Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 March 2022, Crochet Your Own Pot Holder, Online Workshop with Karin Carlander
Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 March 2022, 2-5pm GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
Online workshop, hosted on Zoom by Karin Carlander
Karin Carlander holds a Masters of Linen certification, awarded to spinners, weavers and knitters who have committed to only use 100% European traceability linen from the sown seed to the final fabric. Her textiles are woven of linen spun from flax, which is naturally grown and retted on the ground in fields stretching from Caen in France, through Belgium to Amsterdam, where the water requirement is met entirely by rainfall. ‘Analysis of the life cycle of a linen shirt and a cotton shirt shows that the environmental impact of a cotton shirt is up to seven times that of a linen shirt,’ says Carlander. ‘Linen is the only vegetable fibre used in the textile industry that is native to Europe and it is the oldest known textile developed by man,’ she explains. ‘If we were better informed about the materials we use every day, we would be able to make better choices when we buy our clothes. But for me, it is also important that my textiles have roots in nature and in the culture I come from.’ Using linen, Carlander weaves objects that reinterpret traditional Nordic crafts for everyday use, ‘I work with functional textiles, because I think that the objects we handle in connection with everyday chores and activities should hold artistic value’.
Outline of the workshop
Crochet is a democratic craft. You can take it anywhere you go, you can shape your work exactly as you like, increasing and decreasing as needed, and, not least, you can use all the left-over yarn you have lying around. It is easy to change yarn and to finish off and hide loose ends. Crochet has a lovely relaxed and unpretentious character, and all you need is a crochet hook and some yarn. Also, crochet is one of the few textile disciplines that cannot be done by machine.
My design of the round potholder is based on all the leftover yarn from my machine-woven linen collection, which, naturally, should be put to good use. So I thought I’d not share my own enjoyment of the simple craft with others. The design is based on a core palette of colours in the thin linen yarn I normally use for weaving. On this basis, you add individual strands in varying colours to create a gradual stripe pattern of colours that blend together, as in a watercolour painting.
A materials pack will be sent to participants prior to the workshop containing:
1 Crochet hook
1 Hairpin for counting rounds
1 Description paper
2 Large yarn with the basic colour
3 Small yarn with accent colours
1 Small yarn with a surprise colour
All yarns are 100% naturally grown linen certified Masters of Linen®
Workshop Cancellation Policy
All places reserved on workshops are non refundable, however, if you let us know you are not able to make a workshop you have booked at least two weeks prior to the event, we will offer a credit note.
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