Beyond the Temperature Blanket: Incorporating Data Into Your Fiber Arts
An in-person class with Xandy Peters
Aug 6, 9:00am-12:00pm
Use data or random input to create stitch patterns and projects.
Learn to create colorwork, texture, or lace using parametric (rule-based) guides instead of restrictive instructions. The temperature blanket is a well-known example of parametric knitting. This popular pattern is knit according to one rule: work one stripe per day in a color determined by the temperature outside. Unlike a traditional pattern that always produces the same result, projects based on parameters and rules have an element of randomness.
In the first part of the class, we will discuss how to create unique and unrepeatable stitch motifs and simple colorwork based on anything from the roll of dice to the number of steps you take in a day. We will also go over techniques and accessories that combine well with different parameters to produce stunning results.
The swatches and patterns that we make in the second part of the class will follow your own set of rules. Each student will work on a swatch or mini-shawl in class. Everyone will share their results and discuss how each rule affected the outcome of their stitch pattern.
This class is inspiration-based, crafters can incorporate these ideas into any medium. Crocheters are welcome, too.
Students are welcome to bring knitting/crochet/other supplies to try out techniques in class.
Knitting or Crochet Basics: Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Stitch markers, Tapestry needles (large and small), Tape measure, Small calculator, Needles and crochet hooks of various sizes,
No pre-class work required.