Following my previous post on Module 2 of the Hand Knit Textiles course, here are the samples I produced for activity 5. The brief was to produce 3 or 4 samples based on visual sources of line, but I got a bit carried away and did a few more 🙂
Activity 5 – Interpreting Line in Knitting
Sample 1 – Green Vase
This vase is in the V&A Museum in London and I like the thin white lines painted on the ridges and the way they reflect the light.
The sample is knit in plain green stockinette and then in first purl row I used a fair isle patterned yarn which sat on the stitches below and above each ridge to give the highlight effect.
Sample 2 – Grille
Knit in striped stockinette but the diagonal lines were picked up using purl stitches so at the end I could draw a line of yarn through these and finish with a button for the centre.
Sample 3 – Egg Dish
Another V&A find – the sample couldn’t be anything else but entrelac!
Sample 4 – Hexagonal Box
Sample 5 – V&A Floor
It was the interlocking squares that I liked about this pattern – originally tried working this one in colour but it got beyond complicated trying to keep track of the intarsia bobbins! So it became knit and purl instead and duplicate stitch over the black squares – but I wasn’t keen on the result, it works better in one plain colour.
(By the way, see if you can spot the mistake in the floor mosaic photo!)
Sample’s 6 and 7 – 3D Blocks
After failing to recreate the V&A floor sample in colour I wanted to try again with a different pattern, this design was on the back of a greetings card.
I then tried the same design in a linear pattern and used contrasting yarn to pick out other patterns within it. The shapes aren’t very clear from the photo below but they are in yellow, pink and green.
Sample 8 – Ironworks
I wanted to have a go at creating something using raised stitches and cables and was inspired by this picture of an iron railing.
This is my least favourite sample and probably would have been a lot more effective in just knit and purl stitches. It just looks a bit messy and not really the result I was after. But hey ho – it was a good lesson in what doesn’t work!
Sample 9 – Llama
I found this little fellow in the Birmingham museum – isn’t he sweet!
The sample was a combination of knit, purl, stripes and eyelets for the markings.
So that was all of the knitted samples based on line – I absolutely loved this activity and could have quite easily carried on making more!
The final part of the module was to produce a ‘resolved piece’. Using the techniques previously explored the aim was to experiment with line patterns and work through a range of ideas to create a decorative design that could be applied to a craft item. The end design could be used as a print on a scarf, indentations around a ceramic pot, an embroidered or stitch pattern on a wall hanging or quilt etc.
My resolved piece started life as ripped up pieces of cardboard and thick paper which were then glued onto an A4 piece of card. I overlaid a piece of tracing paper and took a rubbing using a white wax crayon. This rubbing was turned upside down and put back on top of the original with glued on bits of string to mark out some of the lines.
I took a rubbing and scanned it into the computer.
Then was the fun bit of matching up the lines and picking out repeat patterns.
Here are a couple of ideas that were developed further
But in the end I went with this shape as it made me think of butterflies!
Once the main pattern was decided on I experimented with colours using watercolours and tissue paper.
This is the final design in colour.
Which was scanned and repeated to produce the pattern below.
The course then requires you to demonstrate how you saw the design being used. I saw this pattern as being a pretty print on a dress, forgive the rubbish drawing, but you get the idea!
And that was Module 2!
If anyone is interested in doing this course it is run by Fiona Morris at ‘Distance Knitting’ and you can find more details here.