Impressionism on the Needle
Impressionism on the Needle: A workshop all about colour mixing on the fly with multiple strands of yarn to create texture and depth of colour. Participants will learn and practice techniques while knitting a darning needle cushion (pin cushion) using Kirk’s colour-mixing techniques.
Participants need to bring: scissors, 3.5 mm knitting needles (straight or circular) and a darning needle.
It’s always good for folks to bring their own needles in case they don't finish their project. That way they can keep it on their needles and take it home with them to finish.
Workshop level: Is an intermediate workshop designed for knitters who already know how to knit and purl.
Participants 12 & under accompanied by an adult please.
Max 12 participants.
Location Espanola High School - class room to be announced
General Registration $55 (registration fee includes a $20 kit fee that provides a pattern for a Canadian Flag pin-cushion, and 100% wool yarn)
Cancellation policy - Your registration is completely transferable. If for some reason you are unable to attend the workshop, we will make every effort to fill your vacancy. If we are able to fill your spot we will refund your registration fee minus a $20.00 administrative fee. If we are unable to fill your vacancy, we will be unable to refund your fee.
a little about Kirk
Kirk was awarded a Chalmers Foundation grant through the Ontario Arts Council in 2003
to knit an installation: a series of tapestries, designed to look like stained glass windows,
looking at the commonalities and conflicts of the Abrahamic faiths. The project took him
15 years to complete: about four years of work on each tapestry. The first year was used
for design and research, and the next four were used for knitting.
Kirk is a self-taught knitter. He began knitting after he toured a show called Girls Can,
Boys Can!, produced by the Ontario Women’s Directorate about gender equity. Kirk
toured with actor and friend Gina Clayton – he and Gina took the play’s theme to heart
– and anything he could do, she could do, and vice versa. When Kirk saw Gina knitting
on tour, he took it upon himself to learn, figuring he could make a surprise gift for his
girlfriend at the time, who had recently knit him a sweater. He thought, wouldn’t it be
cool if I knit her a sweater in return? So he did.
Kirk found knitting a great way to pass the time in theatre dressing rooms and on TV and
film sets. Kirk apprenticed with world-renowned knitters Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably at the
Kaffe Fassett studio in London, England. Kirk kept the yarn labels from all the yarn he used in the tapestries. He bought it all over the world (France, Italy, Thailand, Canada, England)
Kirk Dunn aka The Knitting Pilgrim
October 20, 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Registration is first paid/first served and limited to 10 participants (registration fee rates above)
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