Saturday, February 29, 2020

Handwork Teacher Training - Spring 2020

Applied Arts Program Cycle 11 at the Fiber Craft Studio, located on the Sunbridge campus (Orchard House), next to Green Meadow Waldorf School

Week One included

    eurythmy with Melissa Lyons
    lecture series and clay modeling with Michael Howard
    handwork with Nicole Rodriguez and Miho Suzuki

notes from handwork projects

    Monday - plant dyeing pieces of wool felt for embroidery projects (rectangle felt with madder, rectangle felt with indigo, square felt with onion skin), plant dyeing silk floss for embroidery projects, how to tie a skein for dyeing, lesson on mordanting silk and wool fibers, begin white lamb due Tuesday, begin gnome and gnomette due Thursday, invent a unique animal pattern of our own design to share on Friday

    plant dyed embroidery floss (18)

      12 colors using glass canning jars:
      dyer's chamomile flowers
      onion skins
      logwood powder
      madder root
      indigo powder
      marigold flowers
      cosmos flowers
      avocado pits
      madder root + cochineal
      osage orange + logwood powder
      cochineal + logwood powder

      6 colors using the indigo vat:
      indigo light (one dip)
      indigo medium (three dips)
      indigo dark (five dips)
      osage orange overdyed with indigo
      tea overdyed with indigo
      cochineal overdyed with indigo

    1st grade lamb

      garter stitch, cast on 36 stitches, knit 10 rows, cast off 8 at the beginning of the next two rows, knit 10 rows, cast on 8 at the beginning of the next two rows, knit 10 rows, cast off 12 stitches at the beginning of the next two rows, knit 20 rows

    1st grade extra project - star gnome

      can be in garter or stockinette stitch, clothes can be in garter and face in st st, use this project as a chance to teach purling

      gnome body - begin with pants color, cast on 10 stitches, knit 10 rows, keep this leg on the needle and cast on 10 again, knit 10 rows, join the two legs, knit 10 rows, switch to face color, knit 10 rows, do a gathering stitch (cinch, not cast off)

      gnome cap - cast on 24, knit 4 rows, k2tog at start of each row until it reaches a point

      gnome arms - cast on 10 stitches in shirt color, knit 10 rows

    Tuesday - how to stuff the lamb properly, strain dyestuffs and place mordanted silk floss into dyebaths and allow to cook overnight, second round of indigo dyeing, lesson on mordanting cellulose fibers, make butterfly stitch strings for string games, begin king penguin

    Wednesday - place plant dyed silk floss into retayne bath for 20 minutes and then hang to dry, continue penguin, knitted doll pattern, washcloth pattern, lecture on child development and anthroposophy

    2nd or 3rd grade knitted doll

      cast on 12 stitches, knit until the leg is as long as you would like, then cast on for a second, knit second leg, join them, knit torso as long as you want it to be, knit the head smaller than the torso, k2tog across last row to decrease and gather

      cast on 10 stitches for arms in shirt color, knit until the arm is as long as you would like, switch to hand color at end of arm where the gather is

      "I can't give you a pattern for this because people are different sizes"

      you could also cast on 10 stitches for the legs in which case you would use 8 stitches for the arms

      "we come in all different colors and so do our dolls"
      "we come in all different sizes and so do our dolls"

      options: garter stitch for feet and hands then stockinette stitch, shoe colors, clothing colors, legs in skin color or tights color, then shorts or undies color, then shirt color

      do not make the doll all in skin color such that he/she is naked

      the doll can be made so that he/she is completely clothed already (for slower knitters) or made with only undergarments like tights/undies and then separate clothing and accessory patterns are invented & knitted for the doll (for faster knitters)

    2nd or 3rd grade diamond washcloth

      use white or off-white worsted weight cotton yarn

      this pattern is specifically to practice increasing by knitting into the front and back, creating a nice design on the border (it is easy to crochet into if you'd like to introduce crochet)

      knit in front and back (making two stitches out of one)
      for the first stitch in every row knit in front and back
      continue until it is is wide as you would like it to be, then k2tog at the start of each row until you get back to one stitch

      optional: crochet a border around your washcloth

    Thursday - finish penguin (square felt piece), look at our 18 beautiful silk floss colors, embroidery bookmark projects (rectangle felt pieces), continuation of lecture series with a focus on the 12 senses

    Friday - gnome party with Mary Lynn Hetsko, finish sharing of homework from Summer (which we have done throughout the week)

    recommended books:

Reading my quick notes here is in no way a substitute for being in the Applied Arts Program, which is incredibly rich and deep, so please do not think that I am sharing them with that intent. I hope to encourage others to take this valuable training with this glimpse into our amazing work. I also find that having the patterns as a quick resource helps me when I have to remake them for my homework. I hope this is helpful to others as well. If you are finding yourself drawn to taking this training, please do consider it!

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