Buttons

This meeting was primarily an exhibition of hand made buttons, made by members.

We started, however, by discussing next year’s calendar, then bespoke patterns offered by Lynda, before moving on to some video material of button making.

More information about button making is available here on the website.

Members were also treated to some of Lynn’s creative jewellery and buttons made from wire and other materials, some machine knitted.

And some of her fantastic Fimo buttons:

                         

And finally members moved around the exhibition, bought yarn, and had many discussions!

 

This month’s newsletter is available here, and the pattern from it is available here.

August 2017

Buttonholes and closures

This was a meeting focusing on how to make buttonholes and how to avoid them!

We looked at simple and not so simple methods on the knitting machine, as well as making ties and bands with icords, and making a shawlpin with wire on the machine.

Instructions for the shawlpin are in the newsletter, as is the pattern for this [woven] tabard, which could just as easily be made from knitweave or other knitted fabric, the pattern being a sewing pattern which can also be used in charting devices.

 

 

The meeting finished with a lively discussion about the future of machine knitting, and what members would like from our programme next year.

A multitude of machines

We had a fairly comprehensive range of machines, from fine, standard, mid to chunky gauge, and from different brands. 

Members strolled around, looking at them, trying them out, and chatting.

Unfortunately, I was too busy to take pictures, but then, that is a good sign!

Newsletter is here, with a list of machines which were on show.

Knitting with Wire

This month we were fortunate to have a presentation by Erica Thomson, on knitting with wire. Erica described how she became interested in the medium of wire, and her many adventures with it. Even for those who are not intending to knit with wire, the process of experimentation was fascinating, but there were many attending who did intend to go home and knit some jewellery.

 

It was a truly inspiring afternoon.

May 2017

Cut and Sew

Hazel Green was scheduled to be at this meeting, but, due to personal reasons, was unable to come, so Pat and Lynda were the main demonstrators.

Pat demonstrated finishing a neckline with the Hague linker, and also showed her adventures with some yarn she had bought. This had biased, but she had various solutions. She had some of the yarn on sale.

I [Lynda] demonstrated the mock rib neckline featured in our Hints and Tips. This was my second attempt, and it was not as difficult as I thought it would be [June showed us the original six+ years ago – how time flies!]. I showed my cut and sew bolero, which I made from one of the patterns in our new Charted Patterns section.

 

More details in the newsletter, available here.