Technical Skill and Development

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]I had seen images of icord words made with wire in and have seen people make words out of wire at craft fairs and markets in the past so knew that this was a possible method. The first thing...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]I started the French Knitting once my piece became too large and complex to knit on the bus. One major benefit of French knitting is that it is very simple and requires very little space, and...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]For knitting the piece I used 4.5mm zing needles, which are made of alimnium with very sharp points. I bought them specially for this piece as the other pair...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_gallery type="image_grid" images="2174,2175,2176,2177,2178,2179,2180,2181,2182,2183,2184,2185,2186,2187,2188,2189" img_size="large" column_number="2" grayscale="no" images_space="gallery_without_space"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]French knitting, or puniken, is a simple style of loom knitting. Rather than conventional knitting on two straight needles it is done on a loom called a knitting dolly or knitting nancy. Traditonally the dolly was...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]The final test! The tension with this test piece was thankfully good, not great, it is a tad looser than I would like, but you cannot get a size imbetween and the 4.5mm needles are far better...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]As I now have the yarn that I am going to knit the piece with it was improtant to do a gauge test. A gauge test is simply knitting a square to figure out the 'gauge' of...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]This test was using 6mm straight needles with a 20% merino wool. This yarn is incredibly soft and knits up beautifully but it is very strandad which makes it a bit difficult to knit, it is...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]This test was with 6mm straight needles and 20% merino wool. The first issue is that I had not realised until after I had knitted the piece that the correct phrase is 'live, laugh, love' which is...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]I had to miss a lot of this workshop at the start as I had t oattend a Drs appointment that I had no choice in arranging the time or day. I also had to wait...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]The first step was to cut a large sheet of copper down into a 3cm strip and the 10cm lengths from that strip. Out of some very thin craft wire I created a little snail and a...

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