Knit With Me
In Person Colourwork: Theory, Technique & Design with Florence Spurling, Sunday 14th January 2024, 10am-1pm
Knit With Me is very honoured to have the wonderful Florence Spurling offer her Colourwork Theory Workshop here in Richmond. Florence is the designer behind famous knitting pattern designs such as the Scout Shawl and Jardin Sweater. Colour is often the first feature we notice in a design and although it is subjective, there are approaches to employ that lead to universally aesthetically pleasing outcomes. The perfect class for taking your knitting to th next level
To begin, Florence will look at the basics of colour theory in the context of knitwear, taking into account notions of tone and proportion in relation to fibres and yarns. Next, she will explore three methods of colourwork techniques within hand knitting, all of which allow for a huge amount of creative exploration. The instruction will introduce each category - Fair Isle/Stranded Knitting, Intarsia Knitting and Slip Stitch/Mosaic Knitting – showing knitted examples and explaining the fabric structure and how it is created. Each will be demonstrated and students will work from a simple chart to put this knowledge into practice.
Materials to bring with you
• A minimum of two contrasting coloured yarns in the same weight (sport/DK/worsted). Have additional yarns on hand if you want to explore, these can be different weights and textures.
• Corresponding needles for your yarn weight. These should be circular to practice knitting Fair Isle/Stranded Knitting in the round.
Comfortable with basic knitting stitches, but no prior colourwork knowledge is required.
There will be no homework to complete before attending and Florence will have handouts fo tryout to take home with you.
Important information - The workshop takes place upstairs which is accessed via a spiral staircase. Toilers are in the basement which are again, you guessed it, accessed via a spiral staircase. We need a minimum of 10 bookings for this course to go ahead. If we do not meet the minimum we will offer you an alternative date or a refund.
Florence Spurling is a textile designer who specializes in knitted, crocheted and embellished fabrications. Originally from Oxfordshire, England, she trained in London where she received a Masters in Textile Design from The Royal College of Art. Florence is passionate about creating unique, tactile and desirable fabrics that display her love of detail and craftsmanship. She creates designs for the contemporary hand knitter that mix colour, texture and pattern in distinctive ways. When not designing under her own name, Florence works on fashion knitwear development for clients such as Anthropologie, Chloe, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors. Florence is the author of Designing Knitted Textiles: Machine Knitting for Fashion, Laurence King Publishing, 2021.