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Felicity Ford - Colours of Flowers

  • The Risk Factory 20 New Mart Rd Edinburgh, EH14 1RL UK (map)

Learn how to translate your favourite flower into stranded colourwork and how to use your own motifs to make a personalised, floral shawl. This class expands on the Efflorescent chapter in the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Playbook and includes a copy of the pattern as well as access to all the swatches and photos used in the book. We'll pick a yarn palette and develop charts and shading schemes from your chosen flower as well as discussing sunlight and petals; the maths of the Efflorescent shawl; different floral and petal shapes; and knitterly methods for celebrating blooms and blossoms in glowing rounds of knitting.

NB "Colours of Flowers" costs £5 more than other classes due to the amount of yarn provided!

Level: Advanced

Skills needed: Attendees will need to know how to knit small diameter projects in the round, and to be comfortable and familiar with working two yarn shades at once (Fair Isle method, sometimes also called Stranded Colourwork).

Materials to bring: Squared notepaper
- pencil or pen for charting designs (coloured pencils are not necessary unless you have a strong preference for using them)
- circular or double-pointed-needles as you prefer for working small-diameter stranded colourwork projects in the round: recommended needle size 2-3mm depending on your tension (use larger needles if you tend to knit tightly; use smaller needles if you tend to knit loosely)
- 1-5 printed photos of your favourite flower to use as your inspiration in the class (please pick just one type of flower)

Any "homework"?: Please choose a flower to work from for this class. Take several photos of this flower and then print out a very small selection - 1-5 - to use as your inspiration source. You can use a phone or tablet, but will find it much easier to match and work with colours if you print your photo(s) out ahead of class.

Class size: 16