Color in Fair Isle: From Inspiration to Motif
With Janine Bajus
Mar 3, 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:30-4:30pm AND Mar 4, 9:00am-12:00pm & 2:00-5:00pm
Learn how color is used in Fair Isle knitting, then design your own colorway based on an inspiration photo.
Have you wanted to design your own Fair Isle but felt that confronting the mysteries of complex color interactions was too difficult? This 12-hour workshop walks through a step-by-step process from inspiration to yarn choices to increasingly more specific swatches.
You will begin by identifying the color families in your inspiration. Next you will choose colors from 212 shades of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift yarn and make speed swatches for color. When you have identified color combinations that you like, you will move that information to motif charts and swatch the motifs.
When you are done you will have a solid understanding of how colors and values are used to create the magical Fair Isle effects that draw you to this type of knitting!
Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class
Must have experience with stranded knitting
• Inspiration photos: Please find a few images that you like for their colors (it’s nice if they also mean something personal to you). It’s easiest to work with printed images rather than images on your phone or tablet.
• 24-32″ US 3 (3.25mm) circular needle (optional: US 2 and 4 [2.75 and 3.5mm]as well)
• Sharpened black pencils
• Knitting Basics: Sharp scissors, Notebook, Stitch markers, Tapestry needles (large and small), Tape measure, Small calculator, Needles and crochet hooks of various sizes
• Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool or color wheel