Donna's Writings

03/07/2012

Denver Fiber Fiesta with Ava Coleman & Donna Druchunas

Ava Coleman and Donna Druchunas will teach together this year. We have developed some wonderful classes on Victorian knitting. The classes will be all day Thursday and Friday. Unfortunately, I already have something else booked for that Saturday.

Held in conjunction with the Great Western Alpaca Show at the National Western Complex, Denver, Colorado (map), May 4th – May 6th, 2012. Come join us! The Denver Fiber Fiesta will be located on the upper level of Stadium Hall of the National Western Complex. Venders will also be attending and will be setup in the Stadium Hall.

Demos throughout the day

Fiber Demonstrations will be held throughout the day at the upper level of Stadium Hall of the National Western Complex.
NEW THIS YEAR!  Hands on Fiber Activity for Kids!  To be held in the Denver Fiber Fiesta area on the upper level. 


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Thursday May 3rd 2012
Understanding Victorian Knitting Patterns
$75
6 hours
9am – 4:30pm (1 1/2 hour lunch break)
(Or sign up for just one: Reading Patterns 9am-12pm, Charts and Swatching 1:30pm-4:30pm for $40 each)

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Materials: Any spare yarn for swatching and appropriately sized needles.

Experience: Intermediate. Knitters should have basic knitting skills plus experience with knitting lace and reading charts.

Description: Have you ever found a beautiful pattern in an antique knitting book with bewildering instructions that gave you a headache? In this class, we will look at several Victorian knitting patterns and discuss how to interpret the instructions for today’s knitters. We will discuss gauge, sizing and materials and will look at a glossary of knitting terms that compares those from Victorian times with modern terminology and techniques. We will also learn how to chart lace and texture patterns to make them easier to work with. We will go over the basics of charting using graph paper and pencil, and we will also learn about a variety of charting fonts, spreadsheet tools, and software programs for Mac and Windows.

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Intructions: After our purchase you will receive and email. Your email is your receipt.  Thank you for your purchase and we look forward to seeing you at Denver Fiber Fiesta. Questions? Need help? Email me.

PAY BY CHECK? Email me for address and instructions.

 


 

Friday May 4th 2012
Victorian Bags: Pineapple Purse and Miser’s Purse
$75
 6 hours
 

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9am – 4:30pm (1 1/2 hour lunch break)
(Or sign up for just one: Pineapple Purse 9am-12pm, Miser’s Purse 1:30pm-4:30pm for $40 each)

Materials: Any spare yarn for swatching and appropriately sized needles.Two skeins of fingering weight yarn in yellow and green (or  the colors of your choice), size 3 double-pointed needles (or 2 circulars or 1 long circular for magic loop), basic knitting tools.

Experience: Intermediate. Knitters should have basic knitting skills plus experience with knitting lace and reading charts.

Description: In this class, we will discuss a variety of knitted purse designs from the Victorian era. We will knit a Pineapple Purse
and a Miser’s Purse from Victorian knitting patterns and discuss how to interpret the instructions for today’s knitters. We will discuss gauge, sizing and materials and will look at a glossary of knitting terms that compares those from Victorian times with modern terminology and techniques.

Pineapple Purse photos copyright PieceWork Magazine 2012. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted. 

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Intructions: After our purchase you will receive and email. Your email is your receipt.  Thank you for your purchase and we look forward to seeing you at Denver Fiber Fiesta. Questions? Need help? Email me.

PAY BY CHECK? Email me for address and instructions.

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