Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Handmade not Homemade

Saturday 29th March 2014

In the first of our workshops this year, we welcomed back Lesley Fidler to give us the benefit of her experience as both a knitter and WI craft judge.

The aim of the workshop was to share techniques and tips for making knitted garments to a high standard:  handmade not homemade.  Lesley was very generous with her advice and not afraid to admit that much of her wisdom has been learned the hard way, by making mistakes and then researching how to correct them.  She tempers the idealism of the perfect garment with a pragmatic approach - in her opinion it's much better to be wearing or using an item with uneven seams or mismatched patterns than to produce some unwanted perfection.  

I was just a passing visitor to the workshop, but in a short space of time there was a barrage of questions about cast-on techniques, wavy and loose edges and, horror of horrors, cutting into knitting.  It was certainly a lively day.

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