The Fundamentals of Orenburg Knitted Lace-November 2017

November 17, 2017 9:00 am
November 17, 2017 4:00 pm
U of A Agricultural Center Modular

knittingThe Fundamentals of Orenburg Knitted Lace

Instructor:  Galina Khmeleva
Date:  Friday, November 17, 2017
Location:  U of A Agricultural Center Modular Classroom
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $80* for THSG members ; $105 for nonmembers
*Supported by a generous grant from the Harriet Rein Memorial Fund

Materials Fee: $10.  The fee covers the yarns and color charts used in class.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Maximum # of students: 15

Instructor Information: Galina Khmeleva became enamored with clothing design and crafts in her mid-twenties while working as a cartographer for the Soviet government.  While traveling to the Orenburg region of Russia, she developed a close working relationship with the masters of Orenburg knitted lace and eventually became a master knitter herself.  Galina has extensive knowledge and skill in the art of knitting in general, and lace-knitting in particular.  She is well known for her teaching skills and has taught all over the country.  She is the author of Gossamer Webs: The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls and The Gossamer Webs Design Collection: Three Orenburg Shawls to Knit.  Galina has also contributed articles to many journals including Knitter’s, Cast-On, Interweave Knits and is a frequent contributor to Piecework magazine.  

Workshop Description:  This class is designed to provide knitters with an extensive overview of Russian-style lace knitting.  Students will be introduced to the unique elements of lace-knitting design.  The ten basic elements that provide the very foundation of Russian lace knitting will serve as your guide:  mouseprint, cat’s paw, honeycomb, etc.  A unique cast-on, superior shaping using a modified shortrows method, and a grafting technique that will seam almost magical in its simplicity and versatility will provide the necessary tools to achieve lace-knitting bliss.  As always, a class with Galina will prove to be an unforgettable cultural experience.  

Materials and Supplies: Students should bring their favorite needles (sizes 0 – 3) and note-taking materials.  Yarns used for class and charts will be provided. 

Registration opens to THSG Members: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the general meeting.  Online registration begins after 2 p.m. on the same day.

Registration opens to Nonmembers: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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