I met a great group of knitters earlier this month at the Riverwools Winter Retreat where I taught 2 workshops: painting on knits and vest design.
The event was held at a quilting retreat center in Danville, Illinois. Attached to a beautiful quilt shop, the facilities included 3 well-equipped kitchens and large work areas with cutting boards and walls to pin projects on. In a former life, the building was a nursing home, so provided the perfect set up for overnight stays. It seemed to be a very popular place. There were people working away at all hours of the night! Definitely check this place out if you’re looking for a place to hold a retreat of your own. The staff was very gracious, too.
Painting on Knits was our ice-breaker- as if this group needed one! As they sipped their after dinner wine, they dipped their brushes into fabric inks and worked with stencils on their swatches. I immediately recognized them to be a creative group of knitters! Even simple stencil designs came alive with their imagination. More than one tried their hand at free-hand and came out with some amazing results.
Next morning, we dove into vest design. It was an intense day of planning and swatching. There were some very accomplished knitters in the group that incorporated complex cable designs. While most had an idea of what they wanted to tackle before they came, others quickly discovered the most important features to them and began to work those into a design. I’ve asked them to keep me posted on their progress and hope to show that here.
It’s always a lot of fun to get a group of like-minded people together for a length of time. I loved seeing the energy and creativity that came from the weekend. Designing Knitwear is one of my favorite subjects to teach. I’ll be scheduling the 2015 workshops at the studio soon, so stay posted on sign up for the newsletter!