.