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  • farmerkarin59
    This is an example of Elizabeth Johnston s work Takkin your makkin Fair Isle Knitting from Shetland Dates:
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 29, 2010
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      This is an example of Elizabeth Johnston's work

      "Takkin' your makkin'"

      Fair Isle Knitting from Shetland

      Dates: May 21-23, 2010

      Times: 9am - 12 noon & 1pm - 4pm

      Location: Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA

      Cost: $290 - Information to be posted soon on the website.


      Wendy Sundquist 360-221-7721 wendy@...

      or Stina Cowan 206-789-5707 ext. 21 stinac@...

      Introduction/Course Description:

      Fair Isle, a Shetland Island, away in the North Sea above Scotland
      boasts of birds, wind, sheep and a well-known knitting style. The
      knitting style involves carrying only two colors per row but
      combinations can be startling and bright, or subtle and shaded. Pattern
      repeats are distinctive from their Nordic, Turkish or South American

      The traditional knitting style involves lots of cups of tea and the use
      of a sheath and long knitting "pins" or needles (but we can use
      any style we like.) Historically, most Fair Isle knitting (hosiery,
      jumpers, all overs, gloves, mits, night caps, berets, etc.) was done on
      mainland Shetland because more knitters were needed to meet product
      demand. These knitters are the fastest in the world and have a long

      Our time together will start with samples to get the technique firmly
      "in hand". Topics of study and discussion will include:
      Corrugated ribbing, two color or stranded knitting, choosing colors for
      combining, pattern layout, traditional garment construction, cutting
      your knitting, using a sheath and long knitting needles, designing a
      garment to fit, washing and blocking. If time allows we will run a
      "rainbow" dyepot for fast "Faux Fair Isle".

      Please note: Students must be competent knitters, comfortable using
      circular or double pointed needles for circular knitting.

      > For more information contact Wendy below. Class information on the
      Fair Knitting class will go up soon on the museum website
      > Shetland Knitting & Spinning Classes
      > Traditional Shetland Spinning & Lace Knitting
      > May 14-16, 2010
      > Whidbey Island, WA
      > "Takkin' your makkin'" - Fair Isle
      > Knitting From Shetland
      > May 21-23, 2010
      > Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA
      > Both classes will be taught by Elizabeth
      > Johnston of Shetland, Scotland and Martha
      > Owen of North Carolina. Elizabeth, a spinner &
      > knitter, is the former owner of the Spiders Web in
      > Lerwick, Shetland, was part of the living history
      > team at Scatness on Shetland and has taught
      > throughout the UK, Europe and the US. Martha is
      > the resident artist in spinning/knitting/dyeing at
      > the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC,
      > co-owner of the Yarn Circle (a fiber shop), a
      > member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and
      > a shepherd.
      > For more information contact:
      > Wendy Sundquist
      > wendy@...
      > 360.221.7721

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