Category Archives: Techniques

Seamless cast on

If you are knitting a hat starting from the top of the crown, or a sock starting from the toe, this might help. The stitches for both sides are cast on at the same time, so there is no seam … Continue reading

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Tips for sewing better collars

Collars are important. Not only are they one of the main features in garment design, setting the feel of the garment, but also people tend to focus on them, as they are so near your face. You cannot afford to … Continue reading

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Disappearing nine patch with a difference

Have you tried dissappearing nine patch quilt blocks? The basic idea is you make a nine patch block by sewing squares of fabric into three rows of three squares each, so there are nine squares in your square block (hence … Continue reading

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City skins

Here are some more pictures from my visit to the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. This time it is Eszter Bornemisza’s City Skins. From a distance, it looks a bit like a kimono. It is made from … Continue reading

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The EYES Rainbow banner

Here is another group project from the East Yorkshire Embroidery Society’s exhibition Hopes and Dreams in Stitch, which is at Beverley Minster from 10am to 4pm every day until 10th May. Participants were given a square of fabric, and asked … Continue reading

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Knitting a plant

Recently I’ve been sorting through some experiments from my City and Guilds course. We had to find pictures, use them to inspire our knitting, and produce a sample to go in our A4 files. I knitted a mangrove swamp.  Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Improving on the scrunch dyeing by-products

When I did some multicolour scrunch dyeing recently, I used the leftover dye to create plain scarves to use as a basis for something else. The yellow and red scarves were surprisingly bright, considering the subtle results obtained when the … Continue reading

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Three colour scrunching

As you may have noticed, I like random mixtures of colour. One technique for achieving this is to scrunch up the fabric and pour on one dye, then repeat with more fabric and another colour, then again using a third, … Continue reading

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Bulldog clip resist

The basic idea of a resist is simple. Use something to stop the dye getting to the fabric, and it will make a pattern. That something can be string tied round the fabric, or a paste painted on, or just … Continue reading

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Knitting an easy Easter bunny

Now here is a really simple idea. Knit a square in good old garter stitch, and follow these instructions to make it into a rabbit. Just cast on 30 or so stitches and keep knitting until you have 30 ridges … Continue reading

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