Jude Skeers is a self-taught textile artist working exclusively with hand knitting. He has been knitting since his youth and has had several major exhibitions of his knitted webs, trees and other sculptures. Jude has specialised in circular knitting. He developed a range of wearable pieces using specially-designed circular needles known as the ‘Broome Beanie Needle’. In more recent times he has designed a number of garments, utilising Möbius knitting and circular knitting for which he has written the patterns. Jude Skeers’ hand-knitted, one-off garments are an organic extension of his artistic knitting. He recently taught workshops in British Columbia, Canada, where he was introduced to Coast Salish Knitting.
Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 March 2018
EXPLORING BRIOCHE KNITTING
Investigate different aspect of brioche knitting: a reversible pattern creating a thick, lofty, stretchy fabric. It may appear similar to a 1x1 rib or textured pattern. Use a single colour, two colours, or multi colours to create great variety and texture. Techniques include straight and circular knitting. Participants will be knitting samples that can be used as scarves, cowls, collars or hats.
Monday 19 - Thursday 22 March 2018
TECHNIQUES TO DEVELOP COLOUR KNITTING SKILLS
Build a suite of colour knitting skills that are diverse and adaptable to many projects: Explore a range of colour knitting techniques including: coloured cabling, Coast Salish knitting, reversible two colour and travelling brioche stitch to create textured patterns and images. Using straight, double pointed and circular needles; different size samples that can be finished as pictures or wearables.