Top Project: Combining Knit/Crochet with Fabric
With Susan Lazear
Mar 14, 2-4pm CDT;
Mar 20, 2-4pm CDT;
Mar 21, 2-4pm CDT
Push your creative skills to the next level with a mixed-media project that combines your knit or crochet skills with commercial fabrics. There is no need for major sewing skills for this simple top or pullover, just the ability to do simple knit or crochet and a bit of simple hand or machine sewing.
Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of this class for 7 days following the event.
Let’s make a simple top that combines a fabric body with yarn additions.
Session 1 Planning and Building the Body of your Garment
We’ll begin with an overview of combining fabric and yarn together in a garment and choose from a variety of styles and approaches to make yours. Using your measurements, you’ll build the pattern for the body of the garment by hand drafting (or optionally, by computer software—Susan will set up small out-of-class sessions using Cochenille pattern software so you can develop your pattern and get a PDF tiled on 8.5 x 11″ sheets to print and assemble).
Homework: Develop the pattern. Pin the paper pattern together to test the fit. You could also cut a sample garment out of sample cloth.
Session 2: Test Fit, Sewing Techniques, and Discussion of Yarn and Fabric Choices
We will analyze the fit of your paper pattern and adjust if necessary, talk about the techniques needed to sew the body pieces together, review fabric and yarn choices, and what to consider when combining yours.
Session 3 Focus on the Knit/Crochet portions of your Garment.
You will create a detailed plan for the knit/crochet sections; these may include: sleeves, pockets, collars, etc., in any combination.
We’ll consider how the stitch pattern, weight, and hand of the pieces you will knit/crochet will work with your fabric body. Lastly, we will cover putting it all together!
Special skills or knowledge needed to take this workshop:
Basic knit or crochet, and how to hand-stitch or machine-stitch a seam.
__Pattern paper (paper of any type that is wide enough to draft a pattern) or regular paper if you are going to print a PDF from Susan.
__Fabric for the body of the garment (Width = your greatest circumference, plus some; Length = your desired garment length, plus some)
__Yarn that complements the fabric
__Hand-sewing Needle OR Basic sewing machine
__Knitting 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 OR Crochet Basics: Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Stitch markers, Tapestry needles (large and small), Tape measure, Small calculator, Crochet hooks of various sizes