We are thrilled to announce that knitwear designer Norah Gaughan will be teaching at Loop on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4, 2015.
Norah is one of the industry’s best. Her ground-breaking book Knitting Nature: 39 Designs Inspired by Patterns in Nature (or in paperback) is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it was released in 2006. In it, Norah combines her love of science and art (she majored in biology and art at Brown University) taking her inspiration from shapes found in nature.
Norah is also the author of Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans and Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Babies & Toddlers.
She has designed for many yarn companies and was the design director at Berroco for nearly nine years, where she published fifteen eponymous booklets.
a few of Norah’s designs for Brooklyn Tweed, from L to R: Nomad, Marshal, and Denali; photos by Jared Flood
Last year, Norah joined the Brooklyn Tweed Design Team. Now we get designs from one of our favorite designers in two of our favorite yarns!
To make this most of Norah’s visit, we’re going to keep the classes small. They’ll fill quickly, so please call us at 215-893-9939 to register right away!
$150 – Saturday, October 3 from 10am-5pm (includes 1 hour lunch break)
Explore innovative cable crossings and “drawing” with cables. Norah will show you how, by using a few different types of cables as building blocks, you can design an infinite number of cables.
After practice putting cable symbols to paper, you’ll design your own Ogee shaped cable motif, further personalize it with the fill of your choice, then test it by knitting.
Skill level: intermediate/advanced, comfort with cable charts a must
Class Supplies: worsted weight wool (or substitute in case of allergies) & range of needle sizes, cable needle, #2 pencil and a great eraser
$75 – Sunday, October 4 from 10am-1pm
From Knitting Nature and beyond, learn all the tricks to knitting garments made from hexagons and other polygons. Make modifications to make a new polygon and make your knitting unique.
Skill Level: advanced beginner, comfort with double pointed needles a plus
Class Supplies: Worsted-weight wool (or substitute in case of allergies) and a range of appropriate needle sizes
$75 – Sunday, October 4 from 2-5pm
Explore Norah’s take on the artistic side of designing, from inspiration to stitches, swatches, and sketches. After an overview of the design process and Norah’s creative philosophy the class will divide into several teams to work on the planning of mini collections.
Skill Level: Ability to knit and purl, and a curiosity about knitwear design
Class Supplies: #2 pencil, eraser, graph paper, a few sheets of white paper, scissors and tape, worsted-weight wool (or substitute in case of allergies) and a range of appropriate needle sizes
Homework: Bring 4-6 garment inspirations from catalogs, fashion magazines or print from the web