April Close Knit

Close Knit, The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme
April 30th 2016 2-4pm
 
This month’s Close Knit will see us going dotty (hopefully not with frustration!) as we embrace all things polka dot, a pattern that we can see on many items throughout the gallery’s collections. We will have a go at making a practical and stylish reversible spotty snood. We will be using the double knitting technique, knitting with two colours to create a pattern where the colours are swapped over on the reverse. Should be fun! 
 
Close knit is a free and friendly event. All materials are provided but if you would like to bring your own this time you will need two DK yarns in contrasting colours and 3.75mm dpns or circular needles, 40-50 cm long, or long enough to create a magic loop.
Hope you can come along!

Close Knit March-Date Change!

Because of the Easter weekend, this month’s Close Knit will be taking place a week after it’s usual spot on the last Saturday of the month. It will be taking place on Saturday 2nd of April, 2-4pm at The Gallery of Costume. We will be trying a new woolly craft: needle-felting! We will be drawing inspiration from a stunning Elsa Schiaparelli gown which is decorated with a very striking and  painterly floral design to create felted 2 or 3D designs.
Equipment and materials will be available but if you have any felting fleeces or interesting yarns for embellishment, please do bring them along! Close knit is a free and friendly event. Hope you can come along!

Close Knit February

Close Knit at The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme.
Saturday 27th Feb 2-4PM

Calling all you Close Knit Wonder Women! Let’s get the sisterhood together and prepare to celebrate International Women’s Day (8th March) in style. This month’s pattern will be inspired by the Italian tradition of the giving of beautiful golden mimosa flowers on the day: we will be creating mimosa mitts! On a similar theme, we will be exploring the use of symbolism in costume, looking at examples from the collection and beyond.

A friendly free knitting group with needles, patterns and yarn provided, but bring your own if you prefer. The pattern will require 3.5 and 3.75mm dpns or circular needles, long enough to create a ‘magic loop’. The yarn will be yellow DK.

Hope you can make it!

Close Knit January

Close Knit at The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme.
Saturday 30th January 2-4PM
Happy New Year! Let’s make it a fruity one! Inspired by the stylish and playful designs of Elsa Schiaparelli, which are on display in a stunning new exhibit at The Gallery of Costume, we will be looking at her use of fruit motifs and creating fruity knits and crochets of our own.
A friendly free knitting group with needles, patterns and yarn provided, but bring your own if you prefer.

November’s Close Knit

Saturday, November 28th 2-4pm
Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme

Join Art Yarn’s Rachel who will be running this last session before Christmas. Get into a festive mood by creating beautiful bows to decorate your Christmas tree, your presents or yourself!

A friendly free knitting group with needles, patterns and yarn provided, but bring your own if you prefer.

October’s Close Knit

Saturday 31st October, 2015
2-4 pm The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Platt Fields

GO WILD THIS AUTUMN! This month’s Close Knit session will be inspired by animal prints in the Gallery’s collection and fashion more widely. We will be looking at how animal skins have influenced fashion through the years, from the wardrobes of Lauren Bacall to Bet Lynch, and how our attitudes’ have changed towards wearing furs as the impact of campaigns against the practice gained influence. 

We will be creating stylised zebra print cuffs using slipped stitches to create a pattern that some might find simpler than other colour-work techniques! 

September’s Close Knit

Saturday 26th September, 2015
2-4 pm The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Platt Fields
 
WORLD PEACE NOW! Do you wear your heart on your sleeve? Or maybe a political statement? This months session we’ll be looking at how the written word is used in fashion and having a go at creating our own knitted text. Hope you can come along!
 
Free and friendly adult sessions for beginners and experts. Needles and yarn are supplied. 
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