Tassels with Erica Thomson

Another fascinating demonstration and talk by Erica, in which she showed us tassels made on the knitting machine.

She described how she worked out a method for speeding up tassel making, normally a slow process, by using the knitting machine for most parts, as well as using an electric drill to twist the cords.

Erica always stimulates our creativity with her innovative style, and today was no exception.

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Soft Furnishing

This meeting was part demonstration, part show and tell, but started with a look at various different items machine knitted, including a clock, a wall hanging/shawl, lots of cushions, and a few throws.

Joining was demonstrated and discussed, some of which are mentioned in the newsletter

Other crafts, sewing and hand knitting were also on view.



Anne Lavene

We had a larger than usual group [38] this month, because we had a special visitor.

Anne brought a fantastic collection of garments and patterns in her unique style, and inspired us all with her approach to machine knitting. She described how she was familiar with it from a very early age, through her mother's machine knitting, and how she overcame her initial distance from machine knitting to develop her own style. Then we were treated to a detailed look at various garments and their construction, a video of Anne and her friends and customers at Ascot races [wearing a stunning variety of her designs], and finally a demonstration of how to incorporate a raglan sleeve in a one piece sideways knitted top.

Truly inspiring!


 More/ better pictures on our Facebook page


Our meeting today was focused on bags made with any kind of fabric, including machine knitting.

Several members brought their home made bags, and Pat led the way with an outstanding collection, explaining the method and rationale of construction for each type.

A pictorial overview of what was on show is here

And there is a lovely collection of photos of Pat's bags, annotated at this Facebook page .

The newsletter contains a few more links and ideas and is available here.

And for those who were interested in the leather bag kit I made [purple in the bottom left picture] it was bought from Simple Way

Plating and Weaving

This meeting was divided into two ways of making fabric by incorporating different yarns: plating, where one yarn lies behind the other in the fabric, and weaving, where the thicker yarn is woven between the thinner yarn threads, which are knitted.


We demonstrated how to thread Brother and Knitmaster machines for both techniques, and showed a few articles made using them.

Further information and links to our patterns are available in the newsletter, available here.