August’s Close Knit

Saturday 29th August , 2015
2-4 pm The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Platt Fields
We’re still getting a few hot days and as we hope for an Indian summer join us as we create our own unique customised fans. We’ll be having a look at some of the gallery’s beautiful collection of fans and practising some lacy techniques. Hope you can come along!
Free and friendly adult sessions for beginners and experts. Needles and yarn are supplied. 

July’s Flowery Session!

Lots of laughs making both knitted and crocheted flowers, some bigger than others!

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July’s Close Knit

Close Knit, Saturday 25th July, 2-4pm at The Gallery of Costume, Rusholme
It’s wedding season and the gardens are blooming, full of the inspirational delights of nature! This session we will be looking at a gorgeous 1968 crocheted wedding dress with scalloped daisy picot details and having a go at creating our own floral accessories. Patterns will be available for knitters and crocheters so come along and indulge in some flower power!
Free and friendly adult sessions for beginners and experts. Needles and yarn are supplied. 

June’s Session

Lots of time to chat at June’s Close Knit as we got to grips with cable knits making beautiful textured belts. Our treat from the collection store was a display of metal and leather belts from the 19th and 20th centuries. Amazing how the oldest belts could still be worn fashionably today!

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June’s Close Knit

Close Knit, Saturday 27th June, 2- 4pm
The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme, Manchester
Join us for June’s Close Knit as we get inspired by pieces the gallery’s collection that make a design feature of the belt. We will be creating own own cabled belts using a simple repeat pattern that will allow for plenty of chatting! Don’t be worried if you haven’t cabled before-this is a great pattern to learn the basics. 
We will be working in aran (worsted) weight wool and 4.5mm needles if you want to bring your own- this is a great way to use up those odd balls that you bought because they were beautiful! It would be particularly useful if you could bring your own cable needles if you have them (don’t worry if not). The belt can be knotted but if you prefer a buckle it will need to be for a belt width of 1.75″ (4.5cm). Hope you can join us!
Free and friendly adult sessions for beginners and experts. Needles and yarn are supplied. 

April’s Close Knit

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April’s Close Knit

Saturday 25th April 2015
2-4pm, The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall.
This month Close Knit is inspired by the Eastern Exchanges: East Asian Craft and Design exhibition which is taking place at Manchester Art Gallery. The exhibition invites us to ‘See the amazing history and future of East Asian craft and design and its global influence in this exhibition inspired by objects from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection. The show features over 1,500 years of the rich craft heritage of Japan, China and Korea: ceramics, metalwork, furniture, lacquer, textiles and sculpture, with exhibits ranging from magnificent court treasures, to masterpieces by contemporary makers.’
 As lovers of wool, we will be celebrating the incredible influence Japanese ‘Amigurumi’ techniques and design have had on contemporary crochet in recent times. This session will be a chance to brush up (or pick up!) basic crochet stitches and create kawaii (Japanese for cute), spring-themed, amigurumi character egg cosies. For the die-hard knitters there will be an opportunity to create amigurumi-style knitted cosies too. Hope you can join us!
Friendly adult sessions for beginners and experts. Needles and yarn are supplied but if you would prefer to bring your own materials: 
those choosing to knit will be making sheep cosies using a mixture of aran or chunky yarn (as fluffy as you like) and DK, and 5mm and 3.5mm dpns;
crocheters will be making chicks or rabbits using DK yarn and 4mm and 3mm hooks. 

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