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Get to the point -Needlepoint!

Our Needlepoint Class is filling up, so if you had your heart set on taking part in this seasons session give us a ring!

needlepoint finishing

There is something I particularly love about this Needlepoint Class, it’s the same thing I love about the Rug Hooking Class and the Embroidery Class too, all of which are taught by Maurie Todd.  Yes, I love that Maurie teaches them but I also love that all of these classes require thinking right out of the box!
Many needlepointers follow preprinted canvases in a paint by numbers style. In this class you will learn how to transpose your own creative purpose to the needlepoint canvas.  In other words you make up your own designs.  I love that!

Above is a finished product by Maurie who is teaching the class.  Look at that lovely finishing on her pillow case!

Here is the same design in progress!

needlepoint designs by Kate

…and here is the inspiration! Maurie took a portion of one of Kate Austin’s repeat pattern designs to use as the centre piece of her pillow design.
I wonder what you might do?

Needlepoint Workshopkoigu mini skeins
Monday June 23, 6:30-9pm
$32, material fee of $3,
yarn not included,
we recommend Koigu skeinettes!
Call to register
416 533 5648

Craftily yours



Classy needlepoint!

Everything I said about rug hooking last week also applies to needlepoint.
Folks who claim to have no artistic talent can still design their own needlepointed masterpieces.

…but sometimes we could all benefit from a little help too….

kate austin

If you come to our Introduction to Needlepoint Class  and don’t have a design idea in mind you can borrow some inspiration.  Above are some wonderful designs by Kate Austin who has generously donated them to use as templates in this class.

stormlotustumbling blocksbirds
Here are some of Kate’s fantastic colour choices but you can develop your own with the help of some Koigu mini skeins ↓

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Here you can see that Maurie is well into her needlepoint project
Even with a template you can still get creative with your design by mixing up the composition.  Come join us for needlepoint fun!

Introduction to Needlepoint
Monday June 17, 6:30-9pm
$30, materials not included
Call to register 416 533 5648

Craftily yours
ps. Thanks to everyone who came to hang in the park and knit al fresco for International Knit in Public Day. Thanks to the weather gods too for not sending rain.

There’s a whole lotta shaking going on!

This blog post is ever increasing as more and more news comes my way.
First and foremost our very own Knit Cafer – Kate Austin is putting her stellar design skills to work.  She will be creating thematic textile designs  as part of a competition called REPEAT(ed).  She and 9 other hopefuls will have to jump through designer hoops over the next few months. 5 challenges will be issued and the contestants will have to design textile prints for each. The winner will be announced in July.  Follow Kate’s journey here and cheer her on too.  Hoorah! I know she’s gonna do great things
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Toronto’s Contemporary Textile Studio launched a new blog! Didn’t know Toronto had  contemporary design studio? Well it does.  This beautiful space is part of the art studio conglomerate at 401 Richmond.  Artists can rent time at the wonderful facilities.  Artists and amateurs alike can take classes. Read all about it here
textile studio

Tomorrow’s First Thursday of the Month at the AGO (a night of galavanting around art)  includes yarn bombing!  Unfortunately the event is sold out, but were it not, me and you too could be treated to a Yarn Bombing Class.  Amazing!  the folks from Bissell Bombers are making it happen.  I wonder what kind of fuzzy bombs will be dropped.

No tour of great textile events in our life and times would be complete without Marimekko, With Love presented by the Textile Museum.  From January 21- April 21, the Textile Museum will be showcasing work from one of the most amazing textile companies EVER.  This Finnish institution has been a long time inspiration to me and many others.  I can’t wait to see the show.  Maybe I’ll see you there.

Craftily yours