Colour and Design

Our August meeting was less well attended than usual, lots of people being away, but we had a good discussion of colour schemes, how to machine knit with colour and dyeing and painting garments.

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We had a lovely, albeit very hot, open meeting, sharing our crafting interests outside machine knitting. Crafts included were:

 

Hand knitting

Weaving

Spinning

Crochet

Jewellery

Screen printing

Card making

 

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Using the Sewing Machine for Machine Knitters

Erica Thomson was back for a demonstration of her sewing machine expertise, as well as lots of other interesting ideas. She showed us a little of her ply split braiding, her Kumihimo wire braiding and lots more.

The sewing machine techniques were inspirational to those whose sewing machines have languished in cupboards for decades, as well as to those who use them regularly. I was particularly interested in the demonstration of how to avoid a lengthy casting off for a ribbed binding on the machine, by over sewing on the sewing machine, as I am always on the lookout for ways to avoid such things. Her garments on show were also of great interest, as well as her Aladdin’s cave of a mobile shop!

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Lace Technology

This meeting was about how lace is formed, and its different formations.

We looked at hand manipulation, the Brother lace carriage, the Knitmaster/Silver lace carriage, tuck lace and punch lace.

It is obviously a popular choice since the Guild of Machine Knitters featured it in their current newsletter too!

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Necklines

This meeting covered a range of necklines and treatments, described in our newsletter [download here].

Pat also demonstrated knitting a round neckline using holding position.

And then there was a yarn sale! Lots of people went home with huge bags, some with huge boxes.