Loveland, CO

Mosaic & Beyond
Instructor: Barbara Benson
Friday, May 1, 2020
9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Hands on Workshop
Embassy Suites Loveland
Pre-Registration Closed
Pricing Information
Price: $235.00
Mosaic Colorwork is a term popularized by Barbara Walker to describe her specific take on slip stitch colorwork, a technique that involves creating beautiful color patterns by simply knitting stripes and slipping stitches. At no time are you carrying multiple yarns across your knitting rows. Begin your day by learning the basics of the technique and then progress to interesting variants that break the rules. The afternoon will focus on the Mosaic & Lace technique that I have been developing that combines the slip stitch colorwork with lace to create intricate and unusual designs in fabric that is so open that you won’t believe it is colorwork. If a shorter, faster paced Mosaic Lace class would fit into your schedule better, check out the Mosaic & Lace Technique Bootcamp.

Morning session (3 hours)
Slip stitch Mosaic Style Color-work - Introduction/Review We will go over the rules of Mosaic style slip stitch color-work as defined by Barbara Walker and work a few swatches to get a feel for the different affects you can achieve. Included will be a discussion on the types of yarn that do and do not work with this style of color-work.

Breaking the Rules
Once you understand how mosaic works you can start playing with the technique to create some intriguing effects outside of the rigid Walker box. We will discuss the faux isle effect we can achieve with single round rows and how incorporating texture into mosaic can manipulate color dominance.

Afternoon session (3 hours)
Mosaic and Lace, the ultimate rule breaker. We will begin the dive into combining mosaic style color-work with lace and see all of the amazing ways the combination brings out the best in the two techniques. We will use the combination of increases and decreases found in lace to manipulate the directionality of our colorwork, creating patterns that can be sinuous and flowing.

  • Student Maximum: 26
  • Skill Level and Technique: Knitting, Intermediate
  • Prerequisite: Experience with complex increases and decreases is needed. Reading charts. Comfort with knitting stripes and carrying yarn up the side of work.
  • Homework: Cast on multiple swatches used in class.
  • Supply List: Two highly contrasting colors of sport/DK-weight yarn and needles to knit them at a loose gauge (size 7 or 8).
  • Kit: None
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